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Biographies and Memoirs – 2012

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Memoirs and Biographies
Gere Branch, March 12, 2012
Katie M.

Snow Falling in Spring: Coming of Age in China During the Cultural Revolution
by Moying Li [j Biography Li]

Growing up during China’s Cultural Revolution.

Escape
by Carolyn Jessop [289.3 Jes]

Surviving a plural marriage in the FLDS Church.

Reading My Father
by Alexandra Styron [Biography Styron]

Growing up with a dad who’s a famous writer suffering from depression.

Once Upon a Secret: My Affair With President John F. Kennedy and its Aftermath
by Mimi Alford [Biography Alford]

The devastating impact of a sexual affair with JFK.

This is Not the Story You Think It Is – A Season of Unlikely Happiness
by Laura Munson [158.2 Mun]

Remembering a difficult year of marital discord.

Blue Nights
by Joan Didion [155.937 Did]

Thoughts on aging and death.

The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL
by Eric Greitens [Biography Greitens]

Combining humanitarianism and military strength.

Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History
by Ben Mezrich [629.4 Mez]

NASA intern steals and sells moon rocks.

Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant: A Memoir
by Daniel Tammet [B T147]

An autistic savant recalls his childhood.

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin
by Erik Larson [943.086 Lar]

Ambassador Dodd’s family experiences the rise of Nazi Germany.

Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid’s Memoir That Inspired “Upstairs, Downstairs” and “Downton Abbey”
by Margaret Powell [Biography Powell]

British kitchen maid recalls working for wealthy clients.

Half Broke Horses
by Jeanette Walls [Walls]

Vignettes of a grandmother’s scrappy life during the 20th Century.