Holiday Gift Guide: Nonfiction

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: NONFICTION

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A Living Remedy: A Memoir By Nicole Chung Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063031616
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Published: Ecco - April 4th, 2023

This book is for all of us. While Nicole Chung writes brilliantly about complex, interracial family and the loss of her parents, she also brings all of us into a space of trust and healing. We have spent the last few years suffering great loss as a culture — loss of so many we knew, loss of connections both physical and spiritual and the loss of institutional and structural support. We are a culture grieving and with deep generosity and crafted sentences, Chung brings us into her own journey so we know that we are not alone, but very much so A Living Remedy for ourselves and each other. — Hannah


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Better Living Through Birding: Notes from a Black Man in the Natural World By Christian Cooper Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593242384
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Published: Random House - June 13th, 2023

This memoir has it all: adventurous international travel, queer Marvel heroes, moving family history, and of course, lots of birding! It's funny and informative, and Christian Cooper has such a delightful narrative voice. A great read for anyone who enjoys nature and animals in their books! — Susie


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A Man of Two Faces: A Memoir, a History, a Memorial By Viet Thanh Nguyen Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780802160508
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Published: Grove Press - October 3rd, 2023

Not one to rest on his laurels, Viet Thanh Nguyen is earning that Pulitzer Prize winner status. Okay Viet, I see you! With his trademark wit and humor, Nguyen plays with structure and form and has created a memoir that is completely original and memorable. Nguyen’s insight on colonization, the refugee experience, memory, family, the Asian American experience in real life and through media, and The American Dream™ (yes, it’s trademarked in his memoir) in addition to his own childhood are brilliant, angry, and oftentimes hilarious. Certain books change you as a reader — this is one of those books. — Christine


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Lesbian Love Story: A Memoir In Archives By Amelia Possanza Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781646221059
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Published: Catapult - May 30th, 2023

Anyone looking to explore queer history will appreciate Amelia Possanza's look at lesbian relationships across time and place, blended with elements of memoir and her personal journey into the archives. She has a uniquely creative approach to filling the gaps in history where romantic relationships were erased or masked as friendships. It's a beautiful book that I'm still thinking about months after reading it. — Susie


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How to Say Babylon: A Memoir By Safiya Sinclair Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781982132330
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Published: 37 Ink - October 3rd, 2023

How To Say Babylon is my favorite memoir of the year. Safiya Sinclair was born to tell stories and hearing hers was the most rewarding of them all. Learning about forgiveness, sacrifice, creativity, and how to love from Safiya was a treat. This is not an easy story but are the best stories ever easy? — Chardai


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The Deadline: Essays By Jill Lepore Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781631496127
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Published: Liveright - August 29th, 2023

With over 40 essays spanning her incredible decades of work as a journalist and historian, this is the collection that you need for yourself and every history buff in your life. Lepore considers major moments in American democracy, the geniuses behind popular culture, and the nature of truth itself while maintaing her signature style. Whether it is the strenght of her mind or her pen, this collection prooves why Jill Lepore is one the best writers we have. — Hannah


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Empire of the Sum: The Rise and Reign of the Pocket Calculator By Keith Houston Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780393882148
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 22nd, 2023

I joyously present you a nonfiction book best described as "Peak Nerd". By fully diving into such deeply specific history of the pocket calculator, author Keith Houston gives a wild history of inventory, competition, and the human need to calculate. With colorful photos and illustrations, this social history of an object shows us so much about this symbol of nerdery. I love it! — Hannah


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Black Women Writers at Work By Claudia Tate (Editor), Tillie Olsen (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Claudia Tate (Editor), Tillie Olsen (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781642598407
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Published: Haymarket Books - January 10th, 2023

A masterpiece of an Anthology. This is a book that permanently belongs on everyone's bookshelf. Claudia Tate is an inspiration to me of what Black Women writers can do when we're brought together. Everyone from Audre Lorde to Nikki Giovanni to Ntozake Shange and so many more. I feel honored to have read this book and will revisit it every year. — Chardai


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Congratulations, The Best Is Over!: Essays By R. Eric Thomas Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593496268
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 8th, 2023

Having long been a fan of R. Eric Thomas' writing across magazines, books, and the entire internet, I was totally unprepared for how much I was going to love this essay collection. Spanning his complicated love for Baltimore, his courtship and marriage, and what happens after the initial bloom of a career, Thomas gets into the grey mess of early middle age. Spurred on to greatest heights of anxiety due to the pandemic, Thomas gives us a beautifully written, funny, and thoughtful hug in the form of this book. — Hannah


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Black Punk Now By Chris L. Terry (Editor), James Spooner Spooner (Editor) Cover Image
By Chris L. Terry (Editor), James Spooner Spooner (Editor)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781593767457
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Published: Soft Skull - October 31st, 2023

A collection of powerful and VERY REAL stories from the Blackest corners of the punk scene right now. I found myself nodding my head "yes", "sure is!", and "F*CK yeah" whether it was taking a look at the ways Black folks are — as usual — the cultural backbone of punk, or reading through real and imagined sweaty mosh pits. Expertly edited and arranged, this collection is also rendered with dope illustrations that reminded me of the zines we like to give out at basement shows. If you consider yourself a punk kid, you need to read Black Punk Now and live a life of Black punk forever! — Shady