Articles tagged "memoir"

Nonfiction Round-Up (8/14/19)

Nazi resistance, a musical master, neurodiversity, a portrait of a scientist, and a graphic memoir… welcome to today’s nonfiction round-up!

LIVES RECLAIMED: A Story of Rescue and Resistance in Nazi Germany by Mark Roseman

2 starred reviews!

“…Bund members could aid only a few imperiled Jews, and the compromises they were forced to make raise compelling moral issues not easily resolved.”–Booklist, starred review

“…Roseman writes a gripping narrative documenting the lives of the people who helped others and those who benefited from their actions. Highly recommended.”–Library Journal, starred review

TEXAS FLOOD: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan by Alan Paul and Andy Aledort

2 starred reviews!

“Fans will be thrilled with this intelligent, informative, and enlightening biography of the guitar great.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Vaughan deserved this book, and, as it should, the content will stay with readers long after the last note has sounded.”–Library Journal, starred review

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Nonfiction Round-Up (8/7/19)

Surviving marital struggles and discovering a secret heritage–all in today’s nonfiction round-up!

THE LONG ACCOMPLISHMENT: A Memoir of Hope and Struggle in Matrimony by Rick Moody

“Moody’s sheer delight with language and his clever turns of phrase hint at a sense of wonder and hope, while his Knausgaardian introspection leaves him contemplating the intersection of fate and magic, recognizing that good fortune seems preordained while transcending tragedy requires something magical, namely, the power of love.”–Booklist

WHEN I WAS WHITE: A Memoir by Sarah Valentine

“We feel every step of Valentine’s struggle, from feeling physically broken to becoming emotionally stronger as she reaches for self-acceptance and self-definition.”–Booklist

August Librarian Preview

Earlier today we hosted our first ever Librarian Preview! In case you missed it, here are the highlights:

Adult

FIND ME | André Aciman | October 29, 2019 | 9780374155018
A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD | Therese Anne Fowler | February 4, 2020 | 9781250237279
THE GRAMMARIANS | Cathleen Schine | September 3, 2019 | 9780374280116
THE MIRROR & THE LIGHT | Hilary Mantel | March 10, 2020 | 9780805096606
A HUNDRED SUNS | Karin Tanabe | April 7, 2020 | 9781250231475
CILKA’S JOURNEY | Heather Morris | October 1, 2019 | 9781250265708
THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS | Jennifer Rosner | March 3, 2020 | 9781250179760
THE GOD GAME | Danny Tobey | January 7, 2020 | 9781250306142
DEAD ASTRONAUTS | Jeff VanderMeer | December 3, 2019 | 9780374276805
THE BOATMAN’S DAUGHTER | Andy Davidson | February 11, 2020 | 9780374538552
A HERO BORN | Jin Yong | September 17, 2019 | 9781250220608
NINTH HOUSE | Leigh Bardugo | October 8, 2019 | 9781250313072
HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD | Sarah J. Maas | March 3, 2020 | 9781635574043
YOU ARE NOT ALONE | Greer Hendricks + Sarah Pekkanen | March 3, 2020 | 9781250202031
HID FROM OUR EYES | Julia Spencer-Fleming | April 7, 2020 | 9780312606855
WHAT ROSE FORGOT | Nevada Barr | September 17, 2019 | 9781250207135
THE LONG CALL | Ann Cleeves | September 3, 2019 | 9781250204448
TAKE ME APART | Sara Sligar | April 28, 2020 | 9780374272616
SAINT X | Alexis Schaitkin | February 18, 2020 | 9781250219596
SHARKS IN THE TIME OF SAVIORS | Kawai Strong Washburn | March 31, 2020 | 9780374272081
OONA OUT OF ORDER | Margarita Montimore | February 25, 2020 | 9781250236609
THE OTHER BENNET SISTER | Janice Hadlow | February 18, 2020 | 9781250129413
DOMINICANA | Angie Cruz | September 3, 2019 | 9781250205933
AMERICAN DIRT | Jeanine Cummins | January 21, 2020 | 9781250209764
PECULIAR QUESTIONS AND PRACTICAL ANSWERS | Barry Blitt | October 22, 2019 | 9781250203625
MOLLY | Colin Butcher | October 8, 2019 | 9781250204776
CONVERSATIONS WITH RBG | Jeffrey Rosen | November 5, 2019 | 9781250235169
UNFOLLOW | Megan Phelps-Roper | October 8, 2019 | 9780374275839
DIARY OF A DRAG QUEEN | Crystal Rasmussen with Tom Rasmussen | April 14, 2020 | 9780374538576
HERE WE ARE | Aarti Namdev Shahani | October 1, 2019 | 9781250204752

YA

WAYWARD SON | Rainbow Rowell | September 24, 2019 | 9781250146076
THE NIGHT COUNTRY | Melissa Albert | January 7, 2020 | 9781250246073
DIAMOND CITY | Francesca Flores | January 28, 2020 | 9781250220448
HIS HIDEOUS HEART | Edited by Dahlia Adler | September 10, 2019 | 9781250302779
JANE ANONYMOUS | Laurie Faria Stolarz | January 7, 2020 | 9781250303707
CRACKED UP TO BE | Courtney Summers | February 4, 2020 | 9781250256973
FOUL IS FAIR | Hannah Capin | February 4, 2020 | 9781250239549
WHERE THE WORLD ENDS | Geraldine McCaughrean | December 3, 2019 | 9781250225498
THE GRACE YEAR | Kim Liggett | October 8, 2019 | 9781250145444
TWEET CUTE | Emma Lord | January 21, 2020 | 9781250237323
ANNA K. | Jenny Lee | March 3, 2020 | 9781250236432
ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED | Sophie Gonzales | March 3, 2020 | 9781250315892

Click here for a copy of our handout, and here to see which titles Tor was excited about.

Red-Hot Drop-In Alert: Edward Snowden’s Memoir PERMANENT RECORD

On September 17, 2019, Metropolitan Books will publish Edward Snowden’s memoir, PERMANENT RECORD.

Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.

In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the United States government was secretly pursuing the means to collect every single phone call, text message, and email. The result would be an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the ability to pry into the private lives of every person on earth. Six years later, Snowden reveals for the very first time how he helped to build this system and why he was moved to expose it.

Spanning the bucolic Beltway suburbs of his childhood and the clandestine CIA and NSA postings of his adulthood, PERMANENT RECORD is the extraordinary account of a bright young man who grew up online—a man who became a spy, a whistleblower, and, in exile, the Internet’s conscience. Written with wit, grace, passion, and an unflinching candor, PERMANENT RECORD is a crucial memoir of our digital age and destined to be a classic.

Nonfiction Round-Up (7/17/19)

Women’s healthcare, tragic lives of the elite, cartoon calculus, and a travel memoir–welcome to today’s nonfiction round-up!

EVERYTHING BELOW THE WAIST: Why Health Care Needs a Feminist Revolution by Jennifer Block

2 starred reviews!

“Thought-provoking, empowering information that all women should have; essential for public and consumer health ­libraries.“–Library Journal, starred review

“A dense and serious work packed with important information, highly recommended for health professionals, classes in women’s studies, and any woman who seeks guidance in these issues.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

FOUR FRIENDS: Promising Lives Cut Short by William D. Cohan

“Readers who enjoy behind-the-scenes details about the lives of the elite, including their foibles, will appreciate these accounts.”–Booklist

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July Nonfiction E-Book Sale for Libraries

Expand your e-book collection with these nonfiction essentials!

From 7/17 through 7/31, twenty-nine e-Books will be discounted 25% off (with our regular lending terms), including these bestsellers and award-winners:

LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE: Essays by Sloane Crosley
THE POISONED CITY: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark
THE SUN DOES SHINE: How I Found Life, Freedom, and Justice by Anthony Ray Hinton
THE END OF THE END OF THE EARTH: Essays by Jonathan Franzen
BLACK KLANSMAN: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime by Ron Stallworth

Click here to download the spreadsheet of all available titles with exact price changes.

Maximum Shelf: HERE WE ARE

Today’s Maximum Shelf pick is NPR correspondent Aarti Namdev Shahani’s immigration memoir, HERE WE ARE: American Dreams, American Nightmares!

Who really belongs in America? That question has chased every newcomer and many native born since the founding of the republic. In this heart-wrenching, vulnerable and witty memoir, journalist Aarti Shahani digs deep inside herself and her family for an answer—one that she finds in an unlikely place.

The Shahanis came to Queens—from India, by way of Casablanca—in the 1980s. They were undocumented for a few years and then, with the arrival of their green cards, they thought they’d made it. This memoir is the story of how they did, and didn’t.

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Nonfiction Round-Up (6/26/19)

Eating & branding & dressing & fast fooding & playing baseball–what more do you need in a nonfiction round-up?!

HANGRY: 5 Simple Steps to Balance Your Hormones and Restore Your Joy (Including a Customizable Paleo/Mediterranean Plan!) by Sarah Fragoso and Brooke Kalanick, ND, MS

Go from feeling stressed out and frustrated––and really freaking tired!––to healthy, happy, and at home again in your body by healing your hormones and resetting your metabolism.

THIS IS NOT A T-SHIRT: A Brand, a Culture, a Community–a Life in Streetwear by Bobby Hundreds

The story of The Hundreds and the precepts that made it an iconic streetwear brand by Bobby Hundreds himself.

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Adult Books for Teens

Booklist has deemed these adult titles to be
perfect for teen readers . . . and we agree!

NATURALLY TAN by Tan France
From one of the stars of Netflix’s overnight sensation Queer Eye, Tan France’s memoir has his signature wit, style, and tells the origin story of one of the few openly gay, South Asian men on television.

“In many ways, this is a coming-of-age memoir; France met his first boyfriend and began his career in fashion at 17. Teen fans will be interested.” —Booklist, YA Interest

MAGIC FOR LIARS by Sarah Gailey
This debut novel from the Hugo-award-winning Sarah Gailey combines the mainstream fantasy appeal of The Magicians with the twists of Tana French’s investigative noir series.

“A magical boarding school will always bewitch YAs; add in the teen subplots and you’ve got a sure thing.” —Booklist, YA Interest

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Happy Hour Book Buzz at ALA Annual 2019

In case you are #alaleftbehind and missed our epically awesome Happy Hour Book Buzz #MLHAPPYHOUR (guest starring Jeanine Cummins!), here are the highlights:

Adult

AMERICAN DIRT | Jeanine Cummins | January 21, 2020 | 9781250209764 | HC | $26.99
YOU ARE NOT ALONE | Hendricks + Pekkanen | March 3, 2020 | 9781250202031 | HC | $27.99
A BETTER MAN | Louise Penny | August 27, 2019 | 9781250066213 | HC | $28.99
WHAT ROSE FORGOT | Nevada Barr | September 17, 2019 | 9781250207135 | HC | $28.99
THE WHISPER MAN | Alex North | August 20, 2019 | 9781250317995 | HC | $26.99
SAINT X | Alexis Schaitkin | February 4, 2020 | 9781250219596 | HC | $26.99
THE OTHER BENNET SISTER | Janice Hadlow | February 18, 2020 | 9781250129413 | HC | $28.00
OONA OUT OF ORDER | Margarita Montimore | February 25, 2020 | 9781250236609 | HC | $26.99
THE GOD GAME | Danny Tobey | January 7, 2020 | 9781250306142 | HC | $26.99
RUST: A Memoir of Steel and Grit | Eliese Colette Goldbach | March 3, 2020 | 9781250239402 | HC | $27.99
MOLLY: The True Story of the Amazing Dog Who Rescues Cats | Colin Butcher | October 8, 2019 | 9781250204776 | HC | $26.99
WE ARE THE WEATHER: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast | Jonathan Safran Foer | September 17, 2019 | 9780374280000 | HC | $24.00
HIGH SCHOOL | Sara Quin + Tegan Quin | September 24, 2019 | 9780374169947 | HC | $27.00
FATHER OF LIONS: One Man’s Remarkable Quest to Save the Mosul Zoo | Louise Callaghan | January 14, 2020 | 9781250248947 | HC | $27.99
A HUNDRED SUNS | Karin Tanabe | April 7, 2020 | 9781250231475 | HC | $27.99
THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS | Jennifer Rosner | March 3, 2020 | 9781250179760 | HC | $25.99
UNFOLLOW: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church | Megan Phelps-Roper | October 8, 2019 | 9780374275839 | HC | $27.00
CILKA’S JOURNEY | Heather Morris | October 1, 2019 | 9781250265708 | HC | $27.99
FIND ME | André Aciman | October 29, 2019 | 9780374155018 | HC $26.00
THE TOPEKA SCHOOL | Ben Lerner | October 1, 2019 | 9780374277789 | HC $27.00
DOMINICANA | Angie Cruz | September 3, 2019 | 9781250205933 | HC $26.99

YA

WAYWARD SON | Rainbow Rowell | September 24, 2019 | 9781250146076 | HC | $19.99
DIAMOND CITY | Francesca Flores | January 28, 2020 | 9781250220448 | HC | $18.99
FOUL IS FAIR | Hannah Capin | February 4, 2020 | 9781250239549 | HC | $18.99
THE SILVERED SERPENTS | Roshani Chokshi | February 4, 2020 | 9781250144577 | HC | $18.99
RUTHLESS GODS | Emily A. Duncan | April 7, 2020 | 9781250195692 | HC | $18.99
GOBLIN KING | Kara Barbieri | April 21, 2020 | 9781250247605 | HC | $18.99
HIS HIDEOUS HEART: 13 of Edgar Allan Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined | Dahlia Adler | September 10, 2019 | 9781250302779 | HC | $18.99
THE MADNESS BLOOMS | Mackenzi Lee | February 4, 2020 | 9781250136169 | HC | $18.99
THE NIGHT COUNTRY: A Hazel Wood Novel | Melissa Albert | January 7, 2020 | 9781250246073 | HC | $18.99
ANNA K.: A Love Story | Jenny Lee | March 3, 2020 | 9781250236432 | HC | $18.99

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