BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

BIOGRAPHY
& MEMOIR

There are hundreds of biographies and memoirs by and about m-spec people in the world, but the Bi Pan Library does not yet have the resources to catalogue them all online. This page currently only lists the books we have physically collected. If you know a book or author we should check out, please fill out our media suggestion form. If you’re curious how books make it onto our shelves, you can read the library’s inclusion criteria here.

There are hundreds of biographies and memoirs by and about m-spec people in the world, but the Bi Pan Library does not yet have the resources to catalogue them all online. This page currently only lists the books we have physically collected. If you know a book or author we should check out, please fill out our media suggestion form. If you’re curious how books make it onto our shelves, you can read the library’s inclusion criteria here.


MEMOIR & autobiography


2022
Deaf Utopia: A Memoir ― and a Love Letter to a Way of Life by Nyle Dimarco
Homelands : The History of a Friendship by Chitra Ramaswamy
2021
Bi & Prejudice by Anna Kochetkova
Broken (in the best possible way) by Jenny Lawson
The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto by Charles M. Blow
Greedy: Notes from a Bisexual Who Wants Too Much by Jen Winston
• On Top of Glass: My Stories as a Queer Girl in Figure Skating
Yours Cruelly, Elvira: Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark by Cassandra Peterson
2020
The Fixed Stars by Molly Wizenberg
Go to Sleep (I Miss You): Cartoons from the Fog of New Parenthood by Lucy Knisley
I Had to Choose: A Man Reflects on His Sexuality and the Choices He Made by David A. Robinson
Our Revolution: A Mother and Daughter at Midcentury by Honor Moore
Something That May Shock and Discredit You by Daniel Lavery
Unbecoming: A Memoir of Disobedience by Anuradha Bhagwati
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
You Are Not Alone! (I Promise): The Journey of a Pansexual, Gender Fluid, Crossdresser by Robin Raynor
2019
The Bisexual Christian Suburban Failure Enlightening Bipolar Blues by Justin Blackburn
He Said She Said: Lessons Stories and Mistakes from My Transgender Journey by Gigi Gorgeous
Hugged: A Queer Autobiographical Romance by Verity Ritchie
Impervious: Confessions of a Semi-Retired Deviant by Janet W. Hardy
In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
Kid Gloves Nine Months of Careful Chaos by Lucy Knisley
Overshare: Love, Laughs, Sexuality, & Secrets by Rose Ellen Dix & Rosie Spaughton
Space Between: Explorations of Love, Sex, and Fluidity by Nico Tortorella
2018
I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobson
Many Love: a Memoir of Polyamory and Finding Love(s) by Sophie Lucido Johnson
Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life by Ellen Forney
2017
A Girl Walks Into a Book: What the Brontës Taught Me about Life, Love, and Women’s Work by Miranda K. Pennington
The Big Book of Bisexual Trials & Errors by Elizabeth Beier
First Time Ever by Peggy Seeger
Go the Way Your Blood Beats: On Truth, Bisexuality and Desire by Michael Amherst
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
Living Revision: A Writers Craft as Spiritual Practice by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew
Mean by Myriam Gurba
On Being Bisexual: A Male Perspective by Garrett Jones
Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood
The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy
So Much I Want To Tell You: Letters to My Sister by Anna Akana
Trans Mission: My Quest To A Beard by Alex Bertie
• We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
What the Mouth Wants: A Memoir of Food, Love and Belonging by Monica Meneghetti
2016
A House Full of Daughters A Memoir of Seven Generations by Juliet Nicolson
Black Dove: Mamï, Mi’jo, and Me by Ana Castillo
Black Wave by Michelle Tea
Expecting: The Inner Life of Pregnancy by Chitra Ramaswamy
• I Thought You Hated Me by MariNaomi
Something New: Tales From a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley
Where Am I Now? True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson
You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: My Life in Stories and Pictures by Alan Cumming
Love Is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves by Maria Bello
2015
• How to Grow Up: A Memoir by Michelle Tea
• I Took Both Roads: My Journey as a Bisexual Husband by David R. Matteson

2014
• An Age of License: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley
Bad Dyke: Salacious Stories from a Queer Life by Allison Moon
Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg
• Dragon’s Breath: and Other True Stories by Mari Naomi
Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow
• Photobooth: A Biography by Meags Fitzgerald
2013
• Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
• The Soundtrack of My Life by Clive Davis
2012
Agorafabulous!: Dispatches from My Bedroom by Sara Benincasa
A Woman Like Me by Bettye LaVette and David Ritz
Girlfag: A Life Told in Sex and Musicals by Janet W. Hardy
Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir by Ellen Forney
2011
Big Sex Little Death by Susie Bright
The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch
Kiss and Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 To 22 by MariNaomi
2010
Kafavis’ Syndrome: An Odyssey of a Bisexual Moslem by Hicham Bouzid
Whip Smart by Melissa Febos
2009
A Homemade Life Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg
Animal Magnetism: My Life with Creatures Great and Small by Rita Mae Brown
• The DAR: Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary series by Erika Moen
• Mean Little Deaf Queer: A Memoir by Terry Galloway
2008
The Bishop’s Daughter by Honor Moore
French Milk by Lucy Knisley
Me as Her Again: True Stories of an Armenian Daughter by Nancy Agabian
2007
Baby Love : Choosing Motherhood after a Lifetime of Ambivalence by Rebecca Walker
2006
Eros: A Journey of Multiple Loves by Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio
Without Stopping: An Autobiography by Paul Bowles
2004
Rent Girl by Michelle Tea
2002
Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self by Rebecca Walker
2001
Soldier: A Poet’s Childhood by June Jordan
2000
Princess Freak by Nancy Agabian
Swinging on the Garden Gate: A Spiritual Memoir by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew
1999
Apples & Oranges: My Journey Through Sexual Identity by Jan Clausen
Teaching Through Trauma by Leanne Franson
1997
Assume Nothing: Evolution of a Bi-Dyke Starring Liliane by Leanne Franson
• Rita Will: Memoir of a Literary Rabble-Rouser by Rita Mae Brown
1996
Kink: An Autobiography by Dave Davies
1995
Mercury & Me by Jim Hutton
1993
Red Azalea by Anchee Min
1992
Half Straight: My Secret Bisexual Life by Tom Smith
1990
Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady by Florence King
Henry and June: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin (1931-1932) by Anais Nin
1980
Barry and Alice: Portrait of a Bisexual Marriage by Barry Kohn
1974
Flying by Kate Millett
1956
Lady Sings the Blues by Billie Holiday

2022
Deaf Utopia: A Memoir ― and a Love Letter to a Way of Life by Nyle Dimarco
Homelands : The History of a Friendship by Chitra Ramaswamy
2021
Bi & Prejudice by Anna Kochetkova
Broken (in the best possible way) by Jenny Lawson
Greedy: Notes from a Bisexual Who Wants Too Much by Jen Winston
• On Top of Glass: My Stories as a Queer Girl in Figure Skating
Yours Cruelly, Elvira: Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark by Cassandra Peterson
2020
The Fixed Stars by Molly Wizenberg
Go to Sleep (I Miss You): Cartoons from the Fog of New Parenthood by Lucy Knisley
I Had to Choose: A Man Reflects on His Sexuality and the Choices He Made by David A. Robinson
Our Revolution: A Mother and Daughter at Midcentury by Honor Moore
Something That May Shock and Discredit You by Daniel Lavery
Unbecoming: A Memoir of Disobedience by Anuradha Bhagwati
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
You Are Not Alone! (I Promise): The Journey of a Pansexual, Gender Fluid, Crossdresser by Robin Raynor
2019
The Bisexual Christian Suburban Failure Enlightening Bipolar Blues by Justin Blackburn
He Said She Said: Lessons Stories and Mistakes from My Transgender Journey by Gigi Gorgeous
Hugged: A Queer Autobiographical Romance by Verity Ritchie
Impervious: Confessions of a Semi-Retired Deviant by Janet W. Hardy
In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
Kid Gloves Nine Months of Careful Chaos by Lucy Knisley
Overshare: Love, Laughs, Sexuality, & Secrets by Rose Ellen Dix & Rosie Spaughton
Space Between: Explorations of Love, Sex, and Fluidity by Nico Tortorella
2018
I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobson
Many Love: a Memoir of Polyamory and Finding Love(s) by Sophie Lucido Johnson
Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life by Ellen Forney
2017
A Girl Walks Into a Book: What the Brontës Taught Me about Life, Love, and Women’s Work by Miranda K. Pennington
The Big Book of Bisexual Trials & Errors by Elizabeth Beier
First Time Ever by Peggy Seeger
Go the Way Your Blood Beats: On Truth, Bisexuality and Desire by Michael Amherst
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
Living Revision: A Writers Craft as Spiritual Practice by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew
Mean by Myriam Gurba
On Being Bisexual: A Male Perspective by Garrett Jones
Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood
The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy
So Much I Want To Tell You: Letters to My Sister by Anna Akana
Trans Mission: My Quest To A Beard by Alex Bertie
• We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
What the Mouth Wants: A Memoir of Food, Love and Belonging by Monica Meneghetti
2016
A House Full of Daughters A Memoir of Seven Generations by Juliet Nicolson
Black Dove: Mamï, Mi’jo, and Me by Ana Castillo
Black Wave by Michelle Tea
Expecting: The Inner Life of Pregnancy by Chitra Ramaswamy
• I Thought You Hated Me by MariNaomi
Something New: Tales From a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley
Where Am I Now? True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson
You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: My Life in Stories and Pictures by Alan Cumming
Love Is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves by Maria Bello
2015
• How to Grow Up: A Memoir by Michelle Tea
• I Took Both Roads: My Journey as a Bisexual Husband by David R. Matteson
2014
• An Age of License: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley
Bad Dyke: Salacious Stories from a Queer Life by Allison Moon
Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg
• Dragon’s Breath: and Other True Stories by Mari Naomi
Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow
• Photobooth: A Biography by Meags Fitzgerald
2013
• Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
• The Soundtrack of My Life by Clive Davis
2012
Agorafabulous!: Dispatches from My Bedroom by Sara Benincasa
A Woman Like Me by Bettye LaVette and David Ritz
Girlfag: A Life Told in Sex and Musicals by Janet W. Hardy
Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir by Ellen Forney
2011
Big Sex Little Death by Susie Bright
The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch
Kiss and Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 To 22 by MariNaomi
2010
Kafavis’ Syndrome: An Odyssey of a Bisexual Moslem by Hicham Bouzid
Whip Smart by Melissa Febos
2009
A Homemade Life Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg
Animal Magnetism: My Life with Creatures Great and Small by Rita Mae Brown
• The DAR: Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary series by Erika Moen
• Mean Little Deaf Queer: A Memoir by Terry Galloway
2008
The Bishop’s Daughter by Honor Moore
French Milk by Lucy Knisley
Me as Her Again: True Stories of an Armenian Daughter by Nancy Agabian
2007
Baby Love : Choosing Motherhood after a Lifetime of Ambivalence by Rebecca Walker
2006
Eros: A Journey of Multiple Loves by Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio
Without Stopping: An Autobiography by Paul Bowles
2005
On The Threshold: Home, Hardwood, and Holiness by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew
2004
Rent Girl by Michelle Tea
2002
Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self by Rebecca Walker
2001
Soldier: A Poet’s Childhood by June Jordan
2000
Princess Freak by Nancy Agabian
Swinging on the Garden Gate: A Spiritual Memoir by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew
1999
Apples & Oranges: My Journey Through Sexual Identity by Jan Clausen
Teaching Through Trauma by Leanne Franson
1997
Assume Nothing: Evolution of a Bi-Dyke Starring Liliane by Leanne Franson
• Rita Will: Memoir of a Literary Rabble-Rouser by Rita Mae Brown
1996
Kink: An Autobiography by Dave Davies
1995
Mercury & Me by Jim Hutton
1993
Red Azalea by Anchee Min
1992
Half Straight: My Secret Bisexual Life by Tom Smith
1990
Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady by Florence King
Henry and June: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin (1931-1932) by Anais Nin
1980
Barry and Alice: Portrait of a Bisexual Marriage by Barry Kohn
1974
Flying by Kate Millett
1956
Lady Sings the Blues by Billie Holiday


BIOGRAPHY & historical nonfiction


50 Queers Who Changed the World A Celebration of LGBTQ Icons by Dan Jones
Alfred C Kinsey: A Life by James Howard Jones
Alice Walker: A Life by Evelyn C. White
Between Everything and Nothing The Journey of Seidu Mohammed and Razak Iyal and the Quest for Asylum by Joe Meno
Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday by Angela Y. Davis
Byron in Love: A Short Daring Life by Edna O’Brien
Cheever: A Life by Blake Bailey
Diane Arbus: A Biography by Patricia Bosworth
Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre
February House: The Story of W. H. Auden, Carson McCullers, Jane and Paul Bowles, Benjamin Britten, and Gypsy Rose Lee, Under One Roof in Brooklyn by Sherill Tippins
Dusty! Queen of the Postmods by Annie J. Randall
Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady by Susan Quinn
February House: The Story of W. H. Auden, Carson McCullers, Jane and Paul Bowles, Benjamin Britten, and Gypsy Rose Lee, Under One Roof in Brooklyn by Sherill Tippins
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King
Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters by Donald Bogle
Herself Defined: The Poet H.D. and Her World by Barbara Guest
Intertwined Lives: Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict and Their Circle by Lois W. Banner
In the Great Green Room: the Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown by Amy Gary
Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham by Emily Bingham
Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead by Paula Byrne
Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon by Leonard S. Marcus
Mercury & Me by Jim Hutton
Obsession The Lives and Times of Calvin Klein by Steven Gaines
Portrait of a Marriage: V. Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson by Nigel Nicolson
Rough Amusements: The True Story of A’Lelia Walker, Patroness of the Harlem Renaissance’s Down-Low Culture by Ben Neihart
The Secret Life of Tyrone Power: The Drama of a Bisexual in the Spotlight by Hector Arce
The Sewing Circle: Hollywood’s Greatest Secret — Female Stars Who Loved Other Women by Axel Madsen
Transgender Warriors : Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman by Leslie Feinberg
Virginia Woolf by Ira B. Nadel
Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments : Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval by Saidiya Hartman
The White Blackbird: A Life of the Painter Margarett Sargent by Her Granddaughter by Honor Moore


ESSAY COLLECTIONS


• Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond “Gay” and “Straight” edited by Charles “Zan” Christensen
A Woman Like That: Lesbian & Bisexual Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories by Joan Larkin
Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out edited by Loraine Hutchins
• The Bi-ble: Essays and Narratives About Bisexuality edited by Lauren Nickodemus & Ellen Desmond 
• The Bi-ble: New Testimonials edited by Lauren Nickodemus & Ellen Desmond 
Bi Lives: Bisexual Women Tell Their Stories edited by Kata Orndorff
Bisexual Lives edited by the Off Pink Collective
Bisexual Horizons: Politics, Histories, Lives edited by the Off Pink Collective
Blessed Bi Spirit: Bisexual People of Faith edited by Debra R. Kolodny
Blueberries: Essays Concerning Understanding by Ellena Savage
• Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion, & Spirituality by Kevin Simmonds
• Coming Out Like a Porn Star: Essays on Pornography, Protection, and Privacy edited by Jiz Lee
• Dear John, I Love Jane: Women Write About Leaving Men for Women edited by Candace Walsh & Laura Andre
• First Person Queer: Who We Are (So Far) edited by Richard Labonté and Lawrence Schimel
• Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World edited by Robyn Ochs and Sarah E. Rowley
Girl 2 Girl: The Lives and Loves of Young Lesbian and Bisexual Women edited by Norrina Rashid and Jane Hoy

• Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond “Gay” and “Straight” edited by Charles “Zan” Christensen
A Woman Like That: Lesbian & Bisexual Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories by Joan Larkin
Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out edited by Loraine Hutchins
• The Bi-ble: Essays and Narratives About Bisexuality edited by Lauren Nickodemus & Ellen Desmond 
• The Bi-ble: New Testimonials edited by Lauren Nickodemus & Ellen Desmond 
Bi Lives: Bisexual Women Tell Their Stories edited by Kata Orndorff
Bisexual Lives edited by the Off Pink Collective
Bisexual Horizons: Politics, Histories, Lives edited by the Off Pink Collective
Blessed Bi Spirit: Bisexual People of Faith edited by Debra R. Kolodny
Blueberries: Essays Concerning Understanding by Ellena Savage
• Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion, & Spirituality by Kevin Simmonds
• Coming Out Like a Porn Star: Essays on Pornography, Protection, and Privacy edited by Jiz Lee
• Dear John, I Love Jane: Women Write About Leaving Men for Women edited by Candace Walsh & Laura Andre
• First Person Queer: Who We Are (So Far) edited by Richard Labonté and Lawrence Schimel
• Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World edited by Robyn Ochs and Sarah E. Rowley
Girl 2 Girl: The Lives and Loves of Young Lesbian and Bisexual Women edited by Norrina Rashid and Jane Hoy
• Greetings from Janeland: Women Write More About Leaving Men for Women edited by Candace Walsh
• How Queer! Personal Narratives from Bisexual, Pansexual, Polysexual, Sexually-Fluid, and other Non-Monosexual Perspectives edited by Faith Beauchemin
• Meaty: Essays by Samantha Irby
• Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity by Mattilda aka Matt Berntein Sycamore
On The Threshold: Home, Hardwood, and Holiness by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew
• Our Time: Breaking the Silence of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell by Josh Seefried
Pansexuality: A Panoply of Co-Constructed Narratives by Karen Morgaine
Plural Desires: Writing Bisexual Women’s Realities edited by The Bisexual Anthology Collective
The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me by Keah Brown
REC*OG*NIZE: The Voices of Bisexual Men edited by Robyn Ochs and H. Sharif Williams
The Secret Loves of Geek Girls edited by Hope Nicholson
Secrets for the Mad Obsessions Confessions and Life Lessons by Dodie Clark
Secret Sisters: Stories of Being Lesbian and Bisexual in a College Sorority edited by Shane L. Windmeyer and Pamela W. Freeman
The Very Inside: An Anthology of Writings by Asian & Pacific Islander Lesbian and Bisexual Women edited by Sharon Lim-Hing
We Are Never Meeting in Real Life: Essays by Samantha Irby
Wow No Thank You: Essays by Samantha Irby


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