Rachael Dreyer

About Rachael Dreyer

Rachael is currently the Head of Research Services for the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at the Pennsylvania State University. If she's not at work or reading, she's probably binge-watching bad TV, trying out some recipe with ingredients she can't pronounce, or getting lost on a new hiking trail. She's a fan of farmer's markets, strong coffee, and unconventionally attractive dogs.

Summering Down | Memoir

This month’s memoirs address the passage of time each in their own way: grieving loved ones, facing health issues, overcoming broken relationships, remarking on the milestones of children, aging, and rebuilding marriages and family connections.

Ordering à la Carte | Memoir

Five memoirs reflect the delightful miscellany of summer, for those who are not in the mood for any one thing, but ravenous for variety.

Sharing the Struggle | Memoir

By reading about those with different lived experiences, we find commonalities and strength to share in the struggle toward a more equitable world for all.

In or Out? | Memoir

This month, individuals push against the boundaries of conventional societal expectations to define themselves.

Untrodden Paths, Hard Choices | Memoir

Memoirs this month all center on the theme of making difficult choices

What We Talk About When We Talk About… | Memoir

A father who lost a child in a rafting accident; a director of a sober-living community for women with AIDS; an Iranian fashion rebel; and a creative writing professor with abandonment issues

Loss & Gain | Memoir

Each of this month’s memoirs is about growing stronger in different ways, even as each writer loses something crucial or someone essential. While they won’t leave a dry eye in the house, they’ll evoke cathartic and redemptive tears.

Tomes of the Brave | Memoir

This month, all the memoir picks are about being brave, and the many forms that it may take. Even when dealing with heavy subject matter, the authors find light, humor, and meaning in their experiences.

Family Fables & Failures | Memoir

Families and the emotional fallout thereof dominate this month’s memoir column.

Poetry, Dining, & Shakespeare | Memoir

Memoirs about expressions of love through poetry, songs, and food.