Memoirs of 2019

Despite that I had a rather long hiatus toward the end of the year, there have been a lot of good memoirs this year. In case you missed any of them, here are the memoirs reviewed here in 2019: How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomery Flat Broke... Continue Reading →

How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson

The format and style of this memoir is a lot like Jacqueline Woodson"s brown girl dreaming. The particular setting and type of story is a little different but it's also a Civil Rights era memoir written by a WOC entirely in poetry. Given all those descriptors, one would think that they would be similar, but... Continue Reading →

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell

The very idea of a story in terms of near death experiences is incredibly interesting. There is so much to it. What do you consider to be a near death experience? How do they impact our lives? What brought us to a place where we even had a near death experience? There are just so... Continue Reading →

Native American Memoir

There are few examples of American hypocrisy quite as good as the celebration of Thanksgiving. It's that time of year that all Americans look back fondly on that time when the people who already lived here took pity on the starving immigrants and fed them. We tell it as sweetly as we tell the story... Continue Reading →

From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein

Not only is this an intriguing title for a memoir, but I love the idea of reading about the White House experience from a point of view that we rarely hear about. Even better was hearing about the experience from someone who didn't start out especially political. It's one thing to have a dream of... Continue Reading →

Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead – My Life Story by Cecile Richards

The Crossing: My Journey to the Shattered Heart of Syria by Samar Yazbek, translated by Nashwa Gowanlock and Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp

I didn't really know what to expect with this book. I knew that there was conflict in Syria, that much is hard to miss, but I had no idea how the revolution that had been happening turned into ISIS. I also had no idea that it was exactly that story that would develop while Yazbek... Continue Reading →

A House of My Own by Sandra Cisneros

A great collection of essays about the life, work, and inspiration of Sandra Cisneros.

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

An obvious choice that took me far too long to come to for Read Harder this year. Orange is the New Black was a great pick for a book written in prison.

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