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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 <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.
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>
The Book of Pride: LGBTQ Heroes Who Changed the World
by Mason Funk

Language

English

Pages

284

Publication Date

May 21, 2019

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<p><strong>THE BOOK OF PRIDE</strong> captures the true story of the gay rights movement from the 1960s to the present, through richly detailed, stunning interviews with the leaders, activists, and ordinary people who witnessed the movement and made it happen. These individuals fought battles both personal and political, often without the support of family or friends, frequently under the threat of violence and persecution. By shining a light on these remarkable stories of bravery and determination, <strong>THE BOOK OF PRIDE</strong> not only honors an important chapter in American history, but also empowers young people today (both LGBTQ and straight) to discover their own courage in order to create positive change. Furthermore, it serves a critically important role in ensuring the history of the LGBTQ movement can never be erased, inspiring us to resist all forms of oppression with ferocity, community, and, most importantly, pride</p>
The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Strai...
by Alan Downs

Language

English

Pages

274

Publication Date

June 05, 2012

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<b>A groundbreaking examination of the psychology of homosexuality, why it leads to shame over one's identity, and how to overcome it<br /><br /></b>In <i>The Velvet Rage</i>, psychologist Alan Downs draws on his own struggle with shame and anger, contemporary research, and stories from his patients to passionately describe the stages of a gay man's journey out of shame and offers practical and inspired strategies to stop the cycle of avoidance and self-defeating behavior. <i>The Velvet Rage</i> is an empowering book that has already changed the public discourse on gay culture and helped shape the identity of an entire generation of gay men.<b><br /></b>
Out East: Memoir of a Montauk Summer
by John Glynn

Language

English

Pages

257

Publication Date

May 14, 2019

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<b>An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of May 2019</b><b>A TIME Magazine Best Book of May 2019 <br /></b><b>A Cosmopolitan Best Book of May 2019</b><b>An Oprah Magazine Best LGBTQ Book of 2019 </b><b><br /></b><b>A gripping portrait of life in a Montauk summer house--a </b><b>debut </b><b>memoir of first love, identity and self-discovery among a group of friends who became family.</b><i><br /></i>They call Montauk the end of the world, a spit of land jutting into the Atlantic. The house was a ramshackle split-level set on a hill, and each summer thirty one people would sleep between its thin walls and shag carpets. Against the moonlight the house's octagonal roof resembled a bee's nest. It was dubbed The Hive.<br />In 2013, John Glynn joined the share house. Packing his duffel for that first Memorial Day Weekend, he prayed for clarity. At 27, he was crippled by an all-encompassing loneliness, a feeling he had carried in his heart for as long as he could remember. John didn't understand the loneliness. He just knew it was there. Like the moon gone dark.<br /><br />OUT EAST is the portrait of a summer, of the Hive and the people who lived in it, and John's own reckoning with a half-formed sense of self. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, The Hive was a center of gravity, a port of call, a home. Friendships, conflicts, secrets and epiphanies blossomed within this tightly woven friend group and came to define how they would live out the rest of their twenties and beyond. <br />Blending the sand-strewn milieu of George Howe Colt's <i>The Big House</i>, the radiant aching of Olivia Liang's <i>The Lonely City</i>, OUT EAST is a keenly wrought story of love and transformation, longing and escape in our own contemporary moment.<br /> <br /><b>"An unforgettable story told with feeling and humor and above all with the razor-sharp skill of a delicate and highly gifted writer." --Andre Aciman, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Call Me by Your Name</i></b><b><i><br /></i></b><b>"<i>Out East</i> is full of intimacy and hope and frustration and joy, an extraordinary tale of emotional awakening and lacerating ambivalence, a confession of self-doubt that becomes self-knowledge." --</b><b>Andrew Solomon, National Book Award winner</b>

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