Category Memoirs

House of Sticks by Ly Tran

Ly’s moving memoir, written with much candor, is about growing up in a Vietnamese American household in Queens, New York. Ly, the youngest, and the only girl, in a family of four children, was a toddler when her parents migrated to the USA as refugees from rural Vietnam in 1993. From the beginning, their life […]

American Cheese: An Indulgent Odyssey Through the Artisan Cheese World by Joe Berkowitz

In Sri Lanka, where I’m from, our cheese horizon begins and ends with Kraft Cheese. So coming to the US was a definite upgrade for us in cheese enlightenment terms – Colby Jack and Havarti soon became our favorites, and grilled cheese a fixed menu item. Even though our cheese adventures didn’t make us venture […]

A Kingdom of Tender Colors: A Memoir of Comedy, Survival, and Love by Seth Greenland

Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air and Nina Riggs’s The Bright Hour have been on my wish-list for a while now. I’ve read rave reviews on both memoirs, and a part of me has been itching to read them, yet I never had the heart to take the plunge… It’s always sad when decent people […]

White Hot Light: Twenty-Five Years in Emergency Medicine by Frank Huyler

I’m one of those people who have to be bribed to go to the doctor (if they are going to poke and prod me, there better be a cross-stitch in it for me! 😄). I’m an ok patient – I follow doctor’s instructions, take my medicine and shots on time. Nonetheless, the sight of blood, […]

My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education by Jennine Capo Crucet

In My Time Among the Whites, Jennine, through a series of autobiographical essays, dissects what it means to be a first-generation minority college student and the excitement and confusion that came with it, not just for her, but her family as well, while also exploring other topics. From the moment I read about Jennine’s trip […]

Sacred Darkness by Levan Berdzenishvili

Sacred Darkness, Levan Berdzenishvili’s semi-autobiographical novel begins at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington DC. Levan is a Georgian-Soviet politician who had landed in the hospital en route to Cancun, Mexico due to an infection, and after learning that Levan had been a prisoner in Soviet Gulag in the 1980s, his attending physician agrees to treat […]

The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife

Out of all the iconic sites in England, to me, the Tower of London stands out as one of the absolutes must-sees! Both my husband and I are history fanatics, so while we were in England last year, we went to London to visit this medieval site. We had a full day planned for ourselves […]

War in Val d’Orcia: An Italian War Diary, 1943-1944 by Iris Origo

After reading Iris Origo’s diary A Chill in the Air a couple weeks ago, I was glad to get my hands on War in Val d’Orcia, the most popular of Iris’s works. Iris stopped writing A Chill in the Air on 23 July 1940, a few days after Mussolini declared war against the Allies. The […]

A Chill in the Air: An Italian War Diary 1939–1940 by Iris Origo

I was thrilled when A Chill in the Air slipped through my mailbox on Monday. Before 2017, I avoided wartime memoirs like the plague. I’ve been an avid reader of war fiction, but I always thought reading factual accounts of wars would be more than I could handle. Then I spent the last year working […]

Educated by Tara Westover

I know things have been quiet around here for the past few weeks. I have not fallen off the face of the earth, but have been struggling hard to break out of a nasty reading slump! 😐 I think I must have started reading at least a half a dozen of books during that time, […]

Raw: My Journey from Anxiety to Joy by Bella Mahaya Carter

Recently I received an Advanced Reader Copy of Bella Mahaya Carter’s memoir. Its publication date is set in May, so I was in no hurry to read this. But a couple of days ago I picked it to read a few pages before bed, and was so intrigued by it! Bella’s writing is personal and […]

The Goshawk by T. H. White

Reading The Goshawk was a first for me. I have read memoirs before, but The Goshawk was the first time I read a memoir about a man’s feral companion(s). T. H. White is known for his Arthurian novels; The Once and Future King. But before he made his mark in the literary world, T. H. […]