Generations, by Lucille Clifton

Staff Pick

The prose of great poets resonates from a special, liminal place all its own, and Clifton’s lyrical memoir—first published in 1976 and reissued with an appreciation by former poet laureate Tracy K. Smith—sings with not just her own voice, but those of her family members as channeled through her “great storyteller” father. Richly cadenced with the rhythms of ordinary speech, these moving stories—punctuated by excerpts from Whitman—profile the generations descended from Mammy Ca’line—abducted from Africa, trafficked to the U.S., and forced to walk North from New Orleans to Virginia at “eight years old”; through her daughter, Lucille Sale, “the first Black woman legally hanged in the state of Virginia”; and on to Clifton’s father, Sam, that “rock” of a man who could barely write but was “an avid reader” and instilled in his daughter the pride of Dahomey women.

 

 

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By Lucille Clifton, Tracy K. Smith (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781681375878
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Published: NYRB Classics - November 16th, 2021

In the Dream House, by Carmen Maria Machado

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Using non-linear storytelling and widely divergent styles and genres, Machado weaves a powerful memoir about her experience of abuse in a queer--specifically queer women's--relationship, a topic rarely discussed. Machado begins by framing the history of documented relational violence between women and then delves into her own story, giving each chapter a different form--from horror to folklore to academic writing--including footnotes, vignettes, and even objects, to step, pivot, and jump back and forth through her relationship and it's unraveling--as well as her own. The result is a complicated, mesmerizing, unsettling, and heartbreaking portrayal of a relationship, one that takes us inside Machado's memory...and this honest and thought-provoking book is sure to stick in yours.

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ISBN: 9781644450383
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Published: Graywolf Press - December 1st, 2020

One Friday in April, by Donald Antrim

Staff Pick

Part memoir and part study of what causes someone to try to kill himself, One Friday in April recounts Antrim’s terrifying brush with suicide--an act he reframes as an illness in and of itself, and not just an outcome of a distinct mental disease. Written without chapter breaks, this book-length meditation on taking one's life weaves Antrim's and his family's harrowing experience into the wider cultural and social history of suicide, resulting in a brave testament that should help direct the ongoing conversation and shift attitudes about this difficult subject.

 

 

 

 

 

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781324005568
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 12th, 2021

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