I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright

Review:  I, Rigoberta Menchu is listed as a “testimonial biography”, biography, and a memoir. Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, who wrote it down for her, calls it a narrative. Menchu narrated her story for Burgos and it is written in the first person. I had read another narrative by an activist when I was writing my old blog, it was The Narrative of Sojourner Truth. Since it’s consistently listed as … Continue reading I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright

Memoir Monday: The Girl from the Metropol Hotel by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

As I was searching form my WIT Month reads, I came upon this book. It didn’t quite make it into my TBR for this month but it is in a more long term one. Here’s the synopsis: The prizewinning memoir of one of the world’s great writers, about coming of age as an enemy of the people and finding her voice in Stalinist Russia Born across the … Continue reading Memoir Monday: The Girl from the Metropol Hotel by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of Long Distance Swimmer by Lynne Cox

Review: I had no idea this was even possible! I picked up the book as my Read Harder 2017 Task 1: Read a book about sports. Swimming is my favorite sport to participate in, mostly because I’m so introverted that I love the solitary nature of it. It’s also one of the few exercises that you can do right and not feel pain for days … Continue reading Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of Long Distance Swimmer by Lynne Cox

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston

Review: In the world of memoirs, this one was a little difficult for me to rate. I was confused for a decent portion of it, not sure whether this was fiction or nonfiction at times. I had chosen it as part of the Read Harder Challenge for this year, task 17: read a classic by a woman of color. I suppose I could have counted Kindred … Continue reading The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls

Review: To say that Walls had an unusual childhood would be a massive understatement. She didn’t have any of the stability with a roof over her head or meals to eat that most children in the US take for granted, but she did have some amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to do things that many of us will never do. I’d like to say that this is … Continue reading The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls

Memoir Monday: Malala Yousafzai

Welcome to my first Memoir Monday! I’d been debating for a while on something to do to highlight the incredible stories of women that I’ve come across over the years and that has become one of my new favorite genres when it hit me. What you can expect is that I’ll either be reviewing the latest memoir I’ve read or bringing back to the front … Continue reading Memoir Monday: Malala Yousafzai