Group, by Christie Tate

Staff Pick

With brutal honesty, Tate writes about the good, bad, and the ugly in her life. She may have graduated first in law school and been a professional success, but her personal life was a mess. Tate talks about contemplating suicide, her meaningless one night stands, her lack of real friendships, and recounts other heart-breaking stories. She takes a chance on group therapy, first attending one group and then another. Her non-traditional therapist encourages Tate to bare her soul and Tate recounts the process and all the bravery it entails. 

Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life By Christie Tate Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982154615
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - October 27th, 2020

LIfe of a Klansman by Edward Ball

Staff Pick

Edward Ball, a onetime journalist and author of the award-winning Slaves in the Family, returns to his family’s history and pieces together the shameful story of a racist great-great-grandfather who took part in the re-establishment of white supremacy in New Orleans after the Civil War. Life of a Klansman provides a glimpse into the foot soldier ranks that populated early racist movements, and it carries particular resonance today as our country continues to confront racist violence and ideology. Indeed, as Ball calculates in his prologue, half of all white Americans living today have a family link to a Klansman. But most don’t realize it. What Ball has done powerfully in his book is claim this difficult past, show it can be done, reckon publicly with this legacy of white supremacy, and try to learn from it.

Life of a Klansman: A Family History in White Supremacy By Edward Ball Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374186326
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020

The Smallest Lights in the Universe, by Sara Seager

Staff Pick

A path-breaking astrophysicist, Seager “spent my life searching for lights in the dark.” Then her husband died and she was plunged into a new kind of darkness, one that left her feeling like a rogue planet: adrift in the universe with no sun to orbit. As that metaphor conveys, Seager was centered by more than loss, and in this bracingly honest memoir, she puts her personal catastrophe in the largest possible context, intertwining her struggle to adjust to grief and raise her two young sons alone with her ongoing search for life in the cosmos. The challenges are formidable, often turning the rational scientist into a mess of tears and panic. But sustained by her passion for the stars (“the places where science and magic meet”) and helped by her children and the Widows of Concord (a group of bereaved women who support each other with regular get-togethers, practical advice, and the exchange of recipes, clothes, and dating tips), Seager slowly comes to terms with the pain, anger, and confusion of her new role, discovering truths she articulates with often heartbreaking lucidity: “when you lose someone,” she says,” you don’t lose them all at once, and the dying doesn’t stop with their death. You lose them a thousand times in a thousand ways. You say a thousand goodbyes.”

The Smallest Lights in the Universe: A Memoir By Sara Seager Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525576259
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Published: Crown - August 18th, 2020