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Tough Love (Simon & Schuster, $30) is Susan Rice’s fi rst book—and what a book it is. Fearless in her approach to life and work, Rice is equally fearless in telling her story. She recounts with candor and self-reflection the seminal moments from her childhood in Washington through her celebrated diplomatic career, which included appointments as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and National Security Advisor in the Obama Administration. Memoirs are hard to write, but Rice has the courage to venture where many others will not, describing in vivid terms the agony she felt as a child caught in the crucible of family tensions as she navigated her parents’ contentious divorce. She reckons with her own mistakes and limitations personally and professionally. And she doesn’t gloss over the tarnishing that comes when one has to operate in the cauldron of 21st-century politics—especially the fall-out of the Benghazi crisis, which cost her professionally and left deep emotional scars on her family. Tough Love is her story, in her words, unfiltered and unvarnished. Exactly what a great memoir ought to be.

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ISBN: 9781501189975
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 8th, 2019

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Samantha Power’s memoir is a classic of the genre. For one, her life story is fascinating: She grew up with an alcoholic father in Ireland before migrating with her mother, a doctor, to the United States as a child. Huge successes, and notable setbacks, followed her into adulthood as she reported on the war in the Balkans, wrote a Pulitzer prize winning book about genocide, and joined the universe of rising political star Barack Obama. How she stayed true to her convictions while working in the White House, and then as Ambassador to the United Nations, is the crux of the story, which she narrates with integrity, wit, and an unwavering passion about the importance of doing right in the world.

 

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$29.99
ISBN: 9780062820693
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 10th, 2019

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The Yellow House (Grove, $26), by Sarah M. Broom, is an extraordinary memoir of family and place. Broom, the youngest of twelve children, recounts growing up in New Orleans in a shotgun house in the then promising neighborhood of New Orleans East. While some in her family succumbed to drug and alcohol abuse, coupled with extreme poverty, Sarah went to college and had a career that took her around the world. She always returned home, though. The ramshackle yellow house remained the family’s anchor. But after Hurricane Katrina lashed New Orleans, the house,
along with many others, was washed away in the floods. It survives in Broom’s telling—a symbol of a way of life in a particular time and place. In telling the story of her remarkable family, past and present, Broom captures a spirit that couldn’t be erased by Katrina.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780802125088
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Published: Grove Press - August 13th, 2019

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