Erin Shea

About Erin Shea

Erin Shea (eshea@darienlibrary.org) is Head of Adult Programming at Darien Library, Darien, CT. She tweets from @erintheshea and manages Darien Library’s tumblr.

Books To Make Your Stomach Churn | Memoir

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Memoirs that ooze life (and death)

Daddy Issues | Memoir

Getting Waisted

It’s June, time for some dad stories, tales of family and friendship, weighty discussions, and a round or two of miniature golf.

Stop Seeking and You Shall Find | Memoir

Shooting Stars

Memoirs about growing up, attending weddings, tending kids, shooting stars, being deaf, eating wildly, and coming out.

Dancing with Myself | Memoir

remains

Two ballerinas’ stories, a military marriage memoir, coexisting with animals, and living the minimalist life.

A Family More Dysfunctional Than Yours | Memoir

spent

Ah, the holidays. The time of year for twinkling lights, random acts of kindness, and generosity toward one’s fellow man. Or if that sounds more like a Hallmark Channel original movie than what you have planned for December (dodging cranky shoppers, shaking off passive-aggressive comments from family members, pretending to like ugly Christmas sweaters), then […]

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch | Memoir

badluck

A few weeks ago I was talking to a friend about hiking. He asked me in both a rhetorical and whimsical manner why it is that humans feel the need to summit mountains. While giving him my own theory (it involves the mystery of Mother Nature, the accomplishment felt after reaching a set goal, and […]

Making Moves, Making Dates | Memoir

fakebook

Memoirs sort of akin to going to your favorite restaurant, finding out the menu has changed, and then against all odds, enjoying the new offerings.

Surprise Roosters | Memoir

Bootstapper

According to this month’s memoirists, a surprise rooster is a formerly sweet hen that starts acting like a brute and grows feathers in suspicious places. Cock-a-doodle-doo! Oddly, the first two memoirs I read this month (Bootstrapper and Mud Season) featured a surprise rooster that both authors thought was a hen but turned out not to […]

I Will Survive | Memoir Short Takes

Walden on Wheels

Some stories of survival leave powerful imprints on human consciousness: a wrist stuck under a boulder; a teenager stranded with only a hatchet; cloned dinosaurs on a rampage.* Such images leave us white knuckled with tense jaws and a ferocious desire to know what will happen next. Still, survival may mean something as simple as putting one foot in front of the other each morning, joining a choir, moving into a van, getting sober, or leaving the country. This month’s memoirs column features acts of survival that may seem small but are in fact indispensable steps taken in the direction of a more fulfilling life.

Dad Jokes, Chainsaws, Cystic Fibrosis, and Iowa | Memoir Short Takes

My Foreign Cities

Whether its a labor of love, a labor in the dirt, farm labor, or a complete lack of labor, these memoirists can never claim that their time was spent idly.

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