Memoir

BECOMING EVE

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Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman By Abby Stein Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781580059169
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Published: Seal Press - November 12th, 2019

Abby Stein’s memoir is an engaging story of growing up as a queer person (a trans woman, specifically) in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. Funny, heartbreaking, and always compassionate, this is a great read for anyone interested in trans life stories, intersections between queerness and religion, or communal responses to trauma.

 

Sacha Lamb, Writer in Residence for Young Readers


Go to Sleep (I Miss You)

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Go to Sleep (I Miss You): Cartoons from the Fog of New Parenthood By Lucy Knisley Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250211491
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Published: First Second - February 25th, 2020

 

Knisley collects a series of short,1-page comics- drawn amidst the insanity of parenting. Perfect reading for those long howling sessions or days when you just need a commiserating laugh.

Marika 


Ungrateful Refugee

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The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You By Dina Nayeri Cover Image
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Published: Catapult - September 3rd, 2019

 

A refugee who escaped Iran under threat of religious persecution in 1989, Dina Nayeri writes with lyricism and incredible clarity about the refugee experience. She weaves her own story in with those of fellow Iranian refugees, as well those waiting in the camps in Greece today to show the insidious power of Western privilege, the hopelessness of the asylum seeker, and to make the plea for dignity for the misplaced. A necessary read.

Meaghan


The Guynd

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The Guynd: Love & Other Repairs in Rural Scotland By Belinda Rathbone Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781567926583
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - September 26th, 2019

 

If you like to learn about other people’s cultural heritage, or if you just like poking around their homes (by invitation!), this is the book for you. The perfect read for a winter’s day, I could not put it down. 

Robin


It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime

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It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers) By Trevor Noah Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525582168
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Published: Delacorte Press - April 9th, 2019

 

A thoroughly astonishing and enlightening life story, that will make you see the world with more open-mindedness and humor. The best non-fiction book I've ever purchased for my kids, thrilling stories and perspective. Best for ages 11 and up.

Molly


Wild Life: Dispatches from a Childhood of Baboons and Button-Downs

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Wild Life: Dispatches from a Childhood of Baboons and Button-Downs By Keena Roberts Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781538745151
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 12th, 2019

 

Keena Roberts split her childhood between a private school in Philadelphia and "Baboon Camp," a remote island in Botswana where her primatologist parents worked several months out of the year. Her resulting memoir, a story of a fish-out-of-water girl most comfortable with animals, is funny, touching, and deeply compelling.

Rebecca


It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime

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It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers) By Trevor Noah Cover Image
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Published: Delacorte Press - April 9th, 2019

 

A thoroughly astonishing and enlightening life story, that will make you see the world with more open-mindedness and humor. The best non-fiction book I've ever purchased for my kids, thrilling stories and perspective. Best for ages 11 and up.

Molly


I Will Never See the World Again

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I Will Never See the World Again: The Memoir of an Imprisoned Writer By Ahmet Altan, Yasemin Congar (Translated by) Cover Image
By Ahmet Altan, Yasemin Congar (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781590519929
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Published: Other Press - October 1st, 2019

 

Altan, one of contemporary Turkey’s most important writers, currently serving a life sentence on trumped up charges by Erdogan’s  brutish authoritarian regime, has written this profoundly moving prison memoir that ultimately is an expression of the triumph of the human spirit and imagination.

Dale


Leaving the Witness

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Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life By Amber Scorah Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735222540
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Published: Viking - June 4th, 2019

 

This is the rare book where the mundane details of life put you on the edge of your seat. Equal parts thrilling and thoughtful, Scorah's memoir is the first time I've seen my own experience living overseas reflected pitch-perfectly on the page. A timely reminder that sometimes it's easier to find ourselves in words than it is in the culture around us.

Caleb


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