Memorial Drive, by Natasha Tretheway

Staff Pick

This extraordinary memoir--a daughter’s memoir, says the subtitle--has been out for a few years but is timeless in its power and message. Tretheway, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former Poet Laureate, returns to a subject that has haunted her since the day it happened: the murder of her mother by her second husband outside the apartment building where they lived in Atlanta. It takes years for Tretheway to fully revisit the pain of that tragedy and explore the underlying contributions of race, gender, class, and historical legacy to her mother’s death, and to the broader subject of violence against women, especially Black women. Tretheway takes the reader on this elegiac journey of discovery, one that plumbs very dark places but finds light and hope at the end. Not surprisingly, Tretheway’s prose is poetic—her book a beautifully written tale of finding oneself, one’s place, and one’s home as society’s cross-currents swirl around you.

 

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062248589
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Published: Ecco - June 1st, 2021

Crying in H Mart, by Michelle Zauner

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Michelle Zauner, founder of the band Japanese Breakfast, begins her book grieving over her mother’s death and seeking refuge in the aisles of H Mart, the Asian grocery store filled with foods she associates with her mother’s cooking. Growing up Korean-American in Eugene, Oregon, food was central to Zauner’s family life. But coming of age, food was not enough to transcend tricky cultural and generational divides with her mother. Zauner left for college to chart her path as a creative artist and cement her own identity. Her mother’s diagnosis with cancer, when Zauner was in her early 20s, altered the mother-daughter dynamic, shrinking the geographic and emotional distance between them and paving the way for a deeper, more accepting relationship. Zauner’s writing is evocative throughout, especially her sensorial descriptions of food and her moving narration of her mother’s illness and passing.  

 

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ISBN: 9780525657743
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Published: Knopf - April 20th, 2021

Lost & Found, by Kathryn Schulz

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The Pulitzer-prize winning New Yorker writer, Kathryn Schulz, showcases her literary breadth and originality in this brilliant meditation on losing, finding, and the “&” that connects the two. Starting with the etymology of the words in her title—lost, found, &--she evokes literary, historical, and philosophical references that speak to grief and love as universal human experiences. Schulz is bravely revelatory as she weaves in her own story, describing how her devastation over the loss of her father also had a reciprocal effect:she fell deeply in love. As readers of her work know, her writing is unfailingly elegant and moving; her story of the magic of finding true love is in a class by itself.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780525512462
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Published: Random House - January 11th, 2022

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