This is How I Save My Life: A True Story of Finding Everything When You are Willing to Try Anything by Amy B. Scher

There were a lot of things to love about this book. I do love books about travel and meeting new cultures, especially those where the culture is embraced by the person entering it. I know not everyone is compatible with every place they venture, but I still prefer they show some respect. Scher more than... Continue Reading →

It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too) by Nora McInerny Purmort

I absolutely loved this memoir. It's not what anyone would call entertaining but it's a representation of some of the things that happen in our lives. Purmort goes through a lot in just one year. I can't even imagine the compounding tragedy that she deals with and I really wouldn't want to. It's not preachy... Continue Reading →

Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart

Stars: 3 of 5 Letters of a Woman Homesteader is my Read Harder 2019 pick for Task 1. I had thought about Jane Austen's Lady Susan, which is also an epistolary, but I liked the idea of a true story better. Also, I loved that someone compiled Stewart's letters into this collection that serves as a kind of memoir of... Continue Reading →

In My Shoes: A Memoir by Tamara Mellon

Stars: 4 of 5 In My Shoes is my business book for Read Harder 2019's task 17. I wasn't sure if it had to be a book about how to run a business, but this one does that too. This is Mellon's memoir of her time at Jimmy Choo. I had no idea what all went into... Continue Reading →

The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store by Cait Flanders

Stars: 3 of 5 In The Year of Less, Cait Flanders shares the things she learned when buying less and having less than she had before. In contrast to Flat Broke with Two Goats, Flanders isn't forced into it by extenuating circumstances. She sees that she's on that road and wants to stop well ahead of it. In general, I appreciate all stories... Continue Reading →

Memoirs of Raging Feminists

In honor of International Women's Day last week, here are 5 Memoirs of Raging Feminists. By raging feminist, I mean those rare women that are more than happy to get out in front and talk about things that need to be talked about, even when they know it will incur the rage of the men... Continue Reading →

Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship by Michelle Kuo

Stars: 3 of 5 Though I appreciated the premise and substance of Reading with Patrick, it didn't blow me away. As suggested by the title, the memoir revolves around the relationship between the author and her student. Patrick is a good kid but born into a world with systems working against him. He is born into a... Continue Reading →

Memoirs of Women and Science

This is a category of memoir that I can certainly do to read more about but find more biography than memoir most of the time. I prefer memoir, because I love being able to hear directly from the people whose stories are being told as much as possible. I get that I'll have to settle... Continue Reading →

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele

Stars: 5 of 5 As someone who is only part time seen as a woman of color and grew up in a home and neighborhood that is predominantly white, I'm glad I came to this book now, when I could understand it. Though Khan-Cullors does explain the systems of oppression at work in the lives... Continue Reading →

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