My Year of Running Dangerously

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My Year of Running Dangerously: A Dad, a Daughter, and a Ridiculous Plan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399175473
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Published: Blue Rider Press - October 6th, 2015

One man's (somewhat) harebrained decision to train for a marathon with his 18-year-old daughter results in a rekindled love for his family, running, and life. Foreman's prose is light hearted, funny, and informative. It's almost enough to make me want to get back on the trail myself!



Coming To My Senses

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Coming to My Senses: A Story of Perfume, Pleasure, and an Unlikely Bride Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143123385
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Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2013

Harad's unexpected love affair with perfume is meandering, sensual, and captivating, with prose so rich you'll be able to smell the scents on the page.I (a perfume skeptic) loved this memoir enough to get curious about perfume myself!




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ISBN: 9781250060242
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 12th, 2015

In prose as sparse and rugged as the Lakeland fells, Rebanks takes us through the year of sheep farming in this idyllic corner of Britain. A memoir of the hardships of the farming life, it is also a moving testament to the value of tradition, rural community, and shared land over tourism and cultural urbanism.




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ISBN: 9780062313775
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Published: Ecco - June 23rd, 2015

The inaugural poet Blanco’s memoir of his childhood in Miami is both a quintessentially American immigrant family story and his own singular story of his awakening to his identity as a young gay man. Warm, tenderhearted, and often hilarious, Blanco captures the unique essence of the Cuban exile community in which he grew up.




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By Sergio Pitol, George Henson (Translator), Enrique Vila-Matas (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781941920060
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - March 17th, 2015

A meditation on travel, literature, writing, politics and culture, The Art of Flight is the long overdue introduction of one of the great living Mexican writers to American readers. Part memoir, part travelogue, part something else, this book is a must for writers and others interested in creativity or thoughtful considerations of ways of being. Also great for fans of The Empathy Exams, The Argonauts, and, oddly, Knaussgaard's My Struggle.




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ISBN: 9780393239133
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 16th, 2015

WARNING: This book will make you want to quit your job! MacLaughlin describes how she tired of her desk job, and without experience responded to a craigslist job posting to be a contractor's/carpenter's assistant. This is an excellent blend of various styles of essays, and it's fun to read about the Boston area homes she has worked in. My favorite aspect is that MacLaughlin doesn't stress 'do what you love' so much as 'do what feels important'.



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ISBN: 9780385538985
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Published: Doubleday Books - April 7th, 2015

Through smart, funny, irreverent, and thoughtful diary entries, Julavits turns the mundane into mini meditations on self, art, family, and the passing of time (and occasionally reality TV and Maine yard sale politics). I was constantly thinking yes, exactly that or laughing out loud while reading.


Leaving Before the Rains Come

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ISBN: 9781594205866
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Published: Penguin Press - January 22nd, 2015

Fans of Alexandra Fuller will delight in hearing about the latest difficult chapter in her life which is told with the same candor and humor as her previous memoirs. And for new readers, you are in for a treat. Fuller has a unique ability to grab your heart and not let go.



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