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Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

Janet Mock is an emerging voice for modern feminist politics. She, along with a handful of other notable advocates, has brought trans inclusion and womanist ideology to the forefront of the American consciousness. Her new memoir is a waterfall of emotion. It's told as if you were having coffee together, and invites you to consider and incorporate many different definitions of violence.
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ISBN: 9781476709123
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Published: Atria Books - February 4th, 2014

Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted by Jennifer Armstrong

If you like witty female-driven TV comedies like Girls and 30 Rock, then you have The Mary Tyler Moore Show to thank. You can read all about the behind-the-scenes decisions and drama, as well as the stories of many woman writers who based Mary Richards off of their own lives, in this charming book.
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ISBN: 9781451659221
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 29th, 2013

The Picayune's Creole Cook Book

Originally published in New Orleans in 1901, this book is a treasure. Historical but conversational in tone, it is filled to the brim with rich, soulful, delicious recipes for gumbo, jambalaya, Louisiana rice, etoufee, pralines, and more. What’s not to love?
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ISBN: 9781449431716
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - July 16th, 2013

Canal House Cooks Every Day

The authors love the everyday practice of simple cooking and the enjoyment of eating, which are celebrated in their gorgeous book. Delicious and inspiring.
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ISBN: 9781449421472
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 30th, 2012

The Secret of Raven Point by Jennifer Vanderbes

I have been in awe of Jennifer Vanderbes since the publication years ago of one of my favorite novels ever: Easter Island. So when I saw that she had another novel coming out, I greeted it with bated breath and The Secret of Raven Point did not disappoint. Telling the story of Juliet, a young woman growing up during World War II, Vanderbes hands us a novel that is part coming-of-age tale, part mystery, and part wartime narrative. When Juliet’s older brother goes missing in action as an American soldier battling the German army overseas, Juliet lies about her age, then trains and enlists as a nurse to get as close as she can to the point her brother was last seen. Stationed in a field hospital in Italy, Juliet is thrown into the chaos of wartime life. She quickly finds herself surrounded by a makeshift family of fellow nurses, patients, soldiers, and doctors whose lives and small actions create intimacy and meaning under such perilous conditions. Juliet is caught between allowing her new life to shape and form her, and her own loyalty toward that of her missing brother, whose whereabouts remain veiled. This is a novel about holding faith beyond reason, about transgression and transformation, and about how when seeking truth about another, it is impossible to not also find truth about yourself. A poignant, lasting story, for anyone who is a fan of Call the Midwife; Vanderbes’ new novel shows off her skills in their highest form.
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ISBN: 9781439167007
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Published: Scribner Book Company - February 4th, 2014

Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani

Reading Delijani's novel is like peeping into the living rooms of families torn apart by revolution and political strife. Three generations try to hold their lives together, to find and sustain love, to support their families, to heal from unspeakable wounds, and to live with unthinkable absences. It is a deeply moving story of life, death, persecution, and survival.

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ISBN: 9781476709093
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Published: Atria Books - June 18th, 2013

By the Iowa Sea by Joe Blair

Memoirs can do two things—they can tell an adventure story so captivating, that you have to rip through the pages to see how it will all turn out, or they can take a quiet ordinary life and turn it to be so revealing that there are life lessons that ring as raw and true—Joe Blair’s memoir is one of the few that manages to do both. Blair thought he was going to be traveler—that he would have avant-garde adventures on his motorcycle and Jack Kerouac his way through the country with a notebook and pen. Instead 15 years later, living in small-town Iowa, Joe is an air-conditioning repairman, struggling to stay faithful in his marriage, and feeling beaten by the autism diagnosis of his young son. When the Iowa River floods a state disaster is declared, and heroic measures are suddenly needed—in rendering language and with stunning insight, Joe’s observes the flooding of the river, detailing how his ordinary life has suddenly turned extraordinary, only to recognize it’s been that way all along.
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ISBN: 9781451636062
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Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2013

Hidden River by Adrian McKinty

Adrian McKinty writes gripping and intelligent page-turners that take place all over the world. The protagonist of Hidden River is a former drug detective from Ireland who is addicted to heroin and on the run from his past. He travels to Denver, Colorado to crack the unsolved murder of a childhood sweetheart, and makes more than one dangerous enemy. I just loved this one.
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ISBN: 9781451613223
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Published: Scribner - January 1st, 2011

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

This book is dark, beautiful and everything you could ever want from a fairy tale. Not like the cutesy, lovey-dovey fairy tales, but the ones with teeth, the ones that make you a better, braver person after. This is one of my all-time favorites, and perfect for anyone who remembers how the process of growing up can be both terrifying and magical at the same time.
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ISBN: 9780743298902
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Published: Washington Square Press - October 16th, 2007

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Set at an elite all-male boarding school during WWII, John Knowle's tightly-written masterpiece examines what happens when friendship and love border too closely with envy and destruction. This book is great for anyone who loves coming-of-age tales, boarding school antics, and lots and lots of queer subtext to decipher.
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ISBN: 9780743253970
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Published: Scribner - September 30th, 2003

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