If you haven't heard of record-smashing singer and songwriter Mariah Carey, is there any hope for you? “An oyster leads a dreadful but exciting life,” she begins. So many writers – from MFK Fisher, who wrote lyrically about the pleasures of dining alone, to New York chef Gabrielle Hamilton, who documented her hardscrabble upbringing through family meals – use food as a catalyst for memories and loving nostalgia. Trick Mirror is as potent as the personal essay gets in the highly curated world of today. chose to seek out the truth. 2. It’s a big idea with a big question to ask, and America’s foremost advice columnist succeeds in providing a compelling answer. at the hands of her grandmother. Jayson Greene and his wife Stacy are blazing through New York City, trying to get the hospital where their two-year-old daughter Greta is lying after a freak accident involving a brick that tumbled from an eighth-floor window. I just finished “Among the Masai” by Juliet Cutler. Ani DiFranco’s memoir plays by similar rules to which she’s lived her life and worked her career: there are no conventions; nothing is sacred; she will tell the tale however she pleases. —B. And in a historical moment when written English feels more battered by the minute, being reminded that there is structure—and meaningful creativity—to fall back on is a relief. by. Filled with compassion and plenty of humor, this book spreads a message of hope to all who read it. For thirty-four years, Fannie Davis ran a numbers racket to send her kids the best she could. When I was writing about the dinners I had with my elderly friend Edward, I made a decision early on not to include any recipes. —Bridey Heing, For years the world knew Chanel Miller as Emily Doe, the survivor in the Brock Turner rape case. How We Fight for Our Lives chronicles his experiences growing up Black and gay in the South, juxtaposing beautiful memories of his mother with heart-rending accounts of surviving violent and racist encounters. I wish I had read this when I was younger so I could have had a similar experience. Now, years after the sexual assault, she’s back to tell her story. Brennan seamlessly weaves together meditations on mythic women, pop culture and the quotidian nature of high heels to call into question what they represent. 2 "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed. In this new memoir, Weidlinger digs deeper into the life of his father and the hardships he faced. Walden. By Emily Temple. Once depressed and hopeless, Jen took it upon herself to make others Stephanie Land's plans to leave her small hometown for college and become a writer are cut short due to an unexpected pregnancy. This brave and messy story 4. 1: 1931-1934, Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter, Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table, Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith, Born Free: A Lioness of Two Worlds (Story of Elsa, #1), The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom, Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise, Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood, Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter, Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America, The Girl Behind the Painted Smile: My battle with the bottle, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times, Blockade: The Diary of an Austrian Middle-Class Woman, 1914-1924, Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism, The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness, Are You Somebody?