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5 Must-Read Memoirs Of June

In need of a summer reading change of pace? Next time you hit the pool, bring one of these memoirs along with you. They're guaranteed to inspire, as well as make you laugh, cry, and everything in-between. They'll make the hot summer days go by with a breeze.

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Blinded by Hope: One Mother's Journey Through Her Son's Bipolar Illness and Addiction by Meg McGuire

Blinded by Hope is the story of one mother struggling to come to terms with her son's bipolar illness and drug addiction. As her family is pushed through a series of legal troubles, broken relationships and financial uncertainty, McGuire attempts to cope with the realities of not only her son's world, but also her own. A fiercely candid and timely memoir, Blinded By Hope is an enchanting read that you don't want to miss.

The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs

The Bright Hour is a deeply-moving story of one woman's decision to live life to the fullest after receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis. As she wrestles with her fate, her marriage, and even her ancestry, Riggs learns what it takes to truly live a meaningful life - even when time is running out.

We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices From Syria by Wendy Pearlman

We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled is a collection of heart-wrenching, brave, and intimate stories from war-torn Syria during the Arab Spring. Delve into the lives of those most affected by one of history's most violent revolutions and learn how they survived with their hope and their courage intact.

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

Size does matter in this honest memoir about being overweight in a time when the number on the scale defines who you are. Gay calls into question what society holds dear. Why should a person's weight define who they are? This memoir dares to challenge the status quo and comes out a winner on the other side.

Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing by Jennifer Weiner

This hilarious tell-all about one author's life through a series of essays about sex, love, food, and everything in between. Weiner's refreshing perspective on modern-day womanhood will leave you laughing the whole way through.

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