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The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life

by Jasmin Darznik

We were a world of two, my mother and I, until I started turning into an American girl. That's when she began telling me about The Good Daughter. It became a taunt, a warning, an omen.

Jasmin Darznik came to...


My Retirement Gap Year

by Dr Frances Black

This is a baby-boomer book, a non-fiction, memoir involving a journey which resulted in unexpected personal growth and helped the author adapt to retirement. Dr Frances Black's "retirement gap year" was in a...


Where I Was From

by Joan Didion

In this moving and unexpected book, Joan Didion reassesses parts of her life, her work, her history, and ours. Where I Was From, in Didion’s words, “represents an exploration into my own confusions about...


A Northern Christmas

by Rockwell Kent & Doug Capra

How a father and son find the spirit of Christmas in the Alaskan wilderness.


Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska-Including Extensive Hitherto Unpublished Passages from the Original Journal

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by Rockwell Kent & Edward Hoagland

A classic tale of seafaring, shipwreck, and survival, reprinted from Wesleyan University Press's 1978 facsimile of the original.


Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal

by Conor Grennan

One Person Can Make a Difference

In search of adventure, twenty-nine-year-old Conor Grennan traded his day job for a year-long trip around the globe, a journey that began with a three-month stint volunteering...


Diary of a Predator: A Memoir

by Amy Herdy

This groundbreaking memoir is the gripping tale of two lives that collide: a ruthless criminal and the tough female journalist assigned to cover his case. Diary of a Predator: A Memoir tells the true story of...


The Winter of Our Disconnect: How Three Totally Wired Teenagers (and a Mother Who Slept with Her iPhone)Pulled the Plug on Their Technology and Lived

by Susan Maushart

The wise and hilarious story of a family who discovered that having fewer tools to communicate with led them to actually communicate more.

When Susan Maushart first announced her intention to pull the plug...


In the Shadow of the Buddha: One Man's Journey of Discovery in Tibet

by Matteo Pistono

"Part spy thriller, part Dharma travelogue, part spiritual autobiography . . . 100 percent page-turner."

-Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

For nearly a decade, Matteo Pistono evaded Chinese...


Rough Justice - A True Story

by Robert Steele

This is a true story about a shop steward who had 83 grievances with his employer over a 14 month period. By doing his best as a shop steward, he ended up with 57 personal grievances and was threatened with...


In The Footsteps Of Private Lynch

by Will Davies

Retrace Australia's role in the First World War from the trenches of Somme Mud to the wider war on the Western Front.Imagine this. You are a country boy and just eighteen. The war has been raging for two years...


Ronald Reagan: 100 Years: Official Centennial Edition from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

by Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Found, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation, The

February 6, 2011, marks the one hundredth anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth. Known as "the Great Communicator," Ronald Reagan combined the best of small-town values and remarkable virtues with the eloquence...


Coast to Coast Road Trip USA with Young Children

by Samuel J. Swayne

Join in every step of the way in this family adventure of a lifetime. From the first conceptual idea, to an agonising decision to quit work in a recession, through to organising themselves and their young children...


Tombstones and Banana Trees: A True Story of Revolutionary Forgiveness

by Medad Birungi & Craig Borlase

Growing up with a violent father in the country of Uganda in the 1960s, Medad Birungi faced physical and emotional pain that few people can imagine––yet today he speaks of a revolutionary forgiveness we...


Hungry for the World: A Memoir

by Kim Barnes

From the author of the critically acclaimed In the Wilderness, comes a riveting new narrative of self-discovery and personal triumph. Hungry for the World is the story of how an intelligent and passionate young...


The Memory Palace

National Book Critics Circle for Memoir/Autobiography 2011

by Mira Bartok

In the tradition of The Glass Castle, two sisters confront schizophrenia in this poignant literary memoir about family and mental illness. Through stunning prose and original art, The Memory Palace captures...


Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

by Amy Chua

The New York Times Book Review

"[E]ntertaining, bracingly honest and, yes, thought-provoking."

At once provocative and laugh-out-loud funny, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother ignited a global parenting debate...


While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age during the Civil Rights Movement

by Carolyn Maull McKinstry & Denise George

On September 15, 1963, a Klan-planted bomb went off in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Fourteen-year-old Carolyn Maull was just a few feet away when the bomb exploded, killing four of...


Shooting Stars and Flying Fish: Swapping the Boardroom for the Seven Seas

by Nancy Knudsen

A light-hearted but inspirational memoir about a remarkable couple who left behind the corporate rat-race to follow their dream of sailing around the world - a story that demonstrates the rewards of taking risks...