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.”
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.
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
“The story of how one woman learned…how to fully live.”
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
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?