Biography & Memoir from our 2018 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2018 Summer Newsletter.

“In Robin, Dave Itzkoff manages to straddle the man and the myth of Robin Williams, all the while helping us see why we fell in love with both. He has written a book about the truth and pain that lies in comedy, and the price paid by a sensitive soul.” —Amy Poehler

Robin Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781627794244
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - May 15th, 2018

Whoever you are, whatever your political leanings, I urge you to read this story of two boys who fled their country, El Salvador, for a better life in the United States. Told with honesty and a lot of heart, The Far Away Brothers chronicles their journey, from their harrowing passage through the desert to their battles with the legal system in order to remain in a country where their lives are unthreatened. - Jax

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The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101906200
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Published: Broadway Books - May 22nd, 2018

This is one of the strangest—and best-written—memoirs I’ve ever read. It tells the story of Michael’s aunt Harriet who, along with her husband Irving, is a very successful screenwriter. (She and Irving wrote Norma Rae, among other big movies.) Because Harriet has no children of her own, and because she senses “great potential” in Michael, she zeroes in on him when he’s still a very young child and essentially steals him (emotionally speaking) from his own family. Great awkwardness and emotional confusion follows. - Rico

The Mighty Franks: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374537807
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 29th, 2018

A lively and engaging biography of the first openly gay man elected to public office in the United States, a man fiercely committed to protecting all minorities. “Meticulously researched and beautifully written, Lillian Faderman’s Harvey Milk is a revelation. This insightful work provides context to Milk’s life as a gay icon and illuminates how his experience was deeply informed by his own Jewish identity.”—Cleve Jones

Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death (Jewish Lives) Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780300222616
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Published: Yale University Press - May 22nd, 2018

This book is laugh-out-loud amazing! Ramsey tells her story of being boosted suddenly into the limelight via YouTube and of all of the good (and bad) things she was able to use her platform to discuss. For those who are struggling to learn about the racial morass this country finds itself in, or wanting to find a way to speak compassionately to those who are a little dumb about it, this is the book for you. - Jax

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Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781538761038
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 22nd, 2018

Tessa Fontaine’s The Electric Woman is enthralling. Moving between the sustained emergency of a collapse in her mother’s health, the complicated, flawed relationship she has with her mother, and her 5 months as a crew member in the traveling sideshow the World of Wonders, Fontaine writes of the layer after layer of heartache and grind. With lovely, clear prose, she invites the reader in to her attempts to explore and escape reality through the hard and fascinating traveling sideshow life. A tenderly written, captivating memoir. - Chorel

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The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374158378
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Published: Farrar Straus and Giroux - May 1st, 2018

Right off the bat, I felt a connection with Paul, who keeps a journal to track her books. I’m fantastically obsessed with doing this (I have a database! she admits nerdily). Each chapter is centered around a book that has made a difference in her life at one time or another. What I particularly enjoyed is that you don’t have to have read each mentioned book to relate. Perfect for any bibliophile. - Karena

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My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250182548
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Published: Picador USA - May 1st, 2018

“Here, Gabourey Sidibe cements her status as gives-zero-effs queen of Hollywood and perceptive best friend in your head. Frank, funny, and insanely charming, these stories reveal the girl behind the gown and show Hollywood for what it really is: A wet t-shirt contest of an industry that sometimes redeems itself by picking the right star. Gabby is that star, and you'll root for her on every page—we are blessed by her honesty, passion and wit.” —Lena Dunham

This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781328915801
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Published: Mariner Books - May 1st, 2018

 

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