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Biography & Memoir from the 2016 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2016 Summer Newsletter.


Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Wow, there is so much to love about Hope Jahren and her book, Lab Girl. Jahren is an accomplished scientist who has spent several decades tirelessly working her way up in the field of geobiology and, as it turns out, is a lover of literature, a talented wordsmith, and a delightful storyteller. Not just a memoir, Lab Girl is an adventure story, a celebration of friendship, a down-and-dirty exploration of the science world, and a beautifully rendered explanation of plant biology.   —Melinda

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ISBN: 9781101874936
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Published: Knopf - April 5th, 2016

Double Cup Love by Eddie Huang

“Eddie Huang gives readers another punch of passion in his second memoir (after 2013’s massively successful Fresh Off the Boat). With his gift for conversation, edgy humor, and deeply knowledgeable palate, readers get a sense of a young chef on a serious quest. As Huang finds love, he continues to wrestle with his family and the business, discovering a nagging ache that calls him back to the motherland. Through an endless stream of hilarious basketball metaphors, pop culture one-liners, and what Huang affectionately calls ‘Chinglish,’ his passion for food and determination to get things right—in the U.S., in China, and in his heart of hearts—mark every page.” —Publishers Weekly

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ISBN: 9780812995466
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - May 31st, 2016

What Comes Next and How to Like It by Abigail Thomas

Abigail Thomas writes memoirs for all of us. In short essays, vignettes, thought pieces, and considerations, she threads together a life and a way of living that is at once universal and familiar. Through clear, dynamic writing, she invites you into a conversation, and you experience her lifelong friendships, her family, her dogs, her loves and fears, just as you begin to explore your own. Funny, thoughtful, frank, and true; this is a work of art in deliciously plain clothes.  —Melinda

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ISBN: 9781476785066
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Published: Scribner - April 19th, 2016

Catastrophic Happiness by Catherine Newman

I have loved Catherine Newman’s writing since the first time I read it, and I kind of think of her as my parenting spirit animal. She captures the elation, beauty, messiness, mistakes, and anxiety of raising children like no one else—and is absolutely hilarious, too. In her new book she takes on the toddler-to-teenager years, or what she calls “[the time] your children will remember as childhood.” In this book that is by turns gut-wrenching and gorgeous, Newman writes about moments big and small that will leave you laughing, crying, and so very grateful for family.  —S.B.

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ISBN: 9780316337502
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 5th, 2016

The Seven Good Years by Etgar Keret

If you’re familiar with Etgar Keret’s short fiction, you already know he’s capable of magic and able to effortlessly bring the reader into a world where humor and melancholy quietly coexist. The Seven Good Years paints a bittersweet portrait of father–son relationships that we don’t often get to read about. It manages to hold onto humor despite war and loss being a constant background in the lives of three generations. Keret’s first nonfiction book in English does not disappoint.  —Megan


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ISBN: 9780399576003
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 7th, 2016

I’m Just a Person by Tig Notaro

In case you haven’t heard of Tig Notaro, she’s the incredibly inspiring comedian who blew the world away with her on-stage cancer reveal. Yeah, her! Isn’t she amazing? Reading these stories from her unique childhood and about the series of traumas that led up to that big night, I felt like I understood what drove her to process such a heavy life event on stage only days after receiving the news. It’s a wonderful book about surviving and other hilarious accidentss.  —Nici


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ISBN: 9780062266637
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Published: Ecco - June 14th, 2016

Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching by Mychal Denzel Smith

This personal political coming-of-age memoir is striking from the beginning. How does one learn to be a black man today? Who are the models? There is Obama and there is Trayvon Martin. You can be a ‘token’ or a ‘martyr’ but how do you just Be? Mychal Denzel Smith is a keen observer of both himself and the world around him. He confronts his own challenges and assumptions about being a young black man today, and does so by exploring the context and complexity involved in growing up in a culture that is filled with prejudice, disregard, and disenfranchisement. Smith’s ability to be so invested, self-aware, and emotionally raw makes this astute and intellectually brilliant memoir powerful and honest. A deep and important book that everyone should read. 


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ISBN: 9781568585284
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Published: Bold Type Books - June 14th, 2016

Words Without Music by Philip Glass

Back when Philip Glass’ father owned a record store, record companies would take back broken records for a deposit. The Glass family regarded music instruction as part of a rounded education, so Philip and his brother took weekly music lessons. They would also smash records for their father’s business. In this autobiography, Glass explains the trajectory of his illustrious career, with charming details that clue us in as to how he became not just a talented composer but a groundbreaking and controversial artist.  —Molly


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ISBN: 9781631491436
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Published: Liveright - May 3rd, 2016

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