Best Memoir

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A good memoir is well-written and tells a compelling story. A great memoir goes even further — it pulls back the curtain on a hidden world, staying with you long after you’ve finished. James Beard Award winner Lisa Donovan’s Our Lady of Perpetual Hunger is that kind of memoir. It’s full of beautiful cadence and astute observations, not to mention a much-needed examination of the restaurant industry, something Donovan says has become “something that chewed you up but never spit you out — a thing that just kept you in its mouth like tobacco, sucking the juices out of you.” LAURA HUTSON HUNTER

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