memoir

Girl in the Dark: A Memoir

Anna Lyndsey
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Bryan V.
Wednesday, Dec 23, 2015

Some memoirs are just necessary. They speak to some form of triumph that appeals to our own innate sense or hope that we, too, can overcome any kind of weird, unforeseen adversity life can hand us. Such is the case with Anna Lyndsey’s remarkable Girl in the Dark: A Memoir, an exceptionally well-written and unforgettable book that takes the reader into some truly dark emotional and physical territory that most of us fortunately can only imagine.

Running shoes hang from tied laces

My Year of Running Dangerously

Tom Foreman
4
Rated by
Hope H.
Friday, Nov 13, 2015

If the phrase "training run" has ever been part of your vocabulary – whether in reference to you or someone near you – you're bound to get a laugh, cringe, and sigh out of My Year of Running Dangerously. Combining two of my favorite topics, memoirs and running, acclaimed journalist Tom Foreman uses his storytelling skills to recount his monumental return to distance running.

A picture of a yellow ticket with the words "My one-way ticket to Salvation" in the middle, along with the title and author's name

Rapture Practice

Aaron Hartzler
4
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015

This is the memoir of Aaron Hartzler, a writer and actor currently living in Los Angeles. The story covers his growing up years right here in the Kansas City metro.

Cover features watercolor of man and women walking with child

Picnic in Provence

Elizabeth Bard
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Stefanie E.
Wednesday, Sep 23, 2015

A few years ago I read Elizabeth Bard's Lunch in Paris. It spoke to me at the time. She was recently married—I was recently married. She fell in love with someone outside of her culture—I fell in love with a Midwesterner (I'm a New Mexican). She loved to cook in her small kitchen—ditto! You get the point. She was my new literary best friend.

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015

If you’re a fan of Frances Mayes and her Tuscan adventures, and even if you read this one when the book came out in 2010, I recommend listening to it on audio. In her southern Georgia drawl, Mayes narrates the third installment of her life in Italy after buying and renovating a dilapidated Italian farm house.

Monday, Aug 3, 2015

I'll cut to the chase: Listen to this book. Narrator Dion Graham turns an already great memoir by Dave Eggers into an absolutely entertaining bundle of ah-mazing. The words burst with personality and energy thanks to his narration, perfectly capturing the author's tone.

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015

Bill Klein and Jen Arnold are little people with their own show called The Little Couple on TLC. When the show began, they'd already established themselves in their careers and were about to get married.

Simple Dreams

Linda Ronstadt
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Rated by
Marty J.
Friday, Jun 19, 2015

Wow, what an amazing life Linda Ronstadt led! In a musical career that spanned almost half a century, she sang rock/pop, opera, American standards (accompanied by an orchestra), country, blues and Mexican rancheras (with a mariachi band)! Along the way she performed, jammed, hung out and/or formed friendships with an eclectic group of famous musicians including Jim Morrison, the Eagles, Jackson Browne, Dolly Parton, and Rosemary Clooney—to name just a few.

Comet's Tale

Steven D. Wolf with Lynette Padwa
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Hannah Jane C.
Thursday, May 7, 2015

Comet, a rescued greyhound, will win you over with her lovable, graceful and insightful personality. Steven Wolf rescues Comet from the horrors of greyhound racing, and in turn she rescues him when his debilitating back injuries leave him disabled and unable to participate in everyday life.

Two Kinds of Decay

Sarah Manguso
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Hannah Jane C.
Tuesday, Feb 3, 2015

Sarah battles a crazy disease, the kind of mysterious disease with no definitive end. It’s a disease that requires a central line (a catheter placed into a large vein in the neck), the kind of disease that attacks nerves and turns the body into a battleground.

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