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This is one of my favorite memoirs of the past year, written by a woman scientist barely known outside her field. Hope Jahren is a leading American botanist and her story is a passionate elegy to trees and plants, and to our fragile planet. A fine writer and story-teller, Jahren offers an entertaining and poignant portrait of her career as a woman in the sciences, as well as her life as a wife and mother confronting unforeseen challenges along the way. Small interludes about botany are illuminating and digestible. Especially wonderful are her descriptions of her eccentric colleagues and friends. This book is a pleasure.

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781101874936
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Published: Knopf - April 5th, 2016

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781101873724
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Published: Vintage - February 28th, 2017

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Five years ago, 16-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed walking one evening in an Orlando suburb after picking up a soft drink and some Skittles at a 7-11. His death made him a household name, and his gray hoodie became an emblem of black men unfairly targeted on America’s streets. Rest in Power, a candid and inspiring new book by his parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, is a first-person narrative about how one mother and one father channeled grief over their son’s death into a national, non-violent social justice movement. If you think you know the whole story of Trayvon Martin, you probably don’t. That’s why you should read this excellent book.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780812997231
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - January 31st, 2017

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Celebrity memoirs are ubiquitous, but seldom worth reading. So when a good one comes along, it’s worth a cheer. Such is the case with Megyn Kelly’s Settle for More, an unvarnished, funny, and smart recounting of a life that began ordinarily enough in upstate New York and led to her position today as the highly influential host of The Kelly File on Fox News. Kelly understands what most celebrity authors don’t: to write a great memoir you have to tell the truth, pull no punches, and be willing to reveal your own flaws and vulnerabilities. Her story, from childhood experiences of bullying to her high-powered career as a lawyer to her role as a female journalist in the cross-hairs of presidential candidate Donald Trump, is told with warmth, poignancy, and personal reflection. Hats off to Megyn. She’s written a gem of a memoir.

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$29.99
ISBN: 9780062494603
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Published: Harper - November 15th, 2016

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062495143
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - September 5th, 2017

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