Memoir

Maid : hard work, low pay, and a mother's will to survive book cover

Maid : hard work, low pay, and a mother's will to survive

Stephanie Land

331.481 /Land
Memoir

A journalist describes the years she worked in low-paying domestic work under wealthy employers, contrasting the privileges of the upper-middle class to the realities of the overworked laborers supporting them.

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This isn’t an easy book to read, but it is an important one. It helps describe and explain what life is like for poor people in this country. Government programs that are put in place to help people in poverty often, as Land describes and explains, punishes those working to get out of poverty. For every step forward, you lose a service that could keep you moving forward. I’m glad Land was able to beat the odds and share her story. -Meredith

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Ugly

Robert Hoge

jBIOGRAPHY Hoge, Robert
Memoir

"Robert Hoge was born with a tumor the size of a tennis ball in the middle of his face and short, twisted legs, but he refused to let what made him different stand in the way of leading a happy, successful life. This is the true story of how he embraced his circumstances and never let his "ugly" stop him from focusing on what truly mattered."--

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Greek to me : adventures of the comma queen

Mary Norris

BIOGRAPHY Norris, Mary
Memoir, Literary Nonfiction

Presents a chronicle of the author's lifelong love affair with words, filtered through her passion for all things Greek and her solo adventures in Greece.

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This is a fun book on several levels: it's laugh-out-loud funny in places, there's lots about words and what they mean and what their origins are, and it's all about Greece. The author's love of the country is almost palpable, and anyone who has positive memories of a first trip abroad will enjoy her tale. -Heidi L

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Mr. know-it-all : the tarnished wisdom of a filth elder

John Waters

791.430233 /Waters
Memoir, LGBTQ+

"The newest essay collection from the New York Times-bestselling John Waters, reflecting on how to overcome newfound responsibility and rebel in the autumn of your years"-- Provided by publisher.

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Why be happy when you could be normal?

Jeanette Winterson

BIOGRAPHY Winterson, Jeanette
Memoir, LGBTQ+

This memoir is a tough-minded search for belonging, for love, an identity, a home, and a mother by the author of "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit"--winner of the Whitbread First Novel award and the inspiration behind the award-winning BBC television adaptation "Oranges."

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Naturally tan : a memoir.

Tan France

791.45028092 /France
Memoir, LGBTQ+

Before he became famous as one of the Fab Five makeover experts, Tan France was the youngest child in his family, growing up in South Yorkshire, England. As a member of one of the very few South Asian, Muslim families living in the predominantly white community, he was routinely bullied for both his culture and his skin color. Knowing he was gay from an early age, Tan harbored that secret to avoid further racial harassment and potentially cause a rift between him and his family. It was a secret he would keep from them until finally coming out at the age of 34—happily married to Rob, a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City. With his trademark wit, humor, and radical compassion, Tan shares his journey and the lessons he’s learned along the way about being a successful businessman, a devoted spouse, and self-acceptance. From navigating the gay community, to finding the love of his life, to creating popular ladies’ clothing lines for Kingdom & State and Rachel Parcell, Inc. to joining Antoni Porowski, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, and Jonathan Van Ness on Queer Eye as positive, representative celebrity role models for LGBTQ people, Tan followed his own path to develop his signature style and embrace life on his own terms.

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How to write an autobiographical novel : essays

Alexander Chee

814.6 /Chee
Memoir, LGBTQ+

"From the author of The Queen of the Night, an essay collection exploring how we form our identities in life, in politics, and in art"--

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Afterglow : a dog memoir

Eileen Myles

636.78 /Myles
Memoir, LGBTQ+, Animals

The author writes an account of their relationship with their pit bull Rosie. Starting from the emptiness following Rosie's death, the author launches a heartfelt and fabulist investigation into the true nature of the bond between pet and pet owner.

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Are you my mother? : a comic drama

Alison Bechdel

BIOGRAPHY Bechdel, Alison
Memoir, LGBTQ+

Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home was a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel's childhood . . . and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It's a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel’s own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother—to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.

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Fun home : a family tragicomic

Alison Bechdel

BIOGRAPHY Bechdel, Alison
Memoir, LGBTQ+

In this graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father. Distant and exacting, Bruce Bechdel was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the Fun Home. It was not until college that Alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered that her father was also gay. A few weeks after this revelation, he was dead, leaving a legacy of mystery for his daughter to resolve.

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