The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

By Leslie Jamison. The best-selling author of The Empathy Exams presents an exploration of addiction that blends memoir, cultural history, literary criticism and journalistic reportage to analyze the role of stories in conveying the addiction experience, sharing insights based on the lives of genius artists whose achievements were shaped by addiction.

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I Found My Tribe: A Memoir

By Ruth Fitzmaurice.

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Eat the Apple: A Memoir

By Matt Young. A combat veteran and writing instructor traces the darkly comic story of his youth and masculinity as they were shaped in an age of continuous war, describing how he joined the Marines as a way to temper his reckless nature before enduring three Iraq deployments.

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Educated: A Memoir

By Tara Westover. Traces the author’s experiences as a child born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, describing her participation in her family’s paranoid stockpiling activities and her resolve to educate herself well enough to earn acceptance into a prestigious university and the unfamiliar world beyond.

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Heart Berries: A Memoir

By Terese Marie Mailhot.

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The Line Becomes a River

By Francisco Cantu. An award-winning writer and former agent for the U.S. Border Patrol describes his upbringing as the son of a park ranger and grandson of a Mexican immigrant, who, upon joining the Border Patrol, encountered the violence and political rhetoric that overshadows life for both migrants and the police.

I am, I am, I am: Seventeen Brushes With Death

By Maggie O’Farrell. Presents a memoir told entirely in seventeen near-death experiences stemming from a dangerous childhood illness, accidents, an encounter with a disturbed person, and the author’s daily efforts to protect her daughter from the vulnerabilities of a high-risk condition.

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Book Group with Amy Nawrocki

Join us for a very special book group on Sunday June 3rd at 3:00pm with author Amy Nawrocki as we discuss her new book, “A Comet’s Tail: A Memoir of No Memory“.

About the book:

I do not remember the tubes, the tests, or the icy cold of space. I do not remember losing six months of my life.

At age nineteen, Amy Nawrocki returned from her first year of college, scribbled a few notes in her journal, and took a terrifying summer trip. She remembers one night of disorientation, then nothing until Christmas, when awareness slowly restarts. The Comet’s Tail is the story of these missing months: the seizures and fever spikes, the deep nothing of coma, and the unexpected, dramatic recovery. Memory is recreated around EEG transcripts and doctors’ notes, family vigils and blurry Polaroids. From her unique perspective, Nawrocki investigates the connections between memory, trauma, and identity. She illuminates what it means to truly return to consciousness in this extraordinary memoir of illness, healing, and writing over the blank pages of our lives.

About the author: 

Amy Nawrocki is a Connecticut native, raised in Newtown and now living in Hamden. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Arkansas. She has received numerous honors for her poetry, including awards from the Litchfield Review Poetry Contest, the Codhill Chapbook Competition, The Loft Anthology, Phi Kappa Phi, New Millennium Writings, and the Connecticut Poetry Society. She is the author of five poetry collections: Potato Eaters, Nomad’s End, Lune de Miel, Four Blue Eggs and Reconnaissance. With her husband, Eric D. Lehman, she wrote A History of Connecticut Wine, A History of Connecticut Food and Literary Connecticut. She teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of Bridgeport and is mother to two cats, Maple and Django.

Mothers of Sparta: Memoir in Pieces

By Dawn Davies.

“”Mothers of Sparta is a superbly written book, at times gently poetic, at times devastating. I was spellbound from start to finish.” -Tim O’Brien “Beautiful and painful all at once. A heartbreakingly honest book that I couldn’t put down.” – Jenny Lawson, #1 NYT bestselling author “In Mothers of Sparta, Dawn Davies writes like an avenging angel. Her stories are poetic, moving, provocative, and bracingly honest as she trains her lucid gaze on some of life’s deepest complexities: In the face of terror, betrayal, and impending loss, how do we love? And what does that love cost us? I’ve never read a book quite like this one, shot through with the light of an extraordinary talent and spirit.” — Dani Shapiro, author of Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage —

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Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

By Caroline Fraser. A comprehensive historical portrait of Laura Ingalls Wilder draws on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and official records to fill in the gaps in Wilder’s official story, sharing details about her pioneer experiences.

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