"Walk a Mile in My Shoes..."
July 17, 2012
...Just walk a mile in my shoes
Before you abuse, criticize and accuse
Then walk a mile in my shoes…”
A coworker reminded me of this song by Joe South called "Walk a Mile in My Shoes" as we were putting together a display of memoirs and biographies. Reading about others' lives distracts me from my own and usually reminds me of how fortunate I am. Whether it’s shock and awe or admiration at what another has overcome or amusement at a situation, I thought only I would be graceless enough to get into; it’s entertaining to escape into someone else’s world.
I love to stroll by the biography section to see who has written one lately, but there are many more to be found within the non-fiction section of your library. For instance, I am currently reading Giant George: Life With the World’s Biggest Dog (funny & charming), which is not found in the biography section but the pet section (600s). I recently enjoyed Mrs. Kennedy and Me written by Clint Hill, the secret service agent assigned to protect Jacqueline Kennedy. This book can be found in the 900’s with other presidential books. A few other memoirs I have enjoyed are:
I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl : A Memoir by Kelle Groom
Where You Left Me: A Memoir by Jennifer Gardner Trulson
My Year With Eleanor: A Memoir by Noelle Hancock
The Tender Bar: A Memoir by J.R. Moehringer
Bad Dog: A Love Story by Martin Kihn
If you find yourself in need of an escape, come on into the Parkville Branch and check out our display of biographies & memoirs. If you don’t find one there that grabs you, we will be happy to "walk" on back and help you find one that does!