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Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir By Natasha Trethewey Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062248589
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Ecco - June 1st, 2021

Trethewey comes at writing a memoir like the poet that she is. Her words will break your heart almost as much as her story does, told from a daughter's perspective of her mother suffering through domestic violence. She really shows the thin line between love and hate, passion and anger, especially in the bone-chilling recorded phone calls between her mother and ex-husband. Through her efforts to learn more about the woman she lost when she was 19, Trethewey will take your breath away.


Review by Emily

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Grand: A Memoir By Sara Schaefer Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982102227
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Gallery Books - May 25th, 2021

You have adventure, family drama, laughs! A comedian, upon her fortieth birthday, takes each of her family members on one-on-one vacations and chooses Grand Canyon whitewater rafting for her younger sister. With alternating chapters between treacherous days on the water and divulging her father's scandal that changed everything, it almost reads as fiction. She meets curious characters on her boat and faces some fears while also sharing the road to her comedy career and her struggles with religion and marriage. It tackles so much in such a digestible read!

 


Review by Emily

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The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad By Mike Birbiglia, J. Hope Stein (Supplement by) Cover Image
By Mike Birbiglia, J. Hope Stein (Supplement by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538701522
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 7th, 2021

I am neither a father nor about to become one but this book about a comedian fumbling his way reluctantly through fatherhood was a very enjoyable read. Fans of Birbiglia will recognize his humor and delivery as well as his poignant storytelling as he pairs his experience being a father with his wife's experience of being a mother through her poetry. Great insight into the other side of parenthood we don't see as much that will still have you laughing out loud.

 


Review by Emily

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Sigh, Gone: A Misfit's Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In By Phuc Tran Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250826619
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 5th, 2022

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 By Alicia Elliott Cover Image
$19.99
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. 


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Excavation: A Memoir By Wendy C. Ortiz Cover Image
$15.00
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 By E. J. Koh Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142278
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Published: Tin House Books - January 19th, 2021

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 By Meredith May Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780778309758
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Published: Park Row - March 17th, 2020

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 By Sara Quin, Tegan Quin Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250758187
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Picador - November 17th, 2020

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 By Carmen Maria Machado Cover Image
$26.00
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ISBN: 9781644450031
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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