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Walking in My Joy: In These Streets

The latest memoir by fierce and fabulous Lewis easily switches between moving confessionals and fiery calls to eradicate oppression.
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Both Sides of the Fire Line: Memoir of a Transgender Firefighter

A deeply personal account of a unique life and the bravery it takes to be the person one is meant to be.

Hysterical: A Memoir

Disruptive, tender, and beautiful, this book is a reversal of women’s apologies and a demand for more

Home Bound: An Uprooted Daughter’s Reflections on Belonging

Bee’s memoir is experimental in form but will appeal to a variety of reader, challenging singular beliefs of what it means to be a daughter, sister, lover, wife, lawyer, and mother.
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The Time Left Between Us

DeFonzo worked for more than a decade to preserve Del’s past and the historical context. Hers is a deeply personal venture but also one of significant importance now and for all future generations to learn from. Recommended to readers of World War II nonfiction, history, and family memoirs.

The World’s Worst Assistant

Conan O’Brien fans will find much to love here.
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A Waiter in Paris: Adventures in the Dark Heart of the City

An absorbing and moving inside look at a Parisian restaurant.
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Acne: A Memoir

It should be a welcome addition to any collection seeking uncommon admissions of all-too-common trauma, suffering, and lessons learned. This is sure to speak to those who struggled with personal tragedy, dysfunctional family, and hormones.
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The Analyst: A Daughter’s Memoir

This memoir looks into the past of medical research and provides some context as to how far the field has come today. Anyone interested in the history of mental health care and genetic diseases would find this memoir fascinating.

I’m Not Broken: A Memoir

A raw, emotional memoir filled with highs and lows. The inspirational ending gives readers hope when Leon uses his self-will and determination to change and accept the love from those around him.

No One Crosses the Wolf

A gripping, brutally honest memoir that deals with some heavy themes but will leave readers feeling hopeful and reflective by the end. Readers who enjoy examining the human spirit will be drawn to this book.
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My Three Dads: Patriarchy on the Great Plains

A powerful, provocative narrative, designed to remind readers that it is often silence that empowers oppression, allowing it the power to endure in unchallenged ways.
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Year of the Tiger: An Activist’s Life

An essential read for anyone with an interest in accessible futures, community building, and social justice. Readers who enjoy Kai Cheng Thom and Adrienne Maree Brown will embrace this.
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Love, Wine, and Other Highs: A Kind of Memoir

Readers of a similar age may relate to Rae’s life experiences and pop culture references (especially Sex and the City), cheering on her candid journey to healing and self-acceptance.

Happy People Are Annoying

Peck’s memoir is an irresistible and delightful mix of candor and comedy.
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Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama

A high-quality addition and a must-listen for even casual fans of the robust “comedic memoir” genre of audiobooks.
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Keith Haring Journals

Unlike The Andy Warhol Diaries, which is gossipy fun but rarely introspective, Haring’s journal is beautifully written, thoughtful, and filled with passionate opinions and very personal details.
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Walking Him Home: Helping My Husband Die with Dignity

Currently 10 states and the District of Columbia have “medical aid in dying” statutes, and more states have legislation pending. This memoir will undoubtedly provide comfort and support for other people navigating a similar road.
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A Voice Out of Poverty: The Power To Achieve Through Adversity

A beautiful story of resiliency that never shies away from the horrors and hardships that made Haslam the woman she is today. Recommended for fans of Brené Brown and those who enjoy self-empowerment books.

This Might Be Too Personal: And Other Intimate Stories

A fun, laugh out loud, yet tender read for memoir-lovers and fans of Shelasky’s work.

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Hello, Molly! A Memoir

Shannon’s narration, which combines unbridled enthusiasm, humor, and raw emotion, especially when writing of her father, elevates a biography that is sure to please fans.
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If There Are Any Heavens

Montemarano’s unique literary memoir offers an absorbing, visceral experience of the pandemic and should easily find a dedicated audience.
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Acceptance

A gripping firsthand account of a teenager navigating homelessness and the foster care system. It should appeal to many and may be of particular interest to school counselors, foster parents, psychologists, social workers, and others who work with children in difficult situations.

When I Was Red Clay: A Journey of Identity, Healing, and Wonder

Readers will find hope and peace on these beautifully written pages.
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Diary of a Misfit: A Memoir and a Mystery

Less a journey of discovery and more the account of a complicated daughter-mother relationship laden with guilt and neglect.
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The Man Who Could Move Clouds

An eerie and introspective memoir.
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Fruit Punch

This memoir is troubling and difficult at times, but also candid and familiar. Recommended for general collections.
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This Goes Out to the Underground: A Mother, Her Daughter, and How We All Rise Together

Intense and ultimately hopeful, this gripping account of working toward women’s rights and against unjust systems provides significant firsthand insights into transnational feminism.
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Original Sins

This is an exceptionally well-written and heartfelt memoir.
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Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional

Fitzgerald’s stories are introspective and exude self-awareness. Readers will leave with a true soft spot for him.
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Listening Well: Bringing Stories of Hope to Life

Recommended for fans of Morris’s fiction and those who would like to improve their listening skills.

Memories of a Gay Catholic Boyhood: Coming of Age in the Sixties

D’Emilio’s youthful reminiscences make for a classic work of literature that deserves a wide readership. One hopes this memoir is only the first in a succession.
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To Fall in Love, Drink This: A Wine Writer’s Memoir

Feiring provides an entertaining and engaging story about grapes and growth.
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Illegally Yours

An earnest and entertaining backstory to an accomplished creator, best suited to readers of celebrity memoirs, inspirational stories, and coming-of-age narratives.

The Memory of All That: A Love Story About Alzheimer’s

MacCracken’s focus on the strength of her husband and the inspiring bond between them as they realize that their journey together is coming to an end will surely bring comfort to others facing similar situations.

A Divine Language: Learning Algebra, Geometry, and Calculus at the Edge of Old Age

Suitable for all ages, this intelligent book on finding new ways to understand things will find eager and welcoming readers.

The Islander: My Life in Music and Beyond

An obligatory purchase for all self-respecting rock and pop culture collections.
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Nocturnal Admissions: Behind the Scenes at Tunnel, Limelight, Avalon, and Other Legendary Nightclubs

A fun homage to ’90s pop culture and nightlife that will interest readers who lived it or who wish they had.
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Conversations with the Father: A Memoir About Richard Matheson, My Dad and God

An enjoyable and creative snapshot of an uneasy relationship between father and son.
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Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers

Rodgers tells it the way she saw it, often stripping away the celebrity glamour of growing up in a revered musical theater environment. Green is a welcome and unobtrusive organizing voice and fact checker. Hollywood biography readers and musical theater fans will enjoy.
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Still Alright: A Memoir

A sure hit, but just for devoted Loggins fans.
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Forever Boy: A Mother’s Memoir of Autism and Finding Joy

The uniqueness of the Swenson’s individual story will be its measure of appeal for listeners. Readers of her blog (Finding Cooper’s Voice) will likely line up.
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Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals

It’s more about resilience in the face of adversity than about animal rescues, but listeners can gain insight and inspiration from a woman who has made it her mission to save abused and neglected animals.
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Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation

Krouse’s memoir will be appreciated by true crime fans and those who follow legal mysteries.

Raising Demons

Top-notch. It creates a new experience for re-readers and an engaging first-time listen for all others.
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In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss

This moving, powerful tribute to love and loss is a must-listen. Suggest to listeners who appreciated Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air and Ann Patchett’s Truth and Beauty.
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This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Young Doctor

With lessons about medicine in general and a particular health-care system that U.S. listeners can compare with their own experiences, this is a must-have for public libraries.
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The Perfect Sound: A Memoir in Stereo

The audiobook is long, but Griffith’s excellent performance, Hongo’s brilliant prose, and the incredible depth and breadth of topics discussed make for a delightful listening experience.
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Enough Already: Learning To Love the Way I Am Today

Many will relate to Bertinelli’s story and applaud her honesty.
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Always Remember Your Name: A True Story of Family and Survival in Auschwitz

This sensitively narrated and deeply moving account is an essential purchase for all nonfiction collections.
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Easy Beauty

In her writing and reading, Jones invites listeners to take the time and effort to look at the world and the differently abled people around them in order to discover their beauty.
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How Do I Un-Remember This? Unfortunately True Stories

Pellegrino’s boyish voice brings warmth and tenderness to his hilarious tales of growing up gay.
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We Don’t Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Modern Ireland

Making every minute of this long book enjoyable, narrator Aidan Kelly’s voice is smooth and clearly Irish, and it carries an air of authority without sounding like a documentary. Kelly’s timing and pacing help listeners comprehend long passages and convoluted stories as if they are being recounted firsthand.
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Mala’s Cat: A Memoir of Survival in World War II

Although the recording is filled with evidence of edits, the strength of this strong story will keep listeners engaged.

Putting the Rabbit in the Hat

An entertaining and well-written memoir from a master actor.
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Left on Tenth: A Second Chance at Life

Ephron gives a brave, emotional, and unforgettable reading of her precise and moving memoir of death, illness, and survival.
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Sentence: Ten Years and a Thousand Books in Prison

This sometimes raunchy but always insightful memoir will have wide appeal. Recommend for those who will appreciate Genis’s darkly humorous take on this timely topic.
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The Cancer Journals

Lorde’s poignant and startlingly relevant work is recommended for all collections, particularly where interest in poetry, activism, and feminism is strong.
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The Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found

This book is recommended to those curious about the spectrum of vision loss that goes far beyond the stereotypes, to lovers of memoir, to libraries wanting to enrich their collection of blindness-related materials, and to loyal Bruni fans curious about how he learns to navigate the world.
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Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House

An engrossing look at the life of a formerly enslaved woman in the Lincoln household of 1860s Washington.
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Home/Land: A Memoir of Departure and Return

Mead’s book has a place in any collection of popular memoirs.

Mean Baby: A Memoir of Growing Up

This memoir is witty, funny, heartbreaking, and beautifully written. This book will be loved by fans of Blair’s work and of her MS advocacy.

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All About Me! My Remarkable Life in Show Business

A comedy legend shares tales of making his classic movies, celebrity encounters, and some of his funniest material. This is a masterclass in comedy not to be missed.

I Was Better Last Night

A big-hearted, hilarious, life-affirming memoir of Fierstein’s gay activism and life in the theater.

A Childhood: The Biography of a Place

In rough-hewn speech fluent as a river and forceful as a hammer blow, Crews captures the warmth, dignity, and brutality of his people and their fierce and awful devotion to home. This is his masterpiece.
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Ain’t That a Mother: Postpartum, Palsy, and Everything in Between

Fast-paced, funny, and at times tear-jerking, this will be a hard book to put down.
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Raising Raffi: The First Five Years

A more literary look at the topic of parenting.

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Soundings: Journeys in the Company of Whales

This memoir, with its vividly described events and locales, along with its natural history frame, will appeal to readers who enjoy narrative nonfiction or travel memoirs about women recreating themselves, natural history, Indigenous cultures, and whales. Fans of Margaret Renkl’s Late Migrations or Meredith May’s The Honey Bus will relish Cunningham’s story.

All Down Darkness Wide: A Memoir

Readers seeking an elegant, profound memoir will find none better than this. Highly recommended.

Riding the Lightning: A Year in the Life of a New York City Paramedic

Fans of TV shows about emergency medicine will appreciate the fast, episodic pace and life lessons of Almojera’s memoir.
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Blood Orange Night: My Journey to the Edge of Madness

This cautionary tale will help many understand how prescription drug dependency can happen and the strength and courage required to overcome it. Highly recommended.

Normal Family: On Truth, Love, and How I Met My 35 Siblings

Eloquently written and compulsively readable, Bilton’s jaw-dropping coming-of-age memoir--and the love and survival found within its pages--is one readers won’t soon forget.
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This Is Not a Pity Memoir

A powerful, fragmented journey through brain injury. This book will especially appeal to Morgan’s fans, and to those who have experienced similar journeys.
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All of This: A Memoir of Death and Desire

Be prepared to laugh, to cry, and possibly to be mortified at the level of detail Woolf feels comfortable sharing; but in the end, readers will definitely be glad they got on this roller coaster with her.

I Can Take It from Here: A Memoir of Trauma, Prison, and Self-Empowerment

Forbes has a story that needs to be read, and one that she has clearly synthesized and analyzed to ensure its significance encompasses both her personal successes and a much larger societal reform.

We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story

A powerful story about a family struggling under the weight of definitions of sacrifice and success, and reconciliation and forgiveness.
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Asylum: A Memoir & Manifesto

Okporo’s personal journey is touching, and his skillful explanation of the corrupt immigration processes and policies that continue to reject and exclude the very people they are meant to aid is a timely plea for reform and empathy.

The Movement Made Us: A Father, a Son, and the Legacy of a Freedom Ride

Moving, evocative, and haunting, this father-son perspective on the civil rights movement is a necessary read and a great addition for all library collections.
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Knocking Myself Up: A Memoir of My (In)Fertility

Recommended to round-out parenting collections with a new perspective on family.
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Muddy People: A Muslim Coming of Age

El Sayed’s coming-of-age memoir about resiliency, family, and identity will delight readers as a study of making sense of a world where rules can often help along the way.

Coming Up for Air

Daley’s conversational style will appeal to a wide audience interested in sports and contemporary gay lives. Highly recommended.
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More After the Break: A Reporter Returns to Ten Unforgettable News Stories

Reading these excellent stories is like watching the author report in real time.
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My Boy Will Die of Sorrow: A Memoir of Immigration from the Front Lines

Readers will appreciate this memoir as a moving firsthand account but also as a call to action to ensure that human rights prevail at America’s borders.

Miss Memory Lane

Recommended for readers seeking narratives of recovery in the morass of Hollywood.
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The Buddha Sat Right Here: A Family Odyssey Through India and Nepal

Libraries with travel memoir fans should add this to their collection.
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The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music

This is an essential purchase for public libraries with patrons who are interested in popular culture, music, or awesome dudes.
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The Oaken Heart

Fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society or James Herriot will enjoy this unique historical account.
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Apparently There Were Complaints

This honest, humorous memoir will be an enjoyable listening experience for fans of Gless and her work.
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A Life in Stitches: Knitting My Way Through Love, Loss, and Laughter—Tenth Anniversary Edition

A natural choice for libraries where the print book circulates well or for listeners who enjoy Clara Parkes’s or Ann Patchett’s essays.
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Party Like a Rockstar: The Crazy, Coincidental, Hard-Luck, and Harmonious Life of a Songwriter

Aspiring songwriters will find a treasure trove of tips and inspiration. Heartwarming, funny, and entertaining.
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Sentence: Ten Years and a Thousand Books in Prison

Genis’s is an intense memoir with descriptions of sex and violent crime; it won’t be for everyone, but is important for readers trying to understand the effect of imprisonment on individuals and society.
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Every Good Boy Does Fine: A Love Story, in Music Lessons

Already noted for his skillful writing on music, Denk proves equally adept at memoir. Anyone with an interest in music will find this an excellent read; those with a good grounding in classical music or with time to listen and reflect on the pieces Denk analyzes will find this book even more rewarding.

The Nazis Knew My Name: A Remarkable Story of Survival and Courage in Auschwitz

Hellinger has written an important perspective of the Holocaust, of a kind that we rarely see. A standout memoir that will draw the interest of readers of World War II history and women’s memoirs or biographies.
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Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How To Become American

A compassionate and insightful memoir full of hope and humor; recommended for all collections.

We Don’t Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Modern Ireland

In O’Toole’s case, sharp reporting makes good history.
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Heartbreak: A Personal and Scientific Journey

Readers will appreciate Williams’s candid portrayal of her personal journey and the book’s understanding of heartbreak’s impact on the human body.
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Fifty Sounds: A Memoir of Language, Learning, and Longing

The philosophical explorations of linguistics may be esoteric for some readers, but many can relate to Barton’s journey of finding her place in the world. Readers who are fascinated by the art of translation or stories about living between cultures will find much to unpack here.

What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma

Foo’s writing is shrewdly insightful. In telling her story so compellingly, she joins authors such as Anna Qu and Ly Tran in adding nuance to the “model minority” myth, if not actively subverting it. Highly recommended.

Best Memoir & Biography of 2021

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