Inspector Climate and I have very different tastes in most things. He likes bubblegum pop music, I like Motown. He likes non-fiction, I like fiction. He has self-restraint when it comes to eating cookies, I do not.
This has only posed a problem when it comes to our read-aloud books. The only fiction we've read so far is the first 250 pages of 1001 Arabian Nights and The Great Gatsby. But the one genre that we both greatly enjoy is memoir. I love memoirs and Inspector Climate likes them too.
Here are my top 5 favourite memoirs.
5. Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn. There are two parts to this book. The first is a story of Roger growing up and becoming a sports writer that followed the Brooklyn Dodgers. The second though is my favourite part. Years afterwards, he tracks down the Dodgers team and interviews them about their experience. He writes about where they are, who they became, and their families.
4. Love With a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche. This is sailing story. A story of how a young woman moved overseas (sound like someone you know) met a boy (hm...) and then decided to go on grand sailing adventure (ok, so we're different here!). They sail from LA across the pacific to Australia. It's a pretty spectacular tale and it made me want to jump on a boat and sail around the pacific.
3. The Dirty Life by Kristen Kimball. This is the story of two people who decide to be a one stop grocery store, the difference is that they grow everything themselves. It's an incredible story of a woman who has never farmed anything before and just learns as she goes. I first read this book to myself and half way through it Kristen tells this story on cold nights she read aloud to her boyfriend. It rekindled my desire to read aloud to Inspector Climate and thus this is the first book I read to him.
2. Wait 'til Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin. This is the story of Doris growing up in the suburbs of New York City post World War II. She talks about growing up as Dodgers fan and what tight knit community her neighbourhood was. She talks about the first tvs. But mostly she talks about baseball. I'm not a huge baseball fan, but this book paints a picture of the time period when my parents were growing up. I can't get enough of it. (I've read it twice - just go read it).
1. Maiden Voyage by Tania Aebi I've read this book maybe three times? Maybe 4. And it never ceases to completely captivate and inspire me. It's the story of an eighteen year old girl who is given the choice by her father to either a. sail solo around the world or b. go to college. She chooses to sail around the world. It took her 2.5 years and the story is just...incredible. I cannot recommend this book enough.
Hmm. I'm sensing a bit of a pattern here. I like books about the Brooklyn Dodgers and sailing. I also started out saying how many times I'd read the books. But I've read all of these at least twice. Once myself and then I read them aloud to Inspector Climate as well.
Have you read any of these? What are you favourite memoirs?