August is the time when a lot of people head to the mountains or the beach for a last hurrah before the busy fall begins. I see a lot of mysteries, thrillers, and romance novels — all genres I love — as the top contenders for vacation reads. But what about nonfiction? I love to read a great memoir or personal essay collection. So today, we’re looking at memoirs and personal essays.
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Miniature Book Hair Clip Barrette by Britts Highlights
When I was a kid, I used to were barrettes ALL the time. This would have been such a cute option! $24
Chinese Prodigal: A Memoir in Eight Arguments by David Shih
When David Shih’s father passes away in 2019, Shih finds himself on a journey to come to terms with what it means to be Asian American during a time when anti-Asian hate is on the rise. Shih combines history, cultural analysis, and personal stories to create his compelling narrative.
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Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
In this gorgeous memoir, Michelle Zauner shares her experience growing up as the only Asian American kid in Eugene, Oregon. She grew up with a white American father and a Korean mother, which has always made her feel not part of either world. When her mother dies, she finds herself in an Asian grocery store, reminded of her mother and crying in the aisles. Beautifully written and full of quick wit and insight, Crying in H Mart has to be one of the best memoirs in the last few years.
What Doesn’t Kill You by Tessa Miller
What Doesn’t Kill You is part memoir, part how-to book. This book follows the author’s own experience navigating the U.S. health system with Crohn’s disease and all that it entails. She also writes guides for other disabled folks, which is especially great for those new to being chronically ill. This book gives a great insight into what it really means to be chronically ill and the daily ins and outs of living with incurable disease.
That’s it for this week! You can find me over on my substack Winchester Ave, over on Instagram @kdwinchester, or on my podcast Read Appalachia. As always, feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com. For even MORE bookish content, you can find my articles over on Book Riot.
Happy Reading, Friends!