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Starring Joan Crawford: The Films, the Fantasy, and the Modern Relevance of a Silver Screen Icon

An enjoyable read that stands out among the numerous books written about Crawford over the years.

Biography & Memoir | Prepub Alert, December 2024 Titles

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The Striker and the Clock: On Being in the Game

A thoughtful and engaging exploration of life on and off the soccer field. It will resonate with readers interested in the human side of professional sports and fans of When Nobody Was Watching by Carli Lloyd with Wayne Coffey, Abby Wambach’s Forward, and Raised a Warrior by Susie Petruccelli.
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Catherine de’ Medici: The Life and Times of the Serpent Queen

An intriguing, highly recommended look at a powerful queen and her life.
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I Talk About It All the Time

This is an important and exceptional memoir that will give readers greater insight into and understanding of the pervasiveness of racism, bias, and discrimination against a person’s sexual orientation.
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Chasing Beauty: The Life of Isabella Stewart Gardner

Reed’s elegant delivery and diction enhance Dykstra’s delightful portrait of a visionary Gilded Age art collector. Recommended for art history buffs and those who enjoyed Douglass Shand-Tucci’s The Art of Scandal.
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A Surgeon and a Maverick: The Life and Pioneering Work of Magdi Yacoub

A remarkable biography of a gifted surgeon whose professional journey took off at a time when many his age were already looking back on their careers. Yacoub’s story embodies what one determined individual can do by pushing boundaries and advocating for those in need.
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Mistress of Life and Death: The Dark Journey of Maria Mandl, Head Overseer of the Women’s Camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau

An unflinching, focused story of the Holocaust, seen through the lens of Mandl’s brutal actions and subsequent trial and execution. Devastating but worth every minute.

Charlie Chaplin vs. America: When Art, Sex, and Politics Collided

The Little Tramp’s triumphs and shortcomings will captivate listeners who want to know what led to his professional exile from the U.S. during the Red Scare years.
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Ian Fleming: The Complete Man

A captivating account of Fleming’s covert operations during World War II and his Bond-like personal life. Recommended for history buffs, particularly those with an interest in WWII espionage.
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The Vanishing of Carolyn Wells: Investigations into a Forgotten Mystery Author

Mystery lovers will thoroughly enjoy this captivating account.
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Charlie Hustle: The Rise and Fall of Pete Rose, and the Last Glory Days of Baseball

A fascinating but ultimately tragic account of the rise and fall of an athlete who could not abandon his self-destructive habits or take responsibility for his actions. Those who followed Pete Rose back in the day will want to check this out.
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Bitter Crop: The Heartache and Triumph of Billie Holiday’s Last Year

Although the audio is somewhat flawed, music aficionados will find much food for thought in this impressive biography of a remarkable artist and performer.
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August Wilson: A Life

A definitive debut, recommended for larger audio collections where biographies by acclaimed writers, such as Ron Chernow and Doris Kearns Goodwin, are popular.
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Not Your China Doll: The Wild and Shimmering Life of Anna May Wong

This excellent exploration of an important actor’s life may appeal to those fascinated by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s When Women Invented Television or Nghi Vo’s Wong-inspired fantasy novel The Siren Queen.
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The Counterfeit Countess: The Jewish Woman Who Rescued Thousands of Poles During the Holocaust

A portrait of bravery and selflessness set against the harrowing backdrop of WWII. Listeners interested in WWII and the stories of heroic women will want to check this one out.

That Voice: In Search of Ann Drummond-Grant, the Singer Who Shaped My Life

This witty, resonant, beautifully written book will appeal to many, especially readers with musical or artistic aspirations, grappling with understanding who they are and what they are meant to do professionally.

Punk Rock Tales | Performing Arts

Opinionated Guides | Performing Arts

Biography & Memoir | Prepub Alert, November 2024 Titles

Zora Neale Hurston

An excellent mix of biography and literary criticism, this book is recommended for both academic and public libraries.
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Peerless: Rouben Mamoulian, Hollywood, and Broadway

Fans of well-told film biographies will relish the film synopses, newspaper critics’ contemporary observations, and the striking photographs.

I Can’t Remember If I Cried: Rock Widows on Life, Love and Legacy

A wide range of readers and book clubs will appreciate this moving, healing, and absorbing memoir/music history.

Traveling: On the Path of Joni Mitchell

Experiencing this book is more akin to wandering down a scenic path than traveling a timeline of someone’s life, and there is no other musician better suited for this style of biography than the ever-changing Mitchell. Powers’s highly anticipated title lives up to the hype and is sure to be on many lists of the best books of the year.

Dear Readers and Riders: The Beloved Books, Faithful Fans, and Hidden Private Life of Marguerite Henry

Legions of fans will be enthralled by this biography of a beloved children’s author. Essential for all public and academic libraries.
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Double Click: Twin Photographers in the Golden Age of Magazines

Brentan’s inviting narration enhances this fascinating book, offering a unique glimpse into the rise of fashion magazines. Share with listeners seeking to learn more about the challenges women artists faced as they fought against conventional expectations in pursuit of their dreams.
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The Darkest White: A Mountain Legend and the Avalanche That Took Him

A riveting story, laying bare the brutality of nature and the perseverance and passion of a gifted athlete.

Biography & Memoir | Prepub Alert, October 2024 Titles

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A Good Bad Boy: Luke Perry and How a Generation Grew Up

A satisfying portrait of Luke Perry that’s presented as a hybrid narrative.
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American Diva: Extraordinary, Unruly, Fabulous

A poetic and inspiring treatment of the diva. Best paired with a discography and a playlist of music by the profiled divas.
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Small Acts of Courage: A Legacy of Endurance and the Fight for Democracy

This family saga educates, entertains, and fascinates as a study of the Indian and Ismaili Muslim diasporas and of immigrants’ countless contributions to their new homelands.
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Leonard Cohen: The Man Who Saw the Angels Fall

This big biography of Cohen will appeal to a wide variety of readers, especially the philosophically minded.

Miss May Does Not Exist: The Life and Work of Elaine May, Hollywood’s Hidden Genius

The writing in this book is whip-smart and funny. It produces a fully realized portrait of a mysterious film genius.
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Tupac Shakur: The Authorized Biography

A captivating portrait of a rap icon who inspired artists and activists alike.

MeatEater’s American History: The Long Hunters (1761–1775)

Compelling storytelling, animated narration, and well-researched information combine to create a superb listening experience for anyone interested in early American history.

The Fixer: Moguls, Mobsters, Movie Stars, and Marilyn

A fast-paced, fascinating tell-all that’s a previously untold account of the seamy side of Hollywood, politics, and mob activity.
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Marlon Brando: Hollywood Rebel

An entertaining and enlightening study of Brando’s impressive influence.

Biography & Memoir | Prepub Alert, September 2024 Titles

Mosquito Warrior: Yellow Fever, Public Health, and the Forgotten Career of General William C. Gorgas

This fascinating book is as much of an account of mosquito-borne illnesses, research, and treatment as it is the story of Gorgas’s life. Will draw biography, military history, and medical history readers.

The Riddles of the Sphinx: Inheriting the Feminist History of the Crossword Puzzle

As a gripping study sprinkled with puns and puzzles, this book encompasses the reasoning behind Shechtman’s own search for meaning while describing the constraints and histories of women who changed the narrative about wordplay. The book also soundly cracks the code for feminists puzzling over how wordplay fits into gender politics.

Between Two Trailers: A Memoir

This debut is everything fans of memoirs could hope for: a beautifully written, searing and honest tribute to family.
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What Kind of Bird Can’t Fly: A Memoir of Resilience and Resurrection

A must have for readers interested in the consequences and transformation of mass incarceration, mass supervision, and inhumane policies and practices.

Us, After: A Memoir of Love and Suicide

Readers who have experienced grief will find comfort in this deeply moving memoir of love and loss.
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Overlooked: A Celebration of Remarkable, Underappreciated People Who Broke the Rules and Changed the World

An endlessly fascinating look into the lives of extraordinary individuals, this audiobook is a treat.
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Daughter of the Dragon: Anna May Wong’s Rendezvous with American History

Cinema and history buffs alike will enjoy this engaging tale of a Chinese American cultural icon.
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God Save Benedict Arnold: The True Story of America’s Most Hated Man

A fascinating new look at this enigmatic American Revolution hero/traitor, delivered objectively.
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Unroyal: Three Women Who Shook the Monarchy

A richly rendered audiobook offering insight into the experiences of the women who shake (and are shaken by) the power of the Crown. Recommended for followers of British royalty and those seeking feminist cultural studies works.
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The Money Kings: The Epic Story of the Jewish Immigrants Who Transformed Wall Street and Shaped Modern America

A commanding group biography commemorating the lives of wealthy Jewish power brokers. This skillfully narrated audio is highly recommended for those seeking a lively account of American financial and cultural history.
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The Secret Lives of Booksellers and Librarians: True Stories of the Magic of Reading

A noteworthy addition to the literature lauding the foot soldiers involved in getting books out to readers. A good complement to Debbie Berne’s The Design of Books.

Biography & Memoir | Prepub Alert, August 2024 Titles

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Jean Peters: Hollywood’s Mystery Girl

The author clearly did an incredible amount of research, but much of Peters’s personal life remains a mystery.
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No Bullet Got Me Yet: The Relentless Faith of Father Kapaun

Readers interested in military and Korean War history and faith-based stories will enjoy this book about a man whose simple yet profound piety influenced all who came in contact with him, regardless of their faith or background.

Bones Worth Breaking: A Memoir

This memoir is a poignant portrait of the love between two brothers and a shared life, with descriptions of traumatic experiences and the resulting scars. The relevance of the book’s themes and topics, alongside Martinez’s openness and exceptional writing skill, will undoubtedly connect with many readers.

The Wives: A Memoir

A fearless, engaging, and important memoir about how one person’s decision to serve in the military affects their entire family. Readers will learn the true meaning of military service through the wider lens of its impact on families and communities.
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Power and Glory: Elizabeth II and the Rebirth of Royalty

Highly recommended for Larman’s fans and for readers seeking a royal history that is appropriately critical.
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The Translator’s Daughter: A Memoir

A compelling and poignant story that sheds light on Taiwanese culture and recent history. Essential for readers interested in Taiwan in specific or immigration memoirs in general. Will also appeal to fans of Two Trees Make a Forest by Jessica J. Lee.
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The Fabulist: The Lying, Hustling, Grifting, Stealing, and Very American Legend of George Santos

Chiusano’s case study succeeds in revealing the roots of Santos’s shameless behavior and never-ending lies. This account of how an accomplished scammer rose in national politics is both compelling and sickening. Highly recommended, and an essential purchase for all New York libraries.
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The Rulebreaker: The Life and Times of Barbara Walters

A definitive and deeply researched biography, likely to be in high demand at all libraries, especially those with book clubs. Perfect for future journalists and young people who may not know what women went through to break into careers that were traditionally unwelcoming to them.
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Candy Darling: Dreamer, Icon, Superstar

A richly detailed and thoughtful portrait of Candy Darling, an innovator during an era that, although on the cusp of change, had not yet evolved far enough beyond the limited boundaries of conformity.

Biography & Memoir | Prepub Alert, July 2024 Titles

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Greasepaint Puritan: Boston to 42nd Street in the Queer Backstage Novels of Bradford Ropes

A well-researched and thorough illumination of a writer who deserves to be better known. For fans, performers, and creators of musical theater.
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Bitter Crop: The Heartache and Triumph of Billie Holiday’s Last Year

Ultimately, this book achieves a successful and accurate tribute to Lady Day and her immense talent while also painting a stark and honest portrait of her life and hardships. Recommended for fans of jazz and the legendary Holiday.
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Vagabond Princess: The Great Adventures of Gulbadan

An important portrait of a 16th-century Muslim woman that stresses the active role royal women played in politics, religion, and the arts. For readers interested in Islamic and Asian history.
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Royal Audience: 70 Years, 13 Presidents—One Queen’s Special Relationship with America

An intriguing narrative that’s remarkable reading about Queen Elizabeth II, her diplomacy, and her relationships with U.S. presidents over the years.
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Secrets of the Sun: A Memoir

Moving and beautifully written. This poignant memoir is about a daughter’s hunt for answers and understanding about her father, his battles, and the complexities of their relationship.

Dear Sister: A Memoir of Secrets, Survival, and Unbreakable Bonds

An essential purchase. Through countless extensions of jail time without a bail hearing, changes in attorneys, depositions, and heartbreaking jail visits, this strong narrative points to the realities of the United States’ criminal justice system and how it can fail the most vulnerable.
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My Side of the River: A Memoir

Perfect for readers who want to learn more about how the U.S immigration system affects the families its laws separate. Also a great pick for fans of memoirs about people who overcome the odds against them.
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Dear Mom and Dad: A Letter About Family, Memory, and the America We Once Knew

This book about Davis’s relationship with her parents, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, unpacks a lot. Her eloquent writing and reassessment of her family bonds will keep readers intrigued.
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Drums & Demons: The Tragic Journey of Jim Gordon

This narrative of Gordon’s life, hugely influential drumming, and legacy is consistently compelling from start to finish.
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Jockey Queen: Lillian Jenkinson Holder, Horse Racing’s Fearless Lady

An amazing story of a woman jockey’s unwavering passion and talent, coupled with a refusal to be limited by societal constraints. Will appeal to readers interested in horse racing, women’s history, and stories of perseverance in the face of adversity.
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Zendaya: The Unauthorized Biography

This book is a comprehensive look into Zendaya’s life. Her star power will make this book a popular one, especially with tween to young adult audiences.
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The Bulldog Detective: William J. Flynn and America’s First War Against the Mafia, Spies, and Terrorists

Readers intrigued by recent FBI histories such as Beverly Gage’s G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century should access this first comprehensive biography of one of Hoover’s predecessors. It has the rapid pace of a spy novel. For specialists and generalists alike.
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Young Rupert: The Making of the Murdoch Empire

An authoritative yet scattered history of the early Murdoch media empire. Readers will learn about his business decisions but not much about who Rupert Murdoch, 92, is as a human being.

Biography & Memoir | Prepub Alert, June 2024 Titles

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Splinters: Another Kind of Love Story

A literary memoir filled with humor, which alone is worth reading the book. This title offers insight and a look into the messy, magical drudgery of life, along with the beauty of art, love, and sex that often carry people through.
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Toxic: Women, Fame, and the Tabloid 2000s

This meticulously researched title devotes all of its attention to the sleazy ways in which women celebrities have been treated throughout contemporary history. It’s meticulously researched.
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Erotic Vagrancy: Everything About Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor

Casual celebrity bio fans might find this biography a rough and labyrinth-like read, but avid Taylor and Burton fans will certainly want to check it out.
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Tomlin: The Soul of a Football Coach

This recommended book will appeal to many kinds of sports fans, especially readers who have fought for the greater inclusion of people of color in coaching and management positions.

Invisible Wounds: Graphic Journalism

These dozen dramatized interviews speak for the uncountable war veterans throughout history who died with their PTSD, guilt, and pain undiagnosed and misunderstood. Highly recommended for readers willing to brave the wars inside veterans and thus better understand the wars outside them.
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Sensory: Life on the Spectrum; An Autistic Comics Anthology

Ollerton’s engaging collection makes a wide-ranging and emotionally rich introduction to the circumstances of people with autism. Useful for high schoolers as well as adults.

King: A Life

Though lengthy (clocking in at just under 21 hours), this gripping biography of a revolutionary leader flies by. Listeners interested in a new perspective of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life will be captivated.
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The Girls Who Fought Crime: The Untold True Story of the Country’s First Female Investigator and Her Crime Fighting Squad

A solid purchase for libraries seeking to broaden their coverage of women in history. Share with readers of Katherine Sharp Landdeck’s The Women with Silver Wings, which offers a similarly heartening account of women’s accomplishments in the military.
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The Black Angels: The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis

Meticulous research paired with exceptional narration makes this timely account of a public health emergency, labor shortage, and enduring discrimination an essential addition to all nonfiction collections.

More: A Memoir of Open Marriage

An honest look at how an open marriage can work, an excellent read for people interested in self-discovery or ethical non-monogamy. Recommended for readers of Dossie Easton and Janet Hardy’s The Ethical Slut and Eve Rickert and Franklin Veaux’s More Than Two.
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Rental Person Who Does Nothing: A Memoir

A fascinating and oddly endearing memoir.
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An American Dreamer: Life in a Divided Country

A beautifully rendered, sensitively told story about a veteran who returns home to a nation where many things are changing or already altered forever. A good choice for public libraries.
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Last Call at Coogan’s: The Life and Death of a Neighborhood Bar

This well-researched narrative history is a delightful listen and a reminder of the power and importance of community.
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This Exquisite Loneliness: What Loners, Outcasts, and the Misunderstood Can Teach Us About Creativity

A timely and sincere exploration of loneliness. Though it touches on occasionally heavy topics, this insightful book should resonate broadly.
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Jackie: Public, Private, Secret

Enhanced by Oppenheimer’s elegant narration, this absorbing account of an iconic woman’s tragic and lavish life is not to be missed.
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Profane Angel: The Life and Career of Carole Lombard

Great for collections that don’t have any books on Carole Lombard.
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Kubrick: An Odyssey

An admiring look at a fascinating figure. Likely to be the definitive word on Kubrick for years to come.

Charlie Chaplin and the Nazis: The Long German Campaign Against the Artist

An incredibly detailed and successful book about Charlie Chaplin that does not lose film fans. More general readers can skip over much of the thorough analysis but still benefit from the book.
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Becoming Ella Fitzgerald: The Jazz Singer Who Transformed American Song

Best for jazz scholars or readers who are superfans of Fitzgerald.
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John Ford: Revised 2nd Ed.

An excellent early work on a legendary filmmaker. The update gives a more complete portrait of Ford and his films.
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Goodbye Russia: Rachmaninoff in Exile

Music specialists and casual readers will find this an absorbing account of Rachmaninoff’s years in exile.
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Finding Waypoints: A Warrior’s Journey Toward Peace and Purpose

A must for readers interested in stories about overcoming adversity and learning about the power of faith and perseverance.

Biography & Memoir | Prepub Alert, May 2024 Titles

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An Uncommon Woman: The Life of Lydia Hamilton Smith

An important contribution to Civil War discourse, women’s studies, and Black history.

Transitions: A Mother’s Journey

Anne’s family and acquaintances model a range of responses to a trans relative’s coming out, illustrating common difficulties while showing that acceptance and joy become possible with care and diligence. An excellent graphic novel and resource for families and others who experience the unexpected transition of a loved one.
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The Path to Paradise: A Francis Ford Coppola Story

This demanding book might appeal more to screenwriters and producers than to serendipitous consumers of film culture.
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