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Heart Berries
Mailhot, Terese Marie

Guileless and refreshingly honest, Terese Mailhot's debut memoir chronicles her struggle to balance the beauty of her Native heritage with the often desperate and chaotic reality of life on the reservation. Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in British Columbia. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Bipolar II; Terese Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma. The triumphant result is Heart Berries, a memorial for Mailhot's mother, a social worker and activist who had a thing for prisoners; a story of reconciliation with her father--an abusive drunk and a brilliant artist--who was murdered under mysterious circumstances; and an elegy on how difficult it is to love someone while dragging the long shadows of shame. Mailhot "trusts the reader to understand that memory isn't exact, but melded to imagination, pain and what we can bring ourselves to accept." Her unique and at times unsettling voice graphically illustrates her mental state. As she writes, she discovers her own true voice, seizes control of her story and, in so doing, reestablishes her connection to her family, to her people and to her place in the world.

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Help, The
Kathryn Stockett

The setting is racially divided Jackson, Mississippi and the story involves three women who team up for a clandestine project.

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Hidden Figures
Margot Lee Shetterly

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America's greatest achievements in space.

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Hillbilly Elegy
Vance, J.D.

Shares the story of the author's family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons ofthe past.

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Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All: A Novel
Jonas Jonasson

Hitman Anders, recently out of prison, is doing small jobs for the big gangsters. Then his life takes an unexpected turn when he meets a female Protestant vicar (who also happens to be an atheist), and a homeless receptionist at a former brothel which is now a one-star hotel. The three join forces and concoct an unusual business plan based on Hitman Anders' skills and his fearsome reputation. The vicar and receptionist will organize jobs for a group of gangsters, and will attract customers using the tabloids' love of lurid headlines.

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Home for Unwanted Girls, The
Goodman, Joanna

The story of a young unwed mother who is forcibly separated from her daughter at birth and the lengths to which they go to find each other.

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Homegoing
Yaa Gyasi

Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia will be married off to an English colonial, and will live in comfort in the sprawling, palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Esi will be imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle's women's dungeon, and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, where she will be sold into slavery. Homegoing stretches from the tribal wars of Ghana to the Civil War to 20th century Harlem, capturing the troubled spirit of America.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou

Angelou tells the story of her difficult childhood and young adult years. Raised by her extended African American family, she endured racism, rape, and teen pregnancy, rising above adversity to become a respected educator and author.

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I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor's Journey
Izzeldin Abuelaish

Instead of seeking revenge or sinking into hatred, in this personal account of his life, Gaza doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish is calling for the people of the Middle East to start talking to each other.

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Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The
Rebecca Skloot

Henrietta Lacks was not a famous woman, but her cells are known to scientists as "HeLa". She was a poor black woman whose cells - taken without her knowledge in the 1950s - became critically important to medical research due to their unique properties. HeLa was used to aid in developing some vaccines, cloning, and for in vitro fertilization. The book tells a true story of medical ethics, law, poverty and race.

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