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BOOK LIST:

Memoirs of Friendship, Love, and Loss

Updated: December 13, 2012

by Trillin, Calvin.
Call Number: 810.92 T8286-2
Calvin and Alice Trillin's marriage was a love story for the ages. And in his moving tribute to her, it's easy to see why.

by Hall, Donald, 1928-
Call Number: 811 K374Ha
Acclaimed poet Donald Hall writes about his 23-year marriage to the writer Jane Kenyon.

by Bayley, John, 1925-
Call Number: 823 M974Bay
The 2001 film Iris was based on John Bayley's memoir of his marriage to Iris Murdoch, and of her battle with Alzheimer's disease.

by Grant, Jennifer, 1966-
Call Number: 812.092 G761Gr
Jennifer Grant is the only child of Cary Grant, that shining male icon of class, plus being elegant, funny and just drop-dead gorgeous. From the get-go she clearly states that there will be no discussion of any former biographies. Instead this is a memoir of her beloved father rendered by his cherished daughter who found a treasure trove of reference materials in her father's home vault, ". . . an actual bank-quality room-size vault. . ." with boxes filled with notes, photographs, recordings, drawings--almost a daily documentaion of their lives, enough to make any intelligence agent green with envy.

by Doty, Mark.
Call Number: 811 D7255Do
In 1989, the poet Mark Doty and his partner of many years, Wally Roberts, were tested for HIV - Doty's result was negative, but Wally's was positive. Doty, an award-winning poet, provides a moving account of their love and their life together.

by Madigan, Tim, 1957-
Call Number: 177.6 M182
A two-hankie tale about a newspaper writer whose chance meeting with children's television icon Fred Rogers blossoms into a powerful, life-changing friendship.

by Smith, Patti.
Call Number: 789.14 S656-1
In 1969, a budding songwriter named Patti Smith and a young photographer named Robert Mapplethorpe met at the Hotel Chelsea, and the rest is history.

by Caldwell, Gail, 1951-
Call Number: 071.092 C147-1
Gail Caldwell's graceful, affecting memoir about her friendship with the writer Caroline Knapp (Drinking: A Love Story) is a testament to the power of friendship.

by Buckley, Christopher, 1952-
Call Number: 810.92 B9235

If there is anyone who could bring humor, albeit gallows-humor, to losing both parents within twelve months, it is Christopher Buckley. His father, William F. Buckley, was and is still very well known; his mother Pat was also well known, but to a different group of people. Both parents were monumentally unique personalities in divergent ways, and their recalcitrance to do what they wanted may have both shortened and lengthened their lives, i.e., his mother's smoking and his father's addiction to writing, all of which their son documents in a very revealing and loving way.


by Sheffield, Rob.
Call Number: 781.99 S542
When Rolling Stone editor Rob Sheffield met Renee, a "hell-raising Appalachian punk-rock girl," the two had nothing in common except their love of music. Sheffield uses the mix tapes they made for each other to tell the story of their their marriage and Renee's tragic death.

by Ackerman, Diane, 1948-
Call Number: 616.81 A182
Diane Ackerman and her husband, Paul West, are both writers which means that the ability to express thoughts and feelings through lanugage are important. When he suffers a debilitating stroke that leaves him almost speechless, and prescribed therapy does not work, Ackerman devises her own healing methods. This is a story of love, devotion, determination,and a new methodology for dealing with stroke induced aphasia.

by Lopez, Steve.
Call Number: 789.14 A977Lo

This book, which became a movie, began as a series of newspaper articles about a Juilliard-trained, mentally ill homeless man in downtown Los Angeles. It touches on many issues prevalent in modern society from mental illness to homelessness to the power of music, and friendship to the (potential) fate of newspapers in our Internet world.


by Yolen, Jane.
Call Number: 811 Y545-1
Jane Yolen, prolific writer of books for children, young adults and adults, grieves for the loss of her husband of forty-four years through a series of poems.

by Patchett, Ann.
Call Number: 813 P294P
Ann Patchett was quiet and reserved, while her dear friend Lucy Grealy was explosive, charismatic, and rebellious. Patchett's memoir is both a story of their friendship and of the writer's life.

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