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The Sixth Man : A Memoir

Andre Iguodala

Nonfiction, Sports, Memoir

"A standout sports memoir from NBA powerhouse, a swingman and NBA All-Star of the Golden State Warriors"--

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A personal favorite of former President Barack Obama, this is more than just a sports book. It's an intimate look at the strength of individuals in teams and enduring the challenges as a young Black man. -Melody

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Kitchen confidential : adventures in the culinary underbelly

Anthony Bourdain


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Anthony Bourdain spills all the tea and it's super enjoyable. -Anne W

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Stephanie Danler


"A year in the life of a young woman who comes to New York to discover herself"--

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Fascinating coming-of-age story set in the enthralling world of a famous New York City restaurant, where the author spends a year as a waitress. -Anne W

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Give a girl a knife : a memoir

Amy Thielen

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A sensual experience accompanying a Midwestern farmhouse-inspired cook to the fast-paced world of New York City's finest restaurants! -Anne W

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Theft by finding : diaries 1977-2002

David Sedaris

Humor, Memoir, Literary Nonfiction, LGBTQ+

Shares the author's favorite diary entries, providing a look into the mind of a comic genius.

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Nobody really needs me to suggest David Sedaris. But having read all his other books which blend essay, humor, autobiography, and scathing social critique, I thought this compilation of writing pulled from his diaries would seem a little old hat - sort of a "for fans only" affair. Well, I am a fan, but Theft by Finding has passages so biting and original and weird that I gasped several times while listening to the eAudio on walks during quarantine. Trademark humor is still there, but there are also parts of Theft by Finding that grabbed me by the scruff of my neck and shook me. -Heidi K

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Yes please

Amy Poehler

Nonfiction, Memoir, Humor

The actress best known for her work on "Parks and Recreation" and "Saturday Night Live" reveals personal stories and offers her humorous take on such topics as love, friendship, parenthood, and her relationship with Tina Fey.

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I need a little humor these days! Amy Poehler is such a talented writer and comic actor. When Tina Fey's Bossypants isn't available, I reach for Amy's Yes Please next. -Melody

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In the dream house : a memoir

Carmen Maria Machado

BIOGRAPHY Machado, Carmen Maria

The author's engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming.

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A uniquely written account of the often uncovered topic of domestic abuse in the queer community. Bonus: set at times in Iowa City, you will find yourself asking, "Where did this take place?" -Frannie

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How we fight for our lives : a memoir

Saeed Jones

BIOGRAPHY Jones, Saeed
Memoir, Biographies, LGBTQ+, Nonfiction

Haunted and haunting, Jones's memoir 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--into tumultuous relationships with his mother and grandmother, 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 for one another--and to one another--as we fight to become ourselves.

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I am Malala : how one girl stood up for education and changed the world

Malala Yousafzai

jBIOGRAPHY Yousafzai, Malala
Kids, Memoir, Nonfiction

Describes the life of the young Pakistani student who advocated for women's rights and education in the Taliban-controlled Swat Balley, survived an assassination attempt, and became the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Brown girl dreaming

Jacqueline Woodson

jBIOGRAPHY Woodson, Jacqueline
Kids, Memoir, Nonfiction

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Jacqueline Woodson always felt half way home. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s.

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