This is How I Save My Life: A True Story of Finding Everything When You are Willing to Try Anything by Amy B. Scher

There were a lot of things to love about this book. I do love books about travel and meeting new cultures, especially those where the culture is embraced by the person entering it. I know not everyone is compatible with every place they venture, but I still prefer they show some respect. Scher more than … Continue reading This is How I Save My Life: A True Story of Finding Everything When You are Willing to Try Anything by Amy B. Scher

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It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too) by Nora McInerny Purmort

I absolutely loved this memoir. It's not what anyone would call entertaining but it's a representation of some of the things that happen in our lives. Purmort goes through a lot in just one year. I can't even imagine the compounding tragedy that she deals with and I really wouldn't want to. It's not preachy … Continue reading It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too) by Nora McInerny Purmort

Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World by Jennifer Palmieri

Stars: 4 of 5 This is a short audiobook, but so much is packed into it. Pamieri was a part of the campaign for Hillary Clinton and recounts ups and downs along the road to her eventual loss. It's a candid book about the obstacles that women face in pursuit of power and accomplishment. Some … Continue reading Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World by Jennifer Palmieri

The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store by Cait Flanders

Stars: 3 of 5 In The Year of Less, Cait Flanders shares the things she learned when buying less and having less than she had before. In contrast to Flat Broke with Two Goats, Flanders isn't forced into it by extenuating circumstances. She sees that she's on that road and wants to stop well ahead of it. In general, I appreciate all stories … Continue reading The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store by Cait Flanders

Memoirs of Raging Feminists

In honor of International Women's Day last week, here are 5 Memoirs of Raging Feminists. By raging feminist, I mean those rare women that are more than happy to get out in front and talk about things that need to be talked about, even when they know it will incur the rage of the men … Continue reading Memoirs of Raging Feminists

Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship by Michelle Kuo

Stars: 3 of 5 Though I appreciated the premise and substance of Reading with Patrick, it didn't blow me away. As suggested by the title, the memoir revolves around the relationship between the author and her student. Patrick is a good kid but born into a world with systems working against him. He is born into a … Continue reading Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship by Michelle Kuo

Memoirs of Women and Science

This is a category of memoir that I can certainly do to read more about but find more biography than memoir most of the time. I prefer memoir, because I love being able to hear directly from the people whose stories are being told as much as possible. I get that I'll have to settle … Continue reading Memoirs of Women and Science

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele

Stars: 5 of 5 As someone who is only part time seen as a woman of color and grew up in a home and neighborhood that is predominantly white, I'm glad I came to this book now, when I could understand it. Though Khan-Cullors does explain the systems of oppression at work in the lives … Continue reading When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman

Stars: 4 of 5 I really appreciate Gilman sharing this story. The first bit of a travel for a lot of people is difficult, but I can't even imagine attempting to get to the middle of nowhere in China in a time before my cell phone could help with directions let alone a time before … Continue reading Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire by Jack Weatherford

Stars: 5 of 5 I wish I had read this kind of information as a part of world history. It's books like this one that have illuminated all the things that we can miss when focusing on Western Civilization as a core history course above world history. I get the necessity to understand the history … Continue reading The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire by Jack Weatherford