I’ve recently read several outstanding memoirs. Each time I finish a memoir I’m reminded that we all have a story tell and a unique way of living. Take a look at my recommendations below.

Give a Girl a Knife by Amy Thielen

Amy Thielen is a rural homesteader and was also an integral part of some of the finest restaurant kitchens of New York City. Her cooking skills allowed her to navigate both worlds and her memoir tells the tale of how she found her true home, cooking all the way through her struggles and successes. If you have any interest in what goes on in the kitchen of a fast paced, trendy and well-regarded NYC restaurant, you will love this book.

Nevertheless by Alec Baldwin

I loved every minute of this book. Alec Baldwin is my favorite type of person-interested and interesting.

Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro

Dani Shapiro captures the fragile beauty of marriage and a shared life. She beautifully describes the mystery and knowing of being with another person for many years.

The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

Ariel Levy’s writing is superb and powerful. Her memoir is stripped down to a naked, painful, exposed truth – like a punch in the stomach.

Barbara Loewengart

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