New Memoirs


Billy-Ray Belcourt
Description: This is a brave, raw, and fiercely intelligent collection of essays and vignettes on grief, colonial violence, joy, love, and queerness. Billy-Ray Belcourt's memoir opens with a tender letter to his kokum and memories of his early life in the hamlet of Joussard, Alberta, and on the Driftpile First Nation. Piece by piece, Billy-Ray's writings invite us to unpack and explore the big and broken world he inhabits every day, in all its complexity and contradiction: a legacy of colonial violence and the joy that flourishes in spite of it; first loves and first loves lost; sexual exploration and intimacy; the act of writing as a survival instinct and a way to grieve. What emerges is a profound meditation on memory, gender, anger, shame, and ecstasy, and also the outline of a way forward. Belcourt situates his life experiences within a constellation of seminal queer texts. A History of My Brief Body demonstrates over and over again the power of words to both devastate and console us.
Call Number: 814 Bel
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 27, 2020
Colin Jost
Description: Saturday Night Live head writer and Weekend Update co-anchor, Colin Jost, has six sets of stitches on his face alone. He's been punched in at least four different sketches on Saturday Night Live, including once by his boss, Lorne Michaels. But if there's one trait that makes someone well suited to comedy, it's being able to take a punch--metaphorically and, occasionally, physically. From growing up as an overweight kid in a family of firefighters on Staten Island to commuting three hours a day to high school to attending Harvard while Facebook was created, Colin shares how he has navigated the world like a "slightly smarter Forrest Gump." You'll also discover things about Colin that will surprise and confuse you. You'll go behind the scenes at SNL and Weekend Update. And you'll experience the life of a touring stand-up comedian. For every accomplishment there is a setback. For every absurd moment there is an honest, emotional one. Here he reveals the brilliant mind behind some of the dumbest sketches on television and lays bare the heart and humor of a hardworking guy--with a face you can't help but want to punch.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Jos
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 27, 2020
Casey Schwartz
Description: A journalistic exploration of our culture's flagging ability to pay attention, infused with the personal struggles and insights of a woman coming to terms with the demands and distractions of the information age. Casey Schwartz wants to understand this change in our lives that seemingly happened without our consent. From attention disorders and medications, mindfulness, psychedelics and creativity, to a brief history of distraction itself, Schwartz acts as our sympathetic and qualified guide. Her book examines our lives ruled by distraction. Her personal attempt to revive her attention and preserve her authentic life will resonate with readers who also find it very nearly impossible to avoid the pixilated siren call of our screens.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 153.733 Sch
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 27, 2020
Gail Caldwell
Description: "Frank and revealing, this memoir chronicles what it was like for Gail Caldwell to grow up across the decades of the women's movement. She confronts personal turning points, from abortion and illicit love to date rape and alcoholism, up through the #MeToo movement, that led her to see life as a bright precious thing. Another bright precious thing is a young neighborhood girl with whom Gail shares stories.-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Cal
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 27, 2020
Alice Wong
Description: A collection of first-person writing on the joys and challenges of the modern disability experience: Disability Visibility brings together the voices of activists, authors, lawyers, politicians, artists, and everyday people. According to the last census, one in five people in the United States lives with a disability. Some are visible, some are hidden--but all are underrepresented in media and popular culture. Just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Alice Wong brings together an urgent, galvanizing collection of personal essays by contemporary disabled writers. This anthology gives a glimpse of the vast richness and complexity of the disabled experience, highlighting the passions, talents, and everyday lives of this community. It invites readers to question their own assumptions and understandings. It celebrates and documents disability culture in the now. It looks to the future and past with hope and love.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.908 Dis
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 27, 2020
Susan Burton
Description: Happily married with two children, working at her dream job, Susan Burton has lived a secret life of compulsive eating and starving for twenty-five years. This is an honest narrative of living with binge-eating disorder. When Burton was thirteen, her stable life in suburban Michigan was turned upside down by her parents' abrupt, hostile divorce, and she moved to Colorado with her mother and sister. She seized on this move west as an adventure and an opportunity to reinvent herself from middle-school nerd to popular teenage girl. But she hadn't escaped unscathed, and in the fallout from her parents' breakup--including her mother's intensifying alcoholism--an inherited fixation on thinness went from "peculiarity to pathology." She entered into a painful cycle of anorexia and binge eating that formed the subterranean layer of her sunny life. This is the story of loosening the grip of her compulsion and moving past her shame and learning to tell her secret.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 616.8526 Bur
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 27, 2020
Kirkland Hamill
Description: "Wake up, you filthy beasts!" Wendy Hamill would shout to her children in the mornings before school. Startled from their dreams, Kirk and his two brothers couldn't help but wonder--would they find enough food in the house for breakfast? Following a rancorous split from New York's upper-class society, newly divorced Wendy and her three sons are exiled from the East Coast elite circle. Wendy's middle son, Kirk, is eight when she moves the family to her native Bermuda, leaving the three young boys to fend for themselves as she chases after the highs of her old life: alcohol, a wealthy new suitor, and other indulgences. After eventually leaving his mother's dysfunctional orbit for college in New Orleans, Kirk begins to realize how different his family and upbringing is from that of his friends and peers. Split between extreme privilege and bare survival, Kirk is used to keeping up appearances and burying his inconvenient truths from the world, until he's eighteen and falls in love for the first time. A window into the life of extreme privilege and a story of self-acceptance, Filthy Beasts recounts Kirk's journey through luxury hotels and charity stores, private enclaves and public shame as he confronts his family's many imperfections, accepts his unconventional childhood, and finally comes to terms with his own hidden secrets.--From book jacket flap.
Call Number: B Ham
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 27, 2020
Jennifer Finney Boylan
Description: Jennifer Finney Boylan writes a memoir of the transformative power of loving dogs. This is a book about dogs: the love we have for them, and the way that love helps us understand the people we have been. Here Boylan explores what should be the simplest topic in the world, but never is: finding and giving love. Good Boy is a universal account of a remarkable story: showing how a young boy became a middle-aged woman-accompanied at seven crucial moments of growth and transformation by seven memorable dogs.
Call Number: 636.7 Boy
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 1, 2020
Nina Renata Aron
Description: A memoir of a love affair with an addict, weaving personal reckoning with psychology and history to understand the nature of addiction, codependency, and our appetite for obsessive love. Their love affair is dramatic, urgent, overwhelming--an intoxicating antidote to the long, lonely days of early motherhood. Soon after they get together, K starts using again, and years of relapses and broken promises follow. Even as his addiction deepens, she stays, convinced she is the one who can get him sober. After an adolescence marred by family trauma and addiction, Nina can't help but feel responsible for those suffering around her. This is a memoir of romance and addiction, drawing on intimate anecdotes as well as academic research to crack open the long-feminized and overlooked phenomenon of codependency. She shifts between accounts of her affair with K and introspective analyses of the part she plays in his addictions, as well as defining moments in the history of codependency, from the temperance movement to the formation of Al-Anon to more recent research in the psychology of addiction.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 362.2913 Aro
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 27, 2020
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Description: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has spent a lifetime observing the natural world, chronicling the customs of pre-contact hunter-gatherers and the secret lives of deer and dogs. In this book, the capstone of her long career, Thomas, now eighty-eight, turns her keen eye to her own life. The result is an account of growing old that is at once funny and charming and intimate and profound, both a memoir and a life-affirming map all of us may follow to embrace our later years with grace and dignity.
Call Number: 305.26 Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 27, 2020
Sopan Deb
Description: A bittersweet and humorous memoir of family--of the silence and ignorance that separate us, and the blood and stories that connect us. Approaching his 30th birthday, Sopan Deb had found comfort in his day job as a writer for the New York Times and a practicing comedian. But his stage material highlighting his South Asian culture only served to mask the insecurities borne from his family history. Deb knew the facts: his parents, both Indian, immigrated to here in the 1960s and 1970s. They were brought together in a volatile and ultimately doomed arranged marriage and raised a family in suburban New Jersey before his father returned to India alone. Deb had never learned who his parents were as individuals--their ages, how many siblings they had, what they were like as children, what their favorite movies were. Coming of age in a mostly white suburban town, Deb's alienation led him to seek separation from his family and his culture, longing for the tight-knit home environment of his white friends. Deb's experiences as one of the few minorities covering the Trump campaign, and subsequently as a stand up comedian, propelled him on a dramatic journey to India to see his father--the first step in a life altering journey to bridge the emotional distance separating him from those whose in his family. Deb had to learn to connect with this man he recognized yet did not know--and eventually breach the silence separating him from his mother. Deb's odyssey raises questions essential to us all: Is it ever too late to pick up the pieces and offer forgiveness? How do we build bridges where there was nothing before--and what happens to us, to our past and our future, if we don't?
Call Number: B Deb
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 27, 2020
Lacy Crawford
Description: Traces the author's healing journey after a traumatizing sexual assault at infamous St. Paul's boarding school, describing how she helped police uncover proof of the school's institutionalized mandate of silence.
Call Number: 362.883 Cra
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 27, 2020
François Clemmons
Description: The intimate debut memoir by the man known to the world as Mister Rogers' Neighborhood's "Officer Clemmons," a Grammy Award-winning artist who made history as the first African American actor to have a recurring role on a children's television program.
Call Number: B Cle
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 27, 2020
Tenzin Priyadarshi, Zara Houshmand
Description: The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi was born in India to a prominent Hindu Brahmin family. At the age of ten, he ran away from boarding school. He ended up in the Himalayan mountains at a Buddhist monastery that was the place of his dreams. His frantic parents sent scouts to find him, and after two weeks located him and brought him home--and yet he continued to have visions and feel a strong pull to a religion he had never heard of as a child. Today he is a revered Buddhist monk and teacher who heads MIT's Dalai Lama Center and works to build bridges among communities and religions. This is Tenzin Priyadarshi's account of his journey as a seeker, but at the book's heart is the importance of mentorship. He describes the roles of the many remarkable teachers he met along the way. This is both a mystical account of a life and a down-to-earth memoir by a remarkable man who set out to find meaning and make a difference.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 294.3923 Ten
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 27, 2020
Valarie Kaur
Description: "We have entered a new era in America--dangerous, divided, and uncertain. In a moment when people are hungry for meaningful ways to respond to the ascent of nationalism, polarization and hate in the U.S. and around the globe, this book answers the central question of our time: How do we love in a time of anger? How do we love those who hurt us? How do we love those who are different from us, whose race or religion or politics we do not understand? How do we love people who are targeted by laws, policies, and violence? And how do we love ourselves? Valarie Kaur is a renowned Sikh activist and in this book, she argues that Revolutionary Love is the call of our times. When we practice love in the face of fear or rage, it has the ability to transform an encounter, a relationship, a community, a culture, even a country. Drawing from her personal experiences, Sikh wisdom, and the work of civil rights leaders of all kinds, Kaur has reenvisioned love as a public ethic: a commitment to loving others, opponents, and ourselves."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 177.7 Kau
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 27, 2020
Michele Harper
Description: "A series of connected personal stories drawn from the author's life and work as an ER doctor that explores how we are all broken--physically, emotionally, and psychically--and what we can do to heal ourselves as we try to heal others"-- Provided by publisher.Michele Harper is a female, African American emergency room physician in a profession that is overwhelmingly male and white. She went to Harvard, where she met her husband. They stayed together through medical school until two months before she was scheduled to join the staff of a hospital in central Philadelphia, when he told her he couldn't move with her. Her marriage at an end, Harper began her new life in a new city, in a new job, as a newly single woman. In the ensuing years, as Harper learned to become an effective ER physician, bringing insight and empathy to every patient encounter, she came to understand that each of us is broken--physically, emotionally, psychically. How we recognize those breaks, how we try to mend them, and where we go from there are all crucial parts of the healing process.
Call Number: 616.025 Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 20, 2020
Wayétu Moore
Description: "When Wayétu Moore turns five years old, her father and grandmother throw her a big birthday party at their home in Monrovia, Liberia, but all she can think about is how much she misses her mother, who is working and studying in faraway New York. Before she gets the reunion her father promised her, war breaks out in Liberia. The family is forced to flee their home on foot, walking and hiding for three weeks until they arrive in the village of Lai. Finally, a rebel soldier smuggles them across the border to Sierra Leone, reuniting the family and setting them off on yet another journey, this time to the United States"--Publisher's description.
Call Number: 966.62 Moo
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 27, 2020
Rose Andersen
Description: A personal exploration of the opioid crisis--a memoir infused with hints of true crime. In November 2013, Rose Andersen's younger sister Sarah died of an overdose. Like too many of her generation, she had become addicted to heroin. Sarah was 24 years old. To imagine her way into Sarah's life and her choices, Rose revisits their volatile childhood, marked by their stepfather's omnipresent rage. As the dysfunction comes into focus, so does a broader picture of the opioid crisis and the drug rehabilitation industry in small towns across America. When Rose learns from the coroner that Sarah's cause of death was a methamphetamine overdose, the story takes a wildly unexpected turn. As Andersen sifts through her sister's last days, we come to recognize the contours of grief and its aftermath: the psychic shattering which can turn to anger, the pursuit of ever an ever-elusive verdict, and the intensely personal rites of imagination and art needed to actually move on.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 362.293 And
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 27, 2020
Maya Lang
Description: How much can you judge another woman's choices? What if that woman is your mother? Maya Lang grew up idolizing her brilliant mother, an accomplished psychologist who immigrated to the United States from India, completed her residency and earned an American medical degree--all while nurturing young children and keeping a traditional Indian home. Maya grew up with her mother's stories ringing in her ears, motivating her, encouraging her, offering solace when she needed it. But after Maya moves across the country and becomes a mother herself, everything changes. Their connection, which had once seemed so invulnerable, begins to fray. Maya's mother, once attentive and capable, becomes a grandmother who is cold and distant. As Maya herself confronts the challenges of motherhood, she realizes that the one person on whom she has always relied cannot be there for her. But she does not understand why. Maya begins to reexamine the stories of her childhood in search of answers to her questions about what is happening to her family. Who is her mother, really? Were the stories she told--about life in India, about what it means to be an immigrant in America, about what it means to be a mother--ever really true? This is one woman's investigation into her mother's past, the myths she believed, the truths she learned, and her realization that being able to accept both myth and reality is what has finally brought her into adulthood. This is the story of a daughter and her mother, of lies and truths, of being cared by and caring for; it is the story of how we can never really grow up until we fully understand the people who raised us.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Lan
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 27, 2020
Jim McCloskey, Philip Lerman, John Grisham
Description: A former management consultant, Jim McCloskey had grown disenchanted with the business world; he enrolled at Princeton Theological Seminary at the age of 37. His first assignment found him a chaplain at Trenton State Prison in 1980, where he ministered to some of the most violent offenders in the state. Among them was Jorge de los Santos, a heroin addict who'd been convicted of murder years earlier. De los Santos swore to McCloskey that he was innocent--and over time, McCloskey came to believe him. With no legal or investigative training to speak of, McCloskey threw himself into the man's case. Two years later, he successfully effected his exoneration. McCloskey found his calling. He would go on to establish Centurion Ministries, the first group in America devoted to overturning wrongful convictions. Together with a team of forensic experts, lawyers, and volunteers--through tireless investigation and an unflagging dedication to justice--Centurion has freed 63 prisoners and counting, This is McCloskey's inspirational story as well as those of the unjustly imprisoned for whom he has advocated. It is a chronicle of faith and doubt; of triumphant success and shattering failure. It exposes a life of searching and struggle, uplifted by McCloskey's certainty that he had found what he was put on earth to do.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 365.66 McC
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 27, 2020
Victoria James
Description: At just twenty-one, the age when most people are starting to drink legally, Victoria James became the country's youngest sommelier at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Here is the memoir of a young woman breaking free from an abusive and traumatic childhood on her own terms; an ethnography of the glittering, high-octane, but notoriously corrosive restaurant industry; and above all, a love letter to the restorative and life-changing effects of good wine and good hospitality.--From book jacket flap.
Call Number: 641.22 Jam
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 27, 2020
Subscribe to New Best Fun List: New Memoirs
A History Of My Brief Body
Billy-Ray Belcourt
814 Bel
Notes On A Silencing : A Memoir
Lacy Crawford
362.883 Cra
A Very Punchable Face
Colin Jost
B Jos
Officer Clemmons : A Memoir
François Clemmons
B Cle
Attention : A Love Story
Casey Schwartz
153.733 Sch
Running Toward Mystery : The Adventure Of An Unconventional Life
Tenzin Priyadarshi, Zara Houshmand
294.3923 Ten
Bright Precious Thing : A Memoir
Gail Caldwell
B Cal
See No Stranger : A Memoir And Manifesto Of Revolutionary Love
Valarie Kaur
177.7 Kau
Disability Visibility : First-person Stories From The Twenty-first Century
Alice Wong
305.908 Dis
The Beauty In Breaking : A Memoir
Michele Harper
616.025 Har
Empty : A Memoir
Susan Burton
616.8526 Bur
The Dragons, The Giant, The Women : A Memoir
Wayétu Moore
966.62 Moo
Filthy Beasts : A Memoir
Kirkland Hamill
B Ham
The Heart And Other Monsters : A Memior
Rose Andersen
362.293 And
Good Boy : My Life In Seven Dogs
Jennifer Finney Boylan
636.7 Boy
What We Carry : A Memoir
Maya Lang
B Lan
Good Morning, Destroyer Of Men's Souls : A Memoir Of Women, Addiction, And Love
Nina Renata Aron
362.2913 Aro
When Truth Is All You Have : A Memoir Of Faith, Justice, And Freedom For The Wrongly Convicted
Jim McCloskey, Philip Lerman, John Grisham
365.66 McC
Growing Old : Notes On Aging With Something Like Grace
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
305.26 Tho
Wine Girl : The Obstacles, Humiliations, And Triumphs Of America's Youngest Sommelier
Victoria James
641.22 Jam
Missed Translations : Meeting The Immigrant Parents Who Raised Me
Sopan Deb
B Deb