Normal People, by Chrysta Bilton

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Bilton's upbringing was anything but normal. Her single lesbian mother desperately wanted to have children but in the 1980s she had few options to make it happen. Then she met a gorgeous man at a Beverly Hills hair salon and an idea clicked: she paid him to be a sperm donor with no strings attached. He agreed. But unbeknownst to her, he'd been donating to a sperm bank for many years--leading Bilton eventually to discover  that she has dozens of half siblings. She's met 35 of them so far, and has no idea how many there may be in total. 

Normal Family: On Truth, Love, and How I Met My 35 Siblings By Chrysta Bilton Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316536547
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 12th, 2022

Dirtbag, Massachusetts, by Isaac Fitzgerald

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Far from the cliche memoir tracing the path of a kid with superhero powers who rises above troubles and challenges to become a successful and famous adult, Fiotzgerald's self-described "confessional" is different. Yes, he leads us through his personal story, from an undeniably difficult childhood into adulthood. But his main point is that he's no hero, he's just an ordinary person,one who, like the rest of us, has made his choices--some good, some bad, some cringeworthy, some celebratory, and some merely serendipitous. Like a Popeye without spinach, he's content to declare, "I am what I am."

Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional By Isaac Fitzgerald Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635573978
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - July 19th, 2022

All Down Darkness Wide, By Sean Hewitt

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Hewitt's poignant memoir narrates his fraught relationship with Elias, which began as a fleeting romance before morphing into a long-term partnership when Hewitt moved from the United Kingdom to join Elas in Sweden.Their story is both a meditation on queerness and its joys, and a heartbreaking account of loving someone suffering a severe mental illness, and Hewitt interweaves his own experiences with parallel histories of grief, shame, and becoming from the lives of Gerard Manley Hopkins and Swedish poet Karin Boye. But while the events recounted are harrowing, the story is not one of despair, but of liberation, as Hewitt moves toward self-acceptance and liberation from his ghosts.  


All Down Darkness Wide: A Memoir By Seán Hewitt Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593300084
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Published: Penguin Press - July 12th, 2022