From an MBA Mastermind to a Ravenmaster | Memoir Previews, Oct. 2018

Eichenwald, Kurt. A Mind Unraveled: A Memoir. Ballantine. Oct. 2018. 416p. ISBN 9780399593628. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780399593635. Downloadable. MEMOIR
A two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, a two-time winner of the George Polk Award, and a New York Times best-selling author (e.g., The Informants), Eichenwald could tell a remarkable enough story about his life, but here’s something bigger: he’s forthright about his epilepsy, a condition that has led him to face abuse, discrimination, and, on a daily basis, the possibility of death.

Gerald, Casey. There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir. Riverhead. Oct. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780735214200. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780735214217. Downloadable. MEMOIR
Raised in his grandfather’s black evangelical church, sometimes with only his mother’s disability checks to support him and his sister, Gerald was recruited to play football at Yale, received an MBA from Harvard Business School, and thereafter cofounded MBAs Across America, which supports young entrepreneurs nationwide. His B school commencement address made news for its eloquence, so expect great writing.

Harrison, Kathryn. On Sunset: A Memoir. Doubleday. Oct. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780385542678. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780385542685. Downloadable. MEMOIR
Noted for her boundary-breaking memoirs as well as her fiction (most recently, The Enchantments), Harrison introduces us to her fur trapper–turned–Model T Ford salesman grandfather and her grandmother, born into a privileged Jewish merchant family in Shanghai, who raised her in a glorious Tudor mansion above Sunset Boulevard until the money ran out.

Jacobson, Abbi. I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities and Other Stuff. Grand Central. Oct. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781538713297. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781538713280. CD/downloadable. HUMOR/ESSAYS
From the cocreator, executive producer, and costar of the Comedy Central series Broad City, nominated for ECNY’s best web series award, here comes a passel of funny, touching essays on love, work, and sorting oneself out that’s rooted in Jacobson’s solo cross-country drive. With a 250,000-copy first printing.

Jenkins, Jedidiah. To Shake the Sleeping Self: A 14,000-Mile Bike Trip, and One Man’s Quest to Live a Life with No Regrets. Convergent: Random. Oct. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781524761387. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781524761394. Downloadable. MEMOIR
What can you learn bicycling the 10,000 miles from Oregon to Patagonia? That’s what travel writer, lawyer, activist, and Instagram sensation Jenkins is here to tell us. With 159,000 Instagram followers and connections to organizations like Invisible Children, Passion Passport, and Wilderness magazine, he’s got reach.

Namath, Joe. Legend: My Life in Football. Little, Brown. Oct. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780316421102. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780316421096. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316421089. CD/downloadable. MEMOIR
In time for the 50th anniversary of Namath’s leading the New York Jets to a huge upset victory in the Super Bowl, here’s a memoir recounting the football player’s rise to stardom, glamorous social life, and dealing post-retirement with injuries and alcoholism. With a 200,000-copy first printing.

Skaife, Christopher. The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London. Farrar. Oct. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9780374113346. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374717131. CD. MEMOIR
Yeoman Warder of Her Majesty’s Palace and Fortress, the Tower of London, Skaife has one of the most distinctive and, frankly, coolest jobs ever: he tends to the Tower’s ravens. It’s demanding work, and not just because he’s constantly shopping for raw meat and the biscuits he soaks in blood for his charges. Legend has it that if a raven escapes the Tower, the city will fall.

Soloway, Jill. She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy. Crown Archetype. Oct. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9781101904749. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101904756. Downloadable. MEMOIR
The Emmy and Golden Globe Award–winning creator of Transparent, Soloway stares down key issues of love, sexuality, identity, and male-defined Hollywood power while contemplating what it’s like to have a parent come out as transgender. Not your standard celebrity memoir.

Turner, Tina. My Love Story: A Memoir. Atria. Oct. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781501198243. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781501198267. MEMOIR
Bedridden with a string of debilitating illnesses after experiencing chest pains at her 2013 wedding, Turner had time to reflect on her roller-coaster personal and professional lives. Here, in a follow-up to her best-selling 1986 memoir, I Tina, she imparts those memories and her sense of contentment today.

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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