Books by Memoir & Autobiography
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (2012)
3.98 of 5 Votes: 1
An amazing portrait of desperate poverty and the people it affects in Mumbai, this is one of the best works of narrative non-fiction I've ever read. This reads like fiction, the characters, events, and setting are so unbelievably real. I found myself questioning Boo's process throughout, wonderin...
Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang (2010)
3.79 of 5 Votes: 5
Chelsea Handler is the type of rich person who thinks it is hilarious that some middle-class people eat at Olive Garden. If you find this to be an annoying and arrogant perspective, you will likely not enjoy this book.Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang has its funny moments, but they do not really justify...
Konsten att vara kvinna (2012)
3.71 of 5 Votes: 2
Feminism is a scary word for a lot of people.It is a topic of increasing importance, as not many people view it as a current issue that needs addressing. Caitlin Moran proves that, even today, being a woman is difficult when it shouldn’t have to be.Moran’s writing style can be summed up in one wo...
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (2014)
3.95 of 5 Votes: 2
An appropriate book to finish on International Women's Day.I have a great deal of respect for Malala and what she represents; namely access to education. Unfortunately, I think this message was lost at times, particularly when the book attempts some sort of analysis of Pakistan's political histor...
The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun (2009)
3.52 of 5 Votes: 5
Reading this book felt similarly satisfying as reorganizing my closet, crossing off multiple tasks from a list, or throwing away junk that I don't need. A quick read, but left me feeling inspired in a simple and undaunted way. I also really appreciated the many real life tips and actually feel co...
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) (2011)
3.81 of 5 Votes: 3
I used this book as my intro back to reading for pleasure 8 years after nursing school ended. Nursing school ruined reading for me but when I asked for recommendations for books from my friends this one looked like a great place to start and it was! I thought this book was very funny and I enjoye...
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)(Enhanced Edition) (2011)
3.81 of 5 Votes: 3
I stopped reading this about two-thirds of the way through. Now, that could be because I probably desired something more plot-driven right about now. It could also be because it sort of ambles and isn't as hilarious as I would have expected from a comedy-TV writer. It's got a few chuckle-worthy m...
Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back (2010)
4.01 of 5 Votes: 4
4 year-old Colton Burbo made it through an emergency appendectomy,, coming out with not only his life but many interesting mannerisms he explains, “came from heaven.” His parents were astonished by the images Colton began describing He also began stating descriptions of bible, and observations of...
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010)
4.03 of 5 Votes: 3
This book is 100% not what I expected. It is a poignantly written non-fiction account of the unintentional contribution to science of one woman, Henrietta Lacks. Without her cells we would not have the scientific understanding and medical treatments we take for granted today. At the same time she...