Biographies & Memoirs

    • All You Can Ever Know
      Nicole Chung

      A Korean adoptee who grew up with a white family in Oregon discusses her journey to find her identity as an Asian American woman and a writer after becoming curious about her true origins

    • Becoming Dr. Seuss
      Brian Jay Jones

      A definitive, fascinating biography of Theodor Geisel, best known as American icon Dr. Seuss, shares insights into his successful early career as a radical political cartoonist and the complicated genius that informed his beliefs on such subjects as empathy and environmentalism. He introduced generations to the wonders of reading while teaching young people about empathy and how to treat others well. Fans of Dr. Seuss will find much to love in this candid but admiring portrait.

    • Belonging
      Nora Krug

      A graphic memoir telling of the artist's attempt to confront the hidden truths of her family’s wartime past in Nazi Germany and to comprehend the forces that have shaped her life, her generation and history. Krug uses a deep and affecting mixed-media illustration style and text, with which she conveys significant emotion. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle award for best autobiography.

    • Choose Your Own Disaster
      Dana Schwartz

      A staff writer for Entertainment Weekly revisits all of the terrible and life-changing decisions she made in her 20s while trying to find herself amidst the millennial experience and modern feminism.

    • Dare Not Linger
      Nelson Mandela

      A sequel to the best-selling Long Walk to Freedom completes the Nobel Prize Laureate's unfinished memoirs and is complemented by notes and speeches written by Mandela during his historic presidency.

    • Educated
      Tara Westover

      An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.

    • Heavy
      Kiese Laymon

      In this powerful and provocative memoir, the essayist and novelist explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse. A personal narrative that is defiant yet vulnerable, it’s an insightful, often comical exploration of weight, identity, art, friendship, and family. Named a Best Book of 2018 by the New York Times and NPR among others.

    • I Should Have Honor
      Khalida Brohi

      A fearless memoir about tribal life in Pakistan--and the act of violence that inspired one ambitious young woman to pursue a life of activism and female empowerment

    • Inheritance
      Dani Shaprio

      A memoir about identity, paternity, and family secrets--a real-time exploration of the staggering discovery she made last year about her father, and her struggle to piece together the hidden story of her own life.

    • Joy Enough
      Sarah McColl

      As her mom is dying of cancer and her own marriage is failing, McColl moves in with her to hold onto their memories together and revisit her mom's zany, beautiful life. A life-affirming memoir of a daughter making and remaking her life in her mother's image. In a series of vibrant vignettes, she reveals a woman of endless charm and infinite love for her unruly brood of children.

    • Pops
      Michael Chabon

      The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh presents a full-length collection of essays on fatherhood, including his viral 2016 GQ piece about his 13-year-old son's immersion in Paris Men's Fashion Week.

    • Riding the Elephant
      Craig Ferguson

      The comedian, actor, and former host of The Late Late Show presents an irreverent memoir in lyrical prose that is at once hilarious and unexpectedly moving. Exploring subjects ranging from his childhood and family life to his career and his devotion to Glasgow, each story is strung together in a colorful tapestry that ultimately reveals a complicated man and the personal progress he’s made.

    • Robin
      Dave Itzkoff

      Illuminates his comic brilliance and often misunderstood character, sharing insights into the gift for improvisation that shaped his wide range of characters, his struggles with addiction and depression and his relationships.

    • The Sun Does Shine
      Anthony Ray Hinton

      A man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he did not commit describes how he became a victim of a flawed legal system, recounting the years he shared with fellow inmates who were eventually executed before his exoneration.

    • When They Call You a Terrorist
      Patrice Khan-Cullors

      A poetic and powerful memoir about what it means to be a Black woman in America--and the co-founding of a movement that demands justice for all in the land of the free.