Monday, August 21, 2017

Memoirs of the Year (so far)

"A memoir (from the French, meaning memory or reminiscence) is a collection of memories that an individual writes about moments or events, both public or private, that took place in the subject's life," according to Wikipedia.  These writings can make for wonderfully rich books that let you enter another person's memory while you read. This year has seen several great memoirs come out so far. Here's a list of a few notable ones:

Chronicling his journey from Saturday Night Live to the U.S. Senate, Al Franken reflects on what he's learned about our country and our culture. Released May 30, 2017.

The author/artist tells the story of growing up in war-torn Vietnam and moving to the United States. The illustrations add another level of emotion to the memories shared in this book. Released March 7, 2017.

Riggs, the granddaughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson, shares her story of being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer and the impact on her life in all of her roles as a wife, mother, friend, and daughter. Released June 6, 2017.

There's no surprise that you'll find some science mixed in with Nye's personal memories. Released July 11, 2017.

The best selling author of Bad Feminist tells of her experiences with food, body image, and weight and how these issues intersect with our culture. Released June 13, 2017.

This well known author shares his favorite entries from the diary he kept for over forty years. The outrageous, the mundane, and everything in between told in his humorous style. Released May 30, 2017.

Sherman Alexie is a National Book Award Winning author for his work The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. In his memoir he shares the heart-wrenching complexity of his relationship with his mother growing up, in adulthood, and in the period following her death. Released June 13, 2017.

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