As you may remember, I'm thrilled to be on the voting board for the 2011 Indie Lit Awards. In case you missed my first announcement and don't know what these awards are, here's a brief description from the awards' blog:
Independent Literary Awards are given to books that have been recommended and voted on by independent literary bloggers. Nominations are open to all readers, and are then voted upon by a panel of bloggers who are proficient in the genre they represent. Each panel is led by a Director who oversees the integrity of the process.I'm serving on the panel for the biography and memoir category. I know many of you share a love for these genres, and I hope you take the time to nominate outstanding memoirs and biographies as well as great books in the other genres included in the 2011 awards. To spark your interest, I thought I'd share some titles I haven't yet read or spotlighted but am looking forward to exploring.
Here they are in no particular order.
In The Long Goodbye (Riverhead Books), Meghan O'Rourke talks about grief, joy, and memory in the aftermath of her mother's death. Darin Strauss remembers a tragic incident from his high school days in Half a Life (Random House Reader's Circle) and explores his lingering feelings of guilt and loss. An Extravagant Hunger (Counterpoint Press) by Anne Zimmerman is a biographical study of the well-known food writer M. F. K. Fisher focusing on the years between the wars.
Reading Lips (Unbridled Books) is Claudia Sternbach's memoir of important kisses in her life--from parents to friends to lovers. Parkinson disease is at the heart of Zoe FitzGerald Carter's Imperfect Endings (Simon & Schuster), a memoir of her mother. In Reluctant Hero (Skyhorse Publishing), Michael Benfante recalls September 11, 2001, when he helped carry a wheelchair-ridden woman down sixty-eight floors of the World Trade Center, saving her just minutes before the tower collapsed, and how that hour and half changed his life forever.
If you've read any great memoirs or biographies published this year, please take the time to nominate them for an Indie Lit Award. If those aren't among your favorite genres, perhaps you can nominate titles in one of the following groups: literary fiction, GLBTQ, nonfiction, speculative fiction, and mystery.
What was the last memoir or biography you read?