The best biographies and memoirs of June

Al Woodworth on June 08, 2020
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The best biographies and memoirs of June

The author of the hilarious The Madwoman in the Volvo returns with a follow-up comedic memoir about middle age, a Michelin-star chef dares to be different, and Wayétu Moore escapes the Liberian Civil War and finds home in Texas. In other memoirs publishing this month, a woman goes in search of tigers and a viral sensation shares what it’s like to engage with email scammers.

Learn more about these and all of our picks for the Best Biographies and Memoirs of the Month.


The Madwoman and the Roomba: My Year of Domestic Mayhem by Sandra Tsing Loh

Sandra Tsing Loh made readers laugh out loud with The Madwoman in the Volvo and she’s done it again with The Madwoman and the Roomba. This hilarious memoir chronicles Loh’s 55th year. A year that some might think might be marked by emotional maturity, financial stability, self-confidence, and ease, but that is not the case for our heroine. With wit, candor, and joy she shares the ups and downs of her life: mistakenly posting a private message publicly that later goes viral, coping with aging parents, welcoming monks into her home after her partner turns to Hinduism, and navigating middle age in the 21st century.


The Dragons, the Giant, the Women: A Memoir by Wayétu Moore

During Wayétu Moore’s fifth birthday party, the Liberian Civil War broke out. Instead of blowing out candles and opening presents, she and her family fled their home and never returned. From the small town of Lai to Sierra Leone to Texas, Moore recounts her transient childhood on the run and coming of age as an immigrant in America. This is a harrowing story, full of upheaval, beautiful sentences, and cruel heartbreak.


Rebel Chef: In Search of What Matters by Dominique Crenn

We named Rebel Chef one of the top 10 Best Books of June, and Seira Wilson raved in her review: “Like a special meal, reading Rebel Chef is a memorable and gratifying experience…inspiring and energizing.” Acclaimed chef Dominique Crenn grew up outside of Versailles, the adopted daughter of a politician, and never wanted to conform to the traditional roles of women at the time—and she didn’t. In her memoir, Crenn recounts how she came to cooking, and how she became an activist and innovator. She also shares what it was like to be the first female chef to receive two coveted Michelin stars, and what it is like to run her restaurant—one of the best restaurants in the world.


All the Way to the Tigers: A Memoir by Mary Morris

After a skating accident that made her wheelchair bound for several months, Mary Morris decides that once she can walk again, she will go on an adventure of a lifetime. Inspired by Death in Venice, she sets her sights on going “all the way to the tigers,” and that she does. For the next three years of her life, Morris travels through India in search of the elusive animals. Like Wild and Eat Pray Love, Morris’ memoir is just as much a journey of personal growth as it is physical, and it is a rewarding one at that.


Dot Con: The Art of Scamming a Scammer by James Veitch

In this hilarious collection, viral comedy sensation James Veitch recounts his foray into the world of email scammers. Rather than delete the calls for money from Nigerian Princes, snail farms, or Russians looking for love (like most of us do), Veitch responds with his own idiosyncratic stories, requests, and sagas. The result is an uproariously funny read that will make your stomach hurt from laughing so hard.


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