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Autobiography/Memoir

Autobiography/Memoir
Neal Ferguson

Educated

EDUCATED, A MEMOIR In 2014 at age twenty-seven, Idaho-born Tara Westover received a Ph.D. in history from Cambridge University, UK. Remarkable? Yes. Made more remarkable

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Autobiography/Memoir
Neal Ferguson

The Faraway Nearby

THE FARAWAY NEARBY Rebecca Solnit’s collection of nature essays The Faraway Nearby has a distinctive, graceful prose style that in some passages leaves this reader giddy with

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Autobiography/Memoir
Ann Ronald

What Happened

WHAT HAPPENED Like a dedicated political junkie, I followed in real time the events that Hillary Clinton retraces in her book about the 2016 presidential

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Authors of color
Brandy Burgess

Born a Crime

BORN A CRIME: STORIES FROM A SOUTH AFRICAN CHILDHOOD Trevor Noah, South African comedian, recent emigrant to the U.S., and currently the host of The

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Authors of color
Ann Ronald

Between the World and Me

BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME Between the World and Me takes the form of a letter Ta-Nehisi Coates writes to his teenage son.  In a

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Autobiography/Memoir
Neal Ferguson

Hillbilly Elegy

HILLBILLY  – A MEMOIR OF FAMILY AND A CULTURE IN CRISIS: Traditionally, an elegy is a poem or song of lamentation. Although neither a poem

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Four Seasons in Rome
Autobiography/Memoir
Ann Ronald

Four Seasons in Rome

Four Seasons in Rome – On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World Reportedly, Anthony Doerr took ten years to

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Autobiography/Memoir
Ann Ronald

West with the Night

West with the Wind Not long ago I reviewed Circling the Sun for “Bookin’ with Sunny.” Circling the Sun is Paula McLain’s fictional rendition of

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Brown Girl Dreaming
Autobiography/Memoir
Brandy Burgess

Brown Girl Dreaming

BROWN GIRL DREAMING, Snapshots in verse The poetry of Brown Girl Dreaming fills pages like Polaroid snapshots, described through the nostalgic lens of a child

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Autobiography/Memoir
Ann Ronald

My Life in Middlemarch

My Life in Middlemarch Rebecca Mead pretends to be writing a riff on her own life as it echoes various Middlemarch themes, but in truth

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Autobiography/Memoir
Dan Erwine

Off Mike

Off Mike, A Memoir of Talk Radio Michael Krasny always wanted to be a writer like his idols Norman Mailer and Saul Bellow, but other things

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