Beyond the abundance of pumpkin-flavored delights—although we love a good pumpkin spice latte—this fall holds the anticipation of an array of new memoirs. And, if your excitement to delve into these books is anything like ours, then we know it’s simply irresistible. Don’t wait on us, dig in.
A Smoke and a Song by Sherry Sidoti 8/1
Amidst the pandemic’s grip in January 2021, Sherry Sidoti’s mother faces terminal cancer. Prioritizing a Manhattan trip over newfound freedom and her relationship, Sherry ponders the essence of freedom itself. Sherry chronicles her journey to uncover meaning from her past memories, stumbling toward self-actualization, love, and spirituality.
Ride or Die by Jarie Bolander (9/5)
In sickness and in health is easier said than done. When a man is expected to step into the role of caregiver after serving as the provider, there are few resources to help him. When Jarie Bolander’s wife is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he’s met mostly with the advice to “suck it up.” In this memoir, he chronicles his wife’s fight and his own journey in the hopes to help other men who suddenly find themselves in a role they are unprepared for.
Making It So: A Memoir by Patrick Stewart 10/3
From his celebrated achievements on stage to his iconic roles in the Star Trek and X-Men series, Sir Patrick Stewart has mesmerized audiences across the globe and generations with his unforgettable mastery of both theater and film. In his memoir, Stewart unveils a candid portrayal of his life, starting from his modest childhood in Yorkshire, England, to reaching the pinnacles of Hollywood and international recognition. The story mirrors a narrative as vibrant, definitive, and lasting as the man behind it.
How to Say Babylon: A Memoir by Safiya Sinclair 10/3
As a child, Safiya Sinclair’s father, a passionate reggae artist and devoted follower of a strict Rastafari sect, became preoccupied with safeguarding her purity. He particularly feared the corrupting influences of the Western world or Babylon and believed obedience was the highest virtue for women. For years Safiya watched her mother struggle voicelessly under her father’s rigid beliefs. But despite her mother’s loyalty to his rule, Safiya was introduced to books, particularly poetry. She then used education to empower her voice and break free, leading to clashes with her increasingly violent and paranoid father. Her story glimpses into the Rastafari world many know little about.
The Death And Life Of Benny Brooks: Sort Of by Ethan Long 10/3
Benny’s world is coming apart at the seams. His parents’ recent divorce forces his mom to relocate, leaving Benny and his siblings with their chain-smoking father, grappling with a lung cancer diagnosis. Lonely, anxious, and furious, Benny navigates life in the grip of fifth-grade survival. Drawing from personal experiences, Ethan Long delves into the struggles of maturing within a backdrop of family upheaval. His tale sheds light on the challenges young individuals faces and their journey toward a brighter future.
Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant: A Memoir by Curtis Chin 10/17
In the tumultuous Detroit landscape of the 1980s, Chung’s Cantonese Cuisine offered a haven where a diverse clientele, from the city’s first Black mayor to drag queens, found respite in home-cooked meals. Amid this refuge, filmmaker and activist Curtis Chin embraced his identity as a gay, American-born Chinese, navigating the city’s challenges and discovering the potential he had to share the world, his beloved family, and himself. He invites readers into his oasis to experience his growth and even explore the secret menu.
Worthy by Jada Pinkett Smith 10/17
In a celebrity-driven world, Jada Pinkett Smith intimately shares her journey, discovering her womanly power and self-worth. She defies labels, encouraging radical self-love and authenticity. From an unconventional upbringing to an extraordinary marriage, Jada reclaims her narrative. Her story is an impactful ode to self, family, life, and the world, guiding readers to embrace their true selves.
The Woman in Me by Britney Spears 10/24
June 2021 saw the world riveted as Britney Spears spoke openly in court. Her voice and truth made an indelible impact, reshaping her life and many others. In this book, she unveils her remarkable journey, spotlighting the unyielding resilience of one of pop music’s greatest icons. With remarkable candor and humor, she aims to shine a light on the enduring influence of music and love. It underscores the significance of a woman sharing her narrative, on her own terms, for the first time.
If You Would Have Told Me by John Stamos
Full House fans rejoice, everyone’s favorite TV uncle is sharing the highs and lows of a decades-spanning career as a household name. From his early years flipping burgers, to teenage stardom and the role he’ll be remember for forever, Stamos shares his life of love, loss and legacy in this beautiful memoir full of Hollywood’s most beloved stars.
Being Henry: The Fonz . . . and Beyond by Henry Winkler 10/31
Regarded as the nicest man in Hollywood, Henry Winkler has come a long way from his prominent role as “The Fonz” to hit shows like Parks and Recreation. In his memoir, Henry tells the truth behind it all, his childhood, living and struggling with severe dyslexia, and the pressures of Hollywood who typecast him for so long he couldn’t find work.
My Name Is Barbra by Barbra Streisand 11/7
Barbra Streisand is a living legend with one of the most recognizable voices in music. Across six decades, she’s excelled in every facet of entertainment. An EGOT winner with a distinct voice, she earned 46 Grammy nominations and pioneered Yentl as a writer, producer, director, and star. Her story, filled with witty candor, unveils her journey from Brooklyn to stardom, including directing The Prince of Tides, her acclaimed Funny Girl role, album successes, Yentl‘s creation, influential friendships, activism, and marriage to James Brolin.
Class: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hunger, and Higher Education by Stephanie Land 11/7
Stephanie Land’s Class is the follow-up to her memoir Maid. Here Land recounts her college journey and pursuit of a writing career. Facing barriers like the complex loan system and not having the funds for meals, she defies the odds, graduating in her mid-thirties. Her story delves into the challenges of motherhood and ambition, questioning the value society places on education and work.