Memoir Mania

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This summer, get caught up in someone else's life. As good as these memoirs are to read they're even better to listen to:

Barbara Walters reads her own, because, as she told Publisher's Weekly, "The book is my voice, and I wanted the audio version to be my voice."

Augusten Burroughs wanted to shake things up; his audiobook contains sound effects and original music by Patti Smith, Sea Wolf, Ingrid Michaelson and Tegan Quin.

David Sedaris's includes four live recordings, "Memento Mori," "In the Waiting Room," "Town and Country" and "Solutions to Sunday's Puzzle."

Julie Andrews also reads her own work and sprinkled through the narration are a few prized archival snippets of her most memorable early Broadway tunes, and Ian Fraser's gentle piano interludes.

So, start reading; or listening...

Audition: A Memoir by Barbara Walters
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Fascinating! In a riveting and candid memoir, the acclaimed television journalist chronicles the people, events, and forces that have shaped her life and career, from childhood to the present day, discussing her relationships with men, family, friends, coworkers, and rivals; her struggle to make it in a man's world; and the interviews she has conducted during her forty-year-career. Check catalog for availability.

A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father by Augusten Burroughs
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The author of the best-selling Running with Scissors traces the story of his relationship with his father, in a psychologically charged tale that evaluates such themes as the line between love and hate and a child's longing for unconditional love.Check catalog for availability.

When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
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David Sedaris is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and Public Radio International's "This American Life." In this collection of essays Sedaris chronicles the quirks of everyday life in France and America, from an attempt to make coffee with water from a flower vase to a drug purchase in a North Carolina mobile home. Check catalog for availability.

Home: A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews
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A personal account of the iconic actress's pre-fame life traces the time between her birth in 1935 and her discovery by Walt Disney during her 1962 Broadway performance in Camelot, a period marked by her relationships with a vaudevillian mother and teacher father, the World War II London Blitz, and her work as a Royal Command Performance child soloist. Check catalog for availability.

Submitted by Jacki @ MPL Central

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Thank you for the excellent memoir suggestions. All four of those titles are now on my reading list.

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