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Spent: Memoirs of a Shopping Addict

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GenreMemoir
Book AuthorAvis Cardella

If, as Andy Warhol said, "buying is much more American than thinking," then fashion journalist Avis Cardella is one of the most American women you'll ever meet.

The Black Girl Next Door: A Memoir

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GenreMemoir
Book AuthorJennifer Baszile

Yale's first black female history professor, Jennifer Baszile, came of age in the not-quite-integrated suburbs of Southern California. Her account of that era in this riveting, fast-paced memoir is noteworthy for her clear-eyed perspective and honesty; in Baszile, the reader finds an all-cards-on-the-table narrator to root for as she navigates the ins and outs of growing up in an affluent, white enclave in the late 1970s and early 80s.

Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale

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GenreMemoir
Book AuthorBelle Yang

Paralyzed with fear after an abusive relationship and nearly 30 with no accomplishments, artist Belle Yang feels like a failure. She moves back home to practice calligraphy and recoup, but she finds it hard to identify with her immigrant parents' traditional ways.

I Know I Am, But What Are You?

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GenreMemoir
Book AuthorSamantha Bee

Samantha Bee could be the love child of David Sedaris and Chelsea Handler, if such a thing were possible (which it's totally not). And in her memoir, Bee, who is currently the Most Senior Correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, does not disappoint.

Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations

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GenreMemoir
Book AuthorAyaan Hirsi Ali

This deeply personal story of feminist activist and political leader Ayaan Hirsi Ali is part family history and part thesis on the impact of Islam on women. The result is a must-read memoir more enlightening than many books assigned in liberal-arts classes.

 
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