On Elsewhere by Richard Russo:
Russo explores the term “independence” deeply in this memoir. For his mother, independence meant proving herself as a single mother, but as the two grew older, independence became weighted with relationships, illness, and difficult life decisions. Russo questions what it means to be independent of your family, your hometown, and your past.
On Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter by Melissa Francis:
While Francis’s writing isn’t “high literary prose,” the tragedies of mental illness, denial, and death are moving. While watching re-runs of favorite TV shows, one often wonders what some of those kids ended up doing with their lives. If you’ve ever been interested in the high-stakes world of child acting, this memoir is worth a read.
On The Girl Who Fell to Earth by Sophia Al-Maria:
Al-Maria’s memoir is as dazzling as the constellations in which she sections the book. We’re thrown into a very foreign place with rich detail, but Al-Maria makes it familiar by capturing the essence of desire: a rebellious child looking for direction, a moody teen in love, and the desire to know her people and family more intimately.