Memoir

Girlhood

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Girlhood By Melissa Febos Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635579314
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - May 24th, 2022

For devotees of Machado's In the Dream House and Nelson's The Argonauts, Febos's coming-of-age memoir is also an interpolation of myth, psychoanalysis, and other women's stories. Focusing on the aggressions (against herself and others) that all too often lead to internalized patriarchal values, shame, and learned passivity, she also tells a story of empowerment as she finds herself as a queer woman, dominatrix, and fierce defender of her own sense of agency.

Rachael


Messy Roots

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Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American By Laura Gao, Laura Gao (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Laura Gao, Laura Gao (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780063067769
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Published: Balzer + Bray - March 8th, 2022

This graphic memoir about Laura Gao's experience as a queer immigrant from Wuhan to Texas is great — funny, infuriating, and heart wrenching in turns, with a really smart and compelling approach to rendering bilingual conversation. Throw in Laura Gao and Weiwei Xu's expressive lines, gorgeous palettes, and energetic composition, and you've got a really lovely comic!

Piera


The Liar's Club

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The Liars' Club: A Memoir By Mary Karr Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143035749
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Published: Penguin Books - May 31st, 2005

As someone who’s been a skeptic of memoirs, The Liar’s Club helped remind me of the power that they can carry. Mary Karr wrote it beautifully and with an often dark sense of humor.  Reading her work was a simultaneously heavy and uplifting experience, that I highly recommend.

Seamus


Red Paint

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Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk By Sasha LaPointe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781640094147
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Published: Counterpoint - March 8th, 2022

There are as many ways to heal as there are to be broken, as many ways to be strong as there are challenges to face. Lapointe's memoir of trauma, relationships, punk rock, and heritage is the powerful story of a woman defining and redefining herself into the person whose life would honor her ancestors, thrive in her present, and stride strongly into her future.

Josh


In the Dream House

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In the Dream House: A Memoir By Carmen Maria Machado Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781644450383
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Published: Graywolf Press - December 1st, 2020

In terms of form this is one of the most unique memoirs that I've read. In terms of content, Machado addresses queer domestic abuse in all of its totality and nuance while holding the reader in the palm of her hand.

Jane


What Wasn't I Thinking?

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What Wasn't I Thinking?: A Memoir of Rebellion, Madness, and My Mother By Sebastian Stuart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781637603635
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Published: Querelle Press - June 21st, 2021

Provacative.  Moving.  At times funny and irreverent, author and playwright Sebastian Stuart's book  - What Wasn't I Thinking?  takes us back to his early life in New York, his college days in 1970's San Francisco and importantly to the relationship with his beloved cousin Tina.  A memoir, an autobiography, a chronicle of times past - this book is a triumph for its author.

Nathan


Boyz n the Void

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Boyz n the Void: a mixtape to my brother By G'Ra Asim Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807059487
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Published: Beacon Press - May 11th, 2021

Written as a mixtape to his younger brother, Asim’s book is a punk rock Between the World & Me. Through the music of bands like Anti-Flag, Bad Religion, and Operation Ivy Asim explores a complicated network of identity in ways that offer insights into broader ideas of culture, music, and race. Thoughtful and provocative, Boyz in the Void is a great exploration of how we become the people we are. 

Josh


A Ghost in the Throat

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A Ghost in the Throat By Doireann Ní Ghríofa Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781771964111
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Published: Biblioasis - June 1st, 2021

A Ghost in the Throat is a seance, summoning a keening woman drinking the blood of her murdered husband in handful gulps, the time both devoured and enriched by daily tasks, the haggard old woman who watches over so many last moments. This is a genealogy, a book-length translator's introduction, a bonfire. Ni Ghroifa's investigation of a famous Irish poem and its neglected author digs into the flesh of motherhood, womanhood, history, language, and poetry.  A truly astonishing achievement.

Josh


While I Was Away

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While I Was Away By Waka T. Brown Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063017115
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Published: Quill Tree Books - January 26th, 2021

When Waka's mom suspects that she may be losing touch with her Japanese heritage and language, Waka is sent to live with her grandmother in Tokyo for a few months. This is a delightful memoir about trying to fit into the culture you were born into and the culture you've been brought up in, and finding harmony between the two.

Sinny


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