Memoir

Splinters (Staff Pick)

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Splinters: Another Kind of Love Story By Leslie Jamison Cover Image
$23.20
ISBN: 9780316374880
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 20th, 2024

Last year around this time I was raving about You Could Make This Place Beautiful by Maggie Smith. This year it's Leslie Jamison's Splinters, a tribute to the author's love for her young daughter and a perceptive reflection on the competing desires and identities that come with being a woman and a mother.

- Katie


The Book of Disquiet (Staff Pick)

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The Book of Disquiet: The Complete Edition By Fernando Pessoa, Jerónimo Pizarro (Editor), Margaret Jull Costa (Translated by) Cover Image
By Fernando Pessoa, Jerónimo Pizarro (Editor), Margaret Jull Costa (Translated by)
$22.36
ISBN: 9780811226936
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Published: New Directions - August 29th, 2017

"The ultimate futility of all accomplishment, the fascination of loneliness, the way sorrow colors our perception of the world"--so Pessoa's "favorite themes" have been described. Compliment with Richard Zenith's translation for Penguin Classics and his Pessoa: A Biography, both also 20% off this month.

- James


Facing down the Furies (Staff Pick)

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Facing Down the Furies: Suicide, the Ancient Greeks, and Me By Edith Hall Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780300273533
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Published: Yale University Press - March 19th, 2024

An extremely difficult topic for both personal and societal reasons, and yet impacts an increasing percentage of the population in some way. I rarely find books that I felt like addressed suicide with the combination of compassion and intellect that I need in this case. This book, however, joined my short list of titles I would recommend.

- Stacey


The Lonely City (Staff Pick)

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The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone By Olivia Laing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250118035
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Published: Picador - June 6th, 2017

"You can be lonely anywhere, but there is a particular flavour to the loneliness that comes from living in a city, surrounded by millions of people.” By exploring the private lives of prolific artists who used loneliness as a lens through which to view the world and art as a vehicle to express this confusing, complicated, and paradoxical emotion, Olivia Laing takes a closer look into the meaningful ways in which loneliness shapes our understanding of humanity.

- Cindy


Dolls of Our Lives (Staff Pick)

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Dolls of Our Lives: Why We Can't Quit American Girl By Mary Mahoney, Allison Horrocks Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250792839
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - November 7th, 2023

This nonfiction text examines the history of American Girl from the three dolls that started it all to where it stands in the modern age through research, personal accounts, travelogues, and interviews regarding this beloved brand.

- Kaliisha


Notes from a Dead House (Staff Pick)

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Notes from a Dead House (Everyman's Library Classics Series) By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by) Cover Image
By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
$24.00
ISBN: 9780307959614
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Published: Everyman's Library - February 2nd, 2021

Memoir loosely disguised as fiction. A lesser read text, but one that is nevertheless central to understanding Dostoevsky. Highly praised by Tolstoy. Pair with Notes from Underground and Crime and Punishment.

- James


I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes With Death (Staff Pick)

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I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death By Maggie O'Farrell Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525436058
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Published: Vintage - March 26th, 2019

This memoir will have you white knuckling the pages the whole way through. O'Farrell is a genius with her words as she recounts the death experiences she has faced throughout her life.

- Jane


Another Appalachia (Staff Pick)

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Another Appalachia: Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place By Neema Avashia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781952271427
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Published: West Virginia University Press - March 1st, 2022

Avashia's writing is a gentle reminder of the beautiful nuance that exists within each person's identity, even as it can be fraught with complication. She writes with raw honesty about what it means to have grown up queer, Indian, Hindu, and a woman in the mountains of West Virginia. If you identify with her story, you will delight in the camaraderie of shared experience as well as her unique style. And if you don't identify, you will delight in her insight, wit, and defiant resilience.

- Meghan: Writer in Residence


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