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  • Read By the Author

    I love to listen to memoirs read by the authors that wrote them. Not so long ago, I was quite skeptical of all audiobooks. I viewed listening to a book as cheating, unless it was a matter of poor eyesight. I have, however, warmed somewhat to audiobooks, and memoirs read by their authors have become a...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by Shh_ImReading@evpl on 09-24-2012
  • Happy Belated Mother's Day: The Gift of an Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison

    I meant to write this several weeks ago, before Mother's Day, but I've had trouble sitting down to try and put into words what this book meant to me. I picked it up last fall when it was new. The flyleaf calls it "a memoir of a family in transition" and mentioned children becoming teenagers...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by kiya@evpl on 06-01-2010
  • Losing Mum and Pup: a memoir

    Christopher Buckley usually writes funny, satirical novels ( Supreme Courtship ; Thank You for Smoking ). I have read a few of his novels and enjoyed them. Still, I almost didn't pick up his newest book, Losing Mum and Pup , about the year during which both of his parents died. Writes Buckley: "They...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by kiya@evpl on 12-15-2009
  • Double Take worth a look

    You're walking down the street and a legless man on a skateboard zooms by. Your first reaction--shock? disgust? pity? Welcome to Kevin Michael Connolly 's world. Author of the recent memoir Double Take , Connolly was born without legs. Instead of being institutionalized or coddled, Connolly's...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by myzticrhythmz@evpl on 12-11-2009
  • Great Scot! (aka, Grateful American)

    Many celebrity biographies possess certain similarities: ambition, failed relationships, struggle, and frequently, addictions and/or abuse. So much of the success of the book depends not only on how the author has dealt with these situations in real life, but also on how they are able to share the details...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by myzticrhythmz@evpl on 10-23-2009
  • The Ripest Moments by Norbert Krapf

    The Ripest Moments is a simple pleasure to read. While reading this memoir of growing up in the 40s and 50s in Jasper and rural Dubois County, Indiana, I found myself reminded over and over again of my own childhood in northern Indiana, and the cousins, aunts, and uncles we'd often visit in Ohio...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by Bufkinite@evpl on 09-15-2009
  • Love As Always, Kurt: Vonnegut As I Knew Him, by Loree Rackstraw

    In September of 1965 Lorree Rackstraw was a graduate student in her second year at the Iowa Writer's Workshop, apprehensive about her new teacher, a relatively unknown writer named Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut had published just three books: The Sirens of Titan , Mother Night , and Cat's Cradle ....
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by Bufkinite@evpl on 09-07-2009
  • Remarkable Story of an Owl and His Girl

    Yes, that's the subtitle of the book I just finished. Wesley the Owl is a must for anyone who has ever been in love with an animal. The story is written by Stacey O'Brien, who was a lab assistant at Cal Tech when she adopted a 4-day-old barn owl after he suffered permanent nerve damage and could...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by wag.mado@evpl on 08-07-2009
  • E Can Write More Than Songs

    Mark Oliver Everett is probably better known simply as E, the lead singer and creative force behind the Eels, but a few months ago he published a memoir under his full name called Things the Grandchildren Should Know . He might be a little younger than most people who've decided to write memoirs...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by Shh_ImReading@evpl on 03-24-2009
  • Somewhere Towards the End by Diana Athill

    Written in her 89th year, Diana Athill writes in Somewhere Towards the End not so much about getting old, but reflects on her life and, especially as the book goes on, about being old, and the matter-of-fact changes age imposes on one. It gives me great hope to read something written by a 90 year old...
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by Bufkinite@evpl on 02-25-2009
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