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Across That Bridge by John Lewis

“Faith, patience, truth, love, peace, study, and reconciliation: these are the buckets into which Lewis pours his message about ‘the inner transformation that must be realized to effect lasting social change.’ A civil rights pioneer and Georgia congressman, Lewis seeks to inspire nonviolent activism in a time that he regards as the most violent in history.” —Publishers Weekly
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ISBN: 9781401324117
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Hachette Books - May 15th, 2012

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Jenny Lawson is like a hurricane of humor that never lets up. Her memoir is one of the funniest books I have ever read. It’s filled with amazing amounts of heart, compassion, and honesty that take this humor and make it a force for good in the world. Her story is inspirational, somewhat cautionary, truly unique, and never dull. Loyal fans of The Bloggess will be happy to know that the book is mostly new material; it adds great insight into her life, and her editors did not tone her down…much. No kitten-mittens, but plenty along the lines of Wil Wheaton collating paper, and taxidermied squirrels.
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ISBN: 9780399159015
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Published: Amy Einhorn Books - April 17th, 2012

The Long Goodbye by Meghan O’Rourke

While there have been many memoirs written about grieving (from Isabel Allende’s Paula, about the loss of her daughter, to Joan Didion’s Year of Magical Thinking, detailing her story of widowhood), Meghan O’Rourke’s book is notable in that it tells the story of an adult child losing a parent. O’Rourke was in her late 20s when her mother died of cancer. The Long Goodbye is her story of grief and longing. It details the complexity and sharp edges that exist between mothers and daughters, but it also speaks of an American family and the joys and thrills that exist in everyday life. I loved this memoir for its layered simplicity—the ways that loss, love, pretense, and discovery weave together. O’Rourke offers us a real look at the complicated, and in this case, everlasting, mother–daughter bond.

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ISBN: 9781594485664
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 3rd, 2012

My Year with Eleanor by Noelle Hancock

After losing her job, Noelle Hancock was full of self-doubt and had no idea what she wanted to do with her life. Scared and crippled by anxiety, she decided to heed Eleanor Roosevelt’s advice: “Do one thing every day that scares you.” The results are chronicled in this terrific book. “Eleanor taught Noelle that, first and foremost, Courage Takes Practice. Her yearlong quest to face her terrors, great and small, is moving, enriching, and hilarious—we readers are lucky to be along for the ride.” —Julie Powell, author of Julie & Julia
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ISBN: 9780061875014
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Published: Ecco - June 5th, 2012

Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel

The realization came in my teens: My parents are people, too. While I still struggle to discover and relate to “Mom” and “Dad,” Alison Bechdel has used memories, journals, and therapy sessions, not only exploring their relationships to her, but searching out their independent identities. What she did in the award-winning Fun Home about her late father, she now bravely attempts with her still-living mother. Whatever your parental relationships, Are You My Mother? will ring true.
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ISBN: 9780618982509
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 1st, 2012

Barack Obama by David Maraniss

I love that the subtitle of this book is “The Story,” because that’s really how this book reads. David Maraniss has written a thorough, lyrical, and very literary biography of our 44th president, a book that includes hundreds of interviews (including some with the president himself), as well as letters, journals, and other documents. The result is a fascinating, un-put-downable narrative that circles the globe and lands in the White House.

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ISBN: 9781439160404
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 19th, 2012

The Perfect Gentleman by Imran Ahmad

Pakistan-born Ahmad grew up in England embracing debonair dressing, the British concept of justice, and the Jaguar XJS. A schoolmate’s efforts at conversion led him to investigate his faith. Both deliciously funny and deeply insightful, The Perfect Gentleman is Ahmad’s beguiling memoir detailing his struggle between his Islamic identity and his desire to embrace the West, his lifelong struggle against corruption and injustice, and his grappling with some of life’s most profound questions.

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ISBN: 9781455508495
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Published: Center Street - April 3rd, 2012

My Two Moms by Zach Wahls, with Bruce Littlefield

In 2011, one young man stood up and told the Iowa House of Representatives that having two moms had not damaged his character. A video of the eloquent message instantly went viral. This is his story of life with two moms and the struggle of growing up different. It is a timely, moving story that serves as testimony to all that strength, love, and character matter more than conformity or tradition.

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ISBN: 9781592407132
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Published: Gotham - April 26th, 2012

Full Body Burden by Kristen Iversen

Full Body Burden is one of the most important stories of the nuclear era—as personal and powerful as Silkwood, told with the suspense and narrative drive of The Hot Zone. With unflinching honesty, Kristen Iversen has written an intimate and deeply human memoir that shows why we should all be concerned about nuclear safety, and the dangers of ignoring science in the name of national security. [An] essential and unforgettable book that should be talked about in schools and book clubs, online and in the White House.” —Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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ISBN: 9780307955630
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - June 5th, 2012

When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams

Terry Tempest Williams has an uncanny way of reaching toward something by way of language—whether it be nature or writing or feeling. In When Women Were Birds, what Williams reaches toward is greater understanding. Shortly before dying, Williams’ mother tells Terry that she is leaving Terry her journals, but that she must not open them until she is gone. Terry pays heed and opens the diaries after her mother’s death, only to find that they are blank—all of them. The finding, Williams says, sent her into a “double grief.” This book is about the journey Terry goes through to fill in those journals. It is a meditation on voice and understanding, a tribute to flight and identity, to seeking and exploring, to family reconciliation, and to letting go. This is a stunning read.
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ISBN: 9780374288976
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - April 10th, 2012


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