Outstanding Memoirs

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These are all great reading:

1950's Pittsburgh seems wrong for a girl destined to be a nature writer, poet, and mystic, but the author remembers her city, family, and upper middle class society with warmth and humor.
In the 60's American soldiers asked themselves what it must have been like for their Vietnamese contemporaries, who had spent their entire lives at war. Pham answers this question with power, beautiful language, and a surprising message of hope.
Funny coming of age story of an outgoing, acid witted, young gay man in Lexington, Virginia, trying to negotiate Valley high school culture and a military father, but supported by his unconventional mother.

Homer and several of his friends, growing up in a small West Virginia coal town in the Sputnik era, become heroes of their town by learning to build and launch rockets. Also a moving and nostalgic portrait of a troubled family living in a simpler, more innocent time.
  • Three by Lillian Hellman
Contains all three of Hellman's autobiographical works: An Unfinished Woman, Pentimento, and Scoundrel Time. "Unfinished" is about her life while growing up in New Orleans and also the story of her longtime romantic relationship with mystery writer Dashiell Hammett. "Pentimento", consists of individual portraits of people important to Hellman in her life. "Scoundrel Time" is an amazing recounting of the devastating attacks on Hellman and many friends by the House Committee on Un-American Activities during the McCarthy years.