Here are a few of our favorite biographies and memoirs for September. See more of our picks, and all of the Best Books of the Month.
At the tender age of 27, chef and activist Alice Waters opened what ended up being one of America’s most iconic restaurants, Chez Panisse, redefining American cuisine through a stubborn dedication to fresh, local ingredients and willingness to experiment. In Coming to My Senses, Waters traces her life from her stodgy, suburban upbringing to the turbulence of 1960s Berkley and her unlikely rise as a "counterculture cook." Featuring photographs, letters, and recipes, Waters’s autobiography is a revealing exploration of her revolutionary culinary point of view, and the determination that enabled the "little French restaurant" to thrive in a time when convenience was king.
Unstoppable: My Life So Far by Maria Sharapova
Unstoppable, written with the always solid
Rich Cohen (
The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse), is a story of perseverance, spanning Sharapova’s Russian childhood to her recent return to the pro circuit.
Crossings: A Doctor-Soldier’s Story by Jon Kerstetter
Crossings reads like three autobiographies in one, each tied together by an uncommon fortitude.
The Best of Us: A Memoir by Joyce Maynard
In her late 50s, bestselling author Joyce Maynard married the love of her life. Just over a year later, Jim was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, dying following 19 difficult months of treatment.
The Best of Us is both heartbreaking and uplifting, a chronicle of unlikely, unexpected romance and personal tragedy, as well as a meditation on the nature of love.
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