New Memoirs


David Biespiel
Description: Poet and essayist David Biespiel tells the story of the rise and fall of his Jewish boyhood in Texas, and his search for the answer to his life's central riddle: Are we ever done leaving home? Written in the years that followed the devastation of Houston wrought by three 500-year floods in three years--including Hurricane Harvey, the worst flood in Texas history--Biespiel's account is by turns personal and philosophical, a meditation on time's inevitable losses and a writer's hard-won gains.
Call Number: B Bie
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2020
Rachel Cohen
Description: When Rachel Cohen's father died and before she gave birth to her first child, she turned to Jane Austen to make sense of her new reality. Simultaneously grief-stricken and buoyed by the birth of her daughter, reading Austen became Cohen's refuge and her ballast. She was able to reckon with difficult questions about mourning, memorializing, living in a household, paying attention to the world, reading, writing, and imagining through the novels. It is a deeply felt and sensitive examination of Cohen's relationship to Austen, and to her own family, winding together memoir, criticism, and biographical and historical material about Austen herself. And like the sequence of Austen's novels, the scope of it widens successively, with each chapter following one of Austen's novels. We begin with Cohen in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she raises her small children and contemplates her father's last letter, a moment paired with the grief and social bonds of Sense and Sensibility and Pride.
Call Number: B Coh
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2020
Jay Parini
Description: "An apprentice writer has an entirely unexpected encounter with literary genius Jorge Luis Borges that will profoundly alter his life and work"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 920 Par
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2020
Debora Harding
Description: A harrowing, redemptive and inspiring memoir of childhood trauma and its long reach into adulthood. In November 1978, when Debora Harding was just fourteen, she was abducted at knifepoint from a church parking lot. She was thrown into a van, assaulted, held for ransom, and then left to die as an ice storm descended over the city. Debora survived. She identified her attacker to the police and then returned to her teenage life in a dysfunctional home where she was expected to simply move on. Denial became the family coping strategy offered by her fun-loving, conflicted father and her cruelly resentful mother. Decades later--when beset by the symptoms of PTSD--Debora undertook a radical project: she met her childhood attacker face-to-face in prison and began to reconsider and reimagine his complex story. This was a quest for the truth that would threaten the lie at the heart of her family and with it the sacred bond that once saved her. Shifting between the past and present, Debora untangles the incident of her kidnapping and escape from unexpected angles, offering an intimate portrait of one family's disintegration in the 1970s Midwest, a rusted landscape where the loss of white male power can flare into unspeakable violence. A narrative of reckoning, recovery, and the inexhaustible strength it takes to survive.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 362.88 Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2020
David Chang, Gabe Ulla
Description: "The chef behind Momofuku and star of Netflix's Ugly Delicious gets uncomfortably real in his debut memoir"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 641.509 Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2020
Sunny Hostin, Charisse Jones
Description: The co-host of "The View" and ABC News senior legal correspondent traces her journey from a biracial child in a South Bronx housing project to a successful and influential Washington, D.C. attorney and journalist.
Call Number: B Hos
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2020
Catherine Cho
Description: The story of a mother who is separated from her newborn son and husband when committed to an involuntary psychiatric ward in New Jersey after a harrowing bout of postpartum psychosis.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 618.76 Cho
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2020
Mia Kang
Description: Mia Kang's journey from self-loathing to self-love. Mia Kang is many things: a sought-after model, an immigrant, an eating disorder survivor, and a Muay Thai fighter. This is the story of how she eschewed normative body standards and learned to use martial arts to redefine her sense of self-worth. Kang once lived and died by her weight, but she is now defined by her confidence in being a woman who lives outside the mold of what we're taught is 'feminine.' After dealing with bullying, addiction, body dysmorphia, anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts, Mia acknowledges that she is lucky to still be alive to tell readers what she's learned: to not let anyone else dictate who you are supposed to be.--From front jacket flap.
Call Number: B Kan
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2020
Dan Mathews
Description: Dan Mathews knew that his eccentric mother, Perry Lawrence, was outspoken, foul-mouthed, and, at seventy-nine years old, unable to maintain her fiercely independent lifestyle--so he flew her across the country (with a gay man as her escort) to live with him in a dilapidated Victorian townhouse in Portsmouth, Virginia. What he didn't know was that she was schizophrenic. Over the next five years, Dan and Perry built a rollicking life together fueled by costume parties, experiments in drug use, and an unshakeable sense of humor as they faced down illness, natural disasters, and Perry's steady decline. With the help of an ever-expanding circle of friends--boyfriends new and old, strippers, DJs, gun nuts, Evangelical Christians, and everyone in between--they flipped the parent-child relationship on its head, with the globe-trotting animal rights activist finally learning to slow down and care for the woman who raised him. But it wasn't until after a kicking-and-screaming trip to the emergency room that Dan discovered that his mother's lifelong tendency to go it alone wasn't just a manifestation of her free spirit but was actually the inescapable element of a serious and undiagnosed disorder. Like Crazy is a memoir about mental illness, reinvention, and the remarkable power of community. It is also a meditation on the joys and pitfalls of caring for an aging family member and of the remarkable growth that takes place as a child steps into the role of the parent.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 616.898 Mat
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2020
Natasha D. Trethewey
Description: At nineteen Trethewey's world turned upside down when her former stepfather shot and killed her mother. Grieving and still new to adulthood, she confronted the twin pulls of life and death in the aftermath of unimaginable trauma. Here she explores the way this experience lastingly shaped the artist she became. Moving through her mother's history in the deeply segregated South and through her own girlhood as a 'child of miscegenation' in Mississippi, Trethewey plumbs her sense of dislocation and displacement in the lead-up to the harrowing crime that took place on Memorial Drive in Atlanta in 1985. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: B Tre
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Kerri Arsenault
Description: Mill Town is an American story, a human predicament, and a moral wake-up call that asks: what are we willing to tolerate and whose lives are we willing to sacrifice for our own survival? Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural working class town of Mexico, Maine. For over 100 years the community orbited around a paper mill that employs most townspeople, including three generations of Arsenault's own family. Years after she moved away, Arsenault realized the price she paid for that seemingly secure childhood. The mill, while providing livelihoods for nearly everyone, also contributed to the destruction of the environment and the decline of the town's economic, moral, and emotional health in a slow-moving catastrophe, earning the area the nickname "Cancer Valley." Arsenault presents a portrait of a community that illuminates not only the ruin of her hometown and the collapse of the working-class of America, but also the hazards of both living in and leaving home, and the silences we are all afraid to violate. Arsenault explores the corruption of bodies: the human body, bodies of water, and governmental bodies, and what it's like to come from a place you love but doesn't always love you back.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 974.175 Ars
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2020
Kendra Atleework
Description: "Miracle Country captures one family's spirit and losses in a harsh landscape that has been shaped and exploited over hundreds of years, and chronicles the author's journey as she realizes that there's nowhere else in the country, no matter how green and welcoming, that feels like home"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 979.44 Atl
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2020
Maria Hinojosa
Description: Journalist Maria Hinojosa shares her personal story interwoven with American immigration policy's coming-of-age journey at a time when our country's branding went from "The Land of the Free" to "the land of invasion."-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 070.92 Hin
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2020
Erica C. Barnett
Description: Erica Barnett expands on her personal story to confront the dire state of addiction in America, the rise of alcoholism in American women in the last century, and the lack of rehabilitation options available to addicts. At a time when opioid addiction is a national epidemic and one in twelve Americans suffers from alcohol abuse disorder, Quitter is essential reading for our age and an ultimately hopeful story of Barnett's own hard-fought path to sobriety.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 362.292 Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2020
Kyl Myers
Description: A boy or a girl?' Kyl and Brent imagined it would be years before their child would identify with a gender. As a first-time parent, Kyl Myers would not be beholden to the boy-girl binary, disparities, or stereotypes from the day a child is born. With no wish to eliminate gender but rather gender discrimination, Kyl and her husband, Brent, ventured off on a parenting path less traveled. Raising a confident, compassionate, and self-aware person was all that mattered. Kyl delivers a portrait of a family's choice to dismantle the long-accepted and often-harmful social construct of what it means to be assigned a gender from birth. As a sociologist, Kyl explores the science of gender and sex and the adulthood gender inequities that start in childhood. As a loving parent, Kyl shares the joy of watching a child named Zoomer develop their own agency to grow happily and healthily toward their own gender identity and expression.-- From description provided by publisher.
Call Number: 649.13 Mye
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2020
Rebekah Taussig
Description: From Rebekah Taussig, disability advocate with a PhD in disability studies and creative nonfiction, and creator of the Instagram account @ sitting pretty, an essay collection based on a lifetime of experiences in a paralyzed body, tackling themes of identity, accessibility, bodies, and representation.
Call Number: 362.43 Tau
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 25, 2020
David Wright, Anthony DiComo
Description: "The memoir from the last Mets captain, David Wright, one of the most admired players in recent MLB history, about his inspiring and deep commitment to the game"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 796.357 Wri
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2020
Rosie Mercado
Description: "The impossible true story of one woman's fight to see her dreams realized-with advice for all women trying to find independence-from daytime television host and Latina superstar"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Mer
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2020
Sara Seager
Description: Sara Seager, an MIT astrophysicist must reinvent herself in the wake of tragedy and discovers the power of connection on this planet, even as she searches our galaxy for another Earth. Seager has always been in love with the stars: so many lights in the sky, so much possibility. Now a pioneering planetary scientist, she searches for exoplanets--especially that distant, elusive world that sustains life. But with the unexpected death of Seager's husband, the purpose of her own life becomes hard for her to see. Suddenly, at forty, she is a widow and the single mother of two young boys. For the first time, she feels alone in the universe. As she struggles to navigate her life after loss, Seager takes solace in the alien beauty of exoplanets and the technical challenges of exploration. At the same time, she discovers earthbound connections that feel every bit as wondrous, when strangers and loved ones alike reach out to her across the space of her grief. Among them are the Widows of Concord, a group of women offering advice on everything from home maintenance to dating, and her beloved sons, Max and Alex. Most unexpected of all, there is another kind of one-in-a-billion match, not in the stars but here at home.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Sea
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2020
Nick Flynn
Description: A memoir from author Nick Flynn, on how childhood spills into parenthood. When Nick Flynn was a child, his mother set fire to their home. Here Flynn excavates the terrain of his traumatic upbringing and his mother's suicide. Now a parent himself, he discovers that he too may be burning his house down. He returns with his young daughter to the landscape of his youth, reflecting on how his "feral childhood" has him still in its reins. His book confronts Flynn's struggle and his failings--including a five- year affair, begun when his daughter was a toddler--with fierce candor. His marriage in crisis, Flynn seeks answers from his therapist, who tells him: "You have the ethics of a drowning man." Alternating literary analysis and philosophy with intimate memoir and the bedtime stories he tells his daughter, Flynn probes his deepest ethical dilemmas.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Fly
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2020
Geraldine Schwarz, Laura Marris
Description: This is journalist Géraldine Schwarz's account of her German and French grandparents' lives during World War II, an in-depth history of Europe's post-war reckoning with fascism, and an appeal to remember as a defense against today's rise of far-right nationalism.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 940.5343 Sch
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2020
Jessica J. Lee
Description: "Combining an immersive exploration of nature with captivatingly beautiful prose, Jessica J. Lee embarks on a journey to discover her family's forgotten history and to connect with the island they once called home Taiwan is an island of extremes: towering mountains, lush forests, and barren escarpment. Between shifting tectonic plates and a history rife with tension, the geographical and political landscape is forever evolving. After unearthing a hidden memoir of her grandfather's life, Jessica J. Lee seeks to piece together the fragments of her family's history as they moved from China to Taiwan, and then on to Canada. But as she navigates the tumultuous terrain of Taiwan, Lee finds herself having to traverse fissures in language, memory, and history, as she searches for the pieces of her family left behind. Interlacing a personal narrative with Taiwan's history and terrain, Two Trees Make a Forest is an intimate examination of the human relationship with geography and nature, and offers an exploration of one woman's search for history and belonging amidst an ever-shifting landscape."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 951.249 Lee
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2020
Roberto Lovato
Description: A journalistic memoir detailing the author's firsthand experiences with immigration, gang life, and guerilla warfare explores the violence that shaped generations of his impoverished Salvadoran family to connect today's immigration crisis to the realities of everyday families.
Call Number: 973.0468 Lov
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2020
L. David Mech, Greg Breining, Rolf Olin Peterson
Description: "The world's leading wolf expert describes the first years of a major study that transformed our understanding of one of nature's most iconic creatures"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 599.773 Mec
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2020
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A Place Of Exodus : Home, Memory, And Texas
David Biespiel
B Bie
Once I Was You : A Memoir Of Love And Hate In A Torn America
Maria Hinojosa
070.92 Hin
Austen Years : A Memoir In Five Novels
Rachel Cohen
B Coh
Quitter : A Memoir Of Drinking, Relapse, And Recovery
Erica C. Barnett
362.292 Bar
Borges And Me : An Encounter
Jay Parini
920 Par
Raising Them : Our Adventure In Gender Creative Parenting
Kyl Myers
649.13 Mye
Dancing With The Octopus : A Memoir
Debora Harding
362.88 Har
Sitting Pretty : The View From My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body
Rebekah Taussig
362.43 Tau
Eat A Peach : A Memoir
David Chang, Gabe Ulla
641.509 Cha
The Captain : A Memoir
David Wright, Anthony DiComo
796.357 Wri
I Am These Truths : A Memoir Of Identity, Justice, And Living Between Worlds
Sunny Hostin, Charisse Jones
B Hos
The Girl With The Self-esteem Issues : A Memoir
Rosie Mercado
B Mer
Inferno : A Memoir Of Motherhood And Madness
Catherine Cho
618.76 Cho
The Smallest Lights In The Universe : A Memoir
Sara Seager
B Sea
Knockout
Mia Kang
B Kan
This Is The Night Our House Will Catch Fire : A Memoir
Nick Flynn
B Fly
Like Crazy : Life With My Mother And Her Invisible Friends
Dan Mathews
616.898 Mat
Those Who Forget : My Family's Story In Nazi Europe--a Memoir, A History, A Warning.
Geraldine Schwarz, Laura Marris
940.5343 Sch
Memorial Drive : A Daughter's Memoir
Natasha D. Trethewey
B Tre
Two Trees Make A Forest : In Search Of My Family's Past Among Taiwan's Mountains And Coasts
Jessica J. Lee
951.249 Lee
Mill Town : Reckoning With What Remains
Kerri Arsenault
974.175 Ars
Unforgetting : A Memoir Of Family, Migration, Gangs, And Revolution In The Americas
Roberto Lovato
973.0468 Lov
Miracle Country : A Memoir
Kendra Atleework
979.44 Atl
Wolf Island : Discovering The Secrets Of A Mythic Animal
L. David Mech, Greg Breining, Rolf Olin Peterson
599.773 Mec