HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 44 – Memoirs

HUSH podcast episode 44 MemoirsThad Hartman and Lissa Staley host a roundtable discussion with our guests around an engaging and interesting topic — Memoirs!

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Erin Seeger - staff photophoto autumn 2Our guests this episode are Autumn Friedli and Erin Seeger. They like to trade book recommendations, but they don’t always agree on what makes a great memoir, which makes for great discussion!

Books mentioned

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  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
  • Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray
  • The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne
  • I’m Down: A Memoir by Mishna Wolff
  • The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
  • My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes) by Luisa Weiss
  • MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend by Rachel Bertsche
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  • David Sedaris
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey
  • Cardboard Gods by Josh Wilker
  • The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier by Ree Drummond
  • Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Your turn to talk

Continue the conversation about Memoirs. Depressing, uplifting, funny, medical, or tragic? What kind of memoirs do you read?  Talk to us here on the blog, or on the library’s Goodreads group.

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Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, Community Novel Project leader, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.