Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Synopsis "Trevor Noah's unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents' indiscretion, Trevor … Continue reading Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years by Julie Andrews

Synopsis "Home Work is the second installment of Julie Andrews's memoirs, beginning with her arrival in Hollywood to make her screen debut in Walt Disney's Mary Poppins, followed closely by The Sound of Music. The result is an astonishing rise to fame as those now-classic films brought Andrews almost overnight success. It was the beginning … Continue reading Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years by Julie Andrews

Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope by Karamo Brown

Synopsis "When Karamo Brown first auditioned for the casting directors of Netflix’s Queer Eye, he knew he wouldn’t win the role of culture expert by discussing art and theater. Instead he decided to redefine what ‘culture’ could — and should — mean for the show. He took a risk and declared, ‘I am culture.’  Karamo believes that … Continue reading Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope by Karamo Brown

My Vanishing Country: A Memoir by Bakari Sellers

Synopsis "Part memoir, part historical and cultural analysis, My Vanishing Country is an eye-opening journey through the South's past, present, and future. Anchored in in Bakari Sellers' hometown of Denmark, South Carolina, Country illuminates the pride and pain that continues to fertilize the soil of one of the poorest states in the nation. He traces … Continue reading My Vanishing Country: A Memoir by Bakari Sellers

Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self Love by Jonathan Van Ness

Synopsis "Who gave Jonathan Van Ness permission to be the radiant human he is today? No one, honey. The truth is, it hasn’t always been gorgeous for this beacon of positivity and joy. Before he stole our hearts as the grooming and self-care expert on Netflix’s hit show Queer Eye, Jonathan was growing up in a small … Continue reading Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self Love by Jonathan Van Ness

Walk Through Walls by Marina Abramovic

In continuing with this month's theme of honoring strong women both past and present, I recently read Walk Through Walls, Marina Abramovic's memoir that was released late last year. Coincidentally it was also just last year that I was first exposed to Abramovic and her performance artwork through her documentary The Artist is Present. I … Continue reading Walk Through Walls by Marina Abramovic

Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham's Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls And Everything in Between was such a treat to read, especially after having just read her first novel, Someday, Someday Maybe. I love how seamlessly her quirkiness translates to the page in both her novel and her memoir, making for two equal parts … Continue reading Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer's first book The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo is such a delight. I brought it along with me to work one Monday and spent two days reading and thoroughly enjoying it. In fact I had to keep setting it down because I was laughing too hard. Too hard for someone sitting in … Continue reading The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of A Critic In Disguise by Ruth Reichl

The fact that this book is a memoir is what made me want it. But this was the first memoir I was planning to read that was written by someone I wasn’t already familiar with, so I was a little hesitant. I like to read books about the lives of the people I admire, whether … Continue reading Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of A Critic In Disguise by Ruth Reichl