Notable Memoirs of 2015

hold still

Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs

Sally Mann
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Sally Mann’s memoir includes her family history, her coming of age, the artistic influences that led to her provocative photographs. This book is a finalist for the National Book Award.

theft of memory

The Theft of Memory: Losing My Father One Day at a Time

Jonathan Kozol
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A heart-breaking but tender memoir about a Father with Alzheimer’s. Kozol engages his formidable analytical and writing skills on his own family.


UnFaithful Music & Disappearing Ink

Elvis Costello
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There are no obvious ghostwriters here. The same mastery of language and imagery that makes Costello’s lyrics so compelling elevates this book. Costello looks back with wisdom and maturity.

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H is for Hawk

Helen McDonald
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Traumatized by her father’s death, the author takes refuge in falconry and in creating a one-of-a-kind meditation on grief and wild things.

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The Seven Good Years

Etgar Keret
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Keret of This American Life fame focuses on the years between the birth of his son and the death of his father in this touching, hilarious memoir.

Girl in Band

Girl in a Band

Kim Gordon
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Gordon, sometimes referred to as “the godmother of grunge” co-founded Sonic Youth with her ex-husband Thurston Moore. She spent 30 years creating, recording, performing, touring, and raising children. Gordon has been a role model to a generation of women. In this book she offers a glimpse into the creative mindset of the grunge movement.

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Ordinary Light

Tracy K. Smith
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