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A Long Way Gone

by Ishmael Beah

My new friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life.

"Why did you leave Sierra Leone?"

"Because there is a war."

"You mean, you saw people running around with guns and shooting each...


Life and Adventures 1776-1801: Text Classics

by John Nicol & Tim Flannery

First published in 1822, this is the extraordinary story of John Nicol, a sailor who circled the globe twice, fought Napoleon's navy, was in Hawaii just after Cook's death, and went to Port Jackson on a Second...


January First: A Child's Descent into Madness and Her Father's Struggle to Save Her

by Michael Schofield

Michael Schofield’s daughter January is at the mercy of her imaginary friends, except they aren’t the imaginary friends that most young children have; they are hallucinations. And January is caught in the...


To Heaven and Back: A Doctor's Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again: A True Story

by Mary C. Md Neal

A kayak accident during a South American adventure takes one woman to heaven — where she experienced God’s peace, joy, and angels — and back to life again.

 

 

In 1999 in the Los Rios region of southern...


Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet

by Heather Poole

Real-life flight attendant Heather Poole has written a charming and funny insider’s account of life and work in the not-always-friendly skies. Cruising Attitude is a Coffee, Tea, or Me? for the 21st century,...


A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells' Story of Survival

by Julie Hedgepeth Williams

Historian Julie Williams grew up hearing her great-uncle Albert Caldwell tell his harrowing story of surviving the Titanic disaster. Albert, his wife Sylvia, and their ten-month-old son Alden, are among the...


Life Is Not a Reality Show: Keeping It Real with the Housewife Who Does It All

by Kyle Richards

In Life Is Not a Reality Show, breakout star of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Kyle Richards reveals everything she’s learned about succeeding without getting stuck up, with insights into everything...


Diary of a Player: How My Musical Heroes Made a Guitar Man Out of Me

by Brad Paisley & David Wild

Country music star Brad Paisley salutes others in the music world in this funny, personal, and fascinating portrait of what it’s like to be country’s leading guitar hero.

The Story of a Life with Strings...


Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

by Nelson Mandela

The book that inspired the major new motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to...


Rocket Boys

by Homer Hickam

The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir that inspired the film October Sky, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir--a powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the dawn of the 1960s, of a mother's love...


From This Moment On

by Shania Twain

Now in paperback from superstar Shania Twain, a poignant, heartfelt, and beautifully told account of her hard-scrabble childhood, rise to worldwide fame, and recent personal tragedies.

The world may know Shania...


Return from Tomorrow

by George G. Ritchie

In this bestselling life-after-death story, George Ritchie tells of his transforming encounter with the Son of God, who led him to encounters with other nonphysical beings at the very doorway of eternity.


The Pact

by Sampson Davis & George Jenkins

Chosen by Essence to be among the forty most influential African Americans, the three doctors grew up in the streets of Newark, facing city life’s temptations, pitfalls, even jail. But one day these three...


True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself

by Janet Jackson, David Ritz & Karen Hunter

ONE OF THE GREATEST ENTERTAINERS OF OUR TIME CANDIDLY REVEALS HER VERY PERSONAL STRUGGLE WITH AN ISSUE SO MANY OF US FACE EVERY DAY: SELF-ESTEEM

Janet Jackson emerged from the shadows of an already famous family...


The Adventures of Pilot Officer Pratt.: A sort of autobiography. Episode 1

by Peter Pratt

Peter Pratt is a normal lad. He has no direction in life, is a mediocre achiever and has no real plan as to the way forward. He is in his late teens and, on a whim, visits a Royal Air Force recruitment office...


Mustaine

by Dave Mustaine & Joe Layden

From his early, crazy days as a founding member of Metallica, Dave Mustaine has seen and experienced everything in the world of rock n’ roll. From his young triumphs and ignominious ouster from the band for...


The Bedwetter

by Sarah Silverman

From the outrageously filthy and oddly innocent comedienne and star of the powerful 2015 film I Smile Back Sarah Silverman comes a memoir—her first book—that is at once shockingly personal, surprisingly...


American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

by Craig Ferguson

In his memoir American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson, host of The Late, Late Show, traces his journey from working-class Glasgow to the comedic limelight of Hollywood and American citizenship. Moving and achingly...


The Master of Disguise

by Antonio J. Mendez

From the author of Argo comes an unforgettable behind-the-scenes story of espionage in action. In the first ever memoir by a top-level operative to be authorized by the CIA, Antonio J. Mendez reveals the cunning...


The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1980

by Edmund Morris

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time

Thirty years ago, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

Although Theodore...