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This Road I Ride: Sometimes It Takes Losing Everything to Find Yourself

by Juliana Buhring

This Road I Ride is the remarkable story of one woman’s solo journey around the world by bicycle.

Juliana Buhring had been mired in a dark hole of depression after the death of a man she loved, and when an...

True Crime Addict

by James Renner

When an eleven year old James Renner fell in love with Amy Mihaljevic, the missing girl seen on posters all over his neighborhood, it was the beginning of a lifelong obsession with true crime. That obsession...

Once a Cop: The Street, the Law, Two Worlds, One Man

by Corey Pegues

New Jack City meets Serpico in this provocative memoir of a crack dealer-turned-decorated NYPD officer—a timely reflection on the complex relationship between the police and the communities they are meant...


by Judith Anne Lanigan

Clownland is a journey through an unusual country to discover what its extraordinary inhabitants have learnt about life, loss, and happiness.

            Injured, and living on the edge of country...

Summary of The Glass Castle: by Jeannette Walls | Includes Analysis

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The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls | Summary & Analysis


Jeannette Walls chronicles all the heartbreak, deprivation, humor, and love of her childhood in The Glass Castle, a memoir of growing...

Out of Time

by Peter Chapman

In the summer of 1966 Peter Chapman was a naive 18-year-old from the Angel in north London. He was just about to enter the world of work, having flunked his A Levels and recently discovered that he would not...

Why Did the Policeman Cross the Road?

by Stevyn Colgan

Can lollipops reduce anti-social behaviour? Or wizards halt street gambling? Do fake bus stops protect pensioners? Will organising a dog show stop young people killing each other? Stevyn Colgan believes that...

The Girl With No Bedroom Door

by Angela Hart

Fourteen-year-old Louise has been sleeping rough after running away from her previous foster home. Unloved and unwashed, she arrives at foster carer Angela Hart's door stripped of all self-esteem. The Girl with...

Summary of The Nazi Officer's Wife: by Edith Hahn Beer with Susan Dworkin | Includes Analysis

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The Nazi Officer's Wife by Edith Hahn Beer with Susan Dworkin | Includes Analysis



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Hahn was hiding in plain sight in Germany in the fall of 1943, which made her what hidden Jews called...

Summary of Creativity, Inc.: by Ed Catmull | Includes Analysis

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Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull: A 30-minute Summary


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Summary of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: by Maya Angelou | Includes Analysis

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Marguerite was three and her brother, Bailey, four when they arrived in

Stamps, Arkansas. They were to live with their grandmother,...

Summary of Kitchen Confidential: by Anthony Bourdain | Includes Analysis

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Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain | Includes Analysis


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Nine-year-old Anthony became a foodie when his father took the family on a trip to his native France....

Adoption Saved My Life: An Inspiring Story of Success

by Dominic Munafo, Curtis Florence & Kim Lambert

This is an inspiring story of triumph over adversity and the success of a desire to help others... In Dominic's own words. - "There were plenty of ups and downs in my journey through life, from being a child...

Summary of Without You, There Is No Us: by Suki Kim | Includes Analysis

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Summary of Ghost Boy : by Martin Pistorius' | A 15-minute Summary & Analysis

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Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius’ - A 15-minute Summary & Analysis


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Martin Pistorius, who lost all his memories after a childhood illness, tells the story of his miraculous reawakening...

Summary of Blackout: by Sarah Hepola | Summary & Analysis

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Blackout by Sarah Hepola | Summary & Analysis



In her memoir, Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget, Sarah Hepola examines how she drank, why she drank, how others responded to her, and...

Portrait of a Troubled Child

by Curtis Michael Girty

Looking back to 1964, the Girty family appeared to be a typical lower-middle-class Detroit family, with two hardworking parents and three children living in the home. The family went to church every Sunday,...

GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human

by Thomas Thwaites

The dazzling success of The Toaster Project, including TV appearances and an international book tour, leaves Thomas Thwaites in a slump. His friends increasingly behave like adults, while Thwaites still lives...

Finding Fontainebleau: An American Boy in France

by Thad Carhart

A beguiling memoir of a childhood in 1950s Fontainebleau from the much-admired New York Times bestselling author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank


Mother Tongue: My Family's Globe-Trotting Quest to Dream in Mandarin, Laugh in Arabic, and Sing  in Spanish

by Christine Gilbert

One woman’s quest to learn Mandarin in Beijing, Arabic in Beirut, and Spanish in Mexico, with her young family along for the ride.

Imagine negotiating for a replacement carburetor in rural Mexico with words...