Riveting Memoirs of 2020

Each of these was especially beautifully written and our staff member Ellen could empathize with what the writers were going through, whether it be family issues, personal tragedy, professional struggles, self-doubt, etc. Each subject was able to give a fresh perspective on how they overcame difficulties in their lives while telling stories about their unique lives. Whether they are a celebrity chef with multiple television shows, female astrophysicist, famous musician, well-known chef and food blogger, or a professor and transgender activist, they all tell stories that are relatable as a human being.

Eat A Peach by David Chang
The chef behind Momofuku and star of Netflix’s Ugly Delicious recounts the improbable series of events that led him to the top of his profession. He wrestles with his lifelong feelings of otherness and inadequacy, explores the mental illness that almost killed him, and finds hope in the shared value of deliciousness

The Smallest Lights in the Universe by Sara Seager
In this luminous memoir, an MIT astrophysicist must reinvent herself in the wake of tragedy and discovers the power of connection on this planet, even as she searches our galaxy for another Earth.

The Fixed Stars by Molly Wizenberg
In honest and searing prose, Wizenberg forges a new path: through the murk of separation and divorce, coming out to family and friends, learning to co-parent a young child, and realizing a new vision of love. The result is a frank and moving story about letting go of rigid definitions and ideals that no longer fit, and learning instead who we really are.

Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollett
HOLLYWOOD PARK is a remarkable memoir of a tumultuous life. Mikel Jollett was born into one of the country’s most infamous cults, and subjected to a childhood filled with poverty, addiction, and emotional abuse. Yet, ultimately, his is a story of fierce love and family loyalty told in a raw, poetic voice that signals the emergence of a uniquely gifted writer.

Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs by Jennifer Finney Boylan
Good Boy is a universal account of a remarkable story: showing how a young boy became a middle-aged woman–accompanied at seven crucial moments of growth and transformation by seven memorable dogs.