• Becoming

    By Michelle Obama (B Obam, QB Obam, CD B Obam)

    An intimate memoir by the former First Lady chronicles the experiences that have shaped her remarkable life, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago through her setbacks and achievements in the White House.


  • Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening

    By Manal Sharif (B Shar)

    In Daring to Drive, Manal Al-Sharif relates how she publicized a protest movement, the Women2Drive campaign, with a video recording of herself driving a car. This eye-opening memoir vividly portrays the customary restrictions on girls and women in her country as well as the difficulties of pushing for social change.


  • The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hills Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It

    By Joanna Scutts (305.42097 Scut)

    From the flapper to The Feminine Mystique, the author presents a cultural history of single women in the city through the reclaimed life of glamorous guru Marjorie Hillis.


  • Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History

    By Keith O’Brien (629.13 Obri, Q 629.13 Obri, CD 629.13 Obri)

    An award-winning journalist traces the lesser-known story of five women, including Amelia Earhart, who successfully fought to compete against men in the high-stakes national air races of the 1920s and 1930s.


  • Godspeed: A Memoir

    By Casey Legler (B Legl)

    A coming-of-age memoir by a former Olympic swimmer describes the crippling loneliness that marked her athletic childhood and her struggles with addiction and self-destructiveness prior to her diagnosis with autism.


  • The Good Mothers: The True Story of the Women Who Took on the World's Most Powerful Mafia

    By Alex Perry (364.106 Perr)

    After one abused ‘Ndrangheta wife is murdered for turning state’s evidence, prosecutor Alessandra Cerreti convinces two more mafia wives to testify against one of the most ruthless crime syndicates in the world.


  • Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement

    By Janet Dewart Bell (323.092 Bell​​​​​​​)

    A groundbreaking collection based on oral histories celebrates the lesser-known leadership of African-American women in the 20th-century fight for civil rights, drawing on first-person interviews to offer deeply personal and intimate insights into what inspired and fueled the work of nine surviving Civil Rights-era activists.


  • Monsoon Mansion

    By Cinelle Barnes​​​​​​​ (B Barn)

    Told with a lyrical, almost-dreamlike voice as intoxicating as the moonflowers and orchids that inhabit this world, Monsoon Mansion is a harrowing yet triumphant coming-of-age memoir exploring the dark, troubled waters of a family’s rise and fall from grace in the Philippines. It would take a young warrior to survive it.


  • Ninth Street Women

    By Mary Gabriel​​​​​​​ (704.042 Gabr​​​​​​​)

    A National Book Award finalist describes the lives and careers of five pioneering women artists who entered the male-dominated world of mid-20th century abstract painting and changed their field and American society in the process.


  • Traveling with Ghosts: A Memoir

    By Shannon Leone Fowler​​​​​​​ (B Fowl​​​​​​​)

    A marine biologist traces the solo journey she took through war-ravaged Eastern Europe, Israel and beyond to find peace after her fiancé’s jellyfish-attack death, a journey marked by poignant echoes of their relationship and her efforts to make peace with the ocean.

  • Twisting Fate: My Journey with BRCA - from Breast Cancer Doctor to Patient and Back

    By Pamela N. Munster​​​​​​​ (B Muns)

    A forefront oncologist shares the story of her own battle with breast cancer and how it transformed her perspectives as a doctor, describing her research team's groundbreaking work on the BRCA gene and how to live with its mutations.