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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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.

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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.
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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.
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The Heart and Other Monsters

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

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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.
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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.
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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.]
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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.

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.]
PREMIUM

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. 

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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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.

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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.
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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.

PREMIUM

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.

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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Smacked: A Story of White-Collar Ambition, Addiction, and Tragedy

The book’s strength is in the first half; Zimmerman’s reckoning with her own incognizance will likely ring true with many readers who have confronted addiction in loved ones, friends, and colleagues.
PREMIUM

This Really Isn’t About You

Edelstein delivers a chronicle of the work in progress that was her life, over years marked by uncertainty and grief, in an account that will appeal to those who feel unmoored by the circumstances of their own lives.
PREMIUM

For Joshua: An Ojibwe Father Teaches His Son

A well-written, introspective book on fatherhood and loss that will especially interest readers and students of First Nations life and literature.
PREMIUM

Waiting for the Rain: An Iraqi Memoir

An engaging read for poetry, memoir, and art aficionados, especially those with an interest in the Middle East and particularly Iraq.
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Franci’s War: A Woman’s Story of Survival

This worthy account is testament to why it is as important as ever to read about the impacts of xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and racial hatred, as well as the beliefs that cause some people to commit atrocities while others pretend to look away.
PREMIUM

Beatriz Allende: A Revolutionary Life in Cold War Latin America

While previous studies lionized or sentimentalized Beatriz, Harmer roots the subject in the context of the time period and brings to bear her own expertise in Cold War Latin America. A definitive biography of a female revolutionary.
PREMIUM

Later: My Life at the Edge of the World

This heartfelt memoir will appeal to literary readers, and certainly those with ties to Provincetown and its gay community.

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Miss Aluminum: A Memoir

Moore offers readers a well-written, unobstructed view of what appears to be an idyllic life, ultimately revealing that looks can be deceiving.
PREMIUM

The Milkman’s Son: A Memoir of Family History. A DNA Mystery; A Story of Paternal Love

Recommended for fans of family memoirs, and especially for readers with an interest in genealogy.
PREMIUM

A Drop of Midnight

This touching exploration of race and heritage is incisive, heartbreaking, and heartwarming. Recommended for readers interested in multiracial memoirs and the search for family and identity.
PREMIUM

Wild Ride Home: Love, Loss, and a Little White Horse, a Family Memoir

A well-told story of embracing life’s struggles that is perfect for horse lovers or those who have personal experience with cancer or Alzheimer’s.
PREMIUM

The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World’s Most Notorious Terrorists

Walder’s candid story will connect with readers curious about counterterrorism work and seeking an inspirational account of a woman seeking to change the balance of power in not only a male-dominated field but the world.

What We Carry: A Memoir

Readers interested in examining their own family stories, or those who experienced the struggles of new parenthood or reversed parenting roles, will connect deeply with Lang’s beautiful memoir.

You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington

An adept, highly approachable read that will appeal to history buffs and anyone seeking a compact overview of the man and the myth.

The Fixed Stars

An essential addition that will resonate with fans of Wizenberg’s earlier memoirs and anyone probing the complicated ways that sexuality and traditional family life overlap or diverge.
PREMIUM

Everything I Know About Love: A Memoir

This relatable reflection on love and the importance of friendship is an international best seller, so expect demand from readers interested in modern life as well as intimate, confessional memoirs. [See Prepub Alert, 7/29/19.]
PREMIUM

Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

Ideal for readers interested in the history of the disability rights movement and the impact of personal activism.
PREMIUM

Meaning a Life: An Autobiography

Oppen’s memoir is a rich history of leftist political thought in America while chronicling a literary companionship and enduring love story; it is highly recommended for all collections.

Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown

Highly recommended for readers interested in the British aristocracy and personality-driven memoirs. Glenconner, featured in the third season of The Crown, is a strong, intriguing woman whom fans of the show may wish to learn more about.
PREMIUM

I Want You To Know We’re Still Here: A Post-Holocaust Memoir

Foer explores her family with context and detail. Her story will interest readers of historical and personal narratives, especially memoirs and genealogy.
PREMIUM

Something That May Shock and Discredit You

Though it struggles to maintain cohesion at times, this account of a vulnerable life makes for contemplative reading. While fans of the Toast and pop culture will be drawn in, some may long for a more straightforward memoir.

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The Silver Swan: In Search of Doris Duke

Fans of Bingham will relish this personal account; an essential reference for scholars and researchers of Duke.

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Reservation Restless

An excellent book for general readers and anthropologists wanting to learn more about the joys and challenges of being a bridge between two cultures.
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Lucean Arthur Headen: The Making of a Black Inventor and Entrepreneur

Headen is one of those inventors almost lost to history; this engaging book helps introduce a new generation of scholars to his life and contributions.
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Illuminating History: A Retrospective of Seven Decades

This blend of autobiography and history will be of interest to both seasoned scholars and those just entering the field.

PREMIUM

Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane

Well researched and well supported by primary sources, such as stories from local newspapers, this should prove a provocative read appealing to scholars of the period and general readers alike.

 

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Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit

This beautifully told, nuanced memoir will strike a chord with fans of J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy, and pique the interest of sociology scholars.
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Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America’s Stolen Land

The luminous writing of this well-crafted memoir seems as much a form of prayer and self-discovery as the marathon itself. Recommended for not only its appeal to long-distance runners, but also its contribution to the literature of modern social justice.
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The Impossible First: From Fire to Ice—Crossing Antarctica Alone

O’Brady’s gripping storytelling will have readers feeling they are right there with him, experiencing the subzero temperatures and blizzards. A feel-good, must-read for fans of adventure stories.
PREMIUM

Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

Narrated in simple prose, this is concise yet moving tribute spotlights an inspiring progressive leader and demonstrates how the historical record should be studied. For readers of African American history of all ages.
PREMIUM

Shadow on the Mountain: A Yazidi Memoir of Terror, Resistance and Hope

Jeffrey contrasts the warmth of his childhood with the brutality of war and of the genocide that shattered the Yazidi community. Though his prose is complex at times, his story of tragedy and resistance is an important one.

Last Stop Auschwitz: My Story of Survival from Within the Camp

This unique contribution to the literature of the Holocaust will prove invaluable to all readers interested in recollections and histories of the period.
PREMIUM

Scratched: A Memoir of Perfectionism

 An original perspective on the perfectionist personality. Recommended for avid readers of memoirs.

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