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Goth: A History By Lol Tolhurst Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780306828423
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Hachette Books - September 26th, 2023

A most comprehensive and truly sweet memoir, manifesto, and ode to a movement, a genre, the Cure's origins, and Goth music and culture as a whole. Goth is and always has been more than cobwebs and heavy synths and black eyeliner and screamo and religious motifs and ethereal motions, and is a recognition and admiration of a darkness that's always there. It's a wondrous attempt to find, create, and give meaning to pre-established invitations of anti-authority, etc. from punk, etc. Get in the car kids—we're blasting 'Bela Lugosi Is Dead' and getting ice cream on the way to the cemetery. 

 


Review by Sofia

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She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs By Sarah Smarsh Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781982157296
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Scribner - September 7th, 2021

"I owe the boldness that I tapped to the poor women in my blood." pg. 59

My grandma, Brenda Joyce, was a big fan of dancing barefoot in the kitchen--especially when Dolly came on. This book felt like talking with her. 

Pairs well with too-sweet tea and the song Here You Come Again.


Review by Katelynn

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How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures By Sabrina Imbler Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316540506
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Back Bay Books - January 9th, 2024

Are you scared of what lies below the surface? Don't be! Or do. I don't know your life. But Imbler is able to make the creatures that live there so reachable (you'll learn something!) while not reaching too far to liken them to their own life (you'll feel something) on their mission toward identity, love, beauty, community, survival. We're more alike than we seem. 

This is like the nonfiction equivalent to Our Wives Under the Sea.


Review by Emily

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The Book of Difficult Fruit: Arguments for the Tart, Tender, and Unruly (with recipes) By Kate Lebo Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250829474
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Published: Picador - April 12th, 2022

Personal essays meets learning new things meets fruit recipes 

Even though these fruits may be difficult, they are worth it. Spokane author, Kate Lebo, will make you want to get your hands on all of the pomegranate to make a molasses or a face mask (or, of course, eat as is). 


Review by Emily

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Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals By Laurie Zaleski Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250858436
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 1st, 2023

This memoir is definitely chock full of funny animal tales, but it did so much more than make me laugh. The story of Laurie and her mother restored my faith in human kindness--especially in dark times-- and I'm sure it will reignite even the most miniscule passion for animal welfare. A must read across nonfiction genres!


Review by Katelynn

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Getting Lost By Annie Ernaux, Alison L. Strayer (Translated by) Cover Image
By Annie Ernaux, Alison L. Strayer (Translated by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781644212196
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Published: Seven Stories Press - October 4th, 2022

In her journal turned memoir, Ernaux reminds us of the love that lingers and the bittersweetness of being lost and continuously coming into oneself. In classic Annie fashion, Getting Lost is unflinchingly vulnerable and if you're anything like me, you'll devour it in less than 24 hours because you simply know from the first page that she'll punch you in the gut with the last page, and she sure did, so thank you, Annie. She's a goddamned writer, she's a lover, she's a mess like all of us — she's Annie!!!


Review by Sofia

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Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City By Jane Wong Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781953534675
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Tin House Books - May 16th, 2023

 

If you liked Crying in H-Mart, give this one a try. It also deals with food and the expression of love through food, and reads like a love letter to the author's mother. But each author has a different story to tell, and each does it magnificently in their own way. Wong is a true poet - in the words of her own brother, "she says things differently." This book stretches the possibilities of storytelling, touching all the pressure points of fear, grief, rage, etc, while showing how all of these become smaller or more manageable when you have community and multiple forms of love around you. Read also if you are a fan of bell hooks - Wong expands hooks' idea of platonic love as the best model of all other kinds. This is just a beautiful, tender, and shining memoir, one of a kind.



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Leg: The Story of a Limb and the Boy Who Grew from It By Greg Marshall Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781419763601
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - June 13th, 2023

Greg Marshall is super smart, and super funny, and some super shitty things have happened to him. So get ready for some truly hilarious grief. 

Fresh and original, I really, really recommend this funny, insightful, uplifting memoir. You'll laugh and cry, and maybe even blush a little. 

Hands down, my favorite book of the year. And definitely my new favorite author. 


Review by Erin

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Don't Call Me Home: A Memoir By Alexandra Auder Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593299951
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Viking - May 2nd, 2023

Alternating between telling the story of her childhood and a present-day visit from her mother, Auder gives a funny and intriguing representation of the turmoil that so often arises in close familial relationships. (With the added element of having a superstar for a mother.) Within these pages is also a hearty nod to the way in which siblings can be life rafts. I very much enjoyed this one!



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Thinning Blood: A Memoir of Family, Myth, and Identity By Leah Myers Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781324036708
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 16th, 2023

This memoir beautifully weaves personal and family history with stories that represent each animal that forms her family totem. Myers grapples with her at times warring identities. She explores topics such as Indigenous portrayals in popular media, violence against Native women, the death of a language, and anti-Native laws and infrastructures. She is deeply introspective and candid about her loves, losses, battles, and scars.


Review by Lauren

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