Here's a couple that focus on traveling or going on a mission. In The Geography of Bliss, Eric Weiner searches the globe for the happiest places. Donovan Hohn sets out on the potentially craziest quest of all in Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them.
Even the idea of “going green” is fuel for the stunt memoirist. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, is an attempt by the author to live a more environmentally sustainable life.
On the brainy side, in this year’s biggest book of the genre, Josh Foer spends a year training for the world memory championships and ends up winning first place, in Moonwalking with Einstein.