Infidel

Infidel

Rating:   Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali.  Free Press (2007), 353 pages. In order for me to love a memoir the author must cover the following basics: a great memory for not just the concrete details of life as a small child (if the memoirist has omitted the...
Stitches

Stitches

Rating:  Stitches:  A Memoir, by David Small. W.W. Norton & Company (2009), 329 pages. This memoir is the biggest surprise of the year for me. I had not intended to read Stitches as I’m not much of a graphic book fan, but the nonstop rave reviews it kept...
The Tender Bar

The Tender Bar

Rating:  The Tender Bar: A Memoir, by J.R. Moehringer.  Hyperion (2005), 370 pages. Moehringer has proven, in The Tender Bar, that he is that most uncommon of authors—a male memoirist with both full access to his feelings and the ability to write about them....
Leaving Mother Lake

Leaving Mother Lake

Rating:  Leaving Mother Lake: A Girlhood at the Edge of the World, by Yang Erche Namu and Christine Mathieu. Back Bay Books (2004), 308 pages. Anybody who has fantasized about what life would be like in a completely matriarchal society needs to read this...
When Skateboards Will Be Free

When Skateboards Will Be Free

Rating:  When Skateboards Will Be Free: A Memoir of a Political Childhood, by Said Sayrafiezadeh.  The Dial Press (2009), 287 pages. There was a time when I couldn’t get enough of tragic childhood memoirs.  I would be appalled and heartbroken on behalf...
Sickened

Sickened

Rating:  Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood, by Julie Gregory.  Bantam Books (2003), 246 pages. This is the most one-of-a-kind memoir I’ve ever read. It is incomparable in its horror—even within the subcategory of memoirs featuring...