Memoir

Memoirs by Rock Goddesses

It's the time of the year when all the "Best Of" lists start appearing, including the annual lists of staff favorites at The Urbana Free Library (you can find on the Staff Favorites 2016 page on the website) . I always find it fascinating to see what other people enjoyed reading over the past year. When I reflected on my reading from the last twelve months, I was surprised to discover that I read more non-fiction titles than I usually do, many of them memoirs .

Life After Death: The Story of Damien Echols

It’s a nightmarish scenario that reads like a crime novel.  Arkansas, 1993.  Damien Echols is an eighteen year old outcast – he’s from a troubled family and has a bad reputation in the small town of West Memphis.  Then the unbelievable happens:  he and two of his friends are falsely convicted of the brutal murders of 3 young boys.   In the midst of a surreal media circus, using the fl