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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GROUNDWORK ' AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL WRITINGS
Autobiographical Writings, 1979-2012
Paul Auster
An updated collection of nonfiction, including the seminal work The Invention of Solitude, from Man Booker Prize Finalist Paul Auster.
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Figure It Out
Essays
Wayne Koestenbaum
A collection of intimate reflections (on art, punctuation, eyeglasses, color, dreams, celebrity, corpses, porn, and translation) and "assignments" that encourage pleasure, attentiveness, and acts of playful making, from the mischievous, munificent, extraordinary mind of legendary public intellectual.
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Ornette Coleman
The Territory and the Adventure
Maria Golia
The compelling story of one of America's most adventurous musicians and the sound of a changing world.
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Little Boy
A Novel
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Recommended by Stacey

From the famed publisher and poet, author of the million-copy-selling collection A Coney Island of the Mind, his literary last will and testament -- part autobiography, part summing up, part Beat-inflected torrent of language and feeling, and all magical.

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The Eye You See with
Selected Nonfiction
Robert Stone, Madison Smartt Bell
The definitive collection of nonfiction--from war reporting to literary criticism to the sharpest political writing--from the "legend of American letters" (Vanity Fair).
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Race Man
Selected Works, 1960-2015
Julian Bond, Michael G. Long
Looking for inspiration? 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
Recommended by Stacey

"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."

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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
Recommended by Stacey

"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."

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Axiomatic
Maria Tumarkin
Recommended by Christopher P.

"An intense and relentless examination of the effects of trauma and history on lives, collectively, individually, her own and others'. A New Yorker Best Book of 2019, A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019, and a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist."

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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
Searching for an uplifting book for kids? 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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