Genre: Autobiography

You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day

You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day

I think I can safely say that You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is my favorite memoir to date.  Felicia Day is very accessible at all times, and this feels more like reading someone’s personal journals than a celebrity memoir.  For example, her name drops? Almost zero. I think these days, most people who know Felicia have watched Supernatural.  Her character, Charlie Bradbury, is very popular on the show.  I will fully and happily admit that I’m a fan myself.  But I was aware of Felicia Day long before she appeared as Charlie.  I am familiar with her largely because she was […]

Posted September 5, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Hunger by Roxane Gay

Hunger by Roxane Gay

I feel like rubbish when I don’t enjoy a book that everyone else loves. Okay.  So.  There is nothing fundamentally wrong with Hunger.  In fact, it’s a very raw, honest memoir about a topic that is so deeply personal.  The stories Roxane Gay shares are intense and difficult to read.  You’re not supposed to love this book, but you are supposed to respect and support it. I still didn’t like it.  And not in that “this makes me uncomfortable, so I dislike it” way.  It’s the writing style.  Roxane Gay tells her stories in such a way that unapologetically calls out the types […]

Posted August 25, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

Okay okay.  To dispel the elephant in the room first thing – I don’t necessarily agree with everything Caitlin Moran says.  Also, I think that labeling this as a “feminist manifesto” does both a great disservice to the book as a memoir, and to feminism.  Caitlin Moran is a feminist.  But this is a memoir filled with personal opinions and anecdotes.  It’s not her telling people how to be a feminist, at least not in my opinion.  It’s more like… her outlining her life using feminist themes to organize her life stories and personal opinions. While I’m not sure if Caitlin Moran […]

Posted August 11, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

I’ve been meaning to re-read this book for an age, so thank you to the Reading Rush for getting me kickstarted on that. I particularly appreciate Girl, Interrupted because it’s a book that speaks to me.  I remember reading it years ago and my initial impressions were 1.) this is nothing like the movie; and 2.) it was one of the first books I’d ever read where I felt like the author heard my experience.  And honestly, that’s a bit snobbish because I haven’t gone through anything like Susanna Kaysen went through.  I was definitely never institutionalized.  But I discovered Girl, Interrupted […]

Posted August 2, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Bossypants by Tina Fey

Bossypants by Tina Fey

You know when you pick up a memoir because you REALLY like a celebrity and you’ve REALLY enjoyed some piece of their work and you’re REALLY hoping that when they talk about their lives, you can relate because of how much you’ve related to their work? (Holy run-on sentence, Batman). This was how I felt about Bossypants. I love, love, LOVE 30 Rock.  Liz Lemon’s hot mess spoke to my soul.  And I was positively terrified to read her memoir because 50% of all the memoirs I’ve read have disappointed me.  Which is fine, but the way.  Memoirs do not exist to coddle […]

Posted June 3, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime was not the memoir I expected.  At this point, I’ve read a few different memoirs, of comedians, actresses, singers, and so forth.  Most of them follow the same basic theme – the first few chapters cover childhood, but most the book is about their rise to fame and the thing they are most known for.  Born a Crime doesn’t do that at all.  Trevor Noah’s memoir bypasses his ascent, and focuses on his roots. This alone endears me to the books – so many memoirs (even the good ones) spend a lot of time talking about themselves, but […]

Posted March 18, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //