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25 Great 2021 Memoirs to Pre-Order Now

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If you haven't been able to successfully finish a book during the pandemic, good news: There's an exciting batch of memoirs being released in 2021 that will give you another chance to feel something. From the late Cicely Tyson's Just as I Am to Akwaeke Emezi's Dear Senthuran to Tyler Cameron's part memoir/part self-help book You Deserve Better, there's a memoir for everyone, ahead.

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'Bevelations' by Bevy Smith

The one and only Bevy Smith is here to teach us through her signature wit and charm how we can all live our best lives.

Available January 12, 2021

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'Aftershocks' by Nadia Owusu

Nadia Owusu's gripping memoir takes readers through the unstable childhood, family secrets, and depression that eventually lead to her self-discovery. 

Available January 12, 2021

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'Just as I Am' by Cicely Tyson

Two days before Cicely Tyson passed away, the award-winning actress and activist published her memoir, Just as I Am, which reminisces on the impactful life she lived.

Available January 26, 2021

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'Everybody (Else) Is Perfect' by Gabrielle Korn

Here, former Nylon Editor-in-Chief Gabrielle Korn shares her career journey in media as a young white lesbian woman and how she navigated the industry's arbitrary definition of success. 

Available January 26, 2021

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'Surviving the White Gaze by Rebecca Carroll

In Surviving the White Gaze, cultural critic Rebecca Carroll reflects on her childhood growing up Black in a white rural New Hampshire town with adopted parents and how she forged her own path as a Black woman in America.

Available February 2, 2021

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'Unfinished' by Priyanka Chopra Jonas

As Priyanka Chopra Jonas told Marie Claire in her spring 2021 cover story, Unfinished is the real her on display.

“I call it the in-between-interviews book. I’ve been in so many interviews in my life, but nobody knows what happened in between them,” she says. “I’m not someone who shares my vulnerabilities, my fears. And somehow in the process of writing this book—because it was so cathartic—I happened to go to those places.”

Available February 9, 2021

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'Believe It' by Jamie Kern Lima

Beauty lovers, rejoice: Jamie Kern Lima, the founder of IT Cosmetics, is here to show you how she built a billion-dollar brand and fought through society's impossible beauty standards along the way.  

Available February 23, 2021

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'The Soul of a Woman' by Isabel Allende

Beloved novelist Isabel Allende's The Soul of a Woman details her moving coming-of-age story as a lifelong feminist and the work that still needs to be done for future generations. 

Available March 2, 2021

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'I Had a Miscarriage' by Jessica Zucker

Jessica Zucker, founder of the #IHadaMiscarriage campaign and the respective @ihadamiscarriage Instagram account, continues to destigmatize the emotional, complex experience for so many women in her memoir, I Had a Miscarriage. 

Available March 9, 2021

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'The Beauty of Living Twice' by Sharon Stone

In her candid memoir, Sharon Stone discusses how she rebuilt her life after a stroke that forever altered life as she knew it. 

Available March 30, 2021

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'My Mother's Daughter' by Perdita Felicien

In Perdita Felicien's memoir, My Mother's Daughter, the two-time Olympian recounts what came before all eyes were on her at the 2003 and 2004 Olympics: racism, domestic abuse, homelessness, and a transformative path guided by the love of her mother. 

Available March 30, 2021

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'My Broken Language' by Quiara Alegría Hudes

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and In the Heights writer Quiara Alegría Hudes shares her coming-of-age story growing up in North Philly with a powerful circle around her, determined to amplify their stories through her art.

Available April 6, 2021

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'Huddle' by Brooke Baldwin

Former CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin explores what happens when women come together and harness their collective power through a blend of journalism and personal narrative. 

Available April 6, 2021

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'I Am a Girl from Africa' by Elizabeth Nyamayaro

Elizabeth Nyamayaro's I Am a Girl from Africa tells the story of the former United Nations senior advisor's inspiring full-circle journey after a UN aid worker saved her life when she was eight years old. Later in her life, she would go on to launch the HeForShe campaign and help bring change across the globe. 

Available April 20, 2021

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'Heart of Fire' by Mazie K. Hirono

Senator Mazie K. Hirono's Heart of Fire documents her life journey from being raised on a farm in rural Japan to becoming the first Asian-American woman and only immigrant serving in the U.S. Senate. 

Available April 20, 2021

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'Stronger' by Cindy McCain

In Stronger, Cindy McCain opens up about her 38-year marriage to the late U.S. Senator John McCain and how they built a successful life together. 

Available April 27, 2021

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'Sunshine Girl' by Julianna Margulies

Attention The Good Wife fans: If you think you know Julianna Margulies, think again. Sunshine Girl illustrates how Margulies's challenging childhood shaped her into the person she is today. 

Available May 4, 2021

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'Mergers and Acquisitions' by Cate Doty

If your weekends consist of devouring the weddings section of The New York Times, Cate Doty's Mergers and Acquisitions needs to be on your TBR list. Here, the former NYT editor takes readers behind the scenes as a weddings announcements writer and what happened when she began to fall in love herself. 

Available May 4, 2021

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'My Remarkable Journey' by Katherine Johnson

The late, great Katherine Johnson shares her inspiring life story working at NASA as a research mathematician and helping land the first man on the moon in the aptly-titled My Remarkable Journey

Available May 25, 2021

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'Somebody's Daughter' by Ashley C. Ford

Those who have had read Ashley C. Ford's work know they can expect excellent storytelling in her debut memoir, Somebody's Daughter, where she explores her complex childhood and how it's shaped her into the person she is today. 

Available June 1, 2021

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'Dear Senthuran' by Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke Emezi, author of the critically-acclaimed The Death of Vivek Oji, returns with their debut memoir, Dear Senthuran. As Emezi explains, "As someone who’s been carefully curating their public image for years, it feels almost dangerous to write so honestly, but the final result is a text that I love, one that deeply engages with the metaphysics of Black spirit & singularly faces the Black reader." 

Available June 8, 2021

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'The Ugly Cry' by Danielle Henderson

Raised by her grandparents in a predominately white community in upstate New York, Danielle Henderson shows readers how the intelligence, wit, and sass she embodied under unconventional circumstances has guided her to become the strong Black woman she is today. 

Available June 8, 2021

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'Yoke' by Jessamyn Stanley

Yogis will be familiar with Jessamyn Stanley and her first book, Every Body Yoga. Through a series of charming and thoughtful autobiographical essays, Yoke ultimately explains why Stanley practices yoga in the first place.

"I’m scared of showing my belly to the world but I’ve walked too close to the edge of the diving board to not jump off now," Stanley says, referring to her second book. "It’s actually more like being pushed off. And maybe like hitting the edge on the way down."

Available June 22, 2021

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'You Deserve Better' by Tyler Cameron

Yes, Tyler Cameron wrote a book. Yes, it's about how to build meaningful relationships. Yes, you should order it right now. 

Available July 27, 2021

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'This Will All Be Over Soon' by Cecily Strong

In a devastatingly timely memoir, Saturday Night Live's Cecily Strong writes about grieving the death of her cousin who passed away from glioblastoma and how she's applying the lessons he taught her amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Available August 10, 2021

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