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Memoir

Fan Fiction by Brent Spiner

Fan Fiction is a memoir like no other. Brent Spiner plays Data on Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Picard. Although he has had other roles, Data has cemented him in popular culture. Perhaps that gave him the impulse to... Continue Reading →

Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang

Beautiful Country is a memoir of a woman whose parents overstayed their visa making the three of them undocumented immigrants, a family living in fear of deportation back to China. She begins her story as a child in China, her... Continue Reading →

A Quantum Life by Hakeem Oluseyi

A Quantum Life is the memoir of Hakeem Oluwesi, an astrophysicist who with his own extraordinary mind, hard work, and a few critical teachers went from poverty and crime to working for NASA. It is also an extraordinary example of... Continue Reading →

Don’t Ask My Name by Erika Hecht

Don't Ask My Name is a different sort of Holocaust memoir. Her mother had the entire family convert to Catholicism to protect themselves from the increasing anti-Semitism in Hungary. While her parents were divorced, it was amicable even after both... Continue Reading →

Sobremesa: A Memoir of Food and Love by Josephine Caminos Oría

Sobremesa: A Memoir of Food and Love is the memoir of a woman who founded a company that sells dulce de leche based on her grandmother's recipe and has created a business around it. She also provides business consulting to... Continue Reading →

Undaunted by James O. Brennan

Undaunted is the memoir of John O. Brennan, the CIA director for the last half of President Obama's term. Since his retirement, he has been critical of Trump and the Republicans who refused to act to punish Russia for intervening... Continue Reading →

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend by Sanford D. Greenberg

When I saw this memoir had an introduction from Art Garfunkel, a foreword by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and a final word from Margaret Atwood, I had to read it. I mean a musician, justice, and writer come together and... Continue Reading →

The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe

The Hilarious World of Depression is a memoir of the popular radio and podcast personality John Moe. Moe has suffered from depression since junior high though he did not know that for a long time. The diagnosis itself was liberating... Continue Reading →

Hill Women by Cassie Chambers

Hill Women is very much Cassie Chambers memoir of her life, her family and the women of Owsley County, the poorest country in Kentucky, the second poorest in the United States. It is exactly the sort of place J. D.... Continue Reading →

The Threat by Andrew G. McCabe

I suppose I am behind the times reading Andrew G. McCabe's book about the start of the Russia investigation and his retaliatory firing while America has moved on to the Ukraine scandal and impeachment, but the roots of the the... Continue Reading →

Blood by Allison Moorer

Blood is a heartbreaking memoir by Allison Moorer, the country musician. I love music and have a few of her albums, but I had no idea about her history. I didn't know she was Shelby Lynne's sister, or that she... Continue Reading →

Confluence by Zak Podmore

Confluence: Navigating the Personal & Political on Rivers of the New West is a collection of six essays by Zak Podmore that brilliantly connect the rivers he traverses to his own life and the political and social issues that plague... Continue Reading →

Do You Mind If I Cancel by Gary Janetti

The first time I saw Gary Janetti was in his husband's series "It's a Brad Brad World" about the celebrity stylist Brad Goreski who had been the long-suffering new hire on Rachel Zoe's show. I was happy to see him... Continue Reading →

How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones

How We Fight For Our Lives is a marvelous memoir written in chapters that function as individual essays. Saeed Jones tells us about growing up a gay Black boy in Texas, his relationships with his mother and grandmother, and his... Continue Reading →

I Will Never See the World Again by Ahmet Altan

Ahmet Altan is a writer and a journalist in Turkey who managed to offend Erdogan. He and his brother Mehmet were arrested after the failed coup in 2016 and charged with aiding the coup and were sentenced to life in... Continue Reading →

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