What I’m reading lately

I’m reading a very odd combination of books at the moment (see Panel at right).  I have a couple courses coming up at the end of the month – part of my Master’s degree program in Organizational Leadership at Gonzaga University.  One course is called Leadership, Justice, and Forgiveness, and many of the books we are to read are memoirs or non-fiction by people that have suffered greatly, but have learned to forgive, or by people that have been part of the forgiveness process.  I’ve also been trying to catch up on the many books Jeanette Winterson has published in the past ten years.  I loved her early books – The Passion, Written on the Body, and Sexing the Cherry, in particular.  Last, since I’m writing my own memoir, I’m reading many, many memoirs, trying to analyze what makes them hum and what I don’t like.  I recently read Shania Twain’s From This Moment On, and though I found the story itself interesting, I didn’t like the writing very much.  I’d love to hear from readers what your favorite memoirs are, and why they captivated you.  How much of it was the story, and how much of it was the writing itself?

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