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PREMIUM

I’ll Be Seeing You

With these reflections, Bergs sheds insight into the experience of caring for a parent. This eloquent book will especially appeal to those in an eldercare role.

Reclaiming Her Time: The Power of Maxine Waters

In turn both entertaining yet serious, this informal biography will especially engage political buffs but also general readers of excellent biography.
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Eleanor

Roosevelt’s life does not necessarily lend itself well to concision. Blanche Wiesen Cook’s excellent volumes remain the definitive record.
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Sid Meier's Memoir!: A Life in Computer Games

This overdue biography will thrill gaming fans, and belongs in all major public and academic library collections.

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The Dream Architects: Adventures in the Video Game Industry

Because of the current relative lack of stories by video gamers, this book will not only appeal to gaming enthusiasts, but will make an excellent addition to an academic library's business section. Recommended as well for large public libraries.

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Aftershocks

Owusu’s yearning for a maternal figure and acceptance of her identity surround this moving memoir. Recommended for readers who enjoy stories of identity and multiculturalism.

Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture

Tracing the growth of Louverture from revolutionary leader to mythic figure, this engrossing read reveals and recovers the historic place both he and the country of Haiti deserve to occupy in the story of the Atlantic world’s creation and re-creation.
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Hitler: Downfall: 1939-1945

A cogent retread of old ground, much of this densely detailed volume is about World War II and not Hitler personally; readers expecting a psychological deep dive should look elsewhere.

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Inferno: A Memoir of Motherhood and Madness

A candid memoir that reminds readers how much work we need to do to ensure that maternal care and mental illness are divested of stigma.

His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope

A well-crafted testament to a tumultuous time in American history and to one of the brave men who helped shape the world we know today. Essential for all collections.
PREMIUM

Finding My Father: His Century-Long Journey from World War I Warsaw and My Quest To Follow

An uneven biography, but a worthy addition to World War II and Holocaust memoirs.
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First and Always: A New Portrait of George Washington

For general readers interested in Washington as an individual, Henriques’s efforts should be lauded. Despite presenting his subject as flawed, one who succeeded in gaining fame across the ages in spite of them, the author’s high admiration of Washington is palpable. His analysis and narrative style, however, fall short of Joseph Ellis’s Founding Brothers.

The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X

This gripping read delivers penetrating explanations and fresh insights into previously unexamined dimensions of Malcolm X and his becoming and being El-hajj Malik El Shabazz within the context of Black life. Highest recommendation.

This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing

Fans of Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs books will appreciate the connections she draws between her childhood and themes throughout the series. Yet the book will appeal well beyond Winspear’s fan base as a literary memoir deeply linked to history and as a meditation on place and family. Readers of literary memoir and coming-of-age stories may also enjoy Frances Mays’s Under Magnolia.
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My Time To Speak: Reclaiming Ancestry and Confronting Race

This memoir is a delicious media investigation in itself, but will be valued by all who love a good success story.

Perfectly Wounded: A Memoir About What Happens After a Miracle

Day offers an incredibly relatable story that is both open and unflinching in its honesty and self-reflection. Parts of the narrative are utterly gut-wrenching, but those same parts are also what makes this an essential book that is well worth reading.
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Solutions and Other Problems

Another standout from Brosh that is both heartening and heartbreaking.

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Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains

This story will resonate with readers grappling with similar crises in their hometowns and is a recommended addition to memoir collections.

Tecumseh and the Prophet: The Shawnee Brothers Who Defied a Nation

Tecumseh's life and the wider struggle for the Great Lakes and Ohio River valley now has a current, solid work by an accomplished author.

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Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times

Ambitious, comprehensive, and highly recommended for public and academic libraries.
PREMIUM

We Need To Talk: A Memoir About Wealth

An exciting look into the life of the privileged for curious readers.
PREMIUM

You Ought To Do a Story About Me: Addiction, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Endless Quest for Redemption

This story of a unique bond between two friends deserves wide readership in public libraries and is an ideal choice for book groups and discussions.
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Memoirs of a Kamikaze: A World War II Pilot’s Inspiring Story of Survival, Honor and Reconciliation

Odachi provides personal insight on the last days of empire, and his stories of crime in Tokyo give this memoir life. This book deserves a spot next to Yasuo Kawahara’s classic autobiography Kamikaze.
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Let Them Eat Pancakes: One Man’s Personal Revolution in the City of Light

An additional purchase for large collections where expat memoirs are in high demand or where Carlson’s previous work has circulated well.
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The Erratics

Similar to Maya Shanbhag Lang’s What We Carry, this account is a touching portrayal of grief, family, and what is best left unspoken.

Henry Kissinger and American Power: A Political Biography

This richly detailed investigation will find an appreciative audience among Cold War scholars and current history readers. See Barry Gewen’s The Inevitability of Tragedy for more insight into Kissinger’s political underpinnings.

Poetic License

This moving, well-written book is recommended to readers who enjoy dark family memoirs.
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Inventory

A poetic and brutal reflection on the ways the unspoken past haunts the present, the construction of histories from fragments and secrets, and the physical, mental, and emotional traumas that result when violence becomes part of the daily landscape.

Concealed: Memoir of a Jewish-Iranian Daughter Caught Between the Chador and America

Exploring issues of gender, religion, and culture, as well as the tensions between tradition and modernity, this wonderful account is highly recommended for readers interested in gender, immigration, and Judaic studies.
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Coming Full Circle: From Jim Crow to Journalism

Lloyd offers an inspiring account for women entering the field of journalism and a deeper understanding of life under Jim Crow segregation, as well as a fuller picture of diversity in 21st-century newsrooms.
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Singing Out Loud: A Memoir of an Ex-Mardi Gras Queen

A quick, fascinating read about a former Mardi Gras queen trying to find her path in life. Recommended for all memoir collections.
PREMIUM

The Opposite of Certainty: Fear, Faith, and Life in Between

Reid’s saga will appeal to readers seeking a faith-filled approach to confronting the worst that life throws at them.
PREMIUM

Scholarship Boy: Meditations on Family and Race

For readers who enjoy memoirs of education journeys and complex familial relationships.
PREMIUM

The Hungover Games: A True Story

Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Sex in the City, Heawood’s entertaining account should appeal to fans of similar memoirs on single parenting, motherhood, and relationships.
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When Truth Is All You Have: Memoir of Faith, Justice, and Freedom for the Wrongly Convicted

McCloskey and Lerman’s natural storytelling style make this an enjoyable read even when addressing tough subjects. This will be essential for collections focused on social justice, the wrongly convicted, and spiritual transformation.
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This Is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire

There is clearly a lot to mine from Flynn’s youth, but this memoir is both disjointed and illusory, featuring imagined monologs from Flynn’s mother to engage audiences further. Best for die-hard fans of Flynn’s first memoir. [See Prepub Alert, 1/29/20.]
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Code Name Madeleine: A Sufi Spy in Nazi-Occupied Paris

A vivid and engaging biography recommended for readers of World War II history and women’s studies.
PREMIUM

The Names of All the Flowers

An elegantly written and heartbreaking reflection on family, sibling love, and personal and racial grief. Those seeking to understand the impact of the school-to-prison link will learn much, while those who have experienced its effects will likely find plenty here that resonates.
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Uncrowned Queen: The Life of Margaret Beaufort, Mother of the Tudors

A highly sympathetic, spirited portrait of a major figure of the late Plantagenet and early Tudor reigns. Interested readers might also seek out Michael Jones and Malcolm Underwood’s The King’s Mother.

The Dragons, the Giant, the Women

Moore’s narrative style shines, weaving moments of lightness into a story of pain and conflict, family and war, loss and reunion. Recommended for readers of women’s stories and those interested in learning about African lived experience both on the continent and in the diaspora.
PREMIUM

The Education of John Adams

An accessible and highly recommended biography. Fans of David McCullough’s John Adams will appreciate the nuanced insights into Adams’s beliefs offered here

The Smallest Lights in the Universe

This thoughtful and affecting memoir of navigating life after loss reads like a comforting novel, inspiring others to follow their dreams and never give up on the possibilities of discovery and self-reflection. Readers seeking women’s biographies and studies in planetary science will relish this heartfelt story.

The Growing Season: How I Saved an American Farm—And Built a New Life

Frey brings a breath of fresh air to both the personal memoir genre and the business world. Her writing is crisp and her personality winning. A must-read.
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This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman

An introspective and self-assured memoir that unfortunately suffers from a jumpy narrative in later chapters. Recommended for readers interested in refugee and immigration stories, but the book may disappoint those hoping for details on politics and policy proposals.

PREMIUM

A Silenced Voice: The Life of Journalist Kim Wall

Those who recall the news stories about Wall’s murder will be drawn to this biography and will finish with a deep respect for her contributions to the field. It will especially appeal to readers interested in the craft of journalism and true crime.
PREMIUM

One by One by One: Making a Small Difference Amid a Billion Problems

Readers who enjoy books about medical workers around the world such as Tracey Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains, as well as Atul Gawande’s works, will appreciate this unflinching and inspiring read.
PREMIUM

The Heart and Other Monsters

Andersen’s genuine love for her sister is compelling; many readers will relate.
PREMIUM

Filthy Beasts

An engrossing family memoir to be read and enjoyed by those facing any number of life’s challenges.

The Indomitable Florence Finch: The Untold Story of a War Widow Turned Resistance Fighter and Savior of American POWs

Mrazek’s work showcases a wealth of primary-source material, and skillfully invites readers into Florence’s remarkable life. An engaging read for all interested in women’s or 20th-century history.
PREMIUM

Atomic Spy: The Dark Lives of Klaus Fuchs

Thoroughly supported by a wide array of archival research, Greenspan’s detailed and authoritative yet equally interesting and readable study will appeal to readers of World War II and Cold War history, espionage, and nuclear history.
PREMIUM

Unlocking: A Memoir of Family and Art

This well-written memoir will please a specific audience who will identify with the author’s zeal for museums, art, and art history.

James Monroe: A Life

An excellent, exhaustively researched, thoughtful biography with appeal to armchair historians and academics alike.
PREMIUM

The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir

Poignant, helpful, and encouraging, Harper’s lessons from life in and outside of the emergency room ultimately teach readers how to trust the healing process.
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Good Morning, Destroyer of Men’s Souls: A Memoir of Women, Addiction, and Love

Overall, this compelling portrait of addiction, intense love, and codependency should captivate many readers.
PREMIUM

He Came in with It: A Portrait of Motherhood and Madness

An excellent choice for book clubs seeking meaningful conversation about mental health, and for public libraries collecting resources for caregivers.

Miracle Country: A Memoir

A bittersweet tribute to home and family in breathtaking prose that will appeal to lovers of memoirs and history, as well as anyone who enjoys beautifully crafted writing.
PREMIUM

Daughter of the Boycott: Carrying on a Montgomery Family’s Civil Rights Legacy

A beautiful celebration of one family’s life of service and commitment to racial justice, this important book should be welcomed by both historians and general readers interested in American history, social change, and civil rights issues.
PREMIUM

Your Blue Is Not My Blue: A Missing Person Memoir

Will appeal to fans of Girl in the Woods who are curious about what happened next in Matis’s story.

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Stray

Though there may be interest owing to the author’s high-profile first book, this too often self-indulgent memoir does not serve to enlighten readers about Danler’s experience or life in general.

Pelosi

This biography succeeds in illuminating the controversial politician and will be enjoyed by readers of current events, American government, and history.
 
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Gunpowder & Glory: The Explosive Life of Frank Brock OBE

Smee and Macrory present a well-written book that illuminates the actions on the British home front during the Great War and what it means for a soldier to sacrifice all. Highly recommended for Anglophiles and those interested in World War I history.

PREMIUM

George Washington, Entrepreneur: How Our Founding Father’s Private Business Pursuits Changed America and the World

Recommended for those seeking new information about a Founding Father and students of American history.
PREMIUM

Assume Nothing: A Memoir of Intimate Violence

A critical and timely piece in the era of the #metoo movement, this work will appear to a wide audience.
PREMIUM

Going Back: How a Former Refugee, Now an Internationally Acclaimed Surgeon, Returned to Iraq To Change the Lives of Injured Soldiers and Civilians

An engaging account of a man who accepts life-altering challenges as opportunities to improve himself and the lives of others, this should prove an enjoyable read for anyone interested in immigration memoirs or medical tales.

Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir

A moving, heartbreaking memoir about a traumatic event and the path to healing.

The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes

Academic readers who want more biographical information about Keynes will be captivated by this depiction of his life and thinking.
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Betsey

A breezy treat for fans wanting more about the woman behind the whimsical clothes. [See Prepub Alert, 9/30/2019.]

Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st-Century Memoir

This passionately told account of Albright’s “afterlife” will inspire readers to become involved in the issues meaningful to them. Recommended for all interested in politics, leadership, and women’s studies. [See Prepub Alert, 12/1/19.]
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The Inevitability of Tragedy: Henry Kissinger and His World

This authoritative and exhaustive biography will challenge general readers, but will find an appreciative audience among political scholars and modern philosophy academics. A solid companion to Thomas Schwartz’s Henry Kissinger and American Power.

Hollywood Park

Jollett’s absorbing memoir of self, discovery, and rediscovery will have a wide audience.

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Bright Precious Thing

Caldwell presents an affecting, realistic argument for friendships and personal connections, particularly the enduring ones, which help us face what the author calls the “mirage” at the end of our lives. [See Prepub Alert, 1/8/20.]

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Empty

This memoir will resonate with those who have experienced issues with food or know someone who has.

The Book of Atlantis Black

A haunting, profound investigative memoir that will resonate with readers as both a compelling true crime story and an affecting literary work. Bonner creates a sense of closeness with readers that makes this book a challenge to put down or forget. [See Prepub Alert, 1/29/2020.]
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In the Shadow of the Valley

An engaging read that will connect with fans of Tara Westover’s Educated and those interested in the ability of the human spirit to overcome adversity.

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Attention: A Love Story

Overall, an average memoir about one woman’s struggle with addiction and subsequent attempts to find acceptance.

Missed Translations: Meeting the Immigrant Parents Who Raised Me

A delightful memoir of people and place that will draw in Deb’s fans and attract plenty of new ones.

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Braver Than You Think: Around the World on the Trip of My (Mother’s) Lifetime

Part travelog, part grief memoir, this is for readers who want to experience the thrill of solo travel as experienced by someone slowly losing a parent. 

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The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III

Indispensable reading for anyone interested in late 20th-century U.S. politics.
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My Wife Said You May Want To Marry Me

Rosenthal’s grief journey is expressed with candor, humor, and gratitude. Fans of Amy Krouse Rosenthal will want to know about the next phase of Jason’s life. Also recommended for readers either experiencing grief or wanting to understand how to support someone experiencing loss.

Fairest

Gender, race, and sexuality are all foremost themes throughout the book, and it is a notable read for those particularly interested in these topics. However, Talusan’s account also offers an intensely personal example of how one’s relation to oneself changes over time, shaped by circumstances and personal choices, making it a compelling story for a wide variety of readers.

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Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs

Boylan’s candor and distinctive writing style will appeal to readers of reflective memoirs. A solid choice for libraries looking to expand their LGBTQ biography collections.

PREMIUM

The Greek Connection: The Life of Elias Demetracopoulous and the Untold Story of Watergate

Barron’s page-turner will appeal to readers interested in modern Greek history, the Cold War, and Watergate. Highly recommended.
PREMIUM

Un-American: A Soldier’s Reckoning of Our Longest War

This strident critique of the American military and its place in American society and culture, combined with Edstrom’s firsthand experiences in Afghanistan, will interest readers seeking primary source accounts of the War on Terror.
PREMIUM

The Journey of Liu Xiaobo: From Dark Horse to Nobel Laureate

Highly recommended for those interested in the life of Liu Xiaobo, recent Chinese history, or the global fight for human rights and democracy. Readers of this work should also consider Liu’s No Enemies, No Hatred: Selected Essays and Poems.

In Pursuit of Disobedient Women: A Memoir of Love, Rebellion, and Family, Far Away

Recommended for readers who enjoyed the memoirs of journalists and writers Marie Colvin, Clarissa Ward, Martha Gellhorn, and Anne Garrels, and anyone wishing to learn more about social and political life in West Africa.
PREMIUM

The Adventurer’s Son: A Memoir

Dial’s memoir is a beautiful book that will speak most ardently to parents, but also to adventurers, travelers, scientists, and all those who find joy in exploring the world.

PREMIUM

There I Am: The Journey from Hopelessness to Healing

A sometimes inspiring but overall poorly told story of living with chronic pain.
PREMIUM

Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy

Often previously studied, McCarthy’s career and consequences merit this additional analytical treatment that will satisfy curious readers of history. A definitive biography that will stand the test of time.
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Aren’t You Forgetting Someone? Essays from My Mid-Life Revenge

Fans of Nora Ephron will empathize and laugh along with Lizer.

Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A True (as Told to Me) Story

Striking a perfect balance between levity and poignancy, this is a standout debut. Readers looking for memoirs featuring strong family relationships with much love and laughter will be highly satisfied.
PREMIUM

The Shapeless Unease: A Year of Not Sleeping

Recommended for those curious about the creative process and the devastating effects of sleep deprivation. [See Prepub Alert, 11/25/19.]
PREMIUM

Moments of Glad Grace: A Memoir

Wearing’s account will appeal to readers curious about genealogy and Irish history, as well as those facing the waning days of their parents’ lives.
PREMIUM

Home Is a Stranger

An impressive, richly told account of an immigrant’s journey. Recommended for all memoir enthusiasts.
PREMIUM

Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the ExtraordinaryLife of Helen Hamilton Gardener

Based on archival sources and Gardener’s own voluminous writings, this highly readable book should provide plenty of new insight into the period and Gardener’s fascinating life for general readers, scholars, and aspiring political activists alike.

King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV

Why did a king make such blunders? Mansel seeks to find out in this superior study that will appeal to history buffs and may become the go-to biography of Louis XIV.
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Raised in Ruins: A Memoir

An additional purchase for medium and large collections where wilderness memoirs are in high demand.

Once a Girl, Always a Boy: A Family Memoir of a Transgender Journey

An important purchase both for its heartwarming demonstration of a family’s unconditional love and for effective advocacy for transgender individuals.
PREMIUM

Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington

Whether seasoned Lincoln scholars or interested general readers, all who pick up this book will learn much by going along for the ride with Widmer.

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American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland

A highly readable, multifaceted look into the topics of faith and living in America today. The level of intimacy within these pages invests readers not only in the unfolding human story but also in the history of the land.

Black Widow: A Sad-Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like “Journey” in the Title

A deep reflection on young widowhood, foster care and adoption, and the persistence of love, this work is recommended to fans of Nora McInerny (The Hot Young Widows Club), and anyone interested in stories of love, friendship, family, and loss, bound together with a wide, sparkly ribbon of humor.

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