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This might be one of the strangest--and best written--memoirs I've ever read. It tells the story of Michael's aunt Harriet, who, along with her husband Irving, are very successful screenwriters. (They wrote Norma Rae, among other big movies). Because Aunt Harriet has no children of her own, and because she senses "great potential" in Michael, she steals him (emotionally speaking) from his own family. Much awkwardness ensues. - Rico

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The Mighty Franks: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374210120
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 16th, 2017

I’ve been assigned this book for three classes, and each time I’ve read it cover to cover. Moody is an eloquent, thoughtful writer. Recounting her childhood growing up in Mississippi under Jim Crow and her college years in the Civil Rights Movement, she offers an engrossing personal look at the fight to end segregation. You’ll see how far we’ve come, how we’ve regressed, and how far we still have to go. - Flannery

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Coming of Age in Mississippi: The Classic Autobiography of a Young Black Girl in the Rural South Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385337816
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Published: Delta - February 3rd, 2004

I am such a fan of Eddie Izzard that when I saw he had an autobiography coming out, I think I squee'd. His brand of humor saturates his writing and is an utter delight to read. - Karena

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Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399175831
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Published: Blue Rider Press - June 13th, 2017

If I could live any other life, I have always imagined it would be as a farmer. Letters to a Young Farmer is doing nothing to dispel that dream, but at least it allows me to live vicariously through the dozens of writers, farmers, chefs, and activists who address the highs and lows of farming life. Many favorites—among them, Michael Pollan, Dan Barber, Mas Masumoto, and Barbara Kingsolver—share their tales, knowledge, and observations about food, farming, and sustainability. At a time when farmers are facing huge challenges, including climate change and big agribusiness, this book serves to advise and encourage young farmers and inspire anyone who cares about fresh, healthy, and affordable food. - S.B.

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Letters to a Young Farmer: On Food, Farming, and Our Future Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616895303
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - March 7th, 2017

One of Heyday Books’ best-selling titles, The Way We Lived has been updated and revised. Collecting stories, songs, chants, and knowledge from Native American tribes throughout California, this book shows what life looked like in California before colonization by whites and illuminates the remarkable and determined perseverance of Native cultures in modern times. - S.M.C.

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The Way We Lived: California Indian Stories, Songs, and Reminiscences Cover Image
By Malcolm Margolin (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781597143936
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Published: Heyday Books - May 15th, 2017

In a time when it seems easier to joke about moving to Canada and watching Alec Baldwin’s Trump impressions on repeat, Radical Hope serves as a reminder that it is important to take action and think positively. This inspiring collection of letters from authors, artists, and activists offers perspective on our nation’s past, wisdom to cope with the present, and hope for the future. - Jade

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Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times Cover Image
By Carolina De Robertis (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780525435136
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

A heartbreaking read about a small group of women whose tragic lives inspired the creation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The hellish road to their unplanned achievement was lit by glowing watch faces and radium-dusted lips, some of the dangers of which were unknown and others flat-out denied. The courage shown by these women is awe inspiring, and you’ll be surprised that you haven’t heard of them before. - Rachel

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The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492649359
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Published: Sourcebooks - April 18th, 2017

The Other Slavery is a masterful new picture of the Americas, unlike anything in a conventional history book. It is a sweeping story of how conquest, debt peonage, and bureaucratic sleight-of-hand were used to cover up a vast slave-trading network that began in the Caribbean and spread through Latin America, and New Mexico, California, and the rest of the American West, affecting millions of Native Americans. Written with a storyteller’s aplomb and a historian’s expertise, it kept my jaw dropping and my light on late into the night. - Tera

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The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544947108
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Published: Mariner Books - April 18th, 2017

This is one of the best nonfiction books I have read in a long time. Part memoir, part investigative journalism, it is a riveting book of surprising depth. As a young law student, Marzano-Lesnevich came across a murder that she couldn’t let go of, as it brought up memories of her own past. Years later, now a journalist and writer, she went back to it, and using her investigative skills and compassionate curiosity, tried to understand the humanity that can still exist within brutal acts. This is an unforgettable read on the nature of forgiveness and the complexity of “fact” in the legal system, when truth is constructed from the intricacy that drives the human heart. - S.M.C.

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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250080547
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 16th, 2017

Jesmyn Ward gathers a diversity of writers of color and writing to address the injustices and dangers of this country for its citizens of color. But while ignited by flames of rage and despair for the deaths that gave birth to #blacklivesmatter, these pieces burn with love—for family and friends, for writers and poets and the unnamed dead who came before, for communities under fire, for children and self and hope for the future. - Jocelyn

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The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501126352
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 20th, 2017

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