5 Arresting New Memoirs Jeanette Winterson Wants You to Read

"Memoir...satisfies our need for gossip and intimacy, for testimony and confessional, and in this world of spin, offers a truthful account of what it means to succeed or fail, to love or lose, to break your heart and mend it again."
Photo: Martha Pavidou

Bad Boy

368 pages; Crown
By the acclaimed painter, a story about the deceptions of life and the truth of art. About drink, fame and not-fame, forgeries, forgetting. And there are some hand grenades lobbed at some of his contemporaries. As Fischl says, "All artists have to find ways to lie to themselves."
— Jeanette Winterson