Biography & Memoir

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Both/And: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501194801
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Published: Scribner - November 2nd, 2021

Hillary Clinton's long time top aide and advisor, the famously private Huma Abedin finally her own fascinating story. From her early years as the daughter of Pakistani and Indian intellectuals, to her ultimately heart-breaking marriage to Congressman Anthony Weiner, to her internship with Hillary Clinton that grew into an amazing career in public service, Abedin was "in the room" at some of the most crucial moments in our political history.

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Taste: My Life Through Food Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982168018
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Published: Gallery Books - October 5th, 2021

From award-winning actor and food obsessive Stanley Tucci comes an intimate and charming memoir of life in and out of the kitchen.
Taste is a reflection on the intersection of food and life, filled with anecdotes about his growing up in Westchester, New York; preparing for and shooting the foodie films Big Night and Julie & Julia; falling in love over dinner; and teaming up with his wife to create meals for a multitude of children. Each morsel of this gastronomic journey through good times and bad, five-star meals and burned dishes, is as heartfelt and delicious as the last.

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The Hidden Case of Ewan Forbes: And the Unwritten History of the Trans Experience Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982139469
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Published: Scribner - November 2nd, 2021

Ewan Forbes was born to a wealthy, landowning family, holders of a baronetcy, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in 1912. Assigned female at birth, his true identity was nevertheless clear even in childhood-and so, with the support of his mother, he was taken to European specialists and eventually treated with early preparations of synthetic testosterone. Raised as a boy at home but socially obliged to present himself as a girl in public until his official coming out to the Queen, Ewan grew up, became a doctor, and got married. (This required him to change the sex on his birth certificate, which was possible at that time without much fuss.) For decades, he lived a quiet life as a husband, doctor, and a pillar of the local community.

But in 1965, Ewan's older brother died unexpectedly-meaning that Ewan was set to inherit the baronetcy. His title could only be inherited by the next oldest man in the family and when his cousin John-spurred on by Ewan's sister-contested the inheritance he was forced to defend his male status in Scotland's supreme civil court, where he prevailed.

This hugely important case would have changed the lives of trans people across the world-if it hadn't been hidden.

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Eleanor Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439192047
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 19th, 2021

The first cradle to grave biography in a single volume on this remarkable woman's life. There is always more to say about her and David continues to unearth those gems.

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Dear Memory: Letters on Writing, Silence, and Grief Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571313928
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 12th, 2021

In this highly anticipated and remarkable book, poet Victoria Chang assembles the story of her family through fragments from her parents' lives.
he remembrances in this collection of letters are founded in the fragments of stories her mother shared reluctantly, and the silences of her father, who first would not and then could not share more. They are whittled and sculpted from an archive of family relics: a marriage license, a letter, a visa petition, a photograph. And, just as often, they are built on the questions that can no longer be answered.
Hauntingly beautiful.

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Graceland, at Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache from the American South Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571311849
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 14th, 2021

This is not a book about Elvis Presley.
Rather, it is a collection of remarkable essays by bookseller favorite Margaret Renkl, Nashville resident and author of Late Migrations, on the many ways there are to be Southern. From Black Lives Matter to kudzu, Margaret's personal and reported observations are a highly satisfying read.

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By Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator), Maria Guitart (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781609457167
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Published: Europa Editions - November 9th, 2021

When you really love an author, whether it be Margaret Atwood, T.S. Elliot, or Muriel Barbery, the beloved author of the bestselling novel Elegance of the Hedgehog, you are eventually going to want to know about their cats.
Here is Barbery's feline tell-all, every bit as warm, engaging, and wryly humorous as her fiction.

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The Redemption Of Bobby Love: A Story of Faith, Family, and Justice Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358566052
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Published: Mariner Books - October 5th, 2021

The inspiring, dramatic, and heartwarming true account of an escaped convict and his wife of thirty-five plus years who never knew his secret, which captured the imaginations of millions on Humans of New York. The backstory of this Church-going family man and his remarkable marriage is already in development for a television series.

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Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250621733
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Published: Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book - September 14th, 2021

From the founder and activist behind the largest movement of the 20th and 21st century, Tarana Burke shares her never before revealed life story of how she first came to say 'me too' and launch one of the largest cultural events in American history.

Tarana's memoir explores how to piece back together our fractured selves. How to not just bring the 'me too' movement back to empathy, but how to empathize with our past selves, with out 'bad' selves, and how to begin to love ourselves unabashedly.

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You Got Anything Stronger?: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062979933
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 14th, 2021

Gabrielle Union picks up where she left off in 2017 when she opened up about some of the most intimate parts of her life in We're Going to Need More WIne.

With You Got Anything Stronger, Union takes us on a girl's night at Chateau Marmont, and talks to Isis, her character from Bring It On. For the first time, she truly opens up about her surrogacy journey and the birth of Kaavia James Union Wade. And of course takes on racist institutions and practices in the entertainment industry, asking for equality and real accountability.

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1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows: A Memoir Cover Image
By Ai Weiwei, Allan H. Barr (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780553419467
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Published: Crown - November 2nd, 2021

We hope you were lucky enough to see Ai Weiwei's astonishing exhibit last year at The Kemper Art Museum, but even if you weren't, Weiwei's remarkable memoir is absolutely worth reading.

Once an intimate of Mao Zedong, Ai Weiwei's father was branded a rightist during the Cultural Revolution, and he and his family were banished to a desolate place known as "Little Siberia," where Ai Qing was sentenced to hard labor cleaning public toilets. Ai Weiwei recounts his childhood in exile, and his difficult decision to leave his family to study art in America, where he befriended Allen Ginsberg and was inspired by Andy Warhol. With candor and wit, he details his return to China and his rise from artistic unknown to art world superstar and international human rights activist-and how his work has been shaped by living under a totalitarian regime.

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ISBN: 9780385547215
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Published: Doubleday - September 7th, 2021

A Today Show Book Club Pick, Beautiful Country is the moving story of an undocumented child living in poverty in the richest country in the world-an incandescent debut from an astonishing new talent.

In Chinese, the word for America, Mei Guo, translates directly to "beautiful country." Yet when seven-year-old Qian arrives in New York City in 1994 full of curiosity, she is overwhelmed by crushing fear and scarcity. In China, Qian's parents were professors; in America, her family is "illegal" and it will require all the determination and small joys they can muster to survive.

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By Will Smith, Mark Manson (With)
ISBN: 9781984877925
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Published: Penguin Press - November 9th, 2021

Will Smith thought, with good reason, that he had won at life: not only was his own success unparalleled, his whole family was at the pinnacle of the entertainment world. Only they didn't see it that way: they felt more like star performers in his circus, a seven-days-a-week job they hadn't signed up for. It turned out Will Smith's education wasn't nearly over.

This memoir is the product of a profound journey of self-knowledge, a reckoning with all that your will can get you and all that it can leave behind.

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Brothers in the Beloved Community: The Friendship of Thich Nhat Hanh and Martin Luther King Jr. Cover Image
ISBN: 9781946764904
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Published: Parallax Press - November 16th, 2021

The extraordinary never-before-told story of the friendship between two extraordinary men: Martin Luther King Jr. and Thich Nhat Hanh-icons who changed each other and the world.

The two men bonded over a vision of the Beloved Community: a vision described recently by Congressman John Lewis as "a nation and world society at peace with itself." It was a concept each knew of because of their membership within the Fellowship of Reconciliation, an international peace organization, and that Martin Luther King Jr. had been popularizing through his work for some time. Thich Nhat Hanh, Andrus shows, took the lineage of the Beloved Community from King and carried it on after his death.

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Twilight Man: Love and Ruin in the Shadows of Hollywood and the Clark Empire Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143132905
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Published: Penguin Books - May 18th, 2021

In the booming 1920s, William Andrews Clark Jr. was one of the richest, most respected men in Los Angeles. The son of the mining tycoon known as "The Copper King of Montana," Clark launched the Los Angeles Philharmonic and helped create the Hollywood Bowl. He was also a man with secrets, including a lover named Harrison Post.