November celebrates models and memoir writing

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Who or what inspires you? November celebrates models and memoir writing. The Manistee County Library has an extensive collection of biographies and memoirs as well as books to help you write your own memoir.

Check out these memories carried by the Manistee County Library:

• “All You Can Ever Know: a Memoir” by Nicole Chung examines her adoption by a white family and the journey to uncover her roots.

• “Astor Orphan: a Memoir” by Alexandra Aldrich recounts her childhood in a nonconformist home in the shadow of her descendant John Jacob Astor. Money and reputation are not all about this branch of the family tree.


• “The Boy Kings of Texas: a Memoir” by Domingo Martinez is a balancing act for a family on the border of South Texas. Learning to assimilate while respecting the way of life of his family, the author took a hard look at another culture.

• “Every Day is a Gift: A Memoir” by Tammy Duckworth chronicles the experiences of an Army pilot throughout her childhood, military and political career.

• Diane Johnson’s “Flyover Lives: a Memoir” examines what it means to be American after a friend points out “Indifference to history – this is why you Americans seem so naive and don’t don’t really know where you’re from. ” While researching his ancestors, the author discovers his own American history.

• Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ book “Unfinished” examines her childhood in India and her young adulthood in America. Returning to India, she successfully participated in beauty contests and launched her acting career.

• Younger readers might like to read about the experiences of other teens. Living with violent mood swings and unexplained illness until an accident reveals a brain tumor, Emily Wing Smith tells her story in “All Better Now: a Memoir”.

• “The Year We Were Missing: A Father-Daughter Memoir” by Cylin Busby is the story of a family fleeing a killer determined to succeed.

• “Memories of a Goldfish” by Tim Bowers will delight children. It is the story of a fish encountering new experiences while its bowl is filled with other fish and decorations.

• “Leaving the Bellweathers” by Kristin Clark Venuti recounts the years spent serving a family living in a lighthouse.

• Telling your own story can be a wonderful gift for yourself and for future generations. Mary Karr’s “The Art of Memoir” sheds light on parts of the author’s life and career as it relates to her writing process.

• “On Writing: a Memoir of the Craft” by Stephen King provides insight into the habits of a successful author.

• “Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within” by Natalie Goldberg is for anyone who wants to write. She offers advice and encouragement to get started and follow through.

• “Writing to Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation and Self-Discovery” by Mark Matousek offers questions and prompts to help you express your story.

• “Writing Your Life: A Guide to Writing Autobiographies” by Mary Borg is another title that offers suggestions and exercises as well as post tips and examples.

• “You Can Write Your Family History” by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack is a genealogical reference that examines your life in connection with your loved ones.

The Manistee County Library aims to open the door to information, imagination and inspiration. Visit manisteelibrary.org for other inspiring memoirs and biographies. We look forward to your next visit with us.

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