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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

Your favorite crushes were always floating past you, out of reach, but she touches your arm and looks directly at you and you feel like a child buying something with her own money for the first time.

Carmen Maria Machado confronts her experience in an abusive lesbian relationship in this high wire act of a memoir. Skipping through genres with flagrant abandon, she creates a work that deeply explores her own experience, engages with the broader culture, and accentuates the solitude and terror she felt at the hands of her abuser. In the Dream House is like no other memoir you've ever read.

 

Steve


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How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501132735
Availability: Backordered
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 8th, 2019

"It was as if I wanted credit for rescuing my mother from a fire that I had set and couldn't put out. I wasn't the man of the house; I was the kid who'd finally lit his first match."

Poet Saeed Jones has written a raw, revelatory, and provocative memoir about growing up queer, black, and creative deep in the South. There's a lot of pain in this book, but there's also love, tenderness, and resilience. In the end, How We Fight for Our Lives is is about Jones's mother, who raised him alone and instilled in him a pride and humanity that helped him to survive. He knows enough to appreciate that and this book is, in part, that appreciation.

Steve


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Who Killed My Father Cover Image
By Edouard Louis, Lorin Stein (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811228503
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Published: New Directions - March 26th, 2019

That’s the trouble with stolen things, like you with your youth: we can never quite believe they are really ours, so we have to keep stealing them forever. The theft never ends. You wanted to recapture your youth, to reclaim it, to resteal it.

Skillfully and incisively balancing love, terror and rage, Edouard Louis’ taut memoir examines both his own relationship with his father and the social and cultural conditions in France which made his father who he was and laid the groundwork for his death. A rare memoir of righteous anger laced with inexplicable affection.

-SM


Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781477316481
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Published: University of Texas Press - February 1st, 2019

It is really something to make the music talk so that the rapper doesn’t have to speak until they are ready. I love the sample as you love the sample, Tip – for how it can be extracted from the past and stretched around him is a lovely thing to behold.over a sound reaching for the future.

I’d never heard A Tribe Called Quest before I read this book and---as it is with the best books about music---it didn’t matter. This book is a celebration of music as place and time, and a celebration of what music can give us as lost, lonely teenagers. At the same time, it acknowledges the pain and struggle of artists working in an industry within which they are merely a commodity. Hanif’s passion for the world is a lovely thing to behold.

-Steve


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In Search of Captain Zero PA: pb reprint Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781585421770
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Published: TarcherPerigee - September 16th, 2002

I'd be convinced this was fiction if anyone else had written it, but only someone who has lived a twisting, balls-out, salt-soaked life could have come up with this. Part surf trek through the wilds of Central America, part retrospective on his drug-smuggling days, this book has it all--adventure, wry humor, good surf, good pot, and hefty dose of reality. This is the perfect summer read for people traditionally opposed to "summer reads."

 

Shannon Jones


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Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781455563920
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

In this saga of a transplanted family tht comes to fully belong neither in Japan nor their native Korea, Lee has shown herself to be an artist simulatneously capable of remarkable scope and intimacy. This is a story of hardship that never feels downtrodden, of searching without feeling lost. You will love these characters even when you hate them. So yes, it's a literary novel, but one you won't be able to put down. There's not much else to say except YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK.

 

Shannon Jones


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Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780812995701
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Published: Random House - January 29th, 2019

Out of five stars, I'd give this book ten! And I can do that, because this is a grammar book, not a numbers one. (And, yes, I can begin a sentence with a conjunction. Look it up.) 

Clever, informative, and entertaining, this is easily the funniest book I've read this year--I'm talking LOL style laughing. Whether you're a seasoned celebrator of language or a complete novice, you won't want to miss this gem.

-Chella


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The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062645142
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Published: William Morrow - April 30th, 2019

Once again, Balli Kaur Jaswal proves herself to be a captivating and extraordinary writer. 

Full of authentic characters with rich histories, individual voices, relatable struggles, and controversial dilemmas, this book manages to be a family portrait, a mystery, a drama, a cultural exploration, and a comedy all at once. With the passing of pages, I alternately shed tears and laughed aloud, which, let me tell you, is no small thing.


The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781635571912
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - July 10th, 2018

It was not easy to convey to him, a man much older than she was, that the world was her world too. It had not occurred to him that she might not consider herself to be the minor character and him the major character. In this sense, she had unsettled a boundary, collapsed a social hierarchy, broken with the usual rules.

A beautiful and eccentric post-divorce memoir which is deeply insightful, soul-searching, and funny in that way survival tales can be funny: We see ourselves in the farcical struggle with everyday objects and transactions as we find our way to re-assert ourselves when all of our supporting structures have disappeared. Deborah Levy gets the terror and joy just right.

-Steve


Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393651645
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 12th, 2019

You are someone whose upbringing was upper class enough to make you believe you could make music for a living, but lower class enough to provide no knowledge of how to do it.

This is a memoir of the author's years of faking a career, traveling across the country performing pre-recorded music with The Composer as he sells CDs and films PBS specials. Easy to read, funny, and full of insights about authenticity and coming to terms with ourselves. It's also a pretty hilarious story of a gradually disintegrating Road Trip from Hell.

-Steve


Little Weirds Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316485340
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 5th, 2019

We are all so much better off having Jenny Slate and her whimsy in the world. Little Weirds is the perfect antidote for the winter blues -- inside you'll find out why it makes so much sense that she's half of the team that created the viral video (and best-selling picture book) Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. Low key I want Jenny Slate to do a story time for adults where she just reads her charming, hilarious, stoner-y thoughts. 

-Mackenzie


Made for Love: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062280596
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Published: Ecco - July 3rd, 2018

Okay, stay with me here because this book is a raunchy, bizarre ride through a Florida-adjacent reality where the rules just don't apply (much like the regular Florida). Hazel could not be a more normal, ordinary character of neutral likability, where you find yourself confused in how much you want to root for her to escape the clutches of her billionaire Elon Musk-meets-Jeff Bezos tech husband. He wants to connect them forevermore with a microchip in her brain, of course, so he can read her mind and know her whereabouts. Yikes. 

Where she escapes to is just as bizarre -to her aloof elderly father's mobile home retirement community where he lives with his (stay with me again) very life-like sex doll, Diane. Poignant and weird in the most satisfying way, this book's indelible musings on sex, technology, love and how to find it (and escape it) have kept me pitching this book to anyone who will listen! Perfect for readers with a crooked heart. 

-Mackenzie