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Stay True: A Memoir By Hua Hsu Cover Image
By Hua Hsu
$26.00
ISBN: 9780385547772
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Published: Doubleday - September 27th, 2022

Was he even my best friend? What a feeling to have after such gut wrenching loss. Hua Hsu gorgeously, with some young adult cynicism, walks us through this ode to friendship and self exploration. Layered and considered from every angle. The aftermath of his loss of his friend felt so heavy, and yet well carried.


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I'm Glad My Mom Died By Jennette McCurdy Cover Image
$27.99
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ISBN: 9781982185824
Published: Simon & Schuster - August 9th, 2022

Really grateful for Jennette McCurdy speaking so frankly about the progression of her ED and it's impacts on her career, her relationships, and her process of discovering the dysfunction of her relationship to her mom. McCurdy is vulnerable in the details she chooses to share. I was relieved that nothing was sugar coated. She showed up authentically to tell her story. A very important and good memoir.


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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir By Michelle Zauner Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525657743
Published: Knopf - April 20th, 2021

You might know Michelle Zauner from her band Japanese Breakfast. But truth be told, this book may be an even bigger accomplishment than taking an indie band to the big stage. Zauner recounts her relationship with her mother all the way through her mother's devastating passing to cancer. Gorgeous descriptions of food that make a hungry stomach growl written alongside gripping moments of grief. Zauner has written something for the bi-racial child of immigrants, for those who have lost their mother, for those who may never understand their living parent, for those who have spent countless hours in hospitals, and for those who feel as if they've lost their roots and culture when a parent passes. I felt personally connected to this, as I have one immigrant parent and one White-American parent. Zauner described many of the things I feel about losing my truth and balancing my identity before the world. An absolute read for all who grieve. Unfortunately, that is all of us.


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Mean By Myriam Gurba Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894913
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Published: Coffee House Press - November 7th, 2017

One of the best memoirs of our time. Myriam Gurba is sharp, hilarious, deep-as-the-sea, and soft-at-the-core mean. Her ability to translate her experience and thoughts to the page is remarkable. Impressive. How can someone right this easily? This fluidly? You might find yourself surprised that some of the things Gurba thinks are things you've long thought, but never dared to say. Gurba is the kind of witty that makes you cringe and smile at the same time. As a Mexican-American I felt very seen by Myriam Gurba's memoir. I was grateful to witness her lived experience. Easily now my favorite book of all time. CW for descriptions of sexual violence and assault.


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I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness By Austin Channing Brown Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781524760854
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Published: Convergent Books - May 15th, 2018

Austin Channing Brown is a voice to follow. She welcomes the reader graciously into her reality and through her experiences as a Black woman navigating a White world. She checks reality and Whiteness in a necessary way. I could sing all day about how amazing Austin Channing Brown is and how grateful I am for her voice.


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The Year of Magical Thinking (Vintage International) By Joan Didion Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781400078431
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Published: Vintage - February 13th, 2007

A reflection on seeing death, knowing death, and how the world moves forward as if nothing happened at all. Why do we keep their shoes if they're not coming back to use them? Didion reflects on the loss of her husband.