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March 1: Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For X
I’m going to pick something that gives you a little slice of someone’s life–memoir.
1. Fun Home; Alison Bechdel. A woman comes out as a lesbian, discovers her father is gay, and then he dies soon after, leaving her to uncover the truth of their history on her own–tragic and funny.
2. Kitchen Confidential; Anthony Bourdain. A behind the scenes look at the kitchen experiences of chef Anthony Bourdain.
3. If Chins Could Kill: Bruce Campbell. The life of an actor you may or may not recognize, told with plenty of humorous stories.
4. My Lobotomy; Howard Dully. A twelve-year-old boy with minor behavior problems receives a lobotomy, and struggles to cope with the effects.
5. The Story of My Life; Helen Keller. The story of a deaf and blind girl learning to communicate and join the world she can only touch.
6. Let’s Pretend this Never Happened; Jenny Lawson. One of my favorites, about The Bloggess, who became a sensation sharing her stories online, about her deeply weird childhood and struggles with anxiety and depression–hilarious.
7. Look Me in the Eye; John Elder Robison. Though he only received a diagnosis in his forties, Robison struggled with his autism as a child–this is the story of these issues.
8. The Complete Persepolis; Marjane Satrapi. A childhood in Tehran thrown in upheaval, ending in an exile from her homeland.
9. Wild: Cheryl Strayed. A woman decides to hike a famous trail in order to put her life back on track, and experience that is occasionally frightening and exhilarating.
10. The Glass Castle; Jeanette Walls. How children who were more mature than their parents cope.
I enjoy memoirs, but I haven’t read anything. I have Wild, so I should read it! Great list.
I wouldn’t want to make that hike myself, but reading about it was an adventure. Happy reading!
I read Persepolis for school (and it was incredibly interesting) but I think that’s the only memoir I’ve ever read. I might have to check a few of these out, though!
Always good to broaden your horizons. 🙂
Love your list, Caitlin! Persepolis, The Glass Castle, and Fun Home are all amazing books. I’ve been meaning to read more memoirs/nonfic! Thanks for your recommendations. 🙂
There are always more books than time–but I do like reading a little of everything, if I can.
Every one of these sounds interesting, Caitlin.
You should add the one that appeals most to your TBR. Who needs to finish that, anyway? 😉
Persepolis (1 &2 and film) are all fantastic. But I need to read Kitchen Confidential, because I’m pretty sure Anthony Bourdain and I are soulmates. Great list!
My TT: http://brownbooksandgreentea.com/2016/03/01/books-to-read-if-youre-in-the-mood-for-activism/
Soulmates, huh? Then you definitely need to read it. 🙂
I couldn’t even tell you the last memoir I have read. This makes me sad.
There’s an easy way to fix that… 😉
I loved Persepolis when I read it in high school and pretty much shoved the graphic novel to anyone who’d listen to me, haha. I might pick up the Bourdain book because I have tended to watch his stuff on TV.
You should! It was pretty interesting, and very much in his voice.
The only one I’ve read from this list is Kitchen Confidential…althought you have quite a few I’m interested in exploring. I do love non-fictions from time to time. Good list!!!!
It’s definitely not my go-to genre, but it’s nice to stretch your brain a little from time to time. 🙂
I’ve only read Jenny Lawson, and The Glass Castle, but am VERY interested in memoirs at the moment! If you have any more/ a list on goodreads I’d love to take a look!! Great list! Here’s My TTT
I don’t sort my stuff on GR very much, but they do have some memoir lists on the site.
I really need to read Jenny Lawson! 🙂 My TTT
You totally should!