Recent Biography and Memoir Gift Picks

Somebody's Daughter: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250305978
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Published: Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book - June 1st, 2021


“This is a book people will be talking about forever.”
Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Untamed

Original Sisters: Portraits of Tenacity and Courage (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
By Anita Kunz, Roxane Gay (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780593316146
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Published: Pantheon - November 9th, 2021

From the internationally acclaimed artist, a stunning collection of portraits of ground-breaking women—Joan of Arc, Josephine Baker, Greta Thunberg, Misty Copeland, and many more history-making women whose names have been forgotten and are finally being brought to light. With a Foreword by Roxane Gay

These Precious Days: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063092785
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Published: Harper - November 23rd, 2021

The beloved New York Times bestselling author reflects on home, family, friendships and writing in this deeply personal collection of essays.  

The Correspondents: Six Women Writers on the Front Lines of World War II Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385547666
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Published: Doubleday - November 2nd, 2021

The riveting, untold history of a group of heroic women reporters who revolutionized the narrative of World War II—from Martha Gellhorn, who out-scooped her husband, Ernest Hemingway, to Lee Miller, a Vogue cover model turned war correspondent.

Orwell's Roses Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593083369
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Published: Viking - October 19th, 2021

“An exhilarating romp through Orwell’s life and times and also through the life and times of roses.” —Margaret Atwood
“A captivating account of Orwell as gardener, lover, parent, and endlessly curious thinker.” —Claire Messud, Harper's

Taste: My Life Through Food Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982168018
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Published: Gallery Books - October 5th, 2021


From award-winning actor and food obsessive Stanley Tucci comes an intimate and charming memoir of life in and out of the kitchen.

Stanley Tucci grew up in an Italian American family that spent every night around the kitchen table.

Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250621733
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Published: Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book - September 14th, 2021


"Searing. Powerful. Needed." —Oprah

“Sometimes a single story can change the world. Unbound is one of those stories.
Tarana’s words are a testimony to liberation and love.” —Brené Brown

Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062964618
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Published: Harper - September 21st, 2021

New York Times bestselling author and journalist Anderson Cooper teams with New York Times bestselling historian and novelist Katherine Howe to chronicle the rise and fall of a legendary American dynasty—his mother’s family, the Vanderbilts.

One of the Washington Post's Notable Works of Nonfiction of 2021

Yours Cruelly, Elvira: Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306874352
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Published: Hachette Books - September 21st, 2021

**Instant New York Times Bestseller, Los Angeles Times Bestseller, USA Today Bestseller, Publishers Weekly Bestseller**

The woman behind the icon known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, the undisputed Queen of Halloween, reveals her full story, filled with intimate bombshells, told by the bombshell herself. 


Oscar Wilde: A Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525656364
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Published: Knopf - October 12th, 2021

The fullest, most textural, most accurate—most human—account of Oscar Wilde's unique and dazzling life—based on extensive new research and newly discovered materials, from Wilde's personal letters and transcripts of his first trial to newly uncovered papers of his early romantic (and dangerous) escapades and the two-year prison term that shattere

Madam: The Biography of Polly Adler, Icon of the Jazz Age Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385534758
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Published: Doubleday - November 2nd, 2021

The compulsively readable and sometimes jaw-dropping story of the life of a notorious madam who played hostess to every gangster, politician, writer, sports star and Cafe Society swell worth knowing, and who as much as any single figure helped make the twenties roar—from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Most Famous Man in America.

Windswept: Walking the Paths of Trailblazing Women Cover Image
ISBN: 9781951142704
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Published: Tin House Books - September 7th, 2021

A Smithsonian Top Ten Best Book About Travel of 2021

An Apple Books Pick of the Month and a Powell's and The Story Exchange Best Book of Fall

“A gorgeous and revelatory blend of memoir, travelogue, and long-forgotten history.”—Abbott Kahler

Patricia Highsmith: Her Diaries and Notebooks: 1941-1995 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324090991
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Published: Liveright - November 16th, 2021

The Times (of London) • Best Books of the Year
New York Times Book Review • Editors’ Choice
Excerpted in The New Yorker
Profiled in The Los Angeles Times

1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows: A Memoir Cover Image
By Ai Weiwei, Allan H. Barr (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780553419467
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Published: Crown - November 2nd, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS CHOICE • In Ai Weiwei’s widely anticipated memoir, “one of the most important artists working in the world today” (Financial Times) tells a century-long epic tale of China through the story of his own extraordinary life and the legacy of his father, the nation’s most celebrated poet.

The Writer's Crusade: Kurt Vonnegut and the Many Lives of Slaughterhouse-Five (Books About Books) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419744891
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Published: Abrams Press - November 9th, 2021

The story of Kurt Vonnegut and Slaughterhouse-Five, an enduring masterpiece on trauma and memory
Kurt Vonnegut was twenty years old when he enlisted in the United States Army. Less than two years later, he was captured by the Germans in the single deadliest US engagement of the war, the Battle of the Bulge.

Beautiful Country: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385547215
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Published: Doubleday - September 7th, 2021

A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR AN NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR  A TODAY SHOW #READWITHJENNA BOOK CLUB PICK The moving story of an undocumented child living in poverty in the richest country in the world—an incandescent debut fr

The Churchill Sisters: The Extraordinary Lives of Winston and Clementine's Daughters Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250272393
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Published: St. Martin's Press - December 7th, 2021

As complex in their own way as their Mitford cousins, Winston and Clementine Churchill’s daughters each had a unique relationship with their famous father. Rachel Trethewey's biography, The Churchill Sisters, tells their story.