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African Son

by William J. Hemminger

African Son records the author’s many trips to Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer, Fulbright scholar, teacher, and traveler. These personal essays range from sympathetic descriptions of village life in Senegal...


My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family

by Zach Wahls

A resounding testament to the power of family and a reassurance that there is no wrong way to be who you are

It has been almost two years since Zach Wahls (then 19 years old) bravely stood up in front of the...


The Little Red Guard: A Family Memoir

by Wenguang Huang

A Washington Post Best of 2012 pick

"Delightful . . . a book that brings a corner of modern China alive."-The Wall Street Journal

When Wenguang Huang was nine years old, his grandmother became obsessed with...


Dogfish Memory: A Memoir

by Joseph A. Dane

The Maine dogfish are gone—fished to the brink of extinction. Gone too is Linda Jane, and with her the love and the subjunctive Maine that they might have shared. And what of that fabled “Old Maine”? Is...


Orient Express: A Personal Journey

by James B. Sherwood & Ivan Fallon

When the fabled Orient-Express train, which had carried the rich and the famous (as well as some highly suspicious characters) across Europe in superb style for nearly a century, was taken out of service in...


And Then Life Happens

by Auma Obama & Ross Benjamin

A moving account by Auma Obama about her life in Africa and Europe, and her relationship with her brother, Barack Obama. 

While her younger brother Barack grew up in the U.S. and Indonesia, Auma Obama’s childhood...


Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down

by Rosecrans Baldwin

A self-described Francophile from when he was little, Rosecrans Baldwin always dreamed of living in Paris—drinking le café, eating les croissants, walking in les jardins—so when an opportunity presented...


Scenes from Provincial Life: Boyhood, Youth, Summertime

by J. M. Coetzee

The Nobel Prize–winning author's brilliant trilogy of fictionalized memoirs—now available in one volume for the first time

Few writers have won as much critical acclaim and as many admirers in the literary...


The Springs of Namje: A Ten-Year Journey from the Villages of Nepal to the Halls of Congress

by Rajeev Goyal

A Peace Corps volunteer’s inspirational story about the power of small change

In 2001, Peace Corps volunteer Rajeev Goyal was sent to Namje, a remote village in the eastern hills of Nepal. Brimming with idealism,...


Falling for Eli: How I Lost Heart, Then Gained Hope Through the Love of a Singular Horse

by Nancy Shulins

In the vein of Chosen by a Horse, one woman’s true story of devastating loss and the care and love of a temperamental Thoroughbred that brought them both back to life 


Louise: Amended

by Louise Krug

A beautiful young woman loses mobility of half her body and finds her way back. Memoir with fictional interludes.


Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

by Anna Quindlen

INCLUDING AN EXCLUSIVE CONVERSATION BETWEEN MERYL STREEP AND ANNA QUINDLEN

“[Quindlen] serves up generous portions of her wise, commonsensical, irresistibly quotable take on life. . . . What Nora Ephron does...


Asylum: Hollywood Tales from My Great Depression: Brain Dis-Ease, Recovery, and Being My Mother's Son

by Joe Pantoliano

In this deeply moving and resourceful memoir, the beloved actor and New York Times bestselling author takes aim at the stigma attached to mental illness by writing candidly and humorously about his own struggle...


Memoir of a Debulked Woman: Enduring Ovarian Cancer

by Susan Gubar

A 2012 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

"Staggering, searing…Ms. Gubar deserves the highest admiration for her bravery and honesty."—New York Times Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008, Susan Gubar...


The Boy Who Loved Apples: A Mother's Battle with Her Son's Anorexia

by Amanda Webster

Brave, honest and ultimately uplifting, The Boy Who Loved Apples is a compelling and beautifully written account of life with an eating disorder, and a gritty, moving testament to a mother's love. As Amanda...


The War for Afghanistan: A Very Brief History: From "Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History"

by Thomas Barfield

When it invaded Afghanistan in 2001, the United States sought to do something previous foreign powers had never attempted: to create an Afghani state where none existed. More than a decade on, the new regime...


A Life in Frocks: A Memoir

by Kelly Doust

A personal, entertaining, exquisitely illustrated exploration of the significance of clothes, filtered through one woman's life-long sartorial infatuation A seductive mix of memoir, philosophies, and fantasies,...


A Middle Eastern Affair

by Ellis Douek

"wherever I have found myself has seemed the proper place for me to be. I have never been an exile." When Ellis Douek was nine years old, his mother insisted that he take up embroidery – in case he decided...


Remembering Che: My Life with Che Guevara

by Aleida March

Che Guevara's widow reveals the story of a great revolutionary romance, tragically cut short by Che’s assassination in Bolivia.


Never Say Never: Finding a Life That Fits

by Ricki Lake

The world first met Ricki Lake in 1988 as Tracy Turnblad in the film Hairspray. Weighing in at just over 200 pounds, the 5'3" teenager challenged what it meant to be an overweight woman in America: this fat...