Must-Read Biography & Memoir Books | February 2021

11 Feb 2021

Must-Read Biography & Memoir Books | February 2021

There have been some amazing new biography and memoir book releases this month. To help you find your next favorite read, we made a list of some of our must-read recommendations from authors Demi K, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Jedidiah Jenkins, Cameran Eubanks Wimberly, Suleika Jaouad, and Mark Harris. Enjoy your new books!


Athena in the Rathole

by Demi K

Release Date: December 3, 2020

Athena is born at the wrong time, to the wrong parents, and in the wrong country. Her parents are Greek immigrants trying to find their way in America. Athena bounces between two countries, two cultures, eating Greek eyeball stew and lamb’s brain on the one hand, and ice cream cones with sprinkles on the other. Humorously told, Athena must survive her vicious mother, a shaming nun, bullying classmates, and an abusive babysitter. Her mother blames Athena for the family’s troubles and Athena comforts herself by sneaking Greek delicacies.

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Unfinished

by Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Release Date: February 9, 2021

A remarkable life story rooted in two different worlds, Unfinished offers insights into Priyanka Chopra Jonas’s childhood in India; her formative teenage years in the United States; and her return to India, where against all odds as a newcomer to the pageant world, she won the national and international beauty competitions that launched her global acting career.

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Like Streams to the Ocean

by Jedidiah Jenkins

Release Date: February 2, 2021

You can travel the world looking for yourself, but if you don’t know what you’re looking for, how can you find it? Like Streams To The Ocean is about examining the things that make us who we are and getting to know ourselves, our stories, and the decisions that shape our one and only life. Writing with the passion and clarity that made his debut, To Shake the Sleeping Self, a national bestseller, Jedidiah Jenkins brings together new and old writings to explore the eight subjects that give life meaning: ego, family, home, friendship, love, work, death, the soul.

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One Day You’ll Thank Me

by Cameran Eubanks Wimberly

Release Date: February 2, 2021

Growing up in South Carolina with a family that goes back ten generations, Cameran Eubanks knew from a young age that Southern women are expected to want the white picket fence life. But Cameran has never been your typical Southern belle, and she was always determined to flout expectations. She set out to paint the town red, enjoy her single life, focus on her successful real estate career, maybe join the cast of a hugely popular reality show…and then she met her future husband, Jason.

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Between Two Kingdoms

by Suleika Jaouad

Release Date: February 9, 2021

In the summer after graduating from college, Suleika Jaouad was preparing, as they say in commencement speeches, to enter “the real world.” She had fallen in love and moved to Paris to pursue her dream of becoming a war correspondent. The real world she found, however, would take her into a very different kind of conflict zone. It started with an itch—first on her feet, then up her legs, like a thousand invisible mosquito bites. Next came the exhaustion, and the six-hour naps that only deepened her fatigue. Then a trip to the doctor and, a few weeks shy of her twenty-third birthday, a diagnosis: leukemia.

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Mike Nichols: A Life

by Mark Harris

Release Date: February 2, 2021

Mike Nichols burst onto the scene as a wunderkind: while still in his twenties, he was half of a hit improv duo with Elaine May that was the talk of the country. Next he directed four consecutive hit plays, won back-to-back Tonys, ushered in a new era of Hollywood moviemaking with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and followed it with The Graduate, which won him an Oscar and became the third-highest-grossing movie ever.

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