The list author says: "As a child, I never thought there could be anything better than a great fiction novel, until I stumbled across my first memoir when I was 19. And now I can't live without non-fiction - memoirs, biographies, history, science - I love it all. These are some of my favorites that I've read (or re-read) in the past year."
"I couldn't put this book down! The interwoven stories of Henrietta Lacks, her family, and the scientific community which immortalized her cells are riveting, notably from the compelling way in which Skloot pieces together events spanning sixty decades which had dramatic effects on so many people's lives."
"Another page turner that I recently re-read. One of the best memoirs I've read which captures a child's naive and often comedic perspective of growing up poor with an alcoholic father. McCourt paints a picture of a child's life in 1940's Ireland that is amusing, harrowing, and painful - all at the same time."
"I'm a big fan of Karr's books, but this one might be her best as she attempts to drown insecurities and painful ghosts from her childhood with bottles of wine and 12-packs of beer. A wonderful look into the creative mind as it struggles to find a place in the world."
"Science, politics, innovations, and celebrities...Halberstam completes an incredible feat bringing all the most compelling and dramatic elements of a nation- and life-changing decade into one book. Definitely worth reading for an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the events that formed and shaped America's path for the latter part of the 20th century."
"Fuller's memoir about growing up in the Seventies during the Rhodesian civil war in southern Africa is another one I've read again and again. Through the eyes of a child, she captures the bold, pioneering spirit of her family in hostile lands and the struggles they had to overcome to survive."