From Rick Bragg to Billie Jean King to Cecily Strong: Memoir Previews, Aug. 2021, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Moving tales of family, friendship, and loss dominate August’s memoir list.

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Bragg, Rick. The Speckled Beauty: A Dog and His People, Lost and Found. Knopf. Aug. 2021. 256p. ISBN 9780525658818. $25.99. MEMOIR

Brathen, Rachel. To Love and Let Go: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Gratitude. Gallery:cover of Chow's Seeing Ghosts S. & S. Aug. 2021. 336p. ISBN 9781501163999. $26; pap. ISBN 9781982117146. $16.99. MEMOIR

Chow, Kat. Seeing Ghosts: A Memoir. Grand Central. Aug. 2021. 304p. ISBN 9781538716328. $27. Downloadable. MEMOIR

Copaken, Deborah. Ladyparts: A Memoir. Random. Aug. 2021. 544p. ISBN 9781984855473. $29.99. Downloadable. MEMOIR

Grossberg, Blythe. I Left My Homework in the Hamptons: What I Learned Teaching the Children of the One Percent. Hanover Square: Harlequin. Aug. 2021. 304p. ISBN 9781335775535. $27.99. CD. MEMOIR

Henderson, Eleanor. Everything I Have Is Yours: A Marriage. Flatiron: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2021. 368p. ISBN 9781250787941. $27.99. MEMOIR

King, Billie Jean. All In: An Autobiography. Knopf. Aug. 2021. 448p. ISBN 9781101947333. $30. lrg. prnt. CD. MEMOIR

Klam, Julie. The Almost Legendary Morris Sisters: A True Story of Family Fiction. Riverhead. Aug. 2021. 272p. ISBN 9780735216426. $28. Downloadable. MEMOIR

McGrath, Amy & Chris Peterson. Honor Bound: An American Story of Dreams and Service. Knopf. Aug. 2021. 272p. ISBN 9780525659105. $27.99. lrg. prnt. MEMOIR

Myint, Thirii Myo Kyaw. Names for Light: A Family History. Graywolf. Aug. 2021. 176p. ISBN 9781644450611. pap. $16. MEMOIR

Perkins, Nichole. Sometimes I Trip On How Happy We Could Be. Grand Central. Aug. 2021. 256p. ISBN 9781538702741. pap. $17.99. Downloadable. MEMOIR

Qu, Anna. Made in China: A Memoir of Love and Labor. Catapult. Aug. 2021. 224p. ISBN 9781646220342. $26. MEMOIR

Silva, Obed. The Death of My Father the Pope: A Memoir. MCD: Farrar. Aug. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9780374539160. $27. MEMOIR

Strong, Cecily.This Will All Be Over Soon. S. & S. Aug. 2021. 288p. ISBN 9781982168315. $28. MEMOIR

Dragged down by cancer, kidney failure, and recurring pneumonia, Pulitzer Prize winner Bragg has his heart lifted by The Speckled Beauty—a rambunctious, badly behaved stray dog who also needed love. In To Love and Let Go, New York Times best-selling author Brathen (Yoga Girl) tracks the difficult years that followed the death of her closer-than-breathing best friend, Andrea (50,000-copy first printing). In Seeing Ghosts, a study of grief and family, journalist Chow opens with emigration from China and Hong Kong to Cuba and America and moves to her mother’s death from cancer (75,000-copy first printing). From award-winning news producer and photojournalist Copaken, author of the New York Times best-selling Shutterbabe, Ladyparts chronicles soured marriage, solo parenting, and dating while ill with the substandard treatment of women by U.S. healthcare as context. In I Left My Homework in the Hamptons, Grossberg reveals exactly what it’s like to tutor the children of New York’s wealthiest families (50,000-copy first printing). Author of the New York Times best-booked Ten Thousand Saints, Henderson explores a long-term marriage that has survived her husband’s struggles with physical and mental illness in Everything I Have Is Yours (75,000-copy first printing). Ranging from 38 Grand Slam titles to embracing her sexual identity at age 51, King details a life lived spectacularly in All In. New York Times best-selling author Klam (You Had Me at Woof) revisits The Almost Legendary Morris Sisters, cousins of her grandmother, who ultimately triumphed even though their Eastern European father dumped them in an orphanage on his starry-eyed way to Hollywood. In Honor Bound, McGrath recounts serving as the first female to fly a combat mission for the Marine Corps and efforts to unseat Mitch McConnell as Kentucky senator. Winner of the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, Myanmar-born, Bangkok and San Jose–raised Myint’s Names for Light probes silence, absence, and death over three generations of her family, defined by postcolonial struggle. In Sometimes I Trip On How Happy We Could Be, a Roxane Gay Audacious Bookclub November Pick, Perkins plumbs racism, wealth, poverty, beauty, and more from the perspective of a southern Black woman. Qu’s Made in China captures the challenges of an immigrant childhood, which included a mother so brutally demanding that Qu finally complained to New York’s Office of Children and Family Services. Having immigrated to the United States as a toddler, become paralyzed owing to gunshot as a gang member, earned a master’s degree in medieval literature, and become an English professor, Silva addresses The Death of My Father the Pope, recalling a man who was an abusive alcoholic (30,000-copy first printing). In This Will All Be Over Soon Saturday Night Live cast member Strong addresses grief over a close cousin’s death from glioblastoma in the midst of pandemic (75,000-copy first printing).

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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Book Review; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president of the National Book Critics Circle, to which she has just been reelected.

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