Lost & Found, by Kathryn Schulz

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In this eloquent memoir, New Yorker writer Kathryn Schulz examines what it’s like to lose a loved one and to fall in love, reflecting on the profound transformations set in motion by both universal occurrences. The chapter on loss centers on the death of Schulz’s father. The chapter on finding focuses on her romance with the woman she ended up marrying—a romance that coincided with the passing of Schulz’s father. And a third chapter addresses what it means to connect and continue—the “&” in Lost & Found. But more than a record of overlapping personal grief and love, the book is a sublime philosophical reckoning of these seemingly opposite experiences, filled with penetrating observations and insightful forays into literature, poetry, and art

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ISBN: 9780525512462
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Published: Random House - January 11th, 2022

Aurelia, Aurélia, by Kathryn Davis

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Davis opens her haunting memoir with “Time Passes,” and as this homage to Woolf’s To the Lighthouse reflects, her book is at once a meditation on art, an exploration of a marriage, and an effort to shore up the slippery banks of memory. Written with the clarity and force of a lucid dream, these myriad short chapters land variously in Brigadoon, the tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the Buddhist Bardo, Beethoven, camping trips, high school, and more, before each returns Davis—perhaps fortified by the excursion to a past self, perhaps not—to the central trauma of her recent widowhood. But whether delving into key moments that shaped her or examining the shock of new loss, Davis writes in sharp, often breathtaking prose that pushes the boundaries of understanding —a stranger’s  voice “registered not on my ears but on my frontal lobe,” a ghost stands “in a pillar of light you saw without your eyes the same way I heard the lake without my ears”—and packs a visceral punch:  “there is the moment you step off the edge of the cliff before you hit the ground….this moment can last a second or it can last a lifetime”

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ISBN: 9781644450789
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 1st, 2022

Free, by Lea Ypi

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Lea Ypi is your perfect guide to '90s Albania. She brings to her memoir both current knowledge of political theory and incredible memories of her own family past. Ypi's writing is lively and often funny, her descriptions of childhood experiences and observations of family members and conversations are incredibly vivid and astute, and this book is one of the best remembrances I've come upon of that uncertain and chaotic era.

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By Lea Ypi
ISBN: 9780393867732
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 18th, 2022