Coal Miner’s Daughter by Loretta Lynn with George Vecsey

With the help of George Vecsey, Loretta Lynn wrote the story of her life 1976. It was a huge bestseller and has never been out of print. It was made into a film in 1980, starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones, and last year marked the 40th anniversary of that film. (I have a …

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I Want To Be Where The Normal People Are by Rachel Bloom

Curl up with a good book and some homemade pumpkin bread. Rachel Bloom is the creator of the TV show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and this book is a collection of writings on what normal is. Or rather, the fact that everyone thinks that they or their life is weird, and that out there somewhere is Normal. …

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The Art Of Being A Woman by Patricia Volk

In this book, Patricia Volk writes about her mother and about what she taught her about being a woman. But Patricia felt liberated when she read a biography about Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, and the way she approached womanhood, feeling like she was being opened up to another way of being. It's partly a …

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Simon Jay’s Bastardography: a memoir of coming out, bullying, and bipolar disorder.

I first met Simon on a film shoot about 5 or 6 years ago. He was brought in as a writer, and I liked the way he was so intelligent and down to earth. He was funny. Catching a train back into central London together, he surprised me by making little quips about Australian politics …

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