Natasha Trethewey’s mother was murdered by her former stepfather, a tragedy that upended her world at the age of 19. For years she had no words to express the depth of her loss and grief. Until she decided to write the story that had long haunted her. 'Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir', her memoir, is our October selection for “Bookmarked: The Under the Radar Book Club” and the kickoff conversation for this year’s virtual Boston Book Festival.


Author and poet Natasha Trethewey is a former U.S. Poet Laurate. She’s written 5 collections of poetry including, “Native Guard,” which won the Pultizer Prize. She is also the author of the nonfiction book, “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf.”