Memories Light the Corners of My Mind

With the holidays approaching, it's all about memories. As you set around the dinner table, by the time you've finished dessert, you just may have some new ones.

What is the difference between a biography and a memoir? A memoir is writing about a slice of life, relying on memory for details. A biography is a chronology of someone's life based on facts.

St. Louis County Library has some wonderful memoirs. Here are just a few, take a look, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

"All Over But the Shoutin" by Rick Bragg : A Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent for The New York Times recounts growing up in the Alabama hills, the son of a violent veteran and a mother who tried to insulate her children from poverty and ignorance..

"The Color of Water" by James McBride : A young African American man describes growing up as one of twelve children of a white mother and Black father, and discusses his mother's contributions to his life and his confusion over his own identity.

"The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls: Jeannette Walls tells the story about her childhood. She talks about living like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Retreating to the dismal West Virginia mining town-- and the family-- her father, Rex Walls, had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents' betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home.

These titles are also available as book discussion kits--a great resource for book clubs with discussion questions, author bios and more. To reserve a kit simply call 314-994-3300.
 
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