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The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman

The summer reading program a few years ago required trying to get bingo on a card full of different book genres. I wanted a history book and saw this book as I was scanning the shelves. I picked it up because it had been made into a movie and because it was about a pianist (I play the piano, so music books are always a plus).

Subtitle: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man’s Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945

Published: 1999 in the U.S., 1946 in Poland

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 224 pages

Setting: Warsaw, 1939-1945 Continue reading

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

This is a book I’ve been hearing good things about for a while. I had wanted to listen to it as an audiobook, but it’s always checked out. So, when I saw it on the library shelf, I decided to pick it up and read it to the kids myself.

Published: 2014

Genre: middle grade memoir in verse

Length: 320 pages of verse, 337 pages with pictures

Font: Garth Graphic

Setting: Columbus, Ohio, Greenville, South Carolina, and New York City, 1963-mid-1970s Continue reading

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March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Ayden

This is the third and final installment of John Lewis’s story about the Civil Rights movement.

Published: 2016

Genre: memoir graphic novel

Artist: Nate Powell

Length: 256 pages

Setting: Washington, D. C. on January 20, 2009, and various southern locations in the mid-1960s Continue reading

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To Dance by Siena Cherson Siegel

I happened to see this book at the library and picked it up. It’s subtitle is “A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel”, which sounded like something different from what we’ve seen in a graphic novel. So, I brought it home from the library.

Artist: Mark Siegel

Published: 2006

Genre: memoir graphic novel for children

Length: 64 pages

Setting: mostly New York City, late 1970s to the 1980s Continue reading

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The Summer of the Great-grandmother by Madeleine L’Engle

This is the second book in the Crosswicks Journals. I really loved the first book, and I’m trying not to wait years to finish up series.

Published: 1974

Genre: memoir

Length: 245 pages

Setting: early 1970s, mostly Crosswicks, CT Continue reading

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March: Book Two by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

This graphic novel continues the story started in March: Book One. Mr. Curiosity and I want to see how the story plays out (they still haven’t gotten to the bridge that showed up early in the story) and so we were going to get the next book.

Published: 2015

Genre: graphic novel memoir

Length: 179 pages

Setting: Washington, D. C. in 2009 and various southern locations in the early 1960s Continue reading

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H is For Hawk by Helen Macdonald

I was in the mood for some nonfiction, but didn’t have my TBR list with me at the library. So, I was reduced to browsing the library’s shelves (which can be especially difficult for nonfiction). Luckily, I saw this book and remembered hearing good things about it.

Published: 2014

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 283 pages of text, 300 pages total

Setting: the English countryside, present day Continue reading

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