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A Living Remedy: A Memoir By Nicole Chung Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063031616
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Ecco - April 4th, 2023

Nicole Chung's second memoir deals with how her blue color, middle class background failed both her parents during the pandemic and herself after their deaths. With her sharp wit she paints her anger, sorry, and grief over how the US healthcare system failed first her father, and then her mother, in this intense breakdown of health, grief, and rage. **read with tissues

Review by Alex

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Faith, Hope and Carnage By Nick Cave, Seán O'Hagan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374607371
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 20th, 2022

I've had this on my TBR pile for close to a year, and then I saw an interview with Nick Cave regarding the death of his son, and how grief changes people on an atomic level. Reading the conversations between Nick and Sean challenges my thoughts on religion, the creative process, and the veil between us and another world. I fundamentally disagree with Cave on several different subjects, but I also found myself embracing his vision on humanity and all its complexities. 


Review by Sarah C.

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Stay True: A Memoir By Hua Hsu Cover Image
By Hua Hsu
ISBN: 9780385547772
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Published: Doubleday - September 27th, 2022

Hua Hsu spent 20 years writing this book as an homage to a friend, Ken, who was randomly murdered in a carjacking one night after a college party. The first half details their friends' lives in college at Berkeley in the 90s, and the sense of infinitute you feel when you're young. The second half is a completely arresting tribute to Ken and their friendship as Hsu struggles to process the grief of losing Ken, and the guilt of surviving without him. I can't put into words how good this is -- just read it for yourself and let Hsu tell you how much he loved Ken.

Review by Marii

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Borne of Grief and Flow: A journey of grief and healing after the loss of my love. By Becky Gibler Cover Image
ISBN: 9781667870526
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: BookBaby - January 23rd, 2023

Pairing breathtaking photography of the Seattle area with poignant prose, local author/photographer Becky Gibler takes readers on a deeply personal journey through grief after losing her partner of 19 years. It is deeply moving and I would highly suggest it to anyone who is mourning someone they love. Becky has accomplished something incredible here. While the book features an LGBTQ+ relationship (which is not often depicted in this genre) she proves that, truly, love is love. This book is for anyone who has loved or lost and I thank her for writing it.

Review by Brandon

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This Thing Between Us: A Novel By Gus Moreno Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374539238
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: MCD x FSG Originals - October 12th, 2021

A man dealing with the sudden death of his wife then has to deal with the evil that follows him even when he tries running away. A little omniscient technology horror, a little haunted house horror, a little Mexican folklore horror. And Moreno's writing, Moreno's writing, Moreno's writing. Intimately written in the second person POV as if we were Thiago's wife. Funny, poetic, sharp and round. (Also a good soft eerie horror for the newbies.)

Review by Emily

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The Day I Die: The Untold Story of Assisted Dying in America By Anita Hannig Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728244914
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Sourcebooks - May 3rd, 2022

Dying is, to most, an uncomfortable topic. Even more taboo is assisted dying. Hannig approaches this topic in a sensitive and accessible way, shedding light on a conversation that we as a society should have.

Review by Zack

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All My Rage: A Novel By Sabaa Tahir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593202340
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Published: Razorbill - March 1st, 2022

This beautifully crafted, inter-generational story follows two childhood friends during their final year of high school in a small Mojave desert town. I was instantly drawn into the lives of Salahudin and Noor as they navigate grief, the unpredictability of their parental figures, racism, isolating secrets and fears. Told in alternating perspectives, you cannot help but rage against all the obstacles they face. Sabaa Tahir tells their story so eloquently, you will not be able to put it down and it will stay with you long after you’ve read the final page.

Review by Rene

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Learning to Talk to Plants By Marta Orriols, Mara Faye Lethem (Translated by) Cover Image
By Marta Orriols, Mara Faye Lethem (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781782275770
Published: Pushkin Press - June 15th, 2021

A stunning exploration of loss and grief. 100% on my top books of 2021!

Review by Rosa