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,…

Dad Is Fat

Author: Jim Gaffigan Type: Fiction, non-fiction, humor, memoir Published: 2013 I read it: July 2014 Why is Jim Gaffigan an appropriate author for a comedic memoir about parenting? Because he has five children and his family lives in a two-bedroom apartment in New York. The premise fits Gaffigan’s dry style particularly well. It’s also an…

Waging Heavy Peace

Author: Neil Young Type: Non-fiction, memoir Full title: Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream Published: 2012 I read it: April 2013 I read up on this sort of thing, and the worst thing you can have is a book that is too long. That doesn’t help the publisher. There is a lot here to cover,…

Pack of Two

Author: Caroline Knapp Type: Non-fiction, single subject, memoir Full title: Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs Published: 1998 I read it: March 2013 You are either a dog person or you are not. Sometimes it does seem like you can simplify down to this level; dog people will never understand how…

The Adderall Diaries

Author: Stephen Elliott Type: Non-fiction, memoir Published: 2009 I read it: January 2011 Bare confessions on every page. Like a Why? song, but without a melody to lead you through the maze. Not a bad book, and don’t take this particular review very seriously. I just don’t read memoirs so I have nothing to compare…

Anarchy Evolution

Authors: Greg Graffin, Steve Olson Type: Non-fiction, single subject, memoir Full title: Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in World Without God Published: 2010 I read it: October 2010 Greg Graffin tells of how from a young age he had “always had a problem with authority,” and this mindset put him on two seemingly…