Memoir

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 17th, 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


Yes, Chef

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ISBN: 9780385342605
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Published: Random House - June 26th, 2012

Samuelsson's memoir is so much more than a book for "foodies". His unique background (an Ethiopian being raised by white parents in Sweden) sensitizes him to the blending of cultures. His approach is to use flavors to accomplish this. Yes, Chef deals with the culinary world as well as the concept of origins and home and family. It is a very engaging, fast-paced memoir that makes you want to go to Red Rooster immediately and leaves you with great affection for Marcus Samuelsson. Delicious!


Carol


Remembering the Music Forgetting the Words

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ISBN: 9780807003190
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Published: Beacon Press - September 6th, 2011

An intimate, humorous, sensitive and ultimately humane portrait of a complex mother-daughter relationship reckoning with the travails of Alzheimer’s. Full of warmth and insight, I’m grateful to learn from Whouley how one might cope with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis and the support systems available to caregivers.

Dale


Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

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ISBN: 9781594202995
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Published: Penguin Press - August 23rd, 2011

Alexandra Fuller gains a new understanding of the joys and sorrows of her mother’s crazy life in post-colonial Africa. We saw one side of it in Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, but the portrait is now filled out in a way that Nicola Fuller would appreciate. It is heart-warming and heart-breaking and an ultimate joy to read whether you are an old  fan of Don’t Let’s Go. . . or not. Alexandra’s gift for humor and honesty will draw you into her story, hold you there and stay with you.


Carol


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