9 Remarkable Memoirs to Listen to

A revered food critic, a beloved comedian, a woman who discovers her family isn’t exactly who they say they are: each of these audiobook memoirs make for an absorbing listen that you will remember long after the last chapter.

Author: Abby Maslin
Read By: Abby Maslin

When Abby Maslin’s husband, TC, didn’t make it home one August night, she knew something was wrong. Her fears were confirmed when she learned that he had been beaten and left for dead mere blocks from home, all for his cell phone and debit card. As TC recovered from a severe traumatic brain injury that left him unable to speak or walk, Abby faced the challenge of caring for—and loving—a husband who now resembled a stranger. Love You Hard is the raw, unflinchingly honest story of the resilience required to mend a life and remake a marriage. Narrated by the author, this audiobook is a daring exploration of true love.

Author: Ruth Reichl
Read By: Ruth Reichl

Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the job (and the risk) of a lifetime when she entered the high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time in her own voice, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor-in -chief of Gourmet. Listeners of this audiobook will meet legendary chefs like David Chang and Eric Ripert, writers like David Foster Wallace, and a colorful group of editors and art directors who, under Reichl’s leadership, transformed the stately Gourmet into a cutting-edge publication. Complete with recipes, Save Me the Plums is a personal journey of a woman following a passion and holding on to her dreams—even when she ends up in a place she never expected to be.

When Valerie Jarrett interviewed a promising young lawyer named Michelle Robinson in July 1991 for a job in Chicago city government, neither knew that it was the first step on a path that would end in the White House. Born in Iran, Jarrett grew up in Chicago in the 60s as racial and gender barriers were being challenged. From her work ensuring equality for women and girls, advancing civil rights, reforming our criminal justice system, and improving the lives of working families, to some of the most stirring moments of the Obama presidency, Jarrett shares her forthright , optimistic perspective on the importance of leadership and the responsibilities of citizenship in the twenty-first century, inspiring listeners to lift their own voices.

Author: Janny Scott
Read By: Janny Scott

In this warmly told tale of an American family’s fortunes, journalist Janny Scott excavates the rarefied world that shaped her charming, unknowable father, Robert Montgomery Scott, and provides an incisive look at the weight of inheritance, the tenacity of addiction, and the power of buried secrets. Land, houses, and money tumbled from one generation to the next on the eight-hundred-acre estate built by Scott’s investment banker great-grandfather on Philadelphia’s Main Line. It was impossible to know in advance how all that extraordinary good fortune might influence the choices made over a lifetime. Scott brings her journalistic talents, light touch, unique voice, and crystalline prose to this powerful story of her own family.

When Megan Stack was living in Beijing, she left her prestigious job as a foreign correspondent to have her first child and work from home writing a book. She quickly realized that caring for a baby and keeping up with the housework while her husband went to the office each day was consuming the time she needed to write. The housekeeper Stack hired was a migrant from the countryside, a mother who had left her own daughter in a precarious situation to earn desperately needed cash in the capital. As Stack’s family grew and her husband’s job took them to Dehli, a series of Chinese and Indian women cooked, cleaned, and babysat in their home. Stack grew increasingly aware of the brutal realities of their lives. Hiring poor women had given her the ability to work while raising her children, but what ethical compromise had she made?

By the time he was twenty-seven years old, Kwame Onwuachi had opened—and closed—one of the most talked about restaurants in America. He had launched his own catering company with twenty thousand dollars that he made from selling candy on the subway, yet he’d been told he would never make it on television because his cooking wasn’t “Southern” enough. In this inspiring memoir about the intersection of race, fame, and food, he writes and narrates the remarkable story of his culinary coming-of-age.

Author: Dani Shapiro
Read By: Dani Shapiro

In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history–the life she had lived–crumbled beneath her. Inheritance is both an audiobook about secrets, and an audiobook about the extraordinary moment we live in–a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.

In the fall of 2016, Chelsea Handler daydreamed about what life would be like with a woman in the White House. And then Donald Trump happened. In a torpor of despair, she decided that she’d had enough of the privileged bubble she’d lived in and that it was time to make some changes, both in her personal life and in the world at large. She embarked on a year of self-sufficiency and therapy, prepared to do the heavy lifting required to look within and make sense of a childhood marked by love and loss and to figure out why people were afraid of her. Thrillingly honest, moving, and deeply funny, this memoir written and read by Chelsea Handler keeps listeners laughing even as it inspires us to look within and ask ourselves what really matters in our own lives.

A celebrated journalist, bestselling author, and recovering addict David Carr was in the prime of his career when he died suddenly in the newsroom of The New York Times in 2015. Shattered by his death, his daughter Erin Lee Carr, an up-and-coming documentary filmmaker, began combing through the entirety of their shared correspondence—1,936 items in total—in search of comfort and support. What started as an exercise in grief quickly grew into an active investigation: Did her father’s writings contain the answers to the question of how to move forward in life and work without her biggest champion by her side? The unique combination of Erin Lee Carr’s earnest prose and her father’s meaningful words (both read by the author) offers a compelling listen that shows us what it means to be vulnerable and lost, supported and found. It is a window into love, with all of its fierceness and frustrations.