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Girlhood Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781635572520
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 30th, 2021

I am a huge fan of this author. Everything they write stops me in my tracks. The essays here will expand your thoughts on feminism and the media we've been consuming since childhood. 


Review by Rosa

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Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062248572
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Published: Ecco - July 28th, 2020

Trethewey comes at writing a memoir like the poet that she is. Her words will break your heart almost as much as her story does, told from a daughter's perspective of her mother suffering through domestic violence. She really shows the thin line between love and hate, passion and anger, especially in the bone-chilling recorded phone calls between her mother and ex-husband. Through her efforts to learn more about the woman she lost when she was 19, Trethewey will take your breath away.


Review by Emily

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Grand: A Memoir Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781982102210
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Published: Gallery Books - August 11th, 2020

You have adventure, family drama, laughs! A comedian, upon her fortieth birthday, takes each of her family members on one-on-one vacations and chooses Grand Canyon whitewater rafting for her younger sister. With alternating chapters between treacherous days on the water and divulging her father's scandal that changed everything, it almost reads as fiction. She meets curious characters on her boat and faces some fears while also sharing the road to her comedy career and her struggles with religion and marriage. It tackles so much in such a digestible read!

 


Review by Emily

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The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad Cover Image
By Mike Birbiglia, J. Hope Stein (Supplement by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538701515
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 16th, 2020

I am neither a father nor about to become one but this book about a comedian fumbling his way reluctantly through fatherhood was a very enjoyable read. Fans of Birbiglia will recognize his humor and delivery as well as his poignant storytelling as he pairs his experience being a father with his wife's experience of being a mother through her poetry. Great insight into the other side of parenthood we don't see as much that will still have you laughing out loud.

 


Review by Emily

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Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982111908
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 14th, 2020

At a time when the physical distance we keep may be eroding at the nexus of our friendships, this book is here to help strengthen us. Through the retelling of their own friendship, as well as examining the science and history of these cherished bonds, the authors inspire us to reach out and hold on tight to the ones who make us shine our brightest. Great as an audiobook (from Libro.fm!) or in print, consider reading this with your BFFs for a virtual book club.


Review by Claudia

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Sigh, Gone: A Misfit's Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250194718
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 21st, 2020

Using the framework of 12 classic works of literature to tell the story of his childhood, Phuc Tran has written a quintessential memoir of American assimilation. This is the nerdy, punk-rock immigrant story I never knew I needed. A perfect read for anyone who has longed to just fit it. Highly recommended


Review by Kalani

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A Mind Spread Out on the Ground Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781612198668
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Published: Melville House - August 4th, 2020

Reading these biographical essays made me feel seen. It's been awhile since a book did that for me and I will cherish this book for a very long time. Every chapter you're met with prose that hits you straight  in the gut and heart. I knew nothing about the author and went into this book blind. I suggest you do the same. 


Review by Rosa

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Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525654971
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Knopf - October 15th, 2019

I admit it, I had to re-start this book because it is too fantastic. I kept thinking there's no way all of this happened to one person. By the end I was whelmed with her story, travels, entry into spy-craft, leaving the trade, and her central message. This book offers so much for both those obsessed with international politics and those more interested in individual action. It's a book about choice, perception, and reality.


Review by Alex

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Excavation: A Memoir Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781892061706
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Published: Future Tense Books - July 18th, 2014

This memoir is about the author's inappropriate relationship with a teacher she first meets in middle school and the years following it. The prose hits like a razor to the skin, cutting deeper and deeper as you read. I was blown away by how honest and raw the author is throughout the book. These are the kind of writers I want to fill my shelves with. Do yourself a favor and read it and then pass it along. 


Review by Rosa

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The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142278
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Published: Tin House Books - January 19th, 2021

E. J. Koh is a poet and translator and in her debut memoir we see proof of a master of language at work. At 15 years old, E. J.'s parents "temporarily" move back to Korea, leaving her and her brother by themselves in California. This coming-of-age memoir skillfully tells the story of a family's complicated history and love for each other.


Review by Kalani

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