Powerful Memoirs to Kick Off the New Year
Discover the true stories that will help you transform
your 2014—plus more life-illuminating reads.
December 30, 2013
widowed, single mother Katie Hafner invites her elderly mom to move in with her
and her teenage daughter, she presents the situation as a pastoral experiment:
three generations of women under one roof in San Francisco.
In 1942, a group of musicians banded together to face
down their horrible stage fright. Inspired by this "Society of Timid
Souls," writer Polly Morland decides to look at what she describes as our
contemporary failure of the "collective nerve" in which the media has
surrendered to "the taxonomy of terror: the planet warming, the banker
squandering, the terrorists' bomb making, the pedophile lying in wait."
In this latest thoughtful twist on the recovery memoir, crime-writer Martha Grimes,and her son, Ken Grimes, tell parallel stories of their individual addictions. Martha was a five-martinis-a-night drinker; Ken, a pot smoker who didn't mind downing a six-pack...or three.
The author of State of Wonder examines her own life in a series of
revealing essays that examines everything from her parents' divorce to her failed
first marriage and her decision to become an author, despite her day job. A
refreshing, smart, compassionate look back.
Part essay collection, part memoir and part meditation, The Faraway Nearby
takes a thoughtful, fresh look at how stories function in our lives: the ones we tell ourselves, the ones we've been told by others, the ones we've read or been read or want to write, and the ones we live or let die or finally kill off in ourselves to be free.
A newly found collection of devotions penned by an iconic Southern author.
on her fourth day in Somalia, aspiring journalist Amanda Lindhout and
her ex-lover Nigel are kidnapped by a band of fundamentalist
This memoir by one of Ireland's greatest fiction writers has the grit of Angela's Ashes and the sensuality of a D.H. Lawrence novel. All the juicy gossip is a fabulous bonus.
In Men We
Reaped, a devastating memoir by the National Book Award-winning
author of Salvage the
Bones, Jesmyn Ward chronicles the lives and deaths of five men
she grew up with in a small town on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Torn from her adoptive mother and father during the Cultural Revolution in China in the late '60s, Ping Fu was forced to raise herself and her 4-year-old sister while living in a concrete room with no heat, food or adult supervision.
This moving memoir (having borrowed the format of a graphic novel) could be called a picture book for grown-ups.
In Too Good to Be True, Benjamin Anastas' raw, witty, painfully honest voice turns crushing failure into a surprisingly engrossing read.
The true story of a 24-year-old journalist's battle against a rare illness that ravages her brain and baffles her doctors.
A memoir the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist wrote after his mom's death.
In this moving memoir, a father writes of his gay son's struggle to accept his own sexuality.
To read Jeanette Winterson is to love her. Best known as the author of such provocative novels as Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and Sexing the Cherry, the fierce, curious, brilliant British writer is winningly candid in her memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
An American family grieves for what might have been.