Elizabeth Gilbert

Memoir Monday: An MFA Program Inspiration

Today, I did a day trip to Duluth for no other reason then I wanted to get out of Ely for the day.  Somehow, I got lucky enough to have the day off from school – the instructors at Vermilion had a duty day – and I got the day off from work without requesting it.

One of the main stops I always take, if I can, is to Barnes and Noble if for no other reason to enjoy the books.  While I was there I purchased Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, Mitch Albom’s Tuesday’s with Morrie, and Debra Ginsberg’s Waiting.  The first two, I’ve either read or heard of before, but I completely stumbled upon Ginsberg’s while window shopping.

Spalding’s Logo

Apart of the reason why I bought these books, as well as a few through Amazon and Target, is that I’m in the process of applying to Spalding’s MFA program.  The specific cohort that I’m planning on trying to get in, at the moment, is the creative nonfiction one.  The application deadline for the Fall of 2017 is August 1st, so I wanted to to find a good idea for my final project that I will have to do.

The books I have, so far, on my memoir reading list are:

Mitch Albom’s Tuesday with Morrie

I first read this memoir back in the spring of 2008.  Most of the memoirs out there that seem popular are women’s ones, so I wanted to make I attempted to have a few male centered ones.  Plus, it will be nice rereading a book I once read nearly a decade ago.

Kenneth Rosenberg’s Memoirs of a Starving Artist

I picked this one in part because of the otherwise female orientated list I will have.  The other reason why I picked this one was because the author draws upon 25 years of experience of trying to pursue his dreams.

Megan Gebhart’s 52 Cups of Coffee

The appeal to this one for me is that it sounds like it might have similar tones as Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays With Morrie in the sense that Gebhart met with a different person each week for a year to see what lesson she could learn from them.

Piper Kerman’s Orange is the New Black

I choose to add this one to the initial list purely for bandwagon reasons.  I figured since Orange is the New Black is very popular, still, among Netflix users, why not read the book that inspired the series.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love

Another bandwagon choice.  After all, I remember taking a travel narrative course right around the time that the movie came out.  I have read the book, as well as watch the movie, but I figured another good read and paying attending to the structure more so this time wouldn’t be bad thing.

Julie Powell’s Julie & Julia: My Year of Living Dangerously

I’ve seen the movie more times than I care to admit.  Since the movie is based on of a book, I figured that I should probably read the book.  Plus, the book is essential based off of Powell’s blog and blogging is a format of writing that I’ve been use to since about 2009.

Frances Mayers’ Under the Tuscan Sun

This choice was a movie inspired one, but also to contrast Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love choice.  Since Mayers stayed in one country, this has a certain appeal to it since I’m totally an arm-chair traveler.

Susanna Kaysen’s Girl, Interrupted 

I, probably like most people in my age group, have heard about this book.  Also, since there is a bit of mental ‘illness’ in my family, I figure that this read might help to see how to write about the topic.

Debra Ginsberg’s Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress

Like I wrote earlier, I saw this book while window shopping today.  What attracted me to it is the fact that I’ve worked in the food service industry a bit, so I figured it’d be a fun read.

Cheryl Strayed’s Wild

This one is purely a Lorelai Gilmore Recommendation, indirectly, from the revival series of Gilmore Girls.

In regards of a reading order, I really don’t have an order picked out.  I already have about half of the books at the ready and in my apartment ready to be utilized.  However, you can keep up to date on the progress I’ve made, both in terms of book reviews and the list, by going to the ‘Memoir Reading List’ page I have set up.