In the Dream House, by Carmen Maria Machado

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Using non-linear storytelling and widely divergent styles and genres, Machado weaves a powerful memoir about her experience of abuse in a queer--specifically queer women's--relationship, a topic rarely discussed. Machado begins by framing the history of documented relational violence between women and then delves into her own story, giving each chapter a different form--from horror to folklore to academic writing--including footnotes, vignettes, and even objects, to step, pivot, and jump back and forth through her relationship and it's unraveling--as well as her own. The result is a complicated, mesmerizing, unsettling, and heartbreaking portrayal of a relationship, one that takes us inside Machado's memory...and this honest and thought-provoking book is sure to stick in yours.

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450383
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Published: Graywolf Press - December 1st, 2020

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

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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

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