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Rebel Private Front and Rear

by William Andrew Fletcher & Bell Irvin Wiley

Rebel Private Front and Rear is a line soldier's account of the Civil War without heroics. Private Fletcher tells how at Gettysburg he was overcome by a "bad case of cowardly horror" when an order came on the...


Sometimes You Have to Bite the Dog: One Father's Journey. One year with my daughter.

by Sam Coleman

A new father's experiences of the first year of raising a child. A year of tears, laughter, life and beauty.


My Brother My Sister: Story of a Transformation

by Molly Haskell

A feminist film critic’s thoughtful, outspoken memoir about transgender and family

On a visit to New York, the brother of well-known film critic Molly Haskell dropped a bombshell: Nearing age sixty, and married,...


Indiestructible: Inspiring Stories from the Publishing Jungle

by Jessica Bell

Need motivation and inspiration to self-publish or sign that contract with an interested small press? Have you done all the research you can, but still feel ambivalent about the idea? Indiestructible: Inspiring...


Lost in North America: The Imaginary Canadian in the American Dream

by John Gray

A personal, idiosyncratic tour of the collective work of art we call Canada.


Mestengo: A Wild Mustang, a Writer on the Run, and the Power of the Unexpected

by Melinda Roth

Exhausted by her job as a political press secretary, Melinda Roth found the courage to escape. Her goal: a simpler life in rural Illinois that would let her pursue her passion for writing. But then real life...


The Moth

by Catherine Burns, George Dawes Green & Adam Gopnik

For the first time in print, celebrated storytelling phenomenon The Moth presents fifty spellbinding, soul-bearing stories selected from their extensive archive (fifteen-plus years and 10,000-plus stories strong)....


Writing from Left to Right: My Journey from Liberal to Conservative

by Michael Novak

“In heavy seas, to stay on course it is indispensable to lean hard left at times, then hard right. The important thing is to have the courage to follow your intellect. Wherever the evidence leads. To the left...


One Doctor: Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine

by Brendan Reilly

An epic story told by a unique voice in American medicine, One Doctor describes life-changing experiences in the career of a distinguished physician.

An epic story told by a unique voice in Ameri­can medicine,...


Finding Lina: A Mother's Journey from Autism to Hope

by Helena Hjalmarsson

Lina was a precocious toddler—charming, chatty, joyful. At the age of three, in the aftermath of her second MMR vaccine, first came a seizure, and then, to her parents’ horror, the loss of Lina’s ability...


The Geography of Memory: A Pilgrimage Through Alzheimer's

by Jeanne Murray Walker

Award-winning poet Jeanne Murray Walker tells an extraordinarily wise, witty, and quietly wrenching tale of her mother's long passage into dementia. This powerful story explores parental love, profound grief,...


Daughter of Empire: My Life as a Mountbatten

by Pamela Hicks

This magical memoir about a singular childhood in England and India by the daughter of Lord Louis and Edwina Mountbatten provides a privileged glimpse into the lives and loves of some of the twentieth century’s...


Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son

by Lori Duron, David Burtka & Neil Patrick Harris

Raising My Rainbow is Lori Duron’s frank, heartfelt, and brutally funny account of her and her family's adventures of distress and happiness raising a gender-creative son. Whereas her older son, Chase, is...


Soldier for a Summer: One Man's Journey from Dublin to the Frontline of the Libyan Uprising

by Housam Najjair

Housam 'Sam' Najjair was born in Dublin to an Irish mother and a Libyan father. In June 2011, as his father's home country was being torn apart by civil war, he left Ireland on a one-way ticket to Tunisia, crossing...


I've Got Cancer, What's Your Excuse?: A Journey Through Black Dog Days, the Big C and Laughter

by Anne Gildea

Call it a mid-life crisis, but you reach a point where nothing makes sense anymore. Not the goals you set yourself, the years focussed on trying to achieve them, what was let go, what was gained along the way....


Growing Up So High: A Liberties Boyhood

by Sean O'Connor

Seán O'Connor was born in Francis Street, in the Liberties of Dublin, a neighbourhood famous over the centuries for the sturdy independence of its people.

Now, in this evocative and affectionate book, he recollects...


Lasting City: The Anatomy of Nostalgia

by James Mccourt

The darkly intense Irish-American family drama come alive like never before in this "virtuosic meta-memoir" (Publishers Weekly, starred review). “The blood-red of Manhattan, the brilliant green of an Irish-American...


ADHD According to Zoe: The Real Deal on Relationships, Finding Your Focus, and Finding Your Keys

by Zoë|Quinn, Patricia O. Kessler

In this unique and engaging memoir, journalist and popular blogger Zoë Kessler shares her own story of being diagnosed with ADHD in her late 40s. Throughout the book she offers readers key coping skills based...


Memoir of a Murder

by Jill James

Memoir of a Murder vividly explores the damaging long-term effects of years of sexual abuse suffered by James at the hands of her father, a man she believes could have been a serial killer. Recovering from total...


Against the Wind

by J A O'Brien

Set in Dublin during the years of the Second World War and in England during the postwar years of the 1950s and 1960s Against the Wind is a lively and compelling memoir. It is the story of a young man of independent...