CRRL Picks: It's Funny Now

Cheerful Money
Cheerful Money Me, My Family, and the Last Days of Wasp Splendor By Friend, Tad Book - 2009 921 Frien Available in some locations

Annotation:Part memoir, part family history, and part sociological study of the WASP world, (this) is a captivating examination of a cultural crack-up and a man trying to escape its wreckage.

Daughter of the Queen of Sheba
Daughter of the Queen of Sheba By Lyden, Jacki Book - 1997 921 Lyden Available in some locations

Annotation:One day in 1966, when the author was 12, she returned home from school to find her mother, Dolores, garishly made up and convinced that she was the Queen of Sheba.

Dead End Gene Pool
Dead End Gene Pool A Memoir By Burden, Wendy Book - 2010 920 Bu Available in some locations

Annotation:By 1955, the year of Wendy's birth, the Burden's had become a clan of overfunded, quirky and brainy, steadfastly chauvinistic, and ultimately doomed bluebloods on the verge of financial and moral decline-and were rarely seen not holding a drink.

The Girl's Guide to Homelessness
The Girl's Guide to Homelessness A Memoir By Karp, Brianna Book - 2011 921 Karp Available in some locations

Annotation:After spending most of her life supporting her family, Karp is laid off from her office job during the recession, which sets off a chain of events that leaves her living in a trailer in an Orange County Walmart parking lot.

The Glass Castle
The Glass Castle A Memoir By Walls, Jeannette Book - 2005 921 Walls Available in some locations

Annotation:(A) story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave (Walls) the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

I'm Down
I'm Down A Memoir By Wolff, Mishna Book - 2009 921 Wolff All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Mishna Wolff grew up in a poor black neighborhood with her single father, a white man who truly believed he was black.

Little Heathens
Little Heathens Hard Times and High Spirits on An Iowa Farm During the Great Depression By Kalish, Mildred Armstrong Book - 2007 977.7033 Ka Available in some locations

Annotation:A loving but realistic portrait of a "hearty-handshake Methodist" family that gave its members a remarkable legacy of kinship, kindness, and remembered pleasures...of growing up on an...Iowa farm during the depths of the Great Depression.

The Mighty Queens of Freeville
The Mighty Queens of Freeville A Mother, A Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them By Dickinson, Amy Book - 2009 921 Dicki Available in some locations

Annotation:Dickinson has made a career out of helping others, through her internationally syndicated advice column "Ask Amy." Readers love her for...motto..."I make the mistakes so you don't have to." Here, she shares those mistakes and her remarkable story.

My Life in Orange
My Life in Orange Growing up With the Guru By Guest, Tim Book - 2005 921 Guest Available in some locations

Annotation:An intelligent, wry, openhearted memoir of surviving a childhood and a cultural phenomenon that were both extraordinary.

Nothing to Fall Back on
Nothing to Fall Back on The Life and Times of A Perpetual Optimist By Carter, Betsy Book - 2002 921 Carte Available in some locations

Annotation:Set against the gossipy world of magazine publishing, reveals what it is like to be stripped bare, wander through the rubble, and to put oneself together again.

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less By Ryan, Terry Book - 2001 977.1 Ry Available in some locations

Annotation:Evelyn Ryan, an enterprising woman...kept poverty at bay with wit, poetry, and perfect prose during the "contest era" of the 1950s and 1960s.

Running With Scissors
Running With Scissors A Memoir By Burroughs, Augusten Book - 2002 921 Burro Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 5 copies

Annotation:(T)he true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead-ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain.

Uncle Tungsten
Uncle Tungsten Memories of A Chemical Boyhood By Sacks, Oliver W. Book - 2001 921 Sacks Available in some locations

Annotation:Having so eloquently probed the life of others, Sacks now takes a look at himself, unearthing the source of his scientific curiosity in a sometimes troubled childhood in wartime Britain.

Wishful Drinking
Wishful Drinking By Fisher, Carrie Book - 2008 921 Fishe Available in some locations

Annotation:Fisher reveals what it was really like to grow up a product of "Hollywood in-breeding," come of age on the set of a little movie called Star Wars, and become a cultural icon and bestselling action figure at the age of nineteen.

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