Loss & Gain | Memoir

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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

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

Tomes of the Brave | Memoir

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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)

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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

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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

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

Bullying, Relocating, Observing, Inventing | Memoir

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Among this month’s memoirs is one that explores what it means to remember and thus questions the very nature of writing a memoir. It is destined to become a modern American classic.

Poetry, Dining, & Shakespeare | Memoir

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Memoirs about expressions of love through poetry, songs, and food.

Gazing, Grazing, Homesteading, Reasoning | Memoir

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This month’s column looks at an essential book on depression, the story of a man trying to turn himself into a goat, and a tale of modern-day homesteading. Comedian Michael Ian Black also weighs in on bodies, illness, and aging.

A Life Under Fire | Collection Development: Military Memoirs

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Authors ranging from veterans of famous conflicts past to modern combatants, reminiscences of battlefield experiences express boredom and loneliness, brutality and compassion, violence and love. These 31 titles will enhance any collection.