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Recommended by: Karen
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The Year of Magical Thinking Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400078431
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Published: Vintage - February 13th, 2007

This memoir is the most moving meditation on grief I have ever read. Didion's writing is so smooth and measured that it leaves me breathless. If you are going through something difficult, this is the book to read. You won't find self help, just a fellow traveler on the difficult road of grief. [karen]


Recommended by: Tanya
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They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781937512651
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - November 7th, 2017

Hands-down my top nonfiction book of 2017. Do you enjoy excellent writing on topics like punk rock, joy, systemic racism, Islam, the Midwest, family—woven together poetically, insightfully? Do you want to cry while reading an essay about Fall Out Boy? Run, don't walk. [Tanya]


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The Book of Salt Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780618446889
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Published: Mariner Books - June 15th, 2004

Savor this. Truong, inspired by a fleeting mention of two “Indo-Chinese” cooks in The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book, crafts a sensuous fictional memoir told from the perspective of a Vietnamese man living in Paris. The premise alone—to turn a minor footnote into a whole story, a whole life—is a wonderful play on power, but everything about this book is subversive. Nonlinear and queer with so much to say about language, I will forever recommend this book. [Tanya]


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Abandon Me: Memoirs Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781632866578
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 28th, 2017

Gorgeous, clean prose presented in eight connected essays—the last of which (the titular) comprises the latter half and more. Abandon as in deserted. Abandon as in to yield oneself completely. Emotional truths are interwoven with mythology, pop culture, history, and philosophy. The result is, at its core, an unflinching and intellectual examination of identity. [Tanya]


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What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735211025
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 4th, 2017

Each of these stories is a bracing reward. Required reading for lovers of contemporary magical realism. And more so: Arimah offers a dazzling range of myth and fable, science fiction, realism, even horror. This is a stunning debut collection. [Tanya]


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Bluets Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781933517407
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Published: Wave Books - October 1st, 2009

A meditation on the color blue (and love, loss, obsession…) in the form of numbered propositions (memoir rendered lyrical, philosophical…). You want to own Bluets because you will want to re-read it, and with every re-reading you’ll discover something different—about yourself, maybe, about Nelson’s subtleties, absolutely. Something you’ll want to tell all your friends about while also harboring as your own secret. [Tanya]


Recommended by: Karen
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Woman Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives Cover Image
By Holly Gleason (Editor)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781477313916
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Published: University of Texas Press - September 20th, 2017

Dolly. Loretta. Emmylou. These are names that mean a lot to a lot of people. These essays express that love. But this book will also introduce you to pioneers like Lil Hardin and Mother Maybelle Carter. [Karen]  


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Nowherelands: An Atlas of Vanished Countries 1840-1975 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780500519905
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Published: Thames & Hudson - November 7th, 2017

This book makes you realize that your atlas could become outdated. Here, in deeply researched details, are countries that no longer exist. Some you may have heard of (Biafra), some you may not realize used to be countries (New Brunswick), and some you've never heard of (Tannu Tuva).  [Karen] 


Recommended by: Karen
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Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter & Booze Cover Image
By Kate Lebo (Editor), Samuel Ligon (Editor)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781632171122
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Published: Sasquatch Books - October 24th, 2017

What could be better than butter, booze, and writers? A collection of readings by authors with the prompt that it include pie and whiskey. Each piece is different and it's fun to pick up and select at random. Perfect for the person in your life who loves to indulge. [Karen]


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The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594634536
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 3rd, 2017

The National Book Award winner for non fiction, Masha Gessen's work about modern Russia offers a window into the psyche of a nation. This is a necessary book for our times. [Karen]


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