Life with Warhol, Training Animals, & a Biographer’s Perspective | August Memoirs on Audio

Atlas, James. The Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer’s Tale. Books on Tape. ISBN 9781524783648. Reader TBA. The biographer—so often in the shadows, kibbitzing, casting doubt, proving facts—here comes to the stage. Atlas takes us back to his childhood in suburban Chicago, where he fell in love with literature and, early on, found in himself […]

Eddie Izzard, Alan Alda, & Voices from Syria | Memoirs on Audio Coming in June

Memoirs publishing in audio in June 2017

Reading Carrie Fisher | In the Bookroom

To celebrate Fisher as a writer, I have gone back into Library Journal‘s Book Verdict vault and pulled up our reviews of her novels and memoirs. For librarians, these would make a nice display counterpoint to DVDs of the actress’s films and stage performances.

Once Upon a Utopia | Social Science Reviews, May 1, 2016

Four riveting accounts that explore some of the many communities in America that have set out over the years to find a new way of life, away from it all, by setting up their own personal utopias and communes. Some, needless to say, worked out better than others.

Boomer Memoirs | Social Science Reviews, May 1, 2016

Three new memoirs from boomers address in different perspectives the final frontiers of old age, illness and death, and what has happened along the way. Which approach works best, looking back, analyzing the present, or gazing forward?

A Different Kind of Daughter by Maria Toorpakai | LJ Review

This astonishing and inspirational memoir chronicles more than Maria’s life; it also relates the story of her parents, an incredible couple, who, despite the odds, fought for the betterment and education of themselves, their children, and the Pakistani people.

Count Your Chickens | Urban Farming & Homesteading

With the spread of farming and homesteading from rural and suburban areas to urban lots and rooftops, these 35 titles will help patrons sow the cream of their own crops.

Keeping Score | Memoir

Fall approaches. The boys of summer are winding it all down on the diamond and the gridiron guys are gearing up. Since my sport is reading, I’ve tallied up the major themes and attributes of this month’s six memoirs. Here are the scores: family stories six/six; tales of resilience six/six; woman memoirists five/six; damages of […]

Pop Culture Advisory: Orange Is the New Black

With the success of Orange Is the New Black, take a look at other tales of women in prison.

Surviving Genocide: Memoirs of the Unthinkable | The Reader’s Shelf, April 15, 2013

The men and women who survived genocide and helped others to survive deserve our everlasting admiration. Their heroic, suspenseful, and inspirational accounts are harrowing but vitally important reading.