History, Biography, and Politics

More than just a look at an amazing man’s life and accomplishments, this book traces the rise of modern surgery and the integral role he played in it. Dr. Mutter created or worked on so many practices still used today, and yet is better known for his collection of medical oddities (if at all). To be fair, it’s a pretty badass collection of weird stuff.  —Rachel

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ISBN: 9781592409259
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Published: Avery Publishing Group - September 8th, 2015

This raw memoir resonated with my personal histories of juvenile delinquency, agitated family relations, and interpersonal relationships. From a scarred little girl to a rebellious young woman, and finishing with a strong and clear understanding of the woman she became, Lidia Yuknavitch’s memoir brings a story of hope and perseverance. —Kate
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By Lidia Yuknavitch, Chelsea Cain (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780979018831
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Published: Hawthorne Books - April 12th, 2011

Dr. Paul Farmer sleeps about two hours a night. At Harvard, he finished in the top of his class though barely attended—already in Haiti, providing medical services in the horrific poverty from which he could not look away. Mountains Beyond Mountains mesmerizingly conveys Farmer’s obsessive altruism and his unrelenting mission to strike out not only disease, but all the world’s ambivalence about inequality. —Julia
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ISBN: 9780812980554
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Published: Random House Trade - August 25th, 2009

“Pakistan is perhaps the world’s most dangerous country—a combustible mix of nuclear weapons, jihadis, bloody borders, and a dysfunctional state. You can only truly understand the country by going to its roots. Nisid Hajari does just that in this powerful, intelligent, and beautifully written book. Hajari presents the history like a detective story and you will be swept along. Except in this case, none of us knows how it will end.” —Fareed Zakaria

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ISBN: 9780544705395
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Published: Mariner Books - June 21st, 2016

Wow, there is so much to love about Hope Jahren and her book, Lab Girl. Jahren is an accomplished scientist who has spent several decades tirelessly working her way up in the field of geobiology and, as it turns out, is a lover of literature, a talented wordsmith, and a delightful storyteller. Not just a memoir, Lab Girl is an adventure story, a celebration of friendship, a down-and-dirty exploration of the science world, and a beautifully rendered explanation of plant biology.   —Melinda

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ISBN: 9781101874936
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 5th, 2016

“Eddie Huang gives readers another punch of passion in his second memoir (after 2013’s massively successful Fresh Off the Boat). With his gift for conversation, edgy humor, and deeply knowledgeable palate, readers get a sense of a young chef on a serious quest. As Huang finds love, he continues to wrestle with his family and the business, discovering a nagging ache that calls him back to the motherland. Through an endless stream of hilarious basketball metaphors, pop culture one-liners, and what Huang affectionately calls ‘Chinglish,’ his passion for food and determination to get things right—in the U.S., in China, and in his heart of hearts—mark every page.” —Publishers Weekly

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ISBN: 9780812995466
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - May 31st, 2016

Abigail Thomas writes memoirs for all of us. 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. Through clear, dynamic writing, she invites you into a conversation, and you experience her lifelong friendships, her family, her dogs, her loves and fears, just as you begin to explore your own. Funny, thoughtful, frank, and true; this is a work of art in deliciously plain clothes.  —Melinda

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What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476785066
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 19th, 2016

I have loved Catherine Newman’s writing since the first time I read it, and I kind of think of her as my parenting spirit animal. She captures the elation, beauty, messiness, mistakes, and anxiety of raising children like no one else—and is absolutely hilarious, too. In her new book she takes on the toddler-to-teenager years, or what she calls “[the time] your children will remember as childhood.” In this book that is by turns gut-wrenching and gorgeous, Newman writes about moments big and small that will leave you laughing, crying, and so very grateful for family.  —S.B.

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ISBN: 9780316337502
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Published: Little Brown and Company - April 5th, 2016

If you’re familiar with Etgar Keret’s short fiction, you already know he’s capable of magic and able to effortlessly bring the reader into a world where humor and melancholy quietly coexist. The Seven Good Years paints a bittersweet portrait of father–son relationships that we don’t often get to read about. It manages to hold onto humor despite war and loss being a constant background in the lives of three generations. Keret’s first nonfiction book in English does not disappoint.  —Megan


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ISBN: 9780399576003
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 7th, 2016

In case you haven’t heard of Tig Notaro, she’s the incredibly inspiring comedian who blew the world away with her on-stage cancer reveal. Yeah, her! Isn’t she amazing? Reading these stories from her unique childhood and about the series of traumas that led up to that big night, I felt like I understood what drove her to process such a heavy life event on stage only days after receiving the news. It’s a wonderful book about surviving and other hilarious accidentss.  —Nici


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ISBN: 9780062266637
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Published: Ecco Press - June 14th, 2016



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