Archive for the ‘Biography/auto-biography/memoir’ Category

31. “Wasted” Marya Horbacher

October 27, 2011 Leave a comment

A wrenching read.

Page count: 289
Page total: 10,165


30. “The Know-it-all,” AJ Jacobs

October 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Subtitle is: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
Page count: 371
Page total: 9,876

24. “Bossypants,” Tina Fey

August 10, 2011 Leave a comment

I read this book in a few hours, which is something I have not been able to do for a while. Somewhere in the middle, I fell asleep and had a dream wherein Tina Fey was instructing me on how to get a dozen doughnuts and keep them all to myself. (The recommended technique was to transport said doughnuts by car to a second location that also sells doughnuts. And then to eat the doughnuts in your car. Turns out Tina Fey can’t drive. Otherwise, I think it is suitably Liz Lemonish.

Page count: 276
Page total: 7,196

16. “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” David Sedaris

June 1, 2011 Leave a comment

I remember this being funnier.

Page count: 272
Page total: 4,380

11. “Butch is a Noun,” S. Bear Bergman

February 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Memoirs of butchness.

This took me a very long time to read, especially for such a slim book. It really resonated with me and the complex gender I live. Bergman performs a chivalristic butchness that is aware of how problematic it can be for a masculine-gendered person to want care for feminine-gendered people.  Ze talks about hir love of femmes, on having hir butchness nurtured by femmes, on getting to nurture young butches. It’s all touching and left me with a lot to think about. I’d recommend it, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if it took you a few months to plod though, too (or if you read it in an hour).

Page count: 192

Page total: 3,001

10. “Exile & Pride: Disability, Queerness and Liberation,” Eli Clare

February 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Reflections on growing up queer, disabled, butch, and sexually abused in rural Oregon.

Page count: 192

Page total: 2,809

6. “Dumbfounded,” Matt Rothschild

December 9, 2010 Leave a comment

A series of memoirs of a fat, rich, red-headed, cross-dressing gay Jew. I didn’t expect to like it, but his grandmother is badass, and half-way through it started to become pretty poignant.

Page count: 203
Page total: 1,544