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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525657743
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Knopf - April 20th, 2021

Like author Michelle Zauner, I also lost a parent in 2014. While reading Crying in the H Mart I was vividly transported back to that time through Zauner's careful writing, reliving the same pain and grief, but also feeling the powerful love of family that emerges from such difficult times. This is a beautiful, emotional memoir that captures the heartbreak of losing a parent perfectly.

Review by Kalani

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Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062861504
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Ecco - April 2nd, 2019

Danny Goldberg was more than a band manager to Nirvana but a friend and confidant, especially to Kurt Cobain, at the height of their career. He is able to share the good and the bad, without idolizing or demonizing Cobain, in this look behind the music scene of the early nineties punk rock and grunge surge. So sit back, maybe unplug with Unplugged in the background, and enjoy.

Review by Emily

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ISBN: 9780399592683
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Published: One World - March 24th, 2020

If you enjoyed the novel American Dirt, then I DARE YOU to pick this up.

This explores the real lives of undocumented Americans and what they have contributed to this country. You may find yourself surprised to find what they have done for all of us.

Review by Rosa

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ISBN: 9781982128012
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Published: Free Press - March 3rd, 2020

When Roiphe isn't unflinchingly examining her own flaws as what our society wants a woman to be, she is picking apart the very essence of femininity. Occasionally I felt skewered by the barbs she hurls heedlessly into the void, but ultimately I felt empowered to be my own flawed self and appreciate my power, be it soft, hard, or something altogether different.

Review by Kitri

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My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781947793286
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Tin House Books - February 4th, 2020

If you’ve ever read the title of Carson McCullers’ seminal work “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” and thought: “I’ve just read the most beautiful poem, written for me”—if you’ve ever done that—maybe you should pick up this book. 


Shapland deftly writes about closeted queer desire, her own coming to terms with herself, and McCullers vs. the coded language she has long been shrouded in. 


I don’t know where to put this magnificent  book—but maybe it belongs with you. 

Review by Kitri

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In Full Flight: One Woman's Quest for Atonement in Africa Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525434535
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Published: Vintage - February 19th, 2019

Bookclub. You should read In Full Flight for yourself. It's a compelling mixture of biography, history, adventure story, and a mystery. I read it in two sittings. However, you really should read In Full Flight with your book club. If you don't have a book club, start one. I'll wait to hear what everyone thought.

Review by Alex

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Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061733000
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 13th, 2018

Krazy Kat remains a marvel even more than a century after its debut. Anarchic and wondrous, it stands among the most innovative and influential strips in all of comics history.

But my staff pick isn't Krazy Kat, it's Krazy by Michael Tisserand: a richly detailed and endlessly compelling biography of the strip's visionary creator, George Herriman. From the complex racial politics of New Orleans to the hyper-competitive world of newspaper comics publishing, Tisserand deftly lays out the cultural and historical contexts that informed Herriman's brilliance.

Review by Theo

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Solitary: A Biography (National Book Award Finalist; Pulitzer Prize Finalist) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802129086
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Grove Press - March 5th, 2019

In 2016, Albert Woodfox was released from prison after years of campaigning by activists, judges, politicians, and members of the Angola Three support network. Framed for the murder of a prison guard along with two other Black Panther Party members, he'd been kept in solitary confinement for over 40 years due to a system of falsified accusations, reprisals, and sabotaged appeals involving collusion at dizzying levels of government and judiciary. In these pages, his goal is not just to tell his incredible story, but to educate us about the many, many ways mass incarceration and police brutality are used as a weapon against Black communities. Radicalized in prison, Woodfox drew immense strength and determination from the principles of the Black Panther Party; in every cell block or yard, he worked to eradicate violence, materially improve conditions, practice liberation, and call for change. The very least he's owed is for us to listen.

Review by Christina

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ISBN: 9781501126444
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 2nd, 2019

At 42 years old, a 500-page biography naturally seems a bit premature in telling his complete life story, but Tiger's life since birth has truly been extraordinary. Not just for golf fans, this book reads like a Shakespearean tragedy. Absolutely one of the most compelling biographies I've read in a long time. 

Review by Kalani