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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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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
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Published: Crown - April 6th, 2021

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Zauner reports that her mother adored the word "lovely," which for her "encompassed a certain beauty and ardor"--an apt description for Zauner's memoir itself. In moving prose, the singer paints a vivid picture of the pain she endured growing up as the biracial daughter of a Korean mother (with whom she had a complex relationship) and an American father, one that will resonate deeply with those who straddle the line between two cultures. Using food as a central motif, Zauner organizes her account around the dishes and snacks that evoke particular memories, showing us intimate moments she shared with her family in Oregon and Seoul; so richly intertwined are the meals and emotions, that Zauner uses loss of appetite as a metaphor for grief and decline. This is a raw--and truly lovely--work that will stay with you.

 

 

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780525657743
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Published: Knopf - April 20th, 2021

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