The Best Memoirs of 2020 From 'Untamed' to 'The Meaning of Mariah Carey'

They may be based on reality, but they'll still help you escape for a little while.

Collection of New Memoirs
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Yes, everything sucks right now and most of us are reading fiction (opens in new tab) to escape the current reality we're living in, but learning about someone else's reality technically counts as an escape too...right? The incredible new memoirs of 2020 range from life-changing (see: Glennon Doyle's Untamed) to juicy (yes, I'm talking about Jessica Simpson's Open Book), giving us an inside look into these authors' lives and sharing lessons that we can apply to our own. Take a deep breath, then dive into the best memoirs of the year, ahead.

Rachel Epstein is a writer, editor, and content strategist based in New York City. Most recently, she was the Managing Editor at Coveteur, where she oversaw the site’s day-to-day editorial operations. Previously, she was an editor at Marie Claire, where she wrote and edited culture, politics, and lifestyle stories ranging from op-eds to profiles to ambitious packages. She also launched and managed the site’s virtual book club, #ReadWithMC. Offline, she’s likely watching a Heat game or finding a new coffee shop.