Staff Pick

Dark, hilarious, spellbinding this hero’s journey through working-class America follows a heroine on a search for identity and healing,  while struggling to both confront and repress a chaotic and destructive past. An anti-coming of age story rife with the complexities of true human strangeness, this book is unbelievably good.

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ISBN: 9781501183935
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Scribner - May 15th, 2018

Staff Pick

Resisting the easy narrative which many memoirs follow in dealing with chronic illness, Khakpour reenacts the struggle not toward resolution, but simply toward diagnosis itself. Organized by setting and suffused with uncertainty and a sense of dislocation, Sick is a story of transformation and struggle that refuses defensiveness or moralizing. Placing herself in a history of women who have been treated as unreliable witnesses to the chaos inside of them, the book also becomes, in its own way, a feminist consideration of illness and treatment.

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ISBN: 9780062428738
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 5th, 2018