Memoir Previews, Nov. 2022, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Friends and lovers, family and identity. 

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Daniel, Mary-Alice. A Coastline Is an Immeasurable Thing: A Memoir Across Three Continents. Ecco. Nov. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9780062960047. $26.99. CD. MEMOIR

Haddish, Tiffany. I Curse You with Joy. Amistad: HarperCollins. Nov. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780063249356. $28.99. CD. MEMOIR

Perry, Matthew. Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir. Flatiron: Macmillan. Nov. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9781250866448. $29.99. CD. MEMOIR

Sehee, Baek. I Want To Die but I Want To Eat Tteokbokki. Bloomsbury. Nov. 2022. 208p. tr. from Korean by Anton Hur. ISBN 9781635579383. $24. MEMOIR

Shakur, Prince. When They Tell You To Be Good: A Memoir. Tin House. Oct. 2022. NAp. ISBN 9781953534422. $27.95. MEMOIR

Sun, Carrie. Private Equity: A Memoir. Little, Brown. Nov. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780316252416. $29. Downloadable. MEMOIR

Taseer, Shahbaz. Lost to the World: A Memoir of Faith, Family, and Five Years in Terrorist Captivity. MCD: Farrar. Nov. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780374192228. $28. MEMOIR

In A Coastline Is an Immeasurable Thing, poet Daniel parses multiple identities and diverse family roots as she recounts her journey from Nigeria to England to the United States (75,000-copy first printing). The breakout star of Girls Trip and first Black female stand-up comedian to host Saturday Night Live, Haddish proclaims I Curse You with Joy in offering an essay collection that ranges from her viral head-shaving video on Instagram to reconnecting with a father she hadn’t seen for years (225,000-copy first printing). In Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, Friends star Perry goes all out to discuss his struggle with addiction while offering backstage anecdotes about the mega-hit sitcom (one million–copy first printing). Flying high as social media director at a publishing house, Sehee still felt anxious and exhausted—"I don't know, I'm–what's the word–depressed?”—and records her conversations with her therapist in I Want To Die but I Want To Eat Tteokbokki, a huge best seller in South Korea (75,000-copy first printing). Winner of the Hurston/Wright Crossover Award, Shakur’s When They Tell You To Be Good unfolds the coming of age of a queer, Jamaican American freelance journalist/essayist who relates the impact of his family’s emigration, the murder of his biological father, the willing-out of deep family secrets, and his own radicalization. Joining a rising tide of new titles examining workplace discontent, Private Equity recounts Chinese immigrant Sun’s rapid disillusionment with the Wall Street investment job she landed after graduating from MIT and her breakaway to find a better life (65,000-copy first printing). As recounted in Lost to the World, Taseer was kidnapped in 2011 shortly after the assassination of his father, the governor of the Indian state of Punjab, and held for over four years by the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, a Taliban-affiliated Uzbek terrorist group horrified that he had spoken in defense of a Christian woman accused of blasphemy.

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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; winner of ALA's Louis Shores Award for reviewing; and past president, awards chair, and treasurer of the National Book Critics Circle, which awarded her its inaugural Service Award in 2023.

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