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Happening By Annie Ernaux, Tanya Leslie (Translated by) Cover Image
By Annie Ernaux, Tanya Leslie (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781609809485
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Seven Stories Press - May 14th, 2019

This book made me silently weep whilst eating toast and drinking tea at my dining table at 7am.


Review by Sofia

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A Living Remedy: A Memoir By Nicole Chung Cover Image
$29.99
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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They Called Us Enemy By George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, Harmony Becker (Illustrator) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781603094504
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Top Shelf Productions - July 16th, 2019

George Takei was a child when Executive Order 9066 was issued and his family was forced, along with 70,000 other American citizens into incarceration camps. Haunting, beautiful, and factual, this graphic novel memoir highlights a time period often left in the dark by history.


Review by Alex

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Once Upon a Tome: The Misadventures of a Rare Bookseller By Oliver Darkshire Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781324074786
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 27th, 2024

This fun collection of anecdotes about Darkshire’s life as an antiquarian bookseller is delightfully quirky and playful. He takes us deep into his unpredictable apprenticeship at Sotheran’s in London–one of the oldest bookshops in the world–sharing tidbits about the people he interacts with, the books he comes across, and the unexpected perils of rare bookselling. 


Review by Lauren

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A Living Remedy: A Memoir By Nicole Chung Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063031623
Availability: Coming soon - available for pre-order now
Published: Ecco - April 30th, 2024

An intimate account of losing her two parents, author Nicole Chung has once again shared the most challenging hardships of her life in a masterfully written memoir that will forever stay with you. While A Living Remedy is a deeply personal story of love and family, striking observations about race, class, the American healthcare system, and grieving in the time of COVID, make this book a timely and important read.


Review by Kalani

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Sink: A Memoir By Joseph Earl Thomas Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538706176
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 21st, 2023

This is a really beautiful memoir about a Black boy navigating a rough upbringing and leaning on various "geek" comforts to get through. Even if you don't like anime, Pokémon or video games yourself, you can still appreciate the way they formed a world in which Joey could feel safe and in control. This is a really impactful piece of writing, one which fills a gap in the literary world and asks readers to consider what we lose by undervaluing both Black boyhood and nerd culture.



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Dispatches from Puerto Nowhere: An American Story of Assimilation and Erasure By Robert Lopez Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781953387240
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - March 14th, 2023

Perhaps the best, and certainly funniest, personal account of American assimilation and cultural erasure I've ever read, this book is about losing one's language but finding meaning behind it. Throughout this book author Robert Lopez ruminates on his grandfather's immigration to the United States in the 1920s. Lopez makes some connections but finds little shared commonality between his and his grandfather's lives because there are no familial memories to speak of. This is such an inventive memoir full of deep thoughts and incredibly hilarious lines.


Review by Kalani

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Stay True: A Memoir By Hua Hsu Cover Image
By Hua Hsu
$26.00
ISBN: 9780385547772
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
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.



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Dyscalculia: A Love Story of Epic Miscalculation By Camonghne Felix Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593242179
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Published: One World - February 14th, 2023

A poetic and powerfully honest memoir that shares the heartbreak felt from fatal miscalculations of love. Felix's manic highs and depressive lows tug the reader through pages of fervor and moments of stillness on a journey of loss, diagnosis, and self-care. Her dyscalculia--a learning disability in mathematics-- is the lens for her failures but also for her healing. I devoured this book and loved every second.


Review by Jess

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Hola Papi: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons By John Paul Brammer Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982141516
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 7th, 2022

J.P. Brammer writes from a very specific background as a gay Mexican-American man raised in rural Oklahoma, but these are identities you don't need to personally claim in order to both love and benefit from this book. His writing style makes you forget you are reading and instead feel as if you're having a conversation with someone who is deeply invested in helping you seize the best from life. And he's hilarious, so that's a plus.



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