Tag Archives: Memoir

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

Brain on Fire by Susannah CahalanTitle:  Brain on Fire:  My Month of Madness

Author:  Susannah Cahalan

Call #:  616.8 CAH

Susannah is a young woman who has worked her way through the ranks at the New York Post.  She is fun-loving, smart and happy.  She starts experiencing symptoms – fatigue, numbness in her limbs – which her doctor attributes to mono.  Until the night that she experiences hallucinations and body convulsions.  She is admitted to the hospital and won’t come out for over a month.  The doctors cannot figure out what is wrong with her.  She is, at turns, delusional, catatonic, and violent.  Ultimately doctors discover that she has a virus that makes her body attack her brain.  It is now believed that this virus is the culprit of what people believe to be demonic possession.  Fascinating.

Recommended by:  Kathy


Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Wild by Cheryl StrayedTitle:  Wild:  From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Author:  Cheryl Strayed


A young 26-year old Cheryl decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail to try and heal herself from her mother’s death and a divorce.  She had no experience as a long-distance hiker so didn’t really realize what she would encounter. The result is a warm, sometimes very funny adventure in which she meets some very eclectic characters. Extremely well-written and informative.  Her journey takes place for 3 months over 1,100 miles of trail. It makes you wonder if you’d be capable of enduring it. Reads like a very enjoyable fiction book! Highly recommended.

Recommended by:  Deb

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis by Marjane SatrapiTitle:  Persepolis

Author:  Marjane Satrapi

Call #:  G SAT

With small black and white panels that speak volumes, this graphic novel recounts the author’s childhood in Iran during the 1980’s. Satrapi captures your attention by directly addressing misconceptions and misunderstandings about the Iranian people and their history but it is with her vivid characters, universal storylines and engaging drawings that she captures your heart.

Recommended by:  Becky