When her victim impact statement went viral, Miller became known as "Emily Doe." But while working through the complex trauma of her assault and the extended, painful trial that followed, Miller came to feel that reclaiming her name was the only way to reclaim her voice--and her story. The result is this memoir, and it is possibly the best I have ever read. I don't often say that there are books everyone "must" read, but this is one of the few.
Kristi Coulter’s account of her 11-year career at Amazon is engrossing, often infuriating, and surprisingly relatable. Though Amazon is one of the most notoriously grueling workplaces on the planet, Coulter’s whip-smart and self-aware saga of ambition, burnout, and resignation will resonate with anyone who has survived a toxic workplace and will fascinate anyone who wants an insider's view of the workings of a corporate giant.
Anne Hull writes about growing up in rural Central Florida in the 1960s amid the orange groves her father’s family had worked for generations, and at a time Disney World was still taking shape on the horizon. The memoir is at once a vivid, heart-rending evocation of a particular time and place that no longer exist and an engaging and poignant story with universal appeal about a childhood filled with tomboy adventures, imperfect parents dealing with their own struggles, and a search for self. After a couple of attempts at college and a brief stint as a traveling sales rep for Revlon, Hull found her way to the St. Petersburg Times and then to a distinguished 17-year-run as a staff writer at the Washington Post--though she stops short of writing about her impressive journalism career, demonstrating in this slim work a knack for keeping the story tight and compelling.