Memoir Monday: Celebrity Memoir

Every now and then a celebrity memoir comes out that I really must read. I enjoy reading about women’s stories in general, but tend to stay away from celebrity stories. I watched my fair share of stories about how someone “made it big” on Lifetime or whatever and can’t seem to muster up a whole lot of interest. Plus, there are so many interesting women … Continue reading Memoir Monday: Celebrity Memoir

Memoir Monday: Nobel Women TBR

As mentioned last week, I still have quite a few books from Nobel Women to read and at least two are memoirs. Here they are: Born in a rural village in 1940, Wangari Maathai was already an iconoclast as a child, determined to get an education even though most girls were uneducated. We see her studying with Catholic missionaries, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in … Continue reading Memoir Monday: Nobel Women TBR

Memoir Monday: Nobel Women Read

Today begins announcements for the 2017 Nobel Prizes! Last year, I decided to read at least one book by every woman who had been awarded the Nobel Prize. I had initially wanted to do it in a year but that reading schedule proved a little too daunting. Instead, I’ve sprinkled them in with other challenges. Also, not all have written a book so I have … Continue reading Memoir Monday: Nobel Women Read

Memoir Monday – Notes from My Travels: Visits with Refugees in Africa, Cambodia, Pakistan and Ecuador

 I am not typically one for celebrity memoirs but this isn’t about being a celebrity. This is Jolie’s memoir on her time as a Goodwill Ambassador. It was published in 2003 and I had read it shortly after it came out. Here’s the actual write up on it from Goodreads: From the ever-intriguing and appealing actress Angelina Jolie comes the personal journals she compiled while performing … Continue reading Memoir Monday – Notes from My Travels: Visits with Refugees in Africa, Cambodia, Pakistan and Ecuador

Memoir Monday: Something Fierce

I read this memoir about this time last year. Surprisingly, it was the only memoir or biography of a Hispanic woman I’d read until last month. I recently finished My Invented Country  by Isabel Allende, (translated by Margaret Sayers Peden) for WIT Month. Coincidentally, Allende and Aguirre are both from Chile and both fled the regime of General Pinochet. Both have some interesting things to say … Continue reading Memoir Monday: Something Fierce

Beijing Bastard: Into the Wilds of a Changing China by Val Wang

Review: I have to admit, I love the idea of finding yourself by going back to the place that your parents fled. While that may not have been the actual reason for Wang to go back to China, it certainly seemed to be what she got out of it. I listened to the audiobook, read by Emily Woo Zeller, who’s voice was familiar from when I … Continue reading Beijing Bastard: Into the Wilds of a Changing China by Val Wang

Memoir Monday: The Confessions of Lady Nijo

Welcome back to Memoir Monday! As I was searching for WIT Month books, I came across The Confessions of Lady Nijo by Lady Nijo, translated by Karen Brazell. Here’s the synopsis on Goodreads: In about 1307 a remarkable woman in Japan sat down to complete the story of her life. The result was an autobiographical narrative, a tale of thirty-six years (1271-1306) in the life … Continue reading Memoir Monday: The Confessions of Lady Nijo

My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile by Isabel Allende, translated by Margaret Sayers Peden

Review:    My Invented Country is a different kind of memoir. Allende’s personal memoir was Paula, but as it says in the title, this one is about Chile. Don’t confuse it with a history of Chile either. This is written in a memoir style and is simply Allende’s experience of her country. It’s the way she remembers things and the way she remembers feeling things. There is … Continue reading My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile by Isabel Allende, translated by Margaret Sayers Peden

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