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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
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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
$15.99
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
$22.95
ISBN: 9781947793385
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Published: Tin House Books - January 7th, 2020

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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The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780778307785
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Published: Park Row - April 2nd, 2019

It's difficult to review a memoir like this when the raw act of sharing certain childhood experiences is impactful on its own. However, I will say that this is a book full of lyrical, sensory-based memories; one that will make your heart ache for kids like Meredith and Matthew (and even the kid their mom used to be), but also soar when they succeed; a story that will fill you with gratitude for the family you choose, and for the bees that sustain and educate us along the way. 


Review by Katelynn

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High School Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374169947
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Published: MCD - September 24th, 2019

For every young creative who is just trying to find their place in the world. Reading this feels like you’re reading the diary of your best friend.


Review by Rosa

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In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781644450031
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

In the Dream House will set you back on your feet from the moment you open the cover. Explosively imaginative, the essays inside each use a different literary trope (Mystical Pregnancy; Star-Crossed Lovers; Meet the Parents) to explore the many facets of trauma and self, seesawing between lively irony and inevitability. Machado's relentless sieving of memory and narrative for truth manages to be deeply beautiful, playful, and sharp all at once. I can't recommend it highly enough!


Review by Christina

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In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781644450031
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

In picking the carcass of her own experience, Carmen Maria Machado has written a new kind of memoir. Short vignettes, told through kaleidoscopic lenses, are pieced together by the reader—not that it feels anything like work. It feels more like therapy.


Review by Kitri

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