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Biography & Memoir from our 2019 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2019 Winter Newsletter.

 

Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith

Patti Smith’s latest memoir begins in Santa Cruz at the Dream Inn early on the morning of New Year’s Day, 2016. The book is hypnotic and dreamy, weaving in and out of what’s real and what’s not real but is still true, often with no warning. This is a book about the loss of dear friends, about aging, the political landscape, and drinking lots of coffee. Anything is possible on a strange and beautiful journey with Patti Smith. - Trey

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$24.95
ISBN: 9780525657682
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Published: Knopf - September 24th, 2019

How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones

Saeed Jones has written a memorable, powerful coming-of-age memoir, with his keen awareness of the intersection of multiple identities: to be black, to be gay, to know that being both of these can be deadly in this world. It is as much a testament to surviving the world as it is to surviving one’s own self, as Jones demonstrates with his compelling writing. Even more, it is an ode to single motherhood, an account of the determination it takes to change one’s life, and what one’s life can look like after being changed. - Billy

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781501132735
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 8th, 2019

Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser

A deep look into one of the most iconic and influential female writers, Susan Sontag. This captivating narrative describes the radical and groundbreaking achievements in her personal life and her professional career. It includes archives not shared before that give a fascinating look at the lesser known details of her most significant accomplishments. Her life spanned some of the world’s biggest conflicts and her perspective directly challenges social norms and calls for change. Susan Sontag’s story is inspirational and reminds us to live as our authentic selves and stand up for what we believe in. - SC

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$39.99
ISBN: 9780062896391
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Published: Ecco - September 17th, 2019

Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness

Jonathan Van Ness has been serving so much kindness and a dedication to authentic living for years on Queer Eye that I’m beyond excited to get my hands on his upcoming biography. Even if you don’t know him from his work on the hit Netflix show, his story of overcoming every adversity and challenge with love and grace in his heart will inspire you. - Jax

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ISBN: 9780062906373
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Published: HarperOne - September 24th, 2019

Where I Come From by Aarón Sánchez

Drawing an emotional map, Aarón Sánchez traces the route from his troublemaker childhood to culinary stardom through El Paso, New York, New Orleans, Mexico, San Francisco, and back. With honesty and humility, he recounts mistakes and mental health issues and pays homage to the friends, family, and chefs (especially women) who shaped his food and him. Sánchez celebrates the Latinx and Mexican food he’s become known for and uses his platform to champion diversity, justice, and equality in the culinary world. I have never eaten Sánchez’s food, but I know the bold and complex flavors I am now craving from reading this vivid new memoir. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781419738029
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 1st, 2019

In the Dream Hosue by Carmen Maria Machado

In the Dream House is an incredible follow-up to the glorious Her Body and Other Parties. Carmen Maria Machado has written an honest and harrowing memoir about her psychologically abusive relationship. Machado contrasts her memories with true examples of oppression in queer history and with narrative tropes. A beautiful exploration of the reality of abuse in queer relationships and a necessary account that subverts any idea of what a memoir can be. - Natalie O.

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ISBN: 9781644450031
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

High School by Sara Quin & Tegan Quin

Friends, it’s Tegan and Sara! These twins, Canadian indie pop bandmates and LGBTQ icons, have been creating revelatory music together since the late ’90s, and now they’ve turned to the page, writing a bracing memoir that sends them (and us!) back to high school and all the powerful emotions that lie therein. Told in alternating chapters, each explores her own path of emerging identity and sexuality, isolation, ferocity, and joy, and finally their unifying passion for music. High School is at once deeply personal and achingly universal, just like their songs. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9780374169947
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Published: MCD - September 24th, 2019

Edison by Edmund Morris

Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Edmund Morris has written “an outstanding biography” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) of one of history’s most prolific inventors, Thomas Edison. “Writing in amusing, literate prose that’s briskly paced despite a mountain of fascinating detail, Morris sets Edison’s achievements against a color portrait of his splendid eccentricity. An engrossing study of a larger-than-life figure who embodied a heroic age of technology.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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$38.00
ISBN: 9780812993110
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Published: Random House - October 22nd, 2019

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