The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir Blow Your House Down: A Story of Family, Feminism, and Treason Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready Whip Smart: The True Story of a Secret Life Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive
Smacked: A Story of White-Collar Ambition, Addiction, and Tragedy And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready At Home in the World My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive Everything I'm Cracked Up to Be: A Rock & Roll Fairy Tale At Home in the World Infidel
Smacked: A Story of White-Collar Ambition, Addiction, and Tragedy Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations Infidel Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist Cherry The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
Everything I'm Cracked Up to Be: A Rock & Roll Fairy Tale Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life Negative Space Negative Space In the Dream House: A Memoir Whip Smart: The True Story of a Secret Life Blow Your House Down: A Story of Family, Feminism, and Treason

Memoirs by Fierce Women Writers

By Louise Julig

Memoirs by Fierce Women Writers

By Louise Julig
Whip Smart: The True Story of a Secret Life

Whip Smart: The True Story of a Secret Life

Melissa Febos

$18.99 $17.66

Negative Space

Negative Space

Lilly Dancyger

$16.95 $15.76

A memoir of discovery based on the author's decades-long exploration of her artist-father's past in hopes of finding new ways to connect with his memory and legacy as an adult.

Blow Your House Down: A Story of Family, Feminism, and Treason

Blow Your House Down: A Story of Family, Feminism, and Treason

Gina Frangello

$27.00 $25.11

This searing memoir unflinchingly examines the author's life as her marriage implodes, while at the same time situating herself in the greater context of women's place in contemporary society. Beautifully written and riveting.

My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive

My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive

Julissa Arce

$17.99 $16.73

Julissa Arce documents what it's like to grow up undocumented and ambitious, both longing and afraid to be seen. Her story exposes the arbitrary boundaries we draw in American culture around who is deemed worthy.

Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life

Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life

Darcey Steinke

$26.00 $24.18

More than a menopause memoir, Flash Count Diary is a searing cultural critique of the flawed narratives we've been fed about living through "the change," illustrated by the narrator's personal experiences and quest to commune with the oldest living member of the only other mammal that experiences menopause: a killer whale named Granny.

Infidel

Infidel

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

$18.00 $16.74

Aayan Hirsi Ali's clear, urgent prose takes the reader on a journey from growing up in the restrictive Somali culture subject to genital mutilation, through Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and eventually to the Netherlands where she became an outspoken political figure, her voice gaining clarity and urgency along the way.

At Home in the World

At Home in the World

Joyce Maynard

$22.00 $20.46

Joyce Maynard was vilified when she broke her silence about the relationship she had with J.D. Salinger when she was a teenager. But At Home In the World is a clear-eyed perspective from a quarter century afterward that claims her right to tell her story and show that she has a voice beyond the girl Salinger abandoned. Still worth reading today.

Everything I'm Cracked Up to Be: A Rock & Roll Fairy Tale

Everything I'm Cracked Up to Be: A Rock & Roll Fairy Tale

Jen Trynin

$21.99

Jen Trynin's memoir of becoming almost famous as a contemporary of Alanis Morissette is clear-eyed and eye-opening. It'll also make you nostalgic for the early '90s.

And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready

And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready

Meaghan O'Connell

$16.99

Meaghan O'Connell unexpectedly finds herself pregnant, but can't find the kind of honest book about impending motherhood she wants, so she wrote it herself. Unafraid to ask "when am I ever going to want sex again," and grapple with postpartum depression, And Now We Have Everything is for any past or potentially pregnant person who's ever been unsure about one of the biggest roles you can ever take on.

Smacked: A Story of White-Collar Ambition, Addiction, and Tragedy

Smacked: A Story of White-Collar Ambition, Addiction, and Tragedy

Eilene Zimmerman

$27.00 $25.11

Eilene Zimmerman's reported memoir pieces together the story of her lawyer ex-husband's secret descent into drug abuse while exposing the not-often-told story of upper class, white-collar addiction. Riveting and compelling

Cherry

Cherry

Mary Karr

$18.00 $16.74

The lesser-known middle memoir by the author of The Liar's Club and Lit, Cherry covers the coming of age of one of the fiercest memoirists in the canon.

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

Leslie Jamison

$18.99 $17.66

In an interview with the Guardian, Jamison calls this "a big book: critical, reported, personal, all sorts of things," and it's an apt description. A memoir, yes, but also cultural criticism and reportage. She could have easily left out all the personal bits about her own recovery journey, but it wouldn't have been nearly the book that The Recovering is.

Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint

Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint

Nadia Bolz-Weber

$17.99 $16.73

Pastrix is the story of nontraditional Lutheran minister Nadia Bolz-Weber's journey from her fundamentalist upbringing through addiction and stand-up comedy to ministry as a "deeply faithful, deeply flawed" pastor.

In the Dream House: A Memoir

In the Dream House: A Memoir

Carmen Maria Machado

$18.00 $16.74

Carmen Maria Machado's swirling, experimental forms lead the reader through this memoir of relationship abuse survival and emotional redemption.

The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir

The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir

Ariel Levy

$17.00 $15.81

One of my favorite memoirs ever. Beautifully written narrative of what it feels like when life just doesn't end up the way you thought it would. Expanded from the award-winning essay, Thanksgiving in Mongolia.

Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

Judith Heumann and Kristen Joiner

$16.99 $15.80

Heumann contracted polio as a toddler and grew up disabled in the '50s to then go on to become a leading disability rights advocate. This book was a real eye-opener as to what people with disabilities have had to fight for since then. A quick, engaging read.

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Alison Bechdel

$18.99 $17.66

The now-classic graphic memoir that went on to become a hit broadway show. Bechdel explores the relationship with her troubled, closeted father after his suicide while reflecting on her own lesbian coming of age.

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations

Mira Jacob

$22.00 $20.46

In this graphic memoir, Jacob explores the messy bonds of family through the lens of growing up as a child of Indian immigrants in New Mexico in the 80s and being the mother of a biracial child in New York City in the 2010s. Includes portions of her (awkward, hilarious) experiences as a bisexual woman.