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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.
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Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe

Maraniss’s book is the most comprehensive Thorpe biography to date (being nearly 200 well-cited pages longer than Kate Buford’s 2010 biography Native American Son). Beyond bringing Thorpe to life, Maraniss also delves heavily into issues of race and culture.
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As It Turns Out: Thinking About Edie and Andy

This is a good recommendation for those who like to read about family dynasties, the mid-century modern New York art world, or people who have a lasting fifteen minutes of fame.
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Agatha Christie: An Elusive Woman

Worsley’s thoughtful and generous contribution to the Christie biographical canon will be welcomed and enjoyed by Agatha Christie fans.
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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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In Search of Mary Seacole

Rappaport digs deeply into often spotty and confusing records to uncover the life of a nurse who became salvation for soldiers fighting in Crimea.
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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.

One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World

An essential read for Jewish history and memoir fans. Stella is a compelling character for anyone to meet.

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.

Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker’s Life

A marvelous, massive biography of a beloved filmmaker.
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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.
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Didn’t We Almost Have It All: In Defense of Whitney Houston

An empathic and heartbreaking account of a woman haunted by her past, in a society that refused to accept her despite her amazing accomplishments.
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Yoko Ono: An Artful Life

An affecting and affectionate portrait. For artists, historians of 20th-century art, Yoko Ono fans, and Beatles fans too.

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.

Growing Up Getty: The Story of America’s Most Unconventional Dynasty

A rapturous biography for casual readers. This in-depth analysis of one of the United States’ richest families reveals a behind-the-scenes legacy of love and generosity.

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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A Man of Iron: The Turbulent Life and Improbable Presidency of Grover Cleveland

This biography may surprise readers; how many know about the thwarted movement to draft Cleveland for a third term in 1904? Or that Cleveland’s 21-year old bride was the youngest wife of a president but not the youngest woman to function as First Lady?
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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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Agent Josephine: American Beauty, French Hero, British Spy

An extensive, well-researched tribute to Baker’s bravery; will appeal to any fan of biographies of outstanding women.
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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.
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Hollywood Ending: Harvey Weinstein and the Culture of Silence

As a comprehensive account of the rise and fall of the Weinstein name, Auletta’s volume is a critical text and worthy of sitting beside Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor’s She Said.
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Heiresses: The Lives of the Million Dollar Babies

Suggested to those who enjoyed Anderson Cooper’s Vanderbilt or Bill Dedman’s Empty Mansions.
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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.
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Shackleton

Listeners will finish this audiobook feeling as if they’ve been both educated and entertained; happily, there are plenty of other books about Shackleton to explore next.

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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Camera Man: Buster Keaton, the Dawn of Cinema, and the Invention of the Twentieth Century

This lively cultural history and affectionate tribute to a true film pioneer should have broad appeal.
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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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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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George V: Never a Dull Moment

The narration is lively and keeps the pace brisk and interesting; however, the sheer amount of detail might become fatiguing to all but the most dedicated followers of British politics.
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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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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.
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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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Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality

Brown-Nagin’s (history and constitutional law, Harvard Univ.; Courage To Dissent) biography about a prominent American, who has not received the attention she warrants, is a great addition to nonfiction audio collections.
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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.

Tears Over Russia: A Search for Family and the Legacy of Ukraine’s Pogroms

Timely and essential reading.
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Moon in Full: A Modern Day Coming-of-Age Story

Chann’s enriching memoir speaks to those who feel they are still growing up and learning to overcome trauma. Though the narrative slows down when the author focuses on the psychology of Christian conservatism, the story he tells is an important one.
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A Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Woman

With wide appeal to a wide audience, this work provides a closer look at the human side of science.
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Milo’s Eyes: How a Blind Equestrian and Her “Seeing Eye Horse” Saved Each Other

Not just for horse fans. The author’s frank talk about her fear of losing her independence because of her blindness will resonate with any reader facing physical or other challenges.
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Phyllis Frye and the Fight for Transgender Rights

This compelling and inspirational biography is a great addition to the collection.
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A Way Out of No Way: A Memoir of Truth, Transformation, and the New American Story

Warnock’s intimate account of life-changing moments and the arc of events in Georgia and America holds wide appeal and will particularly appeal to readers of faith.
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Rough Draft

Memoir readers will be captivated by Tur’s story.
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Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden: Two Sisters Separated by China’s Civil War

A wonderful addition to any library that will appeal to a wide audience interested in historical narrative, Chinese history, family dynamics, and generally as a story of struggle against the odds.

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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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.
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The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor—the Truth and the Turmoil

An intriguing account of the royals that should provoke much discussion (and many arguments). Fans of the British royals and royal history will be seeking out Brown’s book, particularly as 2022 is Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee year.

Miss Memory Lane

Recommended for readers seeking narratives of recovery in the morass of Hollywood.
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Ivy Lodge: A Memoir of Translation and Discovery

Marshall’s reflections on coming of age during the 1960s will appeal to some readers, as will her experience being raised by cold and distant parents.
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James Patterson by James Patterson: The Stories of My Life

Given Patterson’s audience, this throwaway memoir will be popular even though it isn’t merited.
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The Crane Wife: A Memoir in Essays

Hauser has created a meandering but entertaining look into her professional and personal life. Readers looking for something a little different in a memoir will not be disappointed.
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The Summer Friend: A Memoir

A readable, if slight, memoir about summer, family, and friendship.
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An Extravagant Life: An Autobiography Incorporating Blue Water, Green Skipper

Woods’s fans will learn little of how he writes. Yachting enthusiasts will enjoy the racing segment but it’s of modest interest to anyone else.
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Very Bad People: The Inside Story of the Fight Against the World’s Network of Corruption

This memoir combines the thrill of field work filming illegal and dangerous organizations with the mundane work of policy and environmental reporting. An important history of environmentalism.
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How To Be a Boss B*tch

Custom-made for Quinn’s 1.8 million Instagram followers, who will jump at the chance to learn all of her secrets to success and will find the unabashedly open personal anecdotes motivating and moving.
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Downton Shabby: One American’s Ultimate DIY Adventure Restoring His Family’s English Castle

An lightweight book for people interested in English period detail.
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