As a child, Wright is angry and resentful toward the white people who either pity or hate him and the black people who resent his rejection of the status quo. Black Boy is a difficult but important read about injustice and the power of rising above to advocate for change. The book is a coming-of-age story about a young woman whose father is a closeted gay man who works as a high school English teacher and a funeral home director. Bechdel ultimately comes out as a lesbian herself in the tale, which is at once both heartbreaking and funny.
When he awoke, the French Elle editor and father of two was paralyzed except for his left eyelid—his brain remained fully functional. A victim of locked-in syndrome, Bauby soon began to communicate by blinking his eye—he eventually dictated this remarkable memoir one letter at a time. He died just two days after the French publication, but the incredible book stands as a testament to his life. When she arrived in France in , she could neither speak French nor cook, but this famed chef with a personality as big as her 6-foot-2 frame was determined to master both in this charming story of her culinary beginnings.
And Other Concerns , by Mindy Kaling Actress and writer Mindy Kaling is amazingly smart, creative, and funny, and her memoir is undeniably all three.
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The book covers everything in her life from growing up as a chubby first-generation Indian-American, to impersonating Ben Affleck in her off-Broadway play, to landing her gig on The Office —told with her self-deprecating wit and conversational-quirky-BFF voice. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly , by Anthony Bourdain Anthony Bourdain first fell in love with food when he had his first oyster during a family trip to France as a child.
And the famed chef and TV personality reveals himself to be quite a bit like that oceanic delicacy—rough on the outside, raw and unexpected on the inside. His memoir of the wild tales of his life working in restaurant kitchens is a funny, provocative, and frank must-read. Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World , by Rita Golden Gelman When Rita Golden Gelman finds herself at 48 facing a divorce from her husband of 20 years, she opts to leave behind her lavish Los Angeles lifestyle, embarking on a nomadic existence that leads her from a Zapotec village in Mexico, to the Galapagos Islands, to a palace in Indonesia.
This is an amazingly hilarious, uplifting, and bizarre read for anyone who needs the reminder that fitting in is overrated. Hilarious, disturbing, and a page-turner, the controversial book drew accusations of betrayal and exaggeration from members of the adopted family. One of the most readable classics, it consists of two parts: A young Orwell slaves for subsistence wages in the bowels of a Paris restaurant, and then tramps around London among the most destitute.
Following the death of her mother, the author hikes the PCT from Southern California to Oregon, grieving and working through her demons. Likely few possess the skills, resourcefulness and endurance that allowed him to survive a day drift across the Atlantic. This is the story of the path that led her to recovery.
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Knapp makes it clear in this lucid account that she knows where she came from, she knows where untreated addiction leads, and, with the help of her step program, she knows where her sobriety can take her. Eat, Pray, Love , by Elizabeth Gilbert After a difficult divorce and bout of depression, Elizabeth Gilbert embarks on a journey of soul-searching and self-discovery by traveling to three countries—Italy, India, and Indonesia. She seeks pleasure, spirituality, and balance and finds a beautiful combination of all three and more in this inspirational read. When Breath Becomes Air , by Paul Kalanithi At 36 years old, just as Paul Kalanithi is about to complete his training as a neurosurgeon, he suddenly finds himself in the patient role, diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer.
This posthumously published memoir is both devastating and inspiring—a must-read for everyone. Upon reading the journal she kept for two years while her family was in hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam, it would seem that she did find that friend—her diary, the pages of which reveal the indestructible nature of the human spirit. Her delivery is hilarious and insightful, making for an uplifting, laugh-out-loud read.
The Memory Palace , by Mira Bartok Mira Bartok grew up with a very talented but very ill mother who suffered from schizophrenia, but after a incident in which her mother cuts her with broken glass, Bartok and her sister, Rachel, make the decision to flee. After a year estrangement, Bartok is in an accident that causes memory loss, leading her to reconnect with a mother who is now homeless and dying of stomach cancer.
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