Books by Memoir & Autobiography
Girl in the Dark: A Memoir (2000)
3.85 of 5 Votes: 1
I am a catastrophic thinker. I blame the media. Not always but more often than not, I have given serious consideration to whether heartburn might actually be a heart attack, calf pain a DVT. Knowing this about myself, I tend to avoid books like Brain on Fire or The Diving Bell and the Butterfl...
Russian Tattoo: A Memoir (2000)
4 of 5 Votes: 2
Loved it! Gorokhova's writing weaves from present day U.S. to her past life in the U.S.S.R., giving the reader a great perspective of how challenging it can be for any immigrant coming to this country. Definitely thought-provoking on how easy we have it in the USA and made me ever more thankful f...
What Burns Away (2000)
3.89 of 5 Votes: 2
This was just OK for me; I think it went on a little too long. I liked the ending, but parts of it just dragged on and I skimmed pages at a time. I can't put my finger on why I didn't love it; I enjoyed the main storyline, but it seemed like it kept getting interrupted in (too long) flashbacks th...
Island Born (2012)
4.32 of 5 Votes: 3
I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads program, and I have to admit I mostly got it thinking that my boyfriend would enjoy it, as he has always dreamed of sailing around the world. While the first half of the book definitely did not make me want to join him on a circumglobal saili...
Leaving Before the Rains Come (2000)
3.75 of 5 Votes: 2
Having not yet read the earlier books of Ms. Fuller, I have now downloaded them as well. Another book club selection that I couldn't put down. The language, settings, heart ache and fully explored feelings and emotions of this memoir are deep and painful as great memoirs have. The author reveals ...
Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film (2000)
3.67 of 5 Votes: 4
Patton Oswalt is a really good memoirist. He has the deft touch of a seasoned comedian, a keen eye for metaphor and the important detail, and a strong sense of storytelling. Silver Screen Fiend imbues his early standup years with a strong narrative arc, one of artistic stagnation and malaise, a...
Seize (2000)
4.62 of 5 Votes: 4
I keep my good thoughts about the story...In this second book, inside the whole story between Sebastian and Lilith, I found that this get better every time.We are talking about, the questions we had in the first, are answered here... But Clarissa still keeps that dark side really connected with t...
Dirty Chick: Adventures of an Unlikely Farmer (2000)
4.12 of 5 Votes: 1
This book was so honest. Typically, many urban turned rural homesteaders write books that wax poetic about the charms of country living. I recommend that any potential homesteader read this book and think VERY HARD about what it really takes. Antonia tells us what to expect and what exactly it ta...
A Teoria de Tudo: A Extraordinária História de Jane e Stephen Hawking (2014)
3.65 of 5 Votes: 1
I wanted to love this book. After seeing the wonderful movie I was hoping to find out more of the story behind Jane and Stephen Hawking's public persona. I was disappointed in both of them. She comes off as a whining and suffering from "poor me syndrome" and he sounds like an egotistical basta...
Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain (2014)
3.71 of 5 Votes: 5
Fun, yet disappointing book. Very few nitty-gritty details about the making of Purple Rain. And, as usual, no input from Prince himself. So, lots of discussion about how brilliant yet conflicted Prince is. With a great deal of speculation regarding why Prince did (or didn't do) this, that, or...
Erasing Faith (2014)
4.59 of 5 Votes: 1
I absolutely loved everything about "Erasing Faith". I read "Say the word" before reading this one and loved it but this one was even better for me. There's no point saying what is so great about the book because everything is just fantastic,you start reading and you just can't stop.Now, the only...
The Universal Tone: My Life (2014)
4.1 of 5 Votes: 2
Learning from a book is as important to me as reading it. Some read for pleasure & the joy to escape. I love the escape as much as I love learning. From this memoir, which I thought would be similar to all the other "rock" memoirs, I learned gratitude, light, compassion, God, Allah, communic...
A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War, and a Ruined House in France (2000)
3.81 of 5 Votes: 5
If the blurb is to be believed, this is a book about why the author's maternal grandparents split up to never speak to each other again, even after 50 years. More than that each goes out of their way to not even be in the same country as the other at the same time if possible. Sounds like a great...
Surviving the Fourth Cycle (2012)
4.47 of 5 Votes: 1
Surviving the Fourth Cycle by Nathan Daniels is an incredible, emotional, and inspiring look at one man's struggles with and triumph over mental illness. In it, Daniels offers himself fully to his readers, and in doing so, to himself, as he exposes the depths of his mind, his soul, his life.To g...
Herbie Hancock: Possibilities (2014)
4.02 of 5 Votes: 1
Pretty standard memoir fare. Some interesting thoughts and memories coming from pianist extraordinaire Herbie Hancock. You will learn what motivates the man to explore different genres of music, why he likes changing things up. You will also be given some behind the scenes interaction with fellow...