Best Memoir: Our Favorites of 2016, Part 2


A feel-good nonfiction beach read for the athletic and nonathletic alike; essential reading for all parents; beautifully told, Ghost Songs is likely to stay with readers for a long time; Tynan presents universal insight and wit

What We Talk About When We Talk About… | Memoir


A father who lost a child in a rafting accident; a director of a sober-living community for women with AIDS; an Iranian fashion rebel; and a creative writing professor with abandonment issues

Musical Memoirs | Wyatt’s World


Memoirs take a musical turn this fall, with a number of high-profile singers turning to the page rather than the microphone to tell their tales. Here are five essential titles as an overture.

Forever Fascinated by Family | Memoir


Families continue to fascinate memoir writers, readers, and reviewers.

Loss & Gain | Memoir


Each of this month’s memoirs is about growing stronger in different ways, even as each writer loses something crucial or someone essential. While they won’t leave a dry eye in the house, they’ll evoke cathartic and redemptive tears.

Family Fireworks & “Boomoirs” | Memoir


Derek reads four debut memoirs this month and Thérèse Purcell Nielsen reviews two baby boomer memoirs.

Tomes of the Brave | Memoir


This month, all the memoir picks are about being brave, and the many forms that it may take. Even when dealing with heavy subject matter, the authors find light, humor, and meaning in their experiences.

Best Memoirs 2016: Our Favorites (first half)


Here’s the best of January–May Memoir. Later this year, we’ll publish the best of June–December, so stay tuned!

Sex, Drugs, Sticks | Memoir


The perennial themes of sex and drugs pop up in all of the memoirs (sometimes in the same book) this month.

Family Fables & Failures | Memoir


Families and the emotional fallout thereof dominate this month’s memoir column.