Biography, Memoir, & Belles-Lettres

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They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us
Essays
Hanif Abdurraqib
"THIS IS MY FAVORITE COLLECTION OF ESSAYS RIGHT NOW. IF YOU DON'T APPRECIATE HANIF ABDURRAQIB, YOU'RE NOT MY FRIEND! --Recommended by Jared
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Men Explain Things To Me
Rebecca Solnit
In her comic, scathing essay, "Men Explain Things to Me," Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don't, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works.
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Race Man
Selected Works, 1960-2015
Julian Bond, Michael G. Long
Newsweek, Lit Hub, The Philadelphia Inquirer,and The Atlanta Journal Constitution pick Race Man by Julian Bond as one of their Most-Anticipated Books of 2020!
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In the Dream House
A Memoir
Carmen Maria Machado
In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado's engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. ––Recommended by Stacey
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Surrealism
Inside the Magnetic Fields
Penelope Rosemont
A series of personal and historical encounters with surrealism from one of its foremost practitioners in the United States.
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Year of the Monkey
Patti Smith
"Whether induced by dreams or reality, Patti Smith's keen observations—gleaned from her year's-long travelogue—applies a soothing balm on the chaos of our crazed political moment. In addition, her coffee habit also reassures me that I am not alone."––Recommended by Stacey
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The Yellow House
Sarah M. Broom
A brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East.
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Troublemaker for Justice
The Story of Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the March on Washington
Jacqueline Houtman, Michael G. Long, Walter Naegle
This biography of Bayard Rustin for young readers depicts his life of nonviolent activism and resistance.
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Trick Mirror
Reflections on Self-Delusion
From The New Yorker's beloved cultural critic comes a bold, unflinching collection of essays about self-deception, examining everything from scammer culture to reality television. - Recommended by Emma
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The Grave on the Wall
Brandon Shimoda
A memoir and book of mourning, a grandson's attempt to reconcile his own uncontested citizenship with his grandfather's lifelong struggle.
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Tosh
Growing Up in Wallace Berman's World
Tosh Berman
The triumphs and tragedies of growing up as the son of a famous Beat artist.
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Cat
Leonard Michaels
"You look at a cat, and it looks at you. You have the scary idea that a cat is a kind of person. You look more carefully and let the cat's eyes tell you what it sees. It sees you are a kind of cat."
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Retablos
Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border
Octavio Solis
Octavio Solis's memoir about growing up at the U.S./Mexico border. Recommended three times by the NY Times, and called one of the best books of the year by Buzzfeed.
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Torn from the World
A Guerrilla's Escape from a Secret Prison in Mexico
John Gibler
The real-life story of a political insurgent who was disappeared and tortured by the Mexican Army and miraculously escaped to tell the tale.

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