Biography/Memoir

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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Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's

Wednesday, March 26, 2008
John Elder Robison

I found this book very interesting. I am of a generation who grew up at a time that identified stigmas, and few mental illnesses … and certainly not shades of illness. This book was written by the older brother of Augusten Burroughs, author of Running with Scissors. I picked the book up because of theRunning with Scissorsconnection, which I hadn’t read, but noticed its popularity with patrons of a certain (younger) age and restlessness.

The author of this autobiography could have been a kid in my elementary school class. There were always a couple of kids whom “everyone” knew to stay away from because they were “bad” kids. This was written by one of those who succeeded … on his own terms … with his own “limitations” … and without “help” from the social services … in other words … the grown-ups. He made it.

WARNING : This book (and the brother’s) are not for the squeamish … but neither is mental health.

Donna Olson, Reference

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A Walk in the Woods

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Bill Bryson
A Walk in the Woods

Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail 

 

This book is about a guy who comes to America after living in England for 20 years. He wants to be a man and decides to take a trip on the Appalachian Trail. This book is hilarious and extremely informative of his trials and pitfalls of the journey--not only his physical journey on the trail, but his journey to becoming a man as well.

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Marilyn S., Circulation

Into the Wild

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Jon Krakauer

Into the wild is a biography about Christopher McCandless written by Jon Krakauer. Christopher, who referred to himself as “Alexander Supertramp” was a voyageur who preferred to get “lost” in the wildness of this Earth that we live on. Much like Henry David Thoreau, “Alex” relished in the challenges of surviving “off the land” rather than in the challenges in the society of man. After donating his $25,000 in savings to a charity, and abandoning his Datsun, his “car-less” wanderings took him through various “wild” trails in Arizona, Colorado, Mexico, California, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and Alaska. Unfortunately, Chris perished along the Stampede Trail near Fairbanks, Alaska.

There are passages and quotes from books by Jack London, Mark Twain, Leo Tolstoy, John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, and others in the book Into the Wild, because books by these authors were found with Chris’s remains and had been highlighted. Jon Krakauer had also written an article about this adventure story in Outside magazine. The library will be adding the movie about the book to our collection in March.

Geralyn, Technical Services & Circulation

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