Tag Archives: Memoir

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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Strange Stones by Peter Hessler

Peter Hessler is an American writer who spent years living abroad in China.  His memoir of teaching in a village called Fuling, River Town, is one of my favorites.  Strange Stones compiles various observations from his time in China, but also upon … Continue reading

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The Unconquered by Scott Wallace

Subtitled In Search of the Amazon’s Last Uncontacted Tribes, this memoir details the author’s experiences spending three months in the Amazon in search of the People of the Arrow, an elusive indigenous tribe known for using bow and arrow to hunt … Continue reading

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In Manchuria by Michael Meyer

The more I read about China, the more eager I am to learn about this nation, rich in history and culture.  Michael Meyer, becomes an expat living in rural China after a stint in Peace Corps, and enjoys teaching there.  … Continue reading

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Floreana by Margaret Wittmer

What a fascinating memoir!  In 1932 Margaret Wittmer, her husband and son settle on the remote island of Floreana in the Galapagos chain, making their first homestead in an old pirate’s cave.  They must literally start from scratch, with few … Continue reading

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