Tag Archives: memoir

The Happiest Refugee April 01

April online ebook club – The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do

This month we’re reading The Happiest Refugee, Comedian Anh Do’s very memoir about growing up in Australia as a refugee from Vietnam. Anh Do and his family fled war-torn Vietnam on an overcrowded boat when he was 2 years old. On arrival in Australia the family worked hard to make ends meet while adjusting to their new life. When Anh was 13, his father left his mother and this loss was felt deeply. Despite this the family maintained their sense of humour and Anh went onto graduate university with a law degree and become one of Australia’s most popular Comedians.

Rome, twins, insomnia and the biggest funeral in the history of the world

Four seasons in Rome: on twins, insomnia and the biggest funeral in the history of the world by Anthony Doerr is part traveller’s tale and part personal memoir. Author, Anthony Doerr was notified by letter that he was being awarded a fellowship in literature at the American Academy in Rome, merely twelve hours after his […]

Febraury Online ebook Club wrap-up – Wild

I started reading this book expecting to hate it. Everyone I knew who had read it, hated it passionately. They found the author, Cheryl Strayed completely unlikeable and self-absorbed. While I didn’t love the book, I really didn’t hate it and I certainly didn’t hate the author.

Wild big February 09

February Online ebook club: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

I recently had a conversation about this book with a family member who warned me against reading it, describing the central character in very unflattering terms. Naturally, I had to read this and thought that it might make for some interesting discussion for our online ebook club.

Wild is Cheryl Strayed’s true account of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail following the death of her mother and the breakdown of her marriage. Strayed decides to travel solo with virtually no long-distance hiking experience but a desire to piece together her life and rediscover who she is again.

December Online ebook Club Wrap-up – Jeremy and Amy

This month we read the true story of Jeremy and Amy for our online ebook club. This was a really nice story about the origins of Monkey World in the UK.

The story is told by Jeremy Keeling, co-founder of Monkey World. Jeremy had grown up amongst a variety of zoo animals and developed a passion for them. Jeremy, along with Jim Cronin, established Monkey World in the 80’s as a sanctuary for a variety of Apes. Amy is an Orang-Utan at Monkey World. She was hand-reared by Jeremy when rejected by her mother at birth. When they were in a car accident early in Amy’s life, she was found cradling an unconscious Jeremy’s head in her hands.

narrow road deep north December 30

Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan. Post by Kyla from the Local Studies library.   I bought a copy of Richard Flanagan’s recent novel with a small pile of other Australian novels after realising that it had been a very long time since I’d read a local author.   The Narrow […]

A story dreamt long ago

A story dreamt long ago by Phyllis McDuff. There always was distance between mother Bettina Mendl and daughter Phyllis McDuff even when they were sitting right beside each other. Bettina was a master of evasion. Phyllis’ questions always went unanswered and she never was quite sure just who indeed her mother was and why she […]

Paris Letters

Paris letters is the memoir of Canadian born, Californian girl Janice Macleod. She lived a fast-paced stereotypical single life until one day when she had an epiphany and realised how unfulfilled she felt.  She decided to do something about it. So she took to writing a daily journa land a blog and pretty quickly answers […]

Wish you happy forever

Wish you happy forever: what China’s orphans taught me about moving mountains by Jenny Bowen is no ordinary memoir. This is the memoir of Californian filmmaker Jenny Bowen, who with her husband and two adult children embarked on the journey of adopting a Chinese orphan. That however was only the start and a small portion […]

The Maid’s Tale

The Maid’s Tale by Rose Plummer offers a brief snapshot into an era long gone. A time that no longer exists, with grand houses and plenty of servants and domestic help. A time of horse-drawn carts, when light was provided by candles, when warmth came from a coal fire (if you were lucky enough to […]

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