Genre: Autobiography

Shut Up Legs! My Wild Ride On and Off the Bike by Jens Voigt

Beloved German cyclist Jens Voigt isn’t a superstar in the traditional sense of the word. Although he won three stages of the Tour De France–and wore the yellow jersey twice–Voigt never claimed an overall victory. He became a star because he embodies qualities that go beyond winning and losing: sacrifice, selflessness, reliability, and devotion. European and American crowds were drawn to his aggressive riding style, outgoing nature, and refreshing realness.

Genre: Autobiography, Staff Picks
Subjects: Autobiography, Biography, Cyclists, Sport and Recreation

Sheepish by Catherine Friend

After fifteen years of farming, Catherine Friend is tired. After all, while shepherding is one of the oldest professions, it’s not getting any easier. The number of sheep in America has fallen by 90 percent in the last ninety years. But just as Catherine thinks it’s time to hang up her shepherd’s crook, she discovers that sheep might be too valuable to give up. What ensues is a funny, thoughtful romp through the history of our woolly friends, why small farms are important, and how each one of us–and the planet–would benefit from being very sheepish, indeed.

Genre: Autobiography, Biography, Staff Picks
Subjects: Farm life, Sheep ranchers, Sheep ranches, Women Farmers, Women shephards, Wool Industry

The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner

The true story of one girl’s coming-of-age in a polygamist family. Ruth Wariner was the thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turn a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity.

Genre: Autobiography, Staff Picks
Subjects: Biography, Mexico, Mormons, Polygamy

Girl Named Zippy, A by Haven Kimmel

When Haven Kimmel was born in 1965, Mooreland, Indiana, was a sleepy little hamlet of three hundred people. Nicknamed “Zippy” for the way she would bolt around the house, this small girl was possessed of big eyes and even bigger ears. In this witty and lovingly told memoir, Kimmel takes readers back to a time when small-town America was caught in the amber of the innocent postwar period-people helped their neighbors, went to church on Sunday, and kept barnyard animals in their backyards.

Genre: Autobiography, Biography, Book Club Kit, G, Staff Picks
Subjects: Biography City and town life, Girls