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This may come as a shock to you, but Miranda loves books. She will read pretty much anything but her favorite genres include fantasy, contemporary fiction, and humor. When not reading, she might be found hiking or sitting on some mountain somewhere, trying both to catch her breath and enjoy the beautiful views. If you happen to run into her, please tell her about all of your favorite books, remind her to water her plants, and show her all of your adorable puppy photos!
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Ma and Me: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374279264
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Published: MCD - May 17th, 2022

This is an absolutely stunning memoir. The writing is beautiful and so is the storytelling. Putsata Reang gives us an account of her experiences growing up as a gay Khmer American as well as sharing her mother's story of escaping Cambodia and raising her family in a new place while trying to survive an abusive marriage. This book felt so personal to read - almost like reading journal entries. The relationship between mother and daughter is raw and real, the experiences shared bringing feelings of both joy and sadness. If you are going to read one memoir this year, let it be this one.

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Yerba Buena: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250810465
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Flatiron Books - May 31st, 2022

What a beautiful book. I felt pretty much every possible emotion while reading. And it definitely hurt my heart at times which I think is a Nina LaCour specialty. If one of her books doesn't make you cry at least twice, you must not be paying very close attention. Anyway, crying aside, please read this. It touches on important themes of addiction, family hardships, relationship struggles, and a lot more. The two women who lead this story are compassionate and caring even though they have plenty of reasons not to be. This is all about overcoming and learning to live and love even when the world is throwing all kinds of stuff your way. Grab a drink, pull up a chair, and cry over this beautiful book with me.