The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

Review: I put this book on hold as soon as I finished Wishful Drinking. It popped up as a recommendation in Goodreads and I was really excited. I hadn’t heard of it but loved Wishful Drinking enough to know this would be fun too. Of course, its the topic that everyone always wants to hear about, right? Honestly, the delivery was perfect. She recounts auditioning … Continue reading The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

Review: I’ve been thinking for a while of attempting a memoir and came across this book not too long ago. I’m adding it to the list of books that I’d love to reread a few times because I really want the concepts to stick. Karr teaches memoir writing and has some great advice for hopefuls. Unfortunately, most of it involves baring your soul a little … Continue reading The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

Forward: A Memoir by Abby Wambach

Review: I came across Wambach’s story while looking for memoirs to promote for this month. I’ve been diversifying my memoirs this year and celebrating the heritage months. I’m not a sports fan, for any sport, so I was ignorant of Wambach’s accomplishments before this book. Well, not so ignorant that I didn’t know that US women’s soccer has been incredible for a few years now, … Continue reading Forward: A Memoir by Abby Wambach

Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain by Portia de Rossi

Review:  What I appreciate most about de Rossi’s memoir is the way she shows us her eating disorder. The reader gets to experience her descent into anorexia the same way we experienced the descent into insanity back in The Bell Jar. It’s not as simple as extreme dieting, it’s a poisionous obsession that grew slowly from paranoia and insecurity and has made the most sense I’ve … Continue reading Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain by Portia de Rossi

Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That’s When My Nightmare Began Written by Alex Cooper and Joanna Brooks

Review: I usually look for books that defy stereotypes but I thought it might be interesting to begin this attempt at celebrating Pride Month with a memoir that exemplifies what I grew up hearing as the quintessential coming out story. I don’t know what has been the actual story that was or is most common when coming out, but it seemed that every show that … Continue reading Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That’s When My Nightmare Began Written by Alex Cooper and Joanna Brooks

5 LGBT Memoirs for Pride Month

I haven’t read quite as many memoirs by LGBT people as I would like, but here are five that I’ve read and enjoyed and would recommend, depending on what you’re looking for. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock My Husband’s a Woman … Continue reading 5 LGBT Memoirs for Pride Month

The Choice: Escaping the Past and Embracing the Possible by Dr. Edith Ava Eger

Review: Ever since This Place Holds No Fear a few years ago, there has been a question that would come up for me every time the Holocaust was mentioned. What happened afterward? I mean, I live in the US and I know what happened here, but what about in Europe where the hate had built to that point and where people were released to try to live … Continue reading The Choice: Escaping the Past and Embracing the Possible by Dr. Edith Ava Eger

Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite by Suki Kim

Review: I have to admit that it was the title that got me to read this book. I had to know who “us” turned out to be. Finding out that it was based on lyrics about the leader of North Korea was disturbing. Without him, there is no North Korea. It’s strange to think about too, because the book is written during the time of … Continue reading Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite by Suki Kim

10 Memoirs of successful women

I’m just kidding, these are not memoirs of women who have been successful in the traditional sense of attaining the goals they set for themselves. These are memoirs of women who tried a little of this and a little of that, failed some, succeeded some, and one way or another achieved the impossible or found their dream. Some are women who had a ton and … Continue reading 10 Memoirs of successful women

Memoir Monday: Celebrating 3 Heritage Months

I hope I’m not the only one who enjoys celebrating heritage months! I’ve been working up my memoirs to have a few books to recommend each heritage month but this seems to be the first year when I’m not just filled with TBRs. It’s pretty exciting! May is a bit of a packed month for heritages my current plan is to showcase a few memoirs … Continue reading Memoir Monday: Celebrating 3 Heritage Months