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How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir
by Saeed Jones

Language

English

Pages

204

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<b>A 2019 KIRKUS PRIZE FINALIST and one of the most anticipated books of Fall 2019鈥攁s selected by <i>O, The Oprah Magazine</i>;<i> Marie Claire</i>;<i> Entertainment Weekly</i>; <i>Time</i>; <i>The Millions</i>;<i> Refinery29</i>; <i>Good Housekeeping</i>; and many more.</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淎 moving, bracingly honest memoir that reads like fevered poetry.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW</i></b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淛ones鈥檚 voice and sensibility are so distinct that he turns one of the oldest of literary genres inside out and upside down.鈥?鈥擭PR鈥橲<i> FRESH AIR</i></b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淎n astonishing, unparalleled memoir鈥 rhapsody in the truest sense of the word.鈥?鈥擱OXANE GAY</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淓very single living half-grown and grown-up body needs to read this book.鈥?鈥擩ACQUELINE WOODSON</b><br /><br />鈥淧eople don鈥檛 just happen,鈥?writes Saeed Jones. 鈥淲e sacrifice former versions of ourselves. We sacrifice the people who dared to raise us. The 鈥業鈥?it seems doesn鈥檛 exist until we are able to say, 鈥業 am no longer yours.鈥欌€?lt;br /> <br />Haunted and haunting, <i>How We Fight for Our Lives </i>is a stunning coming-of-age memoir. Jones tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence鈥攊nto tumultuous relationships with his family, into passing flings with lovers, friends, and strangers. Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do <i>for</i> one another鈥攁nd <i>to</i> one another鈥攁s we fight to become ourselves.<br /> <br />An award-winning poet, Jones has developed a style that鈥檚 as beautiful as it is powerful鈥攁 voice that鈥檚 by turns a river, a blues, and a nightscape set ablaze. <i>How We Fight for Our Lives</i> is a one-of-a-kind memoir and a book that cements Saeed Jones as an essential writer for our time.
Beautiful on the Outside: A Memoir
by Adam Rippon

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b>Former Olympic figure skater and self-professed America's Sweetheart Adam Rippon shares his underdog journey from beautiful mess to outrageous success in this hilarious, big-hearted memoir.</b><br />Your mom probably told you it's what on the inside that counts. Well, then she was never a competitive figure skater. Olympic medalist Adam Rippon has been making it pretty for the judges even when, just below the surface, everything was an absolute mess. From traveling to practices on the Greyhound bus next to ex convicts to being so poor he could only afford to eat the free apples at his gym, Rippon got through the toughest times with a smile on his face, a glint in his eye, and quip ready for anyone listening. <i>Beautiful on the Outside</i> looks at his journey from a homeschooled kid in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to a self-professed American sweetheart on the world stage and all the disasters and self-delusions it took to get him there. Yeah, it may be what's on the inside that counts, but life is so much better when it's beautiful on the outside. <br />"To be clear: Rippon is funny. He lands a joke like it's a triple axel, with eyebrow-raising, hilarious passages that demand to be read out loud to whomever is nearby...Comedic gold."-<i>Washington Post</i>
Burn the Place: A Memoir
by Iliana Regan

Language

English

Pages

262

Publication Date

July 16, 2019

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<b>A singular, powerfully expressive debut memoir that traces one chef鈥檚 struggle to find her place and what happens once she does.</b><br /><br /><i>Burn the Place</i> is a galvanizing memoir that chronicles Iliana Regan鈥檚 journey from foraging on the family farm to running her Michelin-starred restaurant, Elizabeth. Her story is raw like that first bite of wild onion, alive with startling imagery, and told with uncommon emotional power.<br /><br />Regan grew up the youngest of four headstrong girls on a small farm in Northwest Indiana. While gathering raspberries as a toddler, Regan preternaturally understood to pick just the ripe fruit and leave the rest for another day. In the family鈥檚 leaf-strewn fields, the orange flutes of chanterelles beckoned her while they eluded others.<br /><br />Regan has had this intense, almost otherworldly connection with food and the earth it comes from since her childhood, but connecting with people has always been more difficult. She was a little girl who longed to be a boy, gay in an intolerant community, an alcoholic before she turned twenty, and a woman in an industry dominated by men鈥攕he often felt she 鈥渨asn鈥檛 made for this world,鈥?and as far as she could tell, the world tended to agree. But as she learned to cook in her childhood farmhouse, got her first restaurant job at age fifteen, taught herself cutting-edge cuisine while running a 鈥渘ew gatherer鈥?underground supper club, and worked her way from front-of-house staff to running her own kitchen, Regan found that food could help her navigate the strangeness of the world around her.<br /><br />Regan cooks with instinct, memory, and an emotional connection to her ingredients that can鈥檛 be taught. Written from that same place of instinct and emotion, <i>Burn the Place</i> tells Regan鈥檚 story in raw and vivid prose and brings readers into a world鈥攆rom the Indiana woods to elite Chicago kitchens鈥攖hat is entirely original and unforgettable.
High School
by , Tegan Quin

Language

English

Pages

352

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<p><b>From the iconic musicians Tegan and Sara comes a memoir about high school, detailing their first loves and first songs in a compelling look back at their humble beginnings</b><br /><i></i><br /><i>High School</i> is the revelatory and unique coming-of-age story of Sara and Tegan Quin, identical twins from Calgary, Alberta, who grew up at the height of grunge and rave culture in the nineties, well before they became the celebrated musicians and global LGBTQ icons we know today. While grappling with their identity and sexuality, often alone, they also faced academic meltdown, their parents鈥?divorce, and the looming pressure of what might come after high school. Written in alternating chapters from both Tegan's and Sara鈥檚 points of view, the book is a raw account of the drugs, alcohol, love, music, and friendship they explored in their formative years. </p><p>A transcendent story of first loves and first songs, <i>High School </i>captures the tangle of discordant and parallel memories of two sisters who grew up in distinct ways even as they lived just down the hall from each another. This is the origin story of Tegan and Sara.</p>
Naturally Tan: A Memoir
by Tan France

Language

English

Pages

273

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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<p><b>A <i>USA Today </i>Hottest Book of the Summer for 2019!</b><br /><b>A Best Nonfiction Book for 2019 in<i> Women's Day</i>!</b><br /><b>One of Hello Giggles's "Most Anticipated Books of 2019 to Add to Your Reading List"!</b></p><p>鈥淛ust when I thought I knew everything about Tan, he hits me with this. His story is so heartwarming, and wickedly funny.鈥?鈥擜ntoni Porowski</p><p><b>In this heartfelt, funny, and touching memoir, one of the stars of Netflix鈥檚 Emmy Award-winning smash-hit <i>Queer Eye</i> reveals how an Englishman raised in a traditionally religious </b><b>home became a fashion icon鈥攁nd the first openly gay, South Asian man on </b><b>television鈥攕imply by being <i>Naturally Tan</i>.</b></p><p>In this heartfelt, funny, touching memoir, Tan France tells his origin story for the first time. With his trademark wit, humor, and radical compassion, Tan reveals what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional South Asian family, as one of the few people of color in South Yorkshire, England. He illuminates his winding journey of coming of age, finding his voice (and style!), and marrying the love of his life鈥攁 Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City. </p><p>From one of the stars of Netflix鈥檚 runaway hit show Queer Eye, <i>Naturally Tan</i> is so much more than fashion dos and don鈥檛s鈥攖hough of course Tan can鈥檛 resist steering everyone away from bootcut jeans! Full of candid observations about U.S. and U.K. cultural differences, what he sees when you slide into his DMs, celebrity encounters, and the behind-the-scenes realities of 鈥渞eality TV,鈥?Naturally Tan gives us Tan鈥檚 unique perspective on the happiness to be found in being yourself.</p><p>In Tan's own words, <b>鈥淭he book is meant to spread joy, personal acceptance, and most of all understanding. Each of us is living our own private journey, and the more we know about each other, the healthier and happier the world will be.鈥?lt;/b></p>
The Lie: A Memoir of Two Marriages, Catfishing & Coming Out
by William Dameron

Language

English

Pages

266

Publication Date

July 01, 2019

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<p><b>A candid memoir of denial, stolen identities, betrayal, faking it, and coming out.</b></p><p><i>Do you know me?</i>, the email began, sparking tremors of fear that turned into a full quake of panic when William Dameron discovered that his selfie had been stolen by strangers. On social networks and dating sites, his image and identity鈥攁 forty-year-old straight white male鈥攈ad been used to hook countless women into believing in lies of love and romance. Was it all an ironic cosmic joke? Almost a decade prior, William himself had been living a lie that had lasted for more than twenty years. His secret? He was a gay man, a fact he hid from his wife and two daughters for almost as long as he had hidden it from himself.</p><p>In this emotional and unflinchingly honest memoir of coming out of the closet late in life, owning up to the past, and facing the future, William Dameron confronts steroid addiction, the shame and homophobia of his childhood, the sledgehammer of secrets that slowly tore his marriage apart, and his love for a gay father of three that would once again challenge the boundaries of trust. At the true heart of <i>The Lie</i> is a universal story about turning self-doubt into self-acceptance and about pain, anger, and the long journey of both seeking and giving forgiveness.</p>
Sontag: Her Life and Work
by Benjamin Moser

Language

English

Pages

793

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<p><strong>One of the <em>New York Times鈥?lt;/em> 17 New Books to Watch For in September </strong></p><p><strong>One of the <em>Washington Post</em>鈥檚 Ten Books to Read this September</strong></p><p><strong>One of <em>O magazine</em>鈥檚 18 Must-Read Books of Fall 2019</strong></p><p></p><p><strong>The definitive portrait of one of the American Century鈥檚 most towering聽intellectuals: her writing and her radical thought, her public activism and her hidden private face</strong><br /><br />No writer is as emblematic of the American twentieth century as Susan Sontag. Mythologized and misunderstood, lauded and loathed, a girl from the suburbs who became a proud symbol of cosmopolitanism, Sontag left a legacy of writing on art and politics, feminism and homosexuality, celebrity and style, medicine and drugs, radicalism and Fascism and Freudianism and Communism and Americanism, that forms an indispensable key to modern culture. She was there when the Cuban Revolution began, and when the Berlin Wall came down; in Vietnam under American bombardment, in wartime Israel, in besieged Sarajevo. She was in New York when artists tried to resist the tug of money鈥攁nd when many gave in. No writer negotiated as many worlds; no serious writer had as many glamorous lovers. <em>Sontag</em> tells these stories and examines the work upon which her reputation was based. It explores the agonizing insecurity behind the formidable public face: the broken relationships, the struggles with her sexuality, that animated鈥攁nd undermined鈥攈er writing. And it shows her attempts to respond to the cruelties and absurdities of a country that had lost its way, and her conviction that fidelity to high culture was an activism of its own.聽</p><p></p>Utilizing hundreds of interviews conducted from Maui to Stockholm and from London to Sarajevo鈥攁nd featuring nearly one hundred images鈥?lt;em>Sontag</em> is the first book based on the writer鈥檚 restricted archives, and on access to many people who have never before spoken about Sontag, including Annie Leibovitz. It is a definitive portrait鈥攁 great American novel in the form of a biography.<p></p>
Fifty Days of Solitude: A Memoir
by Doris Grumbach

Language

English

Pages

84

Publication Date

December 02, 2014

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<b>A New York Times Notable Book: To truly understand herself, Doris Grumbach embraces solitude</b><br /><br /> With a busy career as a novelist, essayist, reviewer, and bookstore owner, Doris Grumbach has little opportunity to be alone. However, after seventy-five years on the planet, she finally has her chance: Her partner has departed for an extended book-buying trip, and Grumbach has been given fifty days to relax, think, and write about her experience.<br /> 聽<br /> In this graceful memoir, Grumbach delicately balances the beauty of turning one鈥檚 back on everything with the hardship of complete aloneness. Even as she attends church and collects her mail, she moves like a shadow, speaking to no one. Left only to her books and music in the midst of a Maine winter, she must look within herself for solace. The result of this reflection is a powerful meditation on the meaning of aging, writing, and one鈥檚 own company鈥攁nd reaffirmation of the power of friends and companionship.<br /><br />
Boy Erased: A Memoir
by Garrard Conley

Language

English

Pages

349

Publication Date

May 10, 2016

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<b><b>The<i>聽New York Times聽</i>bestselling memoir about identity, love and understanding. Now a major motion picture聽starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Lucas Hedges, directed by Joel Edgerton. "Every sentence of the story will stir your soul" (<i>O Magazine</i>).</b></b><br /><b> 聽</b><br /> The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality.<br /> 聽<br /> When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to 鈥渃ure鈥?him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalized Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness. <br /> 聽<br /> By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heart-breaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds.
The Fixed Stars
by Molly Wizenberg

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

May 12, 2020

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<b>From a bestselling memoirist, a thoughtful and provocative story of changing identity, complex sexuality, and enduring family relationships</b><br /> 聽<br /> At age 36, while serving on a jury, author Molly Wizenberg found herself drawn to a female attorney she hardly knew. Married to a man for nearly a decade and mother to a toddler, Wizenberg tried to return to her life as she knew it, but something inside her had changed irredeemably. Instead, she would discover that the trajectory of our lives is rarely as smooth or as logical as we鈥檇 like to believe.<br /> 聽<br /> Like many of us, Wizenberg had long understood sexual orientation as a stable part of ourselves: we鈥檙e 鈥渂orn this way.鈥?Suddenly she realized that her story was more complicated. Who was she, she wondered, if something at her very core could change so radically? <i>The Fixed Stars</i> is a taut, electrifying memoir exploring timely and timeless questions about desire, identity, and the limits and possibilities of family. In honest and searing prose, Wizenberg forges a new path: through the murk of separation and divorce, coming out to family and friends, learning to co-parent a young child, and realizing a new vision of love. The result is a frank and moving story about letting go of rigid definitions and ideals that no longer fit, and learning instead who we really are.<br /> 聽

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