In this memoir, Carole King takes us from her early beginnings in Brooklyn, to her success as one of the world's most acclaimed songwriting and performing talents. A NATURAL WOMAN chronicles King's extraordinary life, drawing readers into her musical world, including her phenomenally successful album "Tapestry", & into her journey as a performer, mother, wife & activist. Deeply personal, King offers readers a view of the woman behind the legend
In Common's memoir he writes about what it's like growing up on the South Side of Chicago. He recounts his rise to fame & talks about the challenges he faced. Through it all, I see a man who is able to successfully ballance being a: Rapper, Actor, Activist, Father, Son, & Friend.
SPARE PARTS by: Buzz Williams "A Marine Reservist's Journey From Campus To Combat In 38 Days"
Jenny Lawson's memoir is about how she always wanted to be "normal" and fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father and a eccentric childhood. Opening up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor her life
Reading this was like watching the author think. Each non-fiction short story is told as a stream of consciousness that somehow ties together beautifully in the end. This collection includes some laugh-out-loud essays, and others that are touching and poignant.
"The Color Of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother" By: James McBride Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared "light-skinned" woman evasive about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for her twelve black children. James McBride, journalist, musician, and son, explores his mother's past, as well as his own upbringing and heritage, in this poignant and powerful memoir.
"We were like Lewis and Clark, man-we were musical adventureers, explorers. We were one for all and all for one"~My Cross to Bear by Gregg Allman
Griffin, a white man from Texas darkened his skin under the care of a MD to pass as a black man in 1961 (by taking large doses of the drug Methoxsalen & spending 15 hours/day under a ultraviolet lamp) The book describes his 6 week experience travelling on buses & hitchhiking throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, & Georgia as a black man. His aim was to explain the difficulties people of color face in America.
The book is made up of non-fiction short stories detailing Sedaris’ life, from his unusual upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina (after being born in Binghamton, New York) to his booze-and-drug-ridden college years, to his Kerouacian wandering as a young adult.
"Bossypants" by Tina Fey..Perhaps what I liked most about the book is that even though there is a lot of self-deprecating humor, my sense in the end was that Fey gives an honest look at who she is: imperfect, stumbling, but always rising again, persevering, and continuing to do what she loves while being really funny.
The author puts Bruce Springsteen in a "lifetime" perspective that helps to understand the man from his earliest years through today. Although I have read other pieces on Bruce this one stands out for its insights on his lyrics and his passion for his art, his love of his extended family and his relationships with fellow artists. Bruce gave the author incredible access to his most sacred thoughts & places.
"The Diary of a Nose: A Year in the Life of a Parfumeur" by Jean-Claude Ellena Written by the "parfumeur exclusif" at Hermes. The book gives readers insight into the secretive world of perfumery. Find out where inspirations come from, how the creation of a new fragrance begins and the importance of capturing the essence of a smell on skin.
This is a wonderful book for pups and their owners. Even if you have lived with and loved dogs your whole life, as I have, you will learn an enormous amount about their behaviour, motivations, and inclinations. This is a serious book based on science and observation, and it is fun to read.
The Vagina Monologues is made up of a varying number of monologues read by a varying number of women. Every monologue somehow relates to the vagina, be it through sex, love, rape, menstruation, female genital mutilation, masturbation, birth, orgasm, the variety of names for the vagina, or simply as a physical aspect of the body. A recurring theme throughout the piece is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment, and the ultimate embodiment of individuality.