Memoirs by Journalists

The field of journalism has a reputation for objectivity and hard truths, with little room for a writer’s personal voice. But what happens if you’re a journalist – and the stories you want to cover are about your own life? Find out by reading these memoirs by renowned journalists, where the authors’ personal histories blend masterfully with their expertise in investigative reporting.  

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How to Stand Up to a Dictator: The Fight for Our Future

2021 Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa tells the story of her international journalist career in this memoir, advocating for freedom of the press and accuracy of information in the face of numerous convictions and arrests by the Philippine government. This title is also available for checkout as an eAudio on Libby and Hoopla. 

Ma and Me

Caught between her life as a gay woman and the love and life debt she owes her mother, journalist Putsata Reang attempts to make sense of her identity and her family’s immigration from Cambodia to Corvallis, Oregon in this heartfelt memoir. This title is also available for checkout as an eAudio on Libby. 

Seeing Ghosts

After her mother dies unexpectedly from cancer, 14-year-old Kat, her sisters, and their father are plunged into a debilitating, lonely grief. Years later, as an investigative reporter, Kat weaves together a story of the fallout of grief that follows her family as they emigrate from China and Hong Kong to Cuba and America. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook and eAudio on Libby. 

The Yellow House

A memoir centering around a yellow shotgun house  and the family that lived in it, purchased by Sarah’s mother Ivory Mae in a then-promising New Orleans neighborhood in 1961 at the height the Space Age, and the struggle against the house’s entropy as the neighborhood became neglected. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Libby and Hoopla.