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Eat the Apple Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781632869500
Availability: Coming soon - available for pre-order now
Published: Bloomsbury UK - February 27th, 2018

Eat the Apple is a fierce, gut-wrenching memoir of Young's years as a Marine surviving not two, but three tours in Iraq. Fresh out of high school and heading towards disaster, Young enlisted in the Marines and Eat the Apple is his account of those booze drenched amped up times. Told in short chapters, some in play form, others in first person, others in third person, some accompanied by crude drawings his story is by turns gripping, hilarious, appalling and often heartbreaking. The toll of unending, senseless war is devastating. This is an incredibly honest and unforgettable book.


Review by Michael

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I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525520221
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - February 6th, 2018

A drowning. A birth. A conversation with a killer. These are all moments when O'Farrell's story could have ended.

When I was nine I had my on brush with death. I'd lingered too long chatting with my bus driver, and the man behind the bus got impatient. Just as I went to step off, a blue of red, a rush of air sweeping my hair to the side. The bus driver was furious, but I was perplexed. As O'Farrell's memoir unfurled with lyrical anecdotes of her possible demises, I couldn't help but relive mine as well. Death is never far, but sometimes we slip its grasp for a moment, safe until our next encounter. 


Review by Ashley

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Spinning Cover Image
By Tillie Walden, Tillie Walden (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626729407
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: First Second - September 12th, 2017

At the insanely young age of 21, Tillie Walden is already an incredible talent, and Spinning is exactly the kind of moving, insightful coming-of-age tale for girls that my wife is always complaining don't exist.


Review by Stephen

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Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977863
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Graywolf Press - September 5th, 2017

Myth, memoir, history, and poetry deftly blend in this dreamlike, magical journey through one of the most contested landscapes in Europe - from the crossroads of ancient armies, thorugh the shifting borders of the cold war, into the present-day routes of Syrian refugees. Kasabova's descriptions - especially her character sketches - are sharp and unforgettable. 


Review by Sarah

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Boy Erased: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594633010
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Riverhead Books - May 10th, 2016

A heartbreaking and intense memoir about Conley's experience in a 12-step ex-gay conversion program and more deeply, his knotty, complicated relationship with his parents. Conley's deeply embedded trauma from the shame-based dogma in his father's ministry and the sorrow he experienced in conversion therapy is both infuriating to behold and beautiful to read. He holds true to a non-condemning world where no one is demonized nor are they a saint.


Review by Courtney