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What We're Reading This Weekend: Moving Memoirs

What We're Reading This Weekend: Moving Memoirs
PEOPLE staff picks
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07/11/2013 06:25PM

Anne Lamott on her son's first son; Drew Magary on fatherhood; Piper Kerman on her year in prison – it's not just A-list celebs whose life stories can touch and delight us. This week we're featuring moving memoirs.

Tell us your thoughts on our staffers' picks – and let us know what you're reading.

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Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman

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Kate Hogan, Staff Features Editor
Her Pick: Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman

It's not exactly a beachy topic, but Piper Kerman's tale of her year inside Connecticut's Federal Correctional Institute, Danbury, is a total page-turner. Kerman, who was sent to prison in 2004 after she moved drug money for an ex, introduces readers to a colorful cast of co-prisoners who come across not as criminals but as warm women with big hearts – and, for the most part, remorse for their mistakes. Learning about the inner workings of the prison system is incredibly interesting, and following Kerman's own love story is moving, too. The book has been turned into a TV series; I can't wait to catch it on Netflix.












What We're Reading This Weekend: Moving Memoirs| Memoir, Orange Is the New Black, Books, Anne Lamott

Someone Could Get Hurt by Drew Magary

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Steve Helling, Staff Writer
His Pick: Someone Could Get Hurt by Drew Magary

Journalist Magary is brutally honest as he nails the triumphs and tribulations of being a father of three. Every dad – and plenty of moms – will recognize the stories: bathtime bribery, headlice infestations and children who loudly try out swear words in public. Yes, Magary sprinkles his tales with profanity, but it's nothing that every father doesn't mumble after stepping on an errant Lego with bare feet. And beneath the humor and the ribald jokes is a surprisingly touching memoir with a lot of heart.









What We're Reading This Weekend: Moving Memoirs| Memoir, Orange Is the New Black, Books, Anne Lamott

Some Assembly Required by Anne Lamott

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Kate Coyne, Assistant Managing Editor
Her Pick: Some Assembly Required by Anne Lamott

Even as a non-religious person, I've enjoyed Anne Lamott's essays on faith and finding grace. When I became a mom, however, her celebrated book Operating Instructions, about her pregnancy and her first year raising son Sam, truly struck a chord. So I was amazed (and maybe a bit shocked) to learn that Sam, 19, is now a father himself due to his girlfriend's unplanned pregnancy. Lamott's memoir on her "son's first son," Some Assembly Required, is a fascinating and sometimes frustrating read not so much about Sam's struggles as it is Lamott's own attempts to reconcile her opinions with her son's decisions. Reading the two books back-to-back is also a pretty powerful reminder that childhood is far more fleeting than we realize.

Check back every Thursday for another round of staff picks, and see more book reviews each week in PEOPLE magazine, on newsstands now. See last week's fun for the Fourth and more great book finds here.

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