5 Memoirs By Men Of Color to Watch For in 2018 and 2019

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Sonja Palmer

Staff Writer

Sonja resides in Asheville, NC where she has a job she loves at a children’s nonprofit.  When she’s not working, she probably has a book or comic in hand as she tries to read her way out of the ever-growing stack in her small apartment.  On weekends, she’s probably clambering through the mountains with her husband and dog or trying to eat too much cake while watching Great British Bake Off.

If you can’t get enough of memoirs, here are a few more by men that you should plan on checking out soon!

Born a Crime book coverTrevor Noah announced a new book coming out in 2019. If you enjoyed Born a Crime (which is amazing on audio), this should be on your radar for sure. Since the cover isn’t out yet, I’ve decided to show his old book cover. Looking at blank green pages isn’t quite as fun.




Tan France memoirTan France, of the beloved Netflix reboot of Queer Eye, is also releasing his memoir in 2019,  called Tan France: Love, Family, Queer Eye, and What I Wore. While the OFFICIAL cover hasn’t been released, we do have this pretty picture in the meantime. Thank you, Tan France, for your face.




Run by John LewisMarch was well-regarded for good reason, and now the next segment of John Lewis’s biography is coming this October. Run: Volume 1 by John Lewis, with art by Andrew Aydin, Afua Richardson, and Nate Powell should not be missed.




Jackie Chan memoirJackie Chan, one of the most beloved martial artists in our era, is  releasing a new memoir this November called Never Grow Up. If you grew up like I did watching Drunken Master and Rush Hour, you’ll want to check out Jackie Chan’s life story.




Jose Antonio Vargas memoirThere’s a new book coming out in September from noted Immigration Rights activist and journalist Jose Antonio Vargas called Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen. This memoir could not be more timely or more important, considering out current climate, so it should definitely be added to your list immediately.




Itching for some more memoirs to read? Check out these must-read classic memoirs by people of color and upcoming celebrity memoirs hitting shelves this fall.