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Nonfiction from our 2019 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2019 Summer Newsletter.

Furious Hours by Casey Cep

When Harper Lee learned of the vigilante murder of Reverend Willie Maxwell, the many deaths that preceded his, and the lawyer who both defended him and his assailant, she knew she’d found the story she wanted to write, a true crime narrative with an underlying complexity of race, place, and politics. Almost 50 years later, Casey Cep has realized the same in her first book, a remarkable work of nonfiction that distills extensive research into a broad, insightful exploration of not only the reverend and his lawyer but of Harper Lee, her drive, her demons, and the book she never finished. - Melinda

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Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101947869
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Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

The Last Job by Dan Bilefsky

In the world of professional criminals, there’s always one last job, and it’s always a bad idea. In 2015, a crew of aging criminals called the Bad Grandpas almost pulled off one of the biggest heists of their lives—stealing $19 million in cash, gold, and jewels—almost. Former New York Times correspondent Dan Bilefsky weaves this tale from the testimony of the Scotland Yard detectives who busted the crew. A must-read for all fans of true crime. - Aric

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ISBN: 9780393609516
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 23rd, 2019

Woman of Color by La Tonya Yvette

I have been reading (and loving) Brooklyn lifestyle blogger LaTonya Yvette for years and am so excited about this, her first book. In Woman of Color, Yvette beautifully blends memoir with essays on motherhood, love, beauty, grief, identity, and racism. Although her blend of powerful writing, fashion advice, and design inspiration could only come from her, the takeaways are for everyone. “Admire and celebrate other women,” she writes. LaTonya Yvette, it is easy to do so with you. - S.B.

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ISBN: 9781419732942
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 2nd, 2019

Wolfpack by Abby Wambach

Long known as a force to be reckoned with on the soccer field, Abby Wambach expands her play to the rest of the world with Wolfpack, an inspiring rally cry for a new way forward, based on her 2018 commencement speech at Barnard College. Her presence on the page is powerful, joyful, and inclusive; her rules are ones we should all adopt. Abby has found a new pack to lead, and we are so lucky to run with her. - Melinda

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WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250217707
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Published: Celadon Books - April 9th, 2019

What My Mother and I Don't Talk About edited by Michele Filgate

When Michele Filgate, the editor of What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About, wrote an essay about her stepfather’s abuse, she revealed the fracture that the abuse caused between her mother and her. The essay went viral and Filgate realized that there was much to be learned about what happens in the intimate bond between mother and child when things go unsaid. Filgate gathered 15 writers to explore the topic. Some of the essays are hilarious; others heartbreaking; but there is such strength and resilience in this collection. I kept recalling Leonard Cohen’s line, “There is a crack in everything/That’s how the light gets in.” - S.M.C.

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By Michele Filgate (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781982107345
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 30th, 2019

Rough Magic by Lara Prior-Palmer

Going into Rough Magic already knowing the outcome didn’t affect the reading experience for me at all. In fact, it made it an even better book, as I spent most of my time reading it shaking my head in disbelief and wonder at the shenanigans Lara was able to get up to. Starting with her impulsive joining of the Mongol Derby (622 miles in 10 days on 25 different half-wild ponies), she pushes herself along, drawing on a wild restlessness that bypasses any sort of training or preparation that she should have had. Rough Magic is travelogue and memoir, with a harsh, fond look at her childhood and a bittersweet exploration of how to find oneself in the world. - Rachel

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ISBN: 9781948226196
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Published: Catapult - May 7th, 2019

Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis

Helen Ellis is everything I would want to be if I were a Southern lady instead of a California girl. Her essays have the kind of wit that warms the cockles of my jaded heart. I cackled at every snark. She’s the one you want sitting next to you at the wedding, spilling dirt (and let’s be honest, probably her wine) about all of the groom’s relatives. She’s brilliant and I want to read everything she writes forever. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780385543897
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Published: Doubleday - April 16th, 2019

Autumn Light by Pico Iyer

Autumn Light is not so much a long-time expatriate reflecting on his chosen home, as a rumination on life. Iyer tells a story not finished but set: the joys of spouse and children poignantly framed against memories of the dead, and the ache of loving those leaving us. Japan’s relationship with aging and death—as well as love, marriage, and parenthood—is different from what we see in the West, but Iyer writes an affecting picture of the universalities of being an aging human. -Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780451493934
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Published: Knopf - April 16th, 2019

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