Biography

Brain on fire: my month of madness

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This book had me hooked from the beginning. It follows the journey of journalist Susannah Cahalan, who suffered from an autoimmune disease that caused her to quite literally lose her mind. It was wonderfully written and provides perspective on those who suffer from mental illness.

The Girl With Seven Names

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A true, sad, unbelieveable story of a young girl's experience defecting from North Korea. She left her family not comprehending the risks. Often I found myself second-guessing her and wondering "how can this really be true?" I'm recommending this book because it opened my eyes to the horrors of dictatorship.

The Magnolia Story

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If you love binge watching Fixer Upper on HGTV, you'll love this book! The timeline covers Chip and Joanna Gaines, from growing up in seemingly different worlds, to falling in love and experiencing the crazy road that led them to where they are now, as well as the success of their business. Their story sheds light on the behind-the-scenes, sometimes difficult, moments that happened before the cameras were on them.

Elon Musk : Tesla, SpaceX, and the quest for a fantastic future

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Tesla has become a household name, and so has the name of the brilliant mind behind the brand, Elon Musk. This book delves into the history and future of Musk, as well as the many companies and products he’s created. It explores his vision and drive to create a better future for the Earth and the people on it.

Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner Book Cover

The content of this book will certainly not be for everyone. However, it will not disappoint. The book follows Judy Melinek's journey as a Medical Examiner, along with her husband T.J. Mitchell, who followed her around the country and became a stay-at-home Dad, supporting her every step of the way. In heartbreaking detail, Dr. Melinek explains what it was like being a Medical Examiner in New York City on September 11th, 2001. Her story is extremely impactful and sheds light on the unseen and often unknown struggles that come with being a Forensic Pathologist. With a sprinkle of dark humor, this is an insightful book you won’t soon forget.

Not My Father’s Son

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Not My Father’s Son is an eye opening book into the upbringing of one my favorite screen and stage actors. Alan Cumming beautifully depicts this unveiling of his family history, in a heart-wrenching page turner!

Hunger makes me a modern girl

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Before reading Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, I - like many others, I'm sure - only knew Carrie Brownstein from IFC's absurdist masterpiece Portlandia. I did know that she was once in a punk band, but I didn't know any other details from Brownstein's earlier life. It speaks to the transcendent, heartbreaking nature of the themes in this book that despite going in mostly blind, I was more moved by this memoir than by any other I've read in recent years. In this book, Brownstein lets you into the explosive, transformative, complicated world of the Riot Grrl movement, of Olympia and Portland during the 1990's. She demystifies and contradicts the perceived glamour of being in a successful touring band, even as she details how those few moments onstage each night were what temporarily obliterated her anxieties and fears, her loneliness, and made it all worth it. She writes about her life the same way she plays guitar and sings in her band, Sleater Kinney: masterfully, all cards on the table, allowing for and celebrating imperfection. I find it hard to imagine that any reader would not find something in this memoir that speaks deeply to them, or would not see something of themselves in Carrie Brownstein's candor, vulnerability, humor, and hunger for something nameless. This book has stayed with me long after I finished the last page.

Bossypants

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This book is a wonderful insight on the life of Tina Fey. I found myself laughing out loud and getting weird stares from people sitting next to me while reading this! She is just as hilarious in print as she is on Television. A wonderful treat!

The bedwetter: stories of courage, redemption, and pee

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This quick read gave me a sneak peak at Sarah Silverman's childhood and life. You get to see a glimpse of her family, where some of her humor comes from, and the reader gets to see glimpse's of her childhood diary. Great read!

My Beloved World

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A fascinating read about a very determined and self-motivated child/woman who overcame much in her life without feeling sorry for herself.