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If you remember collecting Green Stamps, watching Lucille Ball, and having a metal milk box on your porch, you will laugh old loud while reading this poignant, illustrated memoir. Kaplan grew up in a Jewish home in NJ, the youngest of three boys. His mother always felt "discombobulated" and nothing was thrown out or replaced. Cheeseits on New Years Eve was exciting! Kaplan loved his parents, but he wasn't close to them nor did he understand them. Television was his passion and Kaplan wanted to climb inside. In a way he did; he became a writer/producer for television shows including HBO's Girls, as well as a cartoonist for the New Yorker. His family story is sometimes funny, sometimes painful, and honest.

I Was a Child: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399183416
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Published: Blue Rider Press - April 12th, 2016

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Her name might sound familiar, she stars in Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin. The daughter of undocumented immigrants, her parents worked menial jobs to give their daughter a better life. They scraped together thousands of dollars to pay a lawyer to become citizens but were deported when Guerro was 14. Suddenly orphaned, Guerrero kept her personal ordeal secret and threw herself into her acting at Boston Arts Academy. Her heart wrenching journey to successful actress included binge drinking, cutting, hospitalizations, depression and a near suicide attempt. Guerrero's honesty and her resilience to keep acting even when she wanted to give up (one agent said she wasn't pretty enough) makes this a powerful memoir.

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided Cover Image
ISBN: 9781627795272
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 3rd, 2016

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided (Updated With New Material) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250134967
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 30th, 2017

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You don't have to watch Top Chef to enjoy this book by Indian-American cook Padma Lakshmi. From her early childhood in India while her single mother was working in the U.S., to her latchkey teenage years in California, Lakshmi writes openly about her life from the serious car accident that left her scarred, her modeling in Italy, her tumultuous relationship with Salman Rushdie, her painful and misunderstood endometriosis, and years later, her unexpected pregnancy and the question of who is the child's biological father.

Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062202611
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Published: Ecco - March 8th, 2016