New memoirs have been popping up everywhere and I’m super excited about a number of them. Sometimes, Heat Index topics come easily, while other weeks it’s a struggle to narrow the field of books to one genre. That was not my problem this time around, as I continued to stumble upon memoir after memoir. There’s a little here for everyone! Enjoy.
Driving Hungry: A Memoir, Layne Mosler (Pantheon, July 14)
“Building on the success of her blog, Taxi Gourmet, Mosler recounts the story of her transcontinental search for a vocation. Mosler’s lively and accessible writing style joyfully captures the satisfaction gained by trusting your instincts and seeking out new places, food, and people.” —Kirkus Reviews
Heat Index: We couldn’t help but salivate as we followed Mosler on her road trip around the world, testing out every suggested restaurant along the way. Our reading appetites were satisfied and it made us feel like we rode shotgun in each cab Mosler hailed.
The Seven Good Years: A Memoir, Etgar Keret (Riverhead Books, June 16)
“If I could get you to read one writer, it would be Etgar Keret. His impossible blend of humor and tragedy, cynicism and empathy as well as big-hearted narratives that occupy the tiniest of page counts make him one of my favorites.” —The Los Angeles Times
Heat Index: This amazingly beautiful memoir hits all the right notes with Keret’s examination of family, loss and his Israeli homeland’s conflict. Written in passage form, Keret proves that good people do exist in this world – and he’s one of them.
After Perfect: A Daughter’s Memoir, Christina McDowell (Gallery Books, June 2)
“McDowell traces how her privileged family lost everything…and that was only the beginning of her nosedive.” —O Magazine
Heat Index: This memoir is the epitome of a story about falling from grace. McDowell courageously shares what it was like to be a part of the one percenters one minute, and the next not know where your meal might be coming from. Set against the backdrop of the Wall Street implosion, After Perfect examines what it means to truly start over.
Flash: The Homeless Donkey Who Taught Me about Life Faith, and Second Chances, Rachel Anne Ridge (Tyndale Momentum, April 24)
“Ridge examines some of life’s most difficult issues with insight gained from sharing a home with an equine personality. Readers will be clamoring for more of Flash as soon as they digest the last story in this powerful and uplifting memoir. —Publishers Weekly
Heat Index: What would you do if a donkey showed up on your doorstep? This isn’t a euphemism for life, this is an actual question and Ridge perfectly discovers her own answer to it. Falling in love with the completely endearing Flash, as well as this memoir, was unexpected.
My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang, and Seduction in the Great City on the Siene, Kate Betts (Spiegel & Grau, May 12)
“Fashion and self-examination—froth and wisdom—might seem like odd bookfellows, but [Kate] Betts brings them together with winning confidence. . . . Young worshipers of Paris—and of fashion magazines—are in for an education.”—The New York Times Book Review
Heat Index: Trusting that life will take her where she needs to go, Betts jets off on an unexpected journey to Paris, where she meets affluent designers and influential publishers. Not only does she discover her destiny, but she falls in love along the way. We were absolutely charmed by this coming-of-age memoir.