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Funny Memoirs

Laugh out loud, stitch in your side, make your cheeks hurt funny stories of the authors’ lives.  While threaded with the inevitable challenges of life, in the end these memoirs will have you crying with laughter.

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When you’ve read all of Mitch Albom, why not try…?

Though not as prolific an author as many other best-sellers, Mitch Albom is known for his thoughtful, philosophical novels such as The Five People You Meet in Heaven, as well as for his inspiring non-fiction works like Tuesdays with Morrie.  

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Non-Fiction Genres: Uplifting

Calling all non-fiction leisure readers!  Want to find new reads but not sure what to ask for? Check this non-fiction genre map out for new ways to think about non-fiction.

Uplifting non-fiction is optimistic and hopeful.  These books range from narrative, even highly confessional (as in the personal spiritual journeys), to more instructional or coaching types of books (as in the self-improvement/self-actualization area).  Most will be spiritual or faith-based, but especially in the self-improvement subgenre, the perspective of the author can be secular and evidence-based.  Readers who enjoy the personal spiritual narratives may also like books from the True Lives genre.  Those who are particular fans of stories of faith and personal growth in the face of name-a-terrible-life-event may also enjoy books from the Thrills genre (think of all the disaster survival memoirs that are ultimately stories of hope and renewed faith).  Those who prefer the instructional/coaching books may enjoy books from the personal development areas of the How To/utility non-fiction genre…those involving learning new skills or bettering one’s overall health (the physical, as well as the emotional and psychological).  Those who really just like a non-fiction book that makes you feel good about the world may also have an interest in what this librarian terms the “kittens and babies” books…books filled with inspirational quotes, adorable pictures and happy stories that, well, just make you feel good.

Here are some examples of new books in the Uplifting sub-genres…click on each sub-genre for a link to our catalog.

http://catalog.brownsburg.lib.in.us/POLARIS/search/title.aspx?ctx=3.1033.0.0.2&cn=192727 Magical Journey: an apprenticeship in contentment Small move, big change : using microresolutions to transform your life permanently


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Non-Fiction Genres: Ripped From the Headlines

Calling all non-fiction leisure readers!  Want to find new reads but not sure what to ask for? Check this non-fiction genre map out for new ways to think about non-fiction.

Ripped From the Headlines books often cover of-the-moment stories, and usually have a shocking, investigational or confessional tone.  These are personal stories told from the point of view of someone directly involved in the story, or narrative exposés written by an investigative author.  They are often fast-paced, engrossing, gripping reads.  They cover subjects from serial killers to art theft to political scandals to celebrity memoirs that reveal struggles with a medical condition  There can be overlap in interest with True Lives (for personal, confessional stories), Current Events (for books about the politicians, businesses, and other organizations covered by exposé pieces), Thrills (for the shocking, exciting, compellingly weird aspects of the genres) or Pop Culture (for the interest in of-the-moment subjects or confessional stories from pop culture figures)

Here are some examples of new books in the Ripped From the Headlines sub-genres…click on each sub-genre for a link to our catalog.

Under Fire: the untold story of Benghazi Book of Matt: Hidden Truths about the Murder of Matthew Shepard & Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt that Brought Him to Justice The Barefoot Bandit: the true story of Colton Harris-Moore, new American outlaw Signs on the Earth Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness


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Non-Fiction Genres: True Lives

Calling all non-fiction leisure readers!  Want to find new reads but not sure what to ask for? Check this non-fiction genre map out for new ways to think about non-fiction.

True Lives encompasses books about real people and their stories, whether it’s a comprehensive biography of a well-known historical figure, a confessional Glitterati autobiography, a relatable slice of life from someone less famous, deeply personal diaries or the stories of the pets we adore as much as (or sometimes more than) other humans.  This is a personal and intimate genre, and the appeal can be either the relatable-ness or the unrelatable shock value of the story.  Other genres have “True Lives” books, especially Pop Culture, Ripped From the Headlines (think serial killer profiles and political exposés),  and Thrills (sports bios, survival stories), with the particular tone of that genre mixed in.

Here are some examples of new books in the True Lives sub-genres…click on each sub-genre for a link to our catalog

My Story by Elizabeth Smart Whitey: the life of America's most notorious mob boss Memoir of the Sunday Brunch The Richard Burton Diaries Comet's Tale: how the dog I rescued saved my life