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Crying in H Mart

From the indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame, and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker essay that shares the title of this book, an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity.

In this exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With humor and heart, she tells of growing up the only Asian American kid at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother's particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother's tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food.

As she grew up, moving to the East Coast for college, finding work in the restaurant industry, and performing gigs with her fledgling band and meeting the man who would become her husband her Koreanness began to feel ever distant, even as she found the life she wanted to live. It was her mother's diagnosis of terminal pancreatic cancer, when Michelle was twenty five, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her.

Vivacious and plainspoken, lyrical and honest, Zauner's voice is as radiantly alive on the page as it is onstage. Rich with intimate anecdotes that will resonate widely, and complete with family photos, Crying in H Mart is a book to cherish, share, and reread.

Broken (in the best possible way)

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Furiously Happy and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened comes a deeply relatable book filled with humor and honesty about depression and anxiety.

As Jenny Lawson’s hundreds of thousands of fans know, she suffers from depression. In Broken, Jenny brings readers along on her mental and physical health journey, offering heartbreaking and hilarious anecdotes along the way.

With people experiencing anxiety and depression now than ever, Jenny humanizes what we all face in an all too real way, reassuring us that we’re not alone and making us laugh while doing it. From the business ideas that she wants to pitch to Shark Tank to the reason why Jenny can never go back to the post office, Broken leaves nothing to the imagination in the most satisfying way. And of course, Jenny’s long suffering husband Victor―the Ricky to Jenny’s Lucille Ball―is present throughout.

A treat for Jenny Lawson’s already existing fans, and destined to convert new ones, Broken is a beacon of hope and a wellspring of laughter when we all need it most.

The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos

One of the most important stories of World War II, already optioned by Steven Spielberg for a major motion picture: a spectacular, searing history that brings to light the extraordinary accomplishments of brave Jewish women who became resistance fighters—a group of unknown heroes whose exploits have never been chronicled in full, until now.Witnesses to the brutal murder of their families and neighbors and the violent destruction of their communities, a cadre of Jewish women in Poland—some still in their teens—helped transform the Jewish youth groups into resistance cells to fight the Nazis. With courage, guile, and nerves of steel, these “ghetto girls” paid off Gestapo guards, hid revolvers in loaves of bread and jars of marmalade, and helped build systems of underground bunkers. They flirted with German soldiers, bribed them with wine, whiskey, and home cooking, used their Aryan looks to seduce them, and shot and killed them. They bombed German train lines and blew up a town’s water supply. They also nursed the sick and taught children.

Yet the exploits of these courageous resistance fighters have remained virtually unknown.

As propulsive and thrilling as Hidden Figures, In the Garden of Beasts, Band of Brothers, and A Train in Winter, The Light of Days at last tells the true story of these incredible women whose courageous yet little known feats have been eclipsed by time. Judy Batalion—the granddaughter of Polish Holocaust survivors—takes us back to 1939 and introduces us to Renia Kukielka, a weapons smuggler and messenger who risked death traveling across occupied Poland on foot and by train. Joining Renia are other women who served as couriers, armed fighters, intelligence agents, and saboteurs, all who put their lives in mortal danger to carry out their missions. Batalion follows these women through the savage destruction of the ghettos, arrest and internment in Gestapo prisons and concentration camps, and for a lucky few—like Renia, who orchestrated her own audacious escape from a brutal Nazi jail—into the late 20th century and beyond.

Powerful and inspiring, featuring twenty black and white photographs, The Light of Days is an unforgettable true tale of war, the fight for freedom, exceptional bravery, female friendship, and survival in the face of staggering odds.  

Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing

Searing and extremely personal essays from the heart of working class America, shot through with the darkest elements the country can manifest cults, homelessness, and hunger while discovering light and humor in unexpected corners.

As an adult, Lauren Hough has had many identities: an airman in the U.S. Air Force, a cable guy, a bouncer at a gay club. As a child, however, she had none. Growing up as a member of the infamous cult The Children of God, Hough had her own self robbed from her. The cult took her all over the globe to Germany, Japan, Texas, Ecuador but it wasn't until her mother finally walked away that Lauren understood she could have a life beyond The Family.

Along the way, she's loaded up her car and started over, trading one life for the next. She's taken pilgrimages to the sights of her youth, been kept in solitary confinement, dated a lot of women, dabbled in drugs, and eventually found herself as what she always wanted to be: a writer. Here, as she sweeps through the underbelly of America relying on friends, family, and strangers alike she begins to excavate a new identity even as her past continues to trail her and color her world, relationships, and perceptions of self.

At once razor sharp, profoundly brave, and often very, very funny, the essays in Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing interrogate our notions of ecstasy, queerness, and what it means to live freely. Each piece is a reckoning: of survival, identity, and how to reclaim one's past when carving out a future.

Broken Horses

The critically acclaimed singer songwriter, producer, and six time Grammy winner opens up about a life shaped by music in this candid, heartfelt, and intimate story.

Brandi Carlile was born into a musically gifted, impoverished family on the outskirts of Seattle and grew up in a constant state of change, moving from house to house, trailer to trailer, 14 times in as many years. Though imperfect in every way, her dysfunctional childhood was as beautiful as it was strange, and as nurturing as it was difficult. At the age of five, Brandi contracted bacterial meningitis, which almost took her life, leaving an indelible mark on her formative years and altering her journey into young adulthood.

As an openly gay teenager, Brandi grappled with the tension between her sexuality and her faith when her pastor publicly refused to baptize her on the day of the ceremony. Shockingly, her small town rallied around Brandi in support and set her on a path to salvation where the rest of the misfits and rejects find it: through twisted, joyful, weird, and wonderful music.

In Broken Horses, Brandi Carlile takes listeners through the events of her life that shaped her very raw art from her start at a local singing competition where she performed Elton John’s “Honky Cat” in a bedazzled white polyester suit, to her first break opening for Dave Matthews Band, to many sleepless tours over 15 years and six studio albums, all while raising two children with her wife, Catherine Shepherd. This hard won success led her to collaborations with personal heroes like Elton John, Dolly Parton, Mavis Staples, Pearl Jam, Tanya Tucker, and Joni Mitchell, as well as her peers in the supergroup The Highwomen, and ultimately to the Grammy stage, where she converted millions of viewers into instant fans.

Evocative and piercingly honest, Broken Horses is at once an examination of faith through the eyes of a person rejected by the church’s basic tenets and a meditation on the moments and lyrics that have shaped the life of a creative mind, a brilliant artist, and a genuine empath on a mission to give back.

Everything Is Fine

In this extraordinarily moving memoir about grief, mental illness, and the bonds of family, a writer delves into the tragedy of his mother’s violent death at the hands of his brother who struggled with schizophrenia. Perfect for fans of An Unquiet Mind and The Bright Hour. Vince Granata remembers standing in front of his suburban home in Connecticut the day his mother and father returned from the hospital with his three new siblings in tow. He had just finished scrawling their names in orange chalk on the driveway: Christopher, Timothy, and Elizabeth. Twenty three years later, Vince was a thousand miles away when he received the news that would change his life—his younger brother, Tim, propelled by unchecked schizophrenia, had killed their mother in their childhood home. Devastated by the grief of losing his mother, Vince is also consumed by an act so incomprehensible that it overshadows every happy memory of life growing up in his seemingly idyllic middle class family. In this vibrant combination of personal memoir and journalism, Vince examines the disease that irrevocably changed his family’s destiny. As he painstakingly pieces together Tim’s story, Vince begins the process of recovering the image of his remarkable mother and salvaging his love for his brother.Written in stark, precise, and beautiful prose, Everything Is Fine is a powerful and reaffirming portrait of loss and forgiveness.

I Am a Girl from Africa

The inspiring journey of a girl from Africa whose near death experience sparked a dream that changed the world.She squeezes my hand and smiles. I am here to feed hungry children in the village, because as Africans we must uplift each other.
I don't understand what it means to uplift others, but I nod.
I know that I can finally stand up. I will search for food. I will live.
When severe draught hit her village in Zimbabwe, Elizabeth, then eight, had no idea that this moment of utter devastation would come to define her life purpose. Unable to move from hunger, she encountered a United Nations aid worker who gave her a bowl of warm porridge and saved her life. This transformative moment inspired Elizabeth to become a humanitarian, and she vowed to dedicate her life to giving back to her community, her continent, and the world. Grounded by the African concept of ubuntu—“I am because we are”—I Am a Girl from Africa charts Elizabeth’s quest in pursuit of her dream from the small village of Goromonzi to Harare, London, New York, and beyond, where she eventually became a Senior Advisor at the United Nations and launched HeForShe, one of the world’s largest global solidarity movements for gender equality. For over two decades, Elizabeth has been instrumental in creating change in communities all around the world; uplifting the lives of others, just as her life was once uplifted. The memoir brings to vivid life one extraordinary woman’s story of persevering through incredible odds and finding her true calling—while delivering an important message of hope and empowerment in a time when we need it most.

Blow Your House Down: A Story of Family, Feminism, and Treason

A pathbreaking feminist manifesto, impossible to put down or dismiss. Gina Frangello tells the morally complex story of her adulterous relationship with a lover and her shortcomings as a mother, and in doing so, highlights the forces that shaped, silenced, and shamed her: everyday misogyny, puritanical expectations regarding female sexuality and maternal sacrifice, and male oppression. —Adrienne Brodeur, author of Wild Game

Gina Frangello spent her early adulthood trying to outrun a youth marked by poverty and violence. Now a long married wife and devoted mother, the better life she carefully built is emotionally upended by the death of her closest friend. Soon, Frangello is caught up in a recklessly passionate affair, leading a double life while continuing to project the image of the perfect family. When her secrets are finally uncovered, both her home and her identity will implode, testing the limits of desire, responsibility, love, and forgiveness.

Blow Your House Downis a powerful testimony about the ways our culture seeks to cage women in traditional narratives of self sacrifice and erasure. Frangello uses her personal story to examine the place of women in contemporary society: the violence they experience, the rage they suppress, the ways their bodies often reveal what they cannot say aloud, and finally, what it means to transgress being good in order to save your own life.

My Broken Language: A Memoir

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes tells her lyrical story of coming of age against the backdrop of an ailing Philadelphia barrio, with her sprawling idiosyncratic, love and trouble filled Puerto Rican family as a collective muse.

Quiara Alegría Hudes was the sharp eyed girl on the stairs while her family danced in her grandmother's tight North Philly kitchen. She was awed by her aunts and uncles and cousins, but haunted by the secrets of the family and the unspoken, untold stories of the barrio even as she tried to find her own voice in the sea of language around her, written and spoken, English and Spanish, bodies and books, Western art and sacred altars. Her family became her private pantheon, a gathering circle of powerful orisha like women with tragic real world wounds, and she vowed to tell their stories but first she'd have to get off the stairs and join the dance. She'd have to find her language.

Weaving together Hudes's love of books with the stories of her family, the lessons of North Philly with those of Yale, this is an inspired exploration of home, memory, and belonging narrated by an obsessed girl who fought to become an artist so she could capture the world she loved in all its wild and delicate beauty.

Buses Are a Comin': Memoir of a Freedom Rider

A firsthand exploration of the cost of boarding the bus of change to move America forward written by one of the Civil Rights Movement's pioneers.

At 18, Charles Person was the youngest of the original Freedom Riders, key figures in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement who left Washington, D.C. by bus in 1961, headed for New Orleans. This purposeful mix of black and white, male and female activists including future Congressman John Lewis, Congress of Racial Equality Director James Farmer, Reverend Benjamin Elton Cox, journalist and pacifist James Peck, and CORE field secretary Genevieve Hughes set out to discover whether America would abide by a Supreme Court decision that ruled segregation unconstitutional in bus depots, waiting areas, restaurants, and restrooms nationwide.

The Freedom Riders found their answer. No. Southern states would continue to disregard federal law and use violence to enforce racial segregation. One bus was burned to a shell; the second, which Charles rode, was set upon by a mob that beat the Riders nearly to death.

Buses Are a Comin' provides a front row view of the struggle to belong in America, as Charles leads his colleagues off the bus, into the station, into the mob, and into history to help defeat segregation's violent grip on African American lives. It is also a challenge from a teenager of a previous era to the young people of today: become agents of transformation. Stand firm. Create a just and moral country where students have a voice, youth can make a difference, and everyone belongs.

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Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi TreasureCoincidences and ambiguities and filled with just enough revelations to keep readers contentedly turning pagesThe Forward This book was a big surprise for me but not a disappointment Basing on the publisher s description I was expecting a fun adventure story You can find traces of it but the book is mostly a blend of very personal memoir and essays on the nature of The Accidental Startup human memoryeritage Shoah conspiracy theories and many topics It is exceptionally well written and insightful although

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have to that sometimes the author should listen to imself and stop being cranky about some stuff Essays from the Visit of Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas to Heidelberg he can be extremely touchy I alsoad sometimes felt uneasy about is attitude Towards Some Of The People He Met some of the people e met it was a very interesting read Thanks to the publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for the advance copy of this book The author a decedent of Holocaust victims and survivors seeks to reclaim their family ome in Poland Or is it their family ome That premise sets a motif for the book in which nothing is what it appears to be In order to reclaim the property Naturalistless his relatives are assumed to be alive ande as to prove that are dead even though they would ave died of natural causes by now anyway even if are dead even though they would Babys Mealtime have died of natural causes by now anyway even ifad survived the concentration camps He is befriended by troops of Polish Nazi Treasure The Miracle Equation hunters who mistakeim for the grandson of their favorite author an enslaved Nazi laborer who documented Nazi construction and thus enables their search The life mission of the Treasure Hunters is to acuire and display Nazi themed memorabilia but they profess to loath the Nazis The author does not speak Polish so all this activity presented through the filter of translation further contributing to The Dawn of Modern Thought his confusion and mistrust of information is this really what isappening and what is going on The Infamous Ellen James (Infamous, here The dualistic theme of Reality versus Illusion is mirrored throughout by other dualisms Pole versus Jew American Jew versus Polish Jew Dead versus Alive Alive versus Not Alive and so many all occasions for the author to consider their significance in great depths through the book inumorous self deprecating thoughtful and insightful meditations that make up the bulk of the book These solilouies are funny and thought provoking and are the reason that I would read any book on any subject by this author in the future The major gift that the author imparted is to consider our views of nostalgia for family Samael Aun Weor, The Absolute Man history Like many other people I am very curious about the lives of my family that are just out of reach of the memory of anyone still alive the Civil War the Great Depression the World Wars in Europe This bookelps me understand that while I want to know as much as I can about these experiences my ancestors probably did everything they could to try to forget them Why would you want to know about that they might say it was awful what do you need to know This is the final duality of a book that I picked up due to romantic notions of my own Polish Jewish family do not romanticize other people s lives they are likely to be as prosaic as your own Do not seek meaning from other people s lives try to understand your own instead. He memoir as the indispensable guidebook to Nazi plunder Propelled by rich original research Kaiser immerses readers in profound uestions that reach far beyond is personal uest What does it mean to seize your own legacy Can reclaimed property repair rifts among the living  Plunder is both a deeply immersive adventure story and an irreverent daring interrogation of inheritance material spiritual familial and emotional .

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Menachem Kaiser s irreverent and poignant isn t that a pair of adjectives memoir begins with the death of is grandfather a man Satria dari Negeri Tayli 1-28 he never knew but whose namee shares and whose Holocaust story sent the latter Menachem on a meandering journey through the Polish landscape and legal system in an attempt to understand and to reclaim a property that belonged to Goethean Science his family nearly a century earlierKaiser travels to Sosnowiec a small town in the region of Silesia which borders the Czech Republic and isome to countless ethnic populations and a rich Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets! history of demographic confusion and love of mystery In this strange community Kaiser becomes acuainted with a group of treasureunters whose fascination with Nazi era memorabilia and artifacts is both ADMIRABLE AND ENTIRELY DISCONCERTING AND HE and entirely disconcerting and Digital Crossroads he a familial tie to these explorers that turnsim into something of niche celebrityAs e follows the paper trail left by is grandfather and other relatives Kaiser makes mistakes and missteps that are frustrating embarrassing and exhausting but The Einstein Theory of Relativity he infusesis storytelling with a sense of reflection and How to Negotiate Your First Job humor that emphasized the random significance of family and place I was impressed by Kaiser s ability to tease out details of a single moment and mine them for a cohesive story while acknowledgingow much was unknown and unknowable However I thought the book needed some cleaning up around its transitions More than once I ad to stop to figure out what we were talking about and ow we got there particularly in the sections about conspiracy theories and drinking in the woods Certainly these stories and characters added life and energy and depth to Kaiser s efforts to navigate property law and legal jargon in Polish but it felt disappointingly disjointed and at times overly simplifiedAs Kaiser Perfect Justice (Ben Kencaid, himself acknowledges towards the end of the book Holocaust memoirs biographies andistories are plentiful which can The Literary Relationship of Lord Byron and Thomas Moore have the effect of diluting the undeniable power of each individual story Both parts of this statement are true but theyardly apply to this book Kaiser writes around explicit tragedy and devastation to write a Holocaust story unlike any I ve read before I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and author Menacham Kaiser Opinions stated in this review are Suggestions for Marketing Small Timber honest and my ownRelease Date 16 March 2021 Iave always wondered what it must New Exploration have been like for people to return from the camps and find theiromes were taken I The Shaping of Western Civilization have also wonderedow the people in those omes felt perhaps not all of them knew those omes were stolen This is an I trusting book which offers insights into the rights and wrongs of inheritance and The Ecology, Exploitation and Conservation of River Turtles how damage can be perpetuated over generations Beautifully written the author tells a story with skill and sensitivity Menachem Kaiser is a young writer and storyteller of stunning talent originality and wisdom andis debut book is gloriously impossible to categorise by turns ilarious and profound digressive and suspenseful intimate and sweeping it stands as an enviable accomplishmentGideon Lewis Kraus Author of A sense of Direction Pilgrimage for the Restless and Hope. From a gifted young writer the story of is uest to reclaim The Hockey Saint (Forever Friends, his family’s apartment building in Poland and of the astonishing entanglement with Nazi treasureunters that follows Menachem Kaiser’s brilliantly told story woven from improbable events and profound revelations is set in motion when the author takes up is Holocaust survivor grandfather’s former battle to reclaim the family’s apartment building in Sosn. Ful Reparations and treasure unting I can t think of two better metaphors for memoir writing and I can t think of a better recent memoir than Menachem Kaiser s Plunder which as eart Shunned humour and intelligence to spareJoshua Cohen Author of Attention Dispatches From a Land of Distraction A saga of familyistory and inheritance that reads like a murder mystery Plunder begins with Menachem Kaiser s journey to reclaim a Polish apartment building but immediately becomes something far richer and stranger Probing with unusual insight and umour into uestions of memory loss and what we owe to the past this impossible to put down book part travelogue part memoir part meditation on all that istory ides from us marks the debut of a major writerRuth Franklin Author of NBCC Award Winning Shirley Jackson A Rather Haunted Life Exceptionally well written this candid and suspenseful work recasts the injunction that one generation of survivors demands of all descendants never to forget Plunder is a magnificent and stunning literary debutAndr Aciman Author of Find Me and Call Me By Your Name In a literate constantly surprising uest the grandson of a Holocaust survivor returns to Poland to lay claim to the things of the past An exemplary contribution to the recent literature on the fraught istory of the Shoah STARRED REVIEW Kirkus Reviews A twisting and reverberant and consistently the recent literature on the fraught Yonen Buzz, Volume 1 (Yonen Buzz, history of the Shoah STARRED REVIEW Kirkus Reviews A twisting and reverberant and consistently story It s a weird story that gets weirder Kaiser is a reflective man on the page with a lively mind He dwells on the moral seesawe finds imself on Kaiser considers the nature of conspiracy theories in a way that s ighly relevant to our era His thinking about reparations of various kinds is as complex and timely that s The Wood Demon highly relevant to our era His thinking about reparations of various kinds is as complex and timelyas many stories to tell many moods and registers It acuires moral gravity It pays tender and respectful attention to forgotten lives It is also alert to melancholic forms of comedy Tonally I was reminded at times of Jonathan Safran Foer s excellent first novel Everything Is Illuminated Traveling on a private road closer to the ground and at a slower pace Kaiser s walk turns up details that are fresh unexpected and significant His perceptions are sharp We partake of First Shapes his curiosityDwight Garner The New York Times This is weird complicated territory by which I mean it s fantastic Plunder thrives as a morally complicated travelogue it is original and it finishes strong Kaiser chases down the facts fingers crossed of Abraham Kajzer s story and they devastated me It s not spoiling things to say that Kajzer survived the absolute worstumanity Dispatches from Dystopia had to offer only to abandon life s greatest reward From the distance of all these yearsis choice is incomprehensible It s our duty to try to understand anywayThe New York Times Book Review A master storyteller embarks on a journey to learn about Max and the Tom Cats (More Bob Books for Young Readers, Set II, Book 8) his grandfather and to reclaim an apartment building that was stolen during the Holocaust The odyssey is fascinating and thought provokingChristian Science Monitor The 10 Best Books of March With smart elegant prose Kaiser manages to construct an engrossing chronicle ofis foray into an elusive past His narrative is wonderfully digressive laced with. Owiec Poland Soon Ancient World he is on a circuitous path to encounters with the long time residents of the building and with a Polish lawyer known as “The Killer”  A surprise discovery thatis grandfather’s cousin not only survived the war but wrote a secret memoir while a slave laborer in a vast secret Nazi tunnel complex leads to Kaiser being adopted as a virtual celebrity by a band of Silesian treasure seekers who revere

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