As the fall season comes to a close, She Writes Press has one last list of titles coming for you. This list is all about relationships – between husband and wife, patient and caregiver, explorer and the world, parent and child and professional and client. Lines will be crossed, trust will be betrayed and love will sprout anew.
If you loved Split by Suzanne Finnamore, read Two Minus One: A Memoir by Kathryn Taylor
Five years into her second marriage, after retiring from her career, selling her home, and relocating to support her husband’s career, Kathryn Taylor’s husband announces that he is “done with marriage and doesn’t want to talk about it.” With time and friendship, Taylor finds her way out of her grief and builds a new life.
If you loved Travels in a Thin Country by Sara Wheeler, read Notes from the Bottom of the World: A Life in Chile by Suzanne Adam
While Wheeler only visited Chile for a short time, Adam made it her home. Comprised of 63 short essays, Notes from the Bottom of the World explores how her American past and four decades in Chile have shaped her worldview while providing insight into aging, women’s roles, love and friendship.
If you loved Critical Care by Theresa Brown, read Stories from the Tenth-Floor Clinic: A Nurse Practitioner Remembers by Marianna Crane
Marianna Crane does more than just provide medical care. She runs a clinic for seniors, which sometimes involves chasing out scam artists and abusive adult children, signing her own name to social security checks, planning funerals and more. While she deals with her own situation at home, she also butts heads with her staff.
If you loved Rebooting My Brain by Maria Ross, read Room 23: Surviving A Brain Hemorrhage by Kavita Basi
This unique memoir follows Basi’s struggle to recover after a subarachnoid hemorrhage – a condition with a 50% mortality rate. What makes the memoir unique is the format. QR codes can be found within the text, linking to Instagram posts, video blogs, and more, so the reader can experience her journey with her.
If you loved The Scarlett Letters by Jenny Nordbak, read Fetish Girl: A Memoir of Sex, Domination, and Motherhood by Bella LaVey
In this rollercoaster of a memoir about sex, domination, addiction, violence and motherhood, LaVey recounts the creation of her larger-than-life dominatrix persona, Evil Kitty, her struggle to come to terms with her truth and to raise a healthy, loving child. This moving and courageous book will surprise you at every turn.
If you loved Irritable Hearts by Mac McClelland, read Broken Whole: A Memoir by Jane Binns
Both of these beautiful memoirs include themes of post-traumatic stress disorder and romance. When Jane Binns divorces her husband, she has no idea what’s in store for her. She falls in love with Steve, a former military man with PTSD. He cannot be the partner she needs, and in her pursuit of him, and subsequent letting go, she finds herself.
If you loved Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, read Audacious Voices by Holly J. Blake and Melissa D. Ooten
Roxane Gay is but one voice sharing her experience. Audacious Voices is a compilation of intersectional feminist stories. This book contains essays from 12 alumni of WILL, a feminist model of education, each working to make their communities more equitable.
If you loved Dove by Robin Lee Graham, read Nothing But Blue: A Summer at Sea by Diane Meyer Lowman
As a teenager, the author embarked on the journey of a lifetime in 1979. She worked on a German container ship, mending linens and swabbing decks. While the ship navigated through the Panama Canal, Diane had to navigate the politics of the overwhelmingly male shipboard society.
If you loved An Innocent Client by Scott Pratt, read Unreasonable Doubts by Reyna Marder Gentin
Jaded public defender Liana Cohen is desperate for a client she can believe in. For years, she’s been getting her clients off on technicalities. Enter Danny Shea. Between his looks, intelligence and vulnerability, Liana finds herself intrigued and getting dangerously close to her client – who, if the allegations are true, has done something unforgivable.
If you loved An Unmarried Woman, read The Spiritual Vixen’s Guide to an Unapologetic Life by Maureen Muldoon
In this intimate memoir, Maureen Muldoon’s life unravels when she discovers that her husband has been cheating on her and is now leaving her for Miss Universe. In putting herself back together again, she finds strength in facing her fears, humor in the darkest of times, and miracles where she least expects them.
If you loved The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, read A Marriage in Four Seasons by Kathryn K. Abdul-Baki
Like in The Notebook, Joy and Richard face obstacles in their relationship, separating them for years. In this international romance, these two lovers reunite in Istanbul. Even once reunited, their relationship is fraught with turmoil – namely Richard’s gravely ill ex-mistress, Belinda, and their love child, Karma.