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Best Indie Biographies and Memoirs of 2021

  • NONFICTION

    THE PART THAT BURNS

    JAN. 4, 2021

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE PART THAT BURNS

by Jeannine Ouellette

A textured remembrance of a traumatic childhood that also offers affecting moments of beauty. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    FROM BEYOND THE SKIES

    SEPT. 28, 2021

NONFICTION

FROM BEYOND THE SKIES

by Juli Boit

A heroic, uplifting account of easing others’ suffering and building a family. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE END OF THE WORLD NOTWITHSTANDING

    APRIL 13, 2021

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE END OF THE WORLD NOTWITHSTANDING

by Janna L. Goodwin

Wonderfully detailed, every word the right word, this book is a genuine keeper. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    FRENCH DIVE

    NOV. 23, 2020

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

FRENCH DIVE

by Eric Freeze

A captivating and insightful meditation on making a home among strangers. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    STARGAZING IN THE ATOMIC AGE

    JAN. 15, 2021

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

STARGAZING IN THE ATOMIC AGE

by Anne Goldman

A beguiling meditation on Jewish achievements that shine brightly against a dark background. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    GRINNIN' LIKE A JACKASS EATIN' BRIARS

    DEC. 6, 2020

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

GRINNIN' LIKE A JACKASS EATIN' BRIARS

by Jeff Batton with Landon J. Napoleon

A captivatingly candid and sharply written account of a gay adoptee’s odyssey. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    NOBODY HITCHHIKES ANYMORE

    SEPT. 22, 2020

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

NOBODY HITCHHIKES ANYMORE

by Ed Griffin-Nolan

Sharply observant, contemplative writing that captures the buzz of hitchhiking. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    COTTON TEETH

    DEC. 14, 2021

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

COTTON TEETH

by Glenn Rockowitz

Smart, irrepressible prose that takes on the realities of cancer. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    WONDERS ALL AROUND

    JULY 9, 2021

NONFICTION

WONDERS ALL AROUND

by Bruce McCandless III

A fine evocation of the NASA experience—in the sky and on Earth. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    ALMOST INNOCENT

    MARCH 2, 2021

NONFICTION

ALMOST INNOCENT

by Shanti Brien

An intriguing, informed examination of the justice system from a professional and personal perspective. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

     DO NOT DISCLOSE

    AUG. 24, 2021

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