The Best Biographies & Memoirs of September

Jon Foro on September 26, 2017

Here are a few of our favorite biographies and memoirs for September. See more of our picks, and all of the Best Books of the Month.

BOTM-Coming-SensesAt the tender age of 27, chef and activist Alice Waters opened what ended up being one of America’s most iconic restaurants, Chez Panisse, redefining American cuisine through a stubborn dedication to fresh, local ingredients and willingness to experiment. In Coming to My Senses, Waters traces her life from her stodgy, suburban upbringing to the turbulence of 1960s Berkley and her unlikely rise as a "counterculture cook." Featuring photographs, letters, and recipes, Waters's autobiography is a revealing exploration of her revolutionary culinary point of view, and the determination that enabled the "little French restaurant" to thrive in a time when convenience was king.


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Unstoppable: My Life So Far by Maria Sharapova
Between 2004 and 2016, Sharapova, with four Grand Slam titles to her credit, was one of the most successful and popular athletes in the world. All that crashed down around her when the International Tennis Federation handed her a 15-month ban for using a banned substance, one only recently added to their list. Unstoppable, written with the always solid Rich Cohen ( The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse), is a story of perseverance, spanning Sharapova's Russian childhood to her recent return to the pro circuit. 

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Crossings: A Doctor-Soldier's Story by Jon Kerstetter
Following an impoverished childhood the Oneida Reservation in Wisconsin, Kerstetter's training as an emergency physician led him into battlefields Rwanda, Kosovo, and Bosnia, as well as three tours in Iraq, where he took part in identifying the bodies of Saddam Hussein’s sons. But after he returned home, a devastating stroke left him battling severe physical and cognitive disabilities and PTSD. Crossings reads like three autobiographies in one, each tied together by an uncommon fortitude.

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The Best of Us: A Memoir by Joyce Maynard
In her late 50s, bestselling author Joyce Maynard married the love of her life. Just over a year later, Jim was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, dying following 19 difficult months of treatment. The Best of Us is both heartbreaking and uplifting, a chronicle of unlikely, unexpected romance and personal tragedy, as well as a meditation on the nature of love.

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