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True Life Women

Here are some fascinating memoirs from women representing many walks of life. Everyone has a story, some are just stranger than others.

Book Cover Gregory, Julia
Sickened: the Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood
RC569.5.M83 G74 2003
From early childhood, Julie Gregory was continually X-rayed, medicated, and operated on - in the vain pursuit of an illness that was created in her mother's mind.
Book Cover Hofmann, Corinne
The White Masai
DT433.545.M33 H59 2005
Corinne uproots her life to move to Africa - not the romantic Africa of popular culture, but the Africa of the Masai, in the middle of the isolated bush, where five-foot-tall huts made from cow dung serve as homes.
Book Cover Martini, Adrienne
Hillbilly Gothic: a Memoir of Madness and Motherhood
RG852.M36 2006
Adrienne's family has a grand tradition. After a woman gives birth, she goes mad.
Book Cover Moaveni, Azadeh
Lipstick Jihad: a Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America and American in Iran
E184.I5 M63 2005
Azadeh Moaveni paints a rare portrait of Tehran, populated by a cast of young people whose exuberance and despair bring the modern reality of Iran to vivid life.
Book Cover Scheeres, Julia
Jesus Land: a Memoir
BX7800.F868 S34 2005x
For Julia Scheeres and her adopted brother David, "Jesus Land" stretched from their parents' fundamentalist home, past the hostilities of high school, and deep into a Christian reform school in the Dominican Republic.
Book Cover Zailckas, Koren
Smashed: the Story of a Drunken Girlhood
HV5293.Z35 A3 2005
From earliest experimentation to full-blown abuse, 24-year-old Zailckas leads readers through her experience of binge drinking in this vivid cautionary tale.

Updated: 3/27/2007

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