Anticipated Women-Written Memoirs to Read in 2021

Hopefully your reading list for the year is filled with books written by some amazing women. In case you need a few more, here are some women-written memoirs you need to add to it.


Surviving the White Gaze by Rebecca Carroll

February 2


This memoir details Carroll’s life growing up in New Hampshire as the one and only black person in her town. She was adopted by a white family and struggled throughout her childhood with the separation and division she felt from those around her. She eventually grows up and moves from city to city where she struggles with many different life issues. When she finally finds her chosen black family, only then is she able to heal.


My Broken Language: A Memoir by Quiara Alegira Hudes

April 6


Hudes is a Pulitzer Prize winner and writer of the critically acclaimed musical In the Heights. Her memoir begins with her childhood in North Philadelphia where she grows up surrounded by many different customs, traditions and languages. When she goes off to Yale she is able to “find her language” and tell the stories sprinkled throughout her wonderful and inspiring childhood.


Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir by Ashley C. Ford

June 1st


Ford’s memoir details her childhood characterized by her incarcerated father’s absence, body image issues, a bad relationship with her mother and an assault by her boyfriend. When she eventually discovers why her father is in prison she is finally able to heal her broken wounds.


Honorable Mention!!


While Injustice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams

May 11


This isn’t a memoir, but I couldn’t help but mention this novel written by American Politician Stacey Abrams. In this book Abrams writes from the perspective of a young law clerk who becomes the legal guardian for a Supreme Court justice after he falls into a coma. This justice also happens to be a huge swing vote for some very big cases. Avery Keene must unravel a set of clues the Supreme Court justice left behind for her, and before she knows it, she’s on the path to solving a huge conspiracy. Check out this thriller when it hits shelves this summer.



Author: Ashli Ellerman 

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