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There I Am: The Journey from Hopelessness to Healing

A sometimes inspiring but overall poorly told story of living with chronic pain.
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Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy

Often previously studied, McCarthy’s career and consequences merit this additional analytical treatment that will satisfy curious readers of history. A definitive biography that will stand the test of time.
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Aren’t You Forgetting Someone? Essays from My Mid-Life Revenge

Fans of Nora Ephron will empathize and laugh along with Lizer.

Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A True (as Told to Me) Story

Striking a perfect balance between levity and poignancy, this is a standout debut. Readers looking for memoirs featuring strong family relationships with much love and laughter will be highly satisfied.
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The Shapeless Unease: A Year of Not Sleeping

Recommended for those curious about the creative process and the devastating effects of sleep deprivation. [See Prepub Alert, 11/25/19.]
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Moments of Glad Grace: A Memoir

Wearing’s account will appeal to readers curious about genealogy and Irish history, as well as those facing the waning days of their parents’ lives.
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Home Is a Stranger

An impressive, richly told account of an immigrant’s journey. Recommended for all memoir enthusiasts.
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Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the ExtraordinaryLife of Helen Hamilton Gardener

Based on archival sources and Gardener’s own voluminous writings, this highly readable book should provide plenty of new insight into the period and Gardener’s fascinating life for general readers, scholars, and aspiring political activists alike.

King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV

Why did a king make such blunders? Mansel seeks to find out in this superior study that will appeal to history buffs and may become the go-to biography of Louis XIV.
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Raised in Ruins: A Memoir

An additional purchase for medium and large collections where wilderness memoirs are in high demand.

Once a Girl, Always a Boy: A Family Memoir of a Transgender Journey

An important purchase both for its heartwarming demonstration of a family’s unconditional love and for effective advocacy for transgender individuals.
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Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington

Whether seasoned Lincoln scholars or interested general readers, all who pick up this book will learn much by going along for the ride with Widmer. [See Prepub Alert, 10/7/19.]
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American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland

A highly readable, multifaceted look into the topics of faith and living in America today. The level of intimacy within these pages invests readers not only in the unfolding human story but also in the history of the land. [See Prepub Alert, 9/30/19.]

Black Widow: A Sad-Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like “Journey” in the Title

A deep reflection on young widowhood, foster care and adoption, and the persistence of love, this work is recommended to fans of Nora McInerny (The Hot Young Widows Club), and anyone interested in stories of love, friendship, family, and loss, bound together with a wide, sparkly ribbon of humor. [See Prepub Alert, 8/25/19.]
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Franci’s War: A Woman’s Story of Survival

This worthy account is testament to why it is as important as ever to read about the impacts of xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and racial hatred, as well as the beliefs that cause some people to commit atrocities while others pretend to look away.
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Beatriz Allende: A Revolutionary Life in Cold War Latin America

While previous studies lionized or sentimentalized Beatriz, Harmer roots the subject in the context of the time period and brings to bear her own expertise in Cold War Latin America. A definitive biography of a female revolutionary.
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Later: My Life at the Edge of the World

This heartfelt memoir will appeal to literary readers, and certainly those with ties to Provincetown and its gay community.

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A Drop of Midnight

This touching exploration of race and heritage is incisive, heartbreaking, and heartwarming. Recommended for readers interested in multiracial memoirs and the search for family and identity.
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Wild Ride Home: Love, Loss, and a Little White Horse, a Family Memoir

A well-told story of embracing life’s struggles that is perfect for horse lovers or those who have personal experience with cancer or Alzheimer’s.
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The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World’s Most Notorious Terrorists

Walder’s candid story will connect with readers curious about counterterrorism work and seeking an inspirational account of a woman seeking to change the balance of power in not only a male-dominated field but the world.

What We Carry: A Memoir

Readers interested in examining their own family stories, or those who experienced the struggles of new parenthood or reversed parenting roles, will connect deeply with Lang’s beautiful memoir.

You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington

An adept, highly approachable read that will appeal to history buffs and anyone seeking a compact overview of the man and the myth.

The Fixed Stars

An essential addition that will resonate with fans of Wizenberg’s earlier memoirs and anyone probing the complicated ways that sexuality and traditional family life overlap or diverge.
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Everything I Know About Love: A Memoir

This relatable reflection on love and the importance of friendship is an international best seller, so expect demand from readers interested in modern life as well as intimate, confessional memoirs. [See Prepub Alert, 7/29/19.]
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Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

Ideal for readers interested in the history of the disability rights movement and the impact of personal activism.
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Meaning a Life: An Autobiography

Oppen’s memoir is a rich history of leftist political thought in America while chronicling a literary companionship and enduring love story; it is highly recommended for all collections.
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Miss Aluminum: A Memoir

Moore offers readers a well-written, unobstructed view of what appears to be an idyllic life, ultimately revealing that looks can be deceiving.
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The Milkman’s Son: A Memoir of Family History. A DNA Mystery; A Story of Paternal Love

Recommended for fans of family memoirs, and especially for readers with an interest in genealogy.
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I Want You To Know We’re Still Here: A Post-Holocaust Memoir

Foer explores her family with context and detail. Her story will interest readers of historical and personal narratives, especially memoirs and genealogy.

Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown

Highly recommended for readers interested in the British aristocracy and personality-driven memoirs. Glenconner, featured in the third season of The Crown, is a strong, intriguing woman whom fans of the show may wish to learn more about.
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Something That May Shock and Discredit You

Though it struggles to maintain cohesion at times, this account of a vulnerable life makes for contemplative reading. While fans of the Toast and pop culture will be drawn in, some may long for a more straightforward memoir.

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The Silver Swan: In Search of Doris Duke

Fans of Bingham will relish this personal account; an essential reference for scholars and researchers of Duke.

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Illuminating History: A Retrospective of Seven Decades

This blend of autobiography and history will be of interest to both seasoned scholars and those just entering the field.

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Reservation Restless

An excellent book for general readers and anthropologists wanting to learn more about the joys and challenges of being a bridge between two cultures.
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Lucean Arthur Headen: The Making of a Black Inventor and Entrepreneur

Headen is one of those inventors almost lost to history; this engaging book helps introduce a new generation of scholars to his life and contributions.
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Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane

Well researched and well supported by primary sources, such as stories from local newspapers, this should prove a provocative read appealing to scholars of the period and general readers alike.

 

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Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America’s Stolen Land

The luminous writing of this well-crafted memoir seems as much a form of prayer and self-discovery as the marathon itself. Recommended for not only its appeal to long-distance runners, but also its contribution to the literature of modern social justice.
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Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit

This beautifully told, nuanced memoir will strike a chord with fans of J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy, and pique the interest of sociology scholars.
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Scratched: A Memoir of Perfectionism

 An original perspective on the perfectionist personality. Recommended for avid readers of memoirs.

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Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

Narrated in simple prose, this is concise yet moving tribute spotlights an inspiring progressive leader and demonstrates how the historical record should be studied. For readers of African American history of all ages.
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The Book Keeper: A Memoir of Race, Love, and Legacy

A carefully crafted memoir for all readers who care about family connections and legacies, and about multiracial identity, in an increasingly complex world.

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Shadow on the Mountain: A Yazidi Memoir of Terror, Resistance and Hope

Jeffrey contrasts the warmth of his childhood with the brutality of war and of the genocide that shattered the Yazidi community. Though his prose is complex at times, his story of tragedy and resistance is an important one.

Last Stop Auschwitz: My Story of Survival from Within the Camp

This unique contribution to the literature of the Holocaust will prove invaluable to all readers interested in recollections and histories of the period.
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American Queenmaker: How Missy Meloney Brought Women into Politics

A meticulously researched and readable biography that will engage readers interested in women’s history and journalism, and in 20th-century social reform.
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Strung Out: One Last Hit and Other Lies That Nearly Killed Me

Purchase where memoirs about addiction or books about the opioid crisis are in demand.
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The Impossible First: From Fire to Ice—Crossing Antarctica Alone

O’Brady’s gripping storytelling will have readers feeling they are right there with him, experiencing the subzero temperatures and blizzards. A feel-good, must-read for fans of adventure stories.
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What It Is: Race, Family, and One Thinking Black Man’s Blues

This frank and personal examination of race and racism in America will be an important addition to many collections.

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Touched with Fire: Morris B. Abram and the Battle Against Racial and Religious Discrimination

This sympathetic, well-crafted account of a talented lawyer with political ambition will appeal primarily to political scientists, historians, and Jewish studies majors.
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Mengele: Unmasking the “Angel of Death.”

With a distinctive blend of history and political intrigue, Marwell creates a thorough account of one of the most well-known war criminals in history and the efforts to bring him to justice. A worthy addition to Holocaust scholarship.
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When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father’s War and What Remains

Neumann’s eloquent, skillfully researched book will appeal to many, especially those interested in family histories and the lives of Holocaust survivors.
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Our Revolution: A Mother and Daughter at Midcentury

Moore offers a rich exploration of an individual whose life and family were dramatically altered by second-wave feminism. However, the account struggles with the dual tasks of being both biography and memoir and takes on more than it can satisfyingly deliver.

Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford; The Biography

Highly recommended for fans of literary biographies, as well as those interested in British history and dramas. The combination of poetic prose and dedicated research makes this an accessible an delightful read.
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Sigh, Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight To Fit In

Tran’s engaging prose will connect with readers who ever went through a phase of wishing to fit in, which is pretty much all of us.

The Art of Resistance: My Four Years in the French Underground; A Memoir

Rosenberg provides a thrilling account of gut-wrenching wartime experiences; an epilog details what happened to the major players in his life during that time. Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in World War II and autobiography.

Rebel Cinderella: Rose Pastor Stokes: Sweatshop Immigrant, Aristocrat’s Wife, Socialist Crusader

Lucidly written and painstakingly researched, this is a joy to read, cementing Pastor in her rightful place with other progressive figures of the time.
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The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir

A poignant transgenerational story of trauma and recovery in South Korea, Japan, and America.
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Dorothy Day: Dissenting Voice of the American Century

Highly recommended for readers interested in 20th-century sociopolitical history as well as Day’s life.
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I Am Not Your Slave

For readers who wish to understand more fully the grim reality of human trafficking.
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Anger Is My Middle Name

This inspiring story of overcoming unimaginable adversity will be welcomed by a wide range of readers.

Children of the Land

In large part an attempt to answer the question of how to create a landscape of memories divorced from spectacle, this inventively rendered memoir provides an intimate, important look at the immigrant experience, family and intergenerational trauma, and coping with the ongoing presence of uncertainty in one’s life.

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In the Land of Men: A Memoir

A refreshingly relatable memoir from a gifted, intellectual writer.
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By Chance Alone: A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz

In the vein of Holocaust memoirs such as Elie Wiesel’s Night and Primo Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz, this significant new entry offers further documentation of a dark period in history. It will be a solid addition to all World War II collections.

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Stealing Cinderella: How I Became an International Fugitive for Love

Though it occasionally (if stereotypically) sheds light on differences between American and South Korean cultures, this memoir cannot be recommended. Readers in search of an American’s experience in South Korea might want instead to turn to Elizabeth Rice’s Rituals of Separation.

The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience

Broad in scope, this will appeal to a wide audience owing to the range of women spotlighted. Given its length, this is a book to savor over multiple sittings, allowing readers to revisit well-known heroines or discover new ones among the pages.
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Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol

Part self-help, part recovery memoir, this personal account provides useful and inspiring techniques for addiction recovery.

Disturbance: Surviving Charlie Hebdo

Readers will learn details about the Charlie Hebdo attack that only Lançon can provide, and will empathize with Lançon’s slow, pained road to recovery while he summons the strength to share his most intimate fears with the world. Highly recommended for all audiences.
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Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving

This amusing, concise, and sometimes tender collection of profiles is recommended for readers content with short biographies in a limited narrative format.
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The Shadow of Vesuvius: A Life of Pliny

Not ideal for those looking for a straightforward biography of Pliny, the book will appeal to readers who are willing to follow Dunn’s enthusiastic and vividly drawn, if meandering, story about the lives and influences of both men.

Here for It: Or, How To Save Your Soul in America; Essays

A laugh-out-loud memoir that is strongly recommended for everyone.
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She Came To Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman

While Dunbar’s short, readable biography will appeal to many, it’s also true that events in Tubman’s life are not given the detail they deserve. As an introduction to the life of this American hero, it succeeds with style.
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Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family

Albom’s memoir is a lens into his grief but also a celebration of Chika’s spirit and lessons gleaned from their time together as a family. The heartbreaking but uplifting story is a testament to the bravery and resilience of children and the power of love. Essential for all public libraries.

Crystal Eastman: A Revolutionary Life

For academics and general readers interested in women’s rights and biographies of achieving women.

Lincoln’s Informer: Charles A. Dana and the Inside Story of the Union War

An insightful work about an influential but often overlooked political figure.

Know My Name: A Memoir

A much-needed memoir giving voice to those who must be heard. Miller’s writing stands apart.

Permanent Record

For those fascinated by electronic spying or impassioned by the issue of privacy rights, Snowden’s memoir casts an enlightening view of the U.S. intelligence community despite sometimes being marred by cumbersome jargon.
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Disasterama! Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977 to 1997

An important memoir to add to any library’s collection about the turbulent beginning of the AIDS epidemic.
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Mary Ball Washington: The Untold Story of George Washington’s Mother

For general readers of American history, especially those interested in the revolutionary period.
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A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee

A high-demand biography for fans of Lee and Marvel comics.
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Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal

Washington’s illustrated and well-researched work will have some appeal for rail fans, but its true value is for readers interested in the social condition of African Americans in New York during the period.
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Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl

This fiercely written, sobering account of actions that alter lives forever is recommended for students of sociology, gender studies, and psychology, as well as general readers wishing to learn more about the effects of sexual assault and rape.
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Making a Difference: My Fight for Native Rights and Social Justice

Recommended for all readers interested in Native American history, and careers in public service.

In the Dream House

A thought-provoking account for anyone interested in the experience of abuse survivors and lesbian narratives; trigger warning for descriptions of physical and emotional abuse.

Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me: A Memoir

Bair settles some scores and remains moot on a few issues of interest in the literary world in a narrative that will hold the most appeal for Beckett and de Beauvoir aficionados.

The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini

Imbued with Posnanski’s infectious passion for all things Houdini, this is a rollicking look at one of the 20th century’s most influential and enigmatic entertainers.

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Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter

Greenidge’s meticulously documented, free-flowing narrative draws telling comparisons between the opening of the 20th and 21st centuries to reorient the career of black radicalism, showing how Trotter developed the art of public protest and civil disobedience. A must-read for both scholars and general readers interested in the civil rights movement.

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The Cartiers: The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire

A thoroughly researched and enjoyable family business history that should appeal to history buffs and lovers of high-end fashion and jewelry alike.
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Idiot Wind

A very readable, even superior, addition to the addiction memoir genre.

Walter Ralegh: Architect of Empire

A good choice for those already familiar with the broad strokes of Elizabethan England, and for readers seeking to expand their knowledge of Ralegh’s life and works.

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Battling Bella: The Protest Politics of Bella Abzug

A fascinating ride through some of the fastest-paced politics of the 1960s with a larger-than-life character and well suited for feminist history readers.

Edison

This biography is the new standard for scholarship on the Wizard of Menlo Park and is a work that will long sustain Morris’s legacy.

Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares

This thought-provoking and thoroughly engrossing memoir offers the story of Shahani’s experience, as well as those of other families who, though they did not find the American Dream, nevertheless found home.
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All Blood Runs Red: The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard—Boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy

Recommended for readers who enjoy compelling biography and fast-paced narrative, and especially for those interested in African American history. [See Prepub Alert, 4/28/19.]
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Dad’s Maybe Book

Fans of parenting books, memoirs, and stories of Vietnam War veterans will find enjoyment in these heartfelt words.

All the Powers of Earth: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln. Vol. 3: 1856–1860

In all this, Blumenthal speaks to our own time and, through Lincoln’s life and work, asks us to consider what price expediency and ego cost democracy. Brilliant, compelling, and memorable.

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The Survivors: A Story of War, Inheritance, and Healing

Readers of biography, history, and politics, and those interested in the effects of trauma on subsequent generations, will appreciate this thoughtful book.
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Dance Me to the End: Ten Months and Ten Days with ALS

A mesmerizing memoir by a talented writer on coming to terms with the unexpected.

Mighty Justice: My Life in Civil Rights

This superb work should ensure that Roundtree receives the recognition she richly deserves.
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Eyes to the Wind: A Memoir of Love and Death, Hope and Resistance

Though Barkan’s memoir at times feels a little rushed and unfinished, his life in social justice is a story worth telling.
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