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

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As a young poet translating work into Spanish, Carolyn Forché couldn’t always understand the conditions from which the Salvadoran poems she translated arose. That changed when human rights activist Leonel Gómez Vides “removed the blindfold, and ordered me to open my eyes.” He took her to hospitals lacking rudimentary supplies and dropped her off in remote mountain villages, where she slept on pallets in the huts of the campesinos, and washed with local women at a spigot of icy water. It was a world where Bible study was enough to get you killed, where villages were decimated, and their inhabitants brutalized in unthinkable ways. This searing and unforgettable memoir, What You Have Heard Is True (Penguin Press, $28), whose title comes from Forché’s frequently anthologized poem “The Colonel,” recounts her experiences as a poet and human rights activist, through the publication of her collection The Country Between Us and the assassination of Archbishop Monseñor Óscar Romero.

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ISBN: 9780525560371
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Published: Penguin Press - March 19th, 2019