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Memoir



Sometimes our wisdom doesn’t come from a conclusive universal truth, but rather the experiences that led us to the discovery of that truth. Learning about the journeys of others can provide guidance and inspiration for our own life paths.

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Generations: A Memoir

A moving family biography in which the poet traces her family history back through Jim Crow, the slave trade, and all the way to the women of the Dahomey people in West Africa. Buffalo. A father's funeral. Memory.

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In the Dream House: A Memoir

In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado’s engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse.

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The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir

An exceptional father-son story from the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me about the reality that tests us, the myths that sustain us, and the love that saves us.

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How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir

Haunted and haunting, How We Fight for Our Lives is a stunning coming-of-age memoir about 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.

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The Deep Places: A Memoir of Illness and Discovery

In this vulnerable, insightful memoir, the New York Times columnist tells the story of his five-year struggle with a disease that officially doesn’t exist, exploring the limits of modern medicine, the stories that we unexpectedly fall into, and the secrets that only suffering reveals.

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Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted

When Jaouad finally walked out of the cancer ward—after countless rounds of chemo, a clinical trial, and a bone marrow transplant—she was, according to the doctors, cured. But as she would soon learn, a cure is not where the work of healing ends; it’s where it begins.

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Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir

Twenty years ago Natalie Goldberg’s classic, Writing Down the Bones, broke new ground in its approach to writing as a practice.

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The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey

Former boxing legend Muhammad Ali, one of the best-known and best-loved celebrities and an international good-will ambassador, offers inspiration and hope as he describes the spiritual philosophy that sustains him. “During my boxing career, you did not see the real Muhammad Ali.

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Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country: Traveling Through the Land of My Ancestors

In Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country, Erdrich takes us on an illuminating tour through the terrain her ancestors have inhabited for centuries: the lakes and islands of southern Ontario.

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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want—husband, country home, successful career—but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed by panic and confusion.

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