Biography/Memoir

This Time Together

Thursday, June 24, 2010
Carol Burnett

Reading this book is like sitting down for a chat with an old friend.  It's filled with lovely and humorous stories about Carol's rise in show business and those she's worked with along the way, from Gary Moore to Harvey Korman.  An easy, enjoyable read for a summer afternoon.

Sue A., Reference

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Just Kids

Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Patti Smith

Just Kids is a tender story about Smith's relationship with another young artist, Robert Maplethorpe and the world around them. They found each other on the streets of New York city during the late '60s. They were young and determined; they had each other's backs. Through thick and thin, they stayed "together" untll each "made it" Not only does Smith tell about their relationship, but also paints an interesting picture of who and what was going on around them. I loved it.

Donna O., Adult/Technical Services

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The Woman Who Can't Forget (Book on CD)

Saturday, December 20, 2008
Jill Price
The incredible story of a woman who can't forget anything. Sometimes it is a gift and other times a burden, but Jill tells her life story and how her remarkable memory influenced her life. She has no control of what is swirling around in her head since memories, good and bad, just are there all the time. I highly recommend this as a great read or listen.
 
 
Sue Neff, Youth Services

The White Masai

Friday, December 12, 2008
Corinne Hofmann

I read this book when I returned from Africa last year and it was so good, I reread it. Corinne met a Masai on a trip to Africa and immediately knew she had to marry him. She closed up her life in Switzerland, moved into a mud hut with him and tried to make a go of it but eventually he because so jealous and sure that she was cheating on him, that she had to give up. The cultures were just too different. It gives a true picture of how the native Masai live and how someone like us finds it very hard to accept. I recommend it.

Sue N., Youth Services

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Running With the Bulls; My years with the Hemingways

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Valerie Hemingway

An interesting look at a life style that is so different from my own. As a teenager, Valerie Danby-Smith gets a job working for Ernest Hemingway during his years in Spain and Cuba (about 1959-1961). Her relationship with the Hemingways is what this book is all about. She does have a lot of insight and revelations about the years spent with them and tells her story in a interesting way. I didn't care for all the name dropping but it was probably necessary to tell the story of their lives. After Ernest death, Valerie marries Gregory, his son. This was one roller-coaster of a marriage and a tragic story itself. It was brave of her to tell it.

Margaret, Reference

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Manic: a Memoir

Monday, April 14, 2008
Terri Chaney
So, the book wasn't about Dick Chaney's daughter. I was wrong about that. Even still, I was hooked from the 1st page.Manic, a Memoir, by Terri Chaney is a no-holds-barred insight into the mind of a manic depressive Vassar alum, high-powered LA entertainment attorney. WOW. I couldn't put it down; I was glad it was a short read. No wonder it's a best seller.
 
Donna O., Reference
 

The Long Goodbye

Monday, April 14, 2008
Patti Davis
Okay, I admit it. I picked up this book because of the beautiful photo on the cover of Ronald Reagan riding a horse. But I remembered reading some of Patti Davis' articles about her father in a magazine and that I liked her writing style. I wasn't disappointed. If you have ever been estranged from a family member, suffered the loss of a parent, or are caregiving for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, I think you would find this book comforting.
 
Margaret, Reference
 

End of the Spear

Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Steve Saint

Steve Saint was 5 years old when his father was killed by a tribe of warriors in Ecuador. Eventually Steve came to know them - even the very ones who had driven spears into his father's body. He and his family left their comfortable life in the U.S. and lived with the Waodani people in the jungle. It is an adventure full of challenges, losses and rewards. He had spoken all over the world about his experience and a motion picture has been made about this true story. It is quite an eye-opener into another culture and way of life. The library owns the DVD and the storywould make a great book discussion.

Sue N, Youth Services

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The Glass Castle

Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Jeanette Walls

Initially, I was horrified as I read the account of Jeannette’s highly dysfunctional family. Neither of her parents were willing to hold a job for any length of time (although her mother was a college graduate with a teaching degree) and the deplorable conditions of the numerous shacks the Walls children called home made my skin crawl. They were almost always hungry (to the point of regularly searching through the trash of others for food) and, as they made their way east across the U.S., spent many freezing days and nights. There is a particularly memorable scene in the book as Jeannette describes a very rare trip to the laundry mat where she and her sisters and brother huddle around the dryers to try to warm themselves. What I can’t deny is that three of the four Walls children amazingly became hard-working, very creative and useful members of society. The three oldest children are as close a family as any I’ve ever heard of, and their personal triumphs made my soul sing. This book is a testament to the resilience of children, and an inspiration to those of us who did not come from a “storybook” background. Loved it.

Kathleen M., Administration

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A Man Named Dave

Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Dave Pelzer

This book is the final in the trilogy that began with A Child Called "It", a distressing book about a small boy who was tortured and abused for years by his psychotic and alcoholic mother. He finally was rescued and sent to foster care where he grew up with great parents. This is told in the second book, The Lost Boy, and now as an adult with many issues, he writes about his adulthood, his first unsuccessful marriage, his work with abused children, being a parent and a second wonderful marriage to his editor. Not really a fun read but a very worthwhile one.

Sue N., Youth Services

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