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Don’t Think, Dear: On Loving and Leaving Ballet

Captures ballet’s romance as well as its dark and traumatic side.
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Harvard, Hollywood, Hitmen, and Holy Men: A Memoir

This memoir is muddled. Only for confirmed film enthusiasts.
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Ain’t But a Few of Us: Black Music Writers Tell Their Story

Recommended as a secondary purchase for academic libraries, especially those with music and journalism programs.
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Unraveling: What I Learned About Life While Shearing Sheep, Dyeing Wool, and Making the World’s Ugliest Sweater

Orenstein recounts her adventures in learning new skills with the openness and keen observations of a wise friend. This is a delight to read and will be of interest not only to crafters but also to anyone who’s learned something new as an adult.
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Local: A Memoir

This is the perfect book for anyone feeling lost, working through grief, and attempting to find a connection with someone to feel less alone.
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Oh Love, Come Close: A Memoir

While interesting, this memoir reads more like poetry, so ideal readers will need to have that expectation.
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Drinking Games: A Memoir

A good choice for those seeking personal narratives of experiences of alcoholism in the 21st century; readers who appreciate stand-alone chapters instead of a more linear narrative will likely find it especially effective.

The Hard Parts: A Memoir of Courage and Triumph

This book is not only for sports fans but also for the multitude of readers who will likely want to learn more about this remarkable and courageous woman, who achieved her dream despite challenges. Highly recommended.
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Sink: A Memoir

This is a compulsively readable and brave memoir.
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Love Stories: Uplifting True Stories About Love

Together, it forms a story told through multiple voices that reminds readers that the ineluctable links between heartache and romance are what make emotions (and relationships) so worthwhile.

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Chasing Catastrophe: My 35 Years Covering Wars, Hurricanes, Terror Attacks, and Other Breaking News

This personal glimpse into more than two decades of broadcast journalism is quite engaging and highly evocative, but some readers may be put off by the parts about the pandemic and by the ending.

Fieldwork: A Forager’s Memoir

Regan’s latest work may very well surpass the critical success and praise of her debut in 2019. Her honesty is captivating, and her writing creates a tangible experience that is remarkable and unforgettable. This is a story many readers will not want to miss.
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Dispatches from the Gilded Age: A Few More Thoughts on Interesting People, Far-Flung Places, and the Joys of Southern Comforts

Wonderful stories written by a free-spirited woman from a privileged Southern family. Her irreverent style continues to charm.

She’s Nice Though: Essays on Being Bad at Being Good

This engaging audio will appeal to listeners looking for laugh-out-loud life stories about the curse of good girl energy in an era of bad bitch vibes. Recommended for fans of Lindy West and Samantha Irby.
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Acne: A Memoir

This author-narrated gem is exactly as it should be. Only Chinn can do justice to her story, and she succeeds in style. Recommended for public libraries.
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Raising Raffi: The First Five Years

New parents, as well as parents of older children, will likely find both entertainment and solace in this smart, relatable work.
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Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder

Shatner’s upbeat collections of thoughtful musings is read with verve and good humor.
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Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire

Armchair travelers and sailors alike should enjoy this well-narrated seafaring saga/family biography, gracefully crafted by the author to be heartwarming as well as heart-stopping.
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Brown Enough: True Stories About Love, Violence, the Student Loan Crisis, Race, Familia, and Making It in America

An effective audiobook that raises thought-provoking questions about racial and color lines in America.
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All of This: A Memoir of Death and Desire

Those who take solace in deep explorations of the grace and crudeness of people at their most vulnerable will find kinship with Woolf’s journey. Recommended for listeners who enjoy the work of Roxane Gay or Jenny Lawson.

Tanqueray

These bawdy, gritty tales of New York City in the 1960s and 1970s will captivate listeners, but it’s Johnson who is the hero of this story. Listeners will relish every minute.
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American Seoul: A Memoir

This is a troubling story and tough listen, both in terms of content and narration. An optional audio purchase for most libraries.

The Crane Wife: A Memoir in Essays

Nothing short of a marvel, Hauser’s writing, combined with stellar narration, creates an exceptional audio experience.
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Asylum: A Memoir & Manifesto

This staggeringly powerful and sensitively-narrated memoir has a place in all public libraries.
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The Year of the Horses

Maum’s well-constructed and absorbing memoir will be appreciated by her fans, as well as those who enjoy memoirs, horses, and stories of strong women finding hope and healing.

Uncultured

Although this is Mestyanek Young’s first time narrating, listeners will appreciate hearing this deeply personal story told by the author herself. Share with fans of Tara Westover’s Educated and Deborah Feldman’s Unorthodox. Memoir readers will want to check this one out.
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Riding the Lightning: A Year in the Life of a New York City Paramedic

Almojera’s honest and raw memoir makes an impact. This timely addition to any collection will help preserve the story of the first few months of the pandemic and give listeners a glimpse into the hectic life of being a paramedic in a city that never sleeps.
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Crying in the Bathroom: A Memoir

Ultimately landing on a message of hope and solidarity, Sánchez’s writing is authentic and real about what it means to be a first-generation Latina. A solid addition to the feminist author memoir genre.
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Have I Told You This Already?: Stories I Don’t Want To Forget To Remember

A lighthearted look behind the curtain into the life and mind of one of today’s most down-to-earth celebrities. Highly recommended; share with fans of smart and funny celebrity memoirs such as Amy Schumer’s The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo or Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).
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I’m Glad My Mom Died

McCurdy’s battle over her demons will leave many listeners exhausted, but her excellent reading makes for a compelling audiobook.

The World Deserves My Children

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an irreverent introspective on Leggero’s life, from child actress to middle-aged motherhood, filled with moments that are both human and hilarious. Recommended for fans of candid and compelling humor writing, à la Mia Mercado and Kristina Kuzmic.
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Elvis and Me

Presley’s smooth, expressive, and confidential reading gives listeners the feeling that she’s revealing this very intimate portrait of a troubled man and their not-so fairy-tale marriage to their ears only.
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Scenes from My Life: A Memoir

This powerful audiobook reveals the humanity of a charismatic performer and is recommended for public libraries.
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Kiss & Tell: Stand Up & Stories About Love, Sex, Etc

The performers often laugh louder at their weak and meandering material than the live audience. A strictly optional purchase.

Warrior: My Path to Being Brave

This memoir is highly recommended for all public libraries.

Caught in the Act: A Memoir by Courtney Act

Although Jenek’s frank discussions of sex and drug use may not appeal to all, this outrageous and affecting memoir is a must-listen. Purchase multiple copies and share widely; this delicious audio treat will not disappoint.
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From Junkie to Judge: One Woman’s Triumph Over Trauma and Addiction

This is a sad but ultimately uplifting story. Recommended.

Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories: That’s How the Light Gets In, Vol. 3

Readers’ tolerance for this book will depend on how they feel about its subject, but Cohen has an enormous amount of fans.
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Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir

A tale of hope for those trying to overcome addiction or in recovery. Friends fans will also likely enjoy Perry’s celebrity anecdotes.
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Miss Major Speaks: The Life and Legacy of a Black Trans Revolutionary

Full of colorful language, characters, and bold statements, this book belongs in adult public library collections, alongside other amazing works on anti-racism, social justice, and activism, such as the documentary 13th and Ibram X. Kendi’s How To Be An Antiracist.
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You Don’t Know What War Is: The Diary of a Young Girl from Ukraine

A firsthand account of life in a war zone, fleeing one’s home, and the way war forever alters the lives of children and families. Skalietska’s book is empathetic and sympathetic reading for adults and has strong crossover appeal for YA readers.
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Illegally Yours

Agustin’s engaging narration and remarkable story is not to be missed. Fans of triumphant coming-of-age tales and memoirs will find much to love.
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Uncertain Ground

This carefully narrated and thought-provoking title brings home Klay’s central argument, that the duty of citizenship requires civilians to notice and weigh in. An important listen that is highly recommended for all public libraries.
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Have I Told You This Already?: Stories I Don’t Want To Forget To Remember

Graham’s down-to-earth stories are funny and touching; a surefire fourth best-seller.
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Sour Mouth, Sweet Bottom: Lessons from a Dissolute Life

A walk down the wild side of memory lane that music-loving baby boomers will especially enjoy.
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The Wind at My Back: Resilience, Grace, and Other Gifts from My Mentor Raven Wilkinson

An accessible read that will surely be popular with Copeland’s many fans. Also a good choice for libraries looking to broaden their Black history offerings.
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Unspeakable: Surviving My Childhood and Finding My Voice

Fisher is mounting a comeback as a solo artist and receiving press attention, so there will be interest in her story. Her words will likely provide comfort to fellow survivors and encouragement to those needing to escape their own situations.
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Number One Is Walking: My Life in the Movies and Other Diversions

Martin is a hilarious physical and multiple-voiced comic whose genius arguably doesn’t convey as well in the more subtle print medium. Readers who enjoyed A Wealth of Pigeons should enjoy Martin and Bliss’s newest collaboration as well.
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No Job for a Man: A Memoir

Like the punk bands Bowie idolized as a teenager, his voice rings true in a crowded genre.
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Why Not? Lessons on Comedy, Courage, and Chutzpah

This will be of interest to fans of comedy. With Schiff’s heavy focus on faith, readers may also take from it an example of cultural and social history of American Judaism.
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Biblical: Rob Halford’s Heavy Metal Scriptures

Rock-music readers who enjoyed Halford’s first book will enjoy his second just as much, if not more.

Playing Under the Piano: From Downton to Darkest Peru

Bonneville’s delightful memoir will be enjoyed by Downton Abbey fans, Anglophiles, and aspiring actors.

Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story

Sometimes confessional, many times humorous, and always clever and entertaining, Bono has delivered a fascinating autobiography of a major force in popular music and world affairs for all readers.

The Love You Save: A Memoir

While the moments of racial and gender-based violence are difficult to read, the book ultimately promotes a sense of hope and healing, designed not just to tell the story but to show readers that every act of resistance, every movement toward change can have an impact, and that no impact is too small when it saves someone.
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Prince on Prince: Interviews and Encounters

A collection of intriguing, frustrating, incisive interviews and insights into Prince’s remarkable career.
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21-Hit Wonder: Flopping My Way to the Top of the Charts

Even those unfamiliar with Hollander’s achievements will enjoy this frenetic, earthy ride told by a survivor of the dog-eat-dog music business.
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Remainders of the Day: A Bookshop Diary

This is a charming look at a small-town bookstore, its owner, and the people he meets.
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Windfall: The Prairie Woman Who Lost Her Way and the Great-Granddaughter Who Found Her

This book will appeal to readers who enjoy detailed political history books and those looking to learn a little more about the history of little discussed aspects of the Midwest.
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Jesintel: Living Wisdom from Coast Salish Elders

A rich visual feast that honors Pacific Northwest Indigenous life.
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Bibi: My Story

This books ranks of profound importance to readers interested in the recent history of the Middle East.

What Is Home, Mum?: A Memoir

An essential purchase for all collections. Add it to the top of your book club suggestion list, and offer it to readers of literary fiction exploring similar themes of identity and belonging.
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Queen of Snails: A Graphic Memoir

In a triumph of recovery and reinvention, Burdock has reworked her chaotic past to build a memory-rich present through research, reflection, and compelling artistry.

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The Chimpanzee Whisperer: A Life of Love and Loss, Compassion and Conservation

This inspirational and astonishing story is sure to appeal to animal lovers and conservationists alike. An excellent addition to any public library collection.

Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder

This is not just for dedicated Star Trek fans. Shatner is an inspiring figure with valuable life lessons to share.

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Excuse Me While I Disappear: Tales of Midlife Mayhem

Fans of Annabelle Gurwitch and Helen Ellis will likely enjoy this book as well, plus laugh out loud at this candid comedy of errors and older people.

The Forerunner: A Story of Pain and Perseverance in America

The life story of this history-making Congressional member eclipses the usual political memoir. Her story is riveting, moving, vivid, and radically vulnerable.
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Fatty Fatty Boom Boom: A Memoir of Food, Fat, and Family

Recommended for fans of Lindy West and Frank Bruni’s Born Round.

Black Women Will Save the World: An Anthem

An informative, inspirational work by a leading political journalist; an essential purchase for public and academic libraries.
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The Lives of Brian: A Memoir

This will definitely be a popular book with any library’s rock fan patrons. It’s also an inspiring story for all readers.
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Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard

An honest, at times humorous, and entertaining memoir that movie buffs, especially Harry Potter fans, will enjoy.
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Dying of Politeness: A Memoir

For admirers of Davis, film, or anyone who believes women deserve an equal voice in their industry. In particular, her take on the appeal of Thelma and Louise is spot on.
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Miss Chloe: A Memoir of a Literary Friendship with Toni Morrison

This exquisitely narrated audiobook is a balm and a delight. Share with listeners seeking to better understand Morrison and her works as well as the difficulties encountered by Black women seeking to establish themselves as authors and artists.
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Brazen: My Unorthodox Journey from Long Sleeves to Lingerie

A compelling story, well told by Haart in a friendly and ingratiating manner.
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Still Just a Geek: An Annotated Memoir

Wheaton’s memoir is packed with insights about celebrity culture, Hollywood, and the fight to destigmatize mental health to keep even the least Trekkie listener absorbed.
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Out of the Corner: A Memoir

A good mix of honesty and humor with lots of celebrity name-dropping. Recommended for all collections.

Finding Me: A Memoir

Not to be missed, this memoir is a powerful reminder that our childhoods do not define us, that we can determine our perception and worth.

I Cried To Dream Again: Trafficking, Murder, and Deliverance; A Memoir

This empowering, candid memoir is a powerful call to eliminate the sentence of life without parole for teenagers.

Bomb Shelter

An irresistible listening experience. Philpott’s blending of deep insights with domestic relatability will appeal to fans of Glennon Doyle and Jenny Lawson.
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Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk

This quick listener will leave one feeling hopeful for the world.
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Managing Expectations: A Memoir in Essays

Will certainly meet listeners’ expectations!
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Every Good Boy Does Fine: A Love Story, in Music Lessons

Listeners will fall in love with music even more or all over again.

Ten Steps to Nanette: A Memoir Situation

Highly recommended for all libraries.

Fly Girl: A Memoir

After experiencing this appealing and informative audiobook, listeners may never view air travel or flight crews in quite the same way.

A Pros and Cons List for Strong Feelings

The art style is a little unconventional, but readers will likely be drawn in by the poignant, yet humorous tale.
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A Fade of Light

A capable slice-of-life memoir, this captures the denial, frustration, and despair of observing a loved one’s fading away.
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Bookends: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Literature

Though much of this book focuses on grief, Owens provides moments of levity and wit, often poking fun at her own Type-A personality traits. This memoir is a must-listen for any lover of literature.
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Magic Season: A Son’s Story

This audiobook will appeal to a wide audience, especially those dealing with an aging parent. Libraries should purchase.

In the Shadow of the Mountain: A Memoir of Courage

This beautiful and important audio is highly recommended, particularly for listeners seeking stories of empowerment, resilience, and strength.

Blood Orange Night: My Journey to the Edge of Madness

This cautionary tale about dependence on and addiction to benzodiazepines (which include Xanax, Klonopin, and Valium) is very timely. Bond’s voice is strong and real and the perfect choice to narrate the audio book. Strongly recommended for public libraries of all sizes.
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Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How To Become an American

Ending on a note of hopefulness, Ali’s memoir urges listeners to do better for the sake of all Americans. Highly recommended for all collections.
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Be My Baby: A Memoir

The only new information included in this revised edition is the postscript. Spector’s memoir will appeal to music aficionados, NYC historians, and true crime fans curious for a glimpse into the life of Phil Spector prior to his murder trial.
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Punk Paradox: A Memoir

The hard-driven Gaffin compellingly and eloquently describes the rewards and pitfalls of a career as successful musician and academic that will fascinate general readers.

When They Tell You To Be Good

Shakur delivers an evocative, intimate, and also analytical exploration of self and various political landscapes. This beautifully written memoir is an absolute must-read.
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Enough: A Memoir of Mistakes, Mania, and Motherhood

Zachry’s memoir (a heavy read that warrants content warnings) is valuable for its articulation and contextualization of mental health issues. Recommended for all general collections.
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Quilt of Souls

A testament to her grandmother and the women who made an impact on her childhood, Elmore’s text is an ideal choice for readers interested in memoir and history, plus stories about Black women, feminism, and quilting.
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Terra Viva: My Life in a Biodiversity of Movements

For agriculture collections, both academic and public.
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None of This Rocks: A Memoir

Trohman’s self-deprecating humor and rambling asides sometimes take away from what is otherwise an important discussion about mental health.
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Finding Karen Black: Roots Become Wings

Focused more on Bay’s journey than on her mother’s, this memoir may appeal to other adopted children searching for their roots, plus to those seeking self-realization.
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Making a Scene

Wu’s mea culpa is a moving study in self-acceptance that will win her more fans.
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The River You Touch: Making a Life on Moving Water

A lyrical exploration of a beloved place and lifestyle steeped in the natural world, by a writer for whom quality of life supersedes the need for financial security. Will appeal to readers who relish memoirs that skillfully intertwine nature, the American West, and fishing.
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