Best biographies and memoirs of December

Al Woodworth on December 08, 2020
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Best biographies and memoirs of December

Our picks for the Best Biographies and Memoirs of the Month run the gamut: from biographies on Mozart and Henry Adams, to memoirs of healthcare workers during the AIDS crisis, to the first Black NCAA Basketball coach—there's a book for everyone on this list. In other words, these are stories to curl up with, and—for those loved ones on your list—great gifts for the holidays.


Girl Gurl Grrrl: On Womanhood and Belonging in the Age of Black Girl Magic by Kenya Hunt

A Black American living in London and working as a journalist in the fashion industry, Hunt tackles with grace and gusto topics such as the power of the word “girl,” definitions of beauty, motherhood and raising a Black son, and the evolution of #staywoke. Smart, lively, and always willing to dive into deep waters, Girl Gurl Grrrl evokes the glory, challenges, and Black Girl Magic that is part of being a Black woman today.


Dancing in the Mosque: An Afghan Mother's Letter to Her Son by Homeira Qaderi

A memoir that will pull at your heartstrings and fill your eyes with tears as a mother shares with her son why she left him and Afghanistan for California. It's a heartbreaker, but also a story of one woman's bravery, audacity, and strength—and just how far she'll go for those she loves, which is why we named it one of the top 10 Best Books of the Month.


Dark, Salt, Clear: Life in a Fishing Village by Lamorna Ash

Fed up with city life, Lamorna Ash ditches London for Cornwall, and the idyllic beach town of her childhood summers. Specifically, she moves into the fishing port of Newlyn and increasingly finds herself drawn to the trawlers and the fishing way of life. Gumption and the ability to drink like a sailor help to ingratiate Ash with the locals, and her world expands as she experiences a small town defined by the sea.


The Last American Aristocrat: The Brilliant Life and Improbable Education of Henry Adams by David S. Brown

We named The Last American Aristocrat one of our top 10 Best Books of Month. As Chris Schluep wrote in his review: "It’s not being glib to suggest that, during his time, Henry Adams was a candidate for most interesting man in the world. Born into one of America’s most famous and successful families, he set out to understand, experience, and describe the era when his country was transitioning from a colonial outpost to a modern nation."


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