At the moment, Rob Sheffield’s Talking to Girls About Duran Duran is in the lead, but we’ve all been around the block enough times together to know that any of the four books could still win. So have you picked your favorite yet? Vote before the poll closes at 11:59 p.m. ET this Sunday, May 22.
Look Me in the Eye, by John Elder Robison
Robison’s name may not be familiar, but at least some of his story may be: He figured in another memoir, Running With Scissors, by his brother, Augusten Burroughs. But Robison tells the full story of a “different” kid who does not find out until he is 40 just why he is different—he has Asperger’s.
Making Toast, by Roger Rosenblatt
The subtitle of this memoir by journalist and novelist Rosenblatt is “A Family Story,” and that neatly sums up his tender, journal-like detailing of the 14 months following the sudden death of his daughter, as he grapples with both his loss and his new life as fill-in parent to her three young children. A slender volume packed with emotion.
The Middle Place, by Kelly Corrigan
A happily married mother of two is contentedly living in what she calls the Middle Place—“that sliver of time when parenthood and childhood overlap”—until duel diagnoses of cancer (hers and her beloved father’s) force her out of it. Corrigan refuses to take the path of self-pity, though, as she relates in an absorbing memoir filled with honesty, humor, and—above all—heart.
Talking to Girls About Duran Duran, by Rob Sheffield
The veteran music journalist revisits his Catholic adolescence in coming-of-age vignettes (first loves, first jobs) that are defined by the music—and the decade—that defined him. Affable, lighthearted, and a tribute not just to the bands (both famous and obscure) he loved, but to the strong women who populated his life.