• The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees

    By Don Brown

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    An exploration of the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, exposing the realities of living in, and trying to escape, a war zone. In 2011, refugees flood out of Syria overwhelming neighboring countries. By 2017, many want to turn their backs on the victims, the unwanted. Heartbreaking stories of survivors, but also a testament to courage and resilience.


  • The Best We Could Do

    By Thi Bui

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    The story of Bui’s family's daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives. A memoir exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family as well as the endless sacrifices from parents and the depths of unspoken love.

     


  • Waves

    By Ingrid Chabbert

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    After years trying to have children, a young couple finally announce their pregnancy, only the most joyous day is replaced with unexpected heartbreak. Their relationship is put to the test as they forge ahead to rebuild themselves amidst loss, and facing the reality that they may never conceive a child of their own.

     


  • A Fire Story

    By Brian Fies

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    On Oct. 9, 2017, wildfires burned through Northern California, resulting in 44 fatalities, 6,200 homes and 8,900 structures destroyed. Fies's firsthand account is a candid depiction of losing his house and possessions. An honest account of the wildfires that left homes destroyed, families broken, and a community determined to rebuild.


  • Lighter Than My Shadow

    By Katie Green

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    Like most kids, Katie was a picky eater. She'd sit at the table in protest, hide uneaten toast, and listen to parental threats. A hand-drawn story of struggle and recovery, a trip into the black heart of eating disorders, and an inspiration to anybody who believes in the human power to endure, and to eventually find happiness.


  • Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days In Transition

    By Julia Kaye

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    Julia's relatable comics honestly depict her personal ups and downs while dealing with various issues in transitioning. From struggling with self-acceptance and challenging societal expectations, to moments of self-love and joy, Super Late Bloomer both educates and inspires.

     


  • Gender Queer: A Memoir

    By Maia Kobabe

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    Maia, who uses e/em/eir pronouns charts eir journey of self-identity, from mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes to grappling with how to come out to family and society. Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be non-binary and asexual, it is also a guide on gender identity.

     


  • Hey, Kiddo

    By Jarret J. Krosoczka

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    In kindergarten, Jarrett's teacher asks him to draw his family, but Jarrett's family is more complicated. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and his father is a mystery. Jarrett goes through childhood trying to make his life normal, finding ways to express himself through drawing. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth.

     


  • March

    By John Lewis

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    Congressman John Lewis is an American icon of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence took him from an Alabama sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to a March on Washington, and from receiving beatings to receiving the Medal of Freedom. A first-hand account of his struggle for civil and human rights.


  • In Vitro

    By William Roy

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    From unsuccessful attempts to repeated failures, 2 newlyweds face sterility and embark on in vitro fertilization. Guillaume experiences the daily embarrassment of sperm donations, endless consultations, and the specter of his own estranged father who reappears suddenly. A humble account of a deeply human experience that is propelled by hope.

     


  • Monet: Itinerant Of Light

    By Salva Rubio

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    The life of the great French painter, a founder of Impressionism. From the Salon des Refuses ("Salon of the Rejected") and years without recognition, money, and yet a family to raise -- all the way to great success. Monet pursued one vision: catching the light and refusing to compromise. It cost him, but he was a beacon for his contemporaries.

     


  • They Called Us Enemy

    By George Takei

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    Before George Takei braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a 4-year-old boy to find his birth country at war and his family forced into an uncertain future. Takei revisits his childhood in a Japanese Internment Camp in America, as one of over 100,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II.

     


  • Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story

    By Debbie Tung

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    The experience of an introvert in an extrovert's world. Follow Debbie from college: socializing with peers, dating, falling in love (with an extrovert!), moving in, getting married, meeting new people, and trying to fit in -- to finding a job, living with her husband, understanding social obligations, and navigating office life. A positive, pro-introvert message: embrace your introversion and find ways to thrive.

     


  • Little Josephine: Memory in Pieces

    By Valérie Villieu

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    When Valérie first met Josephine, she knew she would be embarking on a unique journey. Though vastly different in age, their connection was instantaneous. Humor quickly became their language and despite the debilitating disease, Alzheimer’s, that Joséphine faced every single day, they were able to form a friendship that transcended modern medicine.