• Boy Erased
      Garrard Conley

      A poignant account by a survivor of a church-supported conversion therapy facility that claimed to "cure" homosexuality, describing its intense Bible study program and the daily threats of his abandonment by family, friends and God, an experienced that transformed the author's relationships and self-understandings.

    • The Girl Who Smiled Beads
      Clemantine Wamariya

      Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years migrating through seven African countries, searching for safety. At age twelve, she and her sister were granted asylum in the United States. Clemantine went on to attend private school and graduate from Yale. Yet the years of being treated as less than human, of going hungry and seeing death, could not be erased. Devastating yet beautiful, and bracingly original, this is a powerful testament to her commitment to constructing a life on her own terms.

    • The Glass Castle
      Jeannette Walls

      The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.

    • Heartland
      Sarah Smarsh

      Reveals one woman's experience of working-class poverty with a startlingly observed, eye-opening and topical personal story.

    • Heavy
      Kiese Laymon

      In this powerful and provocative memoir, genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon 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.

    • Hillbilly Elegy
      J.D. Vance

      A powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America's white working class.

    • Hunger
      Roxane Gay

      A searingly frank memoir of food, weight, self-image and learning how to feed one's hunger in healthy ways, drawing on the popular essays of her long-running Tumblr blog to illuminate the challenges of navigating the boundaries between self-comfort and self-care.

    • Lab Girl
      Hope Jahren

      An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world.

    • Priestdaddy
      Patricia Lockwood

      A darkly comic memoir about her relationship with her unconventional married Catholic priest father, describing emblematic moments from her youth and the crisis that led the author and her non-religious husband to briefly live in her parents' rectory.

    • Rabbit
      Patricia Williams

      The popular comedian traces her youth in Atlanta's most troubled neighborhood at the height of the crack epidemic, discussing the experiences with an alcoholic mother, four siblings, petty crime and prostitution that led to her becoming a mother at age 13 before resolving to secure a better life for her children.

    • The Recovering
      Leslie Jamison

      The best-selling author of The Empathy Exams presents an exploration of addiction that blends memoir, cultural history, literary criticism and journalistic reportage to analyze the role of stories in conveying the addiction experience, sharing insights based on the lives of genius artists whose achievements were shaped by addiction.

    • The Sound of Gravel
      Ruth Wariner

      An account of the author's coming-of-age in a polygamist Mormon Doomsday cult describes her childhood on a Mexico hills farm as one of her father's more than 40 welfare-dependent children, the extreme religious beliefs that haunted her daily life and her escape in the aftermath of a devastating tragedy.

    • 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.

    • You'll Grow Out of It
      Jessi Klein

      Humorous and poignant stories from the Inside Amy Schumer head writer's awkward youth include entries on her tomboy pursuits of femininity, her emulation of Oprah, and the dangers of wedding websites. Raw, relatable, and consistently hilarious, this is a one-of-a-kind book by a singular and irresistible comic voice.