Memoirs & Biographies
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In a season of books from big names—note Bruce
Springsteen and Amy Schumer—there’s happily room for
many more stories: tales of unexpected heroes helping
others or bearing misfortune with humor and courage, stories
of athletic triumph, bios of intriguing historical figures,
Al Capone: His Life, Legacy, and Legend
Deirdre Bair. Doubleday/Talese, Oct. 25
National Book Award–winning biographer Bair gets at the truth behind this eternally fascinating
man, who was equal parts charismatic mobster, doting father, calculating monster, and a major
player in American gangster mythology.
The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood
Belle Boggs. Graywolf, Sept. 6
An exploration of the natural, medical, psychological, and political facets of fertility, in which
Boggs distills her time of waiting into a contemplation of fertility, choice, and the many possible
roads to making a life and making a family.
Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen. Simon & Schuster, Sept. 27
The Boss tells the story of his life: “Writing about yourself is a funny business.... But in a project like
this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do
The Brand New Catastrophe
Mike Scalise. Sarabande, Jan. 31
A raucous family memoir and a funny, moving, and sharply observed exploration of the public
and private theaters of illness.
The 15: 17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes
Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, and Jeffrey E. Stern. PublicAffairs, Aug. 23
The true story of the attempted terrorist attack on a Brussels train bound for Paris earlier this year,
in which tragedy was averted by the heroic actions of three young men.
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
Amy Schumer. S&S/Gallery, Aug. 16
Comedian, writer, producer, and actress Schumer reflects on her childhood antics and her rise to
stardom, in a series of very personal essays.
Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy
Mike Love and James S. Hirsch. Penguin/Blue Rider, Sept. 1
Love tells the story of his five-decade career as a member of one of the most popular American
bands in history.
Guilty Things: A Life of Thomas DeQuincy
Frances Wilson. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Oct. 4
The riches-to-rags story of the last of the romantics—a 19th-century opium eater, celebrity
journalist, and professional doppelgänger.
The Nine of Us: Growing Up Kennedy
Jean Kennedy Smith. Harper, Oct. 25
Joe and Rose Kennedy’s last surviving child takes an intimate look back at the large close-knit
family when all the siblings lived under one roof.
When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to Soccer’s Summit
Carli Lloyd and Wayne Coffey. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sept. 27
A U.S. Women’s National Soccer star offers a look inside the team, as well as inside her own head
as an athlete.