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Memoirs from Around the World: Inside the Heart and Soul of Another

There’s no more exciting or fearsome plot than the course of an unexpected life. These glorious memoirs transport us to different times and places. Through the author’s eyes, you will observe twists of fate, sun-kissed joys, upheavals, raucous family life, wartime nights, and life-altering decisions. We will explore stories about Paris in the 1920s; a lively, educated family under Mussolini; an impish kid in apartheid South Africa; a boy and his mother chased across America; a manly Welsh adventurer changing his sex; a humorist on family holidays; and a black comedy set in a wartime Dutch attic. The books, which are not required reading, include memoirs by Ernest Hemingway, Natalia Ginzburg, Trevor Noah, Tobias Wolff, Calvin Trillin, Jan Morris, and Hans Keilson.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • A better understanding of the memoir as a genre
  • Increased cultural literacy

Ideal for

  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
  • The curious and creative
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