New Memoirs


Robert J. Lefkowitz, Randy Hall
Description: A memoir from Dr. Robert Lefkowitz, the cardiologist turned legendary scientist and winner of the Nobel Prize, revels in the joy of science and discovery. -- From statement at Amazon.com.
Call Number: B Lef
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2021
Suleika Jaouad
Description: Suleika Jaouad describes the harrowing years she spent in early adulthood fighting leukemia and how she learned to live again while forging connections with other survivors of profound illness and suffering.
Call Number: 616.994 Jao
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2021
Louis Onuorah Chude-Sokei
Description: The journey of a bright, utterly displaced boy, from the short-lived African nation of Biafra, to Jamaica, to the harshest streets of Los Angeles--a fierce and funny memoir that adds depth to the coming-to-America story.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Chu
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2021
Jessica Zucker
Description: This is Dr. Jessica Zucker's account of her miscarriage that occurred sixteen weeks into her pregnancy, and her journey of recovery following it. Drawing from her psychological expertise and her work as the creator of the viral #IHadaMiscarriage campaign, this book uses Zucker's and other women's experiences to explore grief, healing, and the power of speaking one's truth.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 618.392 Zuc
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2021
C. T. Vivian
Description: The wisdom acquired during C. T. Vivian's lifetime is generously shared in "It's in the Action", the civil rights legend's memoir of his early life and time in the civil rights movement. Vivian worked hand-in-hand with the movement's most famous figures, including Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis, and his contributions were no less vital to the successes of nonviolent resistance. Bearing a foreword from Andrew Young, "It's in the Action" is an important addition to civil rights history from Vivian and co-author Steve Fiffer.
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2021
Cicely Tyson, Michelle Burford, Viola Davis
Description: Tyson has been blessed to grace the stage and screen for six decades. She has been the church girl who once rarely spoke a word; the teenager who sought solace in the verses of the old hymn for which this book is named. A daughter and mother, a sister, and a friend, she is also an observer of human nature and the dreamer of audacious dreams. Here, in her ninth decade, Tyson is a woman who has something meaningful to say. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: B Tys
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2021
Dave Kindred
Description: Dave Kindred's investigation of the death of his grandson yields a powerful memoir of addiction, grief, and the stories we choose to tell our families and ourselves. Jared Kindred left his home and family at the age of eighteen, choosing a life of riding train cars and making friends on the street. He was an addict for most of his short life, drinking far too much and lying about it he was ultimately killed by an overdose. Yet he inspired the deepest love of Dave Kindred's life. This is a reflection on love and addiction and loss, and a a hard-won, and fair-minded, account of the life Jared chose for himself and the colorful people around him--people with stories to tell. Kindred asks painful but important questions about the lies we tell to get along, and what binds families together or allows them to fracture. Jared's story ended in tragedy, but the act of telling it is an act of healing and redemption. This is an important book on how to love your family.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 362.29 Kin
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2021
Tung Nguyen, Katherine Manning, Lyn Nguyen, Elisa Ung, Michelle Bernstein
Description: "In 1975, Tung Nguyen fled Vietnam as a pregnant refugee and landed in Miami, where she met Kathy Manning, an American grad student who opened her doors to eleven immigrants. The two women grew close, raising Tung's daughter, Lyn, together and opening a tiny restaurant. Hy Vong, meaning Hope in Vietnamese, quickly became famous in the local community for its delicious, authentic Vietnamese flavors. The restaurant continued to gain in popularity, until it reached national and critical acclaim. This book istheir intertwining narratives, punctuated by recipes from Tung and Kathy's upbringings, and the Hy Vong restaurant"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2021
Jo Koy
Description: The autobiography of Filipino-American comedian Jo Koy.
Call Number: B Koy
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2021
Jess Phoenix
Description: "Volcanologist and natural hazards expert Jess Phoenix has dedicated her life to scientific exploration. Her career path--hard earned in the still male-dominated world of science--has shoved her headlong into deep-sea submersibles, congressional races, glittering cocktail parties at Manhattan's elite Explorers Club, and numerous pairs of Caterpillar work boots. Ms. Adventure is her riveting, rolling blend of personal memoir, daring adventure, scientific exploration, and girl power."--Back cover.
Call Number: 551.21 Pho
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2021
Élodie Durand, Edward Gauvin
Description: Judith is barely out of her teens when a tumor begins pressing on her brain, ushering in a new world of seizures, memory gaps, and loss of self. Suddenly, the sentence of her normal life has been interrupted by the opening of a parenthesis that may never close. Based on the real experiences of cartoonist Élodie Durand, Parenthesis is a gripping testament of struggle, fragility, acceptance, and transformation which was deservedly awarded the Revelation Prize of the Angoulême International Comics Festival."--Amazon.
Call Number: B Dur
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2021
Menachem Kaiser
Description: When Kaiser takes up his Holocaust-survivor grandfather's former battle to reclaim the family's apartment building in Sosnowiec, Poland, he finds himself on a circuitous path to encounters with the long-time residents of the building, and with a Polish lawyer known as "The Killer." A surprise discovery-- that his grandfather's cousin not only survived the war, but wrote a secret memoir while a slave laborer in a vast, secret Nazi tunnel complex-- leads to Kaiser being adopted as a virtual celebrity by a band of Silesian treasure seekers who revere the memoir as the indispensable guidebook to Nazi plunder. Here Kaiser questions: What does it mean to seize your own legacy? Can reclaimed property repair rifts among the living? -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: 940.5318 Kai
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2021
Georgina Lawton
Description: An examination of how racial identity is constructed—through Georgina Lawton’s own journey grappling with secrets and stereotypes, having been raised by white parents with no explanation as to why she looked black. Raceless is an exploration of a fundamental question: what constitutes our sense of self? Drawing on her personal experiences and the stories of others, Lawton grapples with difficult questions about love, shame, grief, and prejudice, and reveals the emotional journey of forming one’s identity.
Call Number: 305.896 Law
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2021
Elizabeth Miki Brina
Description: A deeply candid memoir about a young woman's journey to understanding her complicated parents--her father a Vietnam veteran, her mother an Okinawan war bride--and her own, fraught cultural heritage. Elizabeth's mother was working as a nightclub hostess on U.S.-occupied Okinawa when she met the American soldier who would become her husband. The language barrier and power imbalance that defined their early relationship followed them to the predominantly white, upstate New York suburb where they moved to raise their only daughter. There, Elizabeth grew up with the trappings of a typical American childhood and adolescence. Even though she felt almost no connection to her mother's distant home, she also felt out of place among her peers. Decades later, Elizabeth comes to recognize the shame and self-loathing that haunt both her and her mother, and attempts a form of reconciliation, not only to come to terms with the embattled dynamics of her family but also to reckon with the injustices that reverberate throughout the history of Okinawa and its people.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.488 Bri
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2021
Rebecca Carroll
Description: A memoir from black cultural critic Rebecca Carroll recounting her struggle to overcome a completely white childhood in order to forge her identity as a black woman in America.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Car
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2021
Michael Patrick F. Smith
Description: A window into the world of working class men and the value of hard labor, set during the Bakken fracking boom in North Dakota. Shiftless and unsatisfied in his life, Michael Patrick Smith decided in his mid-thirties to seek out the hardest work he could find, to see if he could do it. He wanted to be a person, unlike his father, who knew how to work and get things done. He found himself in the oil fields of North Dakota during the Bakken fracking boom of 2013, where he spent a year as a swamper, assisting the truck drivers who hauled oil rigs from one site to another. The Good Hand is a saga of fear, danger, exhaustion, suffering, loneliness, and grit that explores the struggles and rewards of one of the most difficult jobs on the planet. The story delves into the internal struggles of people who seem naturally drawn to hard work and hard luck--the rough-hewn, castoff, disposable men who populate boomtowns. As an oil field greenhorn, Smith finds the job is a continual battle; men are mocked and clobbered by equipment. But he comes to love the intensity and camaraderie, forming close bonds with a number of fellow workers. Smith also examines his troubled relationship with his father--a trait that most of his coworkers seem to share--and draws parallels between his labor as an oil field hand and his previous careers in theatre and folk music. The Good Hand is ultimately a book about transformation--a classic American story about submitting to something elemental and larger than oneself. Smith discovers that the communities forged by hard work can awaken both the heart and the hand.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 331.7622 Smi
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2021
Priyanka Chopra Jonas
Description: The popular actress reveals her journey of self-discovery through her childhood in India, her teenage years in the United States, her success in beauty competitions, the challenges and triumphs of her acting career, and her marriage to Nick Jonas.
Call Number: B Cho
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2021
Hannah Kirshner
Description: An immersive journey through the culture and cuisine of one Japanese town, its forest, and its watershed--where ducks are hunted by net, saké is brewed from the purest mountain water, and charcoal is fired in stone kilns. Brooklyn-based artist and food writer Hannah Kirshner received a life-changing invitation to apprentice with a "saké evangelist" in a misty Japanese mountain village called Yamanaka. In a rapidly modernizing Japan, the region--a stronghold of the country's old-fashioned ways--was quickly becoming a destination for chefs and artisans looking to learn about the traditions that have long shaped Japanese culture. Before long, Kirshner met a community of craftspeople, farmers, and foragers--master woodturners, hunters, a paper artist, and a man making charcoal in his nearly abandoned village on the outskirts of town. Kirshner found each craftsperson not only exhibited an extraordinary dedication to their work but their distinct expertise contributed to the fabric of the local culture. Inspired by these masters, she devoted herself to learning how they work and live. Taking readers deep into evergreen forests, terraced rice fields, and smoke-filled workshops, Kirshner captures the centuries-old traditions still alive in Yamanaka. Organized into four parts--water, wood, wild things, and cultivation--this book invites readers to see what goes into making a fine bowl, a cup of tea, or a harvest of rice and introduces the masters who dedicate their lives to this work. Part travelogue, part meditation on the meaning of work, and full of her own drawings and recipes, Kirshner's book is an ode to a place and its people, as well as a profound examination of what it means to sustain traditions and find purpose in cultivation and craft.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 394.12 Kir
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2021
Bill Lester, Jonathan Ingram
Call Number: 796.72 Les
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2021
Juan Li
Description: Li Juan and her mother own a small convenience store in the Altai Mountains in Northwestern China, where she writes about her life among grasslands and snowy peaks. To her neighbors' surprise, Li decides to join a family of Kazakh herders as they take their 30 boisterous camels, 500 sheep and over 100 cattle and horses to pasture for the winter. The so-called "winter pasture" occurs in a remote region that stretches from the Ulungur River to the Heavenly Mountains. As she journeys across the vast, seemingly endless sand dunes, she helps herd sheep, rides horses, chases after camels, builds an underground home using manure, gathers snow for water, and more. Li vividly captures both the extraordinary hardships and the ordinary preoccupations of the day-to-day of the men and women struggling to get by in this desolate landscape. Her companions include Cuma, the often drunk but mostly responsible father; his teenage daughter, Kama, who feels the burden of the world on her shoulders and dreams of going to college; his reticent wife, a paragon of decorum against all odds, who is simply known as "sister-in-law." Li creates an intimate bond with the rugged people, the remote places and the nomadic lifestyle.
Call Number: 951.6 Li
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2021
Subscribe to New Best Fun List: New Memoirs
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Stockholm : The Adrenaline-fueled Adventures Of An Accidental Scientist
Robert J. Lefkowitz, Randy Hall
B Lef
Parenthesis
Élodie Durand, Edward Gauvin
B Dur
Between Two Kingdoms : A Memoir Of A Life Interrupted
Suleika Jaouad
616.994 Jao
Plunder : A Memoir Of Family Property And Nazi Treasure
Menachem Kaiser
940.5318 Kai
Floating In A Most Peculiar Way
Louis Onuorah Chude-Sokei
B Chu
Raceless : In Search Of Family, Identity, And The Truth About Where I Belong
Georgina Lawton
305.896 Law
I Had A Miscarriage : A Memoir, A Movement
Jessica Zucker
618.392 Zuc
Speak, Okinawa : A Memoir
Elizabeth Miki Brina
305.488 Bri
It's In The Action: Memories Of A Nonviolent Warrior
C. T. Vivian
Surviving The White Gaze : A Memoir
Rebecca Carroll
B Car
Just As I Am : A Memoir
Cicely Tyson, Michelle Burford, Viola Davis
B Tys
The Good Hand : A Memoir Of Work, Brotherhood, And Transformation In An American Boomtown
Michael Patrick F. Smith
331.7622 Smi
Leave Out The Tragic Parts : A Grandfather's Search For A Boy Lost To Addiction
Dave Kindred
362.29 Kin
Unfinished : A Memoir
Priyanka Chopra Jonas
B Cho
Mango And Peppercorns : A Memoir Of Food, An Unlikely Family, And The American Dream
Tung Nguyen, Katherine Manning, Lyn Nguyen, Elisa Ung, Michelle Bernstein
Water, Wood, And Wild Things : Learning Craft And Cultivation In A Japanese Mountain Town
Hannah Kirshner
394.12 Kir
Mixed Plate : Chronicles Of An All-american Combo
Jo Koy
B Koy
Winning In Reverse : Defying The Odds And Achieving Dreams : The Bill Lester Story
Bill Lester, Jonathan Ingram
796.72 Les
Ms. Adventure : My Wild Explorations In Science, Lava, And Live
Jess Phoenix
551.21 Pho
Winter Pasture : One Woman's Journey With China's Kazakh Herders
Juan Li
951.6 Li