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2024 Stars So Far | Social Sciences

That Librarian: The Fight Against Book Banning in America

Jones’s deeply personal account of her battle to regain her reputation and combat intolerance in libraries is essential reading and ultimately a clarion call for others to help defend intellectual freedom and democracy.

Drawn Testimony: My Four Decades as a Courtroom Sketch Artist

Readers interested in true crime or the legal system will be delighted with Rosenberg’s narrative gift. They won’t want to miss her memoir’s unique perspectives.

‘That Librarian: The Fight Against Book Banning in America’ by Amanda Jones | LJ Review of the Day

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Entrances and Exits

Comedy fans will enjoy this revealing memoir that proves there’s much more to Richards than Kramer.

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The Backwards Hand: A Memoir

Lee’s candid and poignant writing style will appeal to numerous readers. His highly recommended memoir about what it’s like to be a person with a rare congenital disability is insightful.
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More, Please: On Food, Fat, Bingeing, Longing, and the Lust for “Enough.”

This book’s tone is compassionate as Specter creates a foundation for accepting oneself and rejecting stereotypes. Self-help, sociology, entertainment, and memoir readers from many generations will appreciate this wholehearted approach, which challenges society to do a better job of understanding the realities of eating disorders.
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I’m Mostly Here To Enjoy Myself: One Woman’s Pursuit of Pleasure in Paris

A sensual and vibrant essay collection and memoir that spotlights the different types of connections people yearn for and enjoy.
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A Darker Shade of Blue: A Police Officer’s Memoir

For police memoir fans and people who enjoy reading about triumph over adversity. This isn’t as blistering as Edwin Raymond and Jon Sternfeld’s An Inconvenient Cop, which was about the NYPD, but this is a worthwhile and insightful account from a retired police superintendent.
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brother. do. you. love. me

Readers who are or have been caregivers will relate the most to this moving, highly recommended work, but readers who enjoy stories about people uniting to overcome obstacles will appreciate this title too. Coe’s touching illustrations adorn and enhance this book.

I Curse You with Joy

This memoir is not about Hollywood or gossip; it’s about being human and embracing grace and empathy toward family and self. Haddish makes room for jokes about sex and bodily functions and provides plenty of laughs and heart in this ribald, raw, and candid memoir.
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Rockin’ the Kremlin: My Incredible True Story of Gangsters, Oligarchs, and Pop Stars in Putin’s Russia

An absorbing illustration of the mutuality of music and politics. For musicians, business people in the music industry, and readers interested in the intersection of politics and art.
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The Risk It Takes To Bloom: On Life and Liberation

This dynamic memoir is a transformative read about the importance of being true to oneself. Recommended for listeners seeking a voice to guide them through adversity and come out stronger on the other side.
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Hogbook and Lazer Eyes

This brief, visually rich graphic novel evokes an imperfect, appealing vision of domestic harmony.

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The Heartbreak Years: A Memoir

Listeners will relate to the sticky situations the author gets into, as well as the moments when she realizes she’s fallen short and must work to redeem herself.
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Rental Person Who Does Nothing: A Memoir

Morimoto’s quirky debut perfectly captures the idea that what may be nothing to one person could be full of meaning for another. A charming, tender memoir.
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Trailer Park Parable: A Memoir of How Three Brothers Strove To Rise Above Their Broken Past, Find Forgiveness, and Forge a Hopeful Future

A tale of perseverance and resilience, Zed’s memoir will resonate deeply with fans of his other work, offering a compelling glimpse into the human spirit’s capacity for growth and redemption amid adversity.

Farewell Yellow Brick Road: Memories of My Life on Tour

A must-have for fans and a fitting tribute to an amazing artist.

Prairie Man: My ‘Little House’ Life & Beyond

Butler adeptly chronicles his trajectory into television, film, and Broadway and as a producer, and he’s candid about his personal and career achievements and missteps. He is as charming a writer as an actor. Fans will enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at his life and career.
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Feh: A Memoir

A page-turning memoir that shouldn’t be missed. Auslander’s nonfiction writing style is often compared to David Sedaris, and readers will see why with this title. It could motivate readers to keep trudging onward, even when life seems overwhelming.
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Desolation: A Heavy Metal Memoir

A highly readable and often touching memoir about Lamb of God’s guitarist and lyricist.
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You and a Bike and a Road

Davis evokes each episode of her long journey with perfectly chosen, keenly observed details and raw honesty, providing a sense of intimate insight into her life, mind, and creative process.
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The Striker and the Clock: On Being in the Game

A thoughtful and engaging exploration of life on and off the soccer field. It will resonate with readers interested in the human side of professional sports and fans of When Nobody Was Watching by Carli Lloyd with Wayne Coffey, Abby Wambach’s Forward, and Raised a Warrior by Susie Petruccelli.
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I Talk About It All the Time

This is an important and exceptional memoir that will give readers greater insight into and understanding of the pervasiveness of racism, bias, and discrimination against a person’s sexual orientation.
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No Judgment: Essays

Though Oyler clearly can speak to a specific cultural moment, lackluster narration and a tedious level of self-referentiality make this an optional purchase for most libraries.
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Songs on Endless Repeat: Essays and Outtakes

A moving collection of posthumous writings, both finished and unfinished, from a unique and impassioned young author whose life ended tragically early.
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Legacy: A Black Physician Reckons with Racism in Medicine

From start to finish, this is an excellently executed audio primer on the devastating consequences of structural injustices and the importance of enacting better care for people most in need.
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Mother Island: A Daughter Claims Puerto Rico

Figueroa crafts a compelling story about culture and heritage based on childhood memories and adult reflections on her mother’s efforts to make the mainland of the United States her adopted home.
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Between Two Trailers: A Memoir

In this stunning story of resilience and strength, Trent shares how she overcame her fraught upbringing without losing her love for her home and her family.
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Father and Son: A Memoir

An affecting blend of memoir and history, highly recommended for fans of Paul Hendrickson’s Fighting the Night.
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Subculture Vulture: A Memoir in Six Scenes

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a playful yet poignant narrative about a variety of life experiences, from AA to EDM. Recommended for fans of Maria Bamford’s Sure, I’ll Join Your Cult and Natasha Leggero’s The World Deserves My Children.
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The Manicurist’s Daughter: A Memoir

Candidly exploring her relationship with her mother in life as well as the shattering effect of her death, Lieu’s memoir is highly recommended.
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A Long Way Home: A Memoir

An uplifting story of resilience and one young man’s determined search for the family he lost long ago. Recommended for listeners who enjoyed Nicole Chung’s All You Can Ever Know or Jenny Heijun Wills’s Older Sister, Not Necessarily Related.
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If You Can’t Take the Heat: Tales of Food, Feminism, and Fury

Fans of memoirs, food critics, and bloggers will eat this one up.
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The French Ingredient: Making a Life in Paris One Lesson at a Time

A memoir for foodies, travel enthusiasts, or entrepreneurs, and an especially fitting recommendation for expatriates who need inspiration in their new home.
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What Have We Here?: Portraits of a Life

Recommended, as charismatic Williams will delight his galaxy of fans.
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Birding To Change the World: A Memoir

There’s something for everyone, from avid birdwatchers to listeners who look in the sky and see only feathered mysteries. O’Kane’s message to listeners is clear: it is never too early or too late to discover that transformational gateway bird.
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Affective Memories: How Chance and the Theatre Saved My Life

Luckinbill fills his autobiography with many intriguing stories about life in the theater and film industries.

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Thunder Song: Essays

A captivating collection of essays highlighting LaPointe’s unique experiences and inheritances as a modern Coast Salish woman. Strongly recommended for fans of Red Paint and similar memoirs; essential for Pacific Northwest library collections.

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1974: A Personal History

A moving tale, from an expert storyteller, about growing up.

Playing for Freedom: The Journey of a Young Afghan Girl

A must-have for any collection, especially in school and academic libraries. This memoir celebrates the power of one young woman to make a difference by speaking up and daring to be herself.
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The Book That (Almost) Got Me Fired: How I (Barely) Survived a Year in Corporate America

James’s reflection on returning to the office in her fifties captures the dysfunction of the pre-pandemic corporate world.

Nephew: A Memoir in 4-Part Harmony

This poignant memoir about overcoming devastating odds is a treasure and likely to become a classic. Essential reading for deepening understanding of society, the world, familial relationships, and the meaning of art and life.
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One Step Sideways, Three Steps Forward: One Woman’s Path to Becoming a Biologist

The incredible not-to-miss story of an evolutionary scientist who combined her passion for science with her love and devotion to her family, the environment, and many social causes.

The Night Parade: A Speculative Memoir

An excellent production, combining surrealism and fantasy with the relatable hardships of life. Humorous, heartbreaking, and determinedly honest, this unique memoir offers an unforgettable listening experience.

Grief Is for People: A Memoir

An unflinching and deeply absorbing memoir of grief and loss, expertly narrated by the author.
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Whiskey Tender: A Memoir

A must-listen for those seeking a nuanced discussion of the difficulty of balancing the complexities of assimilation with a desire to remain connected to one’s culture and history. Audiences who enjoyed Tommy Orange’s There There or Terese Marie Mailhot’s Heart Berries should take note.
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What a Fool Believes: A Memoir

An engaging story that readers of music bios will enjoy. McDonald’s musical journey as a backing singer, a side musician, and a front man is fascinating because it is different from that of many other pop/rock stars.
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I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: (But I’m Going To Anyway)

Energetic and revealing, this title will surely please Devantez’s listeners and fans. Aficionados of tragicomic, gossip-tinged memoirs will like it too.

Rebel Girl: My Life as a Feminist Punk

A vivid, funny, and powerful memoir that will appeal to rock lovers and music historians.

Joyful Recollections of Trauma

Scheer’s memoir addresses somber truths of adolescence and abuse while never losing a sense of hope and humor along the way. Recommend this beautiful book to fans of Sam Neill, Casey Wilson, and Samantha Irby.

I Can’t Remember If I Cried: Rock Widows on Life, Love and Legacy

A wide range of readers and book clubs will appreciate this moving, healing, and absorbing memoir/music history.
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The World Got Away: A Memoir

A detailed account of Rouse’s work that’s also part memoir. The latter is presented nonchronologically, which may be too difficult for some readers to easily follow.
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Bits and Pieces: My Mother, My Brother, and Me

Told mostly in chronological order, this breezy and moving memoir portrays a close-knit family that includes a daughter who is also a celebrity. A fine addition to biography collections.
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Seeing Through: A Chronicle of Sex, Drugs, and Opera

A unique and detailed self-portrait that will prompt readers to seek recordings of Gordon’s innovative works. The discography and lists of compositions and publications are thorough and helpful.
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Home and Alone

Stern’s life, from a dyslexic child to a successful movie actor, is fascinating. Mixing behind-the-scenes insights from iconic movies with witty accounts of interactions with Hollywood A-listers creates a top-notch celebrity memoir.
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Blue Remembered Hills

The antithesis of so-called “misery lit,” this charming recollection captures the origins of a novelist who engaged her disability on her own terms and translated her experiences into captivating narratives that continue to inspire countless young readers to this day.
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Down with the System: A Memoir (of Sorts)

Fans of the latter-era metal scene will gain a lot from this music memoir. It’s also ideal for readers involved in political and social activism.
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You Never Know: A Memoir

The lack of juicy personal information may disappoint celebrity gossip mavens, but Selleck’s earnestness and self-deprecating folksy style will satisfy celebrity watchers, especially Magnum, P.I. and Blue Bloods fans.

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Animals I Want To See: A Memoir of Growing Up in the Projects and Defying the Odds

This powerful memoir is ultimately about keeping a family together as things begin to fall apart. It’s consistently vivid, sometimes humorous, and engaging from start to finish.

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My Mama, Cass: A Memoir

A unique perspective from the daughter of a rock star. General audiences will get a fresh glimpse into the manipulative music business, which demanded ceaseless hard work, personal sacrifices, and a determined focus on glittery celebrity.
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The Last Fire Season: A Personal and Pyronatural History

Martin’s memoir about living through and emerging from devastation, together with her reflections on history and climate change make for a rich and timely listen.
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Slow Noodles: A Cambodian Memoir of Love, Loss, and Family Recipes

A gracefully told portrait of resilience, enhanced with recipes that are both mouthwatering and evocative.
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Under a Rock: A Memoir

Written in an off-the-cuff style, this memoir offers a descriptive, highly impressionistic account of the author’s role in Blondie and his life in New York City. Will engage general readers.

Desperately Seeking Something: A Memoir About Movies, Mothers, and Material Girls

A quick and easy read about the life and career of a trailblazing filmmaker. Will appeal to many audiences, including those unfamiliar with Seidelman’s career. Fans of Jay and Mark Duplass’s Like Brothers, Tim Murphy’s Christodora, or Alice Bag’s Violence Girl will especially enjoy.
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The Friday Afternoon Club: A Family Memoir

Raw and painful to read at times but compelling in its honesty, this memoir about the Dunnes will appeal to movie and true-crime fans.
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I Cannot Control Everything Forever: A Memoir of Motherhood, Science, and Art

This memoir’s intellectual, grounded tone enables readers to go along with the author as she explores the joy and despondency that coexist within modern parenting, plus the sheer exhaustion and helplessness of advocating for someone (in this case, one’s child) who can’t yet advocate for themselves. A perfect fit for fans of Dani Shapiro’s work.
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Woman of Interest: A Memoir

Suggested for readers who enjoy poetic memoirs, such as Lindsey Frazier’s Oh Love, Come Close and Jane Wong’s Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City.

But You Look So Normal: Lost and Found in a Hearing World

A fascinating, beautifully written memoir about a woman determined to carve out a fulfilling life for herself.
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Endless Fall: A Little Chronicle

This discourse on death, suicide, queerness, youth, and small-town bigotry is a recommended title, but it’s best for readers comfortable with academic works.

Slow Noodles: A Cambodian Memoir of Love, Loss, and Family Recipes

A stunning memoir, spiced with delectable and occasionally devastating recipes. This is unmissable.
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Water on Fire: A Memoir of War

An important, stirring memoir that effectively documents how the Lebanese Civil War impacted a child who grew up there during that time.

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Traces of Madness: A Graphic Memoir

A debut graphic memoir that was originally published in Spain and won the Popular Prize award at the Salón del Cómic in Barcelona, this moving and devastating portrait of a little-understood condition will fascinate and educate readers.
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If You Can’t Take the Heat: Tales of Food, Feminism, and Fury

A wry look at feminism via food. Recommended for general readers.
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More: A Memoir of Open Marriage

Winter’s conversational tone allows listeners to empathize with her as she stumbles through her marriage’s new dynamic and develops self-care techniques. Give to listeners who are curious about ethical non-monogamy as well as listeners who enjoy candid memoirs.

Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones

Part memoir, part fashion manifesto, part archive, this engaging audio bursts with humor, confidence, and candor. The production deserves all the rhinestone stars it will earn.
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Omega Farm: A Memoir

For those ready to reflect on the pandemic and not opposed to a jumping timeline, this deeply personal story resonates.
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Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World

Listeners interested in politics or social media should appreciate Klein’s nuanced look at how people of all political ideologies can follow the online trail of alternative facts into the Mirror World.

The Jolliest Bunch: Unhinged Holiday Stories

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a collection of funny, festive family stories full of 1990s nostalgia and heartwarming holiday hijinks. Recommended for fans of arts and entertainment autobiographers, such as Leslie Jordan and Randy Rainbow.

Great Falls, MT: Fast Times, Post-Punk Weirdos, and a Tale of Coming Home Again

Part memoir, part performance, part comedy riff, this vibrant audiobook is not to be missed.

In the Form of a Question: The Joys and Rewards of a Curious Life

Schneider is not only curious; she is also interesting. Fans of her meteoric run on Jeopardy will enjoy this debut memoir, which provides food for thought for anyone curious about all the trivia of life.

The Woman in Me

Though Spears’s words are affecting on their own, narrator Williams’s gentle Southern drawl and slight vocal fry make this gripping memoir an unputdownable must-listen.
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Making It So: A Memoir

Recommended for fans of Carrie Fisher’s memoirs or Dave Grohl’s The Storyteller.
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Class: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hunger, and Higher Education

This deeply touching memoir sheds light on the seemingly insurmountable challenges encountered by impoverished people seeking better lives for themselves and their families. Fans of Maid and the Netflix series inspired by the book will want to listen to this.
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Karma: My Autobiography

The lackluster narration and sparse insights make this audio a necessary purchase only for dedicated fans.
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I Quit Everything: How One Woman’s Addiction to Quitting Helped Her Confront Bad Habits and Embrace Midlife

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a candid autobiographical analysis of the ease with which one becomes addicted to both substances and behaviors. Recommended for fans of Sarah Levy and Holly Whitaker.

The Upcycled Self: A Memoir on the Art of Becoming Who We Are

A portrait of an artist’s evolution that should resonate with hip-hop lovers and Roots fans alike. It’s short and will leave listeners wanting more.

American Shield: The Immigrant Sergeant Who Defended Democracy

While there are other USCP accounts of the insurrection, this one stands apart, given Gonell’s immigrant beginnings and patriotic pride in his adopted country.

Better Living Through Birding: Notes from a Black Man in the Natural World

This brilliant multidimensional nonfiction debut by Cooper, now the host of National Geographic’s Extraordinary Birder, should be cherished by all memoir fans and will strike a chord with his fellow sci-fi and comics fans.
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If You Would Have Told Me: A Memoir

Stamos shares the shiny and not-so-shiny memories of his past, reflecting on the importance of experiencing the good times and the bad. An excellent choice for those who enjoy memoirs and pop culture or are avid John Stamos fans.
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My Vietnam, Your Vietnam: A Father Flees, a Daughter Returns; A Dual Memoir

A father-daughter memoir that highlights the complex nature of memory and perspective. Recommended for readers interested in personal narratives of connection.
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