Mar 06

Goodreads Choice Awards Memoir & Autobiography

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Today’s genre is Memoir & Autobiography. I’ll admit I really haven’t read much from this genre. It’s not that I don’t like it, I just don’t think to check this genre out. 

Here is a list of the previous genres I’ve shared:

Debut Goodreads Authors



Food & Cookbooks

Graphic Novels & Comics

Historical Fiction

History & Biography 



Memoir & Autobiography

  1. A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold
  2. A Smile in One Eye: a Tear in the Other by Ralph Webster

  3. A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic’s Wild Ride to the Edge and Back by Kevin Hazzard

  4. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

  5. Buffering by Hannah Hart

  6. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

  7. Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing by Jennifer Weiner

  8. Keeping Kyrie by Emily Christensen

  9. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

  10. Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

  11. Lust & Wonder by Augusten Burroughs

  12. Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs by Dave Holmes

  13. Sex Object by Jessica Valenti

  14. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE by Phil Knight
  15. Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West

  16. The Only Pirate at the Party by Lindsey Stirling

  17. The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son On Life, Love, and Loss

    by Anderson Cooper

  18. The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner

  19. Unashamed by Lecrae Moore

  20. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

There are 3 books I am adding to my to be read list for sure. Which are you adding to your reading list?

A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold

On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill twelve students and a teacher and wound twenty-four others before taking their own lives.
For the last sixteen years, Sue Klebold, Dylan’s mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror? And how, as his mother, had she not known something was wrong? Were there subtle signs she had missed? What, if anything, could she have done differently?

Keeping Kyrie by Emily Christensen

How much can a life change in just five years? For Emily Christensen, that span began with conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and ended with the adoption of six children with special needs. In KEEPING KYRIE, she shares the equally astonishing events in between: cochlear implant surgeries, marrying the man of her dreams, the loss of both of her parents, ovarian cancer, and fostering more than seventy children. At the heart of the story is her heroic efforts to save the life of her youngest daughter, Kyrie, who was born with Pierre Robin Sequence, a disorder where her lower face and airway were not properly formed. As a foster mom and then adoptive mother, Christensen has fought red tape and made tremendous sacrifices to help her daughter breathe. A real-life page-turner, this memoir abounds with tears and laughter, surprising insights into our relationship with God, and hope for surviving those seasons of trial that come to everyone.

The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner

RUTH WARINER was the thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turn a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity. At church, preachers teach that God will punish the wicked by destroying the world and that women can only ascend to Heaven by entering into polygamous marriages and giving birth to as many children as possible. After Ruth’s father―the man who had been the founding prophet of the colony―is brutally murdered by his brother in a bid for church power, her mother remarries, becoming the second wife of another faithful congregant.

In need of government assistance and supplemental income, Ruth and her siblings are carted back and forth between Mexico and the United States, where Ruth’s mother collects welfare and her stepfather works a variety of odd jobs. Ruth comes to love the time she spends in the States, realizing that perhaps the community into which she was born is not the right one for her. As she begins to doubt her family’s beliefs and question her mother’s choices, she struggles to balance her fierce love for her siblings with her determination to forge a better life for herself.

Recounted from the innocent and hopeful perspective of a child, The Sound of Gravel is the remarkable memoir of one girl’s fight for peace and love. This is an intimate, gripping tale of triumph, courage, and resilience.

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Hi, I’m Gina and owner of this blog. I'm married with numerous nieces and a nephews. I live in the Pittsburgh PA area. To work with me for a review for you, contact me at: gina@ginaslibrary.info

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