Grace's Staff Picks

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The Boys of My Youth By Jo Ann Beard Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316085250
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 29th, 1999

"The book that started ignited my love of memoirs and essays, this collection is just as resonant today as it was when it was published over 20 years ago. Beard's writing boils every one of her experiences down into something that is universally recognizable and digestable. A must read for any lover of literary nonfiction."- Grace

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Priestdaddy: A Memoir By Patricia Lockwood Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399573262
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 1st, 2018

"Five stars for anyone who also went to catholic school and has just a wee bit of religious trauma! Priestdaddy is a fun, interesting, and incredibly unique look into growing up religious/with a parent in ministry that captures the feeling of retaining some amount of reverence for something you no longer fully believe in."- Grace

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The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel By Barbara Kingsolver Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060786502
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 11th, 2023

"An incredibly written story of the family of a volatile preacher who takes his wife and four daughters to the Congo on a mission trip. Told through the perspectives of all five of the women who he takes on this journey with him as they all try to adjust to the massive upheaval of their lives going from living in suburban America to the jungle of the Congo. Shows the truth of religious colonialism and the men who led the charge to force themselves upon the lands they traveled to as well as the families they relied on to hold them up. Kingsolver gives a unique voice to each woman who voices their time spent in the jungle and the struggles they faced along with the realizations they come to from the time they are in Africa to many years later upon reflection."- Grace

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The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays By Esmé Weijun Wang Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555978273
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 5th, 2019

"I love everything about this collection. And a local author! Which makes it even better somehow!"- Grace

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory By Caitlin Doughty Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393351903
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 28th, 2015

"This book completely changed the way that I think about death and dying. Which in turn has changed some things about the way that I live. That sounds dramatic, and it is, but I'm serious! So many people are afraid of death and treat it like it is contagious. But death and grief are apart of every single person's life, and are also an opportunity to lean into the good parts of humanity while we experience some of the worst. Plus she got started at the Oakland Crematorium, so she's basically local!"- Grace