El Deafo

Author and artist: Cece Bell Type: Fiction, comic, memoir Published: 2014 I read it: August 2016 Our theme this year at Camp Quest Minnesota was Language and Communication, so our program directors collected books to suit the camp sessions. Our group of counselors was informed that El Deafo was a hit with the campers, so…

What the Dog Knows

Author: Cat Warren Type: Non-fiction, single subject, memoir Full title: What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs Published: 2013 I read it: April 2015 “For him, human death is a big game.” This is the way Cat Warren introduces how her German Shepherd, Solo, views his work. (That’s him on the…

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Author: Mindy Kaling Type: Non-fiction, humor, memoir Full title: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) Published: 2011 I read it: April 2015 I’m finally catching up to this books written by comedians thing. I think I’m generally pretty slow about trying out new genres, and the biography/autobiography stuff just isn’t my thing.…

Marbles

Author and artist: Ellen Forney Type: Non-fiction, comic, memoir Full title: Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me Published: 2012 I read it: December 2014 Though¬†“mania” and “depression” are in the subtitle, this memoir is specifically about the author’s struggles with bipolar disorder. It’s quite an effective introduction to the topic, told in chronological order from…

Yes Please

Author: Amy Poehler Type: Non-fiction, humor, memoir Published: 2014 I read it: November 2014 Amy Poehler has written a memoir from the “middle.” Right off the bat she acknowledges¬†that at 42 she has a lot of experience but not really enough to do a wisdom-filled autobiography. She is arguably at the peak of her career,…