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Her Dream of Dreams: The Rise and Triumph of Madam C. J. Walker

by Beverly Lowry

“I am a woman that came from the cotton fields of the South; I was promoted from there to the wash-tub; then I was promoted to the cook kitchen, and from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing...


The Personal Journal of an Ordinary Person

by Katharine Taylor Brennan & Elizabeth Parsons Kirchner

Diagnosed with diabetes at sixteen Katharine Tayler Brennan strove for an ordinary life. Her cousin, Elizabeth Parsons Kirchner, has lovingly preserved and edited these moving memoirs.


A Stolen Life: A Memoir

by Jaycee Dugard

In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen.

For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object...


American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood

by Marie Arana

In her father’s Peruvian family, Marie Arana was taught to be a proper lady, yet in her mother’s American family she learned to shoot a gun, break a horse, and snap a chicken’s neck for dinner. Arana shuttled...


Rescuing Regina: The Battle to Save a Friend from Deportation and Death

by Josephe Marie Marie Flynn & Helen Prejean

A decade after fleeing the Congo for the United States, having endured rape, imprisonment, and torture in her homeland, Regina Bakala found herself locked in a U.S. prison facing deportation to almost certain...


In Her Own Words: Women's Memoirs from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States

by Jill Ker Conway

Jill Ker Conway, author of one of the most celebrated memoirs of recent decades, is also the premier anthologist of women's autobiographical writing. In Her Own Words is Conway's distillation of women's experience...


Wrestling the Hulk: My Life Against the Ropes

by Linda Hogan

Wrestling the Hulk

How many people can say they stood up against wrestler Hulk Hogan and came out victorious? Linda Hogan did just that. After twenty-four years of dealing with his cheating, mistreatment, and...


What Her Body Thought: A Journey Into the Shadows

by Susan Griffin

In this boldly intimate and intelligent blend of personal memoir, social history, and cultural criticism, Susan Griffin profoundly illuminates our understanding of illness. She explores its physical, emotional,...


Diary of an Eco-Outlaw: An Unreasonable Woman Breaks the Law for Mother Earth

by Diane Wilson & Derrick Jensen

Diane Wilson is an activist, shrimper, and all around hell-raiser whose first book, An Unreasonable Woman, told of her battle to save her bay in Seadrift, Texas. Back then, she was an accidental activist who...


Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse: The True Story of a Woman Who Risked Everything to Bring Hope to Afghanistan

by Damien Lewis & Suraya Sadeed

Includes a Reading Group Guide and Author Q&A

From her first humanitarian visit to Afghanistan in 1994, Suraya Sadeed has been personally delivering relief and hope to Afghan orphans and refugees, to women and...


Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West

by Dorothy Wickenden

In the summer of 1916, Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood, close friends from childhood and graduates of Smith College, left home in Auburn, New York, for the wilds of northwestern Colorado. Bored by their...


Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far

by Bristol Palin & Nancy French

Bristol Palin lived the life of an average American teen. She loved being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and focusing on schoolwork and sports. But when her mother became the Republican vice...


Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way

by Molly Birnbaum

An aspiring chef's moving account of finding her way—in the kitchen and beyond—after a tragic accident destroys her sense of smell

At twenty-two, just out of college, Molly Birnbaum spent her nights reading...


Wishing for Snow

by Minrose Gwin

A daughter's brave and beautiful tribute to a remarkable damaged soul . . .

For novelist Minrose Gwin, growing up was a time of chaos and uncertainty, the result of? being raised by a parent with a serious mental...


The World According to Oprah: An Unauthorized Portrait in Her Own Words

by Ken Lawrence

Oprah Winfrey rose out of hardship and incredible poverty to become one of the most recognized and well-respected people in the world. In The World According to Oprah, Ken Lawrence captures this amazing woman...


Hesitation Kills: A Female Marine Officer's Combat Experience in Iraq

by Jane Blair

This riveting memoir is the first book written by a female Marine about the war in Iraq, and one of the only books written by a woman who has experienced combat first hand. Throughout her deployment, Jane kept...


Football Wife: Coming of Age with the NFL as Mrs. Karl Kassulke

by Jan Thatcher Adams

The compelling, funny, and poignant story of the unlikely marriage of a pro football player and an aspiring doctor. Jan Thatcher, a wide-eyed Iowa freshman coed, met Karl Kassulke in 1962 at Drake University...


My Asakusa: Coming of Age in Pre-War Tokyo

by Sadako Sawamura & Norman Stafford

Written near the end of Sadako Sawamura's remarkable life, My Asakusa (Watashi co Asakusa) is a charming collection of autobiographical essays by a truly self-made woman.

Recalling Japan at a time of great political...


Found: A Daughter's Journey Home

by Tatum O'neal & Hilary Liftin

In this powerful follow-up to her New York Times bestselling memoir, A Paper Life, Academy Award®-winning actress Tatum O’Neal returns with an extraordinary chronicle of family, forgiveness, redemption, and...


The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family

by Mary S. Lovell

"Fascinating, the way all great family stories are fascinating."—Robert Gottlieb, New York Times Book Review This is the story of a close, loving family splintered by the violent ideologies of Europe between...