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Our Favorite Summer Reads by Genre: Nonfiction and Memoirs

by Samantha Knoerzer •  August 25, 2015  •   Follow SamanthaKnoerze

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The summer is almost at a close, but not just yet!

We still have some great summer reads for you. This week we have all of our nonfiction and memoir summer reads:


  1. The Summer of My Greek Taverna: A Memoir by Tom Stone


This is a memoir by a Broadway stage manager and assistant director who after ten years in his career in America, moved to Greece. It starts with Tom Stone going to Greece for a summer to write a novel, and ending with him staying there for twenty-two years. While staying there he meets a beautiful French painter who he immediately falls in love with and marries. The story is a great real life summer romance, mixed with adapting to living in a new country, and it even includes some great recipes for people to enjoy while reading. The book is also a summer adventure story about a man pursuing his dreams in a foreign country.


  1. A Mountain View: A Memoir of Childhood Summers on Upper Saranac Lake by Lewis Spence


This is a memoir of man’s memories as a child going to his grandfather’s house in Upper Saranac Lake in the 1930s. Retelling memories with his grandfather, the author paints a picture of his grandfather’s blue-blooded southern ways, mixed with his own more modern ways of living. The author himself was a reporter for the Schenectady Union Star in upstate New York and later a correspondent for Time magazine.


  1. Boat Girl: A Memoir of Youth, Love, and Fiberglass by Melanie Neale


This is definitely an excellent read particularly for the summer. It is the memoir of a girl who was raised on a boat. It details the best moments, as well as struggles, of living such a life. The story details family struggles, money troubles, fighting through difficult and dangerous weather conditions, and Melanie’s eating disorder, as well as her struggles with her developing sexuality while being alienated on a boat. It is a unique coming of age story, and even details her older life where she lives on her own boat currently and still has daily struggles.


  1. Revolution 2.0: The Power of the People Is Greater Than the People in Power: A Memoir by Wael Ghonim


This one is a lot more political, and definitely a great summer read. You may have even heard of this story on the news before. It details one summer of Wael’s life where he is working as an executive at Google, and anonymously launches a Facebook page protesting the death of an Egyptian man at the hands of security forces. Wael launched a worldwide non-confrontational movement that turned into a revolution. Dealing with being captured and rigorous government interrogations, Wael tells about the keys to unleashing the power of crowds and how we can make a difference to injustices in the world. This is a bit of a heavy read for the summer, but worth it.


  1. Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir by Wednesday Martin


A much lighter emotional read, this memoir chronicles a woman’s life as she analyzes her Park Avenue neighbors as if they were primates that she was studying. Filled with humor, her chronicled life mirrors lifestyle in the city.


  1. In a French Kitchen: Tales and Traditions of Everyday Home Cooking in France by Susan Hermann Loomis


This one is a memoir cookbook. It follows the life of a woman who moves to France I or order to learn great cooking. She definitely succeeds in her 85-featured recipes. A great way to end a closing summer is always to read about tasty food.



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About Samantha Knoerzer

I am the Social Media Coordinator and Author Relations Manager for BiblioCrunch. And I love to read, OF COURSE! From the classics to YA and children's, you can find me reading it all. I have a masters in publishing from NYU's Print and Digital Media Studies masters program, and have undergraduate degrees in music, marketing, and english. I have a passion for reading, music, and travel. My goal is to travel to as many places around the world as possible. If you need to find me, you can catch me traveling all around the world at any chance I get – always with a book in hand!