Derek Sanderson

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Stray

Though there may be interest owing to the author’s high-profile first book, this too often self-indulgent memoir does not serve to enlighten readers about Danler’s experience or life in general.

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Attention: A Love Story

Overall, an average memoir about one woman’s struggle with addiction and subsequent attempts to find acceptance.

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Wild Ride Home: Love, Loss, and a Little White Horse, a Family Memoir

A well-told story of embracing life’s struggles that is perfect for horse lovers or those who have personal experience with cancer or Alzheimer’s.
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Stealing Cinderella: How I Became an International Fugitive for Love

Though it occasionally (if stereotypically) sheds light on differences between American and South Korean cultures, this memoir cannot be recommended. Readers in search of an American’s experience in South Korea might want instead to turn to Elizabeth Rice’s Rituals of Separation.
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Idiot Wind

A very readable, even superior, addition to the addiction memoir genre.
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Born To Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey

Gorey aficionados will inevitably want this book. Others will do better by starting with Ascending Peculiarity, a wonderful collection of Gorey interviews and profiles, edited by Karen Wilkin. [See Prepub Alert, 5/14/18.]
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Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead's Long, Strange Trip

For Deadheads only and not all will be interested. Better starting points would be Dennis McNally's definitive A Long Strange Trip, David Browne's So Many Roads; or Blair Jackson and David Gans's This Is All a Dream We Dreamed.
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Mother American Night: My Life in Crazy Times

Though the style is breezy and doesn't go too deep emotionally, Barlow's memoir tells such riveting stories on a variety of topics that it's hard to resist. Essential for Deadheads, fans of Wired, and Internet technology mavens.
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Room To Dream

An excellent and unusual portrait of a one-of-a-kind artist. Essential for Lynch's fans but just as valuable to anyone interested in filmmaking, contemporary art, or the creative process in general.[For more on Lynch's eclectic background, see the recent documentary The Art Life (LJ Fast Scans, 11/15/17)—Ed.] [See Prepub Alert, 8/28/17.]

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