Media Stars, Rock Stars, Actors, & More | Memoir Previews, Nov./Dec. 2017

Archibald, Brett. Alone: Lost Overboard in the Indian Ocean. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Nov. 2017. 384p.ISBN 9781250143303. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250143310. CD: Macmillan Audio. MEMOIR
While on a surf-charter boat tossed about by a storm in the Mentawai Strait off Sumatra, Indonesia, Archibald blacked out from food poisoning, fell overboard, and came to with the boat sailing into the distance. He spent 28 hours in the water before being rescued. Now that’s survival.

Brown, Tina. The Vanity Fair Diaries. Holt. Nov. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9781627791366. $32; ebk. ISBN 9781627791373. CD: Macmillan Audio. MEMOIR
Tasked with rescuing Condé Nast’s floundering yet vitally important Vanity Fair, a young British journalist named Tina Brown succeeded through wholesale reinvention—and became a media icon along the way. Brown reports on the eight tempestuous years she spent at Vanity Fair while also recalling how she built a family and made herself at home in a new country.

Fadiman, Anne. The Wine Lover’s Daughter: A Memoir. Farrar. Nov. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9780374228088. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780374711764. MEMOIR
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Fadiman here clarifies her relationship with her father, famed literary critic Clifton Fadiman. She also tells the story of her father’s singular passion for the fruit of the vine.

Fisher, Joely. Growing up Fisher. Morrow. Nov. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780062695536. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062695550. MEMOIR
Fisher has made it as an actress, director, and singer, having appeared on Broadway and starred in the big-news sitcom Ellen, alongside Ellen DeGeneres. But losing sister Carrie Fisher inspired the writer in her. Here she recalls life in the grand Hollywood Fisher family. With a 125,000-copy first printing.

Grossi, Craig. Craig & Fred: A Marine, a Stray Dog, and How They Rescued Each Other. Morrow. Nov. 2017. 224p. ISBN 9780062693389. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062693402. CD: Harper Audio. MEMOIR
Readers never tire of books about the wonderful things dogs do for their human companions, and there’s a growing body of work about the wonderful things they do for U.S. soldiers. A marine sergeant handling intelligence work in Afghanistan, Grossi rescued goofy-happy Fred by smuggling him into camp against regulations, eventually getting him home to Virginia. Fred returned the favor by helping Grossi cope with posttraumatic stress. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Haddish, Tiffany. The Last Black Unicorn. Gallery: S. & S. Dec. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781501181825. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501181849. MEMOIR
Known to fans for her work on NBC’s The Carmichael Show and in the feature film Girls Trip, Haddish recalls a tougher-than-tough upbringing in South Central Los Angeles, where she circulated through foster care after her mother sustained a serious brain injury and tried to cope at a nearly all-white school as a ninth grader who didn’t know how to read. Now she has her first Showtime stand-up comedy special, She Ready, coming this fall.

Jones, Rickie Lee. Rickie Lee. Grove. Nov. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780802127129. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780802188809. MEMOIR
A two-time Grammy Award winner who’s no. 30 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Women in Rock & Roll,” Jones here recalls a colorful life and a highly influential career. And she’s still working.

Julien, Maude. The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir. Little, Brown. Dec. 2017. 288p. tr. from French by Adriana Hunter. ISBN 9780316466622. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780316466608. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316505260. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. MEMOIR
Drawing comparison to Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle, this memoir details some pretty horrific stuff. Julien’s parents, obsessed with making her a survivor devoid of any sort of weakness, deprived her of heat, hot water, decent food, and affection and made her do things like holding onto an electrified fence without recoiling. Now she’s a therapist specializing in the issues surrounding manipulation and control. With a 50,000-copy first printing.

Lewis, Jenifer. The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir. Amistad: HarperCollins. Nov. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780062410405. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062410429. MEMOIR
Currently starring in the popular show Black-ish, Lewis fought her way up through poverty and undiagnosed mental illness to strut the stage in four Broadway shows, also making appearances in more than 300 films and television shows and more than 200 concerts and one-woman shows worldwide. Not just her life story but a message about healing along the way.

Woods, Sherryl. A Small Town Love Story: Colonial Beach, Virginia. Mira: Harlequin. Nov. 2017. 208p. ISBN 9780778360988. pap. $21.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488079108. MEMOIR
No, not another romance from the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. Instead, Woods revisits the small Virginia town that has lightened her summers and served to inspire many of the settings of her beloved stories. With a 60,000-copy first printing.

Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.

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