Friday Reads: Memoirs

Happy Friday! We’re reading two excellent memoirs this weekend:

IN THE DARKROOM by Susan Faludi
Pulitzer-winning journalist and feminist author Faludi’s “wrought and multi-layered memoir”* reveals that her estranged father came out to her as transgender at age 76. Both O Magazine and People Magazine chose it for their Best Books of Summer 2016 lists and it’s receiving rave reviews:

IN THE DARKROOM is an absolute stunner of a memoir—probing, steel-nerved, moving in ways you’d never expect. Ms. Faludi is determined both to demystify the father of her youth… and to re-examine the very notion and nature of identity.”
New York Times Book Review

“It’s a gripping and honest personal journey—bolstered by reams of research—that ultimately transcends family and addresses much bigger questions of identity and reinvention. A–”Entertainment Weekly

“This is a powerful and absorbing memoir of a parent/child relationship.”
— *Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A moving and penetrating inquiry into manifold struggles for identity, community, and authenticity.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“An incomparable memoir that is sure to provoke discussion. Highly recommended for all readers.” — Library Journal, starred review

THIS IS NOT MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE by Victoria Fedden
Landing on Best Books of Summer 2016 lists for O Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Bustle, Hello Giggles, and Refinery29, this hilariously funny and unexpectedly moving memoir set in Southern Florida tells the story of how a nine-months-pregnant Victoria lost her parents to prison and nearly lost her mind. “Fedden’s true story of crime, comeuppance, and toughing it out will appeal to all devotees of scandalous endeavors and tabloid tales.” — Booklist

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