Yours Cruelly, Elvira, by Cassandra Peterson

Staff Pick

The Mistress of the Dark is not only a sexy horror icon, she’s a hilarious and talented writer, too!  I laughed out loud from beginning to end of this memoir, as Cassandra/Elvira charts the glitz, glamour, and celebrities that followed her from her early career dancing as a Vegas showgirl to her current big hair and runaway fame.  My only quibble with it all is that I can’t claim the title “Queen of Halloween” for myself.  


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ISBN: 9780306874383
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Published: Hachette Books - October 4th, 2022

Love Me Tender, by Constance Debré

Staff Pick

Part of a renowned French family, Debré was once a lawyer with a husband and child. Then she quit her job to write, took up a nomadic Parisian lifestyle, left her husband, and came out as gay. Her former spouse viewed this new identity as a danger to children and stopped her from seeing her son. Thus began Debré's struggle to both pursue what she loved and to fight for what she loved. Not just telling her story, her book is a knock-out work of art that brilliantly straddles the line between auto-fiction and memoir. Readers can look forward to two further installments (currently being translated into English) of what is sure to be a classic trilogy. 


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By Constance Debre, Holly James (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781635901740
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Published: Semiotext(e) - September 27th, 2022

Life on Delay, by John Hendrickson

Staff Pick

Despite the many stories journalists report, they rarely write one that genuinely changes their life. But that’s what happened to The Atlantic's  John Hendrickson, whose 2020 piece about then-presidential candidate Joe Biden’s struggle with stuttering drew an enormous public response. Hendrickson went on to write Life on Delay about how his own stutter has shaped his life and relationships. The book is both a deeply personal account and an investigative exploration that includes interviews with Hendrickson’s family, former teachers, and therapists as well as with fellow stutterers and doctors who study speech disorders. It conveys the pain, terror, and shame the author has felt at times because of his impeded speech, and it gives welcome attention to a neurological disorder that affects an estimated 70 million people globally.

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ISBN: 9780593319130
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Published: Knopf - January 17th, 2023