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Lanterns On The Levee

by William Alexander Percy

Born and raised in Greenville, Mississippi, within the shelter of old traditions, aristocratic in the best sense, William Alexander Percy in his lifetime (1885–1942) was brought face to face with the convulsions...


He Leadeth Me

by Walter J. Ciszek

He Leadeth Me is a deeply personal story of one man’s spiritual odyssey and the unflagging faith which enabled him to survive the ordeal that wrenched his body and spirit to near collapse.

 

Captured by a Russian...


The Complete Short Stories and Sketches of Stephen Crane

by Stephen Crane

For the first time all 112 of Stephen Crane’s short stories and sketches—including several that have not been included in any previous collection and two that are now in print for the first time—have been...


Escape from Bellevue: A Memoir of Rock 'n' Roll, Recovery, and Redemption

by Christopher John Campion

Read Christopher John Campion's posts on the Penguin Blog.

Indie rock raconteur Chris Campion-one of the few patients ever to escape from Bellevue's locked ward-recalls his band's tumultuous ride, his plummet...


Dogged Pursuit: How a Rescue Dog Rescued Me

by Robert Rodi

Read Robert Rodi's posts on the Penguin Blog.

"A charming, hilarious look at a little-documented world." -- People

In dog years, Robert Rodi is 350. Age, however, couldn't possibly have prepared him for his...


The Golden Road: Notes on My Gentrification

by Caille Millner

The true story of a remarkable young woman's struggle to find a home in the world

Caille Millner is a rising star on the literary scene. A graduate of Harvard University, she was first published at age sixteen...


Forever Young: My Friendship with John F. Kennedy, Jr.

by William Sylvester Noonan & Robert Huber

An intimate portrait of John F. Kennedy, Jr., from his closest friend with 16 pages of color photos

From the iconic image of a little boy saluting his father's casket to his tragic death at age thirty- eight,...


Power Trip: A Decade of Policy, Plots and Spin

by Damian McBride

The must-read political book of the year, Power Trip is the explosive new memoir from one of Westminster’s most controversial figures. From 1999 to 2009, Damian McBride worked at the heart of the Treasury...


Cowbells Down the Zambezi

by David Lemon

Mistaken for Jesus, shunned as a Satanist, identified as the spirit of a long dead explorer and repeatedly asked to run for the presidency of Zambia, David Lemon walked eighteen hundred kilometres along the...


Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, A Memoir

by Tim Parrish

Fear and What Follows is a riveting, unflinching account of the author's spiral into racist violence during the latter years of desegregation in 1960s and 1970s Baton Rouge. About the memoir, author and editor...


Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man For Rent

by David Henry Sterry

I walk all the way up Hollywood Boulevard to Grauman's Chinese Theatre: past tourists snapping shots; wannabe starlets sparkling by in miniskirts with head shots in their hands and moondust in their eyes; rowdy...


Diary of a Combatant: The Diary of the Revolution that Made Che Guevara a Legend

by Ernesto Che Guevara

Che Guevara's original, unpublished diaries from the guerrilla war in Cuba's Sierra Maestra.


The Fastest Growing Religion on Earth: How Genealogy Captured the Brains and Imaginations of Americans

The Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin on the Siberian Taiga

by Sylvain Tesson & Linda Coverdale

A meditation on escaping the chaos of modern life and rediscovering the luxury of solitude. Winner of the Prix Médicis for nonfiction, The Consolations of the Forest is a Thoreau-esque quest to find solace,...


Over a Hot Stove: Life below stairs in Britain¿s great houses: the charming memoirs of a 1930s kitchen maid

by Flo Wadlow

This delightful memoir provides a unique ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ account of what life was really like in a bygone era

At the age of sixteen, Flo Wadlow left her family to begin what would become a distinguished...


Elegy for Iris

by John Bayley

"I was living in a fairy story--the kind with sinister overtones and not always a happy ending--in which a young man loves a beautiful maiden who returns his love but is always disappearing into some unknown...


Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident

by Bill Ayers

In this sequel to Fugitive Days, Ayers charts his life after the Weather Underground, when he becomes the GOP’s flaunted “domestic terrorist,” a “public enemy.”

 

Labeled a "domestic terrorist" by...


Looking After Minidoka: An American Memoir

by Neil Nakadate

During World War II, 110,000 Japanese Americans were removed from their homes and incarcerated by the U.S. government. In Looking After Minidoka the "internment camp" years become a prism for understanding three...


Meet Me at Ray's: A Celebration of Ray's Place in Kent, Ohio

by Patrick J. O'Connor

Meet Me at Ray's celebrates more than seventy-five successful years (and counting) of Ray's Place, a restaurant and bar located near the Kent State University campus in Kent, Ohio. Once referred to as the place...


Mestengo: A Wild Mustang, a Writer on the Run, and the Power of the Unexpected

by Melinda Roth

Exhausted by her job as a political press secretary, Melinda Roth found the courage to escape. Her goal: a simpler life in rural Illinois that would let her pursue her passion for writing. But then real life...