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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鈥檚 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鈥檚 that struggle that gives the book its original structure: each chapter is driven by its own narrative trope鈥攖he haunted house, erotica, the bildungsroman鈥攖hrough 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鈥檚 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>
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>鈥淛ust when I thought I knew everything about Tan, he hits me with this. His story is so heartwarming, and wickedly funny.鈥?鈥擜ntoni Porowski</p><p><b>In this heartfelt, funny, and touching memoir, one of the stars of Netflix鈥檚 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鈥攁nd the first openly gay, South Asian man on </b><b>television鈥攕imply 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鈥攁 Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City. </p><p>From one of the stars of Netflix鈥檚 runaway hit show Queer Eye, <i>Naturally Tan</i> is so much more than fashion dos and don鈥檛s鈥攖hough of course Tan can鈥檛 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 鈥渞eality TV,鈥?Naturally Tan gives us Tan鈥檚 unique perspective on the happiness to be found in being yourself.</p><p>In Tan's own words, <b>鈥淭he 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.鈥?lt;/b></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>鈥橲<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鈥檚 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>鈥淎 moving, bracingly honest memoir that reads like fevered poetry.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The New York Times Book Review </i></b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淛ones鈥檚 voice and sensibility are so distinct that he turns one of the oldest of literary genres inside out and upside down.鈥?鈥擭PR鈥橲<i> Fresh Air</i></b><br /><br />鈥淧eople don鈥檛 just happen,鈥?writes Saeed Jones. 鈥淲e sacrifice former versions of ourselves. We sacrifice the people who dared to raise us. The 鈥業鈥?it seems doesn鈥檛 exist until we are able to say, 鈥業 am no longer yours.鈥欌€?lt;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鈥攊nto 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鈥攁nd <i>to</i> one another鈥攁s we fight to become ourselves.<br /> <br />An award-winning poet, Jones has developed a style that鈥檚 as beautiful as it is powerful鈥攁 voice that鈥檚 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.
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鈥檚 <i>The Trauma Cleaner:</i> </b><b><i>One Woman鈥檚 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鈥攁nd unnatural鈥攃atastrophes 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鈥檚 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鈥?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鈥檚 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鈥攁nd everyone鈥攕hares 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>聽captures the true story of the gay rights movement from the 1960s to the present, through聽richly detailed, stunning interviews with the leaders, activists, and ordinary people who witnessed the movement and made it happen. These聽individuals fought battles both personal and political,聽often without the support of family or friends, frequently聽under the threat of violence and persecution.聽By shining a light on these remarkable stories of bravery and determination,聽<strong>THE BOOK OF PRIDE</strong>聽not only聽honors聽an important chapter in American history, but also empowers young people today (both LGBTQ and聽straight) to discover their own courage in order to create positive change. Furthermore, it serves a critically important role in ensuring聽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>
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?
The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Strai...
by Alan Downs

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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>
Figuring
by Maria Popova

Language

English

Pages

554

Publication Date

February 05, 2019

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<i>Figuring</i> explores the complexities of love and the human search for truth and meaning through the interconnected lives of several historical figures across four centuries鈥攂eginning with the astronomer Johannes Kepler, who discovered the laws of planetary motion, and ending with the marine biologist and author Rachel Carson, who catalyzed the environmental movement. <br /><br />Stretching between these figures is a cast of artists, writers, and scientists鈥攎ostly women, mostly queer鈥攚hose public contribution have聽risen out of their unclassifiable and often heartbreaking private relationships to change the way we understand, experience, and appreciate the universe. Among them are the astronomer Maria Mitchell, who paved the way for women in science; the sculptor Harriet Hosmer, who did the same in art; the journalist and literary critic Margaret Fuller, who sparked the feminist movement; and the poet Emily Dickinson.<br /><br />Emanating from these lives are larger questions about the measure of a good life and what it means to leave a lasting mark of betterment on an imperfect world: Are achievement and acclaim enough for happiness? Is genius? Is love? Weaving through the narrative is a set of peripheral figures鈥擱alph Waldo Emerson, Charles Darwin, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Walt Whitman鈥攁nd a tapestry of themes spanning music, feminism, the history of science, the rise and decline of religion, and how the intersection of astronomy, poetry, and Transcendentalist philosophy fomented the environmental movement.
Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)
by David Sedaris

Language

English

Pages

529

Publication Date

May 30, 2017

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<strong></strong><strong>One of the most anticipated books of 2017: <i>Boston Globe, New York Times Book Review</i>, <i>New York</i>'s "Vulture", <i>The Week</i>, Bustle, BookRiot</strong><b><br /></b><b>An <i>NPR </i>Best Book of 2017</b><b>An AV Club Favorite Book of 2017</b><strong>A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2017</strong><strong>A Goodreads Choice Awards nominee<br /><br /></strong><strong>David Sedaris tells all in a book that is, literally, a lifetime in the making.<br /></strong><br />For forty years, David Sedaris has kept a diary in which he records everything that captures his attention-overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. These observations are the source code for his finest work, and through them he has honed his cunning, surprising sentences.<br /><br />Now, Sedaris shares his private writings with the world. <i>Theft by Finding</i>, the first of two volumes, is the story of how a drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes and a chronic inability to hold down a real job became one of the funniest people on the planet.<br /><br />Written with a sharp eye and ear for the bizarre, the beautiful, and the uncomfortable, and with a generosity of spirit that even a misanthropic sense of humor can't fully disguise, <i>Theft By Finding </i>proves that Sedaris is one of our great modern observers. It's a potent reminder that when you're as perceptive and curious as Sedaris, there's no such thing as a boring day<strong>.<br /></strong><strong></strong>
Since My Last Confession: A Gay Catholic Memoir
by Scott Pomfret

Language

English

Pages

312

Publication Date

January 12, 2012

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Scott Pomfret serves as a lector at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston. He also writes gay porn. His boyfriend is a flaming atheist, and his boyfriend鈥檚 Protestant grandmother considers Catholicism a sin worse than sodomy. From Pentecost to Pride, from the books of the Bible to the articles of the <i>Advocate</i>, Pomfret鈥檚 wry, hysterically funny memoir maps with matchless humor the full spectrum of the gay Catholic experience.

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