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Jun 18

[ARCHIVED] Staff Picks, More Memoir

The original item was published from June 18, 2021 5:22 PM to June 18, 2021 6:14 PM

STAFF PICKS - Memoirs  

Do you like to read memoirs? Here are some new recommendations from Lewis & Clark Library staff. 


Beth suggests . . . 

Garlic and Sapphires book cover 

Garlic and Sapphires 
by Ruth Reichl 

Garlic and Sapphires is one of my all-time, favorite memoirs to read. It’s one of those books I wish I could read again for the first time. Ruth Reichl chronicles the time she spent working as the restaurant critic for the New York Times. Ruth devised elaborate disguises to wear so that she could dine anonymously and thus not receive special treatment by restaurant owners hoping for a favorable review.  This book is entertaining, insightful and makes you think about how people are treated based on their outside appearance. It’s also a feast of words for food lovers. 
Find it in the library Here 

Also available in digital format: 
Montana Library2Go eAudiobook 


  Inheritance book cover 

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love 
by Dani Shapiro 

Have you considered taking a DNA test to learn more about your ancestry? Author Dani Shapiro finds out more than she expected after receiving her test results. This memoir explores genetics, identity, and family bonds. 
Find it in the library catalog Here 

Also available in digital format: 
Montana Library2Go eAudiobook 

Jill reco
mmends . . .

  The Elephant in the Room book cover 

The Elephant in the Room  
by Tommy Tomlinson  

With humor and honesty, Mr. Tomlinson shares intimate details of his lifelong struggle with obesity.  His story is both relatable and inspirational, even more so if you have ever struggled with weight (and/or grew up in the South).  

Find it in the library catalog  Here 

Max suggests . . .

Naked  by Sedaris book cover 

by David Sedaris  

David Sedaris is a master of both memoir and humor. Sedaris' voice of chaotic, self-effacing whimsy ensnares and entertains his audience while also poignantly depicting the desperation of his past self's deep, destructive desire for attention and external validation. Though laced with trauma, tragedy, and adversity, Sedaris recounts his life and personal growth in a series of jocular vignettes. Over the journey of the read, it becomes clear that, since becoming a shockingly well-balanced adult and best-selling author, the humor that was once his self-trivializing survival mechanism has become the victory cry of a man who encountered adversity and laughed in its face.  

Available in the library catalog Here  
Also available in digital format:  
Montana Library2Go eBook and eAudiobook 


See also: past Memoir Staff Picks blog post Here