One Friday in April, by Donald Antrim

Staff Pick

Part memoir and part study of what causes someone to try to kill himself, One Friday in April recounts Antrim’s terrifying brush with suicide--an act he reframes as an illness in and of itself, and not just an outcome of a distinct mental disease. Written without chapter breaks, this book-length meditation on taking one's life weaves Antrim's and his family's harrowing experience into the wider cultural and social history of suicide, resulting in a brave testament that should help direct the ongoing conversation and shift attitudes about this difficult subject.

 

 

 

 

 

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781324005568
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 12th, 2021

Dear Memory, by Victoria Chang

Staff Pick

Victoria Chang's Dear Memory grapples with the nature of memory and how one bears the personal traumas of those that came before. Using a collection of ephemera left by her mother as a point of departure, the accomplished poet frames letters to intimates as a way to navigate her own grief and explore memories of what shaped her sense of self while growing up. While the papers left behind by Chang's mother are a record of past events, Chang's letters demonstrate how their effects continue to resonate--across time, oceans, and through generations. Imaginatively creating a conversation between past and present, Chang fills in gaps and asks what it means to truly know oneself through one's own history.

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781571313928
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 12th, 2021

Broken Horses, by Brandi Carlile

Staff Pick
Brandi Carlile opens her heartfelt memoir by recounting the origin of its title:to her daughter's question, "Mama, remember when you were poor, how could you afford horses?" Carlile answered, "I couldn't, I was given broken ones." This idea--that behind our gilded perceptions lie the broken bones of the past--runs throughout this episodic account. Each chapter walks the reader through a specific era of songwriting, coupled with lyrics and photographs that reveal Carlile's deep commitment to family, faith, social activism, and the music that ties them all together. It's a fast, "love-at-first-read" type of book. (Pro tip: listen to Carlile's songs between each chapter for a truly immersive experience!)
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780593237243
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Crown - April 6th, 2021

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