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Saga Boy: My Life of Blackness and Becoming

Downing’s elegant, engaging memoir will have particular significance to readers from the Caribbean diaspora, but it will be understood by any reader who has ever had their world suddenly upended and needed to make it whole again.

Smile: The Story of a Face

A moving, insightful account that will appeal to many readers, especially those who like memoir. It will particularly engage readers interested in reflections on women in society or self-acceptance, and, of course, fans of Ruhl’s plays.

Below the Stars: How the Labor of Working Actors and Extras Shapes Media Production

Although elements of this work will entice general readers, it will appeal most to those interested in the nitty-gritty of labor in the entertainment industry. Those seeking a more generalized history of extras should look elsewhere.

Was It Yesterday? Nostalgia in Contemporary Film and Television

A well-researched and scholarly volume that’s recommended for academic libraries supporting film studies departments or psychology departments with a strong psychoanalytic focus. Public libraries that support communities in the film industry may find it a helpful addition too.


A memoir that will appeal to many readers as a story about triumph of the will. Fleming conveys his passion for learning and teaching, in writing that is by turns entertaining and moving. This is a must-read for educators, as a professional development tool and to consider for high school curricula.

House of Sticks

Readers will fall into this memoir by a talented new author. It will appeal to many, as a coming-of-age story and a firsthand look into the psyche of a young immigrant.


Tragedy Plus Time: National Trauma and Television Comedy

A must for media and communication studies departments, this work will also appeal to many comedy fans, traumatologists, and the generally curious.

Karma: A Yogi’s Guide to Crafting Your Destiny

A must for devotees of Sadhguru. This work will also be of interest to those trying to explore the complex topic of karma in a more conversational form. However, readers seeking an academic exploration of karma may want to consider other resources.

Paris Without Her

Although slated as a memoir, this touching work is just as much a love story and travel diary. It processes the pain of loss through the lens of beautiful scenery and will appeal to many readers, but especially fellow Francophiles eager to follow the road less traveled.

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