LGBT+ Comic Memoirs

Celebrate Pride Month with some laughter! These memoirs by LGBT+ comedians all share one thread: they are filled with honest and relatable stories of finding one’s place in the world.

Immigrant Memoirs

Whether Latinx, Asian or African, these writers consider how those identities mingle with the idea of being an American, from newly arrived to long-term residency. Dealing with themes of deep-rooted identity and the often-impossible navigation of assimilating to a culture that is not always welcoming, these books exhibit an array of hard-won truths about life and finding home.

Crying in H Mart

Michelle Zauner, founder of the indie rock/dream pop band Japanese Breakfast, writes about her Korean heritage, the loss of her mother to cancer, and how she cultivated her identity in the face of so much loss.

The Power of Story and Representation

It is essential for people of all backgrounds and experiences to learn the power of embracing their story and the importance of storytelling – no matter their niche. 

Hear Me Out: Racial Histories

Systemic racism touches all parts of life and is linked to everything from poverty, to health, to education, to incarceration. It’s a racism that doesn’t rely on racist thoughts or actions from individuals, but rather on the laws, regulations, preferences and power structures that have built up over the centuries, and that continue to harm people of color. Check out these titles to learn more about systemic racism. And if you’d like to discuss these and related issues, the Library is co-hosting a virtual event on Wednesday, May 26 as part of the ‘Hear Me Out’ Dialogue Series.

Memoirs of Pittsburgh

In these memoirs we as readers can immerse ourselves in the lives of real people who are looking back on the Pittsburghs of their past and revealing how these personal versions of our city have shaped and changed them. 

Women in Disability Rights

In these frank, intersectional memoirs, women who took a stand for disability rights explore disability, femininity, accessibility, race and, ultimately, empowerment.