Life on Delay, by John Hendrickson

Staff Pick

Despite the many stories journalists report, they rarely write one that genuinely changes their life. But that’s what happened to The Atlantic's  John Hendrickson, whose 2020 piece about then-presidential candidate Joe Biden’s struggle with stuttering drew an enormous public response. Hendrickson went on to write Life on Delay about how his own stutter has shaped his life and relationships. The book is both a deeply personal account and an investigative exploration that includes interviews with Hendrickson’s family, former teachers, and therapists as well as with fellow stutterers and doctors who study speech disorders. It conveys the pain, terror, and shame the author has felt at times because of his impeded speech, and it gives welcome attention to a neurological disorder that affects an estimated 70 million people globally.

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ISBN: 9780593319130
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Published: Knopf - January 17th, 2023

A Heart That Works, by Rob Delaney

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Desperately wanting to share the anger and pain he felt over the death of his infant son, Delaney came up with the mantra "a heart that hurts is a heart that works." But more than suffering, his account of the realities and difficulties of grief conveys the overwhelming love he felt for Henry. Heartbreaking and honest, his book will leave you tearful--but smiling.



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ISBN: 9781954118317
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - November 29th, 2022

Stay True, by Hua Hsu

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The New Yorker writer's coming-of-age memoir is a time capsule of his '90s college experience that tracks his growth from the swell of cool to more considered questions of what really matters--which Hsu decides is not the things we buy or whether we liked Nirvana before or after they were popular, but the people we meet and how these relationships can make all other things seem inconsequential. Ultimately this narrative is the perfect homage to lives not lived and ground untrodden--but also to the art of remembering and the honoring of memory itself.




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By Hua Hsu
ISBN: 9780385547772
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Published: Doubleday - September 27th, 2022