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Rotten Evidence: Reading and Writing in an Egyptian Prison

A well-written and thoroughly absorbing memoir. Naji gives readers an understanding of the Egyptian justice system and the risks taken by anyone who might challenge it, even inadvertently.

Energy Follows Thought: The Stories Behind My Songs

A sweet and intimate retrospective of a long and prolific career. This book will make readers feel like they’ve sat down with Nelson, who has just regaled them with tales.

To the Temple of Tranquility…and Step on It!

A memoir that’s both touching and funny. Readers will see how Begley finds joy in life in spite of his battles.

Be Useful: Seven Tools for Life

Schwarzenegger provides a useful, logical, and sometimes humorous blueprint for general readers to achieve a successful and satisfying life, although he chooses to avoid talking about his own misconduct.

Being Henry: The Fonz…and Beyond

Winkler’s personality shines through in this memoir and cements his status as a beloved celebrity for multiple generations.

Artificial: A Love Story

Kurzweil’s highly recommended memoir is unlike any other. It will leave readers with much to contemplate.

Lady Ref: Making Calls in a Man’s World

This recommended story is one that needs to be told. It will inspire many people, especially girls and women, to overcome obstacles to their success.

The Loneliness Files: A Memoir in Essays

Reflective yet urgent, reverberating with feeling. Dixon beautifully articulates how loneliness is paradoxically a narrative that people experience together, even as they experience it in spaces of isolation, vulnerability, and loss.

Falling Upwards: Living the Dream, One Panic Attack at a Time

Fall’s mix of memoir, business advice, and self-help is targeted to men but inspirational for anyone, especially those who may be going through something similar to what he has experienced.

Pageboy: A Memoir

Page’s honesty and vulnerability is striking, and watching him find happiness as he grows into his true self is inspiring.

Uncle of the Year & Other Debatable Triumphs

Rannells’s top-notch narration makes this laugh-out-loud listen a must-purchase for patrons who are fans of his work or enjoy well-crafted memoirs.

Stalking Shakespeare: A Memoir of Madness, Murder, and My Search for the Poet Beneath the Paint

Anyone with an interest in the Shakespeare author controversy or academic research in general should enjoy Durkee’s colorful account of dark winters spent obsessing over “his homespun collection” of “mugshot bards.”

Not Funny: Essays on Life, Comedy, Culture, Etcetera

The content is exceptional, but the undistinguished narration makes this an optional purchase where the print version is available.

Did I Ever Tell You This?

A storytelling masterpiece, this work will appeal to Neill’s fans and those interested in the film industry.

So Many Steves: Afternoons with Steve Martin

Will appeal to listeners seeking a candid, creative conversation that offers intriguing insight into celebrity and self. Recommended for fans of Martin’s wit and wisecracks.

Don’t Tell Anybody the Secrets I Told You: A Memoir

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a raw rock-and-roll memoir. Recommended for fans of arts and entertainers’ stories that include their coping with trauma and landing triumphs.

George: A Magpie Memoir

Listeners interested in birds and animal rescue will enjoy this winsome peek into a magpie’s personality and habits.

I Swear: Politics Is Messier Than My Minivan

Funny, honest, relatable, and smart, this audiobook will enhance any library’s political science or memoir collection.

Predator: A Memoir, a Movie, an Obsession

Narrator Matt Godfrey helps Monson sound less like an elitist film critic and more like a likable film buff with whom one could share a beer, which might help listeners forgive Monson for dragging them along through his many tangents.

Uncharted: A Couple’s Empty-Nest Adventure Sailing from One Life to Another

From excitement to curiosity to pensiveness, Seely captures the layered emotions of parents anticipating an empty nest and embarking on new experiences of their own. Recommended for readers of travel adventure.

Soil: The Story of a Black Mother’s Garden

An eclectic and captivating mix of gardening, memoir, history, poetry, and even song.

What the Dead Know: Learning About Life as a New York City Death Investigator

Butcher provides a nonsensationalist glimpse into the real world of crime scene investigations, serving as a knowledgeable yet sensitive guide. This is a title that could well become required reading in the field; share with readers of Paul Holes’s Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases.

In Our Shoes: On Being a Young Black Woman in Not-So “Post-Racial” America

Reminiscent of Morgan Jerkins’s This Will Be My Undoing, Holt’s essays are a much needed addition to social justice collections.

A Place for Us: A Memoir

An honest, profound memoir that speaks to the struggle of belonging and the power of finding community.

Choosing To Run: A Memoir

Fans of books such as Christopher McDougall’s Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen and Haruki Murakami’s memoir What I Talk About When I Talk About Running will sprint through the story of this amazing athlete.

Good Girls: A Study and Story of Anorexia

A brave and timely memoir, enhanced by the author’s authentic, heartfelt narration.

Getting Out of Saigon: How a 27-Year-Old Banker Saved 113 Vietnamese Civilians

An astonishing, little-known story of humanitarianism in the twilight of the Vietnam War.

Birdgirl: Looking to the Skies in Search of a Better Future

Craig’s infectious passion for birding, racial equity, and environmental activism are conveyed with joy and sensitivity. An exuberant memoir that is recommended for all collections.

Lesbian Love Story: A Memoir in Archives

Possanza inspires with stories of found or chosen families, loving friendships, and hope even in disheartening times.

The White Mosque: A Memoir

A complex and inviting work with broad appeal. Part memoir, part travelogue, and part microhistory, as well as a discussion of religion, race, and identity, this is a welcome addition to any audio memoir or travel collection.

Owner of a Lonely Heart: A Memoir

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a lyrically told life story. Recommended for fans of family and relationship fiction and nonfiction, especially titles concerning refugees, racism, and reconciliation.

Mott Street: A Chinese American Family’s Story of Exclusion and Homecoming

Chin’s skillfully narrated account of her family and the history of Chinese Americans in the United States resonates with passion, wonder, and sorrow. An absorbing and timely work; highly recommended for any audio history collection.

Stash: My Life in Hiding

An engaging story of finding sobriety and learning self-love.

Quietly Hostile: Essays

Irby’s pitch-perfect narration makes this unfiltered, honest essay collection in audio an essential purchase. A great recommendation for fans of Mia Mercado, David Sedaris, and Phoebe Robinson.

Benjamin Banneker and Us: Eleven Generations of an American Family

Eloquently written and movingly narrated, Webster’s thought-provoking biography/memoir will likely appeal to anyone wanting insight into the United States’ divisive racial politics.

Dispatches from Puerto Nowhere: An American Story of Assimilation and Erasure

Share with listeners looking for a creative blend of memoir and fiction, grounded by humor and regret.

Never Trust a Sneaky Pony: And Other Things They Didn’t Teach Me in Vet School

While Seamans strives to make this book accessible to all readers, equine enthusiasts and horse owners will benefit most from its content.

A Stone Is Most Precious Where It Belongs: A Memoir of Uyghur Exile, Hope, and Survival

An illuminating and inspirational memoir, laying bare the present-day horrors of genocide and calling for action.

So Long as It’s Wild: Standing Strong After My Famous Walk Across America

Christian readers and fans of Tara Westover’s Educated or Cheryl Strayed’s Wild will be captivated by this inspirational journey of self-discovery and reinvention.

Taking Sides: A Memoir About Love, War, and Changing the World

More than a memoir, this book demonstrates why stories matter and how to utilize them for positive change.

Yiddishlands: A Memoir, Second Ed.

This updated edition makes an already fascinating, important story more accessible for readers of Jewish history and storytelling.

A Memoir of My Former Self: A Life in Writing

Warm, human, unfailingly engaging, this lovely collection should appeal widely. As usual, she writes like a dream.

Misfit: Growing Up Awkward in the ’80s

Familiarity with the author’s comedic career is unnecessary to appreciate his story. This title will undoubtedly generate new fans.

Colorful Palate: A Flavorful Journey Through a Mixed American Experience

A heartfelt memoir. The author’s ability to follow his passions and find his place in the world will resonate with many readers, especially those interested in multicultural narratives.

Decodependence: A Romantic Tragicomic

Those looking to better understand codependent behavior will benefit from Ash’s story and enjoy wry chuckles along the way.

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Wandering Through Life: A Memoir

Leon's wit and life well-lived will draw in varied audiences, who can live vicariously through her. Fans of her series will certainly enjoy this memoir and the brief letter she includes to dissuade them from trying to find Guido Brunetti at the Questura.

Birdie & Harlow: Life, Loss, and Loving My Dog So Much I Didn’t Want Kids (…Until I Did)

This book is a crucial read for those who have ever loved a pet deeply and for those looking for a narrative about the importance of connections and relationships, especially the unexpected ones.

L.A. Son

A deep and delightful chef memoir full of true love for L.A. and its food, charismatically narrated by the author.

More Than I Imagined

Blake’s compelling memoir should resonate with listeners looking to explore how family and forgiveness intersect with race and identity. A gripping narrative about the impact of racism and the possibility of healing.

Little Yellow House: Finding Community in a Changing Neighbourhood

This heartwarming tale will resonate with patrons interested in stories about helping others, forming community connections, and adapting to change with humor and empathy.

Oh My Mother! A Memoir in Nine Adventures

An entertaining, relatable, and stereotype-busting memoir of an immigrant mother-daughter duo and their scrapes, bumps, and romps to greater understanding.

Moby Dyke: An Obsessive Quest To Track Down the Last Remaining Lesbian Bars in America

Lesbians, allies, and anyone interested in learning more will enjoy this warmhearted look at one of the most endangered spaces in queer culture.


A Fine Line: Searching for Balance Among Mountains

Vivid descriptions of climbs and conditions are thoughtfully paired with the author’s growth as a sportsman and a person. Highly recommended for readers of memoirs, sports narratives, and outdoor adventures.

Landlines: The Remarkable Story of a Thousand-Mile Journey

Hope and determination in the face of all odds drive this engrossing book. Readers who have undertaken caretaking responsibilities for loved ones will find much to relate to in this honest depiction.

Scattershot: Life, Music, Elton, and Me

Written in a highly entertaining, articulate style with a wickedly acidic sense of humor, this book sets a new standard for rock biographies; most readers will enjoy.

“A Mind Purified by Suffering”: Evgenia Ginzburg’s “Whirlwind” Memoirs

A significant title for scholars of Soviet literature, but a less compelling book for those seeking the wider meaning of Ginzburg’s fate in the 20th century.

Still Laughing: A Life in Comedy from the Creator of Laugh-in

While Schlatter may be a better comedy impresario than practitioner, his amiable succession of observations about encounters with entertainers from the past 70 years is a breezy read.

Pageboy: A Memoir

Page’s fame as both actor and an LGBTQIA+ figure already makes this volume of interest to numerous library communities, but institutions should also consider adding it to collections as important insight at a time when transgender narratives are increasingly sought after.

As Figs in Autumn: One Year in a Forever War

A memoir worthy of recommending to fans of personal, coming-of-age stories with universal themes.

But You Have Friends

Staid but kind, this first graphic memoir from McKenzie, who also writes comics as Emix Regulus, celebrates and mourns a meaningful friendship with quiet narrative confidence.

Part of the Magic: A Collection of Disney-Inspired Brushes with Greatness

A quick, engaging read that’s perfect for anyone who loves Disney or ’90s pop culture or who wants an inside look at the music and film industry from a singular perspective.

Leading Lady: A Memoir of a Most Unusual Boy

This joyful, upbeat, and witty memoir will likely capture the hearts of theater and movie buffs.

A Pocketful of Happiness: A Memoir

An elegant exploration of the profundity of loss. While the memoir will appeal to Grant’s many fans, it may also comfort those struggling with an impending or recent loss.

The Struggle: 10 Years Later

Tough and brutally honest, Storm’s gripping account is timely and deeply affecting. This is an audio that deserves to be heard.

Strip Tees: A Memoir of Millennial Los Angeles

An intriguing read for those interested in the story behind the rise and fall of American Apparel and how a feminist can continue working in a place that does not support women.

The Star Dressing Room: Portrait of an Actor

A lovely Valentine to Broadway and a moving tale of Shayne’s search for self-acceptance during the not-so-accepting 1940s and 1950s.

Summons to Berlin: Nazi Theft and a Daughter’s Quest for Justice

A powerful and personal story that will interest many readers of history. It offers a deep understanding of how the Holocaust affected numerous families.

All the Beauty in the World: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Me

Bringley brings emotional depth to his experiences, struggling to heal from his brother’s death and immersing himself in the museum’s beauty. Despite minor quibbles, this audio should find a welcome home in most audio collections.

Bang Bang Crash: A Memoir

Recommended for fans of Dave Grohl’s The Storyteller or Carrie Brownstein’s Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl.

From Princess to Porn Star: A Real-Life Cinderella Story

Neither an excoriation of the sex industry nor a reclamation of it as a source of empowerment, this memoir adds a needed complexity to the conversation about both.

Listen to My Heart: Life, Love & Roxette

Fredriksson’s honesty about her often abrasive past behavior, her frustration at being discounted in the men-dominated music industry, and her attempts to find alternative lifesaving treatments makes for an engaging read. Most poignant is her vulnerability as she opens her closets and photo albums that showcase a life well lived.

This Is Reggae: My Life in Jamaican Music, from Zap Pow to Bob Marley and the Wailers

Of particular interest to reggae fans; a good addition to large music collections.

I Must Be Dreaming

Truly fascinating, frequently hilarious, and not to be missed.

Token Black Girl: A Memoir

A unique exposé of fashion media that is recommended for fans of Kenya Hunt’s Girl Gurl Grrrl or Tressie McMillan Cottom’s Thick.

Windfall: The Prairie Woman Who Lost Her Way and the Great-Granddaughter Who Found Her

Share with listeners interested in history, climate change, feminism, and narrative nonfiction. The intriguing plot, homesteading history, and insights into climate change make this a winner.

Hillbilly Queer: A Memoir

A timely and compassionate memoir that will appeal to anyone looking for connections and trying to bridge their own chasms.

Starter Dog: My Path to Joy, Belonging and Loving This World

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an upbeat and honest animal lover autobiography, as much about people as it is about pets.

Same Ground: Chasing Family Down the California Gold Rush Trail

Armchair travelers and history buffs interested in political and social issues, including immigration, civil rights, and environmental justice will appreciate this unique, solidly narrated title.

My Road from Damascus: A Memoir

This riveting memoir of a Syrian dissident, featuring an outstanding, often musical performance, deserves comparisons to Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning in its ability to find the beauty of human connection in utterly inhumane conditions.

Sink: A Memoir

Stunningly written and eloquent in its despair, this book is unforgettable; Thomas’s expressive narration elevates his story into a work of art.

A Heart That Works

Delaney’s visceral memoir and love letter to his child will leave listeners’ hearts aching. A powerful audio that communicates the wholly personal yet terribly unifying experience of grief.

B.F.F.: A Memoir of Friendship Lost and Found

Listeners will relate to the disasters and triumphs of Tate’s friendships and will likely respond to her transparent, often humorous delivery.

The Critic’s Daughter: A Memoir

Even if listeners aren’t familiar with Gilman or her parents, listeners will likely enjoy this rich, well-written memoir about flawed relationships and the lasting trauma of divorce.

Feral: Losing Myself and Finding My Way in America’s National Parks

Listeners who enjoy memoirs about self-discovery will enjoy Pennington’s candid debut. Suggest to fans of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild.

Hijab Butch Blues

While this memoir addresses weighty and sometimes painful topics, the essays shine with hope for a better future and deeper understanding. Listeners will end up hoping for more from this trailblazing writer.

Thirty-Thousand Steps: A Memoir of Sprinting Toward Life After Loss

This heartfelt and honest book about life after loss is a must-listen for anyone looking to feel seen in their grief. Those who enjoy memoirs, stories of persistence through hard times, and those looking to learn more about America’s opioid crisis will want to listen.

The Best Strangers in the World: Stories from a Life Spent Listening

A must-listen for fans of Shapiro’s work on NPR and journalism memoirs. Purchase multiple copies (perhaps even forgoing the print), and put in the hands of sure-to-be-delighted patrons.

Fieldwork: A Forager’s Memoir

This memoir detailing Regan’s relationship with her body, her family, and the world around her resonates with sincerity and passion.

The Forgotten Girls: A Memoir of Friendship and Lost Promise in Rural America

Potts’s compassionate and sensitively read memoir is a challenging but timely listen, illuminating a little-known side of rural America.

Forager: Field Notes for Surviving a Family Cult

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a lyrical life story about faith and foraging. Recommended for fans of honest, inspiring memoirs.

Happily: A Personal History—with Fairy Tales

The audiobook’s hybrid of truth and tale may give some listeners pause. Give to those who enjoy eccentric, lyrical nonfiction.

A Place for Us: A Memoir

A good and recommended addition to memoir collections.

Sufferah: The Memoir of a Brixton Reggae-Head

Readers will be drawn to Wheatle’s exquisite prose, and lovers of music will appreciate how reggae brings light during difficult times.

The Country of the Blind: A Memoir at the End of Sight

This informative and engaging memoir will appeal to readers who like to be entertained as they broaden their awareness of disability and others’ lives.

Owner of a Lonely Heart: A Memoir

Nguyen’s honesty and vulnerability will captivate readers instantly. Highly recommended for all libraries.

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Knocked Down: A High-Risk Memoir

A candid account of marriage and motherhood, and an excellent choice for book groups.

American Ramble: A Walk of Memory and Renewal

A remarkable addition for all libraries.

Reach: Hard Lessons and Learned Truths from a Lifetime in Television

Readers looking for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the world of television production, as well as those searching for inspiration and motivation to pursue their own dreams, will enjoy this memoir. It’s a great addition to a collection looking to round out its entertainment section.

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