Publishers WeeklyÂ posted its list of the Top 10 Memoirs & Biographies coming in Fall 2018:
This fall sees some striking memoirs by and biographies of movie and TV notables, big-name athletes, and important political figures:
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography -Â Eric Idle. Crown Archetype, Oct. 2
Idle, a founding member ofÂ Monty Pythonâ€™s Flying Circus, looks back at his life and the creation of one of the most successful sketch comedy shows.
The Banished Immortal – Ha Jin. Pantheon, Jan. 8
National Book Awardâ€“winning novelist Jin (Waiting) turns to nonfiction with this biography of Li Bai, an eighth-century Chinese poet who was influenced by Daoist thought and who in turn influenced Jin.
Becoming – Michelle Obama. Crown, Nov. 13
This was all the talk at BookExpo, as the former first lady details her growing up on Chicagoâ€™s South Side, working as an executive while raising kids, and what it meant to be the first African-American first lady.
The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created -Â Jane Leavy. Harper, Oct. 16
Leavy, who has written bestselling books on baseball legends Sandy Koufax and Mickey Mantle, focuses on Babe Ruth.
Churchill: Walking with Destiny – Andrew Roberts. Viking, Nov. 6
Roberts (NapoleonÂ andÂ The Storm of War) bases this 1,000-plus-page epic biography of Churchill on extensive new material, including Churchillâ€™s private correspondence and war cabinet meeting minutes.
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom – David W. Blight. Simon & Schuster, Oct. 2
Blight draws on archival records to trace Frederick Douglassâ€™s life as an escaped slave through his role as an orator traveling the country during Reconstruction and the Jim Crow era.
Heartland: A Daughter of the Working Class Reconciles an American Divide – Sarah Smarsh. Scribner, Sept. 18
Smarshâ€™s memoir, according to our starred review, is a â€œcandid and courageous memoir about growing up in a family of working-class farmers in Kansas during the 1980s and â€™90s.â€
In Pieces – Sally Field. Grand Central, Sept. 18
Actress Fieldâ€”known to generations from her role as the Flying Nunâ€”promises a literary memoir. And with a 500,000-copy announced first printing, the publisher is banking on her fans showing up for it.
Legend: My Life in Football – Joe Namath. Little, Brown, Oct. 30
â€œBroadway Joeâ€ Namath, who led the New York Jets to their first and only Super Bowl win in 1969, was one of the first superstars of the NFL; the release of this memoir is timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Jetsâ€™ victory.
Reagan: An American Journey – Bob Spitz. Penguin Press, Oct. 2
Biographer Spitz turns his attention to the 40th president in this full-length biography, incorporating previously unavailable documents. Spitzâ€™s earlier biographies of Bob Dylan and Julia Child were hugely popular, and his book on the Beatles was a bestseller.
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