Memoirs


Judith E. Heumann, Kristen Joiner
Description: One of the most influential disability rights activists in US history tells her personal story of fighting for the right to receive an education, have a job, and just be human. A story of fighting to belong in a world that wasn't built for all of us and of one woman's activism--from the streets of Brooklyn and San Francisco to inside the halls of Washington--Being Heumann recounts Judy Heumann's lifelong battle to achieve respect, acceptance, and inclusion in society.
Call Number: 362.4 Heu
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 12, 2020
Leslie Gray Streeter
Description: "Leslie Gray Streeter is not cut out for widowhood. She's not ready for hushed rooms and pitying looks. She is not ready to stand graveside, dabbing her eyes in a classy black hat. If she had her way she'd wear her favorite curve-hugging leopard print dress to Scott's funeral; he loved her in that dress! But, here she is, having lost her soulmate to a sudden heart attack, totally unsure of how to navigate her new widow lifestyle. ("New widow lifestyle." Sounds like something you'd find products for on daytime TV, like comfy track suits and compression socks. Wait, is a widow even allowed to make jokes?) Looking at widowhood through the prism of race, mixed marriage, and aging, Black Widow redefines the stages of grief, from coffin shopping to day-drinking, to being a grown-ass woman crying for your mommy, to breaking up and making up with God, to facing the fact that life goes on even after the death of the person you were supposed to live it with. While she stumbles toward an uncertain future as a single mother raising a baby with her own widowed mother (plot twist!), Leslie looks back on her love story with Scott, recounting their journey through racism, religious differences, and persistent confusion about what kugel is. Will she find the strength to finish the most important thing that she and Scott started? Tender, true, and endearingly hilarious, Black Widow is a story about the power of love, and how the only guide book for recovery is the one you write yourself." -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 306.883 Str
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 12, 2020
Philip Kennicott
Description: A reflection on the meaning and emotional impact of a Bach masterwork. As his mother was dying, Philip Kennicott began listening to the music of Bach obsessively, and spent the next five years trying to learn one of the composer's greatest keyboard masterpieces, the Goldberg Variations. Here he recounts his efforts to rise to the challenge, and to fight through his grief by coming to terms with memories of a difficult, complicated childhood. He describes the joys of mastering some of the pieces, the frustrations that plague his understanding of others, the technical challenges they pose, and the surpassing beauty of the melodies, harmonies, and counterpoint that distinguish them. While exploring Bach's compositions, he sketches a cultural history of playing the piano in the twentieth century. And he raises two questions--increasingly interrelated: What does it mean to know a piece of music? What does it mean to know another human being?-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 786.2092 Ken
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 12, 2020
R. Eric Thomas
Description: R. Eric Thomas didn't know he was different until the world told him so. Everywhere he went--whether it was his rich, mostly white, suburban high school, his conservative black church, or his Ivy League college in a big city--he found himself on the outside looking in. In essays, Eric redefines what it means to be an "other" through the lens of his own life experience. He explores the two worlds of his childhood: the barren urban landscape where his parents' house was, and the school they sent him to in white suburbia. He writes about struggling to reconcile his Christian identity with his sexuality. Ultimately, Eric seeks the answer to the ever more relevant question: Is the future worth it? Why do we bother when everything seems to be getting worse? As the world continues to shift in unpredictable ways, Eric finds the answers to these questions by re-envisioning what "normal" means, and in the powerful alchemy that occurs when you at last place yourself at the center of your own story.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 818 Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 12, 2020
Kristina Kuzmič
Description: Thirteen years ago Kuzmič worked double shifts as a waitress and spent her nights reading by flashlight in the bedroom she shared with her kids. The financial stress and parenting pressures didn't feel manageable-- so she let her feisty side take charge. Recognizing the gifts and tools she'd had all along, Kuzmič created a social media presence with a message of self-acceptance, resilience, and joy. Her heartfelt and witty memoir will give you the boost you need to get through the day. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: 306.8743 Kuz
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 12, 2020
Fanny Singer
Description: "A cookbook and culinary memoir about growing up as the daughter of culinary legend Alice Waters: a story of food, family, and figuring out who you are"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 12, 2020
Erica Bauermeister
Description: In this memoir-in-essays, Erica Bauermeister renovates a trash-filled house in the eccentric town of Port Townsend, WA, and in the process takes readers on a journey into the ways our spaces subliminally affect us, ultimately showing us how to make our houses (and lives) better.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 818 Bau
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 12, 2020
Hadley Freeman
Description: "Hadley Freeman knew her grandmother Sara had lived in France, just as Hitler started to gain power in Europe, but rarely did anyone in her family talk about it. Until long after her grandmother's death, she found a shoebox tucked in a closet. In it was:a photograph of her grandmother with a mysterious stranger; a cryptic telegram from the Red Cross; and a drawing signed by Picasso. This discovery sent Freeman on a decade-long journey, as she tried to uncover the significance of these keepsakes. Her search took her from the Picasso archives in Paris to a secret room in a farmhouse in the Auvergne, from Long Island to Auschwitz. Here, Freeman pieces together the puzzle of her family's past. Sarah had three brothers: Jacques, Henri, and Alex. Their lives in France during the war--at times typical, at times remarkable--illustrates the broad range of experiences of Eastern European Jews. Jacques was one of the first to be arrested and sentenced to the concentration camps, where he died. He was on the same train as Irene Nemirovsky, the author of Suite Francaise. Henri hid in his apartment, and survived. He invented a microfilming machine that the resistance used to protect French secrets. Alex, a successful haute couture designer before the war, served in the French Legion. When he was arrested in 1943 and sent to Auschwitz, he pulled up the floorboards of the train, escaped, and was hidden by communists in the French countryside. He went on to become an influential gallerist, and a close friend of Picasso;the boy who began life in a ghetto ended his days living in the most expensive street in Paris. Sarah left for America. Freeman assumed her grandmother must have been thrilled to escape, but the truth was she was miserable-she'd been tricked by her brothers into leaving in the first place. This is a thrilling family saga, with extraordinary twists, vivid characters, and famous cameos. It describes the Jewish and immigrant experience, discussing issues like assimilation, identity and home-issues still relevant today"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 12, 2020
Esther Safran Foer
Description: "Esther Safran Foer grew up in a family where history was too terrible to speak of. The child of parents who were each the sole survivors of their respective families, for Esther the Holocaust was always felt but never discussed. So when Esther's mother casually mentions an astonishing revelation--that her father had a previous wife and daughter, both killed in the Holocaust--Esther resolves to find the truth. Armed with only a black-and-white photo and hand-drawn map, she travels to Ukraine, determined to find the shtetl where her father hid during the war. What she finds not only reshapes her identity but gives her the long-denied opportunity to mourn the all-but-forgotten dead"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 12, 2020
Anne Glenconner
Description: "Anne Glenconner has been at the center of the royal circle from childhood, when she met and befriended the future Queen Elizabeth II and her sister, the Princess Margaret. Though the firstborn child of the 5th Earl of Leicester, who controlled one of the largest estates in England, as a daughter she was deemed "the greatest disappointment" and unable to inherit. Since then she has needed all her resilience to survive court life with her sense of humor intact. A unique witness to landmark moments in royal history, Maid of Honor at Queen Elizabeth's coronation, and a lady in waiting to Princess Margaret until her death in 2002, Anne's life has encompassed extraordinary drama and tragedy. In Lady in Waiting, she will share many intimate royal stories from her time as Princess Margaret's closest confidante as well as her own battle for survival: her broken-off first engagement on the basis of her "mad blood"; her 54-year marriage to the volatile, unfaithful Colin Tennant, Lord Glenconner, who left his fortune to a former servant; the death in adulthood of two of her sons; a third son she nursed back from a six-month coma following a horrific motorcycle accident. Through it all, Anne has carried on, traveling the world with the royal family, including visiting the White House, and developing the Caribbean island of Mustique as a safe harbor for the rich and famous-hosting Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Raquel Welch, and many other politicians, aristocrats, and celebrities."--Publisher's description.
Call Number: B Gle
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 12, 2020
Cathy Park Hong
Description: Asian Americans are neither white enough nor black enough to be mentioned in most conversations about racial identity. In the popular imagination, Asian Americans are all high-achieving professionals. But in reality, this is the most economically divided group in the country, a tenuous alliance of people with roots from South Asia to East Asia to the Pacific Islands, from tech millionaires to service industry laborers. Cathy Park Hong confronts this thorny subject, blending memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose the truth of racialized consciousness in America. As the daughter of Korean immigrants, Cathy Park Hong grew up steeped in shame, suspicion, and melancholy. These "minor feelings" occur when American optimism contradicts your own reality--when you believe the lies you're told about your own racial identity. Hong uses her own story as a portal into a deeper examination of racial consciousness in America today. Her book traces her relationship to the English language, to shame and depression, to poetry and artmaking, and to family and female friendship, and forms a portrait of one Asian American psyche--and of a writer's search to both uncover and speak the truth.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Hon
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 12, 2020
Bess Kalb
Description: "A funny, warm, original memoir in which a grandmother speaks to her granddaughter from beyond the grave, telling, with candor and humor, stories from both their lives--of kinship, loyalty, tenacity, and love"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 306.8745 Kal
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 12, 2020
Honor Moore
Description: A daughter's memoir of her mother evolves beautifully into a narrative of the sweeping changes in women's lives in the twentieth century. Our Revolution reads like a nineteenth-century novel as we follow the love story of a woman and her family through the twentieth-century civil rights, antiwar, and feminist movements. Born into Boston society in 1923, Jenny Moore rebelled by going to college and later emerged as a writer. At twenty-one, she married Paul Moore, a decorated war hero who became Bishop Paul Moore, and joined him in a socially radical ministry. Eventually, they had nine children. "Everything was just starting," Jenny protested--meaning a new independent life inspired by the women's rights movement--when she was diagnosed with cancer at fifty. Jenny bequeathed her eldest daughter her unfinished writing, and there Honor Moore finds the mother whose loss had long haunted her. Our Revolution is an account of two women navigating the twentieth century and a daughter's story of the mother who shaped her life as an artist and a woman.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 920 Moo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 12, 2020
Rebecca Solnit
Description: Rebecca Solnit relates how she found her voice as a writer and as a feminist during the 1980s in San Francisco, in an atmosphere of gender violence on the street and the exclusion of women from cultural arenas. Then in her early twenties, Solnit tells of being poor, hopeful, and adrift in the city, which became her great teacher; of the small apartment she found, which became a home in which to metamorphosize; of how punk rock gave form and voice to her own fury and explosive energy. Solnit explores the way some men attempted to erase her, to shut her up, keep her out and challenge her credibility, as well as contemplating other kinds of nonexistence of groups for gender, ethnicity, and orientation. Her book ends with what liberated her as a person and as a writer--books themselves, the gay men and community who presented a new model of what else gender, family, and celebration could be, and her awakening to the spacious landscapes of the American west, which taught her how to write in the way she has ever since. -- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Sol
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 12, 2020
Eliese Colette Goldbach
Description: A memoir of grit and tenacity, as one young woman returns to the conservative hometown she always longed to escape to earn a living in the steel mill that casts a shadow over Cleveland. To ArcelorMittal Steel Eliese is known as #6691: Utility Worker, but this was never her dream. Fresh out of college, Eliese found herself applying for a job at the local steel mill. The mill is everything she was trying to escape, but it's also her only shot at financial security in an economically devastated and forgotten part of America. Here she brings the reader inside the belly of the mill and the middle American upbringing that brought her there in the first place. She takes a long and intimate look at her Rust Belt childhood and struggles to reconcile her desire to leave without turning her back on the people she's come to love. Faced with the financial promise of a steelworker's paycheck, and the very real dangers of working in this environment, Eliese finds unexpected warmth and camaraderie among the gruff men she labors beside each day. In the most unlikely and hellish of places, Eliese discovers the hope that begins to grow.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Gol
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 12, 2020
Shaker Jeffrey, Katharine Holstein
Description: Recounts the story of Shaker Jeffrey, a young Yazidi interpreter for the US military in Iraq, and what happened after ISIS sentenced the Yazidi people to extermination. The Yazidis fled to Mount Shingal, where they had no food and no water. Shaker went behind enemy lines, relaying their precise locations to CENTCOM in Washington and even infiltrating their ranks to rescue the taken; but he would come to risk everything in the search for his beloved. He established a cross-border, underground rescue network that would save the lives of thousands of civilians, all while feeding intelligence to the US military--and landing him at the top of ISIS's execution list.
Call Number: 956.7044 Jef
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 12, 2020
Phuc Tran
Description: For anyone who has ever felt like they don't belong, Phuc Tran shares an irreverent, funny, and moving tale of displacement and assimilation woven together with poignant themes from beloved works of classic literature. In 1975, during the fall of Saigon, Phuc Tran immigrates to America along with his family. They land in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a small town where the Trans struggle to assimilate into their new life. In this coming-of-age memoir told through the themes of great books such as The Metamorphosis, The Scarlett Letter, The Iliad, and more, Tran navigates the push and pull of finding and accepting himself despite the challenges of immigration, feelings of isolation, teenage rebellion, and assimilation, all while attempting to meet the rigid expectations set by his immigrant parents. His book explores one man's bewildering experiences of abuse, racism, and tragedy and reveals redemption and connection in books and punk rock. Against the backdrop of the '80s, he finds solace and kinship in the wisdom of classic literature, and in the subculture of punk rock, he finds affirmation and echoes of his disaffection. In his journey for self-discovery Tran ultimately finds refuge and inspiration in the art that shapes--and ultimately saves--him. From statement provided by publisher."For anyone who has ever felt like they don't belong, Sigh, Gone shares an irreverent, funny, and moving tale of displacement and assimilation woven together with poignant themes from beloved works of classic literature. In 1975, during the fall of Saigon, Phuc Tran immigrates to America along with his family. By sheer chance they land in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a small town where the Trans struggle to assimilate into their new life. In this coming-of-age memoir told through the themes of great books such as The Metamorphosis, The Scarlett Letter, The Iliad, and more, Tran navigates the push and pull of finding and accepting himself despite the challenges of immigration, feelings of isolation, teenage rebellion, and assimilation, all while attempting to meet the rigid expectations set by his immigrant parents. Appealing to fans of coming-of-age memoirs such as Fresh Off the Boat, Running with Scissors, or tales of assimilation like Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Displaced and The Refugees, Sigh, Gone explores one man's bewildering experiences of abuse, racism, and tragedy and reveals redemption and connection in books and punk rock. Against the hairspray-and-synthesizer backdrop of the '80s, he finds solace and kinship in the wisdom of classic literature, and in the subculture of punk rock, he finds affirmation and echoes of his disaffection. In his journey for self-discovery Tran ultimately finds refuge and inspiration in the art that shapes--and ultimately saves--him" Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.8 Tra
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 12, 2020
Eilene Zimmerman
Description: Eilene Zimmerman's ex-husband, Peter, had it all: He was a partner at a prestigious law firm, lived in a $2 million house by the beach, and had two great kids. Maintaining a friendly relationship, Eilene and Peter talked and saw each other frequently. A few years after their divorce she started noticing erratic behavior: absenteeism, weight loss, constant exhaustion and sickness. Peter explained it away as stress from the pressures of his job, but Eilene felt that something else was wrong. Months later, when she finds him dead, she goes on a journey to investigate how a man she thought she knew had become a drug addict. Zimmerman looks at white-collar drug use and the devastation it leaves behind, showing that addiction can strike anyone. The book looks at Peter's downward spiral and the drug epidemic among high-powered professionals, its impact on his family, and how a woman reconceives her life in the wake of loss.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 362.29 Zim
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 12, 2020
Noé Álvarez
Description: "Growing up in Yakima, Washington, Noé Álvarez worked at an apple-packing plant alongside his mother, who “slouched over a conveyor belt of fruit, shoulder to shoulder with mothers conditioned to believe this was all they could do with their lives.” A university scholarship offered escape, but as a first-generation Latino college-goer, Álvarez struggled to fit in. At nineteen, he learned about a Native American/First Nations movement called the Peace and Dignity Journeys, epic marathons meant to renew cultural connections across North America. He dropped out of school and joined a group of Dené, Secwépemc, Gitxsan, Dakelh, Apache, Tohono O'odham, Seri, Purépecha, and Maya runners, all fleeing difficult beginnings. Telling their stories alongside his own, Álvarez writes about a four-month-long journey from Canada to Guatemala that pushed him to his limits. He writes not only of overcoming hunger, thirst, and fear--dangers included stone-throwing motorists and a mountain lion--but also of asserting Indigenous and working-class humanity in a capitalist society where oil extraction, deforestation, and substance abuse wreck communities. Running through mountains, deserts, and cities, and through the Mexican territory his parents left behind, Álvarez forges a new relationship with the land, and with the act of running, carrying with him the knowledge of his parents' migration, and--against all odds in a society that exploits his body and rejects his spirit--the dream of a liberated future."--Amazon.com.
Call Number: 796.42 Alv
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 12, 2020
Sarah Ramey
Description: The funny, defiant memoir of Sarah Ramey's years-long battle with a mysterious illness that doctors thought was all in her head--but wasn't. A revelation and an inspiration for millions of women whose legitimate health complaints are ignored. Ramey recounts the decade-long saga of how a seemingly minor illness in her senior year of college turned into a prolonged and elusive condition that destroyed her health but that doctors couldn't diagnose or treat. Worse, as they failed to cure her, they hinted that her problems were all in her head. This is a memoir with a mission: to help those who suffer from unnamed or misunderstood conditions: autoimmune illnesses like fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic Lyme disease, and chronic pain. Her pursuit of a diagnosis and cure for her own mysterious illness becomes a medical mystery that reveals a newly emerging understanding of modern illnesses as ecological in nature.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 616.044 Ram
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 12, 2020
Linda Sarsour, Harry Belafonte
Description: "Women's March co-organizer Linda Sarsour shares how growing up Palestinian Muslim American, feminist, and empowered moved her to become a globally recognized and celebrated activist on behalf of marginalized communities across the country"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Sar
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 12, 2020
Alex Halberstadt
Description: Alex Halberstadt set off on a quest to name and acknowledge a legacy of family trauma, and to end a century-old cycle of estrangement. His search takes him across the troubled land of his birth. In Ukraine he tracks down his paternal grandfather--most likely the last living bodyguard of Joseph Stalin--to reckon with the ways in which decades of Soviet totalitarianism shaped three generations of his family. He visits Lithuania, his Jewish mother's home, to examine the legacy of the Holocaust and anti-Semitism that remains largely unaccounted for. And he returns to his birthplace, Moscow, where his glamorous grandmother designed homespun couture for Soviet ministers' wives, his mother consoled dissidents at a psychiatric hospital, and his father made a dangerous living dealing in black-market American records. Along the way, Halberstadt traces the fragile and indistinct boundary between history and biography. Finally, he explores his own story: that of an immigrant who arrived in America, to a housing project in Queens, New York. A now fatherless ten-year-old boy struggling with identity, rootlessness, and a yearning for home, he became another in a line of sons who grew up separated from their fathers by the tides of politics and history. As Halberstadt revisits the sites of his family's formative traumas, he uncovers a multigenerational transmission of fear, suspicion, melancholy, and rage. And he comes to realize something more: Nations, like people, possess formative traumas that penetrate into the most private recesses of their citizens' lives.
Call Number: 305.8924 Hal
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 12, 2020
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Being Heumann : An Unrepentant Memoir Of A Disability Rights Activist
Judith E. Heumann, Kristen Joiner
362.4 Heu
Nobody Will Tell You This But Me : A True (As Told To Me) Story
Bess Kalb
306.8745 Kal
Black Widow : A Sad-funny Journey Through Grief For People Who Normally Avoid Books With Words Like "Journey" In The Title
Leslie Gray Streeter
306.883 Str
Our Revolution : A Mother And Daughter At Midcentury
Honor Moore
920 Moo
Counterpoint : A Memoir Of Bach And Mourning
Philip Kennicott
786.2092 Ken
Recollections Of My Nonexistence
Rebecca Solnit
B Sol
Here For It : Or, How To Save Your Soul In America : Essays
R. Eric Thomas
818 Tho
Rust : A Memoir Of Steel And Grit
Eliese Colette Goldbach
B Gol
Hold On, But Don't Hold Still : Hope And Humor From My Seriously Flawed Life
Kristina Kuzmič
306.8743 Kuz
Shadow On The Mountain : A Yazidi Memoir Of Terror, Resistance, And Hope
Shaker Jeffrey, Katharine Holstein
956.7044 Jef
Home : A Daughter's Culinary Memoir
Fanny Singer
Sigh, Gone : A Misfit's Memoir Of Great Books, Punk Rock, And The Fight To Fit In
Phuc Tran
305.8 Tra
House Lessons : Renovating A Life
Erica Bauermeister
818 Bau
Smacked : A Story Of White-collar Ambition, Addiction, And Tragedy
Eilene Zimmerman
362.29 Zim
House Of Glass : The Story And Secrets Of A Twentieth-century Jewish Family
Hadley Freeman
Spirit Run : A 6,000-mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land
Noé Álvarez
796.42 Alv
I Want You To Know We're Still Here
Esther Safran Foer
The Lady's Handbook For Her Mysterious Illness : A Memoir
Sarah Ramey
616.044 Ram
Lady In Waiting : My Extraordinary Life In The Shadow Of The Crown
Anne Glenconner
B Gle
We Are Not Here To Be Bystanders : A Memoir Of Love And Resistance
Linda Sarsour, Harry Belafonte
B Sar
Minor Feelings : An Asian American Reckoning
Cathy Park Hong
B Hon
Young Heroes Of The Soviet Union : A Memoir And A Reckoning
Alex Halberstadt
305.8924 Hal