• The cover of the book To Stop a Warlord

    To Stop a Warlord

    This memoir describes Shannon Sedgwick Davis’s extraordinary work in Africa against the warlord Joseph Kony who murdered, abducted, and displaced hundreds of thousands of people in Central and East Africa. Sedgwick Davis aimed to end that war—and this tells the story of how she worked with others and collaborated to accomplish it.

     
  • The cover of the book Black Is the Body

    Black Is the Body

    Racism is still a serious issue in the US, and Emily Bernard confronts the issue head-on in her memoir. Bernard grew up Black in the South, and her race has defined her all her life. But being Black is more than just skin color; it’s an identity, a story people tell about you. This book examines the intricacies of what that means.

     
  • The cover of the book The Master Plan

    The Master Plan

    How does a person go from life behind bars on a murder charge to an entrepreneur and mentor? It’s thanks to a Master Plan, which Chris Wilson devised to turn his life around after going to prison for committing murder. Now, he shares that plan with readers, showing them how they too can find a new path.

     
  • The cover of the book Love You Hard

    Love You Hard

    Abby Maslin’s life changed forever after three men robbed her husband, beat him, and left him for dead. TC suffered a traumatic brain injury, unable to walk or speak. This memoir is about caregiving, unconditional love, and the journey back from tragedy and choosing joy over sorrow.

     
  • The cover of the book Becoming

    Becoming

    Michelle Obama is still incredibly popular, which is probably why her memoir has resonated so much. She candidly describes her childhood and upbringing, her romance with and marriage to Barack, and her time as First Lady in this searing, resonant, and incredibly personal book.

     
  • The cover of the book He Wanted the Moon

    He Wanted the Moon

    In this memoir, Mimi Baird goes on a quest to learn more about her father, Dr. Perry Baird, who did groundbreaking research into manic depression. Unfortunately, he himself also suffered from the disease and he was sidelined, his accomplishments almost forgotten. That is, until Mimi Baird becomes determined to set the record straight.

     
  • The cover of the book Provence, 1970

    Provence, 1970

    In the summer of 1970, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, and James Beard met in Provence and continued corresponding across oceans about how food was cooked and prepared while also confiding personal struggles to one another. Now, Fisher’s grandnephew has collected their letters to create this stunning portrayal of a seminal summer.

     
  • The cover of the book Under Magnolia

    Under Magnolia

    Frances Mayes might be best known for her memoirs about Tuscany, but this reflection takes readers back to her early years growing up in Fitzgerald, Georgia. Mayes looks at how home and landscape shape us all and how we are defined by the places we came from.

     
  • The cover of the book All That You Leave Behind

    All That You Leave Behind

    When Erin Lee Carr’s father, David Carr, died suddenly, she turned to his letters and their correspondence in search of an answer to her grief. What ensues is a search for meaning in the notes her father left her, as Carr looks for a way to move forward without her father’s love and sage advice.

     
  • The cover of the book In Love with the World

    In Love with the World

    This memoir follows Buddhist monk Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche as he struggles to unlearn everything he knows. When he embarks on a wandering retreat, he doesn’t realize that the teachings he’s embraced all his life could actually hold him back. It’s only when he’s at his lowest that he figures out a path forward.

     
  • The cover of the book Riding the Elephant

    Riding the Elephant

    This collection of essays from the former host of The Late Late Show is a chronicle of Ferguson’s ability to constantly defy the odds. Each of these stories explains just a little about how Craig Ferguson came to be the person he is and shows off the good (and bad) times he’s had along the way.

     
  • The cover of the book No Walls and the Recurring Dream

    No Walls and the Recurring Dream

    Ani DiFranco is both a celebrated singer-songwriter and a renowned activist. In this memoir, she chronicles how she became both. This is her coming-of-age story, which will resonate with anyone who aspires to activism, calls themselves a feminist, and makes a habit of questioning the rules.

     
  • The cover of the book More Than Enough

    More Than Enough

    Elaine Welteroth is best known for the person who revamped the magazine Teen Vogue, and now she has a part-memoir, part-guide on how to come of age and break barriers. She relates her own story of being the only Black women in most rooms and how she came to be the leader a movement for young people.

     
  • The cover of the book Love Thy Neighbor

    Love Thy Neighbor

    What does it mean to be a Muslim in rural America, to serve as a doctor to people who hate you for the color of your skin? That’s what Dr. Ayaz Virji faces when he moves from the East Coast to rural Minnesota, where he contends with the worst human impulses while trying to make a home for his family.

     
  • The cover of the book Life in the Garden

    Life in the Garden

    Penelope Lively has spent her life in gardens of all kinds, and she chronicles them in the memoir of the places she’s lived. From Egypt to Oxford, Lively takes a look at what gardening can mean to an intrepid newbie or a master with a green thumb and how gardens can heal the soul.

     
  • The cover of the book Notes from a Young Black Chef

    Notes from a Young Black Chef

    This memoir is about constantly being told you aren’t enough and triumphing over people’s expectations. Food was what saved Chef Kwame, a contestant on Top Chef. It was what helped him break out of a cycle that could have consumed him, from the Bronx to Nigeria to the kitchens of world-famous restaurants.

     
  • The cover of the book Working

    Working

    Robert Caro has won two Pulitzer Prizes, and in this memoir he recounts writing his lauded books. In penning these histories, Caro spoke truth to power and investigated how power can transform and mold people, for good and bad. Now, he collects all the wisdom he’s gained to share with his readers.

     
  • The cover of the book Mama's Boy

    Mama's Boy

    How do we find the courage to accept the people we love as they are, not as we think they should be? That’s what Dustin Lance Black’s memoir faces head-on. Raised Mormon, Black is gay and is an LGBTQ+ activist. But it’s his relationship with his mother that’s shaped him and been the rock he’s leaned on.

     
  • The cover of the book Call Me American

    Call Me American

    What does it mean to be an American? For some, it’s to look and act a certain way. For others, it’s a dream and a path to a better life. Abdi Nor Iftin celebrates what this country is supposed to stand for in his memoir of a Somali childhood and eventual immigration to the US.

     
  • The cover of the book Once More We Saw Stars

    Once More We Saw Stars

    In this memoir of grief, Jason Greene recounts the freak accident that led to the death of his two-year-old daughter. But he recognizes that there is life beyond the pain and works to move through it one step at a time. This is a memoir of courage and resilience when faced with the unthinkable.

     
  • The cover of the book Reporter

    Reporter

    In an era when journalists are being laid off and newsrooms are being downsized, this memoir from celebrated reporter Seymour Hersh recounts an astounding career on the front lines of journalism. Hersh tells the powerful stories behind his reporting, reminding us all of the importance of this profession.

     
  • The cover of the book The Edge of Every Day

    The Edge of Every Day

    Marin Sardy’s memoir illuminates the lines of schizophrenia that has run though generations of her family. This book combines science, art, and more to tell a full story about what it means to have this legacy and live with the condition, as well as how the mentally ill are treated by society.