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Biography & Memoir

Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots by Morgan Jerkins

Morgan Jerkins (This Will Be My Undoing) tracks her family’s genealogy from the Deep South to New Jersey but along her journey she unravels traditions of food, spirituality, labor and social life by deep diving into African American history by way of family trees. It excellently balances intimate field research with insightful personal revelations. A must read for those interested in genealogy, American history, and the multilayered bonds of kinship, familiar and otherwise.  —Celeste 

This book is part of our Fall Reading Challenge. Read more here.

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ISBN: 9780062873040
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Published: Harper - August 4th, 2020

Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas by Roberto Lovato

Ranging back and forth between the United States and El Salvador, and from the ‘30s of his father’s childhood to his own journey of discovery, Roberto Lovato uncovers the history, trauma, resilience, and love which powers Salvadoreños across the Americas. From the US supported massacres of the indigenous people of El Salvador, to the ongoing gang and immigration hysteria, Lovato uncovers how unforgetting our history lets us begin to heal. Go on this journey with him. You won’t forget it.  —Dave

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ISBN: 9780062938473
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Published: Harper - September 1st, 2020

You Belong: A Call for Connection by Sebene Selassie

On the front cover of her life-affirming book, Sebene Selassie self-identifies as Nerdy Black Immigrant Tomboy Buddhist Weirdo and I am all for it. You Belong is the perfect self-help companion in this year of disruption, tumult, tragedy, and disconnection; Selassie does not shy away from the current moment, but meets us in it and provides us with tools. Whether you are just beginning or need a refresher course, Selassie’s thoughtful, joyful, multi-disciplinary work will help you reconnect, and her own personal stories will be a welcomed friend along the way. —Melinda

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ISBN: 9780062940650
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Published: HarperOne - August 25th, 2020

The Fixed Stars by Molly Wizenberg

On November 30th, 2016, in a beautifully written, tenderly honest post on her award-winning blog Orangette, Molly Wizenberg announced that she and her husband were divorcing. A result of the fact that, since having their child, her sexual orientation had changed. In her new memoir, she shares more about this incredibly personal experience. The Fixed Stars is an unflinchingly vulnerable and frank account of sexuality, relationships, love, and self-discovery, that can only lead to further reflection on what we want and need and are. —Jocelyn

 

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ISBN: 9781419742996
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 4th, 2020

Places I’ve Taken My Body: Essays by Molly McCully Brown

In her essay collection Places I’ve taken My Body, Molly McCully Brown brings the insight and sensitivity of a poet to discuss her experiences with cerebral palsy. I absolutely loved the broad expanse of topics she touches upon: pain and the body, the memory and the self. In prose both blunt and expressive, Brown examines how we move through space and the loneliness caused by both mobility and immobility.

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ISBN: 9780892555130
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Published: Persea - June 2nd, 2020

Sigh, Gone A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In by Phuc Tran

Phuc Tran: Ubergeek. From discovering punk rock egalitarianism to relating The Iliad to girls’ high school sports, Tran is always ready to dive into whatever comes next. He puts it all down to a desperate need to fit in, as a Vietnamese refugee in small-town Pennsylvania, but you can tell that he’s always going to be the one in the deep end of the pool, regardless. He’s a Latin teacher, a tattooist, a TEDx grammar star, and now a touching memoirist. 

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ISBN: 9781250194718
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 21st, 2020

Good Boy My Life in Seven Dogs by Jennifer Finney Boylan

In this new autobiography, the incomparable Jennifer Boylan defines the chapters of her life by the dogs she has owned. She writes of them and herself with overwhelming tenderness, hilariously wry skepticism, and brutally frank honesty. I loved meeting all of her dogs, and through them getting to know the different versions of herself she has experienced. If you’ve never read Boylan before, this is a wonderful introduction, and who doesn’t love a good dog?

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ISBN: 9781250261878
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Published: Celadon Books - April 21st, 2020

Brother Robert Growing Up with Robert Johnson by Annye C. Anderson

This is the touching, first-hand account of the family life of Delta blues legend Robert Johnson from the perspective of Annye Anderson, his half-sister. Johnson died when she was 12, but with the help of a steel-trap memory and documents, Anderson shows us a side we haven’t much seen of the talented musician. She may not know what he did on the road, but she helps us meet the man he was with the people who mattered the most.

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ISBN: 9780306845260
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Published: Hachette Books - June 9th, 2020

Brown Album Essays on Exile and Identity by Porochista Khakpour

Porochista Khakpour is a novelist but believes she is better known as an essayist. Specifically, as an Iranian American essayist. One who now is debuting her first published essay collection on being Iranian American. And these are powerful essays on the subjects of, as the title says, exile and identity, along with culture and politics, of being American, and being Iranian, and being American Iranian. But even more, these essays—independently written though they were—create a writer’s memoir, of becoming an artist and finding one’s voice, of becoming a New Yorker, and of being a human who is a person of color in our modern-day world. Pick up this book to read Khakpour’s insight into being an immigrant, being Iranian, and Iranian American culture, to be sure. But also pick it up for the voice and artistic story of the brilliant and powerful woman behind this book.

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ISBN: 9780525564713
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Published: Vintage - May 19th, 2020

The New One Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad

Can something painful be funny? Can you really only have one slice of pizza? Can something that feels horrible turn out to be wonderful? Can fish text? Birbiglia asks these questions and more in his honest, funny, and emotionally fraught exploration of parenthood and what it has meant to him and to his wife. Fans of his will appreciate the new stories, as well as poems from his wife, and if you don’t know anything about this awkward sleepwalker, I encourage you to check him out.

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By Mike Birbiglia, J. Hope Stein (Supplement by)
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ISBN: 9781538701515
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 16th, 2020

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