As the summer comes to a close, change is in the air. These stories – fresh off the presses from She Writes Press – are full of change. Whether it follows someone moving to a new place, dealing with loss or challenging their own beliefs, there is bound to be something for everyone, no matter what changes they’re going through.
If you liked Monsoon Mansion by Cinelle Barnes, read At the Narrow Waist of the World: A Memoir by Marlena Maduro Baraf
In this beautiful coming-of-age memoir, Marlena Maduro Baraf grew up in a colorful family of Spanish Jews and relied heavily on her aunts and uncles. But as a teenager, she pulled away and began a new life in the U.S. The themes of community and family, especially the mother-daughter bond, are featured prominently.
If you liked Namaslay by Candace Moore, read Be Healthy with Yin Yoga: The Gentle Way to Free Your Body of Everyday Ailments and Emotional Stress by Stefanie Arend
German bestselling author Stefanie Arend brings her unique perspective on Yin yoga to the States. It’s not just about getting fit – her Yin yoga sequences are touted to “activate the self-healing powers of body and mind.” It’s a holistic approach to health, appropriate for both beginners and yogis alike.
If you liked Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, read Bound: A Daughter, A Domme, and an End-of-Life Story by Elizabeth Anne Wood
In this heart-wrenching memoir, Elizabeth Anne Wood cares for her mother, Judy – a newly minted dominatrix – from her cancer diagnosis to death and beyond. Using BDSM as a framework, Elizabeth illustrates the red tape of hospital bureaucracy and the unintentional inhumanity of the American health care system.
If you liked Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, read Don’t Put the Boats Away by Ames Sheldon
One of the hardest things for a human to cope with is loss. When Eddie died in World War II, his family was left reeling. His siblings try to fill the void he left behind. However, they both fight with their father over their professional ambitions. As they put their lives back together, they pay high prices – but they all must make peace with their loss.
If you liked Tisha by Anne Purdy and Robert Specht, read How Sweet the Bitter Soup: A Memoir by Lori Qian
When Lori was offered a teaching job at a prestigious school in China, she jumped at the chance. As she settled into her new life in Guangzhou, she fell in love with the culture – and Qian Shi Ming, or “William” – a teaching assistant at the school. Beyond their love story, this memoir chronicles the difficulties that come with immigration and getting a marriage license.
If you liked What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum, read I Love You Like That by Heather Cumiskey
In this highly-anticipated sequel to I Like You Like This, Hannah is reeling from the death of her boyfriend, Deacon. With her mother’s addiction tearing their family apart at the seams, Hannah is left to her own devices and falls into the arms of the wrong boys. Meanwhile, at a hospital outside of town, Deacon wakes up in the middle of an undercover sting operation.
If you liked Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult, read Land of Last Chances by Joan Cohen
When Jeanne Bridgeton misses her period, she assumes that menopause has begun. She does not expect to be pregnant. While the timing isn’t ideal – and she isn’t quite sure who the father is – this may be her last chance to have a baby. She is soon hit with news: She may carry a rare hereditary gene for early-onset Alzheimer’s. What is she to do?
If you liked Sting-Ray Afternoons by Steve Rushin, read Many Hands Make Light Work: A Memoir by Cheryl Stritzel McCarthy
Cheryl Stritzel McCarthy was one of nine siblings. With that many children running around the house, their parents had to find some unconventional ways to make extra money – and all the kids were expected to pitch in. They began acquiring rundown homes in the campus-town area Ames, Iowa, renovating them and renting them out.
If you liked Red Mountain by Boo Walker, read Moon Water by Pam Webber
In this long-awaited sequel to The Wiregrass, we once again follow Nettie, now 16, through the summer. As she deals with drama with her boyfriend, nemesis and preacher, she is given a cryptic message from a Monacan Indian medicine woman: a blood moon threatens Nettie and those she loves.
If you liked Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah, read Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table by Carole Bumpus
Join Carole Bumpus as she travels through the French countryside. In this culinary/travel memoir, you’ll discover wineries, farmer’s markets and restaurants. Between recipes, interviews, conversations and stories, you’ll be introduced to the food, culture and people who populate this region.
If you liked Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow, read Shrug by Lisa Braver Moss
Martha just wants to do well in high school and go away to college – a rebellious move in her family. Between her father’s abuse and loss of income, her parents’ divorce and her own eviction, it’s no wonder she has a nervous tic. Her biggest solace is the one thing she has in common with her father – a love of music.
If you liked The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish, read Stutterer Interrupted: The Comedian Who Almost Didn’t Happen by Nina G.
Nina G. is a stand-up comedian – with a stutter. The microaggressions she experiences in her everyday life are often thrown back at her by hecklers. No, she doesn’t need to “slow down and breathe,” and no, she didn’t forget her own name. Her unique brand of comedy reflects the experience of many people with disabilities in a society that isn’t always accessible or inclusive.
Hannah has invested everything into nurturing her son’s intellect, and when Sam is accepted to a prestigious boarding school, she feels justified. Sam, delighted to be out from under his mother’s thumb, soon stumbles upon evidence of sexual misconduct – and if he comes forward, it could jeopardize everything Hannah has worked so hard for.
If you liked The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy, read Uprooted: A Memoir of a Marriage by Esti Skloot
When Ester uproots her life and follows her husband and father of her unborn child, Steve, to America, she has no idea what she’s getting into. His dark side soon comes out. Beyond dealing with his moods and whims, she struggles with homesickness and culture shock. Ten years later, Steve dies, leaving Ester feeling as lost as when she first moved there.
If you liked In My Hands by Irene Gut Opdyke with Jennifer Armstrong, read When a Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew: A Memoir by Hendrika de Vries
As a young Dutch girl living in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, Hendrika de Vries must decide who she wants to be. After her father is sent to a POW camp in Germany, her mother joins the Resistance and Hendrika watches as freedoms are eroded. She witnesses her hidden stepsister betrayed and her mother interrogated at gunpoint – but she survives it all.
If you liked Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg, read Write On, Sisters!: Voice, Courage, and Claiming Your Place at the Table by Brooke Warner
From the publisher of She Writes Press comes an inside look at publishing and the gendered playing field. She draws upon research, anecdotes and experience to show women authors how to overcome these challenges. Additionally, Write On, Sisters! forces women to face their own self-limiting beliefs.
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