History, Biography, and Politics

If you need a book that will make you think more deeply about self-growth, inspire you to engage more fully with your passions, and make you laugh so hard that you startle people around you, then this is the book for you. If you’ve never heard of this remarkable woman, then this book will make you fall in love with her—and if you have, get ready to adore her even more. —Jax
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ISBN: 9780062268358
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 2015

Inspired by five female writers and thinkers (her “awakeners”), Bolick charts the perception of unmarried women through history, wondering why, still, the choice to be unmarried past child-bearing age must be a social statement. Heavily memoir with substantial history and theory, Spinster is a deeply engaging reflection of the honest passion, fear, and triumph Bolick uncovers as she welcomes cravings for self-knowledge and solitude. Her mission: to simply examine (not even, at first, to challenge) the inevitability that a woman’s life should revolve around the marriage question. Bolick writes with such rare intelligence and elegance that her thesis is only half the joy of reading this book; so much pleasure lies in enjoying her gorgeous nonfiction prose. A truly candid, personal chapter in modern feminist thought—A Room of One’s Own of our generation.  —Julia

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ISBN: 9780385347150
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Published: Broadway Books - April 19th, 2016

Blackout is more than a memoir of drinking—it’s a revelation of recovery, with incredibly profound insights (the best kind: simple and striking) that are applicable not just to those emerging from the depths of substance abuse, but to any human seeking to live authentically. Hepola’s story of sobriety is a comment on culture, too, specifically in noting the ways that drinking can, and has, served as an assertion device for women, allowing loud freedom from the constraints of “femininity.” Hepola’s writing is clear and lovely, and Blackout is a read you won’t soon forget.  —Chorel

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ISBN: 9781455554584
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 7th, 2016

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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ISBN: 9781476785066
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 19th, 2016



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