Wyatt’s World: Celebrity-Free Memoirs

It is not all celebrities and 20-odd-years-ago composite girlfriends generating the talk about memoirs this spring. Along with books by Colin Powell, Sissy Spacek, Dan Rather, Gregg Allman, and Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez are memoirs that offer much less famous life stories but no less amazing, touching, or inspiring.

  • Cures for Hunger by Deni Y. Bechard (Milkweed)
  • Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; see our Q&A with Bechdel)
  • A Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate Bornstein (Beacon Pr.)
  • Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson (Amy Einhorn: Putnam)
  • To the Last Breath: A Memoir of Going to Extremes by Francis Slakey (S. & S.)
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Neal Wyatt About Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at Readers_Shelf@comcast.net