Saturday, January 7, 2012

2012 Challenge: Memorable Memoirs


Melissa at The Betty and Boo Chronicles is hosting the 2012 Memorable Memoirs Reading Challenge. I am signing up at the Autobiographer level to read five to nine memoirs in 2012, although I think I will be closer to five than nine. [UPDATE: It looks like I will get to nine!]

One of my general reading goals for this new year is to read more of the non-fiction books on my TBR shelves. This challenge dovetails with the Non-Fiction, Non-Memoir Challenge I am also doing.

Click the button or the link above to go to the challenge post for details and to sign up.


Those I have read are in red, with links to reviews, if applicable.

Greene on Capri: A Memoir by Shirley Hazzard (reviewed here)

Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table by Ruth Reichl (reviewed here)

Vie de France: Sharing Food, Friendship, and a Kitchen in the Loire Valley by James Haller (reviewed here)

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

Witness by Whittaker Chambers (reviewed here)

Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen

Books by Larry McMurtry

The Tuscan Year: Life and Food in an Italian Valley by Elizabeth Romer

Shaken and Stirred: Through the Martini Glass and Other Drinking Adventures by William L. Hamilton

My Grandfather's Son by Clarence Thomas

The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears in Paris at the World's Most Famous Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn

Writing Places: The Life Journey of a Writer and Teacher by Howard Zinsser (not reviewed)

A Personal Odyssey by Thomas Sowell (not reviewed)

Lift by Kelly Corrigan (not reviewed)

There is a lot of crossover possibility with this list. All will crossover with the TBR challenges I joined, and others will count for the Foodie's Challenge, the Chunkster Challenge, or the European Reading Challenge.


Last updated on December 28, 2012. I've now read eight, which means I've finished the challenge, but I hope to finish Personal History by Katharine graham before the end of the year.

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