Sunday, October 13, 2013

My top 5 favourite memoirs

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?

21 comments:

  1. I've got to start reading again! These sound great- I love memoirs, too. I like that you read out loud.:)

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  2. Oh wow Love With a Chance of Drowning sounds amazing!! Have a beautiful day :)

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  3. I like memoirs too. I think you both like them because they are a mix of storytelling (like fiction) and reality (nonfiction). One of my favorite memoirs is The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food by Judith Jones, the editor of Julia Child’s cookbook.

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  4. I have NOT read any of them but I need to. They are going on my Goodreads list :)

    XO Lourdes

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  5. Oh..I have not read a lot of nonfiction. But we do have something laying around the house..How to cook a Wolf by M. F.K. Fisher..which talks about cooking in hard times, actually war time. Its one of those you can read in bits and talk about.

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  6. I'm so bad with reading nonfiction so no, I have not read any of those, though a couple are now on my list!

    So far a few of my favorites have been The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson; The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio: How my mom raised 10 kids on 25 words or less . . . and not a memoir, but Anastasia: The Riddle of Anna Anderson . . . loved. I've got to say, even knowing the outcome of the DNA tests, I'm a believer . . . .

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  7. I love new book suggestions! I will have to check these out :)

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  8. i really should read more memoirs, maybe i'll give these a try, they sound interesting! x

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  9. I am ALWAYS looking for great book suggestions and I am huge fan of memoirs so thank you!

    Not the most educational but I really enjoyed Rob Lowe's memoir hehe...guilty pleasure?

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  10. I'm not usually a huge memoir person, although with the types of stuff I've been reading lately maybe one would do me good!

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  11. Ohhh I love memoirs too! One of my favourites that stands out in my mind.. is "The Glass Castle". I also really liked Jenny Lawson's book "Let's Pretend This Didn't Happen"- that is more of an inappropriate comedy based on her life. I loved it, and actually found myself laughing OUT LOUD a lot while I read it. But "The Glass Castle" has always stayed with me, which is saying a lot because I read a lot of books!

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  12. The Maiden Voyage is waiting for me on the bookshelf and I'll get to it as soon as I close my most recent mystery

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  13. Memoir: WILD by Cheryl Strayed is both devastating and lovely, about a woman who hikes the Pacific Crest Trail alone as a way of coping with the death of her mother and the end of her marriage. Warning for animal death, though--there is a particularly devastating flashback to the death of a horse in Cheryl's youth, which is as harrowing as anything that happens to her on the trail.

    Patti Smith's JUST KIDS is also absolutely lovely and full of great details about living in New York in the '60s and '70s.

    Right now Sam is reading record executive Clive Davis's memoir, THE SOUNDTRACK OF MY LIFE, and reading aloud to me the bits that are especially interesting. Last night we were awake until 3 in the morning as he read pretty much the entire chapter about Whitney Houston!

    PS. If Inspector Climate, nonfiction reader, hasn't already read IN THE HEART OF THE SEA by Nathaniel Philbrick, he must. Talk about your seafaring adventure stories, which happen to be all true--it's about the wreck of the Nantucket whaleship Essex, which inspired Melville to write Moby-Dick.

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  14. I haven't read many memoirs. I'm sure there have been a few over the years, but nothing specific comes to mind. Although I did just start I am Malala. Pretty excited about it.

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  15. I actually haven't read any of these! I need to write these down!

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  16. I love memoirs, too, but Wait Til Next Year is the only one on this list I've read... definitely going to check out the others! Seriously, I can't say enough times how much I adore that the two of you read to each other. :-)

    Sarah @ Life As Always

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  17. Don't feel bad about having no restraint when eating cookies. I read a study that came out this week and it said that Oreos are MORE addictive than cocaine. MORE ADDICTIVE. You have an excuse, my friend.

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  18. I'm currently reading the glass castle, which I absolutely LOVE!

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  19. Those sound wonderful! I'm putting them on my library list!

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  20. ACK! My whole comment just vanished! So here goes another.. I'll try not to drown you in these ; jeez.
    I've never been into bios, but the Maiden Voyage book sounds intriguing, so I'm going to have to check it out - thanks! Time for a trip to the book store ...

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  21. Not only have I not read any of these but I haven't even heard of any of them?!?!

    A Voice That Remembers - Ama Adhe... I highly recommend it.

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