New Memoirs


Roger Bennett
Description: One-half of the Men in Blazers duo, longtime culture and soccer commentator Roger Bennett traces the origins of his love affair with America, and how he went from a depraved, pimply faced Jewish boy in 1980's Liverpool to become the quintessential Englishman in New York.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.9 Ben
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 20, 2021
Hakeem M. Oluseyi, Joshua Horwitz
Description: This memoir of the renowned astrophysicist tells the story of how he overcame his personal demons, including an impoverished childhood and life of crime as well as an addiction to crack cocaine and entrenched racism.
Call Number: 520.9 Olu
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 20, 2021
Paula Stone Williams
Description: A moving and unforgettable memoir of a transgender pastor's journey from despair to joy as she transitioned from male to female and learned about gender inequity, at home and in the workplace.-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 306.768 Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 20, 2021
Edith Widder
Description: Edith Widder grew up determined to become a marine biologist. But after complications from a surgery during college caused her to go temporarily blind, she became fascinated by light as well as the power of optimism. Her focus turned to oceanic bioluminescence, a scientific frontier in our last earthly one, and with little promise of funding or employment she took a leap into the darkness. On her first visit to the deep ocean, in an experimental diving suit that took her to a depth of eight hundred feet, she turned off the suit's lights and witnessed breathtaking explosions of bioluminescent activity. Her book takes readers deep into our planet's oceans as Widder pursues her questions about one of the most important and widely used forms of communication in nature. She reveals hidden worlds and a menagerie of behaviors and animals. Alongside Widder, we experience life-and-death equipment malfunctions and witness breakthroughs in technology and understanding, all of it set against a growing awareness of the deteriorating health of our largest and least understood ecosystem.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 551.46 Wid
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 20, 2021
James Tate Hill
Description: "A writer's humorous and often-heartbreaking tale of losing his sight--and how he hid it from the world. At age sixteen, James Tate Hill was diagnosed with Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy, a condition that left him legally blind. After high school friends stopped calling and a disability counselor advised him to aim for Cs in his classes, Hill used his remaining blurry peripheral vision to pretend he could still see. Feigning eye contact, memorizing common routes, filling shelves with paperbacks he read via tape cassettes, he organized his life around passing for sighted. A wealth of pop culture knowledge allowed him to steer conversations from what he couldn't see. For fifteen years, Hill hid his blindness from friends, colleagues, and lovers, even convincing himself that if he stared long enough, things would come into focus. At thirty, faced with a stalled writing career, a crumbling marriage, and a growing fear of leaving his apartment, he began to wonder if there was a better way"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Hil
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 20, 2021
Catherine Raven
Description: After receiving her PhD in biology, Catherine Raven lived in an isolated cottage in Montana, teaching remotely and leading field classes in Yellowstone National Park. Her only regular visitor was a fox, with whom she developed a friendship and from whom she learned about growth, loss, and belonging.
Call Number: 599.775 Rav
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 20, 2021
Liz Hauck
Description: "Liz Hauck and her dad had a plan to start a weekly cooking program in a residential home for teen-aged boys in state care, which was run by the human services agency he co-directed. When her father died unexpectedly after a brief illness, Liz decided to attempt the cooking project without him. She didn't know what to expect volunteering with court-involved youth, but as a high school teacher she knew that teenagers are drawn to food-related activities, and as a daughter, she believed that if she and the kids made even a single dinner together she could check one box off of her father's long, unfinished to-do list. This is the story of what happened around the table, and how one dinner became one hundred dinners"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 362.74 Hau
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 20, 2021
Ly Tran
Description: "A powerful memoir by 25-year-old Ly Tran about her immigrant experience and her recent family history in the aftermath of the war that spans from Vietnam to Brooklyn, and ultimately to the Ivy League"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 974.723 Tra
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 20, 2021
Brenda Myers-Powell, April Reynolds
Description: "What did Brenda Myers-Powell want? When she turned to prostitution at the age of fifteen, she wanted to support her two baby daughters and have a little money for herself. She was pretty and funny as hell, and although she called herself "Breezy," she was also tough--a survivor in every sense of the word. Over the next twenty-five years, she would move across the country, finding new pimps, parties, drugs, and endless, profound heartache. And she would begin to want something else, something huge: a life of dignity, self-acceptance, and love. Astonishingly, she managed to find the strength to break from an unsparing world and save not only herself but also future Breezys. We have no say into which worlds we are born. But sometimes we can find a way out." -- inside front jacket flap.
Call Number: B Mye
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 20, 2021
Anna Qu
Description: As a teen, Anna Qu is sent by her mother to work in her family's garment factory in Queens. At home, she is treated as a maid and suffers punishment for doing her homework at night. Her mother wants to teach her that she is Chinese, not American, and such is their tough path in their new country. Instead of acquiescing, Qu alerts the Office of Children and Family Services, an act with consequences that impact the rest of her life. Nearly twenty years later, estranged from her mother and working at a Manhattan start-up, Qu requests her OCFS report. When it arrives, key details are wrong. Faced with this false narrative, and on the brink of losing her job as the once-shiny start-up collapses, Qu looks once more at her life's truths, from abandonment to an abusive family to seeking dignity and meaning in work. This is a memoir unafraid to ask thorny questions about trauma and survival in immigrant families, the meaning of work, and the costs of immigration.--From book jacket flap.
Call Number: 973.0495 Qu
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 20, 2021
Ashley C. Ford
Description: Somebody's Daughter steps into the world of growing up a poor Black girl, exploring how isolating and complex such a childhood can be. As Ashley battles her body and her environment, she provides a poignant coming-of-age recollection that speaks to finding the threads between who you are and what you were born into, and the complicated familial love that often binds them.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.488 For
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 20, 2021
Elizabeth Gilpin
Description: An actress and producer, who suffered from crippling, undiagnosed depression in her teens, recounts her harrowing experience of psychological manipulation and abuse at a "therapeutic" boarding school where every moment was a test of survival, and shares how she was able to heal in the aftermath.
Call Number: 616.8527 Gil
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 20, 2021
Richard Marx
Description: "Legendary musician Richard Marx offers an enlightening, entertaining look at his life and career"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Mar
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 20, 2021
Mena Suvari
Description: An award-winning actor, in this harrowing, heartbreaking coming-of-age story set in Hollywood, not only reveals her own mistakes, but also the lessons she learned and her efforts to understand and grow rather than casting blame, proving that there is always a light at the end.
Call Number: B Suv
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 20, 2021
Shirley Jackson, Laurence Jackson Hyman, Bernice M. Murphy
Description: "Shirley Jackson is one of the most important American authors of the last hundred years and among our greatest writers of the female experience. This extraordinary compilation of personal correspondence has all the hallmarks of Jackson's beloved fiction, and also features family photographs and Shirley's own illustrations. Written over the course of nearly three decades, from Jackson's college years to three months before her premature death at the age of forty-eight, these letters become the autobiography Shirley Jackson never wrote, full of subversive wit, vivid imagination, and gorgeous prose. Jackson spent much of her adult life as a faculty wife and mother of four in Vermont, and the landscape here is the everyday: trips to the dentist and dream vacations, overdue taxes and broken Christmas tree bulbs, new dogs and new babies, fad diets and recipes for fudge. But in recounting these events to family, friends, and colleagues, she turns them into remarkable stories: entertaining, revealing, and wise. This intimate collection holds the beguiling prism of Shirley Jackson--writer and teacher, mother and daughter, neighbor and wife--up to the light"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 816 Jac
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 20, 2021
Kyle Beachy
Description: A memoir in essays of Kyle Beachy's decade-long quest to uncover the hidden meaning of skateboarding--a search that unearthed fresh insights on marriage, love, loss, and American invention. Beachy has been skate culture's freshest, most illuminating, at times most controversial voice, writing candidly about the increasingly popular and fast-changing pastime Beachy first picked up as a young boy and has continued to practice well into adulthood. What is skateboarding? What does it mean to continue skateboarding after forty, four decades after the kickflip was invented? How does one live authentically as an adult while staying true to a passion cemented in childhood? How does skateboarding shape one's understanding of contemporary American life? Of growing old and getting married? Beachy offers a deep exploration of a pastime, often overlooked, regularly maligned, whose seeming simplicity conceals universal truths.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 796.22 Bea
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 20, 2021
Krys Malcolm Belc
Description: "Essentially this book is a heavily visual memoir-in-essays that explores how the experience of gestational parenthood--conceiving, birthing, and breastfeeding my son Samson--eventually clarified my gender identity and allowed me to project a different more masculine self. Ruminating on how the experiences contained under the umbrella of "motherhood" don't fully describe my experience amplifies the outsiderness the speaker, who is almost always addressing a cis "you," sometimes his mother, sometimes strangers, mostly his cis female partner. Instead of using a straight narrative, the book circles around this concept of motherhood and of my relationship to it. The book is also an archive of my queerness, of childhood photos of me smiling impossibly wide, of my original birth certificate and the legal documents surrounding Samson's adoption. It's a direct engagement with the documentation we think constitutes a record of one's life. The book ends on an exploration of how much we can really know when we enter into parenting a person, and of my ambivalence about the "before" and "after" that is so prevalent in trans stories and that feels so outside my experience as a nonbinary transmasculine person"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 306.8743 Mal
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 20, 2021
Chaney Kwak
Description: In March 2019, the Viking Sky cruise ship was struck by a bomb cyclone in the Arctic Sea. Rocked by 50-foot swells and 40-knot gales, the ship lost power and began to drift straight toward the notoriously dangerous Hustadvika coast in Norway. This is the suspenseful, harrowing, funny, touching story by one passenger who contemplated death aboard that ship. Chaney Kwak is a travel writer used to all sorts of mishaps on the road, but this is a first even for him: trapped on the battered cruise ship, he stuffs his passport into his underwear just in case his body has to be identified. As the massive cruise ship sways in surging waves, Kwak holds on and watches news of the impending disaster unfold on Twitter, where the cruise ship's nearly 1,400 passengers are showered with "thoughts and prayers." Kwak uses his twenty-seven hours aboard the teetering ship to examine his family history, maritime tragedies, and the failing relationship back on shore with a man he's loved for nearly two decades: the Viking Sky, he realizes, may not be the only sinking ship he needs to escape. The book takes readers for a journey from the Norwegian coast to the South China Sea, from post-WWII Korea to pandemic-struck San Francisco. Kwak weaves his personal experience into events spanning decades and continents to explore the serendipity and relationships that move humans. -- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 910.9163 Kwa
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 20, 2021
Hayden Herrera
Description: "A coming-of-age memoir by the daughter of privileged, artistic, hard-drinking, bohemian parents, set against a backdrop of 1950s New York, Cape Cod, and Mexico"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Her
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 20, 2021
John Paul Brammer
Description: The popular LGBTQ advice columnist and writer presents a memoir-in-essays chronicling his journey growing up as a queer, mixed-race kid in America's heartland to becoming the "Chicano Carrie Bradshaw" of his generation.
Call Number: 306.766 Bra
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 20, 2021
Subscribe to New Best Fun List: New Memoirs
(Re)born In The Usa : An Englishman's Love Letter To His Chosen Home
Roger Bennett
305.9 Ben
Somebody's Daughter : A Memoir
Ashley C. Ford
305.488 For
A Quantum Life : My Unlikely Journey From The Street To The Stars
Hakeem M. Oluseyi, Joshua Horwitz
520.9 Olu
Stolen : A Memoir
Elizabeth Gilpin
616.8527 Gil
As A Woman : What I Learned About Power, Sex, And The Patriarchy After I Transitioned
Paula Stone Williams
306.768 Wil
Stories To Tell : A Memoir
Richard Marx
B Mar
Below The Edge Of Darkness : A Memoir Of Exploring Light And Life In The Deep Sea
Edith Widder
551.46 Wid
The Great Peace : A Memoir
Mena Suvari
B Suv
Blind Man's Bluff : A Memoir
James Tate Hill
B Hil
The Letters Of Shirley Jackson
Shirley Jackson, Laurence Jackson Hyman, Bernice M. Murphy
816 Jac
Fox And I : An Uncommon Friendship
Catherine Raven
599.775 Rav
The Most Fun Thing : Dispatches From A Skateboard Life
Kyle Beachy
796.22 Bea
Home Made : A Story Of Grief, Groceries, Showing Up--and What We Make When We Make Dinner
Liz Hauck
362.74 Hau
The Natural Mother Of The Child : A Memoir Of Nonbinary Parenthood
Krys Malcolm Belc
306.8743 Mal
House Of Sticks : A Memoir
Ly Tran
974.723 Tra
The Passenger : How A Travel Writer Learned To Love Cruises & Other Lies From A Sinking Ship
Chaney Kwak
910.9163 Kwa
Leaving Breezy Street : A Memoir
Brenda Myers-Powell, April Reynolds
B Mye
Upper Bohemia : A Memoir
Hayden Herrera
B Her
Made In China : A Memoir Of Love And Labor
Anna Qu
973.0495 Qu
¡Hola Papi! : How To Come Out In A Walmart Parking Lot And Other Life Lessons
John Paul Brammer
306.766 Bra