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Memoir/Essays

Poet Warrior: A Memoir By Joy Harjo Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780393248524
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 7th, 2021

National bestseller
An ALA Notable Book

Three-term poet laureate Joy Harjo offers a vivid, lyrical, and inspiring call for love and justice in this contemplation of her trailblazing life.


Somebody's Daughter: A Memoir By Ashley C. Ford Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250305978
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Published: Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book - June 1st, 2021

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
NBCC John Leonard Prize Finalist
Indie Bestseller

“This is a book people will be talking about forever.”
Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Untamed


Southbound: Essays on Identity, Inheritance, and Social Change By Anjali Enjeti Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780820360065
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Published: University of Georgia Press - April 15th, 2021

A move at age ten from a Detroit suburb to Chattanooga in 1984 thrusts Anjali Enjeti into what feels like a new world replete with Confederate flags, Bible verses, and whiteness. It is here that she learns how to get her bearings as a mixed-race brown girl in the Deep South and begins to understand how identity can inspire, inform, and shape a commitment to activism.


House of Sticks: A Memoir By Ly Tran Cover Image
By Ly Tran
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501118814
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Published: Scribner - June 1st, 2021

New York City Book Awards Hornblower Award Winner

One of Vogue and NPR’s Best Books of the Year

This beautifully written “masterclass in memoir” (Elle) recounts a young girls journey from war-torn Vietnam to Queens, New York, “showcas[ing] the tremendous power we have to alter the fates of others, step into their


Bird Uncaged: An Abolitionist's Freedom Song By Marlon Peterson Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781645036517
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Published: Bold Type Books - April 13th, 2021

From a leading prison abolitionist, a moving memoir about coming of age in Brooklyn and surviving incarceration—and a call to break free from all the cages that confine us.
 
Marlon Peterson grew up in 1980s Crown Heights, raised by Trinidadian immigrants.


Dear Memory: Letters on Writing, Silence, and Grief By Victoria Chang Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781571313928
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 12th, 2021

A Kirkus Best Book of October 2021

From poet Victoria Chang, a collection of literary letters and mementos on the art of remembering across generations.


Unfollow Me: Essays on Complicity By Jill Louise Busby Cover Image
$26.00
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ISBN: 9781635577112
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 7th, 2021

An intimate, impertinent, and incisive collection about race, progress, and hypocrisy from Jill Louise Busby, aka Jillisblack.


Graceland, at Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache from the American South By Margaret Renkl Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781571311849
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 14th, 2021

Winner of the 2022 Southern Book Prize

Winner of the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

An Indie Next Selection for September 2021

A Book Marks Best Reviewed Essay Collection of 2021

A Literary Hub Most Anticipated Book of 2021


A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance By Hanif Abdurraqib Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984801197
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Published: Random House - March 30th, 2021

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • A sweeping, genre-bending “masterpiece” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) exploring Black art, music, and culture in all their glory and complexity—from Soul Train, Aretha Franklin, and James Brown to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Whitney Houston, and Beyoncé


The Breaks By Julietta Singh Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566896160
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 7th, 2021

A profound meditation on race, inheritance, and queer mothering at the end of the world.


You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience By Tarana Burke (Editor), Brené Brown (Editor) Cover Image
By Tarana Burke (Editor), Brené Brown (Editor)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593243626
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Published: Random House - April 27th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Tarana Burke and Dr. Brené Brown bring together a dynamic group of Black writers, organizers, artists, academics, and cultural figures to discuss the topics the two have dedicated their lives to understanding and teaching: vulnerability and shame resilience.


Crying in H Mart: A Memoir By Michelle Zauner Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525657743
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Published: Knopf - April 20th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • From the indie rock sensation known as Japanese Breakfast, an unforgettable memoir about family, food, grief, love, and growing up Korean American—“in losing her mother and cooking to bring her back to life, Zauner became herself” (NPR) • CELEBRATING OVER ONE YEAR ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER LIST


On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint By Maggie Nelson Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781644450628
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 7th, 2021

Named a Most Anticipated/Best Book of the Month by: NPR * USA Today * Time * Washington Post * Vulture * Women’s Wear Daily * Bustle * LitHub * The Millions * Vogue * Nylon * Shondaland * Chicago Review of Books * The Guardian * Los Angeles Times * Kirkus * Publishers Weekly


The Essential June Jordan By June Jordan, Jan Heller Levi (Editor), Christoph Keller (Editor) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781556596209
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - May 4th, 2021

Honored as a Best Book of 2021 by Publishers Weekly


Greedy: Notes from a Bisexual Who Wants Too Much By Jen Winston Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781982179175
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Published: Atria Books - October 5th, 2021

A hilarious and whip-smart collection of essays, offering an intimate look at bisexuality, gender, and, of course, sex. Perfect for fans of Lindy West, Samantha Irby, and Rebecca Solnit—and anyone who wants, and deserves, to be seen.

If Jen Winston knows one thing for sure, it’s that she’s bisexual. Or wait—maybe she isn’t? Actually, she definitely is.


Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing: Essays By Lauren Hough Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780593080764
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Published: Vintage - April 13th, 2021

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • "A memoir in essays about so many things—growing up in an abusive cult, coming of age as a lesbian in the military, forced out by homophobia, living on the margins as a working class woman and what it’s like to grow into the person you are meant to be.


Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir By Akwaeke Emezi Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593329191
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 8th, 2021

FEATURED ON THE COVER OF TIME MAGAZINE AS A 2021 NEXT GENERATION LEADER

A once-in-a-generation voice.” – Vulture


“One of our greatest living writers.” – Shondaland


Damaged Like Me: Essays on Love, Harm, and Transformation By Kimberly Dark Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781849354141
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Published: AK Press - June 29th, 2021

That which damages us can make us stronger, smarter, more compassionate, and ready to build something better.


Girlhood By Melissa Febos Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781635572520
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 30th, 2021

National Book Critics Circle Award Winner
National Bestseller
Lambda Literary Award Finalist

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY TIME * NPR * The Washington Post * Kirkus Reviews * Washington Independent Review of Books * The Millions * Electric Literature * Ms Magazine * Entropy Magazine * Largehearted Boy * Passerbuys


Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement By Tarana Burke Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250621733
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Published: Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book - September 14th, 2021

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"Searing. Powerful. Needed." —Oprah

“Sometimes a single story can change the world. Unbound is one of those stories.
Tarana’s words are a testimony to liberation and love.” —Brené Brown


Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning By Cathy Park Hong Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984820389
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Published: One World - March 2nd, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • ONE OF TIME’S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE • A ruthlessly honest, emotionally charged, and utterly original exploration of Asian American consciousness


The Fixed Stars By Molly Wizenberg Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781419747892
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Published: Abrams Press - August 3rd, 2021

From a bestselling writer, an intense and moving memoir about changing identity, complex sexuality, and enduring family relationships—now in paperback
  At age 36, while serving on a jury, author Molly Wizenberg found herself drawn to a female attorney.


Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir By Rebecca Solnit Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593083345
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Published: Penguin Books - March 9th, 2021

Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Biography
Longlisted for The Orwell Prize for Political Writing

An electric portrait of the artist as a young woman that asks how a writer finds her voice in a society that prefers women to be silent, from the author of Orwell's Roses


Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist By Judith Heumann, Kristen Joiner Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807002803
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Published: Beacon Press - February 23rd, 2021

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year for Nonfiction

"...an essential and engaging look at recent disability history."— Buzzfeed

One of the most influential disability rights activists in US history tells her personal story of fighting for the right to receive an education, have a job, and just be human.


See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love By Valarie Kaur Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525509110
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Published: One World - September 7th, 2021

An urgent manifesto and a dramatic memoir of awakening, this is the story of revolutionary love.

Finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize • “In a world stricken with fear and turmoil, Valarie Kaur shows us how to summon our deepest wisdom.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love
 


Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir By Natasha Trethewey Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062248589
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Published: Ecco - June 1st, 2021

An Instant New York Times Bestseller 

A New York Times Notable Book 

One of Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2020


In the Dream House: A Memoir By Carmen Maria Machado Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450383
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Published: Graywolf Press - December 1st, 2020

A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of Her Body and Other Parties


The Selected Works of Audre Lorde By Audre Lorde, Roxane Gay (Editor), Roxane Gay (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Audre Lorde, Roxane Gay (Editor), Roxane Gay (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781324004615
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 8th, 2020

A definitive selection of Audre Lorde’s "intelligent, fierce, powerful, sensual, provocative, indelible" (Roxane Gay) prose and poetry, for a new generation of readers.


How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: Essays By Kiese Laymon Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781982170820
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Published: Scribner - November 10th, 2020

A New York Times Notable Book

A revised collection with thirteen essays, including six new to this edition and seven from the original edition, by the “star in the American literary firmament, with a voice that is courageous, honest, loving, and singularly beautiful” (NPR).

Brilliant and uncompromising, piercing and funny, How to Slowly Kill Your