“In New England, autumn is the beginning. The lavish start of the year. The colors are deepest purple, red, and orange. The air is crisp when not scorching. It tastes of summer and winter in turns. It’s a mix of what was and what is to come.”Georgia Scott, American Girl: Memories That Made Me
Title: American Girl: Memories That Made Me
Author: Georgia Scott
Genres: Memoir, Short Stories
Pages: 269 (Paperback)
Published: December 18th, 2021
My Rating: ★★★★
Read: 7/16/2022 – 7/18/2022
A wonderfully well-written and introspective account of the author’s memories growing up. I enjoy memoirs like this because you get such a humanistic insight into the lives of others. Everyone has a story and, as the title implies, memories that shape who we are.
The book is separated into five parts, each part representing a different time in the author’s life and highlighting a particular story in that section. Each story reflects on a particular moment or memory ranging from family, illness, life, death, the world, milestones, etc. I do wish some of these stories were longer and provided more context as I’m someone very character oriented (especially when involving real people). The memories are scattered. While a realistic representation of our own collection of personal stories, I’m personally a very linear person. It took me a little while to keep everyone straight. I did eventually get into the rhythm.
Overall, an intriguing, thought-provoking, and inspiring read. It was especially fun given Georgia Scott grew up nearby and I could relate to the New England anecdotes.
A huge thanks to the author for sending me a signed copy to read and review!
Likes & Dislikes
What I liked:
- The rawness of the material. Georgia Scott doesn’t hold back.
- The writing. It was strong and eloquent.
- The growth.
What I didn’t like:
- As I mentioned above, how quickly some of the stories went and the lack of context in some places.
Once again, I thank Georgia Scott for giving me the opportunity to read her work! It was a treat. I will definitely be checking out her other/future works.