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Still Life with Teapot: On zen, writing and creativity

by Brigid Lowry

The good thing about being my age is that if you haven't grown up already, you don't have to.What do you do when you start talking to yourself on the bus? If you're the writer Brigid Lowry, you change tack and...


Mom, Mania, and Me: Surviving and Changing a Volatile Relationship

by Diane Dweller

Life with Diane Dweller’s mother Dixie is unpredictable, especially during the jubilant part of her periodic spells. Dixie hosts large parties, impulsively buys cars and houses, and speeds everywhere. Unfortunately,...


A Life Beyond Boundaries: A Memoir

by Benedict Anderson

An intellectual memoir by the author of the acclaimed Imagined Communities

Born in China, Benedict Anderson spent his childhood in California and Ireland, was educated in England and finally found a home at...


A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles: A True Story of Love, Science, and Cancer

by Mary Elizabeth Williams

A wry, witty account of what it is like to face death—and be restored to life.

After being diagnosed in her early 40s with metastatic melanoma—a "rapidly fatal" form of cancer—journalist and mother of two...


Old Age: A Beginner's Guide

by Michael Kinsley

Vanity Fair columnist Michael Kinsley escorts his fellow Boomers through the door marked "Exit."

The notorious baby boomers—the largest age cohort in history—are approaching the end and starting to plan their...


Through the Eyes of an Immigrant

by Anatole Konstantin

In A Red Boyhood -- Growing up Under Stalin, we followed a child's perilous journey of survival through war-torn Eastern Europe, Nazi occupation and, as the son of an "enemy of the state" Soviet repression....


No Photographs

by Keith Lawton

The institutional abuse and neglect of children unlucky enough to enter the UK care system has been recently been described as a "national disgrace" by a UK Government report.

The statistics on their own make...


Africa's Child

by Maria Nhambu

From the Foreword by Marian Wright Edelman

 

Africa’s Child is an unforgettable and searingly personal book….In the face of repeated obstacles and injustices, Nhambu continued to analyze the world around...


The Complete Scrimgeour

by Alexander Scrimgeour, Richard Hallam & Mark Beynon

'Rape, Ravage and Rant are the German watchwords in this war. Right, Revenge & Retrenchment shall be ours.' Alexander Scrimgeour, 17th September 1914.

Most published war diaries have been written by those who...


The River in My Backyard

by Mikkel Aaland

OF ALL THE HAUNTING MEMOIRS THAT I HAVE READ, Mikkel Aaland’s The River in My Backyard, is at once the most heart-rending and the most courageously triumphant. Aaland explores two rivers, the literal one that...


It's All Going Wonderfully Well

by Rosa Hoskins

‘Laugh. There’s humour to be found everywhere, even in your darkest days there’s something to joke about. Laugh long and loud and make other people laugh. It’s good for you.

Whatever you do, always give...


Observed While Falling: Bill Burroughs, Ah Pook, and Me

by Malcolm McNeill

The artist's memoir on the making of Ah Pook is Here.

Observed While Falling is the account of the creative interaction between author William S. Burroughs  and artist Malcolm McNeill - a collaboration that...


Breaking Clean

by Judy J. Blunt & Nancy Smith

“A memoir with the fierce narrative force of an eastern Montana blizzard, rich in story and character, filled with the bone-chilling details of Blunt’s childhood. She writes without bitterness, with an abiding...


Sewing Happiness: A Year of Simple Projects for Living Well

by Sanae Ishida

Twenty simple sewing projects are tied together with a thread of memoir that tells the story of how sewing brought Sanae Ishida profound happiness. Each seasonal project, specially designed to promote health,...


Bad: The Autobiography of James Carr

by James Carr

An unapologetic, brutal memoir from notorious 60s career criminal and Black Panther James Carr. BAD covers Carr's life from his first arrest for burning down his school at age 10, through merciless stints in...


Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work

by Dave Isay

Stories of passion, courage, and commitment, following individuals as they pursue the work they were born to do, from StoryCorps founder Dave Isay

In Callings, StoryCorps founder Dave Isay presents unforgettable...


Getting High: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the Dream of Flight

by Kester F Brewin

'We are all born flightless, every one. After so many thousands of years each of us still drops into the world smooth-skinned and featherless.'

Why have we never been content to keep our feet on the ground?...


Only in Naples: Lessons in Food and Famiglia from My Italian Mother-in-Law

by Katherine Wilson

Full of lighthearted humor, sumptuous food, the wisdom of an Italian mother-in-law, and all the atmosphere of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, this warm and witty memoir follows American-born Katherine...


The Hope in Leaving: A Memoir

by Barbara Williams

Handsome Jack is a logger, nomad, and born dreamer. His young wife, Simone, has too many kids and never enough money to support or protect them. The family keeps on the move, shedding a grand total of twenty-seven...


Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring Too Much

by Faith Salie

From comedian and journalist Faith Salie, of NPR's Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! and CBS News Sunday Morning, a collection of daring, funny essays chronicling the author's adventures during her lifelong quest for...