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Sarah's Picks

Hello! I'm Sarah, the co-owner of Women & Children First. I read personal essay collections, memoir, and contemporary fiction. I love local and emerging authors! 

True Biz: A Novel By Sara Novic Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593241509
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Published: Random House - April 5th, 2022

Easy Beauty: A Memoir By Chloé Cooper Jones Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982151997
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2022

Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative By Melissa Febos Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781646220854
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Published: Catapult - March 15th, 2022

Olga Dies Dreaming: A Novel By Xochitl Gonzalez Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250786173
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 4th, 2022

No One Is Talking About This: A Novel By Patricia Lockwood Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593189597
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 15th, 2022

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina: A Novel By Zoraida Córdova Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982102555
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Published: Atria Books - July 5th, 2022

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

Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness (Pantheon Graphic Library) By Kristen Radtke Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781524748067
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Published: Pantheon - July 13th, 2021

The Night Watchman: A Novel By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780062671196
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 23rd, 2021

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

The Cold Millions: A Novel By Jess Walter Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780062868091
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 5th, 2021

Detransition, Baby: A Novel By Torrey Peters Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593133385
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Published: One World - October 5th, 2021

The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories By Danielle Evans Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593189450
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 9th, 2021

This short story collection builds and builds until it reaches a powerful crescendo of a novella that is a flat-out knockout! Sharp, funny, sexy, topical, and contemporary in a way that is savvy and earned. Evans' voice is steely and bold as her various, richly developed narrators--predominantly young women of color--navigate issues of race, grief, and sacrifice.


Leave the World Behind: A Novel By Rumaan Alam Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062667649
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Published: Ecco - November 23rd, 2021

LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND is an immersive and unnerving page-turner that opens with a family arriving at an idyllic vacation house far away from their NYC apartment. Late one night, a knock at the door catapults the story into an unexpected direction that brims with suspense along with meditations on race, privilege, and what we owe one another.


Golem Girl: A Memoir By Riva Lehrer Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781984820327
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Published: One World - October 26th, 2021

GOLEM GIRL is a triumph! Too often disability narrative canonize, normalize, or sanitize their subjects. GOLEM GIRL by local author and visual artist Riva Lehrer is a crisp, powerful, vulnerable, messy departure from the typical. Detailing living with Spina bifida through the relationships that formed her, Riva's writing is as stunning as her artwork. (One of my Top Five Books of 2020) -Sarah


The Death of Vivek Oji: A Novel By Akwaeke Emezi Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525541622
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 25th, 2021

Having and Being Had By Eula Biss Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525537465
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 31st, 2021

The Vanishing Half: A Novel By Brit Bennett Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525536963
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 1st, 2022

Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) By Bernardine Evaristo Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802156983
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - November 5th, 2019

Breasts and Eggs By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator) Cover Image
By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781609456702
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Published: Europa Editions - March 23rd, 2021

Writers & Lovers By Lily King Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802148544
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Published: Grove Press - February 16th, 2021

Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life By Lulu Miller Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781501160349
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 6th, 2021

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End By Atul Gawande Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250076229
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Published: Picador - September 5th, 2017

Nothing to See Here By Kevin Wilson Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062913494
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Published: Ecco - September 1st, 2020

Disappearing Earth By Julia Phillips Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525436225
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Published: Vintage - April 7th, 2020

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

Red at the Bone: A Novel By Jacqueline Woodson Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525535287
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 1st, 2020

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Such a Fun Age By Kiley Reid Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525541912
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 20th, 2021

How to Be an Antiracist By Ibram X. Kendi Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525509288
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Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

Miracle Creek: A Novel By Angie Kim Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250251305
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Published: Picador - April 7th, 2020

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Confessions of the Fox: A Novel By Jordy Rosenberg Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399592287
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Published: One World - March 5th, 2019

The Seep By Chana Porter Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781641292153
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Published: Soho Press - December 8th, 2020

Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel By Taylor Jenkins Reid Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781524798642
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 4th, 2020

The Dutch House: A Novel By Ann Patchett Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780062963680
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 5th, 2021

Trust Exercise: A Novel By Susan Choi Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250231260
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 5th, 2020

On Division: A Novel By Goldie Goldbloom Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250757968
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Published: Picador - December 1st, 2020

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel By Ocean Vuong Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525562047
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 2021

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations By Mira Jacob Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780399589065
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Published: One World - March 24th, 2020

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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

Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos By Lucy Knisley, Lucy Knisley (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lucy Knisley, Lucy Knisley (Illustrator)
$19.99
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ISBN: 9781626728080
Published: First Second - February 26th, 2019

Women Talking: (Movie Tie-in) By Miriam Toews Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781635574340
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 3rd, 2020

Heavy: An American Memoir By Kiese Laymon Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501125669
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Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2019

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism By Dr. Robin DiAngelo, Michael Eric Dyson (Foreword by) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807047415
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Published: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018

Severance: A Novel By Ling Ma Cover Image
By Ling Ma
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250214997
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Published: Picador - May 7th, 2019

The Great Believers: A Novel By Rebecca Makkai Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735223530
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Published: Penguin Books - June 4th, 2019

An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel By Tayari Jones Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616208684
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 5th, 2019

And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready By Meaghan O'Connell Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316393850
Published: Back Bay Books - April 16th, 2019

Emergency Contact By Mary H. K. Choi Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781534408975
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 9th, 2019

The Poet X By Elizabeth Acevedo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062662811
Published: Quill Tree Books - April 7th, 2020

The Reckonings: Essays on Justice for the Twenty-First Century By Lacy M. Johnson Cover Image
$18.99
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ISBN: 9781501159015
Published: Scribner - June 4th, 2019

Future Home of the Living God: A Novel By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062694065
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 13th, 2018

Mean By Myriam Gurba Cover Image
$16.95
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ISBN: 9781566894913
Published: Coffee House Press - November 7th, 2017

Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel By Jesmyn Ward Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501126079
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Published: Scribner - May 8th, 2018

They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us By Hanif Abdurraqib, Eve L. Ewing (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Hanif Abdurraqib, Eve L. Ewing (Foreword by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781937512651
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - November 7th, 2017

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We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: Essays By Samantha Irby Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781101912195
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Published: Vintage - May 30th, 2017

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The Wrong Way to Save Your Life: Essays By Megan Stielstra Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062429209
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 1st, 2017

Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning By Claire Dederer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101970034
Published: Vintage - April 17th, 2018

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781566894951
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters By Emil Ferris Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9781606999592
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Published: Fantagraphics - February 14th, 2017

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Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes By Anne Elizabeth Moore Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781940430881
Published: Curbside Splendor Publishing - May 9th, 2017

Exit West: A Novel By Mohsin Hamid Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735212206
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 27th, 2018

Heat and Light: A Novel By Jennifer Haigh Cover Image
$14.99
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ISBN: 9780061763496
Published: Ecco - February 28th, 2017

Sunshine State: Essays By Sarah Gerard Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062434876
Published: Harper Perennial - April 11th, 2017

The Babysitter at Rest By Jen George Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780997366624
Published: Dorothy, a publishing project - October 17th, 2016

All Grown Up By Jami Attenberg Cover Image
$14.99
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ISBN: 9781328915320
Published: Ecco - March 13th, 2018

Born to Run By Bruce Springsteen Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781501141522
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 5th, 2017

Euphoria By Lily King Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802123701
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Published: Grove Press - April 14th, 2015

Problems By Jade Sharma Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781566894425
Published: Coffee House Press - July 5th, 2016

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Night Moves By Jessica Hopper Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781477317884
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Published: University of Texas Press - September 18th, 2018

NIGHT MOVES is about the homes we build for ourselves through friends, parties, songs, and cigarette smoke. This is a big-hearted love letter to Chicago even when Hopper snarls with sharp critique. This is a book you curl up with on the steps of your third floor walk-up, nodding along with the giddy nostalgia as the loud music from your neighbors' open windows swirls together to make a soundtrack.


The Underground Railroad: A Novel By Colson Whitehead Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780345804327
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Published: Anchor - January 30th, 2018

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Eileen: A Novel By Ottessa Moshfegh Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143128755
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Published: Penguin Books - August 16th, 2016

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The Mothers: A Novel By Brit Bennett Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399184529
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 10th, 2017

Another Brooklyn: A Novel By Jacqueline Woodson Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062359995
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Published: Amistad - May 30th, 2017

Homegoing By Yaa Gyasi Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101971062
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race By Jesmyn Ward Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501126352
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Published: Scribner - June 20th, 2017

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Commonwealth: A Novel By Ann Patchett Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062491831
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 2nd, 2017

My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel By Elizabeth Strout Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812979527
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 11th, 2016

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The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood By Belle Boggs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555977498
Published: Graywolf Press - September 6th, 2016

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Every Kind of Wanting: A Novel By Gina Frangello Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781640090040
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Published: Counterpoint - August 15th, 2017

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Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation By Eli Clare Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780822360315
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Published: Duke University Press - August 7th, 2015

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The Girls: A Novel By Emma Cline Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812988024
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 9th, 2017

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The Telling By Zoe Zolbrod Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781940430744
Published: Curbside Splendor Publishing - May 10th, 2016

Shrill By Lindy West Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316348461
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Published: Hachette Books - February 28th, 2017

So Sad Today: Personal Essays By Melissa Broder Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455562725
Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 15th, 2016

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The Miles Between Me By Toni Nealie Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781940430782
Published: Curbside Splendor Publishing - May 3rd, 2016

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The Turner House By Angela Flournoy Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780544705166
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Published: Mariner Books - March 1st, 2016

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Animals By Emma J Unsworth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781609452896
Published: Europa Editions - October 6th, 2015

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Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs By Sally Mann Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316247757
Published: Back Bay Books - April 26th, 2016

One of my all-time favorite memoirs. Vulnerable and nuanced, Mann's writing is nearly as exquisite as her photographs (also featured in the book). Mann opens up about her in-laws' shocking death, the harrassment that ensued after publishing her controversial "family photographs", her gnawing self-doubt, and her love-hate relationship with the American South. All artists must read this book.


Mosquitoland By David Arnold Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780147513656
Published: Speak - March 1st, 2016

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All My Puny Sorrows By Miriam Toews Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781635574975
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 15th, 2019

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Loving Day: A Novel By Mat Johnson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812983661
Published: One World - September 6th, 2016

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The Argonauts By Maggie Nelson Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977351
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 26th, 2016

Just Kids By Patti Smith Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060936228
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Published: Ecco - November 2nd, 2010

It's difficult to imagine a more perfectly crafted memoir. Patti Smith's opus. A tender masterpiece.


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Bright Lines: A Novel By Tanwi Nandini Islam Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143123132
Published: Penguin Books - August 11th, 2015

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Station Eleven By Emily St. John Mandel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

Men We Reaped: A Memoir By Jesmyn Ward Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781608197651
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 16th, 2014

Bitch Planet Volume 1: Extraordinary Machine By Kelly Sue Deconnick, Robert Wilson IV (Artist), Taki Soma (Artist) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781632153661
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Published: Image Comics - October 20th, 2015

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Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir By Carrie Brownstein Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399184765
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 25th, 2016

Citizen: An American Lyric By Claudia Rankine Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781555976903
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

Required reading for all Americans. The most vital book I read in 2014.


Ongoingness: The End of a Diary By Sarah Manguso Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781555977658
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Published: Graywolf Press - December 6th, 2016

Dept. of Speculation (Vintage Contemporaries) By Jenny Offill Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345806871
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Published: Vintage - October 7th, 2014

Men Explain Things to Me By Rebecca Solnit Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781608464661
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 1st, 2015

What Is Visible: A Novel By Kimberly Elkins Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455528950
Published: Twelve - June 16th, 2015

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Fangirl: A Novel By Rainbow Rowell Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250042613
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Published: Wednesday Books - November 6th, 2018

Eleanor & Park: Exclusive Special Edition By Rainbow Rowell Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250012579
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 26th, 2013

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

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The Empathy Exams: Essays By Leslie Jamison Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555976712
Published: Graywolf Press - April 1st, 2014

Drawing on her own and others' experiences of pain, violence, heartbreak, and addiction, as well as the work of Sontag, Kundera, Didion, and others, Leslie Jamison's extraordinary collection of essays had me tripping over myself to underline especially insightful passages and gasp over quiet revelations. I wanted to press this book into the hands of strangers because I think these questions about how we strive toward, shy away from, and/or deftly perform empathy are necessary--now and always. 


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Once I Was Cool: Personal Essays By Megan Stielstra Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780810143920
Published: Northwestern University Press - August 15th, 2021

In one of the essays in Once I Was Cool, Megan describes going to a Jane's Addiction concert when she was just 16. She describes the moment when the band started playing her song and how she began singing all of the lyrics at the top of her lungs. Then, teenage Megan looks around and sees thousands of people singing the lyrics to her song. The beautiful and powerful humanity of that moment is what I felt rippling through every essay in this incredible collection. READ LOCAL! READ THIS.


Bark: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) By Lorrie Moore Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307740861
Published: Vintage - October 28th, 2014

I binged on these dark short stories that crackle with hilariously biting dialogue! No one talks the way Moore's characters talk, and I can't get enough. One of my favorite writers at her best.  


Tell the Wolves I'm Home: A Novel By Carol Rifka Brunt Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812982855
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - June 4th, 2013

When fourteen-year-old June Elbus loses her beloved uncle Finn to AIDS, she is devastated. At the funeral, she catches sight of a lanky stranger, whom her older sister tells her is Toby--Finn's "special friend" and also his "murderer." Toby doesn't look like a murderer to June, so when he reaches out to befriend her, she decides to accept the invitation. As their friendship grows, June discovers the only other person on earth who seeems to understand why she can't "move on" and forget Finn's death like her mother wants her to. Set in the late 1980s--in the thick of the AIDS crisis--Tell the Wolves I'm Home is a gorgeously written and honest portrait of a young girl's evolving understanding of the different shapes that love can take. June is a robustly "weird" teenager, a romantic, who adores anything related to Medieval times, wears fiercely non-trendy boots and long corduroy skirts, plays alone in the woods, and watches A Room with a View every chance she gets. She will break your heart as she, so vulnerably, navigates through the treacherous middle place between kid and adult. 


The First Bad Man: A Novel By Miranda July Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781439172575
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Published: Scribner - September 8th, 2015

The Liars' Club: A Memoir (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) By Mary Karr, Lena Dunham (Foreword by), Brian Rea (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mary Karr, Lena Dunham (Foreword by), Brian Rea (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143107798
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 10th, 2015

When I think of great memoir, this is the book that first bubbles to mind! This classic is a richly textured story of a mother who feels trapped in small-town Texas and a daughter, the author, who weathers and strives to explain away the neglect and abuse that emerge from her mother's raging distcontent. A story crackling iwth unforgettable voices. 


A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel By Ruth Ozeki Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143124870
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2013

We Need New Names: A Novel By NoViolet Bulawayo Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316230841
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 20th, 2014

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this absorbing story follows a fearless group of young children in Zambabwe. 10-year-old Darling is the effortlessly likeable, sharply clever leader, who runs wild with her friends (Godknows, Bastard, and Chipo to name a few). As they steal guavas and play games like "Find Bin Laden," they also occasionally, solemnly discuss what life was like Before--before the paramilitary came and bulldozed all of their homes, regardless of who was inside. The story follows Darling when she moves to "Destroyed" Michigan, escaping extreme poverty and hunger, only to land in an America nothing like the one she imagined.


Meaty: Essays By Samantha Irby Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525436164
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

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NW: A Novel By Zadie Smith Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143123934
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Published: Penguin Books - August 27th, 2013

Zadie Smith's most invigorating novel yet!  Each of the four sections is helmed by a different narrator, all of whom grew up in Caldwell, a council estate in a low-income area of London. They are now adults living within vastly different income brackets and enjoying different levels of professional and personal happiness. Along with a slew of fully fleshed peripheral characters, the main storylines of Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan are told in distinct voices, at a breakneck pace and feature crisp and funny and/or tragic dialogue. This is not an easy read. The first section, Leah's, is especially fractured, making it at times difficult to differentiate what is real from what isn't. What remains very real throughout the novel is the complex and evolving friendship between Leah and Natalie, as they both struggle with their separate decisions about having/not having children. NW sometimes reads like a series of individual short stories, but together they create this spellbinding conversation about what factors determine where we end up even when we begin in the same place. 


The White Album: Essays (FSG Classics) By Joan Didion Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374532079
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 10th, 2009

So Long, See You Tomorrow (Vintage International) By William Maxwell Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679767206
Published: Vintage - January 3rd, 1996

It’s astonishing that a book this slim can be so powerful—and punishing. This novel (that reads like a memoir), centers upon a single, seemingly small moment in which the narrator runs into a childhood playmate in the halls of his new high school and chooses to ignore him. Gripped with guilt, Maxwell recounts the life of this ex friend and the terrible murder that forever changed the boy’s life. In this profound meditation on truth and memory, Maxwell writes, “In talking about the past, we lie with every breath we take.”


Stitches: A Memoir By David Small Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393338966
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 13th, 2010

A suspenseful graphic memoir about a deeply troubled family--as beautiful as it is heartbreaking.


Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays By Eula Biss Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555978235
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 6th, 2018

You’ll never look at a telephone pole or a babydoll the same after reading this incisive book of essays by Chicago author, Eula Biss. Biss draws upon history, pop culture, and her own personal experiences--as a teacher at a Harlem school and a reporter for an African American newspaper--to examine race and racial identity in America. Each essay is riddled with unfiltered observations, meticulously drawn connections, and plain old facts that had me gasping aloud.


The Journalist and the Murderer By Janet Malcolm Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679731832
Published: Vintage - October 31st, 1990

A must-read for anyone who writes about real people and struggles with the ethics of doing so.


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day By Judith Viorst, Ray Cruz (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Judith Viorst, Ray Cruz (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780689711732
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 15th, 1987

The absolute best, so perfect, most timeless, very great children's book ever written! The sentiment captured in the final page gets me every time.


The Bean Trees: A Novel By Barbara Kingsolver Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062277756
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 7th, 2013

The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307278449
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Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

Love Medicine: Newly Revised Edition By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061787423
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 23rd, 2016

Self-Help (Vintage Contemporaries) By Lorrie Moore Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307277299
Published: Vintage - March 13th, 2007

Truth & Beauty: A Friendship By Ann Patchett Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060572150
Published: Harper Perennial - April 5th, 2005

Turtle Moon By Alice Hoffman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425161289
Published: Berkley - September 1st, 1997

Wonder By R. J. Palacio Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375869020
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2012

I'm just very glad that this book exists. 


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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic By Alison Bechdel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780618871711
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Published: Mariner Books - June 5th, 2007

Waist-High in the World: A Life Among the Nondisabled By Nancy Mairs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807070871
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Published: Beacon Press - December 22nd, 1997