Salon Picks Memoirs

Salon continues its quirky summer reading recommendations (earlier, they selected chick lit and thriller titles) with a list of “First Person Narratives” (is it significant that they avoid calling them “memoirs”?) Of course, they include David Sedaris’s When You are Engulfed in Flames. The other four picks are less heralded titles:

The Cactus Eaters: How I Lost My Mind – and Almost Found Myself – on the Pacific Crest Trail

Dan White

  • Paperback: $14.95
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (May 20, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061376930
  • ISBN-13: 9780061376931


The Importance of Music to Girls

Lavinia Greenlaw

  • Hardcover: $23.00
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0374174547
  • ISBN-13: 9780374174545

NPR also selected this title as one of the “Summer’s Best Nonfiction,” saying;

In her eccentric new memoir, The Importance of Music to Girls, British writer Lavinia Greenlaw writes about the way music — especially rock — propelled her into her first experience of puppy love (with Donny Osmond) and later, her Clash- and Banshee-inspired punk rebellions.


Swish: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever

Joel Derfner

  • Hardcover: $23.95
  • Publisher: Broadway (May 13, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0767924304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767924306


Drunkard: A Hard-Drinking Life

Neil Steinberg

  • Hardcover: $24.95
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult (June 19, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0525950656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525950653

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