The Tabb Book Readers, a book club for adults that meets on the third Saturday at the Tabb Library, focuses on discovering new books and sharing them with other readers. Want to join? We are always looking for new members. TBR will hold its next meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, in the Tabb Library Meeting Room. Members will read a memoir or autobiography of their choice. You can register for the event through our online event calendar, or by calling the Tabb Reference Desk at 757-890-5120. Can't decide on a memoir or autobiography to read? Check out our list of suggestions below:
- Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (a mostly true memoir) by Jenny Lawson
Summary: In an illustrated memoir, the creator of the Bloggess blog shares humorous stories from her life, including her awkward upbringing in Texas and her relationship with her husband.
- Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker
Summary: A wisecracking foreign correspondent recounts her experiences in Afghanistan and Pakistan while sharing cautionary observations about the region in its first post-Taliban years and the responsibilities of the U.S. and NATO.
- The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort
Summary: An extraordinary story of greed, power, and excess that no one could invent: The tale of an ordinary guy who went from hustling Italian ices to making hundreds of millions—until it all came crashing down.
- Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast (Graphic Novel)
Summary: Celebrates the final years of the author's aging parents' lives through cartoons, family photos, and documents that reflect the author's struggles with caregiver challenges.
- My Life in France by Julia Child
Summary: A collection of linked autobiographical stories, mostly focused on the years between 1948 and 1954, recounting in detail the culinary experiences Julia and her husband, Paul Child, enjoyed while living in Paris, Marseille, and Provence.
- Hunger: A memoir of (my) body by Roxane Gay
Summary: The author reflects on her emotional and psychological struggles to explore women's anxieties over consumption, appearance, and health.
- Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A sortabiography by Eric Idle
Summary: From the ingenious comic performer, founding member of Monty Python, and creator of Spamalot, comes an absurdly funny memoir of unparalleled wit and heartfelt candor.
- Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh
Summary: A journalist born into a Kansas farming family relates her experience growing up among the working poor, discussing the impact of intergenerational poverty on individuals, families, and communities.
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Graphic Novel)
Summary: Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a stunning reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. — From publisher's description.
- Becoming by Michelle Obama *Popular Title with Holds*
Summary: An intimate memoir by the former First Lady chronicles the experiences that have shaped her remarkable life, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago through her setbacks and achievements in the White House.
- Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
Summary: Laymon writes of his own eating disorder and gambling addiction as well as similar issues that run throughout his family.
The selections for the rest of 2019 are below.
- July 20: Books Adapted to the Screen
- August 17: Books Based on/Inspired by Classics
- September 21: Banned/Challenged Books
- October 19: Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
- November 16: Books About/Set in France
- December 21: Food-focused Fiction and Non-Fiction (Excludes Cookbooks)