Women's biographies 2019
Top 10 Women's biographies 2019
: What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive, The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick, A Serial Killer's Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming, The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper, Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love, Code Name: Lise. The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed, D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II, A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II
What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance
The powerful story of a young poet who becomes an activist through a trial by fire
What You Have Heard is True is a devastating, lyrical, and visionary memoir about a young woman's brave choice to engage with horror in order to help others. Written by one of the most gifted poets of her generation,...
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
Evicted meets Nickel and Dimed in Stephanie Land's memoir about working as a maid, a beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in America. Includes a foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich.
"My daughter learned to walk in a homeless shelter."
While the gap between upper middle-class...
The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick
The Lady from the Black Lagoon
uncovers the life and work of Milicent Patrick—one of Disney’s first female animators and the only woman in history to create one of Hollywood’s classic movie monsters.
As a teenager, Mallory O’Meara was thrilled to discover that one of her favorite...
A Serial Killer's Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming
What is it like to learn that your ordinary, loving father is a serial killer?
In 2005, Kerri Rawson heard a knock on the door of her apartment. When she opened it, an FBI agent informed her that her father had been arrested for murdering ten people, including two children. It was then that she...
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London—the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper.
Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge,...
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love
The author of Hourglass now gives us a new memoir about identity, paternity, and family secrets—a real-time In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological...
Code Name: Lise. The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy
The true story of the woman who became WWII's most highly decorated spy
The year is 1942, and World War II is in full swing. Odette Sansom decides to follow in her war hero father’s footsteps by becoming an SOE agent to aid Britain and her beloved homeland, France. Five failed attempts and...
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed
From a New York Times best-selling author, psychotherapist, and national advice columnist, a hilarious, thought-provoking, and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist's world--where her patients are looking for answers (and so is she).
One day, Lori Gottlieb...
The dramatic, untold true story of the extraordinary women recruited by Britain's elite spy agency to sabotage the Nazis and pave the way for Allied victory in World War II.
In 1942, the Allies were losing, Germany seemed unstoppable, and every able man in England was fighting. Churchill believed...
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II
In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her."
The target in their sights was Virginia Hall, a Baltimore socialite who talked her way into Special Operations Executive, the spy organization dubbed Winston...
The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After
As a young mother facing a terminal diagnosis, Julie Yip-Williams began to write her story, a story like no other. What began as the chronicle of an imminent and early death became something much more--a powerful exhortation to the living.
That Julie Yip-Williams survived infancy was a miracle....
The Truths We Hold: An American Journey
From one of America's most inspiring political leaders, a book about the core truths that unite us, and the long struggle to discern what those truths are and how best to act upon them, in her own life and across the life of our country.
Senator Kamala Harris's commitment to speaking truth is informed...
The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers
|Author||Bridgett M. Davis|
Set against the backdrop of Detroit in the 1960's and 1970's, the story of the life of a one-of-a-kind matriarch whose business in the Numbers made her daughter's dreams come true.
The World According to Fannie Davis is Bridgett Davis's unforgettable coming of age in a family with a secret....
The Targeter: My Life in the CIA, Hunting Terrorists and Challenging the White House
The story of a young woman from Montana who joined the CIA and worked her way up through the ranks to the frontline of the fight against Islamic extremists.
In 1999, 30-year-old Nada Bakos moved from her lifelong home in Montana to Washington, DC, to join the CIA. Quickly realizing her affinity...
The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty
A vivid biography of former First Lady Barbara Bush, one of the most influential and under-appreciated women in American political history.
Barbara Pierce Bush was one of the country’s most popular and powerful figures, yet her full story has never been told.
THE MATRIARCH tells...
Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault: Essays from the Grown-Up Years
From the creator of the iconic "Cathy" comic strip comes her first collection of funny, wise, poignant, and incredibly honest essays about being a woman in what she lovingly calls "the panini generation."
As the creator of "Cathy," Cathy Guisewite found her way into the hearts of readers more...
The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography
A searching examination of all the dimensions of love, marriage, mourning, and kinship from two-time Booker Prize finalist Deborah Levy.
To strip the wallpaper off the fairy tale of The Family House in which the comfort and happiness of men and children has been the priority is to find behind...
Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II
Twenty-five years after her passing, Audrey Hepburn remains the most beloved of all Hollywood stars, known as much for her role as UNICEF ambassador as for films like Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Several biographies have chronicled her stardom, but none has covered her intense experiences...
The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees
An extraordinary story of a girl, her grandfather and one of nature's most mysterious and beguiling creatures: the honeybee.
Meredith May recalls the first time a honeybee crawled on her arm. She was five years old, her parents had recently split and suddenly she found herself in the care of...
Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler
The dramatic true story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade--codename Hedgehog--the woman who headed the largest spy network in occupied France during World War II, from the New York Times bestselling author of Citizens of London and Those Angry Days.
In 1941, a thirty-one-year-old Frenchwoman...
On Being Human: A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard
An inspirational memoir about how Jennifer Pastiloff’s years of waitressing taught her to seek out unexpected beauty, how deafness taught her to listen fiercely, how being vulnerable allowed her to find love, and how imperfections can lead to a life full of wild happiness.
Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations
A bold, wry, and intimate graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families, and the realities that divide us, from the acclaimed author of The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing.
“By turns hilarious and heart-rending, it’s exactly the book America needs at this moment.”—Celeste...
No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir
A memoir by the celebrated singer-songwriter and social activist Ani DiFranco
In her new memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream, Ani DiFranco recounts her early life from a place of hard-won wisdom, combining personal expression, the power of music, feminism, political activism, storytelling,...
|Author||Laurie Halse Anderson|
A searing poetic memoir and call to action from the bestselling and award-winning author of Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson!
Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans...
Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come: An Introvert's Year of Living Dangerously
What would happen if a shy introvert lived like a gregarious extrovert for one year? If she knowingly and willingly put herself in perilous social situations that she’d normally avoid at all costs? Jessica Pan is going to find out.
When she found herself jobless and friendless, sitting in...
We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir
How do you find yourself when the world tells you that you don't exist?
Samra Habib has spent most of her life searching for the safety to be herself. As an Ahmadi Muslim growing up in Pakistan, she faced regular threats from Islamic extremists who believed the small, dynamic sect to be blasphemous....
Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing
"I'm reading this book right now and loving it!"--Cheryl Strayed, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wild
How can a mother and daughter who love (but don't always like) each other coexist without driving each other crazy?
"A wry and moving meditation on aging and the different...
From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year.
Following a run of New Year’s concerts at San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore, Patti...
Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law
The incredible life story of Haben Girma, the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, and her amazing journey from isolation to the world stage.
Haben grew up spending summers with her family in the enchanting Eritrean city of Asmara. There, she discovered courage as she faced off...
I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir
One part Mari Andrew, one part Marjane Satrapi, I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir is a triumphant tale of self-discovery, a celebration of a family's rich heritage, and a love letter to American immigrant freedom. Malaka Gharib's illustrations come alive with teenage antics and earnest...
Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls
|Author||T Kira Madden|
Acclaimed literary essayist T Kira Madden's raw and redemptive debut memoir is about coming of age and reckoning with desire as a queer, biracial teenager amidst the fierce contradictions of Boca Raton, Florida, a place where she found cult-like privilege, shocking racial disparities, rampant...
River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey
In this revelatory, intimate memoir from the author of Dead Man Walking, the nation's foremost leader in efforts to abolish the death penalty shares the story of her growth as a spiritual leader, speaks out about the challenges of the Catholic Church, and shows that joy and religion are not mutually...
Inspired by her transgender son, activist Jodie Patterson explores identity, gender, race, and authenticity to tell the real-life story of a family's history and transformation.
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE WEEK--USA TODAY AND NEW YORK POST - "A courageous and poetic testimony on family...
Rock Needs River: A Memoir About a Very Open Adoption
From a story first told in the popular New York Times parenting blog comes a funny, touching memoir about a mother who welcomes more than a new daughter into her home.
After two years of waiting to adopt—slogging through paperwork and bouncing between hope and despair—a miracle finally...
Five Days Gone: The Mystery of My Mother's Disappearance as a Child
Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Velazquez Laura Cumming shares the riveting story of her mother’s mysterious kidnapping as a toddler in a small English coastal village—and how that event reverberated through her own family and her art for decades.
Queen Meryl: The Iconic Roles, Heroic Deeds, and Legendary Life of Meryl Streep
A captivating and inspiring portrait of legendary actress Meryl Streep and her work, Queen Meryl explores the fearless icon's trailblazing roles in film, her feminist activism, and the indelible mark she's left on pop culture.
Meryl Streep is the most celebrated actress of our time. She's a chameleon...
Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine
An extraordinary, exquisitely written memoir (of sorts) that looks at race--in a fearless, penetrating, honest, true way--in twelve telltale, connected, deeply personal essays that explore, up-close, the complexities and paradoxes, the haunting memories and ambushing realities of growing...
Reading Behind Bars: A True Story of Literature, Law, and Life as a Prison Librarian
“A fascinating look into a world many of us never see, and a powerful story about one woman’s journey to find her own strength, with a clear message of the importance of books and information for all.” —Booklist (American Library Association), starred review
In December 2008, twentysomething...
Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen
The Comma Queen returns with a buoyant book about language, love, and the wine-dark sea.
In her New York Times bestseller Between You & Me, Mary Norris delighted readers with her irreverent tales of pencils and punctuation in The New Yorker’s celebrated copy department. In Greek to...
The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity
In this powerful true crime memoir, an award-winning identity theft expert tells the shocking story of the duplicity and betrayal that inspired her career and nearly destroyed her family.
Axton Betz-Hamilton grew up in small-town Indiana in the early '90s. When she was 11 years old, her parents...
Unfollow: A Journey from Hatred to Hope
As featured on the BBC documentary, 'The Most Hated Family in America' it was an upbringing in many ways normal. A loving home, shared with squabbling siblings, overseen by devoted parents. Yet in other ways it was the precise opposite: a revolving door of TV camera crews and documentary makers, a world...