memoir

Read This: The Clean Daughter: A Cross-Continental Memoir

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One of the best things about reading memoir is the opportunity to discover and learn from life stories. How would we act in a similar situation? What can we take away when learning from these lives? 

Such is the case with an extraordinary new memoir by author Jill Kandel (whom our wandering educators will remember from our interview with her about her book So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village).

Celebrating Resilience and Our Wild, Outrageous Capacity for Love: Jeannine Ouellette's The Part That Burns

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Oh, this book. I just finished The Part That Burns, an extraordinary, powerful, must-read memoir by Jeannine Ouellette. The Part That Burns epitomizes what Parul Sehgal, in a recent New Yorker article on trauma, wrote: "trauma becomes but one rung of a ladder. Climb it; what else will you see?" In The Part That Burns, Ouellette does, indeed, climb a ladder from trauma to healing.

Your Summer Must-Read: From Hell to Challah: Rising from Fragile to Fearless, One Grain at a Time

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Here’s my recommendation for your must-read book this summer: Shari Wallack’s extraordinary memoir, From Hell to Challah: Rising from Fragile to Fearless, One Grain at a Time. Here’s why…

This book is an exceptional glimpse into pandemic travel, reconnecting, friendships, food, mental health, growing into fearlessness, the importance of travel and always expanding your worldview, and self growth. It’s one of the best travel books (and memoirs) I’ve ever read, and is funny, to boot!

An Excerpt from VIDAS: Deep in Mexico and Spain: Lolo

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Publisher’s note: We are pleased to publish this excerpt from the powerful new book by Edward Stanton, VIDAS: Deep in Mexico and Spain, the first travel memoir to deal with the world’s two most populous Spanish-speaking countries in one volume. A chapter of this book has already won the 2021 Grand Prize (bronze) for Best Travel Writing in the 15th annual Solas Awards.

A Life of Extremes - The Life and Times of a Polar Filmmaker: In Search of the Sami

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Max Quinn is one of the world's most experienced polar filmmakers. His career, which spans 50 years, has taken him to the ends of the earth, from his native New Zealand to Alaska, and Antarctica to the Arctic.

His new book, A Life of Extremes is a personal account of his work, featuring vibrant text and stunning images that illustrate 20 years of adventures in polar climates.

Sir David Attenborough's Journeys to the Other Side of the World: Further Adventures of a Young Naturalist

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You might perhaps be familiar with Sir David Attenborough as creator and presenter of well-known and much-awarded television and radio programs including Life on Earth, Civilization, and Blue Planet. He's an elder statesman of sorts of broadcasting, a respected spokesperson for the natural world and about climate change.

On the Road and Online: Roads From the Ashes: An Odyssey in Real Life on the Virtual Frontier, 20th Anniversary Edition

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The First Taste Belongs to the Gods

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What happens when you wake up one day in your comfortable, climate-controlled, corporate career in middle management and say, “Enough! Money isn’t everything. I want to make a difference in our world”?

Dawn Again: Tracking the Wisdom of the Wild

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The most powerful and important book I've read this year? No question. Dawn Again: Tracking the Wisdom of the Wild, by Doniga Markegard, is eloquent, inspiring, and a must-read for any global educator. Markegard's memoir traces her beginnings from wildlife tracking to a more concerted effort of support and practical advice for wilderness education and living wisely on this planet. Through it all, her voice rings clearly for teaching about the earth, about the wildlife on it, and living responsibly and well.

A World Erased: A Grandson's Search for His Family's Holocaust Secrets

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Have you ever read a memoir that you couldn't put down? They are rare, but I've found one: A World Erased: A Grandson's Search for His Family's Holocaust Secrets. Author Noah Lederman (we've shared his book, Traveling the Cambodian Genocide, here) delves into his family's past - both in the United States, and at different concentration camps and towns in Europe.

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