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Claiming Space for the Self: Limitation and Liberation

What does it mean to unapologetically take up space when your body is different from everyone else's? Born with the rare congenital condition sacral agenesis, Chloé Cooper Jones (Easy Beauty) learned to cope with her physical pain—and the…
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Writing a Path Out of Darkness: Writers on Mourning

Grief: one of the most complicated, isolating, yet potentially healing states a person can experience, it often defies description. These authors’ stories, whether drawn from lived experience or imagination, give voice to the unspeakable parts…
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“Tell Me the Story of Your Body”: Emily Rapp Black and Jan Grue on Creativity and Disability

“This is not a story about survival. It is not about how I became a human, but rather how I came to understand that I already was human.” So writes Norwegian author Jan Grue, who was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at age three. In…
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The Secrets of Being an Extraordinary Woman: Three Authors on Ambition, Adventure, and Equality

Who says women can’t have it all? Get inspired by a powerful trio from Finland, Iceland, and the United States whose new books radically redefine pathways to happiness and a better society. In her research-based book, Lara Bazelon liberates…
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What It Means to Be Human: Memoirs Rooted in Nature

Three remarkable writers remind us how close we really are to nature, and how wildness speaks a universal language of love, loss, grief, and change. The essays in Suzanne Roberts’ Animal Bodies interrogate how landscapes, ranging from the…
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Natasha Miller: Relentless

From a homeless shelter for youth to the Inc. 5,000 list of fastest growing companies in America, Natasha Miller’s Relentless is a raw and powerful memoir about one woman’s tenacity in breaking free from an abusive childhood, the irreversible…
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Becoming Story, Writing the Land: Obi Kaufmann and Greg Sarris on California Dreaming

East Bay native Obi Kaufmann (The Coasts of California) spent his early years escaping into the mountains, mapping untamed wilderness. Tribal leader and author Greg Sarris (Becoming Story: A Journey among Seasons, Places, Trees, and Ancestors)…