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The Best Books of March: Biographies & Memoirs

Amazon Book Review: DimestoreOne of our favorite books of March--and not just in the Biographies & Memoirs category--is Lee Smith's Dimestore: A Writer's Life, a collection of 15 essays by the acclaimed Southern novelist chronicling her upbringing in the mountains of Virginia. Seira Wilson--who's been known to like the occasional book set in Appalachia--writes:

"'What is it about Appalachia that so captures the mind, echoes in the ear, and lodges in the heart?' Lee Smith's memoir metes out the answer to that question, touching on the elusive substance of Southern culture which so fascinates those of us outside of it and has inspired an entire subgenre of writing. Some of her essays ring with the raucous sounds of bluegrass, others with the sweet smells of home cooking passed down through generations--but Smith also bucks small town propriety by exposing the mental illness that plagued her family and by describing her sometimes fraught journey to becoming a beloved novelist. Dimestore is a love letter to the people and places that made a writer out of a small town Southern girl, and to the love, heartbreak, and power of creating her own stories that came after."

See more of the Best Biographies and Memoirs of the Month below, or browse all of our picks for February across 15 categories. 

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The King and Queen of Malibu by David K. Randall
An unlikely tale of how a seemingly mismatched couple--him a confidant to presidents, her a Midwestern farmer's daughter--protected the iconic Malibu coast against the insurgent interests of the American Dream, preserving it for future generations of movie stars, models, and musicians.

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The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan
The National Book Award-winner (The Worst Hard Time) tells the story of Thomas Francis Meagher and his journey from Ireland's Great Famine of the 1840s to New York and the Civil War to his role as territorial governor of Montana.

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Love, Loss, and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi
In this frank and forthcoming memoir, the Top Chef star traces her path from a childhood spread between two continents to a complex life on both sides of the camera. With recipes!

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I Swear I'll Make It Up to You by Mishka Shubaly
Punk rock, booze, pills, mistakes, running, and redemption. Funny, self-effacing, raw, and honest.

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