The Answer Is… Reflections On My Life

The Answer Is… is the memoir from long-time Jeopardy host, Alex Trebek.  Those looking for a standard paint-by-numbers linear memoir may be disappointed, but what you get here is likely a better experience.  I had the pleasure of listening to the audiobook, which aside from the introduction, the conclusion and a handful of chapters read…

Once Upon A Time I Lived on Mars:

Once Upon A Time I Lived on Mars is a collection of essays by author Kate Greene, one of the thirteen people to take part in the HI-SEAS experiment meant to simulate life on Mars.  Alongside a crew of thirteen others, Greene spent approximately six months atop Mauna Loa, an Hawaiann volcano eight thousand feet…

We Have Always Been Here

We Have Always Been Here is the memoir of Samra Habib, a Pakastani-born Canadian photographer.  It is her life story as she struggled coming to terms with her queer sexuality as a member of the Muslim community. I say it every year, but the absolute best part about CBC’s annual Canada Reads competition is that…

From The Ashes

From The Ashes is the memoir from Indigenous scholar Jesse Thistle about his life on the streets and his struggle with addiction and mental illness. To say Jesse has had a hard life would be putting it lightly.  From The Ashes is the literary equivalent of a punch to the gut.  You spend the whole…

Hillbilly Elegy

J.D. Vance was born and raised in Middletown, Ohio – firmly within the Rust Belt of America.  Growing up poor and below the poverty line, Vance tells of the turbulent years of his youth and how he was able to make something of himself despite his believed trajectory.  Vance also explores the reasons behind the…

A Very Punchable Face: A Memoir

A Very Punchable Face is a memoir of sorts from comedian/writer Colin Jost, the current co-anchor on Weekend Update and co-lead writer for Saturday Night Live.  Jost presents a series of essays that takes the reader through various points in his life from his early years through to his current position both behind and in…

Tomboy Survival Guide

Ivan Coyote recounts their time growing up a tomboy in Northern Canada as well as the struggle they endured – and continue to endure – surrounding their gender identity. It’s not often I’ll approach a writer eleven books deep into their catalog without beginning at the beginning but given this is more of a catch-all…

The Grim Reaper

The Grim Reaper is the story of former NHL tough guy Stu Grimson. During the course of his NHL career, Stu played with eight different teams – Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes, Los Angeles Kings and Nashville Predators. Drafted by the Red Wings in 1983…