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Biography & Memoir from our 2018 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2018 Winter Newsletter.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

I adore our former president and I miss him. Yet I cannot help but be ecstatic that Michelle is coming out with a book about her own life so that I can learn more about this powerful, intelligent, and singularly awesome woman. Barack would be the first to say that his wife is a superstar, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Becoming to read about her in her own words. - Jax

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ISBN: 9781524763138
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Published: Crown - November 13th, 2018

Dear America by Jose Antonio Vargas

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas didn’t know he was an undocumented immigrant until he went to get his driver’s license at the age of 16. Vargas’s story is sadly not unusual, which is part of why it’s so important. His writing is emotional, powerful, and full of purpose. More memoir than political statement, Dear America is a truly eye-opening look at the realities of immigration in America. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780062851352
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 18th, 2018

Heartland by Sarah Smarsh

“The difficulty of transcending poverty is the message behind this personal history of growing up in the dusty farmlands of Kansas, where ‘nothing was more painful...than true things being denied’.... The takeaway? The working poor don’t need our pity; they need to be heard above the din of cliché and without so-called expert interpretation. Smarsh’s family are expert enough to correct any misunderstandings about their lives.” —Oprah.com

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Published: Scribner - September 18th, 2018

Frederick Douglass by David W. Blight

In this acclaimed biography, Blight draws on archival records to trace Frederick Douglass’s life from his escape from slavery to his work as an orator traveling the country during Reconstruction and the Jim Crow era. “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom is a triumph—elegantly written, with much new material about one of the most famous and important men in modern history. David Blight has created a vibrant and convincing portrait of a towering figure who was also, Blight says, ‘thoroughly and beautifully human.’ A great American gets the stellar biography he deserves from one our country’s greatest historians.” —Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Hemingses of Monticello

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ISBN: 9781416590316
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 16th, 2018

Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq

Tanya Tagaq is a musical artist in more ways than one. As a world-renowned Inuit throat singer, she has already stunned the world with her powerful songs and lyrics, but now in her first memoir, an explosive combination of narrative, poetry, myth, truth, and ferocity, she weaves the story of a young girl who comes of age in a small Arctic town, bound by boredom and violence, natural wonder and the spirit world. Life is a beautiful and terrifying thing, and Split Tooth contains all of it. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9780670070091
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Published: Viking - September 25th, 2018

All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung

Nicole Chung’s clear and introspective memoir brings new light to the search for identity and navigating both the past and the future when surrounded by the complexity of those who love you. As a transracial adoptee, the incongruity of growing up happy yet uncomfortably different leads her to search out the truth about her birth parents when she is on the brink of becoming a parent herself. This unique, difficult, and often surprising journey considers what one needs most in the world to belong. - Melinda

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Published: Catapult - October 2nd, 2018

Retablos by Octavio Solis

A retablo is a devotional painting, often laid on tin and depicting, as Solis describes in his introduction, “some terrible rift in a person’s life that they survive thanks to the intercession of the Divine.” This memoir-in-vignettes from the celebrated playwright and poet Solis is a series of treasures: absorbing, vivid, sensitive, and sorrowful. Solis, who grew up in El Paso, deftly and humbly depicts individual formative moments (an encounter with a young border-crosser in a field near his home, excruciating first loves, a venture south of the border). The divine in these retablos is not always visible, but the retablos themselves are full of grace. - Chorel

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ISBN: 9780872867864
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Published: City Lights Books - October 23rd, 2018

There Will Be No Miracles Here by Casey Gerald

“A deeply spiritual memoir about growing up black, poor, and gay in evangelical Texas; Gerald has become a superstar as a TED talker and MBA powerhouse, but this book is quiet and reflective, a document of fearless humility.”—Boston Globe

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ISBN: 9780735214200
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 2nd, 2018

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