Have you ever wondered what your favorite writers are reading? I have, and weeks ago Jeanette Winterson wrote about what she recommended as some of the best releases of this year. All five are memoirs and this was quite foreseeable mainly because Jeanette herself wrote a wonderful memoir two years ago - Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? - and I am sure she wanted to check if others are better at this :) Jeanette, without doubt yours is the best :)
I checked what the five books are all about and there are two that I may think about reading somewhere in the future: "She Left Me the Gun" and "A Fort of Nine Towers". The rest don't seem to intrigue me...
The Wave A profoundly moving,
piercingly frank memoir of learning to live with grief--that begins in
Sri Lanka on Dec. 26, 2004, when the author lost her parents, her
husband, and her two young sons in the tsunami she miraculously
A Fort of Nine Towers A young
Afghan man's searing and redemptive memoir of his family and country.
Omar survived imprisonment and opened a secret carpet factory to provide
work for girls who were forbidden to go to leave their homes. Inflected
with folktales, steeped in poetry, this book is a life-affirming
Bad Boy Renowned American artist
Fischl has written a penetrating, often searing exploration of his
coming of age as an artist, and his search for a fresh narrative style
in the highly charged and competitive New York art world in the 1970s
She Left Me the Gun When Emma
Brockes was ten years old, her mother said 'One day I will tell you the
story of my life and you will be amazed.' Growing up in a tranquil
English village, Emma knew very little of her mother's life before her.
She knew Paula had grown up in South Africa and had seven siblings.
I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp
The sharp, lyrical, and no-holds-barred memoir of the iconoclastic
writer and musician--progenitor of American and British punk rock--which
charts the coming of age of an artist and an indelible era in rock
& roll history.