New Memoirs


Weiwei Ai, Allan Hepburn Barr
Description: Ai Weiwei--artist and activist--tells a century-long epic tale of China through the story of his own life and the legacy of his father, Ai Qing, the nation's most celebrated poet. Ai Weiwei has written a memoir that presents a history of China over the last 100 years while illuminating his artistic process. Once an intimate of Mao Zedong, Ai Weiwei's father was branded a rightist during the Cultural Revolution, and he and his family were banished to a desolate place known as "Little Siberia," where Ai Qing was sentenced to hard labor cleaning public toilets. Ai Weiwei recounts his childhood in exile, and his difficult decision to leave his family to study art in America, where he befriended Allen Ginsberg and was inspired by Andy Warhol. He details his return to China and his rise from artistic unknown to art world superstar and international human rights activist--and how his work has been shaped by living under a totalitarian regime. Ai Weiwei explores the origins of his creativity and passionate political beliefs through his own life story and that of his father, whose own creativity was stifled. This book offers a deep understanding of the myriad forces that have shaped modern China, and serves as a timely reminder of the urgent need to protect freedom of expression.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 709.2 Ai
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 21, 2022
Joanne Harris
Description: This is the last of a trio of novels set in St Oswald's Grammar School ("Gentlemen and Players" and "Different Class"). It's an incendiary moment for St Oswald's school. For the first time in its history, a headmistress is in power, the gates opening to girls. Rebecca Buckfast has spilled blood to reach this position. As the new regime takes on the old guard, the ground shifts. And with it, the remains of a body are discovered. Rebecca will bury the past so deep it will evade even her own memory, just like she has done before.
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 21, 2022
Sharon Gless
Description: A deeply personal story about Sharon Gless's complicated family and her struggles with alcoholism and fear of romantic commitment and a tell-all about Hollywood and Sharon's encounters with some of the industry's biggest stars. Gless puts it all out on the page in the same way she has lived--never with moderation.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Gle
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 21, 2022
Elsa Sjunneson
Description: Deafblind writer and professor, Elsa Sjunneson explores how the misrepresentation of disability in books, movies, and TV harms both the disabled community and everyone else.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 362.41 Sju
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 21, 2022
Valerie Bertinelli
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 21, 2022
Jordan Salama
Description: Jordan Salama tells the story of the Río Magdalena, nearly one thousand miles long, the heart of Colombia. Following the river from its source high in the Andes to its mouth on the Caribbean coast, journeying by boat, bus, and improvised motobalinera, Salama writes against stereotype and toward the rich lives of those he meets. Among them are a canoe builder, biologists who study invasive hippopotamuses, a Queens transplant managing a failing hotel, a jeweler practicing the art of silver filigree, and a traveling librarian whose donkeys, Alfa and Beto, haul books to rural children. Joy, mourning, and humor come together in this book about a country too often seen as only a site of war, and a tale of lively adventure following a legendary river. --From dust jacket.
Call Number: 918.61 Sal
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 21, 2022
Lea Ypi
Description: "A reflection on "freedom" in a dramatic, beautifully written memoir of the end of Communism in the Balkans. Lea Ypi grew up in the last Stalinist country in Europe: Albania, a place of queuing and scarcity, of political executions and secret police. While family members disappeared to what she was told were "universities" from which few "graduated", she swore loyalty to the Party. In her eyes, people were equal, neighbors helped each other, and children were expected to build a better world. Then the statues of Stalin and Hoxha were toppled. Almost overnight, people could vote and worship freely and invest in hopes of striking it rich. But factories shut, jobs disappeared and thousands fled to Italy, only to be sent back. Pyramid schemes bankrupted the country, leading to violence. One generation's dreams became another's disillusionment. As her own family's secrets were revealed, Lea found herself questioning what "freedom" really means. With acute insight and wit, Lea Ypi traces the perils of ideology,and what people need to flourish"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 21, 2022
Barbara Lazear Ascher
Description: Ascher writes passionately about her unlikely marriage, her husband's illness and death and her ensuing sorrow. A witness to the insanity that grief visits upon its victims with a seeming determination to destroy, she gazes straight into the eye of grief and does not blink. In time she moves beyond that grief--her voyage out. -- From statement provided by publisher
Call Number: 306.883 Ash
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 21, 2022
Katie Couric
Description: In this memoir, Katie Couric reveals what was going on behind the scenes of her sometimes tumultuous personal and professional life--a story she's never shared, until now.
Call Number: B Cou
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 21, 2022
Amartya Sen
Description: "From Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen, a long-awaited memoir about home, belonging, inequality, and identity, recounting a singular life devoted to betterment of humanity. The Nobel laureate Amartya Sen is one of a handful of people who may truly be called"a global intellectual" (Financial Times). A towering figure in the field of economics, Sen is perhaps best known for his work on poverty and famine, as inspired by events in his boyhood home of West Bengal, India. But Sen has, in fact, called many places "home," including Dhaka, in modern Bangladesh; Kolkata, where he first studied economics; and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he engaged with the greatest minds of his generation. In Home in the World, these "homes" collectively form an unparalleled and profoundly truthful vision of twentieth- and twenty-first-century life. Here Sen, "one of the most distinguished minds of our time" (New York Review of Books), interweaves scenes from his remarkable life with candid philosophical reflections on economics, welfare, and social justice, demonstrating how his experiences-in Asia, Europe, and later America-vitally informed his work. In exquisite prose, Sen evokes his childhood travels on the rivers of Bengal, as well as the "quiet beauty" of Dhaka. The Mandalay of Orwell and Kipling is recast as a flourishing cultural center with pagodas, palaces, and bazaars, "always humming with intriguing activities." With characteristic moral clarity and compassion, Sen reflects on the cataclysmic events that soon torehis world asunder, from the Bengal famine of 1943 to the struggle for Indian independence against colonial tyranny-and the outbreak of political violence that accompanied the end of British rule. Witnessing these lacerating tragedies only amplified Sen'ssense of social purpose. He went on to study famine and inequality, wholly reconstructing theories of social choice and development. In 1998, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for his contributions to welfare economics, which included a fuller understandingof poverty as the deprivation of human capability. Still Sen, a tireless champion of the dispossessed, remains an activist, working now as ever to empower vulnerable minorities and break down walls among warring ethnic groups. As much a book of penetrating ideas as of people and places, Home in the World is the ultimate "portrait of a citizen of the world" (Spectator), telling an extraordinary story of human empathy across distance and time, and above all, of being at home in the world"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 21, 2022
Jami Attenberg
Description: Jami Attenberg offers a dazzling memoir about unlocking and embracing her creativity--and how it saved her life.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Att
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 21, 2022
Ivan Maisel
Description: In 2015, Ivan Maisel learned that his son Max's car was found abandoned in a parking next to Lake Ontario. Two months later, Max's body would be found in the lake. This is the story of Maisel's love for a son who was so different from him, but who he loved so deeply, and how he came to learn that grief for Max was nothing more than a last, ultimate expression of love. Navigating the moments of their complicated relationship, as well as their love each other, Maisel explores the bridges he tried to build to his son and the grief that engulfed him and his family after Max's death by suicide. Maisel delves into the tragically transformative reality of losing a child, all with grace, depth, and refinement. By humanizing Max and humanizing his grief, Maisel evokes understanding instead of sorrow, appreciation instead of anxiety--and love instead of fear.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 155.937 Mai
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 21, 2022
Rick Ridgeway
Description: At the beginning of his memoir Life Lived Wild, Adventures at the Edge of the Map, Rick Ridgeway tells us that if you add up all his many expeditions, he's spent over five years of his life sleeping in tents: "And most of that in small tents pitched in the world's most remote regions." It's not a boast so much as an explanation. Whether at elevation or raising a family back at sea level, those years taught him, he writes, "to distinguish matters of consequence from matters of inconsequence." He leaves it to his readers, though, to do the final sort of which is which."--Amazon.
Call Number: 796.522 Rid
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 21, 2022
Kathryn Schulz
Description: Eighteen months before her father died, Kathryn Schulz met Casey, the woman who would become her wife. This book weaves together their love story with the story of losing Kathryn's father in an exploration of the way families are lost and found and the way life dispenses wretchedness and suffering, beauty and grandeur all at once. It is organized into three parts: "Lost," which explores the sometimes frustrating, sometimes comic, sometimes heartbreaking experience of losing things, grounded in Kathryn's account of her father's death; "Found," which examines the experience of discovery, grounded in her story of falling in love; and finally, "And," which contends with the way these events happen in conjunction and imply the inevitable: Life keeps going on, not only around us but beyond us and after us.-- From statement provided by publisher
Call Number: 306.85 Sch
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 21, 2022
Amy Butcher
Description: Amy Butcher was an accomplished college professor, mentor, and writer, but in her own home, she was embarrassed and emotionally burdened by an increasingly abusive relationship. Exhausted and terrified, Amy reached out to Instagram celebrity Joy "Mothertrucker" Wiebe - the nation's only female ice road trucker. Invited by Joy to ride shotgun, Amy found her escape on a road that was treacherous, beautiful, and exhilarating - an adventurous ride through the Alaskan wilderness that was profoundly life changing.
Call Number: 362.8292 But
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 21, 2022
Heather Hansman
Description: Heather Hansman takes readers on a journey into the hidden history of American skiing, offering a glimpse into an underexplored subculture from the perspective of a true insider.-- From statement provided by publisher
Call Number: 796.93 Han
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 21, 2022
Tabitha Lasley
Description: An honest memoir that shines a light on what happens when female desire conflicts with a culture of masculinity in crisis. In her mid-thirties and newly free from a terrible relationship, Tabitha Lasley quit her job in London and moved to Aberdeen, Scotland. She decided to make good on a long-deferred idea for a book about oil rigs and the men who work on them. She wanted to see what men were like with no women around. Tabitha became deeply entrenched in the world of roughnecks, a teeming subculture rich with brawls, hard labor, competition, and the deepest friendships imaginable. The longer she stayed, the more she found her presence had a destabilizing effect on the men--and her. On the one hand, this is a portrait of an overlooked industry: a way of life for generations of primarily working-class men and also a potent metaphor for those parts of life we keep at bay--class, masculinity, and the transactions of desire. On the other hand the story of a journalist whose professional distance from her subject becomes perilously thin.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 331.7622 Las
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 21, 2022
Faith Jones
Description: Growing up on an isolated farm in Macau, Faith Jones was raised to be part a religious army preparing for the End Times. Thousands of members strong, the cult followers of the Children of God looked to her grandfather as their guiding light. Over decades the Children of God became notorious for its alarming sex practices and allegations of abuse and exploitation. When Jones broke away, at age twenty-three, she left behind everything she knew to forge her own path in America. Her memoir reflects our societal norms of oppression and abuse while providing an exploration of spiritual manipulation and our rights in our bodies. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: 289.9 Jon
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 21, 2022
David Grohl
Description: Having entertained the idea for years, and even offered a few questionable opportunities Dave Grohl has decided to tell these stories just as he has always done, in his own voice. The joy that he has felt from chronicling these tales is not unlike listening back to a song that he has recorded and can't wait to share with the world, or reading a primitive journal entry from a stained notebook, or even hearing his voice bounce between the Kiss posters on his wall as a child.
Call Number: B Gro
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 21, 2022
Taylor Harris
Description: "One morning, Tophs, Taylor Harris's round-cheeked, lively twenty-two-month-old, wakes up listless and unresponsive. At the hospital, her maternal instincts are confirmed: something is wrong with her boy, and Taylor's life will never be the same. With every question the doctors answer about Tophs's increasingly troubling symptoms, more arise, and Taylor dives into the search for a diagnosis. This is a stirring and radiantly written examination of the bond between mother and child, full of hard-won insights about fighting for and finding meaning when nothing goes as expected."--Book jacket.
Call Number: 306.8743 Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 21, 2022
Will Smith, Mark Manson
Description: Will Smith's transformation from a West Philadelphia kid to one of the biggest rap stars of his era, and then one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood history, is an epic tale-- but it's only half the story. His whole family was at the pinnacle of the entertainment world-- only they felt more like star performers in his circus, a seven-days-a-week job they had not signed up for. Here he shares his journey of self-knowledge, telling how he mastered his own emotions, written in a way that can help everyone else do the same. -- adapted from back cover
Call Number: LP B Smi
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jan 21, 2022
Subscribe to New Best Fun List: New Memoirs
1000 Years Of Joys And Sorrows
Weiwei Ai, Allan Hepburn Barr
709.2 Ai
I Keep Trying To Catch His Eye : A Memoir Of Loss, Grief, And Love
Ivan Maisel
155.937 Mai
A Narrow Door
Joanne Harris
Life Lived Wild : Adventures At The Edge Of The Map
Rick Ridgeway
796.522 Rid
Apparently There Were Complaints : A Memoir
Sharon Gless
B Gle
Lost & Found : A Memoir
Kathryn Schulz
306.85 Sch
Being Seen : One Deafblind Woman's Fight To End Ableism
Elsa Sjunneson
362.41 Sju
Mother Trucker : Finding Joy On The Loneliest Road In America
Amy Butcher
362.8292 But
Enough Already : Learning To Love The Way I Am Today
Valerie Bertinelli
Powder Days : Ski Bums, Ski Towns And The Future Of Chasing Snow
Heather Hansman
796.93 Han
Every Day The River Changes : Four Weeks Down The Magdalena
Jordan Salama
918.61 Sal
Sea State : A Memoir
Tabitha Lasley
331.7622 Las
Free : A Child And A Country At The End Of History
Lea Ypi
Sex Cult Nun : Breaking Away From The Children Of God, A Wild, Radical Religious Cult
Faith Jones
289.9 Jon
Ghosting : A Widow's Voyage Out : A Memoir
Barbara Lazear Ascher
306.883 Ash
The Storyteller : Tales Of Life And Music
David Grohl
B Gro
Going There
Katie Couric
B Cou
This Boy We Made : A Memoir Of Motherhood, Genetics, And Facing The Unknown
Taylor Harris
306.8743 Har
Home In The World : A Memoir
Amartya Sen
Will
Will Smith, Mark Manson
LP B Smi
I Came All This Way To Meet You : Writing Myself Home
Jami Attenberg
B Att