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    • Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

      Book Dumpling Recommends For: Fans of memoirs that 'dive' deep below the surface to cover topics ranging from politics to love to travel, all under the umbrella of one man's passion for surfing.

    • How Does It Feel to Be a Problem: Being Young and Arab in America

      Book Dumpling Recommends For: Readers interested in understanding what it's like to be Arab and living in the US. Fans of sociological studies. Anyone who enjoys broadening his / her perspective on an issue they may not be familiar with.

    • Always Running

      Book Dumpling Recommends For: Readers interested in a memoir on East Los Angeles' gang culture. Fans of redemptive stories in which violence makes way for poetry. Those looking for an insightful coming-of-age story.

    • This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl

      Book Dumpling Recommends For: Fans of touching, real-life stories. Readers looking for a collection of essays, journal entries and stories by and about a talented young girl who passed away at the age of 16. Anyone with a heart who’s looking to use it.

    • Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker

      Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of intellectual, non-fiction. Readers interested in learning more about a high-profile journalist who mysteriously disappeared. Fans of biography

    • This is the Story of a Happy Marriage

      Book Dumpling Recommends For: Readers of intelligent memoirs covering one author's introspection. Fans of Ann Patchett's novels (Bel Canto, State of Wonder) looking to learn more about her personal life from childhood, through one failed marriage, and up until adulthood. Anyone looking to read strong essays on motherhood, love, friendship...

    • When Breath Becomes Air

      Book Dumpling Recommends For: Fans of philosophic medical memoirs. Readers interested in the story of a young neurosurgeon and how he deals with his terminal cancer diagnosis. Fans of learning about what makes a life worth living. And who have a tissue close by.

    • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

      Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of graphic novel memoirs Readers who enjoy the true story of a father’s death soon after he comes out of the closet. Anyone wondering what it would be like to grow up in a funeral home.

    • The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World (CBC Massey Lecture)

      Book Dumpling Recommends For: Fans of travel literature and history Readers looking for celebrated anthropologist Wade Davis’s take on what ancient cultures have to offer modern civilization Anyone curious about the meaning of life

    • Elon Musk: Inventing the Future

      Book Dumpling Recommends for: Anyone interested in driving / owning a Tesla. Lovers of 'awe'some inventors. Two words: Elon. Musk.

    • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

      Book Dumpling Recommends For: Fans of investigative journalism that meets medical mystery. Those interested in a memoir, written by a 24-year-old New York Post reporter, and her descent into psychosis. Anyone looking for a page-turning read that investigates a rare medical condition.

    • Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings

      In this disturbing memoir, Michelle Knight writes about the horrific experience after her kidnapping by Ariel Castro. And how she managed to survive. Perfect for: Those looking for a horrifying narrative of survival and forgiveness. Anyone interested in learning more about the story that made headlines around the world. Readers of...

    • The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family’s Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World

      Lucette Lagnado and her Jewish family live comfortably in Cairo until the fall of King Farouk makes way for Gamal Abdel Nesser’s industrialization of Egyptian industries. After losing everything, they make their way from Cairo to New York on a journey that forces them to abandon the only life they...

    • The Smartest Kid in the World: And How They Got That Way

      American journalist, Ripley, conducts this captivating search into the lives of three American teenagers who travel to learn abroad for a year. The results of how / why failure is good, valuing teachers is essential, and why other countries are further ahead in producing better students, are investigated through wonderful...

    • Let the Elephants Run: Unlock Your Creativity and Change Everything

      Talented Canadian singer-songwriter, David Usher, gets in touch with his inner 3-year-old in this quirky book that examines how creativity rests within everyone’s grasp. Perfect for: Anyone looking for sound inspiration regarding how to devote time to a creative project. Business executives interested in tapping into his / her inner creativity....

    • Zeitoun

      Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a Syrian-American father of four, is in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina strikes. Refusing to leave, he uses a canoe to navigate the flooded streets of New Orleans, bringing supplies to fellow survivors. A week later, he disappears. In this riveting work of non-fiction, Eggers examines one life...

    • Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter

      During Chile’s Pinochet regime in 1980, Carmen Aguirre and her family are forced to flee to Canada. This page-turning thriller recounts the commencement of Carmen’s life as an undercover revolutionary. Perfect for: Fans of historical non-fiction focused on revolutionaries. Readers who enjoy gripping and dark stories about escaping dictatorships. Lovers...

    • Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

      As a well-known atheist, Sam Harris devotes much of his time writing about the ills of religion and the veil of illusion that doctrines cast over us. In this book on the benefits of mediation, Harris separates Eastern philosophies from religion, offering a solid guide to contemplative activity and the...

    • He Died With A Felafel In His Hand

      John Birmingham writes about all of the wacky housemates he’s shared places with in this romp around Australian cities. Perfect for: • Lovers of humerous memoirs. • Anyone who looked twice at this title. • Fans of David Sedaris.

    • The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined

      A hedge-fund analyst creates algebra mini-lectures for his niece on YouTube: enter millions of hits and the creation of the Khan Academy or ‘access to education' for all. Perfect for: • Readers interested in alternative / supplementary forms of education. • Lovers of education-related non-fiction. • A pretty cool story...

    • Nervous Conditions (Nervous Conditions #1)

      Set in 1960s Rhodesia, this superb coming-of-age novel follows two cousins, Tambu and Nyasha, as they struggle with identity. Perfect for: • Lovers of post-colonial, feminist, African literature. • Anyone looking for a coming-of-age story of two cousins. • Fans of stories that investigate the deep scars caused when one...

    • Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight

      Fuller’s memoir recalls growing up as a white girl in Rhodesia (modern-day Zimbabwe). She approaches the tougher issues (racism, violence, mental illness, alcoholism) with rawness that a child’s perspective delivers. Riveting and beautifully written, this memoir combines the beauty of the African landscape with an extraordinary upbringing. Perfect for: Lovers...

    • Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal

      Jeanette Winterson (author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit) was adopted as a baby by Pentecostal parents to a house devoid of books other than the Bible. She was supposed to grow up to be a missionary. Instead she fell in love with another woman, was forced to leave...

    • Bad Feminist

      Roxane Gay’s fascinating look at everything from pop culture to history to race relations to perceptions of feminism and gender, is a must-read for lovers of thought-provoking essays. Perfect for: Readers of feminist theory who have never read Roxane Gay. Anyone interested in a different lens through which to see...

    • Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant

      Daniel Tammet has autism and astonishing savant skills: despite his social challenges and his need for routine, he can perform unbelievable linguistic and mathematical feats from learning the Icelandic language in a week to memorizing the number Pi up to thousands of digits. He is helped by a condition called...

    • The Lost Recipe for Happiness

      Still smarting from her firing by her ex-lover from the restaurant she helped open in Vancouver, Elena Alvarez is offered the challenge of running her own kitchen in Aspen. Elena is scarred and haunted by an accident of which she was the lone survivor, and knows first-hand what it takes...

    • Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned”

      Lena Dunham’s anticipated collection of personal essays (everything from her vagina to those crazy times in summer camp) will leave you thinking. An interesting take on life from one of our most exciting, young feminist thinkers. Perfect for: Lovers of Girls Readers looking for essays on feminist thinking that is...

    • As Always, Julia

      Food historian, Joan Reardon, serves up the fascinating correspondence between culinary icon, Julia Child, and her confidante, Avis DeVoto. The result is a window into Julia’s thoughts as well as a snapshot into the cooking culture of the 1950s and 1960s. The smart and witty letters follow Julia through her...

    • A House in the Sky

      In this gripping memoir, globetrotting, adventurer, Amanda Lindhout, is kidnapped after entering Somalia. Held for over a year, she must find a way to survive torture and abuse. Honest and raw, this well-written tale will both shock and inspire you. Perfect for: Almost all types of memoir lovers. Older teens...

    • Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in India

      The Pink Gang is a vigilante group of women dressed in pink saris who carry pink sticks. Their goal: to battle injustice against women in India. In this riveting, non-fictional account, journalist Fontanella-Khan, follows the case of Sheelu Nisad – a woman accused of a crime by a politician who...