Life Stories: Biographies of Challenging Lives

lookmeintheeyeRunning with Scissors: A Memoir, by Augusten Burroughs
Part madcap adventure, part coming-of-age story and part intense reflection on a difficult childhood, Burroughs’ memoir relates his years in an eccentric foster home where nothing is out of bounds.

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s, by John Elder Robison
Robinson, brother of Augusten Burroughs, was finally diagnosed with Asperger’s at 40. Continue reading “Life Stories: Biographies of Challenging Lives”

A New Craze in Memoir Writing

cover-of-six-word-memoirs1Writing your life in six words

Is it too hard a challenge

or just the kind you like?

Here’s a book with others’ examples

(sequel to this timeless tiny tome):

inspiring, hilarious, meditative, poignant, regretful, triumphant.

Try it next time you’re free!

             ~ Ann G

Parenting in the Wired Age

Parents today have so many networks and resources available to them. It can be daunting, but it can also be reassuring.

There are so many decisions to make, so many styles to choose from. Do you breastfeed or bottle-feed, or both? What bottles should you use? Cloth or disposable? Co-sleeping or crib? Those first months as a new parent can be so overwhelming. What helped me? Books and blogs.

Reading about how other parents made the decisions they made, how they prepared for birth, grew into their mother or father roles, and what informed their choices around parenting helped me not feel so overwhelmed or alone.

But one thing that I didn’t expect as a new parent was Continue reading “Parenting in the Wired Age”

Growing Up Small

zippy3.jpgA Girl Named Zippy: Growing up Small in Mooreland, Indiana by Haven Kimmel.

This witty memoir about growing up in a small town in the 1970s is quirky, endearing and laugh-out-loud funny.  Although populated with some peculiar characters, this autobiography is not a depressing account of dysfunction. There is something joyful and uplifting, though certainly not pedestrian or saccharine, about Zippy’s unique angle of vision. Continue reading “Growing Up Small”