Abigail Thomas writes the best kind of memoir, one that is telling, both of her life and of ours. In short essays, vignettes, thought pieces and considerations, she threads together a life and a way of living that is at once universal and familiar. Funny, thoughtful, frank, true—a work of art. Memoir is sometimes about the story, and sometimes about the form, the way it illuminates and satisfies. Lucky for us, this is both.
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ISBN: 9781476785059
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Published: Scribner Book Company - March 24th, 2015

A cynical society, where terrorism is almost as banal as the political marketing machines that address it—were it not for the few who still believe they can make a difference, hiding desperate passion and machinations equally behind official masks. Set in a near- future cosmopolitan world, Persona focuses less on technology than on the social and political developments we point towards, sneaking up and lingering with its threat—and its hope.

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ISBN: 9781481425124
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Published: Saga Press - March 10th, 2015

This was a pleasant surprise, a rich collection of funny anecdotes and unbelievably-true accounts of the actors' experiences behind the scenes of The Princess Bride. From the personal history of Andre the Giant and his off-screen antics, to the main actor's attempts to hide a broken foot on set, these stories will have you running back to the movie to spot those hidden gems.

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By Cary Elwes, Joe Layden (With), Rob Reiner (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781476764023
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Published: Touchstone Books - October 14th, 2014

If you know Miranda July's work--like her films, The Future and Me and You and Everyone We Know--you know she melds major quirkiness and slight surrealism in perfect synchronicity with charm and tenderness. These (really quite) short stories are quick whirlwinds that read speedily and stir up a bubbling of emotion with the purest, most human notions. July's magical way of simple, direct, brilliantly unique structure is on full display in these gem-like tidbits about what it feels like to be human, what we think when we're alone in our minds, and the bizarre daily reality of relating to others.

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ISBN: 9780743299411
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 2008

An un-special forty-something with an overactive inner dialogue houses the daughter of her bosses, a bombshell with terrible hygiene. At first impolite and then aggressive, their relationship morphs into a bizarre, transformative experiment that only July could make tender and funny. She prods our most sensitive notions about what it feels like to be an average weirdo.

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ISBN: 9781439172568
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Published: Scribner Book Company - January 13th, 2015

This beautiful, sweeping novel captures the feelings of World War II from the vantage point of ordinary lives. Following a blind French girl and an orphaned German boy, Doerr evokes the terror of the war and the hope that continues to survive even in its midst. A true masterpiece with stunning prose and deeply developed characters, this is by far my favorite book of 2014.  

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ISBN: 9781476746586
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 6th, 2014

I am so overjoyed that this book exists. Not only does it feature characters who are Mexican-American (YES) and gay (HELL YES); it's beautifully written, painfully true, and unforgettably touching. It's an absolutely spot-on portrayal of friendship blossoming awkwardly and inexorably into love.

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ISBN: 9781442408937
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2014

As a girl who desperately wanted to be an astronaut, the name Sally Ride meant everything to me. But I knew very little about her; Ride was an extremely private person who rarely spoke about her life. Before her untimely death in 2012, Ride gave permission to her partner to go forward with a biography. Sherr's book captures Ride's brilliance, verve, and determination. 

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ISBN: 9781476725765
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 3rd, 2014

Hilarious, honest and inspiring, this comic takes a look at what it means to run recreationally. Runners will appreciate the spot-on humor about their chosen sport, while those who have just started will find comfort in his stories of failure and triumph. Full of really great advice and humor, and it inspired me personally to take up the habit. A perfect gift for anyone remotely interested. 

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ISBN: 9781449459956
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 30th, 2014

Reading The Disaster Artist is like witnessing the strange, improbable birth of something that should never exist, yet does. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, actor Sestero tells the story of eccentric and lonely director Tommy Wiseau’s film debacle turned cult-phenomenon in a bizarrely human story about the complexity of our relationships. 

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ISBN: 9781476730400
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 7th, 2014



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