Sunday, November 27, 2016

How to Find Books Hard to Put Down?

Tiz’ the season, and joyously I’m starting to get in the Christmassy spirit.

I can’t count the number of reading advocates springing up everywhere posting reading and writing inspiration I respect. One of my favorites are reading lists presented in categories; 100 Books that will have your brows glued to the ceiling, or 100 Books that will have you crying the ugly face… or laughing your B-Hind off, or that other other one, among 101 plenty of others… 100 Books You Should Read Before You Die.

Not that I agree with many of the books on these lists, or some of the categories for that matter, I do however agree with reading advocates making it easier to find books hard to put down. So, thank you Bookstr, and Book Worms, and For Reading Addicts, and Book-Lovers on the Bustle, and of course Book Riot, along with anyone else “fighting the good fight” to motivate reading. I’m so moved by all this literary spirit that I decided to publish a BIG READING LIST of my own.

Of the many, Many, MANY memoirs I’ve read, listed below are 100 of the most deeply satisfying and rewarding memoirs read to date.

1. 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life by Don Piper
2. A Bridge Between by Velia Pola
3. A Country Called Nigeria by Robert Siller Jr.
4. A Lawyer's Life by Johnnie Cochran
5. A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley
6. A Nation of Wusses by Ed Rendell
7. All Souls: A Family Story from Southie by Michael Patrick MacDonald
8. And So It Goes by Charles J. Shields (Biography)
9. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
10. At Home on the Steppe by Janet Givens
11. Between You & Me by Mike Wallace
12. Big Little Man by Alex Tizon
13. Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy
14. Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat
15. Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah
16. Crawling: A Father's First Year by Elisha Cooper
17. Desperate to be a Housewife by Meg Bortin
18. Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker by Marla Martenson
19. Doing Germany by Agnieszka Paletta
20. Don’t Block the Blessings by Patti LaBelle
21. Etched in My Memory: Stories from Life of a Former Soviet Invalid of the Fifth Line by Sol Tetelbaum
22. Every Little Step by Bobby Brown
23. Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family by Condoleezza Rice
24. Eye to the Sky: Storytelling on the Edge of Magic by Bobby Norfolk
25. Family Matters And More: Stories Of My Life In Soviet Russia by Sol Tetelbaum
26. Farewell, My Beijing by Chi Newman
27. Fate is the Hunter by Ernest K. Gann
28. Foxy: My Life in Three Acts by Pam Grier
29. from ashes to africa by Josh and Amy Bottomly
30. Funny In Farsi: A Memoir Of Growing Up Iranian In America by Firoozeh Dumas

Thursday, November 17, 2016

“Moving Forward…Driving A Point Home”


A ton of things inspired this post. First, and no shame admitting this, I struggled to write this post. It’s hard to stay positive, and current, and at the same time briefly echo how it Would Benefit the Literary Industry COPIOUSLY if more people found a love for reading. I win no popularity challenges explaining how peeved I get coming across a hodgepodge of book recommendations promising to set reading back four hundred years.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Top 10 Memoirs I REALLY Want to Read

Oh, My, Goodness. A few weeks back I happened to catch Mr. Wonderful crying on TV as he spoke about his dad and part of his life. LET ME REPEAT. I happened to catch Mr. Wonderful crying on TV! Really crying!!! I’m not sure if the clip was a Trick or Treat, but the snippet did prompt this post.

In addition to wanting to read Kevin O’Leary’s ‘Cold Hard Truth’, after having just finished reading the biography on Notable Author, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., I now have my literary radar out and about, hoping that Sports Journalist Jemele Hill, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, Professional Tennis Player Serena Williams, Singer and Poet Jill Scott, Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay and Music Rapper and Actor Snoop Dogg pen unbeatable memoirs.