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Burn the Place: A Memoir
by Iliana Regan

Language

English

Pages

262

Publication Date

July 16, 2019

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<b>A singular, powerfully expressive debut memoir that traces one chef’s struggle to find her place and what happens once she does.</b><br /><br /><i>Burn the Place</i> is a galvanizing memoir that chronicles Iliana Regan’s journey from foraging on the family farm to running her Michelin-starred restaurant, Elizabeth. Her story is raw like that first bite of wild onion, alive with startling imagery, and told with uncommon emotional power.<br /><br />Regan grew up the youngest of four headstrong girls on a small farm in Northwest Indiana. While gathering raspberries as a toddler, Regan preternaturally understood to pick just the ripe fruit and leave the rest for another day. In the family’s leaf-strewn fields, the orange flutes of chanterelles beckoned her while they eluded others.<br /><br />Regan has had this intense, almost otherworldly connection with food and the earth it comes from since her childhood, but connecting with people has always been more difficult. She was a little girl who longed to be a boy, gay in an intolerant community, an alcoholic before she turned twenty, and a woman in an industry dominated by men—she often felt she “wasn’t made for this world,” and as far as she could tell, the world tended to agree. But as she learned to cook in her childhood farmhouse, got her first restaurant job at age fifteen, taught herself cutting-edge cuisine while running a “new gatherer” underground supper club, and worked her way from front-of-house staff to running her own kitchen, Regan found that food could help her navigate the strangeness of the world around her.<br /><br />Regan cooks with instinct, memory, and an emotional connection to her ingredients that can’t be taught. Written from that same place of instinct and emotion, <i>Burn the Place</i> tells Regan’s story in raw and vivid prose and brings readers into a world—from the Indiana woods to elite Chicago kitchens—that is entirely original and unforgettable.
In the Dream House: A Memoir
by Carmen Maria Machado

Language

English

Pages

247

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<p><b>A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of <i>Her Body and Other Parties</i></b><br /><b><i></i></b><br /><b><i></i></b><i>In the Dream House</i> 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. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming.</p><p>And it’s that struggle that gives the book its original structure: each chapter is driven by its own narrative trope—the haunted house, erotica, the bildungsroman—through which Machado holds the events up to the light and examines them from different angles. She looks back at her religious adolescence, unpacks the stereotype of lesbian relationships as safe and utopian, and widens the view with essayistic explorations of the history and reality of abuse in queer relationships.</p><p>Machado’s dire narrative is leavened with her characteristic wit, playfulness, and openness to inquiry. She casts a critical eye over legal proceedings, fairy tales, <i>Star Trek</i>, and Disney villains, as well as iconic works of film and fiction. The result is a wrenching, riveting book that explodes our ideas about what a memoir can do and be.</p>
Mean
by Myriam Gurba

Language

English

Pages

192

Publication Date

November 07, 2017

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<b>“A painfully timely story . . . an artful memoir . . . a powerful, vital book about damage and the ghostly afterlives of abuse.” —<i>Los Angeles Review of Books</i></b><br />  <br /> True crime, memoir, and ghost story, <i>Mean </i>is the bold and hilarious tale of Myriam Gurba’s coming of age as a queer, mixed-race Chicana. Blending radical formal fluidity and caustic humor, Gurba takes on sexual violence, small towns, and race, turning what might be tragic into piercing, revealing comedy. This is a confident, intoxicating, brassy book that takes the cost of sexual assault, racism, misogyny, and homophobia deadly seriously.<br />  <br /><i>We act mean to defend ourselves from boredom and from those who would chop off our breasts. We act mean to defend our clubs and institutions. We act mean because we like to laugh. Being mean to boys is fun and a second-wave feminist duty. Being rude to men who deserve it is a holy mission. Sisterhood is powerful, but being a bitch is more exhilarating . . .</i><br />  <br /> “<i>Mean </i>calls for a fat, fluorescent trigger warning start to finish—and I say this admiringly. Gurba likes the feel of radioactive substances on her bare hands.” —<i>The New York Times</i><br />  <br /> “Gurba uses the tragedies, both small and large, she sees around her to illuminate the realities of systemic racism and misogyny, and the ways in which we can try to escape what society would like to tell us is our fate.” —<i>Nylon</i><br />  <br /> “With its icy wit, edgy wedding of lyricism and prose, and unflinching look at personal and public demons, Gurba’s introspective memoir is brave and significant.” —<i>Kirkus Reviews</i><br />  <br /> “<i>Mean </i>will make you LOL and break your heart.” —<i>The Millions</i>
How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir
by Saeed Jones

Language

English

Pages

204

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<b>WINNER OF THE 2019 KIRKUS PRIZE IN NONFICTION</b><br /> <br /><b>ONE OF THE <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i>’S<i> </i>100 NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2019 </b><br /> <br /><b>One of the best books of the year as selected by <i>The Washington Post</i>;<i> </i>NPR; <i>Time</i>; <i>The New Yorker</i>; <i>O, The Oprah Magazine</i>; <i>Harper’s Bazaar</i>;<i> Elle</i>; <i>Kirkus Reviews</i>;<i> Publishers Weekly</i>;<i> BuzzFeed</i>; <i>Goodreads</i>; <i>School </i><i>Library Journal</i>; and many more.</b><br /> <br /><b>“A moving, bracingly honest memoir that reads like fevered poetry.” —<i>The New York Times Book Review </i></b><br /> <br /><b>“Jones’s voice and sensibility are so distinct that he turns one of the oldest of literary genres inside out and upside down.” —NPR’S<i> Fresh Air</i></b><br /><br />“People don’t just happen,” writes Saeed Jones. “We sacrifice former versions of ourselves. We sacrifice the people who dared to raise us. The ‘I’ it seems doesn’t exist until we are able to say, ‘I am no longer yours.’”<br /> <br />Haunted and haunting, <i>How We Fight for Our Lives </i>is a stunning coming-of-age memoir. Jones tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence—into tumultuous relationships with his family, into passing flings with lovers, friends, and strangers. Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do <i>for</i> one another—and <i>to</i> one another—as we fight to become ourselves.<br /> <br />An award-winning poet, Jones has developed a style that’s as beautiful as it is powerful—a voice that’s by turns a river, a blues, and a nightscape set ablaze. <i>How We Fight for Our Lives</i> is a one-of-a-kind memoir and a book that cements Saeed Jones as an essential writer for our time.
Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender...
by Abby Stein

Language

English

Pages

273

Publication Date

November 12, 2019

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<b>The powerful coming-of-age story of an ultra-Orthodox child who was born to become a rabbinic leader and instead became a woman</b><b><br /></b>Abby Stein was raised in a Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn, isolated in a culture that lives according to the laws and practices of eighteenth-century Eastern Europe, speaking only Yiddish and Hebrew and shunning modern life. Stein was born as the first son in a dynastic rabbinical family, poised to become a leader of the next generation of Hasidic Jews. <br /><br />But Abby felt certain at a young age that she was a girl. She suppressed her desire for a new body while looking for answers wherever she could find them, from forbidden religious texts to smuggled secular examinations of faith. Finally, she orchestrated a personal exodus from ultra-Orthodox manhood to mainstream femininity-a radical choice that forced her to leave her home, her family, her way of life. <br /><br />Powerful in the truths it reveals about biology, culture, faith, and identity, <i>Becoming Eve</i> poses the enduring question: How far will you go to become the person you were meant to be?
Naturally Tan: A Memoir
by Tan France

Language

English

Pages

273

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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<p><b>A <i>USA Today </i>Hottest Book of the Summer for 2019!</b><br /><b>A Best Nonfiction Book for 2019 in<i> Woman's Day</i>!</b><br /><b>One of Hello Giggles's "Most Anticipated Books of 2019 to Add to Your Reading List"!</b></p><p>“Just when I thought I knew everything about Tan, he hits me with this. His story is so heartwarming, and wickedly funny.” —Antoni Porowski</p><p><b>In this heartfelt, funny, and touching memoir, one of the stars of Netflix’s Emmy Award-winning smash-hit <i>Queer Eye</i> reveals how an Englishman raised in a traditionally religious </b><b>home became a fashion icon—and the first openly gay, South Asian man on </b><b>television—simply by being <i>Naturally Tan</i>.</b></p><p>In this heartfelt, funny, touching memoir, Tan France tells his origin story for the first time. With his trademark wit, humor, and radical compassion, Tan reveals what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional South Asian family, as one of the few people of color in South Yorkshire, England. He illuminates his winding journey of coming of age, finding his voice (and style!), and marrying the love of his life—a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City. </p><p>From one of the stars of Netflix’s runaway hit show Queer Eye, <i>Naturally Tan</i> is so much more than fashion dos and don’ts—though of course Tan can’t resist steering everyone away from bootcut jeans! Full of candid observations about U.S. and U.K. cultural differences, what he sees when you slide into his DMs, celebrity encounters, and the behind-the-scenes realities of “reality TV,” Naturally Tan gives us Tan’s unique perspective on the happiness to be found in being yourself.</p><p>In Tan's own words, <b>“The book is meant to spread joy, personal acceptance, and most of all understanding. Each of us is living our own private journey, and the more we know about each other, the healthier and happier the world will be.”</b></p>
God Must Have Forgotten About Me
by Jason Lee

Language

English

Pages

222

Publication Date

January 15, 2020

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Jason Lee, entertainment journalist, reality TV star, iHeart Radio personality, and CEO of Hollywood Unlocked bears it all in the transparent and unapologetic memoir God Must Have Forgotten About Me. Jason’s story is one of survival, endurance, passion, and divine favor—even in the midst of what would seem like unrelenting trauma.As a well-respected entertainment journalist, Jason Lee built the foundation of his career reporting on the lives of other celebrities. Often viewed as a catalyst to controversy, his breaking stories have sometimes caused friction with celebrity and fan alike. Jason has been responsible for releasing the most provocative and headline-worthy stories to date, but no other story has been more rewarding and pressing to share than his own. Growing up in the violent, drug-infested streets of Stockton, California, Jason Lee spent most of his childhood learning how to thrive on his own. While his mother struggled with drug addiction and his father remained physically and emotionally absent, Jason was eventually thrust into the foster care system which caused him to resent his parents for their abandonment. The remaining years of his young adulthood would be filled with indescribable emptiness and a yearning for purpose. After a life punctuated with molestation, abuse, and the devastating murder of a loved one, the once carefree, bright-eyed child quickly dimmed into a young adult who struggled with the toxicity of his own grief and depression. God Must Have Forgotten About Me is a vulnerable reintroduction to Jason Lee. Despite a macabre past and a constant battle with his own demons, Jason recounts with candor how his drive and boldness propelled him into some of the most coveted spaces and relationships in the entertainment industry. Whether it is sneaking backstage to meet Queen Latifah at a local Hip Hop festival, dancing on stage with Prince, or pulling out all the stops on “Wild ‘N Out,” Jason Lee has managed to position himself as a go-getter without allowing anyone or anything to stop his momentum.
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 Alex Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder, they think their position is clear. The child of two lawyers, they are staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment convicted murderer Ricky Langley’s face flashes on the screen as they review old tapes—the moment they hear him speak of his crimes -- they are overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by their reaction, they dig 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 Alex pores over the facts of the murder, they find themself thrust into the complicated narrative of Ricky’s childhood. And by examining the details of Ricky’s case, they are forced to face their own story, to unearth long-buried family secrets, and reckon with a past that colors their view of Ricky's crime.</p><p>But another surprise awaits: They weren’t the only one who saw their 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>
Beautiful on the Outside: A Memoir
by Adam Rippon

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b>Former Olympic figure skater and self-professed America's Sweetheart Adam Rippon shares his underdog journey from beautiful mess to outrageous success in this hilarious, big-hearted memoir that the <i>Washington Post </i>calls "comedic gold."</b><br />Your mom probably told you it's what on the inside that counts. Well, then she was never a competitive figure skater. Olympic medalist Adam Rippon has been making it pretty for the judges even when, just below the surface, everything was an absolute mess. From traveling to practices on the Greyhound bus next to ex convicts to being so poor he could only afford to eat the free apples at his gym, Rippon got through the toughest times with a smile on his face, a glint in his eye, and quip ready for anyone listening. <i>Beautiful on the Outside</i> looks at his journey from a homeschooled kid in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to a self-professed American sweetheart on the world stage and all the disasters and self-delusions it took to get him there. Yeah, it may be what's on the inside that counts, but life is so much better when it's beautiful on the outside.
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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