Staff Picks - What to read while waiting for the most popular autobiography of 2019

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Staff Picks JuneAre you one of the 1,200 people currently on the libraries waiting list for Becoming by Michelle Obama?

If you are, then fear not, my friend. Our colleague Jessica from Cabra Library has some great recommendations for you!

Here are some interesting books by interesting women. The authors are all from different walks of life but what these books have in common is that they are all immensely readable, offer unique perspectives and thoughts on this modern life of ours and will leave you, the reader, wanting to live your own best life. Grab your library card, click on the link to reserve your copy and enjoy!

  1. Clothes, clothes, clothes, music, music, music, boys, boys, boys by Viv Albertine
    ISBN 9780571297757
    Clothes Music Boys
    This memoir by musician Viv Albertine, written with compelling honesty and frankness, brings the heyday of English punk to life in all its anarchic, messy glory. Not just about the clothes, music and boys , this offers an intriguing glimpse of what it was to be a young woman in a very particular time and place who figured out what she wanted to do and be and set about doing so with determination and grit. While this is very funny and at times a shocking look at the people who made up the punk movement of the late 1970s and early 1980s, this is also the story of what happed next for Viv Albertine post punk plus a fascinating glimpse into her own family history.

    Read also:
    To throw away unopened by Viv Albertine
    ISBN 9780571326211
    To Throw Away unopened

    Just kids by Patti Smith
    ISBN 9780747568766
    Just Kids
    M train by Patti Smith
    ISBN 9781408867686
    M Train
    Bedsit disco queen by Tracey Thorn
    ISBN 9781844088669
    Bedsit Disco Queen
    Another Planet by Tracey Thorn
    ISBN 9781786892553
    Another Planet

2. Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood
ISBN 9781846149207
Priestdaddy
Written by American poet Patricia Lockwood after moving back into her family home as an adult, this book is both genuinely laugh out loud funny and very moving at the same time. As her father is a Catholic priest (long story but totally legit), this lends an extra dimension of surrealism to an already eccentric family dynamic. This is both a hilarious and unflinching coming-of-age story but also the story of how she came to be a writer and a poet, to know herself and love language. This is worth reading for the following sentence alone, “My father despises cats. He believes them to be Democrats. He considers them to be little mean hillary clintons covered all over with feminist leg fur.”

Read also:
Educated by Tara Westover
ISBN 9781786330512
Educated
Maid by Stephanie Land
ISBN 9781409187370
Maid
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
ISBN 9781782394860
Wild
Why be happy when you could be normal? By Jeanette Winterson
ISBN 9780099556091
Why be happy
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
ISBN 9781844081820
The Glass Castle

3. I am, I am, I am by Maggie O’Farrell
ISBN 9781472240743
I am I am I am
I have to admit that I cried a few tiny tears at the end of this book by Maggie O’Farrell. She masterfully pulls all the strings of the disparate strands in this memoir of illness and brushes with death together in a powerful emotional finale. I still feel weepy even writing about this. Guaranteed to penetrate the blackest and coldest of hearts this beautifully written and ultimately hopeful memoir documents the moments that define the writer’s own life but also offers something universal in its fierce celebration of motherhood and survival.

Read also:
Hunger by Roxane Gay
ISBN 9781472151117
Hunger
Nobody told me by Hollie McNish
ISBN 9780349134352
Nobody Told Me
The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
ISBN 9780993414916
The Argonauts
The republic of motherhood by Liz Berry
ISBN 9781784742676
The Republic of Motherhood

4. Things I don’t want to know by Deborah Levy
ISBN 9780241146569
Things I don't to know
This is the first volume of Deborah Levy’s ‘Living Autobiography. Reflecting on her life as a writer and how she became a writer this book is a joy to read, best inhaled slowly, savouring every word.  Written in response to George Orwell’s ‘Why I write’, this is a gem of book, exploring Deborah Levy’s childhood in South Africa and the sudden and traumatic move to England as a teenager.  I particularly liked her thoughts on motherhood and identity.

Read also:
The Cost of Living by Deborah Levy
ISBN 9780241267998
The cost of living
Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan
ISBN 9780007585540
Where the psat beings

5. Bossypants by Tina Fey
ISBN 9781847445162
Bossypants
This is Tina Fey’s autobiographical story about her life and comedy career to date, how damn hard she’s worked to get to where she is and also some musing about what it takes to be a successful woman in the entertainment industry. She balances funny anecdotes with wry musings on her awkward teenage self and her early beginnings in comedy.

Read also:
The girl with the lower back tattoo by Amy Schumer
ISBN 9780008172374
The girl with the lower back tattoo
In Pieces by Sally Field
ISBN 9781471175756
In pieces
We have a good time… don’t we? by Maeve Higgins
ISBN 9781444743401
We have a good time don't we?

For more staff picks from Cabra Library check out our Goodsreads page:
www.goodreads.com/cabralib
Stuck for a book? The Book Hub, a new drop in service that provides  book advice and reading recommendations for adults, teens and junior readers, is open on the last Monday of every month in Cabra Library (or by appointment, cabralibrary@dublincity.ie).

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