Memoir

My Mistake

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ISBN: 9780547794235
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - November 19th, 2013

This book had me at the introduction and never let me down.  A delightful memoir of Menaker's years fact checking at The New Yorker and as an editor at Random House, this book could let you check off a lot of names on your gift giving list.  Honest, self-effacing and humorous-a great read!


Anne


Looking for Palestine

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ISBN: 9781594487088
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 2013

Najla Said grew up as a Jew on Manhattan's Upper West Side - except she wasn't. Her father, Edward Said, was the preeminent Palestinian intellectual of his time and her living room was filled with people like Noam Chomsky and William Buckley. She's a performance artist, which clearly comes through in this memoir about a childhood of confused identity that finally, with her own adulthood and her father's death, leads to her forging her own views of the ideological conflict with which he was so deeply involved. (It also makes you want to go back and read, or re-read, Edward Said's Orientalism.)

David


An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

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ISBN: 9780316253017
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 29th, 2013

Only one man has performed David Bowie's "Space Oddity" in space -- and then he returned to earth and wrote a book. If you enjoyed Commander Hadfield's videos and pictures during his stay on the International Space Station, you'll love his take space travel, farm life, and being prepared for anything.

Sarah


The Orchard

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ISBN: 9780553378597
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - January 1997

Down the end of Argilla Road in Ipswich stand the remains of the Robertson family’s orchard; you pass it on the way to Crane Beach. During the Great Depression, Adele Robertson single-handedly strived to keep the family business going. Her struggle reflects the country’s story in those hard years.

Robin


One and Only

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ISBN: 9781573449557
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Published: Viva Editions - April 2nd, 2013

Carolyn Cassady, Edie Parker, Joyce Johnson and other women in the Beat sphere have published memoirs, but never Lu Anne Henderson, Dean Moriarty's girl Marylou in On the Road. Kerouac biographer Nicosia (Memory Babe) interviewed Lu Anne towards the end of her life and together with her daughter has built a frankly astonishing narrative portrait and Beat myth addition/corrective.

Gary


I Await the Devil's Coming

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By Mary MacLane, Jessa Crispin (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781612191942
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Published: Melville House - March 19th, 2013

Equal parts Nietzsche, Emma Goldman, Oscar Wilde, and Dickinson/Whitman, Mary MacLane’s portrait of herself is an exuberant, daring, and brilliant book from a vibrant intellect. MacLane’s passion and philosophy might  raise a few contemporary eyebrows, but that she wrote this book when she was 19 years old in 1901 is just astonishing. 2013 might be the year this forgotten talent gets her due.

Josh


My Animals and Other Family

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ISBN: 9781594205620
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Published: Penguin Press - April 18th, 2013

British sports broadcaster and national treasure, Balding, leads us on a full gallop through the whole range of human emotions in this memoir of growing up in an usual household.  Her animals are mostly horses and dogs as her father trained racehorses for the Queen and she proves herself a skillful raconteur, spilling the beans on stories like time when she nearly hit Her Madge with a sausage.  Full of humor, self awareness and charm, I only hope a second volume picking up in 1990 is in the works.  


Susannah


The Man in the Empty Boat

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ISBN: 9781453258132
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Published: Open Road Media - February 14th, 2012

Another memoir by Mark Salzman - I wish my life were so interesting. Yet it is the everydayness of this book that makes it compelling: raising his daughters, caring for his seriously ill sister, running a household, dealing with unwanted pets. It all feels familiar, so familiar that you can’t stop reading to see how it all turns out.

Robin


Cures for Hunger

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ISBN: 9781571313317
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Published: Milkweed Editions - May 15th, 2012

The prologue of this eloquent and haunting memoir describes the bleak circumstances of Becahrd's father's suicide in rural British Columbia when Bechard was only 20 years old.  Deni had spent much of his life torn by his father's rages and detached demeanor while trying to forge a bond with the adventurous and thrill seeking side of his dad who had robbed banks and spent time in prison before meeting Bechard's mother.  Heartbreaking and honest in its descriptions of the landscape, both emotional and physical.


Ann


Plant Dreaming Deep

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ISBN: 9780393315516
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 1996

What a pleasure, after many years, to read this book again. Leaving summer behind, and settling into the next season can be a time of reflection no matter how busy we are. We take comfort in familiar routines and the newfound quiet of our homes, but also look forward to the changes this time of year brings. These are the themes of this book: anticipation of the new, looking back on the familiar, and how their combination brings clarity to our lives.

Robin


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