The Art of the Memoir | Day of Dialog 2018

Memoirs may be ubiquitous in the publishing lineup this year, but as Day of Dialog’s The Art of the Memoir panel demonstrated, the range of experience encompassed by that label means there is something to resonate with every reader.

Happy 100th Lenny | Arts & Humanities Reviews

A must read memoir for music lovers that is poignant and humorous; An engaging biography that reads more like a memoir

Murakami & Rice, Frederick Douglass & Valley Forge | Barbara’s Picks, Oct. 2018

Barry, Dave. Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog. S. & S. Oct. 2018. 208p. ISBN 9781501161155. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501161179. CD. HUMOR Barry, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and one of America’s favorite humorists, gives us advice on aging gracefully by looking at the creature he knows who’s done it the […]

Current Concerns | Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2018

Addario, Lynsey. Of Love & War. Penguin Pr. Oct. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9780525560029. $40; ebk. ISBN 9780525560036. Downloadable. PHOTOJOURNALISM Pulitzer Prize–winning photojournalist Addario stuns us into awareness with 200-plus photographs featuring the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. With essays by Dexter Filkins, Suzy Hansen, Christy Turlington, and more. Asim, Jabari. We Can’t Breathe: On […]

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 […]

Music, Arts, & Literature To Soothe the Savage Breast | Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2018

Beastie Boys. Beastie Boys Book. Spiegel & Grau. Oct. 2018. 592p. ISBN 9780812995541. $50; ebk. ISBN 9780812995558. Downloadable. MUSIC Remaining band members Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz tell the story of the New York City hardcore band Beastie Boys, of which LJ editor-at-large John Berry’s son John was a founding member. With […]

Dear America | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Sept. 2018

Anderson, Carol. One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy. Bloomsbury USA. Sept. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781635571370. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781635571387. POLITICAL SCIENCE In White Rage, a New York Times best seller that won the National Book Critics Circle Award, Emory professor Anderson chronicled efforts since 1865 to block the advancement of […]

Memoirs of Merit

Gurba, a writer for our times, brings a powerful perspective; this thrilling story of one woman’s search for truth and her place in the world is an early candidate for memoir of the year; O’Farrell’s work emphasizes the body’s desire to fight for survival, even as it takes on challenges from all sides; an engrossing read for all, even those who don’t know their folk music history

Knausgaard, Macy, Tomalin, & More | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Aug. 2018

Chivers, C.J. The Fighters. S. & S. Aug. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781451676648. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781451676679. MILITARY HISTORY Part of a team that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, Chivers walked the walk with American soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq for over a dozen years. Now, as a writer-at-large for the New York […]

From Heiress to Novelist to Impostor | Biography/Memoir Previews, Aug. 2018

Bingham, Sallie. The Silver Swan: In Search of Doris Duke. Farrar. Aug. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780374142599. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780374142599. CD. BIOGRAPHY Businesswoman, philanthropist, war correspondent, horticulturist, art collector: heiress Doris Duke was once tagged as the richest girl in the world, but obviously she was a whole lot more. Multithreat author/activist Bingham burrowed through […]