New Memoirs from Minnesota Voices

Including a humorous guide to grief and a playlist for the depressed

Nora McInerny’s writing, about losing a spouse, crackles with humor and addictive storytelling.

Photo by Brandon Werth

No Happy Endings and The Hot Young Widows Club by Nora McInerny

Writer, podcaster, and founder of the Still Kickin nonprofit, Nora McInerny unveils her second memoir, No Happy Endings. “Tragedy is like a BOGO that never ends, for things you never wanted,” she writes in a narrative that picks up where 2016’s national bestseller It’s Okay to Laugh left off. This new book blends her forthright sense of humor, storytelling gifts, and astute observations—all set in addictive, caffeinated prose. Named after McInerny’s support program, The Hot Young Widows Club is her second book out this year, a guide to living with grief and supporting others. Based upon her Terrible, Thanks for Asking podcast and her life, expect both cathartic laughs and useful advice.

Hope in the Struggle by Josie R. Johnson

Spanning a lifetime of civil rights activism in Minnesota and beyond, Josie R. Johnson’s insightful personal history follows her rugged, progressive path.

The Happiness Playlist by Mark Mallman

On the surface, the Minneapolis musician details a quest to string together uplifting songs amid an existential crisis. Underneath, it’s about forging bonds with the ones we love.