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non-fiction memoir

117 books.

Men We Reaped

by: Jesmyn Ward
Ave. Rating: 4.27
Pages: 256
Year Published: 2013
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An Age of License: A Travelogue

by: Lucy Knisley
Ave. Rating: 3.81
Pages: 195
Year Published: 2014
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"What a fun medium for a travel log! It was so easy - took me maybe 2 hours to read. I really felt like I was traveling along with her!

I love the way the comic style allowed her to express complex thoughts in a way that made sense, that brought clarity to emotions I have myself."
- katelynn
06/28/2019
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My Mrs. Brown

by: William Norwich
Ave. Rating: 3.81
Pages: 288
Year Published: 2016
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"Sad and sweet, bordering a bit on the sickly sweet. But overall a heart-warming read that had a lot to say about fashion and culture and growing older. "
- katelynn
11/25/2018

Heart Berries

by: Terese Marie Mailhot
Ave. Rating: 3.84
Pages: 143
Year Published: 2018
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Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)

by: Lauren Graham
Ave. Rating: 3.93
Pages: 224
Year Published: 2016
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"Just okay. I thought it was sweet and the reflections on her Gilmore Girls / Parenthood experiences were interesting... I just wanted MORE. I found myself bored a lot.

But I like her, so it's a three."
- katelynn
02/03/2020

The Light of the World

by: Elizabeth Alexander
Ave. Rating: 4.07
Pages: 209
Year Published: 2015
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Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science

by: Mike McHargue
Ave. Rating: 4.28
Pages: 224
Year Published: 2016
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"I cannot believe how quickly I read this book, especially considering my usual pace with non-fiction. It was incredibly engaging and beautifully written. The author was honest and humble, presenting his story and his resulting conclusions about faith and science clearly and compellingly.

I think I would have to read the book again a few times to fully grasp everything presented. It's probably controversial to even read a book like this, but I feel edified. I don't know if I agree with where he landed, but I believe he is genuine and that he truly respects the traditions he came from. He's presented a lot to chew on! Also side-note: I think the title is a bit misleading about what to expect from his journey back to faith. It gave me a vision of a Louie-Giglio-type conversion... that is not what happened. Just a heads up!"
- katelynn
03/07/2018

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments

by: David Foster Wallace
Ave. Rating: 4.2
Pages: 353
Year Published: 1998 (1997)
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SantaLand Diaries

by: David Sedaris
Ave. Rating: 4.31
Pages: 138
Year Published: 2006 (1998)
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My Life in France

by: Julia Child
Ave. Rating: 4.11
Pages: 336
Year Published: 2006
Date Read: 02/25/2019
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Share Your Stuff. I'll Go First.: 10 Questions to Take Your Friendships to the Next Level

by: Laura Tremaine
Ave. Rating: 4.12
Pages: 224
Year Published: 2021
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Nothing Like I Imagined (Except For Sometimes)

by: Mindy Kaling
Ave. Rating: 4.2
Pages: 118
Year Published: 2020
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Girl at the End of the World: My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a Future

by: Elizabeth Esther
Ave. Rating: 4.02
Pages: 213
Year Published: 2014
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Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

by: Ruth Reichl
Ave. Rating: 3.92
Pages: 334
Year Published: 2006 (2005)
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You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life

by: Eleanor Roosevelt
Ave. Rating: 3.99
Pages: 211
Year Published: 2009 (1960)
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Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life

by: Ali Wong
Ave. Rating: 3.87
Pages: 240
Year Published: 2019
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A River in Darkness: One Man's Escape from North Korea

by: Masaji Ishikawa
Ave. Rating: 4.23
Pages: 159
Year Published: 2018 (2000)
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Slouching Towards Bethlehem

by: Joan Didion
Ave. Rating: 4.17
Pages: 238
Year Published: 2008 (1968)
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Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

by: Allie Brosh
Ave. Rating: 4.12
Pages: 371
Year Published: 2013
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"This was both laugh out loud funny and soberingly insightful. The antics of her dogs had me in stitches. And her reflections on identity had me really thinking... about myself, how I view my own morality and worth, and how incredibly grateful I am for the Gospel. "
- katelynn
08/16/2019

Where the Wind Leads: A Refugee Family's Miraculous Story of Loss, Rescue, and Redemption

by: Vinh Chung
Ave. Rating: 4.41
Pages: 368
Year Published: 2014
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Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity

by: Nabeel Qureshi
Ave. Rating: 4.44
Pages: 296
Year Published: 2014
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We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.

by: Samantha Irby
Ave. Rating: 3.91
Pages: 288
Year Published: 2017
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The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom

by: Corrie ten Boom
Ave. Rating: 4.41
Pages: 242
Year Published: 1984 (1971)
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Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride

by: Lucy Knisley
Ave. Rating: 3.92
Pages: 292
Year Published: 2016
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Bossypants

by: Tina Fey
Ave. Rating: 3.95
Pages: 277
Year Published: 2011
Date Read: 05/26/2015
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The Complete Persepolis (Persepolis, #1-4)

by: Marjane Satrapi
Ave. Rating: 4.34
Pages: 341
Year Published: 2007 (2003)
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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

by: Roxane Gay
Ave. Rating: 4.16
Pages: 306
Year Published: 2017
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"Beautiful written, heartbreaking yet hopeful. This work felt important. I think it will take some chewing on and reflection for the importance to really since in."
- katelynn
09/24/2019
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Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race

by: Debby Irving
Ave. Rating: 4.04
Pages: 288
Year Published: 2014
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Gift from the Sea

by: Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Ave. Rating: 4.14
Pages: 130
Year Published: 1991 (1955)
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou's Autobiography, #1)

by: Maya Angelou
Ave. Rating: 4.25
Pages: 289
Year Published: 1993 (1969)
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"I think coming-of-age might be a genre I need to leave alone for a while. I feel bad giving lower stars to someone’s true story.. I guess I just don’t get what the author was trying to say. I know more was meant than just to tell her story, but I’m not getting it. More discussion is needed!

Overall it’s three stars because of some really poignant, important moments and the overall poetic voice to the writing."
- katelynn
09/28/2019

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

by: Trevor Noah
Ave. Rating: 4.46
Pages: 289
Year Published: 2016
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Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

by: Anne Lamott
Ave. Rating: 4.21
Pages: 237
Year Published: 1995 (1994)
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El Deafo

by: Cece Bell
Ave. Rating: 4.17
Pages: 233
Year Published: 2014
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When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

by: Patrisse Khan-Cullors
Ave. Rating: 4.47
Pages: 257
Year Published: 2018
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Displacement: A Travelogue

by: Lucy Knisley
Ave. Rating: 3.94
Pages: 161
Year Published: 2015
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"Read this in one hour. So sweet and reflective. I’m interested to read her book about baby care because the emotions she went through seem so similar to what happens when caring for children."
- katelynn
04/02/2020

Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine

by: Emily Bernard
Ave. Rating: 4.1
Pages: 240
Year Published: 2019
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Undone: A Story of Making Peace With an Unexpected Life

by: Michele Cushatt
Ave. Rating: 4.29
Pages: 256
Year Published: 2015
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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

by: Barbara Kingsolver
Ave. Rating: 4.01
Pages: 370
Year Published: 2007
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Brown Girl Dreaming

by: Jacqueline Woodson
Ave. Rating: 4.11
Pages: 337
Year Published: 2014
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Things My Son Needs to Know about the World

by: Fredrik Backman
Ave. Rating: 3.97
Pages: 208
Year Published: 2019 (2012)
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Dust Tracks on a Road

by: Zora Neale Hurston
Ave. Rating: 4.11
Pages: 324
Year Published: 2006 (1942)
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In the Company of Men: A Woman at the Citadel

by: Nancy L. Mace
Ave. Rating: 3.91
Pages: 256
Year Published: 2002 (2001)
Date Read: 05/12/2008
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Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder: A Memoir

by: Julia Zarankin
Ave. Rating: 3.89
Pages: 256
Year Published: 2020
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Life Among the Savages

by: Shirley Jackson
Ave. Rating: 4
Pages: 256
Year Published: 1997 (1953)
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"This was so much fun - I couldn’t believe how much I related to it even though this was written by a mom so long ago. The struggles transcend time! The differences were interesting as well.

Funny and light, reminiscent of Cheaper by the Dozen - I give my hearty recommendation to all young parents! (And anyone else who wants to understand them)"
- katelynn
10/02/2019

H is for Hawk

by: Helen Macdonald
Ave. Rating: 3.72
Pages: 300
Year Published: 2014
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My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories

by: David Lebovitz
Ave. Rating: 4.19
Pages: 352
Year Published: 2014
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Crying in H Mart

by: Michelle Zauner
Ave. Rating: 4.4
Pages: 256
Year Published: 2021
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In the Land of Blue Burqas

by: Kate McCord
Ave. Rating: 4.36
Pages: 320
Year Published: 2012
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The Year of Magical Thinking

by: Joan Didion
Ave. Rating: 3.88
Pages: 227
Year Published: 2007 (2005)
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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

by: David Sedaris
Ave. Rating: 4.08
Pages: 257
Year Published: 2004
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Broken (in the best possible way)

by: Jenny Lawson
Ave. Rating: 4.19
Pages: 285
Year Published: 2021
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My Family and Other Animals (Corfu Trilogy, #1)

by: Gerald Durrell
Ave. Rating: 4.14
Pages: 273
Year Published: 2004 (1956)
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"This was just wonderful. I was completely in love with the setting and people by the end. From beginning to end, the book is filled with humor and beauty and the wonder of childhood exploration."
- katelynn
07/23/2020
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End of the Rope: Mountains, Marriage, and Motherhood

by: Jan Redford
Ave. Rating: 3.95
Pages: 344
Year Published: 2018
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A Circle of Quiet (Crosswicks Journals #1)

by: Madeleine L'Engle
Ave. Rating: 4.21
Pages: 246
Year Published: 1984 (1971)
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Kisses from Katie

by: Katie Davis
Ave. Rating: 4.39
Pages: 288
Year Published: 2011
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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

by: Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Ave. Rating: 4.11
Pages: 208
Year Published: 2010
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Coming Clean: A Story of Faith

by: Seth Haines
Ave. Rating: 4.23
Pages: 224
Year Published: 2015
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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

by: Jean-Dominique Bauby
Ave. Rating: 3.95
Pages: 132
Year Published: 1998 (1997)
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Blankets

by: Craig Thompson
Ave. Rating: 4.04
Pages: 592
Year Published: 2003
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Twisted: The Tangled History of Black Hair Culture

by: Emma Dabiri
Ave. Rating: 4.3
Pages: 272
Year Published: 2020 (2019)
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Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World

by: Anthony Doerr
Ave. Rating: 3.9
Pages: 210
Year Published: 2007
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Not My Father's Son

by: Alan Cumming
Ave. Rating: 3.98
Pages: 292
Year Published: 2015 (2014)
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Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

by: Dani Shapiro
Ave. Rating: 3.89
Pages: 252
Year Published: 2019
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"What an incredible story! All the more fascinating because it's true. This book definitely left me considering medical conception ethics differently. "
- katelynn
10/12/2019
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The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City

by: David Lebovitz
Ave. Rating: 3.85
Pages: 282
Year Published: 2009
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Becoming Odyssa: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail

by: Jennifer Pharr Davis
Ave. Rating: 4.05
Pages: 304
Year Published: 2010
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"Fantastic! The author was so real and relatable – although to be fair I already had a lot in common with her before starting the book. But she communicates with a rawness and humility that is so refreshing. Her experiences definitely challenged me to seek adventure, develop deeper relationships, and reflect on how the opinion of others effects my view of myself."
- katelynn
03/02/2016

Dream More

by: Dolly Parton
Ave. Rating: 4.02
Pages: 128
Year Published: 2012
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Three Little Words

by: Ashley Rhodes-Courter
Ave. Rating: 4.12
Pages: 320
Year Published: 2008
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Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir

by: Ruth Reichl
Ave. Rating: 4.1
Pages: 266
Year Published: 2019
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Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted

by: Suleika Jaouad
Ave. Rating: 4.45
Pages: 352
Year Published: 2021
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Dancing at the Pity Party

by: Tyler Feder
Ave. Rating: 4.54
Pages: 202
Year Published: 2020
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Spinning

by: Tillie Walden
Ave. Rating: 3.85
Pages: 400
Year Published: 2017
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Me, Myself & Bob: A True Story about God, Dreams, and Talking Vegetables

by: Phil Vischer
Ave. Rating: 4.36
Pages: 260
Year Published: 2007
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Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me

by: Karen Swallow Prior
Ave. Rating: 4.25
Pages: 220
Year Published: 2012
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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

by: Bryan Stevenson
Ave. Rating: 4.58
Pages: 352
Year Published: 2014
Date Read: 02/22/2019
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Educated

by: Tara Westover
Ave. Rating: 4.46
Pages: 334
Year Published: 2018
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Glitter and Glue

by: Kelly Corrigan
Ave. Rating: 3.82
Pages: 224
Year Published: 2014
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Coming Clean

by: Kimberly Rae Miller
Ave. Rating: 3.95
Pages: 272
Year Published: 2013
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Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer

by: Micha Boyett
Ave. Rating: 4.17
Pages: 240
Year Published: 2014
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The Best We Could Do

by: Thi Bui
Ave. Rating: 4.37
Pages: 329
Year Published: 2017
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"What an amazing story- drawn so beautifully! I learned a lot."
- katelynn
09/29/2019

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

by: Jenny Lawson
Ave. Rating: 3.88
Pages: 329
Year Published: 2015
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The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win

by: Maria Konnikova
Ave. Rating: 4.1
Pages: 368
Year Published: 2020
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Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A True (as Told to Me) Story

by: Bess Kalb
Ave. Rating: 4.26
Pages: 224
Year Published: 2020
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- katelynn
01/23/2021
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Eat Cake. Be Brave.

by: Melissa Radke
Ave. Rating: 4.23
Pages: 320
Year Published: 2018
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What We Carry: A Memoir

by: Maya Shanbhag Lang
Ave. Rating: 4.31
Pages: 288
Year Published: 2020
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The Diary of a Young Girl

by: Anne Frank
Ave. Rating: 4.16
Pages: 283
Year Published: 1993 (1947)
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Any Day a Beautiful Change: A Story of Faith and Family

by: Katherine Willis Pershey
Ave. Rating: 4.24
Pages: 118
Year Published: 2012
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Lab Girl

by: Hope Jahren
Ave. Rating: 3.95
Pages: 290
Year Published: 2016
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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays

by: Mary Laura Philpott
Ave. Rating: 3.79
Pages: 288
Year Published: 2019
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"This collection seemed.. disjointed. I didn't feel a cohesion or any general point.

I liked some of the individual essays - I definitely have a lot in common with the author."
- katelynn
07/29/2019

Know My Name

by: Chanel Miller
Ave. Rating: 4.71
Pages: 368
Year Published: 2019
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Old School

by: Tobias Wolff
Ave. Rating: 3.83
Pages: 196
Year Published: 2005 (2003)
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Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman

by: Lindy West
Ave. Rating: 4.16
Pages: 260
Year Published: 2016
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Travels

by: Michael Crichton
Ave. Rating: 3.96
Pages: 400
Year Published: 2002 (1988)
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Homesick: My Own Story

by: Jean Fritz
Ave. Rating: 3.85
Pages: 176
Year Published: 2007 (1982)
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A House in the Sky

by: Amanda Lindhout
Ave. Rating: 4.21
Pages: 373
Year Published: 2013
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Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

by: Lucy Knisley
Ave. Rating: 3.94
Pages: 173
Year Published: 2013
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I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are

by: Rachel Bloom
Ave. Rating: 4.02
Pages: 288
Year Published: 2020
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Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos

by: Lucy Knisley
Ave. Rating: 4.4
Pages: 248
Year Published: 2019
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"I expected this to be good, but wow. I devoured this - I could NOT put it down. Lucy is so honest in all of her books, but this one is especially tender and vulnerable. It's mostly a memoir but it also has a good bit of research about fertility and pregnancy and the history around the treatment of women's bodies. I learned a lot - and it wasn't all great. The personal side of it is what sets this book apart as great.

I cried through the end. Of a comic book. Yup.
This art form is so amazing. I can't believe it's taken me so long to discover them. More graphic novels, please!"
- katelynn
02/22/2020
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The Comfort Book

by: Matt Haig
Ave. Rating: 4.21
Pages: 272
Year Published: 2021
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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

by: Mindy Kaling
Ave. Rating: 3.85
Pages: 222
Year Published: 2011
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"As I do in all of my interactions with Mindy's work, I find her completely charming, relatable and hilarious. Best friend material all the way. This book was a fun, breezy read - great for audio!"
- katelynn
11/15/2018
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The Glass Castle

by: Jeannette Walls
Ave. Rating: 4.28
Pages: 288
Year Published: 2006 (2005)
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"This story really sat in the tension of love and dysfunction. People are complicated. The author did not hide or white-wash any of the gritty, hard things that she went through. But she also showed the love and wonder and excitement she felt in her growing up years. She gave another perspective on poverty, the fight for dignity and the effects of addiction."
- katelynn
11/13/2019

Tracks: A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

by: Robyn Davidson
Ave. Rating: 3.93
Pages: 288
Year Published: 1995 (1980)
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