Monday, June 14, 2010

Live Vicariously. Read a Memoir.

Here's a summer's worth of memoirs....

COOP by Michael PerrySince the publication of Population: 485, I've been living a small-town life through Michael Perry's books. In Coop, Michael is in over his head on a farm in Wisconsin—complete with two pigs, a dozen chickens, and a baby due any minute. “Beneath the flannel surface of this deer-hunting, truck-loving Badger is the soul of a poet.”—Chicago Tribune

TIDE, FEATHER, SNOW by Miranda WeissThere are small towns—and there's wilderness. Miranda Weiss's Tide, Feather, Snow—a memoir of moving to Alaska—is “deeply honest . . . Weiss reflects on her first seasons living in coastal Alaska, serenely recording the stunning unpredictability of the place and people.” (Publishers Weekly)

IN THE SANCTUARY OF OUTCASTS by Neil WhiteNeil White's In the Sanctuary of Outcasts is another kind of journey. A short prison sentence sent the author to Carville, Louisiana—also home to the the last leper colony in the continental United States. “A remarkable story of a young man's loss of everything he deemed important, and his ultimate discovery that redemption can be taught by society's most dreaded outcasts.”—John Grisham

BOY ALONE by Karl Taro GreenfieldIn Boy Alone, Karl Taro Greenfield tells the story of his life growing up with his brother, chronicling the hopes, dreams, and realities of life with an autistic sibling. “Extraordinary… Greenfeld details what it is like to grow up next to a ‘beautiful’ boy with whom he can never play and never connect and who never returns his love, but who, nonetheless, is the most important fact of his life.” — Michael Thompson, Ph.D., co-author of Raising Cain

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