I appreciate all types of literature but tend to prefer nonfiction. Memoirs, women's history, and psychology are my most-read subjects, but once in a while I fall in love with a new novel and temporarily forget about every other book in the world.

The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062661920
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Published: Ecco - September 11th, 2018

The 1948 abduction of eleven-year-old Sally Horner was the little-known inspiration for Vladimir Nabokov's notorious novel, Lolita. The famous work of fiction and the real-life tragedy are fraught with hidden similarities, some of which Nabokov himself went to great lengths to disguise. This book is a necessary companion to the literary classic, both of which serve to tell the unforgettable story of a young victim whose voice was silenced.

A Selfie as Big as the Ritz: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250126627
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 31st, 2017

Short stories may be my favorite form of fiction and this collection made a place in my heart like few others. Lara Williams crafts simple stories that feel more or less like an exploration of every day life, until each story culminates in its own grand moment of emotional clarity. Some stories give us a glimpse into a foreign perspective, while others dare to reflect the recesses of our own hearts.

Backwards and in Heels: The Past, Present and Future of Women Working in Film Cover Image
ISBN: 9781633536173
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Published: Mango Media Inc - August 15th, 2017

A revelatory deep dive into the history of filmmaking, Backwards & in Heels realigns the film industry’s narrative from one in which men have always dominated to one in which women paved the way, only to be intentionally struck from our collective memory. In an unprecedented work of nonfiction, film reporter Alicia Malone commemorates the incredibly talented women of the silver screen, from iconic leading lady and inventor Hedy Lamarr to the first female filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blaché, whose accomplishments went unrecognized for nearly half a century.

The Sun and Her Flowers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781449486792
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 3rd, 2017

A stunning book of poetry by the author of Milk and Honey. Rupi Kaur has an amazing ability to leave you breathless with just a few words. A beautiful and very worthwhile collection.

Girl in Snow: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501144370
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 2017

This is one of those really special books that tells an unforgettable story while delivering poignant ruminations on the loss of love and family like daggers to the heart. Lucinda Hayes has been brutally murdered, but her story is brought to life through the scattered memories of Cameron, the reserved teenage outcast with a troubling past who had considered himself something of Lucinda's silent protector.

A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy Cover Image
By Sue Klebold, Andrew Solomon (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781101902776
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Published: Broadway Books - February 7th, 2017

A haunting memoir by the mother of one of the two young men responsible for the tragic events that took place at Columbine High School in 1999, told from an intensely personal perspective. It is a truly heartbreaking account of the clarity and hopelessness of hindsight.

A Farewell to Arms: The Hemingway Library Edition Cover Image
By Ernest Hemingway, Patrick Hemingway (Foreword by), Sean Hemingway (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781476764528
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Published: Scribner - July 8th, 2014

This is the perfect book for anyone who is in love with love stories, particularly those that are mired by tragedy throughout. When I finished I was left with a feeling as though the world had dropped out below me.

Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634888
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 14th, 2016

This is a heart-wrenching story of love, family and the hypocrisy of wealth, told over decades as the lives of lovers Fern and Edgar intersect and separate throughout time. Told with elegant prose and biting humor, The Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty begins in the middle of Fern and Edgar's story, at the exact moment that they discover the small fortune given to them in the early days of their marriage has finally been exhausted. What follows is the absolute collapse of marriage and home as each desperately grasps for self-assurance in the absence of the other. In the midst of their troubles, and mostly unnoticed by her parents, their daughter grows quickly from newborn to young woman, often picking up the slack for the family while her parents are away. What began as a seemingly perfect, young relationship rapidly dissolves in response to the unexpected responsibility of providing for a family. Ignoring any potential for loss, Fern and Edgar recklessly set about forging a destructive path to their family's future.

Choosing Hope: How I Moved Forward from Life's Darkest Hour Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425282311
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - October 4th, 2016

An uplifting response from one of Sandy Hook Elementary School's brave teachers about enduring and overcoming tragedy.

Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People's Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620970676
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Published: New Press - September 2015

Thought-provoking and incredibly detailed. This is a must-read for anyone in search of information on one of our country's biggest and most widely ignored issues.

Lobster Is the Best Medicine: A Collection of Comics About Friendship Cover Image
ISBN: 9780762458684
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Published: Running Press Adult - October 13th, 2015

An unblieveably cute collection on one-page jokes surrounding a precious cast of animal buddies.

Breeds: A Canine Compendium Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250066336
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 20th, 2015

A perfect gift for dog lovers! Whether you're trying to find the right pet or just looking for a giggle, this book will tell you about all the perks and quirks of your particular breed of fuzzy friend.

Fat Girl Walking: Sex, Food, Love, and Being Comfortable in Your Skin…Every Inch of It Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062343048
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Published: Dey Street Books - March 8th, 2016

Charming and hilarious. This book is all about the experience of learning to love yourself.

Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143108207
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Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2016

This is the kind of book that you can't bring yourself to put down until you've read it from cover to cover. It tells the story of four young girls who spent years in captivity in the middle of their hometown, unbeknownst to all of their loved ones. Devastating and inspiring all at once, Hope illuminates the strength and perseverance of these admirable women.

Girl Power 5-Minute Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544339255
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - January 27th, 2015

This adorable kids' book is comprised of several short stories about strong, diverse young girls, each of which provides a valuable lesson about compassion, self-expression and patience. Great for children of any age or gender!

My Name Is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth Cover Image
By Ann Turner, James Ransome (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060758981
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Published: HarperCollins - January 20th, 2015

Filled with free verse poetry and beautifully creative illustrations, this biographical book tells the harrowing story of how Sojourner Truth, born into slavery, seized her freedom and became an influential and admirable speaker for abolition and women's rights.

Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape Cover Image
ISBN: 9781580052573
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Published: Seal Press - December 2nd, 2008

Yes Means Yes is a series of essays all regarding perspectives on many different topics involving rape culture, sexual education, gender, race and privilege. In this book you'll find chilling stories of personal experiences with rape culture on all levels and propositions for actions that could potentially improve the effects of such a culture on women everywhere.

Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393352191
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 18th, 2016

This historical narrative focuses on the stories of particular freed and fugitive slaves before, during and in the wake of the Civil War. By combining his knowledge of all previous research on the underground railroad with the available first-hand accounts of events, Eric Foner crafted this intense read with the purpose of unveiling fascinating stories and facts that have long been obscured.

Surprise-Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion--with a Little Something Extra Inside Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062195319
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Published: William Morrow Cookbooks - March 11th, 2014

Who doesn't love decorative baking? This amazing cookbook teaches you step-by-step how to easily make some astoundingly beautiful cakes. The baking process is made even easier with detailed instructions and photos. Truly great for any occasion!

Slaughterhouse-Five (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780440180296
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Published: Dell - November 3rd, 1991

A satirical journey which travels from World War II to the distant planet of Tralfamador and tells the story of how Billy Pilgrim became "unstuck in time".