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“Rabbit: A Memoir” by Patricia Williams

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Rabbit: A Memoir

by Patricia Williams

Genre: Biographies/Humor

9.99 at time of posting!

Nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work

“An absolute must-read” – Shondaland

“[Rabbit] tells how it went down with brutal honesty and outrageous humor” – New York Times

They called her Rabbit.

Patricia Williams (aka Ms. Pat) was born and raised in Atlanta at the height of the crack epidemic. One of five children, Pat watched as her mother struggled to get by on charity, cons, and petty crimes. At age seven, Pat was taught to roll drunks for money. At twelve, she was targeted for sex by a man eight years her senior. By thirteen, she was pregnant. By fifteen, Pat was a mother of two.

Alone at sixteen, Pat was determined to make a better life for her children. But with no job skills and an eighth-grade education, her options were limited. She learned quickly that hustling and humor were the only tools she had to survive. Rabbit is an unflinching memoir of cinematic scope and unexpected humor. With wisdom and humor, Pat gives us a rare glimpse of what it’s really like to be a black mom in America.

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“My Mother, A Serial Killer” by Hazel Baron

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My Mother, A Serial Killer

by Hazel Baron, Jennifer Fife-Yeomans (Contributor)

Genre: Memoirs/True Crime/Serial Killers

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A gripping and shocking story of a serial killer mother, and the brave daughter who brought her to justice. Dulcie Bodsworth was the unlikeliest serial killer. She was loved everywhere she went, and the townsfolk of Wilcannia, which she called home in the late 1950s, thought of her as kind

and caring. The officers at the local police station found Dulcie witty and charming, and looked forward to the scones and cakes she generously baked and delivered for their morning tea.

That was one side of her. Only her daughter Hazel saw the real Dulcie. And what she saw terrified her.

Dulcie was in fact a cold, calculating killer who, by 1958, had put three men in their graves – one of them the father of her four children, Ted Baron – in one of the most infamous periods of the state’s history. She would have got away with it all had it not been for Hazel.

Written by award-winning journalist Janet Fife-Yeomans together with Hazel Baron, My Mother, A Serial Killer is both an evocative insight into the harshness of life on the fringes of Australian society in the 1950s, and a chilling story of a murderous mother and the courageous daughter who testified against her and put her in jail.

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“In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox” by Carol Burnett

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In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox

by Carol Burnett

Genre: Biographies/Memoirs/Comedians/Television

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In this New York Times bestseller, comedy legend Carol Burnett tells the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of her iconic weekly variety series, The Carol Burnett Show.

In In Such Good Company, Carol Burnett pulls back the curtain on the twenty-five-time Emmy-Award winning show that made television history, and she reminisces about the outrageously funny and tender moments that made working on the series as much fun as watching it.

Carol delves into little-known stories of the guests, sketches and improvisations that made The Carol Burnett Show legendary, as well as some favorite tales too good not to relive again. While writing this book, Carol rewatched all 276 episodes and screen-grabbed her favorite video stills from the archives to illustrate the chemistry of the actors and the improvisational magic that made the show so successful.

Putting the spotlight on everyone from her costars to the impressive list of guest stars, Carol crafts a lively portrait of the talent and creativity that went into every episode. With characteristic wit and incomparable comic timing, she details hiring Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway; shares anecdotes about guest stars and close friends, including Lucille Ball, Roddy Mcdowell, Jim Nabors, Bernadette Peters, Betty Grable, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, and Betty White; and gives her take on her favorite sketches and the unpredictable moments that took both the cast and viewers by surprise.

This book is Carol’s love letter to a golden era in television history through the lens of her brilliant show. Get the best seat in the house for “eleven years of laughter, mayhem, and fun in the sandbox.”

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“When I was Puerto Rican: A Memoir (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)” by Esmeralda Santiago

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When I was Puerto Rican: A Memoir (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)

by Esmeralda Santiago

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs/Hispanic & Latino

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One of “The Best Memoirs of a Generation” (Oprah’s Book Club): a young woman’s journey from the mango groves and barrios of Puerto Rico to Brooklyn, and eventually on to Harvard

In a childhood full of tropical beauty and domestic strife, poverty and tenderness, Esmeralda Santiago learned the proper way to eat a guava, the sound of tree frogs, the taste of morcilla, and the formula for ushering a dead baby’s soul to heaven. But when her mother, Mami, a force of nature, takes off to New York with her seven, soon to be eleven children, Esmeralda, the oldest, must learn new rules, a new language, and eventually a new identity. In the first of her three acclaimed memoirs, Esmeralda brilliantly recreates her tremendous journey from the idyllic landscape and tumultuous family life of her earliest years, to translating for her mother at the welfare office, and to high honors at Harvard.

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“Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution” by Ji-Ji Jiang

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Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution

by Ji-Ji Jiang

Genre: Memoirs/Middle Grades/Geography & Culture/History/Asia

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Publishers Weekly Best Book * ALA Best Book for Young Adults * ALA Notable Children’s Book * ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice

Moving, honest, and deeply personal, Red Scarf Girl is the incredible true story of one girl’s courage and determination during one of the most terrifying eras of the twentieth century.

It’s 1966, and twelve-year-old Ji-li Jiang has everything a girl could want: brains, popularity, and a bright future in Communist China. But it’s also the year that China’s leader, Mao Ze-dong, launches the Cultural Revolution—and Ji-li’s world begins to fall apart. Over the next few years, people who were once her friends and neighbors turn on her and her family, forcing them to live in constant terror of arrest. And when Ji-li’s father is finally imprisoned, she faces the most difficult dilemma of her life.

Written in an accessible and engaging style, this page-turning autobiography will appeal to readers of all ages, and it includes a detailed glossary and a pronunciation guide.

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“NAKED: Stripped by a Man and Hurricane Katrina” by Julie Freed

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NAKED: Stripped by a Man and Hurricane Katrina

by Julie Freed

Genre: Memoirs/Nonfiction/Motherhood/Divorce

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13 years ago a Mississippi house and marriage violently disintegrated.  Abandoned by her husband and left alone to raise an infant in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Julie is surrounded by the rubble of her life – stripped bare by love and loss.  What happens when one woman loses everything?
Naked is a true story about choices, divorce, addictions, a mother’s dream, and a baby girl named Genoa. Julie shares a remarkable story with humor and tenderness.  A story of suffering and empowerment – experience the vulnerability, intimate reflections, and ultimately the freedom as Julie’s journey unfolds.

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#Review “The Little Gate-Crasher: The Life and Photos of Mace Bugen” by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

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4/5 Stars!

Though a short read, The Little Gate-Crasher gives an insightful and in-depth look at the life of an extraordinary man.

Born with dwarfism in a time it was seen as a handicap to be hidden away out of shame or put on display for profit, Moishe Morris ‘Mace’ Bugen was born into a big loving family who didn’t treat him differently or coddle him.

With tenacity and sheer will, Mace would become a successful entrepreneur and businessman and a respected standout in community and civic groups, especially with youth and in sports, and in Jewish affairs.

Mace was also the king of self-promotion, staging more photo ops than a legion of press photographers. He had his photo snapped with luminaries from sports and stage and theater. He posed with politicians—and even a future president. While some subjects in the photos may look a bit surprised or caught off-guard, Mace Bugen is enjoying every second of it.

This read has some great photos—all property of the family—recapturing an era in modern history, with Mace front and center, of course. I didn’t read of any time Mace tried to use his disability for preferential treatment, but he had no problem using the shock value of his size to get his photos. Smart man!

But this leads me to my issue with the book. Photo and caption placement and formatting. Photo captions are listed at the beginning of the book. The photos are placed at the beginning of each section WITH captions. Many of the stories behind the photos are told throughout the story and it would have been less distracting to have photos with their stories, followed by a photo array at the end. And that list of captions in the front matter? It’s redundant, but I believe it should be part of the back matter. Future readers doing a Look Inside or downloading a sample will only get the copyright notice and the list of captions.

Life has changed much for individuals with special needs in the one-hundred-and-three years since Mace’s birth. Laws are in place protecting them and medicine and technology are now able to help alleviate some of the pain associated with dwarfism, and in some case, even give them additional height.

But Mace Bugen didn’t have those things and didn’t need them. He was forty-three inches tall… and larger than life. Pick up this unique bio today and meet the little gate-crasher.



Mace BugenMace Bugen might have been an achondroplastic dwarf, 43 inches tall with an average size head and torso set on small, twisted legs—but that didn’t mean he was an idiot or a pushover. In truth, he was smarter than most; over the years, he learned to effectively turn what society in those days called a handicap into a powerful tool he could use to his advantage.

“When I was a kid,” he once said, “I’d ask myself, Why is that guy on the football team? Why can’t I be on the team? Why didn’t God give me the height so I could be the hero?”

“Then at some point I figured it out: I gotta do something special to let ’em know I’m me.”

In The Little Gate Crasher: The Life And Photos Of Mace BugenI remember my amazing great-Uncle Mace Bugen through his journey as a first-generation Jewish-American kid in working class Philipsburg, NJ to becoming the first celebrity selfie-artist—way ahead of his time.

Featuring vintage photos of Mace with his exploits, The Little Gate Crasher captures three decades of American pop culture, seen through the unique lens of Mace and his gate-crashing exploits.

Underneath his antics, we meet a complex man who continually defies others expectations and meets life on his own terms. Mace becomes a successful businessman and devoted son to his aging parents. But in his gate-crashing antics, we best get to see Mace’s unique combination of guile, cunning and sense of entitlement, which he used to engineer photos of himself with some of the biggest celebrities of his day. If people were going to stare at him all of his life, he would give them something to see.

The Little Gate Crasher features over 50 vintage photos of Mace with celebrities, athletes and politicians, including Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Muhammad Ali, Richard Nixon, Jane Russel, Joe DiMaggio and more.

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