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Sheroes: Bold, Brash, and Absolutely Unabashed Superwomen from Susan B. Anthony to Xena

by Varla Ventura & Vicki León

Women have always been heroes. But it is no longer enough just to say so. As we shake off the last traces of a major patriarchal hangover, women need a new name of their own. As sheroes, all women can fully...


Crossing Stars

by Peggy Wolff Lewis

When Phillip Creighton faces his diagnosis of cancer alone, he thinks back on his humble beginnings and painful love affairs. Moving from 1930’s Wyoming, through 1950’s Spain and Kenya, to modern Texas and...


On My Knees

by Periel Aschenbrand

A brash, bawdy, and downright ballsy ode to the ups and downs of life and love, On My Knees opens with Periel Aschenbrand—still reeling from a breakup with her longtime boyfriend—chain-smoking her days away...


Memory Lake: The Forever Friendships of Summer

by Nancy S. Kyme

Coming of age novel-memoir, told from a point of mature wisdom. Characters surmount fear and grief while forming friendships and finding faith. Set along the shores of Lake Michigan.


Blackout Girl: Growing Up and Drying Out in America

by Jennifer Storm

Jennifer Storm's Blackout Girl is a can't-tear-yourself-away look at teenage addiction and redemption. At age six, Jennifer Storm was stealing sips of her mother's cocktails. By age 13, she was binge drinking...


The Lois Wilson Story: When Love is not Enough, The Biography of the Cofounder of Al-Anon.

by William G Borchert

Lois Wilson, the wife of Alcoholics Anonymous cofounder Bill W., knew better than anyone that families, friends, and loved ones of alcoholics are also affected and need informed support and advice. The Lois...


The Tale of Two Nazanins

by Susan McClelland & Nazanin Afshin-Jam

Nazanin Afshin-Jam was on top of the world. In 2006, she had just signed her first record deal and, after placing as first runner-up for Miss World, was a sought-after fashion model and icon within the Iranian...


The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines

by Shohreh Aghdashloo

Oscar nominee and Emmy Award–winning actress Shohreh Aghdashloo shares her remarkable personal journey—from a childhood in the Shah's Iran to the red carpets of Hollywood—in this dazzling memoir of family,...


Alone Together

by Theodora Getty Gaston & Digby Diehl

It was 1935. Flame-haired Teddy Lynch finished singing "Alone Together" at the swanky nightclub the New Yorker and left the stage to find a charming stranger at her friends' table. It was Jean Paul Getty, enigmatic...


Waiting to Be Heard

by Amanda Knox

In November 2007, Amanda Knox was twenty years old and had been studying abroad in Perugia, Italy, for only a few weeks when her friend and roommate, a young English student named Meredith Kercher, was brutally...


The New Rules for Blondes

by Selena Coppock

Writer, comedienne, and full-time Blonde, Selena Coppock offers up adventures, misadventures, and golden-hued nuggets of wisdom in a laugh-out-loud anthem for those of us who really do have more fun. . . .

The...


Kiyo's Story: A Japanese-American Family's Quest for the American Dream

by Kiyo Sato

“Vividly honest, deeply moving.”—Bill Hosokawa, Out of the Frying Pan: Reflections of a Japanese American

“It is a magnificent memoir, fully worthy of being compared to Farewell to Manzanar. I cannot...


Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume I, 1884-1933

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 1992

by Blanche Wiesen Cook

Eleanor Roosevelt was born into the privileges and prejudices of American aristocracy and into a family ravaged by alcoholism. She overcame debilitating roots: in her public life, fighting against racism and...


Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume II, The Defining Years, 1933-1938

by Blanche Wiesen Cook

Historians, politicians, feminists, critics, and reviewers everywhere have praised Blanche Wiesen Cook's monumental Eleanor Roosevelt as the definitive portrait of this towering female figure of the twentieth...


A Tiger's Heart: The Story of a Modern Chinese Woman

by Aisling Juanjuan Shen

"Like a suspense novel, this book is impossible to put down. All readers interested in China, as well as memoir fans (especially of success stories), must read this astonishing title."--Library Journal (Starred...


Mary Astell: Reason, Gender, Faith

by William Kolbrener & Michal Michelson

Mary Astell: Reason, Gender, Faith includes essays from a variety of disciplinary perspectives to consider the full range of Astell's political, theological, philosophical, and poetic writings. The volume's...


A Grandmother's Wisdom: Lessons learnt at my Nan's knee

by Catriona Rowntree

A sweet and inspirational memoir, about the special relationship between the star of Getaway and her beloved grandmother.


Rose Macaulay: A Biography

by Sarah LeFanu

In a writing career that covered the first fifty years of the twentieth century, Rose Macaulay produced twenty-three novels, six books of criticism, four books of travel and history and two collections of poetry,...


Dreaming of Rose: A Biographer's Journal

by Sarah LeFanu

'Dreaming of Rose: A Biographer's Journal' is a fascinating account of a biographical quest and of a personal journey. While working on her biography of the writer and traveller Rose Macaulay, Sarah LeFanu kept...


Keeping Hope Alive: One Woman--90,000 Lives Changed

by Hawa Abdi & Sarah J. Robbins

The moving memoir of one brave woman who, along with her daughters, has kept 90,000 of her fellow citizens safe, healthy, and educated for over 20 years in Somalia.

Dr. Hawa Abdi, "the Mother Teresa of Somalia"...