Spinning ~ Tillie Walden

Rating: 5/5 This beautiful graphic novel is a simple coming of age memoir. Its simplicity lies in its transitions as the novel follows Walden's teenage career as a figure skater through changing schools and towns to uncovering her sexual identity as a lesbian. She documents her family life and the heartbreaking trauma that comes from … Continue reading Spinning ~ Tillie Walden

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The Line Becomes a River ~ Francisco Cantu

Happy Book Birthday (Feb 6th) to The Line Becomes a River! Rating: 4/5 Francisco Cantu, a grandson of Mexican immigrants himself (who does not feel this gives him any kind of experience of immigration or Border Patrol), decides after graduating with an International Relations degree, that he wanted to become a Border Patrol agent to … Continue reading The Line Becomes a River ~ Francisco Cantu

The Art of Vanishing: A Memoir of Wanderlust ~ Laura Smith

Happy Early Book Birthday to The Art of Vanishing! Rating: 3/5 Smith writes an intricately woven story of her own life and marriage juxtaposed with that of her research subject Barbara Newhall Follet. Although listed as a memoir, Smith combines Follet's biography in with her own. In large part, that has to do with Smith's … Continue reading The Art of Vanishing: A Memoir of Wanderlust ~ Laura Smith

How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child ~ Sandra Uwiringiyimana

Rating: 10/10 A memoir from Sandra's perspective, How Dare the Sun Rise is the story of Uwiringiyimana's childhood in a war torn country and her family's immigration to the United States as refugees. Uwiringiyimana grew up in the DR of Congo and later moved to Rwanda as a refugee, ultimately emigrating to the us. She … Continue reading How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child ~ Sandra Uwiringiyimana