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An American Memoir
Kiese Laymon - Mar 05, 2019
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In this powerful and provocative memoir, genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse.Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer. In his essays, personal stories combine with piercing intellec...
Shauna Niequist
May 08, 2020
Another day, another booklist. Today: memoir—I loooooooove memoirs. As ever, please reply with your favorites so we can all add them to our reading lists. :) Also: Happy Friday. Phew.     source
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A Memoir
Tara Westover - Feb 20, 2018
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Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's ...
Shauna Niequist
May 08, 2020
Another day, another booklist. Today: memoir—I loooooooove memoirs. As ever, please reply with your favorites so we can all add them to our reading lists. :) Also: Happy Friday. Phew.     source
Sound Of Gravel
Ruth Wariner - Apr 25, 2017
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A riveting, deeply-affecting true story of one girl's coming-of-age in a polygamist cult.Ruth Wariner was the thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turned a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity. At churc...
Shauna Niequist
May 08, 2020
Another day, another booklist. Today: memoir—I loooooooove memoirs. As ever, please reply with your favorites so we can all add them to our reading lists. :) Also: Happy Friday. Phew.     source
When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi - Jan 12, 2016
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At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chr...
Shauna Niequist
May 08, 2020
Another day, another booklist. Today: memoir—I loooooooove memoirs. As ever, please reply with your favorites so we can all add them to our reading lists. :) Also: Happy Friday. Phew.     source
Just Kids
Patti Smith - Nov 02, 2010
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"Patti Smith has graced us with a poetic masterpiece, a rare and privileged invitation to unlatch a treasure chest never before breached." - Johnny DeppIt was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation. Patti Smith would e...
Shauna Niequist
May 08, 2020
Another day, another booklist. Today: memoir—I loooooooove memoirs. As ever, please reply with your favorites so we can all add them to our reading lists. :) Also: Happy Friday. Phew.     source
Lit
A Memoir (P.S.)
Mary Karr - Jun 29, 2010
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The New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback—Mary Karr’s sequel to the beloved and bestselling The Liars’ Club and Cherry “lassos you, hogties your emotions and won’t let you go” (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times).Mary Karr’s bestselling, unforgettable sequel to her beloved memoirs The Liars’ Club and Cherry—and one of the most critica...
Shauna Niequist
May 08, 2020
Another day, another booklist. Today: memoir—I loooooooove memoirs. As ever, please reply with your favorites so we can all add them to our reading lists. :) Also: Happy Friday. Phew.     source
An Everlasting Meal
Cooking with Economy and Grace
Tamar Adler - Jun 19, 2012
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Reviving the inspiring message of M. F. K. Fisher’s How to Cook a Wolf— written in 1942 during wartime shortages—An Everlasting Meal shows that cooking is the path to better eating. Through the insightful essays in An Everlasting Meal, Tamar Adler issues a rallying cry to home cooks. In chapters about boiling water, cooking eggs and beans, and summ...
Shauna Niequist
Apr 09, 2020
Another day, another booklist: this time, my all time favorite food writing (not cookbooks—I’ll do those soon). Food writing is about comfort, memory, tradition, longing. In times like these, I highly recommend it, along with folk music, poetry & the Psalms.     source
Comfort Me with Apples
More Adventures at the Table (Random House Reader's Circle)
Ruth Reichl - May 25, 2010 (first published in 2001)
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In this delightful sequel to her bestseller Tender at the Bone, Ruth Reichl returns with more tales of love, life, and marvelous meals. Comfort Me with Apples picks up Reichl's story in 1978, when she puts down her chef's toque and embarks on a career as a restaurant critic. Her pursuit of good food and good company leads her to New York and China,...
Shauna Niequist
Apr 09, 2020
Another day, another booklist: this time, my all time favorite food writing (not cookbooks—I’ll do those soon). Food writing is about comfort, memory, tradition, longing. In times like these, I highly recommend it, along with folk music, poetry & the Psalms.     source
Home Cooking
A Writer in the Kitchen (Vintage Contemporaries)
Laurie Colwin - Mar 23, 2010 (first published in 1988)
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Share the unsurpassed pleasures of discovering, cooking, and eating good, simple food with this beloved book. Equal parts cookbook and memoir, Laurie Colwin's "Home Cooking" combines her insightful, good-humored writing style with her lifelong passion for wonderful cuisine in essays such as "Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant," "Repulsive Dinner...
Shauna Niequist
Apr 09, 2020
Another day, another booklist: this time, my all time favorite food writing (not cookbooks—I’ll do those soon). Food writing is about comfort, memory, tradition, longing. In times like these, I highly recommend it, along with folk music, poetry & the Psalms.     source
A Cook's Tour
Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines
Anthony Bourdain - Nov 05, 2002 (first published in 2001)
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From the star of No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain's New York Times-bestselling chronicle of travelling the world in search the globe's greatest cuilnary adventuresThe only thing "gonzo gastronome" and internationally bestselling author Anthony Bourdain loves as much as cooking is traveling. Inspired by the question, "What would be the perfect meal...
Shauna Niequist
Apr 09, 2020
Another day, another booklist: this time, my all time favorite food writing (not cookbooks—I’ll do those soon). Food writing is about comfort, memory, tradition, longing. In times like these, I highly recommend it, along with folk music, poetry & the Psalms.     source
The Supper of the Lamb
A Culinary Reflection (Modern Library Food)
Robert Farrar Capon - Jul 02, 2002 (first published in 1989)
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From a passionate and talented chef who also happens to be an Episcopalian priest comes this surprising and thought-provoking treatise on everything from prayer to poetry to puff pastry. In The Supper of the Lamb, Capon talks about festal and ferial cooking, emerging as an inspirational voice extolling the benefits and wonders of old-fashioned home...
Shauna Niequist
Apr 09, 2020
Another day, another booklist: this time, my all time favorite food writing (not cookbooks—I’ll do those soon). Food writing is about comfort, memory, tradition, longing. In times like these, I highly recommend it, along with folk music, poetry & the Psalms.     source
The Gastronomical Me by M. F. K. Fisher
The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall
Circe by Madeline Miller
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
When God Made the World by Matthew Paul Turner
Crossing the Unknown Sea by David Whyte
When God Made Light by Matthew Paul Turner
Between the Dark and the Daylight by Joan Chittister
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst
The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp
Preparing for Christmas by Richard Rohr
The Advent Book by Jack Stockman
The Wisdom of the Enneagram by Don Richard Riso