Doorstoppers, War Stories, Fashion, Folkies | Classic Returns

World War I & II stories, memoirs, fashion, folk singers and folk songs, crime classics, classic rockers, a Nobel Laureate, an Inuit boy, and a humongous collection of stories by Kurt Vonnegut.

Buruma, Kaplan, & a Neruda Biography | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Mar. 2018

Buruma, Ian. A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir. Penguin Pr. Mar. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781101981412. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781101981429. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. MEMOIR A leading public intellectual, the author of numerous award-winning titles, and named among 100 top global thinkers of 2010 by Foreign Policy, Buruma has succeeded Robert B. Silvers as the editor of the […]

Reconciling Histories, Unraveling Mysteries | Memoir

Family relationships and Russia’s traumatic history are the subjects of this month’s memoir column.

Escapes from the FLDS & the Islamic State | November Memoirs on Audio

Memoirs, from Nadia Murad, David Lebovitz, & Rachel Jeffs.

Banville, Mamet, Zadie Smith, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Feb. 2018

Banville, John. Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir. Knopf. Feb. 2018. 224p. ISBN 9781524732837. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781524732844. Downloadable: Random Audio. MEMOIR/TRAVEL Not just a memoir, this new work by Man Booker Prize winner Banville recounts his relationship with Dublin, a significant force in his life if not in his fiction until the Quirke mystery series […]

Memoirs from Gabrielle Union, Amy Tan, & Khizr Khan | Stephanie’s Picks

Astronaut Scott Kelly discusses his time in space, Gabrielle Union shares her traumas and triumphs, and Gold Star father Khizr Khan describes his family’s love for America.

Audiobooks: Christine Hyung-Oak Lee | Xpress Reviews

Despite engrossing true-life experiences, Lee’s work ultimately disappoints, though the book was much better received

Ann Hood’s Morningstar: Growing Up with Books | LibraryReads Author Spotlight

Following The Book That Matters Most, fiction about a reading group whose members each present the book that most shaped or sustained their lives, Ann Hood’s Morningstar: Growing Up with Books seems like the perfect nonfiction complement.

Seeking Justice, Uncovering the Past, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2018

Burke Harris, Nadine, M.D. The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity. Houghton Harcourt. Jan. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9780544828704. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780544828728. SOCIAL SCIENCE Founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco, profiled in The New Yorker, and a TED talker whose “I Was Thinking Too Small” has […]

From Lampedusa to Black Lives Matter | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Jan. 2018

Bartolo, Pietro & Lidia Tilotta. Tears of Salt: A Doctor’s Story. Norton. Jan. 2018. 224p. tr. from Italian by Chenxin Jiang. ISBN 9780393651287. $25.95. MEMOIR Born into a family of fishermen, Bartolo has run the only medical clinic on the Italian island of Lampedusa for 25 years, tending to his fellow islanders while also helping […]