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Chosen: A Memoir of Stolen Boyhood

Important testimony; recommended for all libraries.

The Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found

Although it can sometimes read more like a long column than a memoir, Bruni’s optimistic book will be a balm to many. Recommended.

The Tears of a Man Flow Inward: Growing Up in the Civil War in Burundi

Irankunda joins other writers from the African continent (see Rwandan Clemantine Wamariya’s The Girl Who Smiled Beads and Liberian Wayétu Moore’s The Dragons, the Giant, the Women) in giving eloquent and stirring witness to a childhood shattered by war and the legacies of colonialism.

What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma

Foo’s writing is shrewdly insightful. In telling her story so compellingly, she joins authors such as Anna Qu and Ly Tran in adding nuance to the “model minority” myth, if not actively subverting it. Highly recommended.


Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How To Become American

A compassionate and insightful memoir full of hope and humor; recommended for all collections.

Little Sister: My Investigation into the Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood

This is well-trod ground. An optional purchase for fans of true crime and Hollywood stories.

Mothers, Fathers, and Others

Hustvedt is a warm and engaging companion, and essay lovers and fans of her work will relish this book.

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