Women of note
New memoirs offer glimpses into the very different lives of three well-known women.
Jeneration X: One Reluctant Adult's Attempt to Unarrest Her Arrested Development, or Why It's Never Too Late for Her Dumb Ass to Learn Why Froot Loops Are Not for Dinner (New American Library) by Jen Lancaster is the humorist's acerbic account of her 40-something struggles as a member of a "beeper generation in a smartphone world."
My Extraordinary Ordinary Life (Hyperion) by Sissy Spacek and Maryanne Vollers is a warm memoir by the Oscar winner (for Coal Miner's Daughter) about keeping her small-town Texas roots alive amid a show business career.
A Wedding in Haiti (Algonquin) by Julia Alvarez is the acclaimed novelist's sweetly vivid account, set in her homeland of the Dominican Republic and in Haiti, of her parent's love story, her own and that of a young Haitian man named Piti.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor