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Best Memoirs of 2014

  • NONFICTION

    UNREMARRIED WIDOW

    JAN. 7, 2014

  • NONFICTION

    THE ANSWER TO THE RIDDLE IS ME

    JAN. 14, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE ANSWER TO THE RIDDLE IS ME

by David Stuart MacLean

A mesmerizing debut. MacLean spares no detail in tracing his formidable reconstruction. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    MY AGE OF ANXIETY

    JAN. 1, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

MY AGE OF ANXIETY

by Scott Stossel

Powerful, eye-opening and funny. Pitch-perfect in his storytelling, Stossel reminds us that, in many important ways, to be... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    OUT OF THE WOODS

    JAN. 7, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

OUT OF THE WOODS

by Lynn Darling

Evocative ruminations on getting older and discovering the links between nature and self. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE GREAT FLOODGATES OF THE WONDERWORLD

    FEB. 25, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE GREAT FLOODGATES OF THE WONDERWORLD

by Justin Hocking

In a book that’s likely far richer than the novel he shelved, Hocking ultimately transcends “the dark Ahab force.” Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    MY LIFE IN MIDDLEMARCH

    JAN. 28, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

MY LIFE IN MIDDLEMARCH

by Rebecca Mead

A rare and remarkable fusion of techniques that draws two women together across time and space. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    LITTLE FAILURE

    JAN. 7, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

LITTLE FAILURE

by Gary Shteyngart

Though fans of the author’s fiction will find illumination, a memoir this compelling and entertaining—one that frequently... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    CAN'T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT?

    MAY 6, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

CAN'T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT?

by Roz Chast illustrated by Roz Chast

A top-notch graphic memoir that adds a whole new dimension to readers’ appreciation of Chast and her work. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE SEA INSIDE

    APRIL 8, 2014

NONFICTION

THE SEA INSIDE

by Philip Hoare

A beautifully written memoir/travelogue with readable diversions into philosophy. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE OTHER SIDE

    JULY 15, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE OTHER SIDE

by Lacy M. Johnson

Ferociously beautiful and courageous, Johnson’s intimate story sheds light on the perpetuation of violence against women. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    TAKE THIS MAN

    JUNE 10, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

TAKE THIS MAN

by Brando Skyhorse

By turns funny and wrenching, the narrative is an unforgettable tour de force of memory, love and imagination. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    HISTORY LESSONS

    MAY 1, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

HISTORY LESSONS

by Clifton Crais

This memoir of anguish and struggle is a story of remarkable strength and unlikely, inexplicable resilience. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    GETTING SCHOOLED

    AUG. 25, 2014

NONFICTION

GETTING SCHOOLED

by Garret Keizer

A well-written, yearlong chronicle packed with humor, pathos and valued insights on nearly every page. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THERE WAS AND THERE WAS NOT

    NOV. 4, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THERE WAS AND THERE WAS NOT

by Meline Toumani

This remarkable memoir serves as a moving examination of the complex forces of ethnicity, nationality and history that shape... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    A CUP OF WATER UNDER MY BED

    SEPT. 9, 2014

  • NONFICTION

    INTERNAL MEDICINE

    SEPT. 29, 2014

NONFICTION

INTERNAL MEDICINE

by Terrence Holt

Holt says that he wrote the book over a period of 10 years. Let’s hope for a shorter duration before we next hear from this... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    MAN ALIVE

    NOV. 1, 2014

NONFICTION

MAN ALIVE

by Thomas Page McBee

“The world is vicious and beautiful and, to some extent, unexplainable,” writes the author. “But that doesn’t stop us from... Full review >

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