How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomer

Stars: 4 of 5  Though I've never had a phase where I'd rather be an animal, I can relate to the way the animals I've had have changed my outlook. How to Be a Good Creature is Montgomery's explanation of just that. It's the animals in her life that have changed her somehow and they are an … Continue reading How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomer

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Memoirs of 2018

This has been my first full year of Memoir Mondays and I do still love the segment. Here are the memoirs I read this year! January:        Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay Shrill: Notes from a … Continue reading Memoirs of 2018

Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat

Stars: 3 out of 5 I have to admit, this book was pretty funny. It wasn't quite up there with Furiously Happy, but it was pretty funny. It's kind of a memoir version of A Bad Mom's Christmas for anyone who's seen that movie, which I totally loved because, well, Mila Kunis and saying no to the … Continue reading Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat

Ruthless River: Love and Survival by Raft on the Amazon’s Relentless Madre de Dios by Holly Conklin FitzGerald

Stars: 4 of 5 I love travel and have always wanted to do some crazy adventure style travel but am pretty over it after reading this. To say that it terrified me would be a bit of an understatement. Of course, this happened to FitzGerald and her husband in the 1970's and technology has come … Continue reading Ruthless River: Love and Survival by Raft on the Amazon’s Relentless Madre de Dios by Holly Conklin FitzGerald

Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini

Review: I LOVE this book. I've had a bit of a thing for science and research books about women since I read Delusions of Gender back in 2015.  It's interesting but I know enough to take it with a grain of salt too, like the news. Everything has an angle and I know that's true for these … Continue reading Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham

Review: There really is something about listening to Lauren Graham talk as fast as she can. I'll admit right up front that I never really watched Gilmore Girls, but I've seen some episodes and get the general gist. The timing of the show and that my husband doesn't want to watch it leaves it for … Continue reading Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham

An Unquenchable Thirst: Following Mother Teresa in Search of Love, Service, and an Authentic Life by Mary Johnson

Review: This book surprised me. There were a few things that were obvious about where it was going, but I didn't expect most of it. I expected Johnson to have moved quickly through her time with Mother Teresa, for it to have been a quick path like in so many of those "my year of" … Continue reading An Unquenchable Thirst: Following Mother Teresa in Search of Love, Service, and an Authentic Life by Mary Johnson

The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir by Leslie Marmon Silko

Review: This was such a peaceful, contemplative memoir. I felt like I was listening to Silko's internal monologue as she went on one of her walks. There is a lot about going on solitary walks through nature and the way things shift depending on the day and the mood and therefore the level of observation … Continue reading The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir by Leslie Marmon Silko

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs

Review: The women mentioned in this book really are wonderful. I'd heard of some from other books, episodes of TV shows they were randomly mentioned in, or used as an exclamation in Lumberjanes, but there were plenty of totally new names for me too. Aside from the 25 women it claims to mention on the … Continue reading Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs

Strong Medicine Speaks: A Native American Elder Has Her Say by Amy Hill Hearth

Review:  Strong Medicine Speaks is more of a narrative than a memoir, but I'm counting it for Memoir Monday because it is her memory of her life. As opposed to the few other narratives I've included over the years, Strong Medicine herself can read and write. Hearth asked to be able to record Strong Medicine's … Continue reading Strong Medicine Speaks: A Native American Elder Has Her Say by Amy Hill Hearth