May is for Memoirs, Narrative Nonfiction and Personal Stories


Getting lost in a fictional world is always great, but so is learning about one person or one family’s meaningful journey amidst a complex landscape.  This May, I will be reading some riveting stories about real people and extenuating circumstances.  Today I am sharing the list of books I plan to explore.  If you have any recommendations to add to these, please feel free to leave a comment.


Memoirs, Narrative Nonfiction and Personal Stories

Raising A Thief by Paul Podolsky

“A rare portrait of a family struggling to raise a child with Reactive Attachment Disorder.”  #adoption #Russia #orphanage

Book will be available on Father’s Day, June 21st.  Preorder today.


Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollett

Raised in a commune turned cult, Mike Jollett endured poverty, abuse and neglect.  “A story of family, fierce love, and a search for safe ground in a crazy, confusing world.”.  #Synanon #cult #familydisfuction

Book Nation by Jen Hollywood Park Review


The Yellow House by Sarah Broom

“An eye-opening memoir of place, identity, race, the insidious rot of inequality, and the internalized shame that often follows”, The Yellow House is about “the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a neglected New Orleans neighborhood.”

#multigenerational #Katrina


She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

“Thrilling story about the power of truth.”  “The Pandora’s box of sexual harassment and abuse was opened” and with the finest of investigative journalism, the takedown of Harvey Weinstein ensued.

#metoo #sexualharassment


Untamed by Glennon Doyle

“The story of how one woman learned…how to fully live.”

#lovewarrior #inspirational


Hidden Valley Road; Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker

Six out of 12 children in one family suffered with schizophrenia.  This is a portrait of the family, the disease, how it manifested, and the impact it had on the healthy siblings. #mentalhealth #stigma #oprahbookclub2020

Book Nation by Jen Hidden Valley Road Review and Author Q & A


When Time Stopped by Ariana Neumann

Ten years after her father died, the author had his letters and diaries translated and discovered his incredible story of survival, from Czechoslovakia to Auschwitz to Venezuela.

#neverforget  #holocaust  #survivor


In Case You Missed It…

Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur

A mother confides in her young daughter about an affair she is having, and this secret takes on a life of its own.

Book Nation by Jen Wild Game Review 


Looking Ahead…

The Answer Is…Reflections on My Life by Alex Trebek

Pre-order now.  Book will be available July 21st, the day before Trebek’s 80th birthday.

Which memoirs, narrative nonfiction and personal stories have you enjoyed?

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