Huddled together in their stolen jackets, the five siblings – Cherie, Camille, Regina, Norm, and Rosie – tried to keep warm in the middle of a Long Island winter. Left alone in a decrepit rental house with no heat, no food, and no idea when their mother might return, the five children could only rely […]
A terrible fire. A tragic loss. The true story of growing up in a traumatized, grieving, and courageous family.
You’ll start the book for its raw, insider view of prison life; you’ll finish the book because of its powerful story of personal transformation.
In the midst of the Cultural Revolution in China, the government was banning many of the traditional practices like burials and coffins, though Wenguang Huang’s grandmother wanted her family to defy the ban and plan a traditional funeral complete with a coffin for her death. At the time their grandmother’s health was fine but she was obsessed with her mortality and funeral…
A midwife’s frank and fascinating memoir of London’s East End in the 1950s.
Monica’s Mexico wasn’t the sunny land south of the border, her Mexico was a small town in Maine dominated by a paper mill that paid the bills and poisoned the water. Her Mexico was a place of hardworking fathers, immigrants or sons of immigrants, who toiled in the mill while mothers kept house in “blocks” […]
To get in the spirit of back-to-school, Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley bring back one of our favorite guests, Julie Nelson, to talk about narrative non-fiction and memoirs about school-themed stories. Listen to our (38:16) discussion to get book recommendations, then share your recommendations with us!
What transformed this happy child who loved the adrenaline rush of gymnastics to a broken young woman?
Yes, it was surreal to be smuggling Juicy Fruit gum to your incarcerated, deaf father.
It was bad enough having to polish every shoe in the house – but iron the shoelaces? It was true, then, a kitchen maid really was the lowest of the low.
A monthly journaling workshop offers ideas and encouragement for people pursuing personal writing with words and images. Handouts including writing prompts about recording your own history are archived here. The workshop meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am at the library.