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Memoir authors don't have to be famous - just excellent writers with interesting life experience to relate. Here are some of the best from the SCC library collection.
Memoirs of overcoming obstacles
Call Number: 362.4309 CRONIN 2014
Publication Date: 2014
A woman born without legs describes her life growing up as one of eleven children in a large Catholic family, wearing prosthetics, going to school, facing bullies, and searching for love and happiness.
Angela's Ashes by
Call Number: 929.2 MCCOURT
A humorous account of the authors impoverished childhood in New York City and Ireland in the 1930's.
Food, Glorious Food Memoirs
A Chef's Tale by
Call Number: 641.5092 FRANEY 1994
Publication Date: 1994-03-22
Pierre Franey, creator of the 60-Minute Gourmet column in The New York Times, recalls his early days with reminiscences and classic recipes.
Under the Tuscan Sun by
Call Number: 914.55 MAYES 1997
Best selling author Mayes buys and restores an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. In evocative language, she brings the reader along as she discovers the beauty and simplicity of life in Italy. Mayes also creates dozens of delicious seasonal recipes from her traditional kitchen and simple garden, all of which she includes in the book.
Life lessons and wisdom
Tuesdays with Morrie: by
Call Number: 128 ALBOM 2007
The author reccounts the wisdom he gleans from weekly visits with his former teacher, who is dying of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
Eat, Pray, Love by
Call Number: 910.4 GILBERT 2007
Best selling author tells how she choose to leave behind her marriage, house and career, and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life. Setting out for a year to study three different aspects of her nature amid three different cultures, Gilbert explored the art of pleasure in Italy and the art of devotion in India, and then a balance between the two on the Indonesian island of Bali.
A Long Way Gone: memoirs of a boy soldier by
Call Number: 966.404 BEAH 2007
In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. Now twenty-five years old, he recounts his journy from gentle hearted 12 year old, to 13 year old cabale of truely terrible things.
The Country Under My Skin by
Call Number: 868.6409 BELLI 2002
The story of an young upper class Nicaraguan woman who left her life of privilege and became one of the central leaders of the Sandinistas, the band of armed revolutionaries who overthrew a dictator and ruled the country for eleven years.
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Job Specific Memoirs
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