Reading: Memoirs

July 21, 2010

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I find myself only reading memoirs lately. I suppose I like hearing compelling stories about real life, or real point-of-views, from real people.

Most recently I’ve read:

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
This book was intense. I’ve been a vegetarian for 13 years because it never felt natural, to me, to eat meat. I couldn’t really care less about what people around me were eating. After reading this book, I started to care and asked Jeremy to read it too. Here is a nice summary of key take-aways from the book, if you’re interested.

I’m Down a memoir by Mishna Wolff
This book was a much-needed comic relief after reading Eating Animals. From Publishers Weekly: Wolff details her childhood growing up in an all-black Seattle neighborhood with a white father who wanted to be black in this amusing memoir. Wolff never quite fit in with the neighborhood kids, despite her father’s urgings that she make friends with the sisters on the block. Her father was raised in a similar neighborhood and—after a brief stint as a hippie in Vermont—returned to Seattle and settled into life as a self-proclaimed black man. Wolff and her younger, more outgoing sister, Anora, are taught to embrace all things black, just like their father and his string of black girlfriends.

A super enjoyable read. I’d highly recommend it to anyone.

Seven Summits by Dick Bass, Frank Wells and Rick Ridgeway
When one of my spinning instructors at the YMCA caught wind of me and Jeremy’s Everest trek he insisted I borrow his copy of Seven Summits. A story of two men that make it their goal to be the first to summit the highest peaks on each continent. I’m in the middle of this book – the narrative isn’t as well-written as Eating Animals or I’m Down, but so far it’s a good story about a subject I’m obsessed with.

Do you have any memoirs you would recommend I add to my reading list?

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