Category Archives: Memoir

Coming Of Age In Mississippi by Anne Moody

Originally published in 1968, Coming of Age in Mississippi is the memoir of a young black woman who became a civil rights activist. This is a must read for everyone.  Moody holds nothing back, and the reader gains real insight into … Continue reading

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Travels In A Thin Country by Sara Wheeler

Subtitled A Journey Through Chile, Travels in a Thin Country is a memoir of Sara Wheeler’s exploration of the entire length of this South American Country. I love travel books, and was eagerly anticipating being immersed in this one, but I found … Continue reading

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Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northrup

Originally published in 1853, Twelve Years a Slave is Solomon’s Northrup’s personal account of how he was kidnapped and sold into slavery.  Born a free man in Saratoga, New York, Northrup’s narrative is meant to be a factual, unemotional account, but … Continue reading

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My Father’s Paradise by Ariel Sabar

Author Ariel Sabar grew up in California, but his father’s family were Kurdish Jews who came from a mountainous village called Zakho in northern Iraq.  The people of this region were among the last to speak the ancient language of … Continue reading

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Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck

In the early 1960’s famed writer, John Steinbeck, took his camper and his trusty French Poodle Charley, and explored America.  Beginning on the east coast and heading across the northern states, Steinbeck encountered the natural beauty of our country and … Continue reading

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Enduring Patagonia by Gregory Crouch

I was challenged with reading a book set in Argentina, but I’d had my fill of South American novels.  Thinking outside the fiction box, I thought I’d try a work of non-fiction instead.  Many such books are “travel” memoirs, but Enduring … Continue reading

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Hero Next Door by Frank A. Burnham

Hero Next Door was published in 1974. It might seem to be wildly out of date and in some ways it is. But I was looking for background information on Civil Air Patrol. 1. Its early history, and 2. how … Continue reading

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