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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.
PREMIUM

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.
PREMIUM

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.
PREMIUM

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

The Last Nomad: Coming of Age in the Somali Desert

A memoir that demonstrates the power of a young woman to adapt to many difficult changes in life, by an author who was truly inspired by the strength and power of women in her own family. Recommended strongly for all libraries.

Bird Brother: A Falconer’s Journey and the Healing Power of Wildlife

Stotts’s gift for storytelling, as an educator and public speaker, is on full display in this remarkable memoir; it’s thought-provoking, moving, and inspiring.

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