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Fearless Females

posted by: October 16, 2017 - 7:00am

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Breaking Free: How I Escaped Polygamy, the FLDS Cult, and My Father, Warren Jeffs by Rachel Jeffs

Rachel Jeffs is the daughter of the self-proclaimed prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Breaking Free is her story of a polygamist cult and how she escaped it.

 

The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad

A human rights activist, Murad recounts her traumatic and ultimately inspiring story of captivity by the Islamic State. In 2014, the Islamic State slaughtered the people of her small farming village, killing most of her family members.

 

The Mother of Black Hollywood by Jenifer Lewis

Jenifer Lewis, star of black-ish, chronicles her journey from growing up poor in the Midwest to making it in Hollywood. The road to Hollywood was filled with dysfunction and an undiagnosed mental illness.
 

The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien

Maude Julien’s parents raised her to be an ultimate survivor, she grew up on an isolated estate and endured numerous drills, such as sitting perfectly still in a rat-infested cellar, to eliminate weakness. Julien’s story has been compared to Jeannette Walls’ Glass Castle


 
 

Inspirational Memoirs

posted by: August 23, 2017 - 7:00am

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A Stone of Hope by Jim St. Germain 

Jim St. Germain tells the story of how a rehabilitation program saved him in A Stone of Hope: A Memoir. St. Germain recounts his struggles with poverty, drugs, violence and crime as he grew up in Haiti and New York, and how he was lucky enough to be given the chance to turn his life around. Prepare to be challenged and inspired.

 

Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8 by Nakoki Higashida 

Naoki Higashida offers readers insight into his life in his new memoir Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man’s Voice From the Silence of Autism. Translated by KA Yoshida, the book shares stories from Higashida’s school days, family life and challenges. A unique and powerful look into living with autism. 

 

Reading with Patrick by Michell Kuo 

In Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student and a Life-Changing Friendship, Michelle Kuo tackles education, justice, poverty, race and more. She recalls her experience teaching in rural Arkansas and then later returning to help one of her students after he is arrested for murder.


 
 

Women in Tech Books

posted by: August 22, 2017 - 2:08pm

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Crash Override by Zoe Quinn
Video game designer Quinn recounts her experiences as the original target of the online harassment campaign known as Gamergate. She provides an insider’s view and practical advice for preventing, as well as responding to, online attacks garnered from her own experiences as a victim and her subsequent work helping others via Crash Override, her online abuse crisis network. Useful and important information for all users of social media.

 

Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change by Ellen Pao
Ellen Pao details her experiences from venture capitalist to CEO of Reddit to whistleblower, calling out bias and discrimination against women in the tech industry. In her book, she sheds light on the issues of discrimination that still plague the modern workplace and offers practical and achievable goals for a better, more inclusive, future.

 

Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology by Ellen Ullman
A fascinating first-hand account of the digital revolution by computer pioneer Ullman. These essays are filled with trenchant observations, philosophical meanderings and big-picture analysis of the tech industry, as well as the more quotidian aspects and anecdotes of being a woman in the computer industry.


 
 

Cover Art for Amelia Earhart the thrill of it July 24th is celebrated annually as National Amelia Earhart Day, a day to honor the famous aviation pioneer and remember her birth. Amelia Mary Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 and was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.  Earhart disappeared in July of 1937 over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island during an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe.

 

Fascination with her life, career and disappearance continues today. A recently discovered photograph has renewed interest in her disappearance. Whether or not the mystery will ever be solved remains to be seen. Read and watch more about this fascinating pioneer with these books and DVDs for all ages.

 


 
 

Happy Birthday, Malala!

posted by: July 12, 2017 - 7:00am

 

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Happy 19th Birthday to Malala Yousafzai, the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. Malala is a passionate human rights advocate, particularly when it comes to the education of women in her country of Pakistan. In October, 2012, Malala was shot and her attempted murder sparked a national and international outpouring of support. The shooting only encouraged Malala to continue her activism and she remains a source of motivation. Learn more about this inspirational young woman in her autobiography I Am Malala (also available in a young reader’s edition) or the documentary He Named Me Malala.


 
 

All Things Tudor

posted by: June 28, 2017 - 7:00am

Henry VIII was born on this day in 1491. Henry was the second Tudor monarch, reigning from 1509 until his death in 1547. Perhaps best remembered for his eight wives and assorted scandals, this monarch and the time period remain popular among readers and viewers.

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Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

posted by: June 5, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover Art for Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?Are Barack and Michelle really that cool in person? What should you do if your IBS acts up during a business trip to the Vatican? How do you get a tampon dispenser installed in the West Wing? Alyssa Mastromonaco has answers to all of these questions in her new memoir Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House.

 

In 2005, Mastromonaco became Director of Scheduling for Illinois State Senator Barack Obama’s run for United States Senate and continued working for his presidential administration until resigning as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations in 2014. With plenty of self-deprecating humor, Mastromonaco gives us an inside look at the challenges of working on a political campaign and the highs and lows of having your own office at the White House. Her stories will make you laugh, cringe and be happy that you are just in charge of your own schedule and not the President’s. While there are more than a few endearing Obama anecdotes, this is far from a political tell-all. At its heart, this is the story of one ambitious woman navigating a high-stakes career with few female role models. Anyone interested in politics will appreciate Mastromonaco’s insider tips and advice, while fans of Bossypants by Tina Fey and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling will especially appreciate the humor.


 
 

The Rules Do Not Apply

posted by: May 17, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover art for The Rules Do Not ApplyCareer. Spouse. Baby. Checking off boxes came easy for Ariel Levy, author of the short but intense new memoir The Rules Do Not Apply. The New Yorker staff writer knows now what she didn't know when she was younger and life seemed limitless. She spends her journey recounting, in agonizing observations, the ups and downs that have taken place in her life.

 

No one would accuse Levy of lacking self-confidence. As an only child growing up in the 1970s, Levy was raised to be independent. She pursued her writing career, languished in the New York excesses of the '90s and achieved success telling stories about "women who are too much." Boundaries were blurred. She had male and female lovers. By her own admission, there were times she wanted to "crawl into the pouch of a kangaroo" to protect her from own impulsiveness.

 

Levy spends much of the book coming to grips with the fact that she was not the only one who needed protecting. Despite marrying the woman of her dreams, a string of devastating losses forces her to confront her hubris and reconcile what she can. The most heartbreaking of these is depicted in a powerful 2013 award-winning article, "Thanksgiving in Mongolia," which originally appeared in The New Yorker magazine. Levy revisits this tragedy in sobering detail; it is the gut of the book.

 

The author of Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the rise Rise of Raunch Culture, Levy neutralizes the "perfect life" with unsparing writing that is also a surprisingly quick read. Those who enjoy Joan Didion and Cheryl Strayed will recognize those universal threads of tragedy, grief, remorse. It is the realization we don't always get what we want, and that the best laid plans are just that and no more.


 
 

Shirley Jackson

posted by: April 3, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover art for Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted LifeAlthough many readers still retain mental scars from Shirley Jackson’s chilling story The Lottery, fewer are familiar with the woman who wrote it. For those readers, Ruth Franklin’s Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life tells the story of one of America’s most controversial and tragically short-lived authors.

 

Who is Shirley Jackson? Even her fans can’t agree on that. Was she a serious writer of literary fiction such as We Have Always Lived in the Castle? Was she a practicing witch who wrote ghost stories like The Haunting of Hill House? Or was she the musing housewife who wrote humorous essays like Life Among the Savages? This fractured identity would suit one of her characters, who were often women pushed to their mental limits by society. And Jackson was not without her demons. She felt the judgment of others sharply — her two most vocal critics were her mother and her husband, which unfortunately would lead to her agoraphobia late in life. But Franklin’s biography doesn’t make the mistake of confusing Jackson with her characters. Instead, it presents her as a modern master whose talents harnessed, but were not indebted to, her demons.

 

Franklin’s book is not without it’s shades of light. We’re also treated to samples of the cartoons that Jackson drew of herself and others (yet another side of her creativity) and stories of Jackson’s troublemaking sense of humor (she would frequently present herself as a witch to the press and claim to have cast spells on critics of her work). It’s a biography worthy of one of America’s best and most debated writers. And it pairs well with The Lottery: The Authorized Graphic Adaptation, a visual retelling of her most famous story by artist Miles Hyman, Jackson’s grandson.


 
 

New Next Week on March 28, 2017

posted by: March 24, 2017 - 8:00am

The following titles will be released next week. Select any title to learn more or to request a copy. Be sure to visit our Hot Titles webpage for more exciting upcoming titles.

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