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by Linda A. Curtis

• More than a third of Americans leave the religion they were born into, according to the Pew Research Center’s 2015 Religious Landscape Survey. Anyone who is struck with the challenge of leaving the faith...

To Play Again

by Carol Rosenberger

At age twenty-one, while she was working with the legendary Nadia Boulanger in France, concert pianist Carol Rosenberger was stricken with paralytic polio—a condition that knocked out the very muscles she...

Cancer Crossings

by Tim Wendel & Martin Brecher

When Eric Wendel was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 1966, the survival rate was 10 percent. Today, it is 90 percent. Even as politicians call for a "Cancer Moonshot," this accomplishment remains...

Things That Helped

by Jessica Friedmann

Jessica Friedmann navigates her recovery from postpartum depression in a wide-ranging collection of personal essays

Things That Helped is a memoir in essays, detailing the Australian writer Jessica Friedmann’s...

Witnesses of the Unseen

by Lakhdar Boumediene, Mustafa Ait Idir, Kathleen List & Jeffrey Rose et al.

This searing memoir shares the trauma and triumphs of Lakhdar Boumediene and Mustafa Ait Idir's time inside America's most notorious prison. Lakhdar and Mustafa were living quiet, peaceful lives in Bosnia when,...

Searchlights, Slate Pencils, and Suspicions

by Pamela Davenport

These memoirs record life in Brisbane, Australia during the Second World War, as seen through the eyes of a child. Pamela Davenport was two and a half when the war began. She has vivid memories of this time....

Song for Rosaleen

by Pip Desmond

A beautifully crafted memoir of a family coping with their mother’s dementia, Song for Rosaleen is both a celebration of Rosaleen Desmond’s life and an unflinching account of the practical and ethical dilemmas...

Looking at the Stars

by Lewis Hine

16-year-old Lewis Hine has become a global phenomenon. Diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was just 17 months old, Lewis wasn't expected to survive. But he managed to prove everyone wrong, and is now not just...

Culture Gap

by Judith Plant

Culture Gap: Towards a New World in the Yalakom Valley tells the story of a two year sojourn at the Camelsfoot Commume in a remote valley in BC, Canada. The challenges and privations, the joys and adventures...

Every Day I'm Hustling

by Vivica A. Fox

Vivica A. Fox is a dynamo who has created a lasting career on her own, through sheer, roll-up-your-sleeves DIY hustle. Every Day I'm Hustling is a personal book with a message Fox passionately believes in: that...

Shade of the Paraiso: Two Years in Paraguay, South America

by Mark Salvatore

Imagine a remote community in Paraguay, South America, where you read by candle light, draw your water from a well, cook your meals on an open fire and attend to your needs in a rickety outhouse. To reach the...

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and Other Writings

by Benjamin Franklin

A fascinating and unconventionally educated man, Benjamin Franklin imparts—in his own words—wisdom and remarkable life lessons on the art of living with great personal integrity. Taken from John Bigelow’s...

Engineering a Life

by Krishan K. Bedi

Krishan Bedi came to the United States in December of 1961 at the tender age of twenty. He had only $300 in his pocket, and he had made it out of his small village in India on sheer faith, determined to get...

Raising Myself

by Beverly Engel

No one could have imagined how as a child Beverly Engel could have managed to become who she is today—an internationally known expert on abuse recovery and the best-selling author of twenty-two self-help books....


by Linda Gartz

Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, Redlined exposes the racist lending rules that refuse mortgages to anyone in areas with even one black resident. As blacks move deeper into Chicago’s...

Because We Are Bad

by Lily Bailey

Written with the indelible power of Girl, Interrupted, Brain on Fire, and Reasons to Stay Alive, a lyrical, poignant memoir by a young woman about her childhood battle with debilitating obsessive compulsive...

An Outlaw Makes It Home

by Eli Jaxon-Bear

An Outlaw Makes It Home: The Awakening of a Spiritual Revolutionary

Can drugs, sex and revolution lead to lasting fulfillment and love? This memoir by Eli Jaxon-Bear, framed as a teaching story, using Joseph...

Dancing at the Castle

by Jane M. Gullong

Dancing at the Castle, a memoir, is the story of an American girl coming of age in the 1950s on the shore of Long Island Sound. It is set in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, where Katharine Hepburn also lived, enjoying...

Temple Grandin: The Stories I Tell My Friends

by Temple Grandin, Anita Lesko & Mick Jackson

Temple Grandin is the most famous person with autism in the world. Whether you know her from the HBO movie Temple Grandin, her decades of work in the meat and cattle industry, or her unmatched contribution to...

The Library

by Stuart Kells

A love letter to libraries and to their makers and protectors, a celebration of books as objects, and an account of how the idea of the library continues to possess our imagination

Libraries are much more than...