The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

A pervasive color, temporal slip n’ slides, hop-scotching graphics, one voice to rule them all—everything you’ve ever loved in a Samuel Beckett play now in a graphic novel memoir! Bui, Thi. The Best We Could Do. New York: Abrams ComicArts, 2017. Print. Genre: graphic novel memoir Summary: A graduate school assignment turns into a decades-long… Continue reading The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

The Push by Tommy Caldwell

In this memoir, doubt dances with glorious vistas where success, aspiration, and limits all fight for a grip on the same dime-thin ledge. Caldwell, Tommy. The Push: A Climber’s Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits. New York: Penguin Publishing Group, 2017. Print. Genre: nonfiction, memoir Summary: Caldwell’s memoir chaperones readers up treacherous escarpments… Continue reading The Push by Tommy Caldwell

The Everest Disaster Trilogy Challenge

Read these three books, my friend gushed, and you’ll experience a gummy, disorienting waltz with truth, memory, and trauma. Krakauer, Jon. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster. Jon Krakauer, Narr. New York: Random House Audio, 2007. CD. Genre: nonfiction memoir Summary: Krakauer documents his experiences during the Mount Everest disaster… Continue reading The Everest Disaster Trilogy Challenge

Wild by Cheryl Strayed (with a look at structure)

Strayed, Cheryl. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. New York: Vintage Books, 2013. Print. Genre: memoir (specifically, one of those young-woman-in-crisis-goes-a’-traveling memoirs) Summary: This book is Eat, Pray, Love meets A Walk in the Woods. Despite a mostly impoverished, sometimes rough childhood, Cheryl grew up generally loved by everyone but herself. Soon after… Continue reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed (with a look at structure)