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Asylum: Hollywood Tales from My Great Depression: Brain Dis-Ease, Recovery, and Being My Mother's Son

by Joe Pantoliano

In this deeply moving and resourceful memoir, the beloved actor and New York Times bestselling author takes aim at the stigma attached to mental illness by writing candidly and humorously about his own struggle...


Another Country, Another Life: Calumny, Love, and the Secrets of Isaac Jelfs

by J. Patrick Boyer

Quiet Isaac Jelfs led many hard lives, his escape from each wrapped in deep secrecy. In 1869 he reached Toronto and started his new life with his new wife and his new name. His great-grandson follows that journey,...


Brando: Songs My Mother Taught Me

by Marlon Brando

An honest, revealing self-portrait by the critically acclaimed, fiercely independent actor, discusses his early life, career, world travels, social activism, and profiles of friends, lovers, and professional...


Cold Comfort: Growing Up Cold War

by Gil McElroy

Photographs and text add to the scant documentation of building Canada's DEW Line, the northern defense network of the 1950s.


Then We Were One: Fragments of Two Lives

by Fred A. Reed

This literary translator brings us a finely wrought autobiography that arcs from southern California through Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Canada.


Robert Duncan in San Francisco

by Michael Rumaker

A revealing portrait of a major poet of the SF Renaissance and a gripping account of late ’50s gay life.


The Portal: An Initiate's Journey into the Secret of Rennes-le-Château

by Patrice Chaplin

The true-life memoir Patrice Chaplin began in City of Secrets continues here in the story of her spiritual initiation into the Kabbalistic tradition preserved since the Middle Ages by a secret society in the...


Alice Paul: Equality for Women

by Christine Lunardini

An engaging, accessible introduction to Alice Paul’s struggle for female equality and the dominant role she played in the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote


Working Class Mystic: A Spiritual Biography of George Harrison

by Gary Tillery

John Lennon called himself a working class hero. George Harrison was a working class mystic. Born in Liverpool as the son of a bus conductor and a shop assistant, for the first six years of his life he lived...


Sojourns of the Soul: One Woman's Journey Around the World and into Her Truth

by Dana Micucci

Sojourns of the Soul differs from other inspirational travel books by providing a rare mix of in-depth wisdom and literary insights from the holistic view of one experienced female traveler. Dana Micucci gives...


House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer's Journey Home

by Mark Richard

In this otherworldly memoir of extraordinary power, Mark Richard, an award-winning author, tells his story of growing up in the American South with a heady Gothic mix of racial tension and religious fervor.

 ...


One Family's Journey: Canfor and the Transformation of British Columbia's Forest Industry

by Peter Bentley

Peter Bentley recounts the exciting journey shared with his esteemed father, Leopold "Poldi" Bentley, and his uncle in the building of a major forest products company.

Bentley has a unique perspective on the...


Winning: From Walk-On to Captain, in Football and Life

by Gary Brackett & Tony Dungy

Framed within the frenzy leading up to a Super Bowl, Gary Brackett flashes back to the defining moments and lessons in his journey leading to the threshold of a championship season. With his heart metaphorically...


Marcel Pronovost: A Life in Hockey

by Marcel Pronovost & Bob Duff

A biography of the 8-time Stanley Cup Champion and NHL Hall of Famer Marcel Pronovost.


Heart of a Tiger: Growing up with My Grandfather, Ty Cobb

by Herschel Cobb

Herschel Cobb’s moving account of his relationship with his legendary grandfather reveals a side of Ty Cobb that few people ever saw, that of loving nurturer. A baseball icon and arguably the best player who...


Born in Jerusalem, Born Palestinian: A Memoir

by Jacob Nammar

A poignant memoir of an eye witness of a major historical event in Jerusalem

When Jacob Nammar was a young boy growing up in Harret al-Nammareh, his family, his friends, and the streets of his West Jerusalem...


City of Soldiers: A Year of Life, Death, and Survival in Afghanistan

by Kate Fearon

A deeply affecting memoir and a unique contribution to our understanding of Afghanistan

Behind the headlines, the strategies, the surges, what is life really like in Afghanistan? What is it like to live and work...


A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher

by Sue Halpern

A layabout mutt turned therapy dog leads her owner to a new understanding of the good life.

At loose ends with her daughter leaving home and her husband on the road, Sue Halpern decided to give herself and Pransky,...


Personal History

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1998

by Katharine Graham

Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

An extraordinarily frank, honest, and generous book by one of America's most famous and admired women, Personal History is, as its title suggests, a book composed...


The Foremost Good Fortune

by Susan Conley

Susan Conley, her husband, and their two young sons say good-bye to their friends, family, and house in Maine for a two-year stint in a high-rise apartment in Beijing, prepared to embrace the inevitable onslaught...