September reading recommendations

Curated by: Kayla Thompson, Adult Services, Cape Girardeau Public Library

Where has the year gone? Here we are in September already. Looking back at some of the recommendations I have done so far, it seems that I haven’t done much in the way of nonfiction. So, to try and make up for it, here are a few of my favorite biographies.

Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard by Tom Felton: Like many people around my age, I grew up immersed in the magic world of Harry Potter and company. Tom Felton played Draco Malfoy in the movies, and this book shows his experiences growing up being such an integral part of that world that dazzled us. I listened to the audiobook version read by Felton himself and I can’t recommend it enough.

Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk by Sasha taqwšəblu LaPointe: This one was a more emotional read but I wouldn’t recommend it any less than the others. From a young age LaPointe has been looking for the meaning of home. Her memoir follows her journey of self-discovery through traditional indigenous spiritual practices of her culture and the reclaiming of her voice and power through art and writing. I listened to the audiobook which was read by the author herself.

Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci: This is another one that I read via audiobook. I usually prefer to listen to my biographies especially if they are read by the author (and Tucci has a wonderful reading voice). Food was an important medium used by Tucci’s family to symbolize community and coming together. I learned quite a few interesting things about him that I didn’t know before.