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Voice: A Stutterer's Odyssey

by Scott Damian

An emotional account of how successful actor and producer Scott Damian overcame stuttering while still coping with its psychological effects.


Breaking New Ground: A Personal History

by Lester R. Brown

An inspirational memoir tracing Lester Brown’s life from a small-farm childhood to leadership as a global environmental activist. Lester R. Brown, whom the Washington Post praised as “one of the world’s...


The Awakener: A Memoir of Jack Kerouac and the Fifties

by Helen Weaver

Helen Weaver's insightful and riveting memoir of love and friendship with Jack Kerouac and the Beats.


Play by Play: The Life and Times of Pat Connolly

by Joel Jacobson

Pat Connolly spent more than sixty years talking of, writing about, and analyzing sports in radio, television, and print media in Nova Scotia and central Canada. His clear, sharp voice was known to thousands...


Take to the Hills! Clothing the Sierra Madres

by Patrick Randall

The renowned FreewayBlogger, aka Patrick Randall, tells the story of one of his earliest decision to take direct action—he hears a report of poverty in Mexico, loads up his trusty old VW bus and hits the road...


Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave

by Patty Chang Anker

“A compelling story of everyday courage” (Elizabeth Gilbert).

 

Patty Chang Anker grew up eager to please and afraid to fail. But after thirty-nine years, she decided it was time to stop being a chicken....


Smart Tart

by Tamasin Day-Lewis

The Art of the Tart appealed to cooks of all ages and abilities, even those who didn't 'do' pastry. Smart Tart is a book about food and how it defines us – in 15 autobiographical sketches, Tamasin takes us...


From Old Hollywood to New Brunswick: Memories of a Wonderful Life

by Charles Foster

Imagine receiving a mysterious invitation from Charlie Chaplin, doing jigsaw puzzles with Marilyn Monroe, having a heart-to-heart with Jack Kennedy, or being kissed by Greta Garbo. All of these and more are...


Guided by Divine Love: An Inspiring True Story of a Young Man's Journey Out of the Darkness of Oppression and Discovery of the Inner Light Th

by David K. Haaland

As a Kurd in an increasingly hostile Iraq in the 1970s, David wanted to fulfill his mother's dream for him: To become a U.S. citizen-no small feat given that he was not allowed to leave Iraq. In his own words,...


An Unimaginable Act: Overcoming and Preventing Child Abuse Through Erin's Law

by Erin Merryn

By sharing her personal journey through the pain she has suffered at the hands of her perpetrators, author Erin Merryn proves that one person can make a difference in the lives of others. Simply by speaking...


Running Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to Run

by Alexandra Heminsley

The inspiring, hilarious memoir of a “Bridget Jones-like writer” (The Washington Post) who transforms her life by learning to run, with stories of miserable defeat, complete victory, and learning to choose...


I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

by Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb

A MEMOIR BY THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

"I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday."

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley...


Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident

by Bill Ayers

In this sequel to Fugitive Days, Ayers charts his life after the Weather Underground, when he becomes the GOP’s flaunted “domestic terrorist,” a “public enemy.”

 

Labeled a "domestic terrorist" by...


Beyond the Mountain

by Steve House & Reinhold Messner

What does it take to be one of the world's best high-altitude mountain climbers? A lot of fundraising; traveling in some of the world's most dangerous countries; enduring cold bivouacs, searing lungs, and a...


No Bad Waves: Talking Story with Mickey Munoz

by Yvon Chouinard

Mickey Muñoz has been called the “surfer’s surfer,” and is loved and respected among the cognoscenti for his contributions to surfing and the surfing life for the past 60 years as a surfer, a pioneer of...


Unremarried Widow: A Memoir

by Artis Henderson

“A frank, poignant memoir about an unlikely marriage, a tragic death in Iraq, and the soul-testing work of picking up the pieces” (People) in the tradition of such powerful bestsellers as Joan Didion’s...


Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography

by Richard Rodriguez

An award–winning writer delivers a major reckoning with religion, place, and sexuality in the aftermath of 9/11

Hailed in The Washington Post as “one of the most eloquent and probing public intellectuals...


Call the Pharmacist

by Elizabeth Roddick

Set in Glasgow, Elizabeth Roddick, an NHS award-winning pharmacist, gives a very personal account of her life in and out of her community pharmacy. Starting with her father's struggle as a chemist in 1938, she...


Canton Elegy: A Father's Letter of Sacrifice, Survival, and Enduring Love

by Stephen Lee & Howard Webster

Stephen Lee's grandchildren knew him as a humble grocer. Beneath his humble exterior, however, lay one of the most extraordinary stories of the twentieth century.

 

Lee was born in Canton, China in 1902. As...


Australian Adventure: Letters from an Ambassador's Wife

by Anne Clark

From August 1965 to February 1968, during his period of service in Australia, Ambassador Edward Clark traveled in that country as no other American and probably few Australians ever have. His wife, Anne Clark,...