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Idiot Wind

A very readable, even superior, addition to the addiction memoir genre.

Born To Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey

Gorey aficionados will inevitably want this book. Others will do better by starting with Ascending Peculiarity, a wonderful collection of Gorey interviews and profiles, edited by Karen Wilkin. [See Prepub Alert, 5/14/18.]

Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead's Long, Strange Trip

For Deadheads only and not all will be interested. Better starting points would be Dennis McNally's definitive A Long Strange Trip, David Browne's So Many Roads; or Blair Jackson and David Gans's This Is All a Dream We Dreamed.

Mother American Night: My Life in Crazy Times

Though the style is breezy and doesn't go too deep emotionally, Barlow's memoir tells such riveting stories on a variety of topics that it's hard to resist. Essential for Deadheads, fans of Wired, and Internet technology mavens.

Room To Dream

An excellent and unusual portrait of a one-of-a-kind artist. Essential for Lynch's fans but just as valuable to anyone interested in filmmaking, contemporary art, or the creative process in general.[For more on Lynch's eclectic background, see the recent documentary The Art Life (LJ Fast Scans, 11/15/17)—Ed.] [See Prepub Alert, 8/28/17.]

Fathers & Farewells | Memoir


Flunk. Start. Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology

An early candidate for memoir of the year, this is a thrilling story of one woman's search for truth and her place in the world. (Memoir, 1/12/18)

Choose Your Own Adventure | Memoir

Embracing Life | Memoir

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