Biography & Memoir

beliefBeyond Belief / Jenna Miscavige Hill

The niece of the Church of Scientology’s commander-in-chief reveals the strange and disturbing details of her childhood, piercing the veil of secrecy that has shrouded this religion and exposing the inner workings of Scientology’s celebrity culture.

 

airWhen Breath Becomes Air / Paul Kalanithi

A young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal diagnosis describes his examination into what truly makes a meaningful life.

 

hawkH is for Hawk / Helen Macdonald

Recounts how the author, an experienced falconer grieving the sudden death of her father, endeavored to train for the first time a dangerous goshawk predator as part of her personal recovery.

 

accentYes, My Accent is Real / Kunal Nayyar

An anthology of humorous, autobiographical essays by the actor best known as Raj from The Big Bang Theory traces his journey from a child in New Delhi to celebrity, describing his relationships with family members and friends who inspired his achievements.

 

yesYes Please / Amy Poehler

The actress best known for her work on “Parks and Recreation” and “Saturday Night Live” reveals personal stories and offers her humorous take on such topics as love, friendship, parenthood, and her relationship with Tina Fey.

 

chefYes, Chef / Marcus Samuelsson

The “Top Chef: Masters” winner and James Beard Award-winning proprietor of Harlem’s Red Rooster traces his Ethiopian birth, upbringing by an adoptive family in Sweden and rise to a famous New York chef, sharing personal insights into his challenges as a black man in a deeply prejudiced industry.

stolenStolen Innocence / Elissa Wall

Describes the author’s childhood in the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, her forced marriage to her abusive cousin at fourteen, how she managed to break free, and her testimony against the sect’s leader, Warren Jeffs.

 

gravelThe Sound of Gravel / Ruth Wariner

An account of the author’s coming-of-age in a polygamist Mormon Doomsday cult describes her childhood on a Mexico hills farm as one of her father’s more than 40 welfare-dependent children, the extreme religious beliefs that haunted her daily life and her escape in the aftermath of a devastating tragedy.

malalaI Am Malala / Malala Yousafzai

Describes the life of a young Pakistani student who advocated for women’s rights and education in the Taliban-controlled Swat Valley who survived an assassination attempt and became the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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