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Darling Days: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062368218
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Published: Ecco - September 12th, 2017

Born into the beautiful bedlam of downtown New York in the eighties, iO Tillett Wright came of age at the intersection of punk, poverty, heroin, and art. This was a world of self-invented characters, glamorous superstars, and strung-out sufferers, ground zero of drag and performance art. Still, no personality was more vibrant and formidable than iO’s mother’s.


Heavy: An American Memoir Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501125669
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Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2019

*Named a Best Book of 2018 by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, NPR, Broadly, Buzzfeed (Nonfiction), The Undefeated, Library Journal (Biography/Memoirs), The Washington Post (Nonfiction), Southern Living (Southern), Entertainment Weekly, and The New York Times Critics*

In this powerful, provocative, and universally lau


Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571313874
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Published: Milkweed Editions - June 11th, 2019

As a small boy in remote Alberta, Darrel J. McLeod is immersed in his Cree family's history, passed down in the stories of his mother, Bertha.


The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250234933
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Published: Picador - October 8th, 2019

The first behind-the-scenes account of life with the legendary ravens at the world’s eeriest monument

The ravens at the Tower of London are of mighty importance: rumor has it that if a raven from the Tower should ever leave, the city will fall.


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

From award-winning poet Saeed Jones, How We Fight for Our Lives—winner of the Kirkus Prize and the Stonewall Book Award—is a “moving, bracingly honest memoir” (The New York Times Book Review) written at the crossroads of sex, race, and power.

One of the best books of the year as selected by The New York Times; The Washington Post


Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374219666
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 2nd, 2019

"This memoir's beauty is in its fierce intimacy." --Roy Hoffman, The New York Times Book Review

One of Literary Hub's Most Anticipated Books of 2019


Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781635571851
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 5th, 2019

“The book I wish I’d had growing up.” —Chanel Miller, author of Know My Name

Best Books of 2019: Esquire O, The Oprah Magazine Variety Lit Hub Book Riot Electric Literature Autostraddle
Finalist: NBCC John Leonard First Book Prize Lambda Literary Award
New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice Selection


What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525560395
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Published: Penguin Books - February 11th, 2020

2019 National Book Award Finalist

"Reading it will change you, perhaps forever.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Astonishing, powerful, so important at this time.” --Margaret Atwood


Homesick Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781944700942
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Published: Unnamed Press - September 10th, 2019

"It's a complex portrait of a young Oklahoma woman's development of a rich and exacting interior life. It's also a visual love letter to family, language and self-understanding... Every page of this stunning and surprising book turns words around and around." --The New York Times Book Review


The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812986679
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 3rd, 2018

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER •  “This Year’s Must-Read Memoir” (W magazine) about the choices a young woman makes in her search for adventure, meaning, and love

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY


The Outrun Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781786894229
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Published: Canongate Books - September 3rd, 2019

Burn the Place: A Memoir Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781572842670
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Published: Agate Midway - July 16th, 2019

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

A singular, powerfully expressive debut memoir that traces one chef's struggle to find her place and what happens once she does.


The Salt Path: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143134114
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Published: Penguin Books - March 5th, 2019

"Polished, poignant... an inspiring story of true love."Entertainment Weekly

A BEST BOOK OF 2019, NPR's Book Concierge
SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA BOOK AWARD
OVER 400,000 COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDE

The true story of a couple who lost everything and embarked on a transformative journey walking the South West Coast Path in England


In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781644450031
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of Her Body and Other Parties


Children of the Land Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062825599
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Published: Harper - January 28th, 2020

A 2020 International Latino Book Award Finalists

An Entertainment Weekly, The Millions, and LitHub Most Anticipated Book of 2020


Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593083338
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Published: Viking - March 10th, 2020

"At the same time that [Solnit] describes her forays into her past, she invites us to connect pieces of her story to our own, as a measure of how far we've come and how far we have left to go." —Jenny Odell, The New York Times Book Review


Uncanny Valley: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374278014
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Published: MCD - January 14th, 2020

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"A definitive document of a world in transition: I won't be alone in returning to it for clarity and consolation for many years to come." --Jia Tolentino, author of Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion


The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781947793385
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Published: Tin House Books - January 7th, 2020

A tale of deep bonds to family, place, language—of hard-won selfhood told by a singular, incandescent voice.


Working Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780525656340
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Published: Knopf - April 9th, 2019

“One of the great reporters of our time and probably the greatest biographer.” —The Sunday Times (London)

From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Power Broker and The Years of Lyndon Johnson: an unprecedented gathering of vivid, candid, deeply moving recollections about his experiences researching and writing his acclaimed books.


Where I Was From (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679752868
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Published: Vintage - September 14th, 2004

In her moving and insightful new book, Joan Didion reassesses parts of her life, her work, her history and ours. A native Californian, Didion applies her scalpel-like intelligence to the state’s ethic of ruthless self-sufficiency in order to examine that ethic’s often tenuous relationship to reality.


The Yellow House: A Memoir (2019 National Book Award Winner) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802125088
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Published: Grove Press - August 13th, 2019

Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction

A New York Times Bestseller

Named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review

Named one of the "10 Best Books of 2019" by the New York Times Book Review, Seattle Times, Chicago Public Library, the Chicago Tribune, and Slate


The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374536152
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 17th, 2016

A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Autobiography

A contentious, deeply moving ode to friendship, love, and urban life in the spirit of Fierce Attachments


When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back: Carl's Book Cover Image
By Naja Marie Aidt, Denise Newman (Translator)
$22.95
ISBN: 9781566895606
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 3rd, 2019

Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Translation


Men We Reaped: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781608197651
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 16th, 2014

Named one of the Best Books of the Century by New York Magazine

Two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward (Salvage the Bones, Sing, Unburied, Sing) contends with the deaths of five young men dear to her, and the risk of being a black man in the rural South.


Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780802120878
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Published: Grove Press - March 12th, 2013

"Magnificent . . . A tour de force of literature and love."--Vogue

"Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is raucous. It hums with a dark refulgence from its first pages. . . . Singular and electric . . . Winterson's] life with her adoptive parents was often appalling, but it made her the writer she is."--The New York Times


Ordinary Light: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780345804075
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Published: Vintage - March 8th, 2016

The dazzling memoir from U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, author of Wade in the Water and Life on Mars. Named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and Denver Post


Nine Continents: A Memoir in and Out of China Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802128676
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Published: Grove Press - November 20th, 2018

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography


The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316259583
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 15th, 2019

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Empathy Exams comes this transformative work showing that sometimes the recovery is more gripping than the addiction.


Heart Berries: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781640091603
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - April 9th, 2019

A powerful, poetic memoir of an Indigenous woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Band in the Pacific Northwest--this New York Times bestseller and Emma Watson Book Club pick is "an illuminating account of grief, abuse and the complex nature of the Native experience . . . at once raw and achingly beautiful (NPR)


Wave Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780345804310
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Published: Vintage - December 31st, 2013

One of The New York Times's 10 Best Books of the Year, a Christian Science Monitor Best Nonfiction Book, a Newsday Top 10 Books pick, a People magazine Top 10 pick, a Good Reads Best Book of the Year, and a Kirkus Best Nonfiction Book

A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist