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How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir
by Saeed Jones

Language

English

Pages

204

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<b>A 2019 KIRKUS PRIZE FINALIST and one of the most anticipated books of Fall 2019鈥攁s selected by <i>O, The Oprah Magazine</i>;<i> Marie Claire</i>;<i> Entertainment Weekly</i>; <i>Time</i>; <i>The Millions</i>;<i> Refinery29</i>; <i>Good Housekeeping</i>; and many more.</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淎 moving, bracingly honest memoir that reads like fevered poetry.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW</i></b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淛ones鈥檚 voice and sensibility are so distinct that he turns one of the oldest of literary genres inside out and upside down.鈥?鈥擭PR鈥橲<i> FRESH AIR</i></b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淎n astonishing, unparalleled memoir鈥 rhapsody in the truest sense of the word.鈥?鈥擱OXANE GAY</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淓very single living half-grown and grown-up body needs to read this book.鈥?鈥擩ACQUELINE WOODSON</b><br /><br />鈥淧eople don鈥檛 just happen,鈥?writes Saeed Jones. 鈥淲e sacrifice former versions of ourselves. We sacrifice the people who dared to raise us. The 鈥業鈥?it seems doesn鈥檛 exist until we are able to say, 鈥業 am no longer yours.鈥欌€?lt;br /> <br />Haunted and haunting, <i>How We Fight for Our Lives </i>is a stunning coming-of-age memoir. Jones tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence鈥攊nto tumultuous relationships with his family, into passing flings with lovers, friends, and strangers. Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do <i>for</i> one another鈥攁nd <i>to</i> one another鈥攁s we fight to become ourselves.<br /> <br />An award-winning poet, Jones has developed a style that鈥檚 as beautiful as it is powerful鈥攁 voice that鈥檚 by turns a river, a blues, and a nightscape set ablaze. <i>How We Fight for Our Lives</i> is a one-of-a-kind memoir and a book that cements Saeed Jones as an essential writer for our time.
High School
by , Tegan Quin

Language

English

Pages

352

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<p><b>From the iconic musicians Tegan and Sara comes a memoir about high school, detailing their first loves and first songs in a compelling look back at their humble beginnings</b><br /><i></i><br /><i>High School</i> is the revelatory and unique coming-of-age story of Sara and Tegan Quin, identical twins from Calgary, Alberta, who grew up at the height of grunge and rave culture in the nineties, well before they became the celebrated musicians and global LGBTQ icons we know today. While grappling with their identity and sexuality, often alone, they also faced academic meltdown, their parents鈥?divorce, and the looming pressure of what might come after high school. Written in alternating chapters from both Tegan's and Sara鈥檚 points of view, the book is a raw account of the drugs, alcohol, love, music, and friendship they explored in their formative years. </p><p>A transcendent story of first loves and first songs, <i>High School </i>captures the tangle of discordant and parallel memories of two sisters who grew up in distinct ways even as they lived just down the hall from each another. This is the origin story of Tegan and Sara.</p>
Naturally Tan: A Memoir
by Tan France

Language

English

Pages

273

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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<p><b>A <i>USA Today </i>Hottest Book of the Summer for 2019!</b><br /><b>A Best Nonfiction Book for 2019 in<i> Women's Day</i>!</b><br /><b>One of Hello Giggles's "Most Anticipated Books of 2019 to Add to Your Reading List"!</b></p><p>鈥淛ust when I thought I knew everything about Tan, he hits me with this. His story is so heartwarming, and wickedly funny.鈥?鈥擜ntoni Porowski</p><p><b>In this heartfelt, funny, and touching memoir, one of the stars of Netflix鈥檚 Emmy Award-winning smash-hit <i>Queer Eye</i> reveals how an Englishman raised in a traditionally religious </b><b>home became a fashion icon鈥攁nd the first openly gay, South Asian man on </b><b>television鈥攕imply by being <i>Naturally Tan</i>.</b></p><p>In this heartfelt, funny, touching memoir, Tan France tells his origin story for the first time. With his trademark wit, humor, and radical compassion, Tan reveals what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional South Asian family, as one of the few people of color in South Yorkshire, England. He illuminates his winding journey of coming of age, finding his voice (and style!), and marrying the love of his life鈥攁 Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City. </p><p>From one of the stars of Netflix鈥檚 runaway hit show Queer Eye, <i>Naturally Tan</i> is so much more than fashion dos and don鈥檛s鈥攖hough of course Tan can鈥檛 resist steering everyone away from bootcut jeans! Full of candid observations about U.S. and U.K. cultural differences, what he sees when you slide into his DMs, celebrity encounters, and the behind-the-scenes realities of 鈥渞eality TV,鈥?Naturally Tan gives us Tan鈥檚 unique perspective on the happiness to be found in being yourself.</p><p>In Tan's own words, <b>鈥淭he book is meant to spread joy, personal acceptance, and most of all understanding. Each of us is living our own private journey, and the more we know about each other, the healthier and happier the world will be.鈥?lt;/b></p>
Sontag: Her Life and Work
by Benjamin Moser

Language

English

Pages

793

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<p><strong>One of the <em>New York Times鈥?lt;/em> 17 New Books to Watch For in September </strong></p><p><strong>One of the <em>Washington Post</em>鈥檚 Ten Books to Read this September</strong></p><p><strong>One of <em>O magazine</em>鈥檚 18 Must-Read Books of Fall 2019</strong></p><p></p><p><strong>The definitive portrait of one of the American Century鈥檚 most towering聽intellectuals: her writing and her radical thought, her public activism and her hidden private face</strong><br /><br />No writer is as emblematic of the American twentieth century as Susan Sontag. Mythologized and misunderstood, lauded and loathed, a girl from the suburbs who became a proud symbol of cosmopolitanism, Sontag left a legacy of writing on art and politics, feminism and homosexuality, celebrity and style, medicine and drugs, radicalism and Fascism and Freudianism and Communism and Americanism, that forms an indispensable key to modern culture. She was there when the Cuban Revolution began, and when the Berlin Wall came down; in Vietnam under American bombardment, in wartime Israel, in besieged Sarajevo. She was in New York when artists tried to resist the tug of money鈥攁nd when many gave in. No writer negotiated as many worlds; no serious writer had as many glamorous lovers. <em>Sontag</em> tells these stories and examines the work upon which her reputation was based. It explores the agonizing insecurity behind the formidable public face: the broken relationships, the struggles with her sexuality, that animated鈥攁nd undermined鈥攈er writing. And it shows her attempts to respond to the cruelties and absurdities of a country that had lost its way, and her conviction that fidelity to high culture was an activism of its own.聽</p><p></p>Utilizing hundreds of interviews conducted from Maui to Stockholm and from London to Sarajevo鈥攁nd featuring nearly one hundred images鈥?lt;em>Sontag</em> is the first book based on the writer鈥檚 restricted archives, and on access to many people who have never before spoken about Sontag, including Annie Leibovitz. It is a definitive portrait鈥攁 great American novel in the form of a biography.<p></p>
The Lie: A Memoir of Two Marriages, Catfishing & Coming Out
by William Dameron

Language

English

Pages

266

Publication Date

July 01, 2019

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<p><b>A candid memoir of denial, stolen identities, betrayal, faking it, and coming out.</b></p><p><i>Do you know me?</i>, the email began, sparking tremors of fear that turned into a full quake of panic when William Dameron discovered that his selfie had been stolen by strangers. On social networks and dating sites, his image and identity鈥攁 forty-year-old straight white male鈥攈ad been used to hook countless women into believing in lies of love and romance. Was it all an ironic cosmic joke? Almost a decade prior, William himself had been living a lie that had lasted for more than twenty years. His secret? He was a gay man, a fact he hid from his wife and two daughters for almost as long as he had hidden it from himself.</p><p>In this emotional and unflinchingly honest memoir of coming out of the closet late in life, owning up to the past, and facing the future, William Dameron confronts steroid addiction, the shame and homophobia of his childhood, the sledgehammer of secrets that slowly tore his marriage apart, and his love for a gay father of three that would once again challenge the boundaries of trust. At the true heart of <i>The Lie</i> is a universal story about turning self-doubt into self-acceptance and about pain, anger, and the long journey of both seeking and giving forgiveness.</p>
The Fixed Stars
by Molly Wizenberg

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

May 12, 2020

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<b>From a bestselling memoirist, a thoughtful and provocative story of changing identity, complex sexuality, and enduring family relationships</b><br /> 聽<br /> At age 36, while serving on a jury, author Molly Wizenberg found herself drawn to a female attorney she hardly knew. Married to a man for nearly a decade and mother to a toddler, Wizenberg tried to return to her life as she knew it, but something inside her had changed irredeemably. Instead, she would discover that the trajectory of our lives is rarely as smooth or as logical as we鈥檇 like to believe.<br /> 聽<br /> Like many of us, Wizenberg had long understood sexual orientation as a stable part of ourselves: we鈥檙e 鈥渂orn this way.鈥?Suddenly she realized that her story was more complicated. Who was she, she wondered, if something at her very core could change so radically? <i>The Fixed Stars</i> is a taut, electrifying memoir exploring timely and timeless questions about desire, identity, and the limits and possibilities of family. In honest and searing prose, Wizenberg forges a new path: through the murk of separation and divorce, coming out to family and friends, learning to co-parent a young child, and realizing a new vision of love. The result is a frank and moving story about letting go of rigid definitions and ideals that no longer fit, and learning instead who we really are.<br /> 聽
Boy Erased: A Memoir
by Garrard Conley

Language

English

Pages

349

Publication Date

May 10, 2016

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<b><b>The<i>聽New York Times聽</i>bestselling memoir about identity, love and understanding. Now a major motion picture聽starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Lucas Hedges, directed by Joel Edgerton. "Every sentence of the story will stir your soul" (<i>O Magazine</i>).</b></b><br /><b> 聽</b><br /> The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality.<br /> 聽<br /> When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to 鈥渃ure鈥?him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalized Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness. <br /> 聽<br /> By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heart-breaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds.
A Wild and Precious Life: A Memoir
by , Joshua Lyon

Language

English

Pages

281

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<p><b>A lively, intimate memoir from an icon of the gay rights movement, describing gay life in 1950s and 60s New York City and her longtime activism which opened the door for marriage equality. </b> </p><br /><p>鈥淎 captivating and inspiring story of a queer woman who believed in her right to take up space and be seen.鈥濃€?lt;b><i>BuzzFeed</i></b> </p><p>Edie Windsor became internationally famous when she sued the US government, seeking federal recognition for her marriage to Thea Spyer, her partner of more than four decades. The Supreme Court ruled in Edie鈥檚 favor, a landmark victory that set the stage for full marriage equality in the US. Beloved by the LGBTQ community, Edie embraced her new role as an icon; she had already been living an extraordinary and groundbreaking life for decades. </p><p>In this memoir, which she began before passing away in 2017 and completed by her co-writer, Edie recounts her childhood in Philadelphia, her realization that she was a lesbian, and her active social life in Greenwich Village's electrifying underground gay scene during the 1950s. Edie was also one of a select group of trailblazing women in computing, working her way up the ladder at IBM and achieving their highest technical ranking while developing software. In the early 1960s Edie met Thea, an expat from a Dutch Jewish family that fled the Nazis, and a widely respected clinical psychologist. Their partnership lasted forty-four years, until Thea died in 2009. Edie found love again, marrying Judith Kasen-Windsor in 2016. </p><p> <i>A Wild and Precious Life </i>is remarkable portrait of an iconic woman, gay life in New York in the second half of the twentieth century, and the rise of LGBT activism.</p>
Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Ga...
by , Joanna Brooks

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

March 01, 2016

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<p>When Alex Cooper was fifteen years old, life was pretty ordinary in her sleepy suburban town and nice Mormon family. At church and at home, Alex was taught that God had a plan for everyone. But something was gnawing at her that made her feel different. These feelings exploded when she met Yvette, a girl who made Alex feel alive in a new way, and with whom Alex would quickly fall in love.</p><p>Alex knew she was holding a secret that could shatter her family, her church community, and her life. Yet when this secret couldn鈥檛 be hidden any longer, she told her parents that she was gay, and the nightmare began. She was driven from her home in Southern California to Utah, where, against her will, her parents handed her over to fellow Mormons who promised to save Alex from her homosexuality.</p><p>For eight harrowing months, Alex was held captive in an unlicensed 鈥渞esidential treatment program鈥?modeled on the many 鈥渢herapeutic鈥?boot camps scattered across Utah. Alex was physically and verbally abused, and many days she was forced to stand facing a wall wearing a heavy backpack full of rocks. Her captors used faith to punish and terrorize her. With the help of a dedicated legal team in Salt Lake City, Alex eventually escaped and made legal history in Utah by winning the right to live under the law鈥檚 protection as an openly gay teenager.</p><p>Alex is not alone; the headlines continue to splash stories about gay conversion therapy and rehabilitation centers that promise to 鈥渟ave鈥?teenagers from their sexuality. <em>Saving Alex</em> is a courageous memoir that tells Alex鈥檚 story in the hopes that it will bring awareness and justice to this important issue. A bold, inspiring story of one girl鈥檚 fight for freedom, acceptance, and truth.</p>
That Time I... Survived My Teens
by Craig Barker

Language

English

Pages

219

Publication Date

October 12, 2019

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The Saturday prior to starting this memoir, my ex-fianc茅 and I had two of his work friends over for an old-fashioned games night. And when I say 鈥渙ld-fashioned,鈥?I鈥檓 talking about dice, cards, racking up your points on an abacus, etc. You know, the things people entertained themselves with before politicians blamed every violent fart that wafted their way on video games.<br /><br />Stop doing that.<br /><br />Anyway, seeing as I didn鈥檛 know who these people were and would鈥檝e much rather spent the evening on the sofa with our dog, I was less than optimistic. If anything, the whole ordeal was going to be like sitting through a Christopher Nolan movie. Sure, I鈥檇 say I was having a great time to fit in, but in all honesty, I wouldn鈥檛 have a clue what was happening, and I鈥檇 probably need to take a nap midway through.<br /><br />Hours before they arrived, just as I鈥檇 started to have those 鈥渨hat if I accidentally say something so obscenely offensive or mind-numbingly stupid, I鈥檒l be haunted by the memory of it for years to come鈥?thoughts, my ex ran down into the basement in which I dwell, his eyes frantic, and begged鈥?lt;br /><br />鈥淧lease don鈥檛 talk about choking on dicks when they get here.鈥?<br /><br />Come again?<br /><br />鈥淧lease, Craig. That kind of talk makes them uncomfortable. Don鈥檛 do it.鈥?lt;br /><br />I felt a flurry of emotions in the picosecond it took for his words to register: amused, bemused, offended. It sounded like a joke, but his face was full of fear鈥攁 fear that I would be unequivocally crude to these complete strangers, and that my behavior would burn bridges he obviously wanted to keep erect (more on erections later). <br /><br />That was when it hit me like a pair of loose-hanging nuts to the taint; a realization that I, Craig Thomas Barker, had a pattern of behavior that stretched across my life since adolescence鈥?lt;br /><br />I鈥檓 the person you get warned about before meeting. I鈥檓 the person that gets warned before going anywhere.<br /><br />Like Carrie Bradshaw, 鈥淚 couldn鈥檛 help but wonder鈥?why that was. So, in order to understand who I am today, I decided to take a look at the years that shaped me. I spread my life out on the table, lubed it with the flare of artistic exaggeration, and went at it until I found my answer.<br /><br />This isn鈥檛 so much a memoir as it is a gay鈥檚 journey to discover himself; don鈥檛 expect structure, coherency, or a thoroughly thought out narrative with a climactic closing paragraph that gives any of this dribble closure. I鈥檓 no one special, I鈥檓 not famous, and I don鈥檛 have much to say that hasn鈥檛 been said before, but I have lived a life, and all twenty-six years of that life has culminated in a single sentence鈥?lt;br /><br />鈥淧lease don鈥檛 talk about choking on dicks when they get here.鈥?<br /><br />This memoir explains why鈥?lt;br />And it was cheaper than therapy.<br />

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