Tag: memoir

What I’m Reading: My Turn at Bat

My Turn at Bat is the 1969 autobiography of Ted Williams (with writing help from Sports Illustrated writer John Underwood), who as a kid wanted to be the greatest hitter who ever lived, and largely achieved his goal. Notice, he did not want to… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: My Turn at Bat”

What I’m Reading: Sachiko

Sachiko is the story of Sashiko Yasui, who was a five-year old living in Nagasaki in 1945 when the atomic bomb exploded only three-quarters of a mile from her house.That one moment became the defining event of her life, as the blast took her family… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Sachiko”

What I’m Reading: The Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Wow. I’m finally done with The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, by T.E. Lawrence, i.e., Lawrence of Arabia. Yes, these are his memoirs, upon which the famous movie is based, and I feel like I’ve been reading them for months. I have been reading them… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: The Seven Pillars of Wisdom”

What I’m Reading: When I Was a Young Boy

When I Was a Young Boy is the translated title of Erich Kästner’s 1957 book Als Ich ein Kleiner Junge War. Erich Kästner was a German author for children from the 1930s to 60s, probably best known for his book Emil and the Detectives. It would be an… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: When I Was a Young Boy”

What I’m Reading: Becoming Mr. October

So here’s my baseball book for this year: Becoming Mr. October, by Reggie Jackson.  I saw it on the New Arrivals stand at the library and picked it right up.  Reggie gives us a few chapters on growing up in a small town in… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Becoming Mr. October”

What I’m Reading: The Reason I Jump

The Reason I Jump was written by Naoki Higashida, a thirteen-year-old Japanese boy with autism.  Though unable to verbalize his thoughts in normal speech, his mother created something called the “alphabet grid” that allows him to communicate.  He has both a keyboard version for typing… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: The Reason I Jump”

What I’m Reading: A Journey to Self-Publishing

A Journey to Self-Publishing is another one by a member of the Writers of Chantilly.  The author here is Kalyani Kurup, who gives us a brief (five chapters) but charming memoir of her experiences as a writer and her misadventures in the publishing world in India… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: A Journey to Self-Publishing”

What I’m Reading: The Wrong Stuff

Bill Lee was a left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos in the 1970s and early 1980s.  He was well-known for his outspoken views, free-spirited approach to life, and (controversially at the time) unabashed drug use. Oh, and he was a… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: The Wrong Stuff”