Read on... Life Stories: Reading Lists for Every Taste

Overview

With the genre of memoirs filled with so many titles and from such a variety of authors, it is hard to grasp what's available and what's worth reading. For all those who love delving into the lives of others, this Read On… volume offers help.

Read On…Life Stories: Reading Lists for Every Taste offers brief descriptions of nearly 450 published memoirs, from classics like The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, to recent bestsellers like John Grogan's Marley and Me and Julie ...

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Overview

With the genre of memoirs filled with so many titles and from such a variety of authors, it is hard to grasp what's available and what's worth reading. For all those who love delving into the lives of others, this Read On… volume offers help.

Read On…Life Stories: Reading Lists for Every Taste offers brief descriptions of nearly 450 published memoirs, from classics like The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, to recent bestsellers like John Grogan's Marley and Me and Julie Andrews' Home. Titles are grouped together by their appeal to readers, and there is something for everyone: humorous memoirs, thrilling adventure stories, chatty celebrity reminiscences, cathartic dramas of family dysfunction, fascinating career retrospectives, and insightful stories of family and personal lives in many eras and places.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Useful as a reference for readers' advisors in public and school libraries, this work offers brief descriptions of about 450 published memoirs, from classic to recent bestsellers. Titles are grouped together by their emphasis on character, story, setting, language, and mood, and further divided into sections on topics such as unusual childhoods, coming of age, life-altering experiences, life in rural America, various occupations, travel, spiritual journeys, family relationships, and struggling with mental illness. The book is indexed by author, title, location, era, profession, ethnicity, and genre. Reisner is a librarian specializing in readers' advisory services."

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Reference & Research Book News

"Like others in the series, this is a readers'-advisory title that could be handed off to patrons to browse on their own—if you can get it away from the librarian. With both a detailed table of contents and an excellent index, this is a must-have tool for public libraries."

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Booklist

"Award-winning author Reisner, drawing on her experience and familiarity with the genre, provides with this annotated bibliography an especially useful addition to Libraries Unlimited's readers' advisory series Read On. . . . a good . . . resource for public libraries of all sizes for both reference and collection development."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591587668
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/23/2009
  • Series: Read On Series
  • Pages: 175
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword vii

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Character 1

Beating the Odds: Survivors of Awful Childhoods 2

Behind the Scenes: Celebrities' Lives 4

Being Different: Introspective Memoirs 6

Breaking Free: Overcoming Adversity 9

Caught in the Crossfire: People in Danger 11

Crossing Borders: Making a Life in a New Country 13

Extraordinary Women's Lives 16

Fathers and Sons 18

Fractured Families: From Adversity to Insight 20

Identity Papers: Discovering Our True Selves 23

Insiders: People Who Made History 25

Marching to Their Own Drum: Unique Individuals 27

Mothers and Daughters, Mothers and Sons 29

Passage to Adulthood: Coming-of-Age Memoirs 31

Then There Were Two: Love and Marriage 34

Who Goes There? Struggling with Mental Illness 36

Chapter Two Story 39

Crooked Lives: People Behaving Badly 40

Dishing: Stories from the Kitchen 42

Faultlines: Difficult Family Relationships 45

Four Seasons: Memoirs of One Year 47

In Harm's Way: Lives at Risk 49

Living to Tell the Tale: Near-Death Experiences 51

Moments of Truth: Stories of Turning Points 53

Off the Beaten Path: Unusual Adventures 56

Pet Projects: The Animals in Our Lives 59

Relativity: Unusual Family Experiences 61

Rooting Around: Searching for Family Origins 63

Sports Talk 65

Under Fire: Stories of War 67

Chapter Three Setting 71

Eureka! Scientists at Work 72

Far Out: Travel to Unusual Places 74

Foreign Exchange: Encountering Other Cultures 76

A Hard Day's Night: Life in the Music Business 80

Life Support: Memoirs from the Medical World 82

OrientExpress: Travel to the Far East and Oceania 84

Outside the Box: Interesting Occupations 86

The Passing Scene: Road Trips 89

Primal Scenes: Vivid Childhood Memoirs 91

Small Is Beautiful: Life in Rural America 94

Under African Skies 95

Chapter Four Language 99

The Definite Article: Writers on Their Lives 100

Depth of Field: Insightful Writers 102

Full Disclosure: Writing from the Heart 104

The Great Outdoors: Communing with Nature 106

Loud and Clear: Unique Voices 108

Luminous Prose: Elegant Memoirs 110

Private Worlds: Diaries 112

Short and Sweet: Under 200 Pages 114

Chapter Five Mood 117

A Backward Glance: Nostalgic Memoirs 117

Growing Up Absurd: Unusual Childhoods 120

Laugh Lines: Memoirs on the Lighter Side 122

Renewal: Life-Altering Experiences 124

Taking It On Faith: Spiritual Journeys 127

The Ties that Bind: Bittersweet Family Stories 129

Undertow: Edgy, Dark Memoirs 132

Index 135

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