Remembrance & Moving Forward: Memoir Previews, Dec. 2021, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Recalling Cokie Roberts, learning to walk again with Ryan Shazier, and more. 

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Lasley, Tabitha. Sea State: A Memoir. Ecco. Dec. 2021. 176p. ISBN 9780063030831. $27.99. MEMOIR

Roberts, Steven V. Cokie: A Life Well Lived. Harper. Nov. 2021. 272p. ISBNcover of Lasley's Sea State 9780062851475. $27.99. lrg. prnt. MEMOIR

Shazier, Ryan & Larry Platt. Walking Miracle: How Faith, Positive Thinking, and Passion for Football Brought Me Back from Paralysis...and Helped Me Find Purpose. Grand Central. Nov. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9781538706251. $28. MEMOIR

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

Thomas, Scarlett. 41-Love: A Memoir. Counterpoint. Dec. 2021. 384p. ISBN 9781640094765. $27. MEMOIR

Walker, Imani J. A Calm Chaos. Amistad: HarperCollins. Dec. 2021. 208p. ISBN 9780062959775. $25.99. CD. MEMOIR

Liberated of both job and relationship, journalist Lasley moved from London to Aberdeen and, as she relates in Sea State, worked on an oil rig—the better to understand how men behave with no women around and to witness masculine culture suddenly in crisis (50,000-copy first printing). In Cokie, Roberts recalls distinguished journalist Cokie Roberts, his wife of 53 years (150,000-copy first printing). A two-time All Pro Linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Shazier suffered a spinal-cord injury during a game and had to learn to walk again before he could finally dance with his wife at their wedding—a Walking Miracle that required the perseverance and strength he now applies to his post-game life (50,000-copy first printing). Having immigrated to the United States as a toddler, been paralyzed owing to gunshot as a gang member, and become an English professor after earning a master’s degree in medieval literature, Silva addresses The Death of My Father the Pope, recalling a man who was an abusive alcoholic (originally scheduled for August; 30,000-copy first printing). As beloved British novelist Thomas relates in 41-Love, at age 41 she was healthier than ever and happily ensconced with a partner yet faced painful obstacles—the death of loved ones, the realization that she would never have children—that compelled her to return to an early love of her life: tennis. In A Calm Chaos, Walker, the psychiatrist on Bravo’s Married to Medicine series and one of Essence ’s “Woke 100,” relates life with a distant, addicted father, her own struggles with depression, and the later-in-life realization that her immigrant grandmother was bipolar, all contributing to her commitment to work with people who are mentally ill in inner cities (40,000-copy first printing).

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