Dating a married man memoirs
By Mary Karr 352 pages; Penguin Classics Because Karr started a truth-telling revolution.
Karr grew up in East Texas with a hard-drinking father (who played dominoes with his drinking pals in the "Liar's Club") and an enigmatic, alcoholic, mentally ill mother, who is described as Nervous with a capital N.
The year was 1967, and she spent the next two years there.
In her memoir, she lifts the shade on the hidden world of the ward for young women.
With humor and humanity, Kaysen asks us to consider what's "normal," and how we come to terms with the struggles that are part of every life.
"People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants," she writes.
"But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that's holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life." — Dawn Raffel By Ta-Nehisi Coates 240 pages; Spiegel & Grau Because there are great dads, and then there are great dads like this...
— Dawn Raffel By Elizabeth Gilbert 352 pages; Riverhead Books Because she empowered millions of us to re-examine what we want out of life.
After a scorching divorce, 30-something Elizabeth Gilbert set out on a yearlong journey through Italy, India and Indonesia.
Her beloved mother had just died; she'd broken up her young marriage; she was dating a junkie and was well on her way to becoming one herself.