Personal essays and memoirs are always a favorite of mine. While I was tempted to throw in the usual David Sedaris, I thought I'd try to branch out a bit and throw in a few memoirs you may not have heard quite as much about. The first two are undoubtedly the most popular and blogged-about so I'm not going very far out here, but they're so good!
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls may very well be on its way to becoming a contemporary classic. Her personal story of growing up with two CRAZY parents is unforgettable, humorous, and full of heart.
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley is illustrated memoir gold. She grew up with a chef/caterer mother and a gourmand father, and she just loves food. It has recipes, too!
On the less recognized side, we have...
Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian by Scott Douglas. For anyone who thinks being a public librarian would be a cool, low-key job...you'd best read this. Public libraries can be wonky, scary, exciting places for a variety of reasons.
My Fundamentalist Education: A Memoir of a Divine Girlhood by Christine Rosen is all about growing up in a fundamentalist Christian family! Definitely a quick, involving read.
If niche non-fiction is more your bag, I would definitely recommend these two very highly!
Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab, the Body Farm, Where the Dead Do Tell Tales by Dr. Bill Bass. For anyone who liked Stiff by Mary Roach, this is another go-to! Bass is a well-respected forensic investigator and highlights some of his most famous cases. Also, his account of the work done at University of Tennessee's Body Farm is nothing short of fascinating.
This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson is one of those books I shout from the rooftops. Libarianship is a diverse and amazing profession. Just read this book and it will blow your mind.
Thanks to Kim and Leslie for hosting this fantastic event!