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One of These Things First: A Memoir
by Steven Gaines

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

August 09, 2016

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<DIV><B>From <I>New York Times–</I>bestselling author Steven Gaines comes a wry and touching memoir of his trials as a gay teen at the famed Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic.</B><BR /><BR /><I>One of These Things First</I> is a poignant reminiscence of a fifteen-year-old gay Jewish boy’s unexpected trajectory from a life behind a rack of dresses in his grandmother’s Brooklyn bra-and-girdle store to Manhattan’s infamous Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic, whose alumni includes writers, poets, and madmen, as well as Marilyn Monroe and bestselling author Steven Gaines.<BR /><BR /> With a gimlet eye and a true gift for storytelling, Gaines captures his childhood shtetl in Brooklyn, and all its drama and secrets, like an Edward Hopper tableau: his philandering grandfather with his fleet of Cadillacs and Corvettes; a giant, empty movie theater, his portal to the outside world; a shirtless teenage boy pushing a lawnmower; and a pair of tormenting bullies whose taunts drive Gaines to a suicide attempt.<BR /><BR /> Gaines also takes the reader behind the walls of Payne Whitney—the “Harvard of psychiatric clinics,” as <I>Time</I> magazine called it—populated by a captivating group of neurasthenics who affect his life in unexpected ways. The cast of characters includes a famous Broadway producer who becomes his unlikely mentor; an elegant woman who claims to be the ex-mistress of newly elected president John F. Kennedy; a snooty, suicidal architect; and a seductive young <I>contessa</I>. At the center of the story is a brilliant young psychiatrist who promises to cure a young boy of his homosexuality and give him the normalcy he so longs for.<BR /><BR /> For readers who love stories of self-transformation, <I>One of These Things First</I> is a fascinating memoir in the vain of Susanna Kaysen’s <I>Girl, Interrupted</I> and Augusten Burroughs’s <I>Running with Scissors</I>. With its novelistic texture and unflagging narrative, this book is destined to become one of the great, indelible works of the memoir genre.</DIV>
Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded
by Hannah Hart

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Language

English

Pages

253

Publication Date

October 18, 2016

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<p><strong><em>NEW YORK TIMES</em> BESTSELLER</strong></p><p><strong>With a New Afterword by the Author</strong></p><p><strong>"By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Hannah Hart’s new book is a roaring, beautiful, and profoundly human account of an extraordinary life."—John Green </strong></p><p><strong>"Hannah shares her truth with an honesty that is inspiring—one that makes me believe her when she says that it’s going to get better or that laughter is just around the corner or that you aren’t alone."—Jenny Lawson, #1 <em>New York Times</em>bestselling author of <em>Let's Pretend This Never Happened</em>and <em>Furiously Happy</em> </strong></p><p>The wildly popular YouTube personality, star of Food Network's<em> I Hart Food,</em> and author of the <em>New York Times</em> bestseller <em>My Drunk Kitchen </em>is back! This time, she’s stirring up memories and tales from her past.</p><p>By combing through the journals that Hannah has kept for much of her life, this collection of narrative essays deliver a fuller picture of her life, her experiences, and the things she’s figured out about family, faith, love, sexuality, self-worth, friendship and fame.</p><p>Revealing what makes Hannah tick, this sometimes cringe-worthy, poignant collection of stories is sure to deliver plenty of Hannah’s wit and wisdom, and hopefully encourage you to try your hand at her patented brand of reckless optimism. </p><p>Personal note: </p><p>Hello, my darlings! I am incredibly pleased to present BUFFERING: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded!</p><p>As a big fan of memoirs, I wanted to try my hand at writing about the events of my life that deserve a little more consideration than can be accomplished in 140-characters or a 6-minute vlog. Now on the cusp of turning 30, I'm ready to expose some parts of my life that I haven't shared before. Before, it was all about privacy, process and time. And now the time has come! I’m ready to put myself out there, for you.  </p><p>I'm a little nervous about all these vulnerable words going into the world, these tales about my love life, the wrestling I’ve done with faith, how I feel about sex and my family and myself. I’ve had a lot of trials, a lot of errors, but also a lot of passion. Here’s the thing--I've always found comfort in the stories shared by others, so I hope my stories, now that I feel ready to tell them, will bring you some comfort too.</p><p>And when you read this book please remember: Buffering is just the time it takes to process.</p><p>Enjoy! </p><p>Love,</p><p>Hannah </p><p> </p><p> </p>
She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders
by Jennifer Finney Boylan

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Language

English

Pages

324

Publication Date

April 30, 2013

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<b>The provocative bestseller <i>She’s Not There </i>is the exuberant memoir of a man named James who became a woman named Jenny.</b><br /><br />She’s Not There is the story of a person changing genders, the story of a person bearing and finally revealing a complex secret; above all, it is a love story. By turns hilarious and deeply moving, Jennifer Finney Boylan explores the remarkable territory that lies between men and women, examines changing friendships, and rejoices in the redeeming power of family.<i> She’s Not There</i> is a portrait of a loving marriage—the love of James for his wife, Grace, and, against all odds, the enduring love of Grace for the woman who becomes her “sister,” Jenny.<br /><br />To this extraordinary true story, Boylan brings the humorous, fresh voice that won her accolades as one of the best comic novelists of her generation. With her distinctive and winning perspective,<i> She’s Not There</i> explores the dramatic outward changes and unexpected results of life as a woman: Jenny fights the urge to eat salad, while James consumed plates of ribs; gone is the stability of “one damn mood, all the damn time.”<br /><br />While Boylan’s own secret was unusual, to say the least, she captures the universal sense of feeling uncomfortable, out of sorts with the world, and misunderstood by her peers. Jenny is supported on her journey by her best friend, novelist Richard Russo, who goes from begging his friend to “Be a man” (in every sense of the word) to accepting her as an attractive, buoyant woman. “The most unexpected thing,” Russo writes in his Afterword to the book, “is in how Jenny’s story we recognize our shared humanity.”<br /><br />As James evolves into Jennifer in scenes that are by turns tender, startling, and witty, a marvelously human perspective emerges on issues of love, sex, and the fascinating relationship between our physical and our intuitive selves. Through the clear eyes of a truly remarkable woman,<i> She’s Not There</i> provides a new window on the often confounding process of accepting ourselves.
In the Darkroom
by Susan Faludi

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English

Pages

434

Publication Date

June 14, 2016

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<p><b>PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST</b><br /><b>ONE OF THE <i>NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW</i>'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR</b><br /><b>WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author of <i>Backlash</i>, comes <i>In the Darkroom</i>, an astonishing confrontation with the enigma of her father and the larger riddle of identity consuming our age.</b></p><p>“In the summer of 2004 I set out to investigate someone I scarcely knew, my father. The project began with a grievance, the grievance of a daughter whose parent had absconded from her life. I was in pursuit of a scofflaw, an artful dodger who had skipped out on so many things—obligation, affection, culpability, contrition. I was preparing an indictment, amassing discovery for a trial. But somewhere along the line, the prosecutor became a witness.”</p><p> So begins Susan Faludi’s extraordinary inquiry into the meaning of identity in the modern world and in her own haunted family saga. When the feminist writer learned that her 76-year-old father—long estranged and living in Hungary—had undergone sex reassignment surgery, that investigation would turn personal and urgent. How was this new parent who identified as “a complete woman now” connected to the silent, explosive, and ultimately violent father she had known, the photographer who’d built his career on the alteration of images?</p><p> Faludi chases that mystery into the recesses of her suburban childhood and her father’s many previous incarnations: American dad, Alpine mountaineer, swashbuckling adventurer in the Amazon outback, Jewish fugitive in Holocaust Budapest. When the author travels to Hungary to reunite with her father, she drops into a labyrinth of dark histories and dangerous politics in a country hell-bent on repressing its past and constructing a fanciful—and virulent—nationhood. The search for identity that has transfixed our century was proving as treacherous for nations as for individuals. </p><p> Faludi’s struggle to come to grips with her father’s metamorphosis takes her across borders—historical, political, religious, sexual--to bring her face to face with the question of the age: Is identity something you “choose,” or is it the very thing you can’t escape?</p>
Mean
by Myriam Gurba

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English

Pages

160

Publication Date

November 07, 2017

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<div><p>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></p><I><p>We act mean to defend ourselves from boredom and from those who would cut 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 mean to men who deserve it is a holy mission. Sisterhood is powerful, but being mean is more exhilarating.</p><p>Being mean isn't for everybody.</p><p>Being mean is best practiced by those who understand it as an art form.</p><p>These virtuosos live closer to the divine than the rest of humanity. They're queers.</p><p></I><B>Myriam Gurba </B>is a queer spoken-word performer, visual artist, and writer from Santa Maria, California. She's the author of <I>Dahlia Season </I>(2007, Manic D) which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, <I>Wish You Were Me </I>(2011, Future Tense Books), and <I>Painting Their Portraits in Winter </I>(2015, Manic D). She has toured with Sister Spit and her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach. She lives in Long Beach, where she teaches social studies to eighth-graders.</p></div>
The Chronology of Water: A Memoir
by Lidia Yuknavitch

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English

Pages

268

Publication Date

April 01, 2011

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<div>This is not your mother’s memoir. In The Chronology of Water, Lidia Yuknavitch, a lifelong swimmer and Olympic hopeful escapes her raging father and alcoholic and suicidal mother when she accepts a swimming scholarship which drug and alcohol addiction eventually cause her to lose. What follows is promiscuous sex with both men and women, some of them famous, and some of it S&M, and Lidia discovers the power of her sexuality to help her forget her pain. The forgetting doesn’t last, though, and it is her hard-earned career as a writer and a teacher, and the love of her husband and son, that ultimately create the life she needs to survive.</div>
Running with Scissors: A Memoir
by Augusten Burroughs

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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>
When We Rise: My Life in the Movement
by Cleve Jones

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English

Pages

305

Publication Date

November 29, 2016

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<b>2017 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD WINNER <br /><br />The partial inspiration for the ABC television mini-series! </b><br /><br /><strong>"You could read Cleve Jones's book because you should know about the struggle for gay, lesbian, and transgender rights from one of its key participants--maybe heroes--but really, you should read it for pleasure and joy."--Rebecca Solnit, author of <em>Men Explain Things to Me</em></strong><br /><br />Born in 1954, Cleve Jones was among the last generation of gay Americans who grew up wondering if there were others out there like himself. There were. Like thousands of other young people, Jones, nearly penniless, was drawn in the early 1970s to San Francisco, a city electrified by progressive politics and sexual freedom. <br /><br />Jones found community--in the hotel rooms and ramshackle apartments shared by other young adventurers, in the city's bathhouses and gay bars like The Stud, and in the burgeoning gay district, the Castro, where a New York transplant named Harvey Milk set up a camera shop, began shouting through his bullhorn, and soon became the nation's most outspoken gay elected official. With Milk's encouragement, Jones dove into politics and found his calling in "the movement." When Milk was killed by an assassin's bullet in 1978, Jones took up his mentor's progressive mantle--only to see the arrival of AIDS transform his life once again. <br /><br />By turns tender and uproarious, <em>When We Rise</em> is Jones' account of his remarkable life. He chronicles the heartbreak of losing countless friends to AIDS, which very nearly killed him, too; his co-founding of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation during the terrifying early years of the epidemic; his conception of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the largest community art project in history; the bewitching story of 1970s San Francisco and the magnetic spell it cast for thousands of young gay people and other misfits; and the harrowing, sexy, and sometimes hilarious stories of Cleve's passionate relationships with friends and lovers during an era defined by both unprecedented freedom and and violence alike. <br /><br /><i>When We Rise</i> is not only the story of a hero to the LQBTQ community, but the vibrantly voice memoir of a full and transformative American life.
Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart
by Scott Stabile

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English

Pages

244

Publication Date

August 21, 2017

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"I look to Scott for wisdom and leadership and he has delivered both with <i>Big Love</i>. This book opened my heart and mind and I'm forever grateful."<br /><b>—Glennon Doyle, author of #1 <i>New York Times</i>–bestseller <i>Love Warrior</i> </b><br /><br />What happens when you fully commit yourself to love? Endless good, insists Scott Stabile, who found that out by overcoming plenty of bad. His parents were murdered when he was fourteen. Nine years later, his brother died of a heroin overdose. Soon after that, Scott joined a cult that dominated his life for thirteen years before he summoned the courage to walk away. In <i>Big Love, </i>his insightful and refreshingly honest collection of personal essays, Scott relates these profound experiences as well as everyday struggles and triumphs in ways that are universally applicable, uplifting, and laugh-out-loud funny. Whether silencing shame, rebounding after failure, or moving forward despite fears, Scott shares hard-won insights that consistently return readers to love, both of themselves and others.
The Gay-Len Memoir: How Love Can Make You Stupid
by Galen J Cromartie

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Language

English

Pages

96

Publication Date

December 07, 2017

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The Gay-Len Memoir is a survivor’s story, a fairy tale in which the hero, after painful years of struggle, meets his prince and discovers lasting love. This memoir often deals with painful situations, but its message is critical: love yourself first, and don’t depend on your relationships to fill gaps in your soul—because relying on romance to determine self-worth is a recipe for disaster. The memoir touches on sexual assault, domestic violence, cheating, and many topics most relationships face on a day to day basis.

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