Best Memoirs of the Year

The jury is in! Here are the funniest, smartest, just plain truest true stories of the year.
Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience

Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience

352 pages; W. W. Norton & Company

The True Story That Inspires

It's not until the author is 3 years old that she comprehends she was born with no lower legs, and that this makes her different. Cronin is extraordinarily courageous; she chronicles her journey to fit in and thrive with bravery and wit.
— Abbe Wright