All Booked Up: The Astor Orphan

Welcome to this edition of All Booked Up with Kathy Jennings and Diana Friend. Just like many folks turn to librarians for what to read next, Diana turned to Kathy for her next book, and she wanted a memoir.

Scanning the recent releases that received good reviews, they settled on The Astor Orphan by Alexandra Aldrich. Upon completion, Kathy said that she wanted her reading time back. “One of the reasons I didn’t like it is because there are too many characters and it’s hard to keep track of them.” The reader experiences the recollections of a 10 year old, which also turned her off.

This is not a story of the prominent German-American Astor family who had great wealth. Don’t be fooled; the Astors in this book are not the highfaluting Astors.

For anyone interested in memoirs, Kathy recommends Mrs. Kennedy and Me. Clint Hill, a former Secret Service agent who was assigned to Mrs. Kennedy, penned the memoir with assistance from Lisa McCubbin. He tells his story of what it was like protecting Mrs. Kennedy. “It’s a well-written memoir. You know who the characters are. You know who Clint Hill is because he was her Secret Service agent. It’s not hard to figure out.”

If you have memoirs that you think others should read, leave a comment below with the title, author and why you liked it.

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  • Marilyn Morford

    I have just finished reading the memoir, The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne.
    As librarians, I urge you all to read pages 204—217. Never have I read a better description of
    libraries and librarians than this; it should make you all proud!

  • Laura DelToro

    The book “Rascal” is a memoir by Sterling North. This is a most excellent read!! This is a book about North when he was around 11 or 12. It is a coming of age story. However, there is never a dull moment in this book. North tells of his life in loosing his mother, his sisters are quite a bit older than he and not living at home any longer, and his father is a traveling relator. You can only imagine the fun that North and his raccoon “Rascal” can get in to when left for days at a time alone on the farm! Good read for any age, and especially fun as a read aloud to your younger as well as older children. Believe it or not mom’s, 7th and 8th graders love to be read to!!