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Shot Down: The Secret Diary of One POW's Long March to Freedom

by Alex Kerr

Alex Kerr's Wellington, a twin-engine bomber, was shot down over Germany in 1941. At first hospitalised with hopes of repatriation, he unexpectedly found himself a prisoner in a German POW camp. Throughout those...


My Dream Hunt in Alaska: With God on the Adventure of a Lifetime

by Steve Chapman

Join the hunt with Steve as he recounts his thrilling adventure, starting with the birth of his dream as a young boy and culminating with his heart-stopping encounter with an impressive thousand-pound, nine-foot...


Is Anything Happening?

by Robin Lustig

In the days before mobile phones, the internet and 24-hour news channels, the easiest way for a British foreign correspondent to find out what was going on in the world was to phone the local office of Reuters...


Rowing for My Life: Two Oceans, Two Lives, One Journey

by Kathleen Saville

In the tradition of Cheryl Strayed's Wild, one's woman's transformational journey rowing across the savage sea—twice.

Just out of college, newly wed, and set up with her husband Curt in a small town in New York,...


No Wall Too High: One Man's Daring Escape from Mao's Darkest Prison

by Xu Hongci & Erling Hoh

"It was impossible. All of China was a prison in those days."

Mao Zedong's labor reform camps, known as the laogai, were notoriously brutal. Modeled on the Soviet Gulag, they subjected their inmates to backbreaking...


My Life, My Love, My Legacy

by Coretta Scott King & Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

The life story of Coretta Scott King—wife of Martin Luther King Jr., founder of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center), and singular...


Once We Were Sisters: A Memoir

by Sheila Kohler

“A searing and intimate memoir about love turned deadly.” —The BBC

When Sheila Kohler was thirty-seven, she received the heart-stopping news that her sister Maxine, only two years older, was killed when...


First Women

by Kate Andersen Brower

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the groundbreaking backstairs look at the White House, The Residence, comes an intimate, news-making look at the true modern power brokers at 1600 Pennsylvania...


Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3

by Robert Matzen

This fresh look at Hollywood's "Queen of Screwball," Carole Lombard, presents a first-ever examination of the events that led to the shocking flight mishap that took her life on the side of a Nevada mountain...


IraqiGirl: Diary of a Teenage Girl in Iraq

by IraqiGirl

In a country torn apart by war, a teenage girl blogs her story of family, friendship, and life under American occupation.


Dogs Are Better Than People: Encountering Good and Evil in the Animal Rescue World

by Lori Bradley-Millstein

Dogs Are Better Than People is the story of one woman’s transformation from armchair sympathizer to animal activist. Powerful, fun and humorous; it is part memoir, undercover report and love letter to companion...


Detours: A Memoir of a Railroad Man

by Gail F. Menitzer

Learn about Gail F. Meintzer's philosophies from lessons learned the hard way, as he took the long road less traveled on the iron highway.

Travel with Gail F. Meintzer as he journeys with the railroad system...


Should Auld Acquaintance: Discovering the Woman Behind Robert Burns

by Melanie Murray

Robert Burns' "Belle of Mauchline" is given a voice in this lyrical and intimate depiction of the life of Jean Armour, known simply as the wife of the infamous poet and mother of nine of his children. Melanie...


Prince : in the Studio (1975-1995): Volume One

by Jake Brown

Offering an inside look into the multigenerational career of a funk-pop superstar, this definitive, exciting study of Prince s musical catalog grants behind-the-scenes access to the writing and recording details...


My Father Wakes Up Laughing: The story of Edward and Janet Simons and their Musical Legacy

by Jo Simons

In this biography of her parents, Jo Simons chronicles how the oldest orchestra conductor in the country, Ed Simons (now 99), and his wife, Janet, enriched the musical opportunities in Rockland County, New York...


You did WHAT now?!: travel stories, life lessons, and shenanigans

by Roseanney Liu

Marching to the beat of her own drums, Roseanney Liu shares her first half-life memoir You did WHAT now?! that details many experiences that shaped who she is today - a straight shooter giving and tolerating...


Nicotine

by Gregor Hens, Jen Calleja & Will Self

By turns philosophical and darkly comic, an ex-smoker's meditation on the nature and consequences of his nearly lifelong addiction

 

Written with the passion of an obsessive, Nicotine addresses a lifelong addiction,...


Daddy King: An Autobiography

by Martin Luther King Sr

From coming of age under poverty and the looming threat of racial violence to preaching from the Ebenezer pulpit for forty years, King, Sr., candidly reveals his life inside the civil rights movement, illustrating...


Quicksand: What It Means to Be a Human Being

by Henning Mankell

A stunning and poignant autobiographical look at the myriad experiences that shape a meaningful life, by the bestselling author of the Kurt Wallander mysteries.  

 

In January 2014, Henning Mankell received...


A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life

by Ayelet Waldman

The true story of how a renowned writer’s struggle with mood storms led her to try a remedy as drastic as it is forbidden: microdoses of LSD. Her revealing, fascinating journey provides a window into one family...