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Skeem Life: Growing Up in the Seventies

by Gary Robertson

When young Gary Robertson moved from the old tenements to an almost brand new housing scheme in the early 1970s, it was the start of a very big adventure. In the skeems, you could roam from morning to night...


Affection: An Erotic Memoir

by Kneen Krissy

Krissy Kneen loves sex . . . and she's not afraid to talk about it. In this sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant, and sometimes terrifying memoir, she traces the arc of her sexual life — from her childhood...


My Best Friend is a Wookie: One Boy's Journey to Find His Place in the Galaxy

by Pacitti Tony

In a galaxy far, far away a geek was born.

So begins the real-life hero's journey of Jedi Knight wannabe Tony Pacitti. In this hilarious coming-of-age memoir, Tony shows how Star Wars has served as a source of...


All Over but the Shoutin'

by Rick Bragg

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

This haunting, harrowing, gloriously moving recollection of a life on the American margin is the story of Rick Bragg, who grew up dirt-poor in northeastern Alabama, seemingly...


Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the People's Temple

by Deborah Layton

Told by a former high-level member of the Peoples Temple and Jonestown survivor, Seductive Poison is the "truly unforgettable" (Kirkus Review) story of how one woman was seduced by one of the most notorious...


The Man Behind the Nose

by Thomas Scott McKenzie & Larry "Bozo" Harmon

Did you hear the one about when Bozo the Clown ran for President and two assassination attempts were made on his life?

How about the time Bozo flew into the perilous jungles of New Guinea to see if he could not...


The Wisdom of the Radish: And Other Lessons Learned on a Small Farm

by Lynda Browning

Who knew that the hot career choice for recent college grads would be farming? Lynda Hopkins, a farmer's girlfriend, took her master's degree in environmental science communication and planted kale, radishes,...


The Dog Who Ate the Truffle

by Suzanne Carreiro

An authentic culinary journey—part memoir, part cookbook—introducing readers to the people, places, and food of Umbria

Veteran food critic Suzanne Carriero spent a year and a half in Umbria, and this is...


Keeper: One House, Three Generations, and a Journey into Alzheimer's

Wellcome Book Prize 2009

by Andrea Gillies

Five years ago, Andrea Gillies— writer, wife, and mother of three—seeing that her husband's parents were struggling to cope, invited them to move in.  She and her newly extended family relocated to a big...


Book of Days: Personal Essays

by Emily Fox Gordon & Phillip Lopate

The sexual politics of a faculty wives dinner. The psychological gamesmanship of an inappropriate therapist. The emotional minefield of an extended family wedding . . .

 

Whatever the subject, Emily Fox Gordon’s...


Half Baked: The Story of My Nerves, My Newborn, and How We Both Learned to Breathe

by Stevenson Alexa

Author Alexa Stevenson had spent most of her life preparing for the wrong disasters. When her daughter is born 15 weeks early, she is plunged into the strange half-light of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, where...


Hollywood: A Third Memoir

by Larry Mcmurtry

"One thing I’ve always liked about Hollywood is its zip, or speed. The whole industry depends to some extent on talent spotting. The hundreds of agents, studio executives, and producers who roam the streets...


Stretch

by Neal Pollack

The hilarious true account of an overweight, balding, skeptical guy's unexpected transformation into a healthy, blissful yoga fiend.

Neal Pollack was out of shape. The hair on his head was thinning and the hair...


Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship

by Gail Caldwell

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

They met over their dogs. Gail Caldwell and Caroline Knapp (author of Drinking: A Love Story) became best friends, talking about everything from their love of books and their shared...


What We Have: A Memoir

by Amy Boesky

An inspiring true story of the women in one family and their fight against cancer that Patricia Wood, author of Lottery, calls "utterly breathtaking".

At thirty-two, Amy Boesky had it all: a wonderful new...


Islands of Sunshine and Shadow

by Bernard Blestel

ISLANDS OF SUNSHINE AND SHADOW is the story of an extraordinary man living through ordinary times, or perhaps it is the story of an ordinary man living through extraordinary times. From his childhood in the...


War is Boring: Bored Stiff, Scared to Death in the World's Worst War Zones

by David Axe & Matt Bors

Read David Axe's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community.

The war memoir as graphic novel-an utterly unforgettable and highly original look at war in the 21st century.

Street battles with spears and...


In the Shadow of Freedom: A Heroic Journey to Liberation, Manhood, and America

by Tchicaya Missamou & Travis Sentell

FROM POVERTY TO WEALTH, FROM AFRICA TO AMERICA, AND FROM CHILD SOLDIER TO U.S. MARINE

Born into the Congolese wilderness, Tchicaya Missamou became a child soldier at age 11. As a horrific civil war loomed across...


Hard Sell: Now a Major Motion Picture LOVE and OTHER DRUGS

by Jamie Reidy

Jamie Reidy is the guy who's been there, done that, and walked away with the insider stories. Inside Hard Sell: Now a Major Motion Picture LOVE and OTHER DRUGS, you'll find yourself rooting for Reidy and shocked...


Mustaine

by Dave Mustaine & Joe Layden

The fall and rise of a heavy metal icon

Dave Mustaine is the first to admit that he's bottomed out a few times in his dark and twisted speed metal version of a Dickensian life.

Impoverished, transient childhood?...