Memoir genre books (30)


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A River in Darkness : One Man's Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa EN

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Country: Asia / North Korea flag North Korea
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Previously published in Japan in 2000. Translated from Japanese by Risa Kobayashi and Martin Brown. First published in English by AmazonCrossing in 2017.
Recommended: 04 Sep 2022
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Birth of a Dream Weaver : A Writer's Awakening by Ngugi Wa Thiong EN

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Country: Africa / Kenya flag Kenya
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From one of the world's greatest writers, the story of how the author found his voice as a novelist at Makerere University in Uganda as a student In this acclaimed memoir, Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o recounts the four years he spent at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda--crucial years during which he found his voice as a journalist, short story writer, playwright, and novelist just as colonial empires were crumbling and new nations were being born--under the shadow of the rivalries, intrigues, and assassinations of the Cold War. Haunted by the memories of the carnage and mass incarcera... continue
Recommended: 04 Sep 2022
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First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung EN

Rating: 3.5     30 Votes
Country: Asia / Cambodia flag Cambodia
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One of seven children of a high-ranking government official, Loung Ung lived a privileged life in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh until the age of five. Then, in April 1975, Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army stormed into the city, forcing Ung's family to flee and, eventually, to disperse. Loung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, her siblings were sent to labor camps, and those who survived the horrors would not be reunited until the Khmer Rouge was destroyed. Harrowing yet hopeful, Loung's powerful story is an unforgettable account of a family shaken and shattered, yet mir... continue
Recommended: 25 Apr 2021
4.

Geisha : A Life by Mineko Iwasaki EN

Rating: 3.5     27 Votes
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
Description:
A Kyoto geisha describes her initiation into an okiya at the age of four, the intricate training that made up most of her education, her successful career, and the traditions surrounding the geisha culture. Reprint.
Recommended: 09 Apr 2022
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Gem Squash Tokoloshe by Rachel Zadok EN

Rating: 3.7     3 Votes
Description:
Faith struggles to make sense of the complex world in which she lives and come to terms with the beliefs her society and upbringing have inculcated in her. This tale of courage, set against the backdrop of a chaotically divided country, recreates the voice of a young girl growing up during the height of apartheid unrest in South Africa.
Genre Memoir
Recommended: 18 Jan 2018
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Goodbye Sarajevo : A True Story of Courage, Love and Survival by Atka Reid, Hana Schofield EN

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Description:
A moving and compelling true story about two sisters fighting for survival in Sarajevo during the Bosnian war
Recommended: 04 Sep 2022
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Happy Fat by Sofie Hagen EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Europe / Denmark flag Denmark
Description:
Comedian Sofie Hagen shares how she removed fatphobic influences from her daily life and found self-acceptance in a world where judgement and discrimination are rife. Sofie conquered a negative relationship with her body and provides practical tips for readers to do the same drawing wisdom from other Fat Liberation champions. Part-memoir, part-social commentary, this book looks at how taking up space in a culture that is desperate to reduce you can be radical, emboldening and life-changing
Recommended: 06 Aug 2021
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Honor Lost : Love and Death in Modern-day Jordan by Norma Khouri EN

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Country: Asia / Jordan flag Jordan
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The author relates the tragic story of her best friend, Dalia, who was murdered by her own father for falling in love with a young Catholic man, and speaks out against the ancient practice of honor killing.
Recommended: 02 Mar 2022
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I Am Malala

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai EN

Rating: 4     3494 Votes
Country: Asia / Pakistan flag Pakistan
Description:
I come from a country which was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday. When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday 9 October 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price. Shot in the head at point blank range while riding the bus home from school, few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in Northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen,... continue
Recommended: 11 Jan 2021
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I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali EN

Rating: 4     38 Votes
Country: Asia / Yemen flag Yemen
Description:
“I’m a simple village girl who has always obeyed the orders of my father and brothers. Since forever, I have learned to say yes to everything. Today I have decided to say no.” Nujood Ali's childhood came to an abrupt end in 2008 when her father arranged for her to be married to a man three times her age. With harrowing directness, Nujood tells of abuse at her husband's hands and of her daring escape. With the help of local advocates and the press, Nujood obtained her freedom—an extraordinary achievement in Yemen, where almost half of all girls are married under the legal age. Nujood's courageo... continue
Recommended: 01 Sep 2022

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