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Biography & Memoir from the 2013 Summer Newsletter

<a href="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/2013-summer-newsletter"><img src="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/files/santacruz/2013SummerNewsletterCov... align="right" width="100" height="129" hspace="5"></a>These recommendations were published in our <a href="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/2013-summer-newsletter">2013 Summer Newsletter</a>.

Full Body Burden by Kristen Iversen

Kristen Iversen grew up downwind from a plant that produced plutonium triggers for nuclear bombs, and her parents and neighbors were told that the land, water, and air were perfectly safe from contamination. This was not true. Decades later, Iversen twines her own intimate family history with piercing investigative journalism, and reveals a level of corruption and incompetence that is just staggering. The result is a powerful, horrifying, and very important memoir.

Reviewed by: 
Kat
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Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307955654
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Crown - June 4th, 2013

Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel

In her best-selling graphic novel Fun Home, Alison Bechdel explored her relationship with her father; in Are You My Mother?, she turns her focus to her mother. The psychological intent of this memoir is fascinating. In trying to understand the gulf between mothers and daughters, Bechdel visits with 20th-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, then with Virginia Woolf, then with her current partner, and finally, back to her mother. A wonderful, fun, and smart read.

Reviewed by: 
S.M.C.
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Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544002234
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - April 2nd, 2013

The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel

The men who were picked to become the first U.S. astronauts were subject to a number of strict requirements, including one that might seem odd today: They had to be happily married. The Astronaut Wives Club explores the extraordinary lives of the women married to America’s heroes, women who became instant celebrities and often struggled with their new public personas. It’s a breezy, fascinating book that would be perfect for summer book club meetings.

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Kat
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The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781455503247
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 3rd, 2014

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

This is an inspiring story of a young man and his dying mother who form a book club of two that brings them closer as her life draws to an end. Schwalbe and his mom read titles ranging from classic literature to current bestsellers, poetry to mysteries, fantasy to spirituality. As Will recounts their wide-ranging, deeply personal conversations, we hear their passion for reading and their love for each other. They—and we—are reminded how books can be comforting, astonishing, and illuminating, changing the way that we connect with the world around us.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9780307739780
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Vintage - June 4th, 2013

Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson

Samuelsson--who was born in Ethiopia, was adopted and raised by Swedish parents, and grew up to become a world-famous chef in New York City--shares his remarkable life story in this terrific memoir. “I’ve read a lot of chefs’ books, but never anything like this one. Marcus Samuelsson has had such an interesting life, and he talks about it with touching modesty and remarkable candor. I couldn’t put this book down.” —Ruth Reichl, author of Tender at the Bone

Yes, Chef: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385342612
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 21st, 2013

The Man Who Saved the Union by H.W. Brands

In a wonderfully readable biography, best-selling historian Brands (The First American, Traitor to His Class) profiles Civil War general Ulysses Grant, describing how this unlikely hero turned into a two-term president who held the country together at two critical turning points in U.S. history. American history buffs as well as lovers of a great biography will find this book finely researched and totally compelling.

The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780307475152
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Published: Anchor - May 28th, 2013

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen is a best-selling author and a Pulitzer Prize winner. She is also a mother, a wife, a daughter, a friend, and a successful woman with a lot to say about the ups and downs of getting older. Chapter by chapter, she shares her philosophies on motherhood, marriage, friendship, solitude, and faith, weaving them all together into a warm and candid memoir about the changes, the lessons, and the losses we all (women in particular) experience as time goes by.

Reviewed by: 
George
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Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake: A Memoir of a Woman's Life Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812981667
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 23rd, 2013

Nine Years Under by Sheri Booker

“Nine Years Under is a sparkling debut—brimming with love and bursting with life. Booker’s Baltimore is equal parts The Wire and The Cosby Show. She doesn’t shrink from the realities of life in an inner city funeral home, but she is also a loving witness, documenting the big-hearted community that takes care of its own. Told with compassion, wit, and good old-fashioned story telling, Sheri Booker gives us unforgettable characters who will make you laugh right up until they break your heart.” —Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow

Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781592407125
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Avery - May 30th, 2013

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