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Bad Tourist
Memoir
Sunny Solomon

Bad Tourist

BAD TOURIST, MISADVENTURES IN LOVE AND TRAVEL I received an Advance Uncorrected Proof of Suzanne Robert’s Bad Tourist back in mid-July. I picked it up briefly toward

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Wild Blueberries
Autobiography/Memoir
Sunny Solomon

Wild Blueberries

WILD BLUEBERRIES It has been a long time since a memoir has brought me such laughter and warmth. Peter Damm, now a resident of Berkeley,

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Autobiography/Memoir
Ann Ronald

What You Have Heard is True

WHAT YOU HAVE HEARD IS TRUE: A MEMOIR OF WITNESS AND RESISTANCE I can’t recall reading another book about a topic absolutely foreign to me

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Autobiography/Memoir
Ann Ronald

Deep Creek

DEEP CREEK When I first read Pam Houston’s acerbic collection of short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness, I recognized a writer who would have a

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Autobiography/Memoir
Martha Hildreth

Boot Language

BOOT LANGUAGE This memoir will remind the reader of other books that recall a blighted, terrifying childhood such as Glass Castle and Educated. Like those

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History
Neal Ferguson

Czeching In: Adventures Beyond Prague

CZECHING IN: ADVENTURES BEYOND PRAGUE In her self-published memoir-guidebook-history, Lenka Glassner offers insightful and often humorous glimpses of herself, her culture, her history, and her

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Memoir
Sunny Solomon

The Noble Hustle

THE NOBLE HUSTLE, POKER, BEEF JERKY AND DEATH Pulitzer Prize Winner (“The Underground Railroad”) Colson Whitehead has done it again, written a book unlike any

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Four Seasons in Rome
Autobiography/Memoir
Ann Ronald

Four Seasons in Rome

Four Seasons in Rome – On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World Reportedly, Anthony Doerr took ten years to

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British Authors
Neal Ferguson

Testament of Youth

Vera Brittain was in many ways a typical female product of a slightly repressive, prosperous, late Victorian family. Despite the potential stultification, she developed an

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Autobiography/Memoir
Ann Ronald

My Life in Middlemarch

My Life in Middlemarch Rebecca Mead pretends to be writing a riff on her own life as it echoes various Middlemarch themes, but in truth

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Autobiography/Memoir
Neal Ferguson

H is for Hawk

I never cease to thrill at the sight of a hawk sailing effortlessly on a thermal, wings spread, focusing on the ground below and a

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Autobiography/Memoir
Sunny Solomon

Brown Girl Dreaming

Award-wining author Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming may have been published for middle and young adult readers, but this is a book for every reader,

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Autobiography/Memoir
Ann Ronald

A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost essentially is a memoir of the mind, an intense collection of personal essays about losing oneself intellectually,

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My Friend Dahmer
Autobiography/Memoir
Jacqueline Smay

My Friend Dahmer

It’s something of a cliché for a reviewer to warn readers of an especially challenging work that “This is not for everyone;” but sometimes—like now—it’s

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