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Tacky: Love Letters to the Worst Culture We Have to Offer By Rax King Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780593312728
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Published: Vintage - November 2nd, 2021

In the words of Melissa Lozada-Olivia, "this bitch has me crying to Creed." But that's what King does throughout her essay collection by perfectly balancing the social commentary on pop culture, what's deemed "tacky" and perhaps shameful, with the personal struggles of enjoying what you want to enjoy. Tackling her friendships and relationships and her need to be the sexually available cool girl, she ties it effortlessly to cultural artifacts such as Jersey Shore, warm vanilla sugar, Hot Topic, the Sims, and the American shopping mall. For those who grew up in the 2000s, take this trip down memory lane.


Review by Emily

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Apparently There Were Complaints: A Memoir By Sharon Gless Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781501125966
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 29th, 2022

I am now obsessed with Sharon Gless. Landing roles on the big screen and the stage, Gless, however, commanded television playing iconic roles such as half of the revolutionary female cop duo in Cagney & Lacy and the loud and proud PFlag mom in Queer as Folk. She dishes about Hollywood in the 60s, 70s, and 80s while also revealing her issues with her weight, alcohol, and married men. She was able to make me laugh and break my heart both with her tenderness. 

 


Review by Emily

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Real Estate: A Living Autobiography By Deborah Levy Cover Image
$20.00
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ISBN: 9781635572216
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - August 24th, 2021

An innovative memoir that explores concepts of home, the passage of time, and the power of movement, imagination, and family.



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Names for Light: A Family History By Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450611
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 17th, 2021

Names for Light is a memoir of four generations' experience with postcolonial racial trauma told through folklore, ghost stories, and dissociated memories. Myint narrates her family history from past to present, but her own story in reverse. Like the nature of memory, the structure is nonlinear and has gaps where moments are forgotten. This is a must read for lovers of storytelling and the children of storytellers.


Review by Jess

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Always Crashing in the Same Car: On Art, Crisis, and Los Angeles, California By Matthew Specktor Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781951142629
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Tin House Books - July 27th, 2021

You may have no desire to know the intimate backroad histories of old LA, you might not be a film buff, but I'm telling you... you don't have to be much of anything to fall in love with this book. I couldn't stop until I found its author, the inimitable Matthew Specktor, in possession of success or happiness or peace or something that resembles those impossible objects. These aren't just essays about Fitzgerald, Warren Zevon, Thomas McGuane, Renata Adler; this is a book about what it is to be an artist in America. Specktor's story is both erudite and crafty magic.

 


Review by Spencer R.

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The Ugly Cry: How I Became a Person (Despite My Grandmother's Horrible Advice) By Danielle Henderson Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525559375
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Published: Penguin Books - June 7th, 2022

This memoir will make you laugh out loud. The memories of her childhood are uproariously funny and so sad at the same time. Henderson struggles to find herself in a world that has dished out the worst of circumstances. Early on she developed a clear determination to find herself, sprinkled with her foul mouthed grandmother's words of wisdom, she is able to make peace in an unkind world with humor and wisdom. 


Review by Sue

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Somebody's Daughter: A Memoir By Ashley C. Ford Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250305978
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book - June 1st, 2021

Powerful, honest, and sharp. Ford tells her story on her terms, refusing to compromise or shy away from how the absence of her incarcerated father and tense relationship with her mother defined her formative years. Her work is a gift that allows us to glimpse her fraught journey through hardship and loss towards love and self-acceptance. Simply beautiful.



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Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century By Alice Wong (Editor) Cover Image
By Alice Wong (Editor)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984899422
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Published: Vintage - June 30th, 2020

This book is as diverse and intersectional as the disability community itself, with stories of joy, humor, challenges and frustrations told from a wide range of perspectives. Reading this anthology has changed the way I see and experience the world around me. I have no doubt that these pieces will deeply move and remain with you.



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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir By Michelle Zauner Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984898951
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Published: Vintage - March 28th, 2023

Like author Michelle Zauner, I also lost a parent in 2014. While reading Crying in the H Mart I was vividly transported back to that time through Zauner's careful writing, reliving the same pain and grief, but also feeling the powerful love of family that emerges from such difficult times. This is a beautiful, emotional memoir that captures the heartbreak of losing a parent perfectly.


Review by Kalani

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Girlhood By Melissa Febos Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635579314
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - May 24th, 2022

I am a huge fan of this author. Everything they write stops me in my tracks. The essays here will expand your thoughts on feminism and the media we've been consuming since childhood. 


Review by Rosa

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