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I recently pick up a book called Bar Flower, by Lea Jacobson. I’m taking a class on writing memoir right now, and my instructor has told us to go out and find memoirs similar to the ones we’re writing. Bar Flower isn’t like mine, but I thought the subject matter is fascinating: the author talks about how, after being fired from her job teaching English in Japan, she got a job working as a hostess in a Tokyo nightclub. From the description, this was one book I simply could not pass up. Memoir’s not really a genre I generally go in for, but I’m intrigued by this one.

I also picked up a memoir called Target Underwear and a Vera Wang Gown, by Adena Halpern. It’s basically the story of a woman’s life as told through what she wore on certain occasions.

There’s another memoir out that I’ve been intrigued by: Please Excuse My Daughter, by Julie Klam, a book about a woman who grew up in privileged circumstances, who was forced to grow up after college and find her place in the world. I suppose her story is a lot like mine.

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Laura said…
I don't normally read memoirs, but I'm doing a non-fiction challenge, so I plan to read at least one. The three you mention all sound really interesting--I'm looking forward to your reviews!
Chris said…
Welcome to blogging! The clothes one sounds interesting.
Nicole said…
I don't read alot of memoirs either. But, you're writing one? Wow, how's that going?

I kind of like the sound of the clothes one. That's a unique perspective.
kathy said…
back in the 90's (wow that was a long time ago) I was attempting to sell new homes, and was stuck in a show home from 11 am to 8 pm six days a week. this particular show home I was in for the summer had a family room, library combo that was showcasing the built in's. the bookcase was crammed full of hard covers that were probably bought at yard sales and auctions. all of the books were out of print and a large portion were memoirs. That was the best show home I ever had to sell out of, because I spent the summer reading the most interesting books I would never had otherwise even known about.

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