Now Read This! Genre Newsletter: Biography & Memoir Recommendations

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Biography & Memoir Reading Recommendations | Q1: Historical figure or contemporary figure? | Historical Figure -> Q2: Resistance fighters or peaceful protest? | Resistance fighters: The Light of Days by Judy Batalion | Peaceful protestors: Buses Are A Comin’ by Charles Person | Contemporary Figure -> Q3: Coming-of-age or care giving? | Coming-of-age: Black Boy out of Time by Hari Ziyad | Care giving: Already Toast by Kate Washington.

This Month's Recommendations:

The Light of Days

Documents the contributions of Jewish-Polish female resistance fighters, sharing the stories of courageous women who risked their lives to work against the Nazis.

Buses Are A Comin'

A surviving original Freedom Rider recounts his firsthand experiences with the South's resistance to racial equality and shares insights for progressive change.

Black Boy Out of Time

Ziyad discusses gender, race and the challenges of growing up Black and queer as one of nineteen children in a blended family in Cleveland, Ohio.

Already Toast

One woman's struggle to care for her ill husband—and a revealing look at the role unpaid family caregivers play in a society that fails to provide them with support.