The Best Books of the Month: Biographies & Memoirs

Great-Green-Room225Here are a few of our favorite biographies and memoirs for January. See more of our picks, and all of the Best Books of the Month.

Goodnight Moon is an icon of childhood, a book still given for baby showers and first birthdays even though it’s over half a century old. Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny may be the stories she’s most known for, but Margaret Wise Brown wrote scores of books. And poems. And led a remarkable life that was totally unlike the quiet, simple pages of her most famous work. Brown was passionate about children’s book publishing, and she was a visionary of interactive formats. A successful career in writing did not come easy to her, and Brown found inspiration in Gertrude Stein that completely changed how she approached her craft. Thanks to Any Gary’s insightful biography, In the Great Green Room, Margaret Wise Brown has become much more to me than simply the familiar author of much-loved children’s books. Now I see a colorful, vibrant woman who had complicated love affairs, a unique ability to see the world through a child’s eyes, and who was constantly recreating life on her own terms. --Seira Wilson


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Disaster Falls: A Family Story by Stéphane Gerson
Gerson's heart-rending memoir recounts the drowning of his eight-year-old son while on a river rafting trip on Utah's Green River, and the event's devastating impact on his family. A raw and tragic tale, Disaster Falls is also a thoughtful meditation on death and the ways we navigate grief.

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A Man for All Markets: From Las Vegas to Wall Street, How I Beat the Dealer and the Market by Edward O. Thorp
An autobiography from the inventor of card-counting (and scourge of Las Vegas), who took his theories from the blackjack tables to Wall Street, becoming one of the most successful hedge fund managers in the world.

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Dust Bowl Girls: The Inspiring Story of the Team That Barnstormed Its Way to Basketball Glory by Lydia Reeder
Hoosiers meets The Boys in the Boat in this inspirational tale of the unlikely rise of the Oklahoma Presbyterian College women's basketball team, from it's small-time roots to a showdown with Babe Didrikson's national champions.  

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