Staff Pick

Many people know Ms. Lewis from the hit TV show Blackish, but she has contributed much more to TV and film than meets the eye. In her memoir she discusses her struggle with mental illness, sex addiction, and her road to stardom. Fans of Jenifer Lewis will adore this book.

The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062410405
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Published: Amistad - November 14th, 2017

Staff Pick

Heather Harpham writes a heart-breaking and very honest memoir about her unplanned pregnancy, her boyfriend's unwillingness to parent the child and her decision to move to California to raise the child near close family and friends. Mere hours after her daughter Gracie's birth comes a devastating health diagnosis.  Harpham, a writer and drama teacher, shares her real life Jodi Picoult story with all of its complex twists and turns. Your heart rate will go up and down as Harpham recounts her daughter's rare, life threatening illness, her frequent hospitalizations and the brave step Harpham took to try and save her.  In the end though, the title says it all. If you enjoy memoirs, this one will become one of your all time favorites

Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250131560
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - August 1st, 2017

Staff Pick

Levy is a mesmerizing writer who can operate at the nexus of several genres at once. This book is technically a personal memoir, but its compression and stunning sentences (“when love starts to crack the night comes in”) make it poetry, the carefully blocked scenes and impeccable dialogue heighten ordinary moments into drama, and Levy’s meditative considerations of her experiences, fears, and hopes give it the reflectiveness of philosophy—Levy often distills an idea or an emotion into a proposition, questions it, and proceeds to test it:  “to separate from love is to live a risk-free life. What’s the point of that sort of life?” This testing comes during the difficult period when Levy is adjusting to being divorced, which leads her to reassess and recalibrate her relationships as well as her image(s) of herself. With “old femininity” now “an exhausted phantom,” Levy wants to live the life of an ”unwritten major female character,” and she wants to write that character herself. This is also the time when she was working on Hot Milk, and she gives a wonderful glimpse of creativity in action, showing how life feeds fiction, and vice versa. While Levy admires Baldwin, de Beauvoir, and Duras, in many passages she sounds more like Virginia Woolf: “the appeal of writing…was an invitation to climb in-between the apparent reality of things,” she says. And:  “writing a novel requires many hours of sitting still, as if on a long-haul flight, destination unknown.” Down-to-earth, lyrical, inspiring, Levy makes you want to quote her every word.

The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635571912
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - July 10th, 2018