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The Great American Guru: A Mystic in the Bible Belt

by E.V. Elam

The Great American Guru is a complete "how to" guide for spiritual enlightenment. Read a page, this begins a spellbinding journey of Audle Allison through his luminous life, fully transforming into an enlightened...


Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey

by Marie Mutsuki Mockett

How does one cope with overwhelming grief?

Marie Mutsuki Mockett's family owns a Buddhist temple 25 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. In March 2011, after the earthquake and tsunami, radiation...


The Boy Who Was Not a Lesbian: and Other True Stories

by Kristin Lyseggen, Deborah Lichtman & Herb Schreier

These are the narratives of four women and seven men from Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Spain, England, Cuba, and the United States who define themselves as born in the wrong body who generously and fearlessly...


No Arms, No Legs, No Problem: When life happens, you can wish to die or choose to live

by Bob Lujano & Tara Schiro

Others would quite. He kept going. In writing Bob's unbelievable story, I grew more and more troubled. I kept returning to the mind-blowing fact that he was actually grateful for this childhood that stole his...


Battalion: A British infantry unit's actions from the battle of El Alamein to the Elbe, 1942-1945.

by Alastair Borthwick

Alastair Borthwick’s Battalion is the widely acclaimed story of a British Army infantry unit in the Second World War. Written in Germany just after VE Day, Battalion captures the immediate memories of troops...


My Experiments with Truth (Rediscovered Books): With linked Table of Contents

by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Four or five years ago, at the insistence of some of my nearest co-workers, I agreed to write my autobiography. I made the start, but scarcely had I turned over the first sheet when riots broke out in Bombay...


Autobiography of a Yogi (Rediscovered Books): With linked Table of Contents

by Paramahansa Yogananda

'Autobiography of a Yogi' introduces the reader to the life of Paramahansa Yogananda and his encounters with spiritual figures of both the East and West. The book begins with his childhood family life, to finding...


Bobbie Gentry's Ode to Billie Joe

by Tara Murtha

July, 1967: It seems the entire country stopped to listen to a husky voice steeped in the simmering secrets of the South tell a tragic tale of teenage suicide. So much for the Summer of Love. "Ode to Billie...


If It Die

by André Gide

This is the major autobiographical statement from Nobel laureate André Gide. In the events and musings recorded here we find the seeds of those themes that obsessed him throughout his career and imbued his...


Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic

by Mark A. Vieira, Cecilia de Mille Presley & Martin Scorsese

Colossal. Stupendous. Epic. These adjectives, used by movie companies to hawk their wares, became clichés long ago. When used to describe the films of one director, they are accurate. More than any filmmaker...


The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again

by Andy Warhol

A loosely formed autobiography by Andy Warhol, told with his trademark blend of irony and detachment

 

In The Philosophy of Andy Warhol—which, with the subtitle "(From A to B and Back Again)," is less a memoir...


The Road to San Giovanni

by Italo Calvino & Tim Parks

Heartfelt, affecting, and wise, the essay collection The Road to San Giovanni offers Italo Calvino’s reflections on his own life and work in five elegant "memory exercises."


Big Eyes: The Screenplay

by Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski & Tyler Stallings

WITH AN INTERVIEW WITH MARGARET KEANE

The full screenplay by award-winning Ed Wood writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski for acclaimed director Tim Burton's film Big Eyes, starring Amy Adams and Christoph...


Lady Bird: A Biography of Mrs. Johnson

by Jan Jarboe Russell

A revealing biography of Lady Bird Johnson with startling new insights into her marriage to Lyndon Baines Johnson and her unexpectedly strong impact on his presidency.

Long obscured by her husband's shadow,...


The Woman Warrior

by Maxine Hong Kingston

With an introduction by Xiaolu Guo

A classic memoir set during the Chinese revolution of the 1940s and inspired by folklore, providing a unique insight into the life of an immigrant in America.

When we Chinese...


Hamlin Garland: A Biography

by Jean Holloway

Hamlin Garland's Main-Travelled Roads is recognized as one of the early landmarks of American literary realism. But Garland's shift in mid-career from the harsh verisimilitude of Prairie Folks and Prairie Songs...


Emir Kusturica

by Giorgio Bertellini

Exploring the individual style and ever-shifting films of the award-winning Balkan auteur


Brownie Points: Bite-Size Life Lessons

by Joyce Turley

Joyce Turley conquered the world, first as a child of a single dad during the Depression, then as a single parent herself...from single-room schoolhouses to oil field riches, celebrity hobnobbing, and San Francisco...


Rising in Love: My Wild and Crazy Ride to Here and Now, with Amma, the Hugging Saint

by Ram Das Batchelder

Conveys an American’s extraordinary journey of spiritual awakening with the well-known Guru, Amma, “the hugging Saint.”


The Lonely Sea and the Sky

by Sir Francis Chichester

The complete autobiography of the great adventurer Sir Francis Chichester, the first and fastest man to singlehandedly circumnavigate the globe

Aged 18 and with a taste for adventure, Francis Chichester emigrated...