Biography/Memoir

Content is about the life of a particular person, relationship, or group of real people.

Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart

I loved this quick read about a determined woman and her homesteading adventures. Elinore is captured as adventurous but serious in letters to her friends. It paints a picture of how strong, funny, and smart the women of the American frontier had to be to survive.

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ISBN: 9780486451428
Availability: Backordered
Published: Dover Publications - June 30th, 2006

Bruce by Peter Ames Carlin

Fascinating, thorough, peppered with direct quotes from the man himself and his closest family and associates, Carlin's biography of The Boss is a compelling read. Would make a great gift for any Springsteen fan in one's life.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781439191828
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Published: Touchstone Books - October 30th, 2012

Wisconsin Book Festival

Every year, A Room of One's Own proudly partners with the Wisconsin Book Festival to host readings in our store and provide books for events all around the city. To find a full schedule of events, locations, and times, please check the WI Book Festival website!

Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel

Fascinating, uncomfortable, anxious, characteristically brilliant, this is a powerful piece of self-examination, and will appeal to readers who like their memoir destabilized, ambitious, and brutally honest. Bechdel's art is yet again indicative of her power as a visual storyteller, with an economy of visual work that underscores with subtle detail the intricacy of her revelations.

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$22.00
ISBN: 9780618982509
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 1st, 2012

Ethan Casey, author of Bearing the Bruise: A Life Graced by Haiti

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ISBN: 9780984406326
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Published: Blue Ear Books - March 1st, 2012

Life

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780316034418
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 3rd, 2011

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

Instructive without being preachy, matter-of-factly but still warm, this book is possibly the funniest I have read all year by one of the UK's premier columnists. Not only does Moran make you laugh, she also gives a refreshing update to the discussion of what it means to be a woman and feminist today (it's much easier than you think).

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062124296
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 17th, 2012

Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

This is the most irreverently hilarious book I've ever read. Lawson, also known as The Bloggess of blogging fame, really knows how to tell a story. I laughed outloud almost every time I turned the page. Even the serious parts are a great read. Readers have a first-row seat to the view from inside her head.

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ISBN: 9780399159015
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Published: Amy Einhorn Books - April 17th, 2012

Author Event: Shannon Henry Kleiber, author of On My Honor: Real Life Lessons from America's First Girl Scout

In every woman's life, there comes a time when she wonders what she should have done differently, and if it's too late. For Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low, that moment was in 1911 when she was widowed in her fifties and completely unsure of what to do with her life. Within the next year, Daisy founded the Girl Scouts of the USA as a group to encourage girls' friendships and make them stronger, more independent women.

As the Girl Scouts nears its 100th birthday celebration, this inspirational book brings Daisy's groundbreaking, classic advice to a new audience through a modern lens.

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ISBN: 9781402267932
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Published: Sourcebooks - April 17th, 2012

Author Event: Tale of Zen Master Bho Li by Barbara Verkuilen

The Tale of Zen Master Bho Li is the story of an eight-year-old orphan who becomes a beloved Zen Master. Meet the cast of memorable companions who assist him on his captivating life’s journey:

  • The Firethroat – an exotic little bird that saves him from a life threatening circumstance.
  • Soyu Sei – the “Dangerous Granny” whose wise and tender guidance civilizes the feral child he’d become without taming his wild heart.
  • Master Wu – abbot of Silent Thunder Zen Monastery, whose successor he would become.
  • And Master Bho Li’s three most problematic disciples: Sei Wot, Noh Hui, and Wai Mi, from each of whom he learns an important lesson.

The refined talents and carefully crafted illustrations of Aaron Gilmore superbly complement this winsome Zen fable.

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