There’s nothing quite like a new memoir to get a glimpse into an author’s life as we’ve never seen before. Reading a new memoir is an excellent way to understand someone as they want readers to see them.
Some memoirs are told through rose-tinted glasses, trying to soften the rough edges of the author’s life. Other memoirs seek to tell the complete story, including the good, the bad, and the ugly.
These three new memoirs will tell us the stories of an actor, an author, and a musician. We’re excited to learn more about their lives.
Officer Clemmons: A Memoir—Dr. François S. Clemmons
This new memoir tells the extraordinary life story of François Clemmons, best known for his role on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The book begins with his childhood and leads into his early adult life and his studies in music at Oberlin College. He then meets Fred Rogers by chance, which leads to a friendship that lasts a lifetime. He was the first African American actor to have a recurring role on a children’s show when he become the beloved Officer Clemmons on Fred Rogers’ show. But fame came at a price, and he ended up having to make sacrifices and difficult personal choices throughout his career.
The new memoir Officer Clemmons: A Memoir by Dr. François S. Clemmons was released May 5th.
Stray: A Memoir—Stephanie Danler
This new memoir is about a woman breaking free from her past. Growing up in a family that suffered from addiction, Danler moved away to New York City for a fresh start. After releasing her successful first novel, Sweetbitter, she does not feel as happy as she should be. Instead, she wants to face her difficult past. She goes home to Southern California to find answers about herself and her family. She works to understand her past so she can change her future.
The new memoir Stray: A Memoir by Stephanie Danler was released May 19th.
Hollywood Park: A Memoir—Mikel Jollett
In this new memoir, we meet Mikel Jollett. He was born into one of America’s worst cults, the Church of Syanon. In the cult, they take children from their parents and put them into the cult’s “school.” After years in the school, he escapes with his mother and older brother. They find that life outside the cult is harder than they thought it would be. His mother raises him and his brother but subjects them to troubled step-fathers during their childhood. His brother turns into an angry person and starts tormenting him. As an adult, he starts a new life and goes to Stanford University. Eventually, he finds his calling as a writer and musician.
The new memoir Hollywood Park: A Memoir by Mikel Jollett was released May 22nd.
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