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What I've Learned from You: The Lessons of Life Taught to a Doctor by His Patients

by Scott Kelly, Paul McCarthy & Karen Minster

What I've Learned from You is the story of the lessons of life taught to a doctor by his patients. It takes us on a journey from an inner-city trauma center to the bedside of a dying cancer patient. It explores...


Over the Bridge: An Essay in Autobiography

by Richard Church

Over the Bridge, the first volume of Richard Church's personal essays, originally published in 1955, takes the reader through the poet's Edwardian childhood adventures. With his detailed descriptions and insightful...


From Dunbar to Destiny: One Woman's Journey Through Desegregation and Beyond

by Shirley R. Sprinkles

This book chronicles the life of a black woman who was raised in Tucson, Arizona during the 1940's and early 1950's when public schools, public accommodations, as well as most other public entities, were racially...


Yoga Girl

by Rachel Brathen

By the yoga instructor who inspires more than one million followers on Instagram every day.

Whether she’s practicing handstands on her stand-up paddleboard or teaching Downward-Facing Dog to the masses, Rachel...


What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir

by Abigail Thomas

From the bestselling author of A Three Dog Life, which “shines with honest intelligence” (Elizabeth Gilbert): a fresh, exhilarating, superbly written memoir about aging, family, creativity, tragedy, friendship,...


Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer's Search for Wonder in the Natural World

by Leigh Ann Henion

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of The Signature of All Things and Eat, Pray, Love

“What a cool and fascinating ride. Leigh Ann Henion has tackled one of the great questions of contemporary, intelligent, adventurous...


Off the Radar: A Father's Secret, a Mother's Heroism, and a Son's Quest

by Cyrus Copeland

A spy story, a mystery, a father-son heartbreaker: Cyrus Copeland seeks the truth about his father, an American executive arrested in Iran for spying at the time of the 1979 hostage crisis, then put on trial...


Around the World in 50 Years

by Albert Podell

This is the inspiring story of an ordinary guy who achieved two great goals that others had told him were impossible. First, he set a record for the longest automobile journey ever made around the world, during...


All Who Go Do Not Return

by Shulem Deen

A moving and revealing exploration of ultra-Orthodox Judaism and one man's loss of faith

Shulem Deen was raised to believe that questions are dangerous. As a member of the Skverers, one of the most insular Hasidic...


The Courage To Change

by Angela Mayah Solstice

When I look back on my life I can see how I have always been trying to change it. I've always tried to do the right thing but always seemed to find myself in a place of emergency, chaos, and heartbreak. Life...


Gathering Carrageen

by Monica Connell

As a child, growing up in Belfast in the 1950’s, Monica Connell spent the summer holidays in Donegal.  In the 1990’s, by now an anthropologist and author, she returned to Donegal with her husband.  Gathering...


Leap

by Terry Tempest Williams

With Leap, Terry Tempest Williams, award-winning author of Refuge, offers a sustained meditation on passion, faith, and creativity-based upon her transcendental encounter with Hieronymus Bosch's medieval...


The Wild Oats Project

by Robin Rinaldi

What if for just one year you let desire call the shots?

The project was simple: Robin Rinaldi, a successful magazine journalist, would move into a San Francisco apartment, join a dating site, and get laid. Never...


The Art of the Pimp: One Man's Search for Love, Sex, and Money

by Dennis Hof, Pablo F. Fenjves & Robert Grossman

Dennis Hof, proprietor of the world-famous Moonlite BunnyRanch brothel and the P.T. Barnum of prostitution, charts his path to fame and infamy, while dispensing homespun wisdom about sex, sales, money, and how...


Banishing the Boogieman: Politic is personal

by Jill Marion Parris

Suddenly Peter grabbed center stage. This memory is vivid. My parents went out for dinner. I sat cross-legged on the couch doing homework, playing an Elvis Presley record. I looked at him, now twelve years....


Rocks in the Water, Rocks in the Sun: A Memoir from the Heart of Haiti

by Vilmond Joegodson Déralciné & Paul Jackson

When Joegodson Déralciné was still a small child, his parents left rural Haiti to resettle in the rapidly growing zones of Port-au-Prince. As his family entered the city in 1986, Duvalier and his dictatorship...


The Big Swim: Coming Ashore in a World Adrift

by Carrie Saxifrage

Humorous, touching, and thought-provoking—how the climate crisis changed one woman's life.


Open Looks: My Life in Basketball

by John Saker

In this candid and beautifully written memoir, New Zealand Tall Black John Saker tells of his lifetime love affair with America’s game, how it changed his life, and the head-spinning moments when the sport...


American Ghost

by Hannah Nordhaus

In this spellbinding exploration of myth, family history, and the American West, the award-winning journalist and author of The Beekeeper's Lament seeks to uncover the truth about her great-great-grandmother...


Recapitulations

by Vincent Crapanzano

A distinguished anthropologist tells his life story as a wistful novelist would, watching himself as if he were someone else

This memoir recaptures meaningful moments from the author’s life: as his childhood...