Final Four: Autumn Memoir Picks

This is the last of 2017’s quarterly roundups (after “Four To Explore,” LJ 6/15/17) to highlight starred reviews in the online-only Memoir column and other reviews of note.

Families & Addiction, Philosophers, Two Debuts, & Joyce Maynard | Memoir

A grab-bag of titles about drug addiction, prevailing against all odds, almost forgotten ancestors, a love story cut short, and a Renaissance philosopher.

First Novelists Bollen, Ervin, Fishbane, Ireland, Knight, Stuhler & Others | Debut Fiction, April 1, 2015

Bollen’s debut ramps up to a breathless, well-crafted thriller; a black comedy general fiction readers and philosophers will enjoy; Fishbane celebrates the lives of two independent women; Knight’s novel is deliciously captivating and brilliantly twisty.

Tales from the Heartland | The Reader’s Shelf

A mix of fiction, memoir, and journalism.