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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>
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 most anticipated books of Fall 2019—as selected by <i>O, The Oprah Magazine</i>;<i> Marie Claire</i>;<i> Entertainment Weekly</i>; <i>Time</i>; <i>The Millions</i>;<i> Refinery29</i>; <i>Good Housekeeping</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 /><b>“An astonishing, unparalleled memoir…A rhapsody in the truest sense of the word.” —ROXANE GAY</b><br /> <br /><b>“Every single living half-grown and grown-up body needs to read this book.” —JACQUELINE WOODSON</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?
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.
Rainbow Diner: a memoir
by Astrid Arlen

Language

English

Pages

395

Publication Date

October 19, 2019

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Rainbow Diner is the true story of how siblings Astrid and Benny manage an unorthodox bicoastal childhood of being alternately raised between a saucy, dancing, larger-than-life gay father in New York, and an artistic, unpredictable, and uninhibited hippie mother in California. <br /><br />Dad is about to die of AIDS in 1995 when Astrid goes back in time to the simpler, transitional, pre-internet culture of the '70s and '80s––back to a brief period when her parents were still together, and then to when she and her little brother flew back-and-forth between the parents, who became complete polar-opposites. <br /><br />Dad was all about martinis and class and getting laid. He treated Astrid like a princess––a living doll––picking out clothes and hairstyles and even handmaking her a dress for a modeling shoot. He made her a regular at his favorite New York City discotheque by the time she was twelve. She longed for his love and attention with a greedy, ravenous, ferocity. <br /><br />Mother was fragile and unfeigned; she was a willful nonconformist. She took off to California with her love in 1976, and sent for Astrid and Benny shortly after. Mother was saving black widows and homeless people; she was protests and parties and the wilderness. She was as loving as she was tortured by her own demons.<br /><br />Brother Benny was Astrid’s immutable compass. He alone remained unchanged as the two flew on airplanes from New York to California and back again. When all hell was breaking loose, Benny kept a straight face, his eyes glazed. All he wanted was to stay in one place. <br /><br />Peppered with music, film and events from the ‘70s and ‘80s, Rainbow Diner exposes what it was like to be a kid in a time when the adults were still trying to figure out who they were going to be when they grew up, and sometimes pushing “do your own thing” to the point of neglect. It’s the sometimes sad and often comical account of the survival and durability of a pair of siblings who made it through with good imaginations and an unbreakable bond.
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> Women'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>
What We Will Become: A Mother, a Son, and a Journey of Transforma...
by Mimi Lemay

Language

English

Pages

336

Publication Date

November 12, 2019

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<b>A mother’s memoir of her transgender child’s odyssey, and <i>her</i> journey outside the boundaries of the faith and culture that shaped her.</b><br /><br /> From the age of two-and-a-half, Jacob, born “Em,” adamantly told his family he was a boy. While his mother Mimi struggled to understand and come to terms with the fact that her child may be transgender, she experienced a sense of déjà vu—the journey to uncover the source of her child’s inner turmoil unearthed ghosts from Mimi’s past and her own struggle to live an authentic life.    <br />  <br /> Mimi was raised in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family, every aspect of her life dictated by ancient rules and her role as a woman largely preordained from cradle to grave. As a young woman, Mimi wrestled with the demands of her faith and eventually made the painful decision to leave her religious community and the strict gender roles it upheld.<br />  <br /> Having risen from the ashes of her former life, Mimi was prepared to help her son forge a new one — at a time when there was little consensus on how best to help young transgender children. Dual narratives of faith and motherhood weave together to form a heartfelt portrait of an unforgettable family. Brimming with love and courage, <i>What We Will Become </i>is a powerful testament to how painful events from the past can be redeemed to give us hope for the future.<br />  
Sontag: Her Life and Work
by Benjamin Moser

Language

English

Pages

793

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<p><strong>One of O Magazine’s Best Books of the Year</strong></p><p><strong>One of the <em>New York Times’</em> 17 New Books to Watch For in September </strong></p><p><strong>One of the <em>Washington Post</em>’s Ten Books to Read this September</strong></p><p><strong>The definitive portrait of one of the American Century’s most towering intellectuals: her writing and her radical thought, her public activism and her hidden private face</strong><br /><br />No writer is as emblematic of the American twentieth century as Susan Sontag. Mythologized and misunderstood, lauded and loathed, a girl from the suburbs who became a proud symbol of cosmopolitanism, Sontag left a legacy of writing on art and politics, feminism and homosexuality, celebrity and style, medicine and drugs, radicalism and Fascism and Freudianism and Communism and Americanism, that forms an indispensable key to modern culture. She was there when the Cuban Revolution began, and when the Berlin Wall came down; in Vietnam under American bombardment, in wartime Israel, in besieged Sarajevo. She was in New York when artists tried to resist the tug of money—and when many gave in. No writer negotiated as many worlds; no serious writer had as many glamorous lovers. <em>Sontag</em> tells these stories and examines the work upon which her reputation was based. It explores the agonizing insecurity behind the formidable public face: the broken relationships, the struggles with her sexuality, that animated—and undermined—her writing. And it shows her attempts to respond to the cruelties and absurdities of a country that had lost its way, and her conviction that fidelity to high culture was an activism of its own. </p><p>Utilizing hundreds of interviews conducted from Maui to Stockholm and from London to Sarajevo—and featuring nearly one hundred images—<em>Sontag</em> is the first book based on the writer’s restricted archives, and on access to many people who have never before spoken about Sontag, including Annie Leibovitz. It is a definitive portrait—a great American novel in the form of a biography.</p>
A Journey Down Under: We live. We love. We stay.
by Ace Campillo

Language

English

Pages

280

Publication Date

October 30, 2019

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‘Don’t limit yourself to what you are now as the possibilities in life are limitless. The boundaries in your life can only be defined by the horizons you have set.’<br /><br />Ace has always thought that nothing is impossible as long as there is the willingness to succeed. At a very young age, he always wanted to migrate abroad to escape the horrible working condition in his country, especially as a nurse. With the help of his parents, he travels to Australia to make himself better. However, little does he know that life will not be as easy as he expects it to be. He is confronted with family expectations, questions about his sexuality, and personal dilemmas. With conflicts and troubles building up, he is to make decisions that will soon change him forever. The problem is that everyone thinks they know him, but no one has ever seen past his smiles and laughter. He has pretended to be someone else to make everyone around him happy, but does he feel the same way?<br /><br />A Journey Down Under is a heart-wrenching and a heart-warming story of family, love and success. A novel based on the colourful life story of a young guy who triumphs over all his difficulties. A mixture of comedy, romance and drama. An inspiring book that will definitely give you a real-life lesson: a motivation to see life more positively and many more.<br />
The Lie: A Memoir of Two Marriages, Catfishing & Coming Out
by William Dameron

Language

English

Pages

266

Publication Date

July 01, 2019

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<p><b>A candid memoir of denial, stolen identities, betrayal, faking it, and coming out.</b></p><p><i>Do you know me?</i>, the email began, sparking tremors of fear that turned into a full quake of panic when William Dameron discovered that his selfie had been stolen by strangers. On social networks and dating sites, his image and identity—a forty-year-old straight white male—had been used to hook countless women into believing in lies of love and romance. Was it all an ironic cosmic joke? Almost a decade prior, William himself had been living a lie that had lasted for more than twenty years. His secret? He was a gay man, a fact he hid from his wife and two daughters for almost as long as he had hidden it from himself.</p><p>In this emotional and unflinchingly honest memoir of coming out of the closet late in life, owning up to the past, and facing the future, William Dameron confronts steroid addiction, the shame and homophobia of his childhood, the sledgehammer of secrets that slowly tore his marriage apart, and his love for a gay father of three that would once again challenge the boundaries of trust. At the true heart of <i>The Lie</i> is a universal story about turning self-doubt into self-acceptance and about pain, anger, and the long journey of both seeking and giving forgiveness.</p>

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