How do you answer when people ask what you like to read? My response is often something along the lines of “Oh, everything,” and for the most part that’s true. Working in the book world exposes me to so many amazing forms of writing from literary novels or epic family sagas to historical arguments and political biographies to pop culture essays and beach reads. But in my heart of hearts, I know I’m always looking for a page-turning story, an emotional connection to the people within the pages, and to learn something new. This means I often gravitate toward novels with big escapist plotlines. But some of my most memorable reads have been memoirs, and of those memoirs, the ones that really resonate are those that use the form in an interesting, fresh way. Here are five of my most recommended, unconventional memoirs.
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While other books on this list showcase historic moments in science history, this is a memoir by a woman working in science today. Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories around the study of trees, flowers, seeds, and soil, but this book is also a meditation on work, love, and passion.