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More Cock-Eyed Optimism

by Nigel Quiney

This frank and honest memoir follows the life of Nigel Quiney aged twenty-one returning to London from the USA. He re-joins the family business of paper importers Ridley Quiney & Co. and leaves home. The new...


Jumping into the Parade: The Leap of Faith That Made My Broken Life Worth Living

by Tim Brown

On the outside, it looked like Tim Brown was living the American Dream.

After overcoming a difficult childhood in a dysfunctional family rife with drugs and alcohol, he became a millionaire by age 30 and had...


Finding Zoe: A Deaf Woman's Story of Identity, Love, and Adoption

by Gail Harris, Brandi Rarus & Marlee Matlin

At just a few months old, Zoe was gradually losing her hearing. Her adoptive parents loved her—yet agonized—feeling they couldn’t handle raising a Deaf child. Would Zoe go back into the welfare system and...


On That Day I Left My Boyhood Behind

by Woodcock Norman & Burnett Susan

1914. At 17, Norman Woodcock is called up and leaves the warmth and comfort of the family bakery in Leeds with little more than the uniform on his back. 1919. He returns having witnessed unspeakable horrors,...


1969 and Then Some: A Memoir of Romance, Motorcycles, and Lingering Flashbacks of a Golden Age

by Robert Wintner

The year when everything needed to be experienced and tried, when innocence was tempted, played, and lost.

1969 was that pivotal year for the baby boomers. Young and innocent, they were given the ultimate freedoms...


Don't Be Afraid of the Bullets: An Accidental War Correspondent in Yemen

by Laura Kasinof

Laura Kasinof studied Arabic in college and moved to Yemen a few years later—after a friend at a late-night party in Washington, DC, recommended the country as a good place to work as a freelance journalist....


Free to Fly

by Evelyn M Douglas

What do you do when a loved one has committed corporate fraud? How do you manage when your life-partner is jailed? Free to Fly is one woman's account of how she dealt with this major life challenge. An announcement...


An Accidental Sportswriter: A Memoir

by Robert Lipsyte

A longtime sports columnist for the New York Times interweaves stories from his life and the events he covered to explore the relationships between the games we play and the lives we lead

Growing up, Robert Lipsyte...


The Lodge Women, Their Men and Their Times

by Emily Lodge

From the earliest days of the American colonies, through the Gilded Age, to the late 20th century, The Lodge Women traces a line of the family's remarkable history that is at once intensely personal, political...


Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag

by Sigrid Nunez

A poignant, intimate memoir of one of America's most esteemed and fascinating cultural figures, and a deeply felt tribute.

Sigrid Nunez was an aspiring writer when she first met Susan Sontag, already a legendary...


Stories from Forest and Steppe: The Country Life of the Russian Countess

by Edith Sollohub

"My breath freezes into hoar frost on my eyelashes and eyebrows … but I dare not move; to stand still is the first rule the huntsman learns, for the game has sharper eyes than man and it may be watching you...


Cardboard Ocean

by Mike McCardell

Bestselling author and TV personality Mike McCardell, known for his humorous and touching portraits of ordinary BC lives, turns a new page and crafts a bittersweet memoir of his own hardscrabble childhood in...


Am I Getting Paid for This?: Memoir of A Career Girl

by Betty Rollin

When Betty Rollin graduated from college in the late 1950s, she couldn’t find a husband and she didn’t want to be a secretary. So, in the days before women’s liberation, she started a career—or, as she...


Michael Faraday

by Walter Jerrold

"Tyndall, I must remain plain Michael Faraday to the last." In these words, with which he replied to Professor Tyndall's urgent appeal to him to accept the Presidency of the Royal Society, we have a key-note...


Where Have I Been All My Life?: A Journey Toward Love and Wholeness

by Cheryl Rice

Where Have I Been All My Life? is a compelling memoir recounting one woman's journey through grief and a profound feeling of unworthiness to wholeness and healing. It begins with the chillingly sudden death...


Winter Run

by Robert Ashcom

There are certain special-and rare- books that refresh our understanding of how children see the world. This is one of those books. It's the story of a boy growing up in a lost time in an idyllic place-rural...


Solo: My Adventures in the Air

by Clyde Edgerton

When Clyde Edgerton was four years old, his mother took him to the local airport to see the planes. For Edgerton, it was love at first sight. Eighteen years later, she would take him to the same airport to...


The Lady in the Palazzo: An Umbrian Love Story

by Marlena deBlasi

Marlena di Blasi seduced readers to fall in love with Venice, then Tuscany, with her popular and critically acclaimed books A Thousand Days in Venice and A Thousand Days in Tuscany. Now she takes readers on...


The End of the World as We Know It: Scenes from a Life

by Robert Goolrick

It was the 1950s, a time of calm, a time when all things were new and everything seemed possible. A few years before, a noble war had been won, and now life had returned to normal.

For one little boy, however,...


A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected Romance

by Marlena deBlasi

Fernando first sees Marlena across the Piazza San Marco and falls in love from afar. When he sees her again in a Venice café a year later, he knows it is fate. He knows little English; she, a divorced American...