Dads, Death, Disasters, Drinking | Memoir

This Is Only a Test

November’s memoir picks are a bit of a hodgepodge perhaps, but also a fine slice of contemporary American memoir.

Going to the Dogs | Memoir

Home Is Burning

Almost all the books featured in my last memoir column for LJ have a canine or two in the mix.

A Life of One’s Own | Memoir


The theme of this month’s memoir column is upbringing and what one does with it.

Jock Jams | Memoir

Strong Is the New Sexy

The memoirs this month had me sweating vicariously as the authors portaged canoes, did planks in their living rooms, and hiked cross-country.

Being Nixon: A Man Divided by Evan Thomas | LJ Review

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Thomas, Evan. Being Nixon: A Man Divided. Random. 2015. 640p. photos. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780812995367. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780812995374. BIOG For better or worse, argues Thomas (Ike’s Bluff) in this fascinating and impressively researched biography, President ­Richard Nixon (1913–94) was motivated by fears and insecurities that created a drive to succeed, which resulted in […]

Four Quality First-Timers | Memoir


Four remarkable memoir debuts from a playwright, a hoarder (maybe), a brother, and a grandson.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates | LJ Review


Library Journal’s review of Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Summertime Vibes | Memoir

A Field Guide to Awkward Silences

The memoirs this month are quick, quirky books perfect for reading in a hammock while soaking up some summertime vibes.

From Screen to Sound | Wyatt’s World


For the second week of audiobook month consider displaying titles by authors well known on screens big and small. Here are five memoirs from visual celebrities—actors on hit TV shows and films, a news anchor, and a chef–turned–tour guide.

Faulty Families | Memoir

The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey

There’s not a dud in this batch of brand-new memoirs about families functional and dysfunctional.