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Escape
Escape
This true story takes readers into the world of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and into the role of a plural wife. Sue Sloop, Work Life consultant, said she was struck by the fact that the polygamist lifestyle is not often on today's radar as a form of domestic violence and cruelty to children. more info

Genre: Memoir
Author: Carolyn Jessop
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Recommendations: 1195
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Fun Home
Fun Home
Ellen Schendel, associate professor of writing and director of the Fred Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors, highly recommended this memoir in graphic novel format. It explores Bechdel's relationship with her father and the circumstances surrounding his death, which she suspects was a suicide. more info

Genre: Memoir
Author: Alison Bechdel
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Recommendations: 1216
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Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic
Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic
This book is a recent favorite of Jeanne Arnold, vice president for Inclusion and Equity. She said Hartman did a masterful job of telling the story of her own personal search for belonging while also relating the powerful narrative of Africans who were taken from Ghana and sold into slavery. more info

Genre: Memoir
Author: Saidiya Hartman
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Recommendations: 1200
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Paper Dollhouse: A Memoir
Paper Dollhouse: A Memoir
This memoir, which was written by a physician and co-host of the TV's "The Doctors," was recommended by Keesha Hardiman, office coordinator in the CLAS Dean's Office. The book details the author's journey from a young child born in the South to an accomplished young woman, whose successes stem largely from the sacrifices of her mother. "The story is very inspirational and shows that one is able to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds in order to achieve their dreams," said Hardiman. more info

Genre: Memoir
Author: Lisa M. Masterson, M.D.
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Recommendations: 1014
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Surviving Paradise: One Year on a Disappearing Island
Surviving Paradise: One Year on a Disappearing Island
Valerie Stoelzel, concert and arts information coordinator for the Department of Music, was drawn to this book having traveled to the Marshall Islands in 1999 for the adoption of her son. At 21, the author traveled to Ujae to teach English. He quickly learned what looked like paradise was actually one of the hardest places on earth to live. more info

Genre: Memoir
Author: Peter Rudiak-Gould
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Recommendations: 1213
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