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A Ghost in the Throat Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781771964111
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Biblioasis - June 1st, 2021

Essayist and poet Ni Ghriofa writes a loving autofiction of the sheer physicality of mothering and milk, along with an assay into the life of Eibhlin Dubh Ni Chonaill, AKA Eileen O'Connell, a well-born poet in 18th century Ireland who composed a traditional lament after her husband's murder. Ni Ghriofa pursues connection with this Eibhlin Dubh that goes beyond literary scholarship into something like love. Ni Ghriofa's prose is rich and layered, while magically direct and concrete. 

 

Consider the audio version available from Libro.fm to hear the poem in Gaelic. 


Review by Laura


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Janis: Her Life and Music Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781476793115
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 13th, 2020

Perfect for any Janis fan or someone into the 60's music scene. A good slow burn toward fame from a Texas girl who just wanted to paint but then discovered Bessie Smith. And like the cover says, it's about her life and her music, not harping on her death which already takes up too much space when she was such a fantastic vocalist and songwriter that inspired many.

 


Review by Emily

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Sometimes I Trip On How Happy We Could Be Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781538702741
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 17th, 2021

Yes!!! So real and honest on topics like sex, relationships, being black, how a slightly picky list of must-haves in a partner has changed over the years, did I mention sex? Normalizing conversations about pleasure, normalizing not being partnered at a certain age, all from the female perspective, really brought things to the forefront and I enjoyed how fun she could be while still taking it seriously. I know she wouldn't make me dinner but I'd love to be there when she had leftovers.

 


Review by Emily

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A Ghost in the Throat Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781771964111
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Biblioasis - June 1st, 2021

One of the best books I've read about what it means to be a mother and an artist. I still think about this book and the emotional ride it took me on. I found so man answers in these pages. Simply put, I ADORE this book. 


Review by Rosa

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Letter to a Stranger: Essays to the Ones Who Haunt Us Cover Image
By Colleen Kinder (Editor), Leslie Jamison (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781643751245
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 22nd, 2022

Concept: Write a letter to a stranger. Maybe you caught their name, maybe they will forever be a mystery but essentially a person who passed by your life only fleetingly. Yet they haunt you, you've never forgotten them. What would that letter say?

Product: This book! 


Review by Emily

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Distant Fathers Cover Image
By Marina Jarre, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781939931948
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Published: New Vessel Press - June 22nd, 2021

A Memoir of facism, childhood, and then motherhood in early 20th century Italy, written in a unique, pointillist style made famous (relatively speaking) by the stylings of Annie Ernaux or the fiction of Renata Adler. Jarre's speciality is writing the unspoken peculiarities of childhood. Read the first paragraph and tell me you wouldn't read 200 pages of Jarre's work. An immense story of a life. 


Review by Spencer R.

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The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250756121
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Flatiron Books - February 2nd, 2021

We all know who Marin Luther King, Malcolm X and James Baldwin were, but little has been written about their mothers. The women who raised them and instilled in each an unwavering passion to raise their voices against injustice. Each woman and their lives were different, but they were all instrumental in their sons lives. This book is a tribute to them and all mothers. 


Review by Sue

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Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501160349
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 6th, 2021

At her absolute lowest, Lulu Miller becomes obsessed with early president of Stanford and famed ichthyologist David Starr Jordan. This part-memoir-part-biography is a touching story about struggling with mental health and how we cope in the face of chaos. It's a scientific history lesson on how fish taxonomy influenced the imagined hierarchy of human genetics. It's also a murder mystery. And if you're wondering if fish exist, I promise your question will be answered (they definitely don't)!


Review by Jessie

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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525657743
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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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