Staff Pick

Celebrity memoirs are ubiquitous, but seldom worth reading. So when a good one comes along, it’s worth a cheer. Such is the case with Megyn Kelly’s Settle for More, an unvarnished, funny, and smart recounting of a life that began ordinarily enough in upstate New York and led to her position today as the highly influential host of The Kelly File on Fox News. Kelly understands what most celebrity authors don’t: to write a great memoir you have to tell the truth, pull no punches, and be willing to reveal your own flaws and vulnerabilities. Her story, from childhood experiences of bullying to her high-powered career as a lawyer to her role as a female journalist in the cross-hairs of presidential candidate Donald Trump, is told with warmth, poignancy, and personal reflection. Hats off to Megyn. She’s written a gem of a memoir.

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ISBN: 9780062494603
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Published: Harper - November 15th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780062495143
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - September 5th, 2017

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Some people learn how to navigate self-expression and deep emotional turmoil when they are adults and others, like iO, are born into an environment that forces those lessons at an early age. It is no wonder then that those emotions are expressed here in this page-turning memoir so brilliantly with insightful descriptions of how those feelings manifest themselves in our bodies and actions. This book offered so much and yet left me wanting to know more about this truly unique and talented writer.

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ISBN: 9780062368201
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Published: Ecco - September 27th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780062368218
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Published: Ecco - September 12th, 2017

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A small scene in Birth of a Dream Weaver has the author refusing to drink a beer just because it is a thing to do when setting off to college.  The moment passes quickly, but it speaks to the Ngugi’s ability to resist pressures to conform and serves as a precursor to his subsequent ability to resist the dictates of those in power and resist pressure to compromise his writing.  This third volume of his memoirs covers his passage from village life to university, from British colonial subject to citizen of independent Kenya. Along the way he tells of the brutality of British rule, of the racism of a settler colony and the cost of that legacy in the corruption and violence of those who subsequently betrayed the promise of independence. Yet this is a writer’s memoir.  Ngugi’s first dramatic work provides a key to his later novels as he comes to see literature as a form of social engagement, as a celebration of the lives of those trod underfoot. He pierces through the veil by combining aspects of a European cultural inheritance with elements of traditional West African culture.  Ngugi’s trenchant criticism of Isak Dinesen, nuanced reading of Joseph Conrad, meetings with Langston Hughes and Chinua Achebe, appreciation of Whitman, frame his work in a larger literary context. Birth of A Dream Weaver is a celebration of the dreams that produce art that in turn produces dreams for a more just world.

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ISBN: 9781620972403
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Published: New Press - October 4th, 2016

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