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Hill Women by Cassie Chambers
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With nuance and heart, Cassie uses these women's stories paired with her own journey to break down the myth of the "hillbilly" and illuminate a region whose poor communities, especially women, can lead it into the future.
Inferno by Catherine Cho
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Haben by Haben Girma
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The incredible life story of Haben Girma, the first Deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, and her amazing journey from isolation to the world stage.
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An acclaimed cultural critic presents the story of her journey to understand her northern and southern roots, the Great Migration, and the displacement of black people across America.
Nobody will Tell you this but me by Bess Kalb
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The award-winning Jimmy Kimmel Live writer reflects on her relationship with her loving grandmother, the daughter of immigrants from 19th-century Belarus whose hardships, sacrifices and headstrong nature shaped the author’s perspectives on family and career.
Unfollow: a Memoir of loving and leaving the Westboro Baptist Church by Megan Phelps-Roper
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The activist and TED speaker Phelps-Roper reveals her life growing up in the most hated family in America. Rich with suspense and thoughtful reflection, her life story exposes the dangers of black-and-white thinking and the need for true humility in a time of angry polarization.
My Vanishing Country by Bakari Sellers
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Part memoir, part historical and cultural analysis, Bakari Sellers presents an eye-opening journey through the South's past, present, and future. In his personal history, we are awakened to the crisis affecting the other "Forgotten Men & Women," who the media seldom acknowledges.
Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey
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The former U.S. poet laureate shares a personal memoir about the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather, and how this profound experience of loss shaped her as an adult and an artist.
Square Haunting: five lives in London between the wars by Francesca Wade
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With sparkling insight and a novelistic style, Francesca Wade sheds new light on a group of artists and thinkers whose pioneering work would enrich the possibilities of women's lives for generations to come.
Learning by Heart by Tony Wagner
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One of the world's top experts on education delivers an uplifting memoir on his own personal failures and successes as he sought to become a good learner and teacher.