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The Undying by Anne Boyer

Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, The Undying is unapologetic, unflinching, and unsentimental. Boyer’s diagnosis of triple- negative breast cancer propels her into the sphere of the “sick,” and her thrift shop mom aesthetic becomes infused with platinum-rich chemotherapy treatments, an oncological lexicon, and ritualistic obedience to a capitalist healthcare system. Written in her acclaimed essay-style prose, Boyle torches the idea of a “pink ribbon for the cure” and rejects the notion that her illness can be quantified by analytics and mortality calculators. The Undying is a dissection of the relentless rhetoric of “fighting” cancer: as Boyer shows, personal determination alone cannot separate “survivors” from “lost battles.” Austere and deeply personal, The Undying unravels the subtle intricacies of living with illness as she weaves her own intimate narrative of an exhaustive pursuit of undying. — Charlotte

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ISBN: 9781250757982
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Published: Picador - September 8th, 2020

Once I Was You by Maria Hinojosa

“I am the five things [the president] hates most: I am Mexican, an immigrant, a journalist, a woman, and pause—wait for it—I am flat-chested.” Award-winning journalist and Latinx activist Maria Hinojosa’s captivating memoir is a must. Pithy, powerful, and political, Once I Was You had me hysterical: laughing, crying, and furiously rereading. In this country where terrorism is linked by those in power with immigration and where her achievements are seen as a “unique contradiction,” Hinojosa gives voice to the anxiety-ridden experiences of imposter syndrome and institutional racism. An intimate exploration of the harrowing realities and ingrained invisibility faced by undocumented immigrants, Once I Was You is a crucial book for turbulent times.  — Charlotte

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ISBN: 9781982128654
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Published: Atria Books - September 15th, 2020

ArtCurious: Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art History by Jennifer Dasal

Urinals, anthropomorphic instruments from hell, Jack the Ripper’s art career, museum heists, Andy Warhol’s 610 time capsules, and Monet’s cataracts—oh, my! From cover to cover, ArtCurious is a delightful dive into the quirky lore and contentious tales of art history. It’s all the mesmerizing bits that my college courses left out. Dasal, with her robust background in art curation and podcasting, debunks the myth that art history is boring, and her writing is approachable for budding and experienced art historians alike. — Charlotte
 

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ISBN: 9780143134596
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Published: Penguin Books - September 15th, 2020

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

The more we seek to understand strangers, the more elusive they become. Brilliantly pertinent, eloquent, and captivating, Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers explores our interactions with strangers through narratives of CIA interrogations, college sexual assaults, the Amanda Knox case, bail arraignment hearings, and more. These interactions—playing on our inherent biases about the truth—have historically led to devastating mistakes when not approached with caution and humility. For everyone from the politically engaged citizen to the college freshman, Talking to Strangers is a must-read. - Charlotte

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ISBN: 9780316478526
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 10th, 2019

The Zookeepers' War by J.W. Mohnhaupt

An unconventional angle to a familiar history of the Cold War, The Zookeepers’ War chronicles the quirky and often comical strategies of two dueling zoos: one in West Berlin and one in East Berlin. The story of Berlin’s zoos, whose exotic animal stockpiling rivaled the pace of the nuclear arms race, exposes untold complexities through humorous anecdotes and intricate plays of political power. Originally published in German, The Zookeepers’ War quickly became an international bestseller and has now been translated into English. - Charlotte

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By J.W. Mohnhaupt, Shelley Frisch (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781501188497
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 12th, 2019

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