Story of Their Lives

Compelling biographies that are worth checking out.

Margarita Wednesdays
- by Deborah Rodriguez

Recommended by Mary Severson

We first met Debbie Rodriguez in Kabul Beauty School, where she trained Afghan women as owners of their own independent beauty salons. Now, forced to flee from the life she had made in Afghanistan, Rodriguez meets a whole new cast of colorful characters as she seeks refuge and a new life in a small Mexican seaside town.

Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer’s
- by B. Smith & Dan Gasby with Michael Shnayerson

Recommended by Mary Severson

B. Smith, model and restaurant entrepreneur, developed early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. This book alternates her perspective with that of her husband, as they come to terms with the disease and share some lessons learned that might be helpful for others.

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter
- by Kate Clifford Larson

Recommended by Marni Blomquist

A heartbreaking and engrossing biography of Rosemary Kennedy, oldest daughter of the Kennedy clan, who exhibited developmental delays from an early age. Great appeal for those interested in Kennedy family history, as well as the history of how people with disabilities have been perceived in the United States. —recommendations from librarians at the Hennepin County Library–Eden Prairie