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A decorated former Marine turned journalist turned author, Elliot Ackerman has written three acclaimed novels since 2015 and now a memoir. In Places and Names, he offers a real-life accounting, writing with the same urgency, passion, and attention characteristic of his novels and with the same penetrating examination of the meaning and costs of war. He does this through a series of essays as he travels to conflict zones, old battlefields, and refugee camps, looking back on his war experiences from different angles. The result is not only an intensely personal book about the purpose and impact of war but also a meditation on the larger meaning of the past two decades of America’s ill-fated involvement in the Middle East.




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ISBN: 9780525559962
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Published: Penguin Press - June 11th, 2019

Staff Pick

Equal parts family memoir and natural history, Renkl’s collection of lyrical vignettes is a true hybrid; as much a product of “piney woods and…birdsong and running creeks” as she is of several Alabama-bred generations, Renkl gracefully and often tellingly alternates stories of great grand--, grand- and parents with accounts of the bluebirds, cedar waxwings, monarch caterpillars, and orb weaver spiders in her Nashville yard. Recounted with vivid details and deep affection, these stories celebrate Renkl’s connections to people and nature but also acknowledge that “the cycle of life might as well be called the cycle of death.” Loss is a constant presence here—loss by illness, accident, age, depression, miscarriage, pesticide, and rat snake. But Renkl’s grief is so intimately tied to love that her fine observations—of her mother’s sudden, startling end, her father’s long last breaths, the shocking disappearance of nestlings—make the pain bearable. And as Renkl admits early in this beautiful book, “I am no scientist, but the flipside of ignorance is astonishment, and I am good at astonishment.” She sure is.


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ISBN: 9781571313782
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Published: Milkweed Editions - July 9th, 2019

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Author Abby Maslin’s marriage was picture perfect. But all that changed when her husband was viciously attacked. Her new reality becomes helping her brain injured husband learn how to talk and walk again.  Maslin shares her innermost thoughts on what it is like to cope with a severely disabled spouse. This memoir shows the courage it takes for both of them to live for “better or worse”  when there is a lot of worse. 




Love You Hard: A Memoir of Marriage, Brain Injury, and Reinventing Love Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524743314
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Published: Dutton - March 12th, 2019