Category: Memoir

New In Non-Fiction 2020

With the state of the world currently in turmoil, why not read something to keep you updated with current events? Or just something that keeps you more connected with the world. These nonfiction picks are filled with amazing stories that are written about true events and facts about the world. These new books are ones you are going to want to read right away.

 

1. Prison by Any Other Name by Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law

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Prison by Any Other Name, is about criminal justice reform, and how there are other ways of imprisionment without putting people in jail due to the high incarceration rate. Extended probation, locked down drug treatment programs, electric monitoring, house arrest, and mandated psychiatric treatment. All of these are expensive ways of not imprisioning someone, and they are also ways of putting people who wouldn’t have to face jail time under control for their state. These are just steps to decrease the imprisonment rate, however with these tactics they are now turning homes and states into prisons instead.

 

2. Desert Notebooks by Ben Ehenreich

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Desert Notebooks, is about the destruction of the environment. It discusses how unstable our sociopolitical instituations are, and how that has led us to where we are now. We are facing an existential crisis that is greater than anything humankind has ever faced. We must now look to historians for guidance and how ecologies of desert spaces can help us be better over time.

 

3. Riding with The Ghost by Justin Taylor

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Riding with the Ghost, is about a young man named Justin Taylor, who’s life changed when he was thirty years old and he almost witnessed the suicide of his father. With the help of family, his father was able to be talked off the ledge, but Justin began to question himself as a son. Justin tells his story of what it was like to grow up as a middle child, his time as a little league coach, and as an unemployed father who had a time keeping his marriage together. He also discusses how he battled an illness and depression at the same time. We see Justin at different phases in his life, as he tries to understand his relationship with his himself and his religion.

 

4. Intimations by Zadie Smith

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Intimations, is a collection of essays about being in lockdown. Zadie Smith has written deep and personal essays about being in quarantine, and considering there will be alot of books written about the year 2020, this is one of them you need to read.

 

5. Let Them Eat Tweets by Jacob S Hacker

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Let Them Eat Tweets, is about the Republican party and how they cater to the rich and wealthy. However when they need to, they do things to benefit the working and middle class just to continue to maintain power within those classes. This book also discusses Trump and how he embodies the right wing way of thinking in the Republican party.

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5 Sensational Books About Women In Sports

When you need a little inspiration, there’s nothing quite like picking up a sports book and reading those epic speeches, living vicariously through those epic moments, and reveling in the epic victories. And when you can relate to these fantastic athletes, the awesomeness is all the sweeter. Here are some books about women in sports for all the inspiration you could ever need.

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1. The Match: Althea Gibson & Angela Buxton: How Two Outsiders—One Black, the Other Jewish—Forged a Friendship and Made Sports History by Bruce Schoenfeld

This is a story about encountering prejudice and exclusion, and about an ultimate triumph. Althea Gibson, the daughter of sharecroppers who was born in the American South and grew up in Harlem, met Angela Buxton, the granddaughter of Russian Jews, at a tennis exhibition match in India. Despite their athletic prowess, they were excluded from the other tennis players at Wimbledon in 1956. In a truly remarkable and amazing story, they decided to team up and earn an epic victory. Seriously, go read this book!

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2. In the Water They Can’t See You Cry: A Memoir by Amanda Beard with Rebecca Paley

For an intense and heart-wrenching story, you need to read In the Water They Can’t See You Cry. This is the story of Amanda Beard, who won two silvers and a gold medal at the Olympics at just fourteen-year-olds. The pressure of the public eye, driven from a place of admiration and later sex, Beard struggled with mental health, depression, bulimia, and drugs and alcohol. In this book, Beard tells her story of finding strength within herself and learning to live. This raw and relentless story will utterly enthrall you. Go read it.

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3. Under the Lights and In The Dark: Untold Stories of Women’s Soccer by Gwendolyn Oxenham

Under the Lights and In The Dark is a compelling collection of stories about female soccer players from across the world. From the intriguing story of Portland Thorns player Allie Long’s training in an underground men’s team in New York City to the enthralling tale of English national Fara Williams hiding her homelessness from her teammates. And that’s just the beginning. For some truly inspiring stories about some definitely admirable women, Under the Lights and In The Dark: Untold Stories of Women’s Soccer will absolutely deliver.

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4. A Life Without Limits: A World Champion’s Journey by Chrissie Wellington

Chrissie Wellington is definitely a world champion, both in spirit and because of her epic win in the Ironman World Championship. A complete underdog and unknown in the press, Wellington took the sport by surprise with her skill and athleticism. A Life Without Limits is a really inspirational story about the incredible challenges Wellington faced on her journey and her resiliency in defeating them. Go check it out!

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5. On My Own Two Feet: From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life by Amy Purdy and Michelle Burford

This epically triumphant story is about Amy Purdy, who went from losing both her legs to bacterial meningitis at nineteen to winning a bronze medal for snowboarding and making it to the finale of Dancing With the Stars. Amy’s story is about resilience, big dreams, and finding faith in yourself when the world seems to be against you. Amy’s spectacular spirit and fearsome fortitude is truly inspirational, and you should definitely go read On My Own Two Feet: From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life!

When the world gets you down, go read one of these inspirational life stories of female athletes and their epic journeys. For stories of resiliency, spirit, passion, ambition, persistence, and strength, these stories are unmatched. Seriously, check them out!

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New Novel Chronicles the Truth About The American Dream and the Immigrant Experience

The American Dream - a term used so loosely in recent years, that it is hard to capture its true essence. But the idea behind it remains the same; an offer of a land of freedom, a life of freedom, and emancipation from any hardships that came before.

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