best memoirs 2017

The experiences and contributions of these dislocated people had a direct impact on the outcome of the war, and many of their stories will be inspirational, even seven decades later.

That’s why, when she failed in a second attempt, it brought her so low.

Hardcover She was determined to master French slang, style, and savoir faire, and to find a job that would give her a reason to stay… Kate Betts’s captivating memoir brings to life the enchantment of France—from the nightclubs of 1980s Paris where she learned to dance Le Rock, to the lavender fields of Provence and the grand spectacle of the Cour Carrée—and magically re-creates that moment in life when a young woman discovers who she’s meant to be.”, “In The Jaguar Smile, Rushdie paints a brilliantly sharp and haunting portrait of the people, the politics, the terrain, and the poetry of “a country in which the ancient, opposing forces of creation and destruction were in violent collision.” Recounting his travels there in 1986, in the midst of America’s behind-the-scenes war against the Sandinistas, Rushdie reveals a nation resounding to the clashes between government and individuals, history and morality.”, “Based on her daily diary, this is Dervla Murphy’s account of her ride, in 1963, across frozen Europe and through Persia and Afghanistan, over the Himalayas to Pakistan and into India, during one of the worst winters in memory.”, “Hamlet Globe to Globe is an unprecedented theatrical adventure, in which Dromgoole shows us the world through the prism of Shakespeare. The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, by Masha Gessen

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Metaxas offers up a fresh perspective on a man so famous he’s more myth than reality these days, finding the humanity underneath the history. A doctor gave filmmaker Fitzmaurice four years to live following an ALS diagnosis in 2008. Instead, Lockwood's is a truly unique, funny, and charismatic family portrait of a priest father who runs around half-nude slaying a guitar in the living room and an eccentric mother who fears catching STIs in motel rooms. Considering how important they were in shaping the modern age, the Osage Indian murders of the 1920s are remarkably little-known today. The gripping descriptions of endless fighting combined with testimonials about the less-than warm welcome the soldiers received when they returned home help to explain the Vietnam era in terms anyone will understand. McKinley (now known as Denali), and why we exalt dead presidents not just with public statues and iconic paintings but with kitschy wax dummies, Halloween costumes, and bobblehead dolls.”, “As Ellie’s 50th birthday approaches and her ambitions of a steady income, a successful career, and an ascent of Everest seem as far away as ever, she begins to doubt she’s capable of achieving anything at all. As public outrage grew, the federal government was pressured into putting the obscure Bureau of Investigation, led by a young Herbert Hoover, in charge of the case. I love it!” They don't call her the Dolly-Lama for nothin'! The line from London to Bristol connects two great cities, but what lies in between? Using a combination of cutting-edge technology and boots on the ground, Preston and his team locate two large sites and a wealth of archaeological treasures to prove that a lost civilization once existed in an area of the world where no human being has set foot in centuries.

An oldie but a goodie. Two years later, accompanied by his faithful companion Reggie (his bike) but only a rudimentary plan, Andrew set off for a trans-continental cycling adventure that would take him along the route of the Via Francigena and the Eurovelo 5 all the way from his home in southern England to Brindisi in the south of Italy.

The book also offers a pointed retort to the smug strangers who shoot Gay sidelong glances at the gym or gawk as she settles into an airplane seat. It’s up to you to decide if Harari makes his case—but whether you agree or not, the time spent with this book is worthwhile. ... 2017. In the years since, he’s fathered twins and continued to work as a documentarian.

The novelist Amy Tan has long been mining what might be called the Chinese-American version of Lady Bird—in-depth, complicated mother-daughter tales from an immigrant perspective.

So she quit her job and set out to prove that adventure is not just a vacation style but a philosophy of living and to find like-minded, risk-taking women around the globe. Celebrated writer Levy tells her life story with verve and gusto, exploring as a central theme the way the universe laughs at our plans.

There’s more to come for this powerhouse.

© 2010-2020 Wow Media Products, Inc doing business as PureWow. As she struggled with food addiction and looked for ways to cope with feelings of failure and shame, Kara’s weight shot to more than 300 pounds.

History normally looks back and attempts to say, with certainty, what did or didn’t happen. Chernow has his work cut out for him, but he paints a detailed picture of Grant as a man of action who withered in inactivity, a man whose alcoholism followed a unique cycle of binging followed by lengthy periods of sobriety, a man often mistaken for homeless prior to the Civil War who brought a willingness to engage the Confederate armies head on to his tactics that proved to be the key to winning the war. The 38 Best Memoirs We ' ve Ever Read.

Leonardo da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson

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