Memoir

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Treasure Hunter

Rating: 5
In 1953, an eleven-year-old West Texas boy named W.C. Jameson had his first adventure, which led to his second adventure - his first treasure hunt.
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Why Me?

Rating: 4.5
“Why Me?” is Sarah Burleton’s heart wrenching and thought-provoking memoir of living with a mother who abused her as a child and teenager.
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Where Am I Going?--Moving from Religious Tourist to Spiritual Explorer

Rating: 4
Author Michelle Cromer effectively mixes personal anecdotes with all-encompassing insights in a comprehensive, organized structure.
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While I Was Learning to Become God

Rating: 4
Sybil Vaughan is a delicate, creative and almost spirit-like child who struggles with the conflict of nurturing her own independent spirit with a society that wants to control her every thought and action.
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Second Sight: Views From An Eye Doctor's Odyssey

Rating: 4.5
With honesty, candor and a great sense of humor, David Paton MD, brings to the pages of his memoir the very essence of his journey though his life and career.
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Paris, Moi and the Gang

Rating: 2.5
Documents Grendlin's daily meanderings through modern-day Paris, a journey that's mainly interesting to Grendlin.
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In Spite of the System

Rating: 3.5
A truly frightening story about mistaken identitiy that will keep you turning the pages. Here is a Kafka-esque experience that really happened.
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All Men Are Cremated Equal: My 77 Blind Dates

Rating: 4
Referring to herself as "Bridget Jones' American cousin," Elizabeth chronicles her true-life dating spree as a marriage-minded mortician in her mid-30's.
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Past Imperfect, Present Progressive

Rating: 3
A memoir written by a man whose life nearly spans iconic eras in American history-from his youth during World War II and his Army service during the Kennedy era to his coming of age during Vietnam and his tenure as an English teacher (and father) during the 70s and 80s.
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Siren's Feast, An Edible Odyssey

Rating: 4
Set primarily against the backdrop of the turbulent Sixties and early Seventies, Siren's Feast, An Edible Odyssey, is a memoir of a rebellious daughter who foregoes the safety and security of suburban American life and sets off on an adventure that leads her to some of the remote outposts of the world.
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The Call of the World

Rating: 3.5
A travelogue/memoir full of great descriptions; interesting tales; and insightful reflections on people and places.
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Happiness Is No Laughing Matter

Rating: 4
Starting in 1959 when he was a young student, Marshall Yaeger takes us through his evolution as a writer, actor and theater director. A deeply personal work, he comments on his own accomplishments, his failures and disappointments and—by coming to terms with his homosexuality—his slow discovery of his true self.
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Ball Crazy

Rating: 4
Delves into the the obsession with baseball and makes it easily relatable for the unfamiliar reader, highlighting the emotional highs and lows of watching and playing the game.
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The Spirit in the Desert: Pilgrimages to Sacred Sites in the Owens Valley

Rating: 3
Father Brad Karelius traverses the land of the Paiute Indian tribes, the earth now barren where families once walked. He also takes us inside his own walls--describing his family and their challenges in dealing with his son Erik's seizures.
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Love, Fate and Afghanistan

Rating: 3.5
The author looks back on his heady youth in this hippy-era memoir of travels across the Middle East and India.
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A Suitcase Full of Faith

Rating: 3.5
A Suitcase Full of Faith is about traveling the world while listening to one’s heart, even when the obstacles may seem insurmountable.
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Growing Up Irish Catholic, and Surviving My Mom's Eleven Sisters

Rating: 4
The author is sarcastic and misanthropic enough to please any Woody Allen fan, but he is also compassionate and careful to point out his own deficiencies.
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The Daring Spectacle

Rating: 4
SF Chronicle/SFGate columnist and culture critic Mark Morford's hilarious modern record of sex and media, politics and pop culture, love and lust, as told in ninety-two delectable partsnot including all the delicious photos and terrifying hate mail.
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We All We Got

Rating: 2
A book about the Pittsburgh Panthers, penned by a passionate fan.
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The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer

Rating: 4
A sweet and heartbreaking story of the life and times of black Labrador retrievers, Boomer and Beezer.
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Midnight in Rome: A Wandering Mind in a City Eternal

Rating: 4
A coming-of-age story set in Rome, as seen from the eyes of someone who is seeing it for the first time.
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Accidental Lessons

Rating: 3.5
A memoir by Chicago journalist David W. Berner is a heart wrenching and inspirational account of self-discovery.