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Bettyville: A Memoir
by George Hodgman

Language

English

Pages

290

Publication Date

March 10, 2015

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<b><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER<br /><br />FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD<br /><br /> “A beautifully crafted memoir, rich with humor and wisdom.” —Will Schwalbe, author of <i>The End of Your Life Book Club</i></b><br /><br />“The idea of a cultured gay man leaving New York City to care for his aging mother in Paris, Missouri, is already funny, and George Hodgman reaps that humor with great charm. But then he plunges deep, examining the warm yet fraught relationship between mother and son with profound insight and understanding.” —Alison Bechdel, author of <i>Fun Home</i><br /></b><br />When George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, he finds himself—an unlikely caretaker and near-lethal cook—in a head-on collision with his aging mother, Betty, a woman of wit and will. Will George lure her into assisted living? When hell freezes over. He can’t bring himself to force her from the home both treasure—the place where his father’s voice lingers, the scene of shared jokes, skirmishes, and, behind the dusty antiques, a rarely acknowledged conflict: Betty, who speaks her mind but cannot quite reveal her heart, has never really accepted the fact that her son is gay.<br /><br />As these two unforgettable characters try to bring their different worlds together, Hodgman reveals the challenges of Betty’s life and his own struggle for self-respect, moving readers from their small town—crumbling but still colorful—to the star-studded corridors of Vanity Fair. Evocative of <i>The End of Your Life Book Club </i>and <i>The Tender Bar</i>, Hodgman’s <i>New York Times</i> bestselling debut is both an indelible portrait of a family and an exquisitely told tale of a prodigal son’s return.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)
by David Sedaris

Language

English

Pages

529

Publication Date

May 30, 2017

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<strong></strong><strong>One of the most anticipated books of 2017: <i>Boston Globe, New York Times Book Review</i>, <i>New York</i>'s "Vulture", <i>The Week</i>, Bustle, BookRiot</strong><div><b><br /></b></div><div><b>An <i>NPR </i>Best Book of 2017</b></div><div><b>An AV Club Favorite Book of 2017</b><div><strong>A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2017</strong></div><div><strong>A Goodreads Choice Awards nominee<br /><br /></strong><strong>David Sedaris tells all in a book that is, literally, a lifetime in the making.<br /></strong><br />For forty years, David Sedaris has kept a diary in which he records everything that captures his attention-overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. These observations are the source code for his finest work, and through them he has honed his cunning, surprising sentences.<br /><br />Now, Sedaris shares his private writings with the world. <i>Theft by Finding</i>, the first of two volumes, is the story of how a drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes and a chronic inability to hold down a real job became one of the funniest people on the planet.<br /><br />Written with a sharp eye and ear for the bizarre, the beautiful, and the uncomfortable, and with a generosity of spirit that even a misanthropic sense of humor can't fully disguise, <i>Theft By Finding </i>proves that Sedaris is one of our great modern observers. It's a potent reminder that when you're as perceptive and curious as Sedaris, there's no such thing as a boring day<strong>.<br /></strong><strong></strong> </div> </div>
No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America
by Darnell L Moore

Language

English

Pages

257

Publication Date

May 29, 2018

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<div><b>From a leading journalist and activist comes a brave, beautifully wrought memoir.</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div>When Darnell Moore was fourteen, three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire. They cornered him while he was walking home from school, harassed him because they thought he was gay, and poured a jug of gasoline on him. He escaped, but just barely. It wasn't the last time he would face death.</div><div><br /></div><div>Three decades later, Moore is an award-winning writer, a leading Black Lives Matter activist, and an advocate for justice and liberation. In <i>No Ashes in the Fire</i>, he shares the journey taken by that scared, bullied teenager who not only survived, but found his calling. Moore's transcendence over the myriad forces of repression that faced him is a testament to the grace and care of the people who loved him, and to his hometown, Camden, NJ, scarred and ignored but brimming with life. Moore reminds us that liberation is possible if we commit ourselves to fighting for it, and if we dream and create futures where those who survive on society's edges can thrive.</div><div><i><br /></i></div><div><i>No Ashes in the Fire</i> is a story of beauty and hope-and an honest reckoning with family, with place, and with what it means to be free.</div>
Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family
by Amy Ellis Nutt

Language

English

Pages

313

Publication Date

October 20, 2015

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • <b>The inspiring true story of Nicole Maines, a transgender girl whose identical twin brother, Jonas, and ordinary American family join her <b>on an extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the uniqueness in us all, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning science reporter for <i>The Washington Post</i></b></b><br /></b><br /><b>Named One of the Ten Best Books of the Year by </b><i><b>People </b></i>•<b> One of the Best Books of the Year by <i>The New York Times Book Review </i>and <b><i>Men’s Journal</i> • A Stonewall Honor Book in Nonfiction • Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction</b></b><br /><br /> When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, they thought their lives were complete. But it wasn’t long before they noticed a marked difference between Jonas and his brother, Wyatt. Jonas preferred sports and trucks and many of the things little boys were “supposed” to like; but Wyatt liked princess dolls and dress-up and playing Little Mermaid. By the time the twins were toddlers, confusion over Wyatt’s insistence that he was female began to tear the family apart. In the years that followed, the Maineses came to question their long-held views on gender and identity, to accept and embrace Wyatt’s transition to Nicole, and to undergo an emotionally wrenching transformation of their own that would change all their lives forever.<br /><br /> <i>Becoming Nicole</i> chronicles a journey that could have destroyed a family but instead brought it closer together. It’s the story of a mother whose instincts told her that her child needed love and acceptance, not ostracism and disapproval; of a Republican, Air Force veteran father who overcame his deepest fears to become a vocal advocate for trans rights; of a loving brother who bravely stuck up for his twin sister; and of a town forced to confront its prejudices, a school compelled to rewrite its rules, and a courageous community of transgender activists determined to make their voices heard. Ultimately, <i>Becoming Nicole</i> is the story of an extraordinary girl who fought for the right to be herself.<br /><br /> Granted wide-ranging access to personal diaries, home videos, clinical journals, legal documents, medical records, and the Maineses themselves, Amy Ellis Nutt spent almost four years reporting this immersive account of an American family confronting an issue that is at the center of today’s cultural debate. <i>Becoming Nicole</i> will resonate with anyone who’s ever raised a child, felt at odds with society’s conventions and norms, or had to embrace life when it plays out unexpectedly. It’s a story of standing up for your beliefs and yourself—and it will inspire all of us to do the same.
Love Alchemy: Transform the Lead of Lost Love into Relationship G...
by Amari Ice

Language

English

Pages

98

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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GAY LOVE MAGIC: A SINGLE'S MANUAL.<br /><br />Are you tired of feeling cursed in courtship? Do your powers of attraction seem more like romance repellent? Did you find what you thought was a heart of gold, only for it to dwindle into dust and blow away?<br /><br />If so, Amari Ice — The Prince of Hearts, wrote this magical love guide just for you. In Love Alchemy, the Gay Matchmaker and Love Coach will show you:<br />- The top 3 Reasons why you’re still single<br />- How to trust again after past hurts<br />- Why you keep attracting partners who aren’t good for you<br />- How to slay the emotionally unavailable man-dragon<br />- The simple way to get over your ex<br />- The #1 reason relationships fail and how to protect your next relationship from it <br />- And much, much more.<br /><br />If you thought Amari’s first best seller, Lasting Love at Last, was hilariously insightful, wait until you read this one! Don’t delay, get your copy and transform the lead lost love into relationship gold today!
Godspeed: A Memoir
by Casey Legler

Language

English

Pages

177

Publication Date

July 10, 2018

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<b>“A memoir for our times.” —Michael Stipe</b><BR> <BR><b>“A coming-of-age drama captured through poetic prose and convincing honesty.” —<i>Kirkus Reviews</i></b><BR><BR><i>“I swim for every chance to get wasted—after every meet, every weekend, every travel trip. This is what I look forward to and what I tell no one: the burn of it down my throat, to my soul curled up in my lungs, the sharpest pain all over it—it seizes and stretches, becoming alive again, and is the only thing that makes sense.”</i><BR> <BR>At fifteen, Casey Legler is already one of the fastest swimmers in the world. She is also an alcoholic, isolated from her family, and incapable of forming lasting connections with those around her.<BR> <BR>Driven to compete at the highest levels, sent far away from home to train with the best coaches and teams, she finds herself increasingly alone and alienated, living a life of cheap hotels and chlorine-worn skin, anonymous sexual encounters and escalating drug use. Even at what should be a moment of triumph—competing at age sixteen in the 1996 Olympics—she is an outsider looking in, procuring drugs for Olympians she hardly knows, and losing her race after setting a new world record in the qualifying heats.<BR> <BR>After submitting to years of numbing training in France and the United States, Casey can see no way out of the sinister loneliness that has swelled and festered inside her. Yet wondrously, when it is almost too late, she discovers a small light within herself, and senses a point of calm within the whirlwind of her life.<BR> <BR>In searing, evocative, visceral prose, Casey gives language to loneliness in this startling story of survival, defiance, and of the embers that still burn when everything else in us goes dark.
Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Ga...
by , Joanna Brooks

Language

English

Pages

261

Publication Date

March 01, 2016

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<p>When Alex Cooper was fifteen years old, life was pretty ordinary in her sleepy suburban town and nice Mormon family. At church and at home, Alex was taught that God had a plan for everyone. But something was gnawing at her that made her feel different. These feelings exploded when she met Yvette, a girl who made Alex feel alive in a new way, and with whom Alex would quickly fall in love.</p><p>Alex knew she was holding a secret that could shatter her family, her church community, and her life. Yet when this secret couldn’t be hidden any longer, she told her parents that she was gay, and the nightmare began. She was driven from her home in Southern California to Utah, where, against her will, her parents handed her over to fellow Mormons who promised to save Alex from her homosexuality.</p><p>For eight harrowing months, Alex was held captive in an unlicensed “residential treatment program” modeled on the many “therapeutic” boot camps scattered across Utah. Alex was physically and verbally abused, and many days she was forced to stand facing a wall wearing a heavy backpack full of rocks. Her captors used faith to punish and terrorize her. With the help of a dedicated legal team in Salt Lake City, Alex eventually escaped and made legal history in Utah by winning the right to live under the law’s protection as an openly gay teenager.</p><p>Alex is not alone; the headlines continue to splash stories about gay conversion therapy and rehabilitation centers that promise to “save” teenagers from their sexuality. <em>Saving Alex</em> is a courageous memoir that tells Alex’s story in the hopes that it will bring awareness and justice to this important issue. A bold, inspiring story of one girl’s fight for freedom, acceptance, and truth.</p>
The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir
by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnev...

Language

English

Pages

337

Publication Date

May 16, 2017

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<p><b>"Complex and challenging... push[es] the boundaries of writing about trauma." —</b><i><b>The New York Times</b></i><br /><b>“A True Crime Masterpiece” – <i>Vogue </i></b><br /><b><i>Entertainment Weekly </i>"Must" List and Best Books of the Year So Far</b><br /><b>Real Simple's Best New Books </b><br /><b>Guardian Best Book of the Year</b><br /><b>Lambda Literary Award Winner</b><br /><b>Chautauqua Prize Winner </b><br /><b></b></p><p>"<i>The Fact of a Body</i> is one of the best books I've read this year. It's just astounding."<br /><b> — Paula Hawkins, author of <i>Into the Water </i>and <i>The Girl on the Train</i></b><br /><b></b><br />"This book is a marvel. <i>The Fact of a Body</i> is equal parts gripping and haunting and will leave you questioning whether any one story can hold the full truth." — <b>Celeste Ng, author of the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling <i>Everything I Never Told You </i>and <i>Little Fires Everywhere</i></b></p><br /><p>Before Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment convicted murderer Ricky Langley’s face flashes on the screen as she reviews old tapes—the moment she hears him speak of his crimes -- she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by her reaction, she digs deeper and deeper into the case. Despite their vastly different circumstances, something in his story is unsettlingly, uncannily familiar.</p><p> Crime, even the darkest and most unsayable acts, can happen to any one of us. As Alexandria pores over the facts of the murder, she finds herself thrust into the complicated narrative of Ricky’s childhood. And by examining the details of Ricky’s case, she is forced to face her own story, to unearth long-buried family secrets, and reckon with a past that colors her view of Ricky's crime.</p><p>But another surprise awaits: She wasn’t the only one who saw her life in Ricky’s.</p><p> An intellectual and emotional thriller that is also a different kind of murder mystery, THE FACT OF A BODY is a book not only about how the story of one crime was constructed -- but about how we grapple with our own personal histories. Along the way it tackles questions about the nature of forgiveness, and if a single narrative can ever really contain something as definitive as the truth. This groundbreaking, heart-stopping work, ten years in the making, shows how the law is more personal than we would like to believe -- and the truth more complicated, and powerful, than we could ever imagine.</p>
Running with Scissors: A Memoir
by Augusten Burroughs

Language

English

Pages

340

Publication Date

April 01, 2010

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<p>Now including an excerpt from <i>Lust & Wonder</i>, a new memoir coming in March 2016. </p><p><i>Running with Scissors</i> is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead-ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain. Suddenly, at age twelve, Augusten Burroughs found himself living in a dilapidated Victorian in perfect squalor. The doctor's bizarre family, a few patients, and a pedophile living in the backyard shed completed the tableau. Here, there were no rules, there was no school. The Christmas tree stayed up until summer, and Valium was eaten like Pez. And when things got dull, there was always the vintage electroshock therapy machine under the stairs....</p><p><i>Running with Scissors</i> is at turns foul and harrowing, compelling and maniacally funny. But above all, it chronicles an ordinary boy's survival under the most extraordinary circumstances.</p>
The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Busines...
by Sarah Krasnostein

Language

English

Pages

293

Publication Date

April 10, 2018

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<p><b>Winner of the Victorian Prize for Literature, Sarah Krasnostein’s <i>The Trauma Cleaner:</i> </b><b><i>One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster</i></b><b> is the fascinating biography of one of the people responsible for tidying up homes in the wake of natural—and unnatural—catastrophes and fatalities.</b></p><p>Homicides and suicides, fires and floods, hoarders and addicts. When properties are damaged or neglected, it falls to Sandra Pankhurst, founder of Specialized Trauma Cleaning (STC) Services Pty. Ltd. to sift through the ashes or sweep up the mess of a person’s life or death. Her clients include law enforcement, real estate agents, executors of deceased estates, and charitable organizations representing victimized, mentally ill, elderly, and physically disabled people. In houses and buildings that have fallen into disrepair, Sandra airs out residents’ smells, throws out their weird porn, their photos, their letters, the last traces of their DNA entombed in soaps and toothbrushes.</p><p>The remnants and mementoes of these people’s lives resonate with Sandra. Before she began professionally cleaning up their traumas, she experienced her own. First, as a little boy, raised in violence and excluded from the family home. Then as a husband and father, drag queen, gender reassignment patient, sex worker, small businesswoman, and trophy wife. In each role she played, all Sandra wanted to do was belong.</p><p><i>The Trauma Cleaner</i> is the extraordinary true story of an extraordinary person dedicated to making order out of chaos with compassion, revealing the common ground Sandra Pankhurst—and everyone—shares with those struck by tragedy.</p>

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