A deeply researched and stunningly written investigation of the murder of two young women in 1980––and how the brutal crime has reverberated through a West Virginia community where the author comes to live.
Evicted meets Nickel and Dimed in Stephanie Land’s memoir about working as a maid, a beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in America. Includes a foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich.
Memory’s Last Breath
In the tradition of Brain on Fire and When Breath Becomes Air, Gerda Saunders’ Memory’s Last Breath is an unsparing, beautifully written memoir—a true-life Still Alice that captures Saunders’ experience as a fiercely intellectual person living with the knowledge that her brain is betraying her. Saunders’ book is uncharted territory in the writing on dementia, a diagnosis one in nine Americans will receive.
Based on the “field notes” she keeps in her journal, Memory’s Last Breath is Saunders’ astonishing window into a life distorted by dementia. She writes about shopping trips cut short by unintentional shoplifting, car journeys derailed when she loses her bearings, and the embarrassment of forgetting what she has just said to a room of colleagues. Coping with the complications of losing short-term memory, Saunders nonetheless embarks on a personal investigation of the brain and its mysteries, examining science and literature, and immersing herself in vivid memories of her childhood in South Africa.
Written in a distinctive voice without a trace of self-pity, Memory’s Last Breath is a remarkable, aphorism-free contribution to the literature of dementia—and an eye-opening personal memoir that will grip all adventurous readers.
The remarkable, untold WWII story: Indestructible$ is an against-all- odds tale of a renegade pilot consumed by his personal mission to res- cue his family from a POW camp in time of war—and who happened to change its very course along the way.
Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman
Cited by Lena Dunham as “an essential (and hilarious) voice for women,” the media and This American Life sensation Lindy West presents her first book, a series of essays about the making of a funny feminist, coming of age in a popular culture that is hostile to women (especially fat women) and doesn’t think women (especially feminists) are or can be funny.