A moving memoir of a mother who goes beyond traditional treatment to help her autistic son. By focusing on his passions, he achieves amazing things, showing readers that 'the spark' for potential can be found within us all.
April 11, 2013
In an age where it’s hard to walk two feet without tripping over an article or six about troubled Millennials and their current and upcoming failures, it’s refreshing to stumble upon a memoir like Rachel Shukert's, one that reminds us that our twenties are meant to be fodder for the cocktail parties of our thirties and forties.
April 6, 2013
At one time, Detroit was the 'nation's richest big city.' Its reign, it seemed, would never end, until, of course, it did. Charlie LeDuff's book, Detroit: An American Autopsy, tells of his return home to, and bleak exploration of, the once-celebrated Motor City.
April 5, 2013
Sonali Deraniyagala survived the unthinkable – her husband, sons, and parents were killed in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami – and spares nothing, including herself, as she conjures who and what she’s lost with indelible imagery.
March 29, 2013
Everyone has that one book that instantly becomes a favorite from the first page, the one that makes them feel every emotion, from laughter to tears, intensely, and that leaves them with the urge to reread from the minute the last page is finished. And if one is particularly lucky, one might also get his or her hands on the author of that book's memoir.
March 22, 2013
Mother-daughter dynamics are notoriously complex, but Domenica Ruta's relationship with her manipulative, drug-dealing and drug-addicted mother takes this notion to wildly dysfunctional heights.
March 7, 2013
Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor delivers an unprecedented memoir that is earnest, humbling, and instantly inspiring. We get a sense of her contagious spirit and a better understanding of one of the most powerful women in the world.
March 6, 2013
In Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, Harriet Reisen brings to life more fully than any biographer previously the full range of Alcott's moods, and the often troubling, rarely easy life that spurned the author to fame.
February 27, 2013
The author of Don't Play in the Sun discusses the hot topic colorism, how it affected her life, its global impact -- and calls for healing in ourselves and our communities.
February 20, 2013
This is not a moralizing fable of addiction and regret. Schaap’s story is a celebration of bar culture at its best, when it is 'both civilized and civilizing,' and of the people who make it so.
February 19, 2013
To find the beating heart behind Kurt Vonnegut's tongue-in-cheek writing, look no further than his trove of personal letters. The humanism, jokes, and avuncular morality that radiates from his fiction is found tenfold in this collection.
February 13, 2013
Grief is hot these days, the market for the grief memoir apparently insatiable. With all due respect, we can’t resist the train wreck, the impossible accident, the ravages of cancer and mental illness, the suicide. Manguso’s slim and stunning The Guardians is not, however, your standard grief memoir. Not by a mile.
February 11, 2013
February 11, 2013, marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of poet Sylvia Plath, truly an American master. To know Plath is to understand her, and with her unabridged journals, you can find your way into her dark mind.
February 8, 2013
In celebration of Shields' new book, How Literature Saved My Life, the author shares with us five books that profoundly affected his life.
February 5, 2013
Famed restaurateur Eddie Huang's sharp, funny memoir is a blueprint of American entrepreneurialism and a family narrative drenched in dysfunction. Huang proves that food, instead of being showmanship, is a social expression.