Since March is Women's History Month, we're sharing books by and about women. (Check out our first list here.) Today we're focusing on memoirs. The subjects of some of these books are comedians, immigrants, and dancers. Some are writing about religion and others are writing about life as a mortician. There's something for everyone, no matter your interests. Swing by the library and take a look!
THE SOUND OF GRAVEL BY RUTH WARINER: "An account of the author's coming-of-age in a polygamist Mormon cult describes her childhood on a farm in rural Mexico as one of her father's more than forty welfare-dependent children and her escape in the aftermath of a devastating tragedy."
HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL BY CARRIE BROWNSTEIN: "Carrie Brownstein, guitarist for the feminist punk band Sleeter-Kinney and star of IFC's Portlandia, offers a revealing look about growing up in the Pacific Northwest, and retreating into music as a tool of escape and self-reinvention from a turbulent family life."
IN ORDER TO LIVE: A NORTH KOREAN GIRL'S JOURNEY TO FREEDOM BY YEONMI PARK: "A young North Korean defector and activist describes her father's imprisonment by the regime of Kim Jong-Il, her enslavement in China and her walk through the freezing Gobi Desert to freedom in South Korea, where she dedicated her life to human rights activism."
SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES AND OTHER LESSONS FROM THE CREMATORY BY CAITLIN DOUGHTY: "The blogger behind the popular Web series "Ask a Mortician" describes her experiences working at a crematory, including how she sometimes got ashes on her clothes and how she cared for bodies of all shapes and sizes."
LIFE IN MOTION: AN UNLIKELY BALLERINA BY MISTY COPELAND: "Misty Copeland describes her life, ballet training, and becoming the only African American soloist at the American Ballet Theatre."
YES PLEASE BY AMY POEHLER: "The actress best known for her work on 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Saturday Night Live' reveals personal stories and offers her humorous take on such topics as love, friendship, parenthood, and her relationship with Tina Fey."
OUT WITH IT: HOW STUTTERING HELPED ME FIND MY VOICE BY KATHERINE PRESTON: "A fresh, engaging account of a young woman's journey, first to find a cure for a lifelong struggle with stuttering, and ultimately to embrace the voice that has defined her character."
THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING BY JOAN DIDION: "The author recalls the weeks and months following the death of her husband of forty years and the severe illness of their only daughter, and discusses the changes that occurred in her life as a result."
THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US BY REYNA GRANDE: "Reyna Grande chronicles her life as an undocumented immigrant, from her border crossing at age nine, discussing her difficult relationship with her father, and other complications with her family during childhood."
PERSEPOLIS BY MARJANE SATRAPI: "[This graphic novel] presents the daily life and times of the author growing up in Tehran, Iran, from ages six to fourteen during the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic revolution, and the war with Iraq."