Memoir

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In the Rearview Mirror

Rating: 4
A heartfelt memoir in which a 1961 road trip across America’s heartland serves as a kind of homage to a close friend who committed suicide.
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One Great Year

Rating: 3
By all outward appearances Max Quinn is just a fairly average computer repairman eking out a living in Seattle.
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The Rose Hotel

Rating: 4
A vivid account of Iran’s 1979 revolution and a family’s struggles to make peace with their past.
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Beside My Doorstep

Rating: 3.5
Author Chloe Zola’s story weaves together elements of her mother’s Mexican and her father’s Jewish-American heritage blend of rites, rituals, language and personalities into her nomadic upbringing.
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Things Go Wrong For Me (When life hands you lemons, add vodka)

Rating: 4
Author Rodney Lacroix tells (and shows) all in this collection of offbeat, outrageous and entertaining random thoughts and life experiences that take the form of short stories, cartoons, electronic drawings and photographs – original and digitally manipulated.
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Focus

Rating: 3.5
FOCUS is an inspiring insight into the author Ingrid Ricks’ battle with degenerative eye disease, and how she resolved and made peace with the debilitating condition.
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Grade A Baby Eggs

Rating: 5
A fascinating, often funny memoir chronicling author Victoria Hopewell’s three-year baby-making mission.
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A Father’s Angels

Rating: 4
When John Waldron decides to adopt a child, he doesn’t realize that this will be a journey that will create a family but one that will also give him a glimpse into personal demons, social and political injustices and teach him about unconditional love and patience.
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Bengali Girls Don't

Rating: 4
L. A. Sherman's first novel, "Bengali Girls Don't," is a true and heart-wrenching tale of culture, conflict and a spirited young girl who must grow up in the midst of strict Muslim tradition and find her way to a freedom that is denied all woman.
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Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot

Rating: 4
Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot is actually two books. The first part of the story traces author Guy Magar’s roller-coaster career in the movie and tv business; the second recounts his wife's battle with leukemia.
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Devil in a Diaper

Rating: 4
Eric Lohla has written a hilarious stream of consciousness, or rather semi-consciousness, about his first three months with Jack: his newborn son, the son he has always wanted, the colicky son, the son in desperate need of an exorcist.
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Here’s to Not Catching our Hair on Fire

Rating: 4
Reading Here’s to not Catching our Hair on Fire feels like you have just met up with an old friend who has just gulped down a high caffeine drink and is catching you up on her whole sometimes ordinary and other times zany life with all its ups and down which are at times made more difficult, crazy and humorous because of author Stacey Turis’s “unreliable brain” that is battling with ADHD and giftedness.
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An Agoraphobic's Guide to Hollywood

Rating: 4
The year is 1990 and, though there are already rumors of strange goings-on, Michael Jackson is at the height of his power.
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Am I There Yet?

Rating: 4
Goldstein Lebovitz writes about her childhood, her adulthood, her family, and the bizarre situations that she finds herself in, all of it peppered with light humor.
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Fast Times in Palestine

Rating: 4
Pamela Olsen graduated from Stanford with a degree in physics and no idea what she wanted to do next. So she worked as a bartender and saved some cash until a friend asked her if she wanted to visit the Middle East.
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American Girl

Rating: 2.5
Roseann Fontana begins her story years before her name change to Roxanne. She begins it in Brooklyn as a girl in love with music. Young Roseann is obsessed with The Beatles and is also filled with love for Brian Jones, and starts a fan club for him that goes international. It doesn’t matter that Jones is already deceased; he is loved and missed by many.
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Rebooting My Brain

Rating: 3
In her memoir, Rebooting My Brain, Maria Ross writes about life before, during, and after a brain aneurysm that hit her unexpectedly in 2008.
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How To Raise A Good Kid

Rating: 4
In this entertaining series of essays, O’Dwyer mines his comfortable middle-class American childhood for life lessons.
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The Girl You Deserve

Rating: 4.5
Edite Vidins, a woman of Latvian heritage raised in Australia, begins this compelling memoir with the disclosure that the love of her young life, a man named Warwick, has died of hypothermia after wandering out of a bar and into a blizzard.
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Death with Dignity

Rating: 5
Death with Dignity is author Robert Orfali’s passionate and persuasive argument for legalized physician-assisted dying, based on personal opinion and experience and extensive research into the debates and issues revolving around this controversial issue.
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Mirror Talk

Rating: 4
At an early age, Alfaro's Papa (grandfather) teaches her to fish and draw on the beaches of Rockaway, New York. These delicate recollections set the stage for a memoir that rocks us gently with humanity, depth and quick, subtle humor.
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This River Called Life: A Letter to My Children

Rating: 4
The night before surgery, author Velinda Peyton realized that if she didn’t make it through she’d regret never having said a number of things to her children. She decided to put heartfelt words down on paper in a finale of “love, meaning and happiness,” intended originally for her children only.
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Maria’s Duck Tales

Rating: 5
A collection of stories about the ducks that lived in the author’s backyard and taught her about Mother Nature’s hope and heartbreak.
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Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story

Rating: 5
Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story is a young girl’s coming of age story showing her struggles as she grows up with a religious fanatic mother, a step-father she can’t stand and the man she idealizes – her father.