The Sixth Man by Andre Iguodala with Carvell WallaceWhat it's about: NBA swingman, 2012 All-Star, and 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala's remarkable life both on and off the court.
Topics include: Iguodala's gold medal win in the 2012 Summer Olympics, his three NBA championship wins with the Golden State Warriors, and his success as a Silicon Valley investor.
Reviewers say: "the best basketball memoir since Bill Russell's Go Up for Glory...a sports memoir for the ages" (Booklist).
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie BrownsteinWhat it is: a vivid, occasionally dishy memoir from the co-founder of the pioneering riot grrrl trio Sleater-Kinney.
What's inside: candid musings on Brownstein's fraught upbringing and chaotic coming-of-age, the sexism she's faced in the music industry, and Sleater-Kinney's squabbles and eventual breakup (though the band famously reunited to much fanfare in 2014).
Is it for you? Portlandia fans looking for scoop on Brownstein's Emmy-nominated work on the series won't find it here.
Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot by Masha GessenWhat it's about: In 2012, three members of the feminist punk collective Pussy Riot were imprisoned for hooliganism following an anti-Putin protest and performance at Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
Try this next: founding member Nadya Tolokonnikova's unapologetic call-to-action Read & Riot: A Pussy Riot Guide to Activism, which she wrote after spending 18 months in prison.
Author alert: Russian American journalist and activist Masha Gessen is the National Book Award-winning author of The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia.
Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout by Laura Jane Grace with Dan OzziWhat it is: an intimate memoir from the lead singer of Against Me! chronicling her lifelong struggles with gender dysphoria and addiction prior to coming out as transgender in 2012.
Why you might like it: Supplemented with years' worth of never-before-seen journal entries dating back to Grace's childhood, this resonant search for self is a candid ode to survival and embracing your identity.
Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall by Tim MohrWhat it's about: the underground East German punk movement whose political activism contributed to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
Featuring: 15-year-old "Major," the self-proclaimed first punk in East Germany, known for her safety pin-adorned jackets.
Book buzz: Longlisted for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, Burning Down the Haus was also named one of the Best Music Books of 2018 by Rolling Stone.
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