History, Biography, and Politics

In this beautifully produced book, interspersed with color reproductions of letters, photographs, articles and journal entries, Yamashita mines her own family’s history to explore the Japanese American experience through World War II, the internment camps, and the rippling effects on younger generations. This is not, however, straight history, but something much more meaningful, a celebrated fiction writer considering and attempting to make sense of her family’s past and of our own. - Melinda

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Letters to Memory Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781566894876
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 12th, 2017

What do you get when you put poet genius Eileen Myles together with a dog book? Nothing categorical, that’s for sure. An experimental delight, also certain. Afterglow explores the relationship of a beloved sixteen year old pitbull named Rosie and her devoted owner, but also expands well beyond to sex, politics, spirituality, life, loss, the whole gamut. Playful, heartbreaking, true and not, this is the most real book about life with a dog that I’ve ever read. - Melinda

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Afterglow (a Dog Memoir) Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780802127099
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Published: Grove Press - September 12th, 2017

It’s hard to imagine a memoir about one heartbroken single-ish mother’s struggle through the medical system to save her infant daughter being warm and joyful, and yet this book is exactly that. Harpham writes with such grace, honesty and humor, it is easy to follow her through the harrowing moments of her journey with her daughter Gracie and to discover with her the many different ways love and support can manifest and lead to outright joy. - Melinda

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Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781250131560
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - August 1st, 2017

Kassabova returns to the land of her childhood, Bulgaria, to explore the complex Balkan borderlands it shares with Turkey and Greece. Through extensive research, interviews with townsfolk, and personal reflection, she examines the forces that continue to shape this intriguing region. Lyrical and rich with stories, this book is travelogue, political history, and folklore all in one. - Natalie

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Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555977863
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 5th, 2017

Zoe Quinn was the eye of the Internet storm known as #gamergate. Some claim it was about “ethics in videogame journalism”, but the truth is so much scarier. The details are startling and upsetting, but this book has good steps for combating cyberbullying and keeping your information safe. Through it all, Quinn manages to tell her story with humor and even has a positive spin on the outcome. A must read especially if you know nothing or very little of the Internet. - Ivy

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Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781610398084
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Published: PublicAffairs - September 5th, 2017

Joyce Maynard (bestselling of author of At Home in the World) has written a touching and sincere book about finding strength and life in the midst of hardship. In their late 50’s, Joyce and her soon-to-be husband, Jim, met for the first time. Each had been married, had children, and also then subsequently divorced. Neither Jim nor Joyce was particularly looking for love again, but there was a deep connection between the two, that neither could ignore. Maynard writes their story of reclaiming love and romance, getting married, and then dealing with the blow of Jim’s diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Praised by Anne Lamott for being full of “the tears and joy of life,” Maynard coveys with such clarity not just the honesty about the ugliness of illness, but also the unparalleled bond of intimacy and awareness that springs forth when life is on the line. - S.M.C.

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The Best of Us: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635570342
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Published: Bloomsbury UK - September 5th, 2017

Starting off with opioids and paralyzed legs, Fry’s biography is a rollercoaster ride through his childhood to the present day. Criss-crossing the globe in search of critters, venom, and shenanigans, Fry buddies up with Komodo dragons, milks stonefish, and collects scorpions, all in the name of venom. Dun dun dunnnn… - Rachel

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Venom Doc: The Edgiest, Darkest, Strangest Natural History Memoir Ever Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781628726992
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Published: Arcade Publishing - October 4th, 2016

In this harrowing autobiography, Ali boldly narrates the journey from her violent and impoverished upbringing in Somalia’s capital city, Mogadishu, to a career in Dutch politics. At times horrifying, her tale is especially poignant today, as refugees are so frequently being turned around at the threshold. - Jade

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Infidel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780743289696
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Published: Free Press - April 1st, 2008

This fascinating book starts out with trying to understand how people in other cultures can believe such crazy things. The author interviews people who had their penises snatched in Lagos, and doctors who treated victims in Hong Kong. But he also investigates some of our American maladies that we take for granted as hard science. That’s where it really gets interesting. - Dave

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The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death, and the Search for the Meaning of the World's Strangest Syndromes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612195568
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Published: Melville House Publishing - April 11th, 2017

Though Claire doesn’t understand what a cult is, she knows her childhood isn’t normal. She learns meditation in school and her mother believes she can fly. Reflecting on her unusual upbringing, Claire Hoffman muses on its influence on her life and struggles to find a balance between the utopia she was conditioned to believe in, and the reality she is ultimately faced with. - Jade

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Greetings from Utopia Park: Surviving a Transcendent Childhood Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062338853
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 6th, 2017

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