Staff picks tagged "biography and memoir"

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El Deafo

5

Able to hear a pin drop (or a teacher in the bathroom) from a mile away-- it's El Deafo! Read more...

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

5

Doughty dishes about what it's like to be covered in people dust, and challenges readers to face their own mortality. Read more...

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Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

5

So what's more pleasant than deterioration, dementia and death? Read more...

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My Salinger Year

4

You don't have to love J.D. Salinger to love this poignant literary memoir. Read more...

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How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous

4

These funny and irreverent facts are sure to tickle the funny bones of kids and adults alike. If you don't watch out, you might learn something too. Read more...

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A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh Grade

4

For anyone who's tried a little too hard to forget seventh grade, this memoir suggests it just might be worth remembering, no matter how awkward. Read more...

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Mastering the Art of French Eating

4

This book will delight the traveling foodie in all of us! Read more...

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Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen and Candy Stripe Nurses: Roger Corman, King of the B-Movies

4

Never mind the teddy bear and blankie. These are my precious childhood memories. Read more...

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My Beloved World

5

A candid and inspiring memoir of Sonia Sotomayor's journey to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more...

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Smile at Strangers: And Other Lessons in the Art of Living Fearlessly

4

Chicken soup for the soul of anyone who takes personal safety and personal growth seriously. Read more...

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I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp

5

The brilliant/stupid diary of a jerk-genius. Read more...

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Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir

5

I've never laughed out loud at a book as much as I did reading this memoir. Recommended for anyone who likes their humor dark and strange. Read more...

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This is How: Help for the Self

5

This is why, for you, anything is possible. Because you are made of everything. Read more...

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An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace

4

This book will encourage you to take more time in your kitchen as you revel in the simplest of ingredients! Read more...

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A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It or Not" Ripley

4

Believe it! You will like this book! Read more...

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Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

5

You know how people eat to live or live to eat? This is for us live-to-eaters. Read more...

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The Socialite Who Killed a Nazi With Her Bare Hands and 143 Other Fascinating People Who Died This Past Year: The Best of the New York Times Obituaries

3

It doesn't live up to the greatest title since "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-up Zombies," but how could it? Read more...

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You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story

4

It's chock-full of stalking, snark and antidepressants. What more could you ask from a classic romance? Read more...

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The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds

4

This book will change the way you look at the birds that are right outside your window. Read more...

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Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality

4

An emotional story all parents should read, not just parents of LGBT youth. I wish every LGBT teen could have parents like this. Read more...

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Graceland: An Interactive Pop-Up Tour

4

Nothing will help you channel your inner Elvis like this pop-up, pop culture extravaganza. Read more...

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How to be a Woman

5

This book will change your life for the funnier. No worries, you can thank me later. Read more...

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Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

5

I’ve been telling anyone who will listen just how amazing this book is. It is an absolutely incredible true story of strength and determination. Read more...

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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

5

Hands down, one of my favorite books of all time. Read more...

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Rurally Screwed: My Life Off the Grid with the Cowboy I Love

4

I picked this up, giggled at the title and had a hard time putting it down to do anything else over the course of the few days it took me to finish. Read more...

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Running Away to Home: Our Family's Journey to Croatia

4

When the American Dream goes horribly wrong, sometimes merely getting out of Dodge isn't enough. Read more...

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Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

4

After finishing this book, I could not stop thinking about it-- this memoir is both compelling and horrifying. Read more...

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Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses

4

I've been practicing yoga for a little over a year, but you don't need to practice yoga to enjoy this book. Read more...