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The Boys of The Pines: A True Story

by Friends of Brian Foley

Brian Foley and his friends grew up at a time when political correctnes was not something to be concerned about and helicopter parents were unheard of.  On the grounds of The Pines, a nursing home for the old...

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...

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...

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...


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...

Escaping Hitler: A Jewish Boy's Quest for Freedom and His Future

by Phyllida Scrivens

The story of a young boy who escaped Hitler and the Holocaust—and lived happily ever after.

Escaping Hitler is the true story, covering ninety years, of Günter Stern who, at fourteen, when Adolf Hitler threatened...

Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir

by Carol D. Marsh

Carol D. Marsh founded, directed, and lived at Miriam's House, a Washington, DC, residence for homeless women living with AIDS. In this powerful memoir, Marsh recalls how she came to confront issues far removed...

Memory Lane Lifestories

by Jennifer Shaker

Memory Lane Lifestories is a collection of excerpts from eight memoirs compiled by Jennifer Shaker. Travel with the authors through childhoods in Rhode Island, Cape Cod, South Dakota, and Prague. Discover an...

Eye of the Heart: Journey to Islam

by Stephanie Sommieh Flower

Stephanie Flower was a happy child raised by loving parents on suburban Long Island in the 1960’s and 70’s. Like most adolescents, she questioned the meaning of life. Her search for purpose launched a life-long...

From the Roots: The True Story of How I Beat Death and Learned to Live

by Marsha Therese Danzig

From the Roots explores one woman’s decision to find grace, hilarity, and ultimately joy, in the worst of circumstances. As a result of surviving childhood bone cancer twice, Marsha endures long-term side...

Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation

by Kyo Maclear

A writer’s search for inspiration, beauty, and solace leads her to birds in this intimate and exuberant meditation on creativity and life—a field guide to things small and significant.

When it comes to birds,...

Ruth's Record: The Diary of an American in Japanese-occupied Shanghai 1941-45

by Ruth Barr

The year 1941 was a turning point for the world, but long-time Shanghai resident Ruth Hill Barr had no way of knowing that when she started her five-year diary on January 1st. Before the year was over, the Japanese...

Civilianized: A Young Veteran's Memoir

by Michael Anthony

After twelve months of military service in Iraq, Michael Anthony stepped off a plane, seemingly happy to be home—or at least back on US soil. He was twenty-one years old, a bit of a nerd, and carrying a pack...

Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph

by T. E. Lawrence

When T. E. Lawrence's 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom' first appeared in 1922 it was immediately recognized as a literary masterpiece. In writing his extraordinary account of the Arab Revolt of 1916-1918 and his own...

Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom

by William Craft

Ellen Craft and William Craft were slaves from Macon, Georgia who escaped to the North in December 1848 by traveling openly by train and steamboat, arriving in Philadelphia on Christmas Day. She posed as a white...