As a young child, the author fled China for New York, where she and her parents were undocumented for years. Wang, now a civil rights lawyer, focuses on her early years in the United States, and how she and her family grappled with the precarity and vulnerability they faced.
Doubleday, Sept. 7 | Read our review
Pfeifer, a New York Fire Department battalion chief on the scene on 9/11, shares some of the horror — and the valor — he witnessed. (His brother, also a New York City firefighter, died during a rescue mission in one of the towers.) But the book is also a personal exploration; Pfeifer examines his closest relationships, his past as a seminarian and his calling to the Fire Department. Our reviewer said it belongs in “the canon as one of the necessary documents of 9/11.”
Portfolio, Sept. 7 | Read our review
Harjo, the first Native poet laureate, draws on her family’s ancestral stories and artistic influences in her second autobiography, which she wrote in verse and prose. She puts it simply: “I do not want to forget, though sometimes memory appears to be an enemy bringing only pain.”
Norton, Sept. 7
A former journalist at The Chicago Tribune, Turner revisits her childhood, along with those of her sister and her best friend, in the Chicago neighborhood of Bronzeville. The community, Turner writes, is the “cradle of the city’s Great Migration, the epicenter of Black business and culture,” once home to Richard Wright, Ida B. Wells and Gwendolyn Brooks. But Turner’s book is guided by a wrenching question: How did she find success and stability while her sister and friend were left behind?
Simon & Schuster, Sept. 7 | Read our review
Long before he enthralled a world in lockdown with his cocktail-shaking videos, led viewers across Italy on CNN or starred in “Big Night,” Tucci was obsessed with food. Here he returns to his childhood growing up in an Italian American family in the 1960s (yes, there are recipes).
Gallery Books, Oct. 5
In 2018, Magary, a writer for Defector, suffered a significant brain hemorrhage after an unexpected fall. For two weeks, he was comatose, leaving him to later reconstruct what happened — and understand the extent of his injury — by poring over medical records and interviewing his family and friends. As he wrote after the episode: “I am the least reliable narrator when it comes to the story of my brain exploding.” It’s harrowing reading, but there are moments of hope and joy, particularly as he navigates fatherhood.
Harmony, Oct. 12
‘Going There,’ by Katie Couric
For decades, through interviews with Supreme Court justices, prime ministers, presidents and countless ordinary individuals, Couric has brought us the life stories of other people. In “Going There,” she examines her own life — career highs and lows, experiences with sexism, her first husband’s death from colon cancer, her daughters’ reckoning with their father’s enthusiasm for the Confederacy and the demise of her friendship with her former “Today” show co-host Matt Lauer.
Little, Brown, Oct. 26