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In 2008, Steve Melen had a successful career, a nice house and a newborn daughter he and his wife adored. As he eagerly prepared for the years ahead, a stage 3b stomach cancer diagnosis left him facing a cruel 15% survival rate, the odds stacked against any future Steve had envisioned for himself.

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Seattle author Koh’s intergenerational memoir, a recent winner of a Pacific Northwest Book Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, was inspired by letters written to Koh in Korean by her mother, who left her children behind in California in order to return to South Korea for work.

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Wiener’s extraordinary memoir about navigating Silicon Valley during the height of a cultural shift provides a glimpse behind the curtain of the companies that claim to be building the future. This book paints a portrait of the misogyny, disillusionment and quest for progress at any cost that live at the core of Silicon Valley.

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Musician/author/poet Patti Smith’s third volume of her memoirs — the first, “Just Kids,” won the National Book Award in 2010 — takes us through her life in her 70th year, in “a hybrid narrative that’s part travel journal, part reflexive essay on our times, and part meditation on existence at the edge of a new decade of life,” wrote an NPR reviewer, describing the book as “a beautifully realized and unique memoir that chronicles a transformative year in the life of one of our most multi-talented creative voices.”

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