Staff Pick

In Who Killed My Father, Edouard Louis has created both a tender love letter from a son to his father, chronicling the timeline of their strained and yet loving relationship, and a searing indictment of the French government’s policies against the poor and the marginalized. In this slim volume, less than a hundred pages in total, Louis navigates between two modes: loving melancholy for his father of which he writes: “I knew I loved you, but I felt a need to tell other people that I hated you” and seething anger for the upper and the ruling class who are indifferent towards the poor and marginalized. Who Killed My Father is required reading for our troubled times where political awareness must be matched with empathy and love.

 

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By Edouard Louis, Lorin Stein (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811228503
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Published: New Directions - March 26th, 2019

Staff Pick

Albert Woodfox was held in solitary confinement for more than 45 years, longer than any prisoner in our nation’s history. Framed for the murder of a white prison guard in 1972 in retaliation for his membership in the Black Panther Party, he was confined to a 6-by-9 foot cell 23 hours a day, and routinely subjected to abuse and injustice. He maintained his dignity and humanity by reading works of literature, philosophy, history, and law, transforming his cell into his own university. His extraordinary memoir chronicles his experiences with insight and wisdom, vividly exposing just how broken our criminal justice system is.

Solitary: A Biography (National Book Award Finalist; Pulitzer Prize Finalist) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802129086
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Published: Grove Press - March 5th, 2019

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A queer Chicana poet and activist treasures the life of her ailing mother and Moraga clan matriarch, Elvira. As Moraga writes so eloquently in her prologue, “Few bemoan the memory loss of the unlettered. My mother- and her generation of MexicanAmerican women- was to disappear quietly... But when storytellers go, taking their unrecorded memory with them, we their descendants go too, I fear.” Here is the story of a woman seen and unseen, a mother who accepted her lesbian daughter, and left a legacy for the rest of us to keep alive by reading it.

Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374219666
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 2nd, 2019

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