Picks and Pans Review: Great Reads

updated 09/06/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/06/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NEW MEMOIRS

WHAT WE HAVE

by Amy Boesky

Ovarian cancer stalks her family, but this college professor and mom of two has refused to live in fear. Her journey inspires.

COLOR BLIND

by Precious Williams

The daughter of a Nigerian princess recalls her confusing upbringing as a foster child in all-white rural England.

THE SOUND OF A WILD SNAIL EATING

by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

Sick in bed, the author found solace-and good material-in watching a snail.

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