The term memoir comes from the French – me ́moir – meaning memory or reminiscence.
So while a biography or autobiography tells the story of a life, a memoir tells a story from a life, a distinction that is of particular interest to me.
Here are three new Memoirs in our collection that are worth checking out:
Waking up White by Debbie Irving.
Irving has specifically said that she hopes that the reader will not see this book simply as a memoir but as a call to action. Still, the open and honest exploration of her painful missteps on the path to understanding what it means to be white in America makes for a compelling read.
The rules do not apply : a memoir by Ariel Levy.
Levy, a contributing editor of The New Yorker, left for a reporting trip in Mongolia with her unconventional life in full swing. But before she returned to the states, most of what she had built was gone. While some might have just shut down or withdrawn, Levy uses her journalist’s skills to remain curious and connected. In this powerful work she tells her story with accuracy, fairness and a strong desire to understand her own responsibility for the bleak series of events that changed her life.
Thanks, Obama : my hopey changey White House years by David Litt.
David Litt takes you behind the scenes of the O bama White House where he provides a front row seat from which to observe all the odd twists and turns of daily life in the Oval Office. Running parallel to that narrative is a personal account of a starry-eyed idealist who suffers disillusionment but finds his way back.
Suggestions by Assistant Director, Mary Hubbard