New Memoir Books For Your Summer Reading List | 2020

New Memoir Books For Your Summer Reading List | 2020

Have you been searching everywhere for some intriguing new memoir books for your summer reading list? Stop your search because we’ve got your ideal memoir reading list right here! Don’t miss the latest from Michael Lechner, Michele Harper, Lacy Crawford, Valarie Kaur, Heather Lanier, and more. Happy reading!


Beautiful Prison

by Michael Lechner

Release Date: June 26, 2020

This is a story of a family suffering from domestic abuse by a manipulative and abusive father who isolates them in the wild and untamed Idahoan Mountains. This true story portrays the lessons learned from the eyes of childhood emotional neglect and how the eight siblings survived and found their way back from surviving the forest. It also explores how one mother discovers all that’s wrong with the toxic events that led to the ultimate survival of her children and why life is not supposed to be this way.

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The Beauty in Breaking

by Michele Harper

Release Date: July 7, 2020

Michele Harper is a female, African American emergency room physician in a field that is overwhelmingly male and white. She grew up in a complicated family in Washington D.C. before going to Harvard, where she met her husband. After staying together through medical school, they separated when she received a job at a hospital in central Philadelphia. He told her he couldn’t move with her. Her marriage at an end, she began a new life in a new city, in a new job… as a newly single woman. This is Harper’s true story of self-healing.

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Notes on a Silencing

by Lacy Crawford

Release Date: July 7, 2020

Lacy Crawford thought she’d put the sexual assault she’d suffered when she was fifteen behind her when the elite St. Paul’s School came under state investigation for extensive reports of sexual abuse on campus. When detectives asked for victims to come forward, she sent a note. Her criminal case was now reopened and she finally saw evidence that corroborated her memories.

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See No Stranger

by Valarie Kaur

Release Date: June 16, 2020

“In a world stricken with fear and turmoil, Valarie Kaur shows us how to summon our deepest wisdom.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love… How do you love in a time of rage? Renowned Sikh activist, filmmaker, and civil rights lawyer, Valarie Kaur describes revolutionary love as the call of our time. A radical and joyful practice that extends in three directions: to others, to our opponents, and to ouselves.

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Becoming Duchess Goldblatt

by Anonymous

Release Date: July 7, 2020

One of the New York Times’ 20 Books to Read in 2020… Becoming Duchess Goldbalatt is two stories: one of a reclusive writer who created a fictional character out of thin air, and that of the magical Duchess Goldblatt herself, a bright light in the darkness of social media. Part memoir and part joyful romp through the fields of imagination.

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Raising a Rare Girl

by Heather Lanier

Release Date: July 7, 2020

Heather Lanier did everything by the book when she was expecting her first child. She ate healthy, recited affirmations, and even drew up a birth plan for an unmedicated labor. It was all in the hopes that she would create a SuperBaby, an ultra-healthy human destined for a high-achieving future. But her daughter Fiona challenged all of her preconceptions when she was born with an ultra-rare syndrome known as Wolf-Hirschhorn.

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Interview with Michael Lechner, Author of Beautiful Prison

What can you tell us about your new release, Beautiful Prison?

Beautiful Prison is the story of my childhood when my father uprooted my family from the Florida suburbs to go live in the mountains of Idaho. The story follows the struggles my family and I experienced all due to my father being unprepared and absent. We lived miles away from anyone in a “cabin” my father built in the middle of a forest. Our residence resembled more of a shack than a cabin with no electricity, running water, or insulation. We lived on that mountain for four years, barely surviving, neglected, and abused by my father, with little to no education, food, and warmth. Beautiful Prison is our survival story, and the story of my mother’s redemption when she gained the confidence to leave her husband.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Reading was my only form of consistent education I had growing up. When the nights came earlier in the freezing months, there was not much to do because we had no way to see except by the illumination of candles and lamps. Before we would head off to sleep for another hard day of felling trees for the next winter, I would sit by the wood stove reading books. I do not know what I would have done if I did not have my stories to keep me company. I believe my inspiration for writing my memoir is a combination of my love of books and wanting to tell my story. I have told it many times in person, each time met with either disbelief or with encouragement to write a memoir. I decided to stop attempting to disbelieve I had a messed-up childhood and write it down so I could not forget.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

I am a sucker for anything Tolkien has written. He created a fantasy world that no other author has ever come close to beating – or ever will. I used to imagine I was in Middle Earth, somewhere lost in Mirkwood with all the miles of endless trees engulfing my every minute. I could not tell you which of his books are my favorite as they are all dear to me.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask

My fascination with fantasy does not stop at Middle Earth. My first guest on my talk show would require a little bit of divination and maybe a séance. I would want to call upon the bards who wrote the story of Beowulf. My inquiry would revolve around Grendel: who/what was he? Was the story inspired by true events? Were Grendel and his mother just some poor reptiles who became a hunter’s trophies?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love being able to think of creative ways to explain and show my world through words. Writing is a wonderful method of sharing the beauty that is all around us.

What is a typical day like for you?

A typical day consists of going to work, exercising, relaxing with a good book, writing, and spending quality time with friends, family, and my love of my life.

What scene from Beautiful Prison was your favorite to write?

Living on the mountain was not all misery and pain. I was surrounded by unmatched beauty. I loved describing the scenery and nature that I called home.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Disadvantages are not an excuse for who you are, they are inspiration to others for how far you have come.

Michael Lechner is the author of the new book Beautiful Prison.

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New Biography and Memoir Books to Read | July 7

Looking for some new biography and memoir books for your library? There are so many new releases this week that you’re bound to find a new favorite. You can pick up new books from Michael Lechner, Kent Russell, Lacy Crawford, and more. Enjoy your new biography and memoir books. Happy reading!



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New Biography and Memoir Books to Read | June 30

Looking for some new biography and memoir books for your library? There are so many new releases this week that you’re bound to find a new favorite. You can pick up new books from Eddie S. Glaude, Arshay Cooper, Shannon Reid, and more. Enjoy your new biography and memoir books. Happy reading!



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The Buzziest Books of June | 2020

The Buzziest Books of June | 2020

The month of June was a great time for readers with a host of exciting releases from bestselling authors. There were so many page-turning novels that captivated us from cover to cover this month. If you want to catch up on the books everyone was talking about, here are our choices for the buzziest books of June. Happy reading!


The Guest List

by Lucy Foley

Release Date: June 2, 2020

A Reese’s Book Club Pick from the bestselling author of The Hunting Party… Guests are gathering on an island off the coast of Ireland to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom is a rising television star and the bride is an ambitious magazine publisher. The cell phone service may be spotty but every detail of the wedding has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed… Then someone turns up dead.

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28 Summers

by Elin Hilderbrand

Release Date: June 16, 2020

When Link receives deathbed instructions from his mother, Mallory Blessing, to call a number on a slip of paper in his desk drawer, he’s not sure what to expect. He definitely didn’t expect Jake McCloud to answer on the other end. Jake’s wife is the frontrunner in the upcoming presidential election, how do Mallory and Jake know each other?

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A Curse of Blood and Sea

by Jocelyn Fox

Release Date: May 31, 2020

The 7th book in The Fae War Chronicles by bestselling author Jocelyn Fox…”Awesome book! Definitely the storyline I’ve been waiting for. If you are a fan of sea-going adventures, this is the read for you!” In the world of the Fae, the Seafarers, Merrow, Sidhe, wolf-warriors, and not-quite mortals who fight alongside them have a new enemy beyond the horizon of the Known Seas. As the Wolves of the North choose their first battle-partners since the war, and the Seafarers set sail, a deadly curse is set loose.

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The Summer House

by James Patterson

Release Date: June 8, 2020

The latest novel from New York Times Bestselling Author James Patterson… The Summer House used to be a luxurious southern getaway on a rustic lake. It was then reduced to a dilapidated crash pad. Now it is a grisly scene of mass murder. Eyewitnesses point to the Night Ninjas, four Army Rangers that recently returned from Afghanistan. The Army sends Major Jeremiah Cook to investigate. But the Major and his elite team had no idea their grim jobs would be made exponentially harder by local law enforcement.

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The Vanishing Half

by Brit Bennett

Release Date: June 2, 2020

An instant New York Times Bestseller and Good Morning America Book Club Pick… The Vignes twins will always be identical. But after growing up in a small, southern black community and running away at sixteen, it’s not just their daily lives that are different as adults. Their families, their communities, and their racial identities are different.

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The Room Where It Happened

by John R. Bolton

Release Date: June 23, 2020

John Bolton was President Trump’s National Security Advisor for 453 days. This is his account of his time in the room where it happened… In this White House Memoir, you will get one of the most comprehensive and substantial accounts of the Trump administration. It is one of the few to date by a top-level official.

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Never Walk Alone

by Willow Rose

Release Date: May 29, 2020

The fourth book in the Harry Hunter Mystery Series by bestselling author Willow Rose… The world is on lockdown and a woman has been kidnapped from her apartment. Detective Harry Hunter is on the case. At the same time, his sister shows up after not seeing each other for a year. It seems Harry’s sister knows more about the virus than she lets on. Soon he starts to think the virus is connected to the missing woman.

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A Reckless Note

by Lisa Renee Jones

Release Date: June 23, 2020

The first book in the Brilliance Trilogy by New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Renee Jones… Seduction, passion, and my family’s secret that could change everything. I was searching for my missing brother but I found Kace August instead. He is dark and dangerous… and he makes me want things I can’t have. He brings me into a world of forbidden seduction.

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Bestsellers Now in Paperback | June 2020

Take a look at this month’s selection of bestsellers now in paperback! June had a great selection of bestselling books to check out from thrilling mysteries to enthralling literary reads, and insightful biographies. Pick up these latest paperback books by bestselling authors Louise Penny, J.D. Robb, David Baldacci, John Sandford, Colson Whitehead, Rainbow Rowell, and many more!


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense


Literary Fiction


Fantasy & Science Fiction


Young Adult


Biography & Memoir

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Black-Owned Bookstores You Can Support Right Now

Here at NewInBooks, we believe that it is incredibly important to support black-owned businesses and black authors in the literary industry. Last week we brought you a list of some amazing Black Authors to Support in Your Favorite Genres and now we’re continuing our series of resources with a list of black-owned bookstores that you can support right now. Happy reading!

Shelves Bookstore in Charlotte, NC

MahoganyBooks in Washington, DC

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books in Germantown, PA

Hakim’s Bookstore in Philadelphia, PA

Harriett’s Bookshop in Philadelphia, PA

AfriWare Books in Maywood, IL

Semicolon Bookstore in Chicago, IL

Pan-African Connection Bookstore, Art Gallery, and Resource Center in Dallas, TX

The Dock Bookshop in Fort Worth, TX

Eso Won Bookstore in Los Angeles, CA

Ashay by the Bay in Vallejo, CA

The Lit. Bar in the Bronx, NY

Pyramid Books in Boynton Beach, FL

Detroit Book City in Southfield, MI

Harambee Books and Artworks in Alexandria, VA

Turning Page Bookshop in Goose Creek, SC

The Key Bookstore in Hartford, CT


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New Biography and Memoir Books to Read | June 23

Looking for some new biography and memoir books for your library? There are so many new releases this week that you’re bound to find a new favorite. You can pick up new books from John R. Bolton, Loni Love, Susan Burton, and more. Enjoy your new biography and memoir books. Happy reading!



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Black Authors to Support in Your Favorite Genres

“None of us alone can save the nation or the world. But each of us can make a positive difference if we commit ourselves to do so.” – Cornel West

Here at NewinBooks, we are committed to the work of making a positive difference in our community and the world around us. As a company, inclusiveness and equity are tantamount to our vision to support and uplift the voices that do not always get to be heard.

Over the next few weeks, we will be releasing a series of resources you can use to join us in helping to uplift and amplify Black voices in the literary industry.

To kick things off, we’ve compiled a list of amazing Black authors to check out in your favorite genres!

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Romance

Literary Fiction

Nonfiction

Fantasy/Science Fiction

Young Adult/Children’s

Check out our growing list of Black authors to support right here!

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New Biography and Memoir Books to Read | June 16

Looking for some new biography and memoir books for your library? There are so many new releases this week that you’re bound to find a new favorite. You can pick up new books from James Conner, Valarie Kaur, Gerard Koeppel, and more. Enjoy your new biography and memoir books. Happy reading!



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