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Paikin and the Premiers: Personal Reflections on a Half-Century of Ontario Leaders

by Steve Paikin

A rare, uniform perspective on premiers John Robarts, Bill Davis, Frank Miller, David Peterson, Bob Rae, Mike Harris, Ernie Eves, Dalton McGuinty, and Kathleen Wynne from the vantage point of one of Canada's...


Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography

by Richard Rodriguez

An award-winning writer delivers a major reckoning with religion, place, and sexuality in the aftermath of 9/11

Hailed in The Washington Post as "one of the most eloquent and probing public intellectuals in...


In My Shoes: A Memoir

by Tamara Mellon & William Patrick

When Tamara Mellon's father lent her the seed money to start a high-end shoe company, he cautioned her: "Don't let the accountants run your business." Little did he know. Over the next fifteen years, the struggle...


She's the Boss: The Disturbing Truth About Nancy Pelosi

by Rochelle Schweizer

Why Is Nancy Pelosi the Most Dangerous Woman in America?

Most people see Pelosi exactly the way she wants them to: a cultured San Franciscan politician from an esteemed family. But underneath the Chanel suit...


Under the Bridge Backwards: My Marriage, My Family, and Alzheimer's

by Barbara Blanch Roy

A human story of a marriage and a family coming to terms with frailty and loss, this memoir gives friends and others who want to help a caregiver what they have long wished for: a place to start. Barbara Roy...


Losing My Cool: Love, Literature, and a Black Man's Escape from the Crowd

by Thomas Chatterton Williams

"A provocative, intellectual memoir" (USA Today)-from a remarkable new literary voice.

Growing up, Thomas Chatterton Williams knew he loved three things in life: his parents, literature, and the intoxicating...


Rolling Away the Stone: Mary Baker Eddy's Challenge to Materialism

by Stephen Gottschalk

This richly detailed study highlights the last two decades of the life of Mary Baker Eddy, a prominent religious thinker whose character and achievement are just beginning to be understood. It is the first book-length...


Composed: A Memoir

by Rosanne Cash

"One of the best accounts of an American life you'll likely ever read." -Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune

As moving, disarming, and elusive as one of her classic songs, Composed is Rosanne Cash's testament to...


Preemptive Love: Pursuing Peace One Heart at a Time

by Jeremy Courtney

A personal account of the Courtney family and the Preemptive Love Coalition, as they help children obtain lifesaving surgeries in Iraq using one simple but powerful tool: a love that strikes first.

In the middle...


The Investigator: Fifty Years of Uncovering the Truth

by Terry Lenzner

The Los Angeles Times once called investigative lawyer Terry Lenzner "one of the most powerful and dreaded private investigators in the world." In his fifty-year career, Lenzner has worked with politicians,...


Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One

by Zev Chafets

"Chafets has seen more of the pundit's personal world than any other journalist." -The Washington Post

People tend to remember the moment they first heard The Rush Limbaugh Show on the radio. For Zev Chafets,...


Some Girls: My Life in a Harem

by Jillian Lauren

A jaw-dropping story of how a girl from the suburbs ends up in a prince's harem, and emerges from the secret Xanadu both richer and wiser

At eighteen, Jillian Lauren was an NYU theater school dropout with a...


Rat Girl: A Memoir

by Kristin Hersh

The founder of a cult rock band shares her outrageous tale of growing up much faster than planned.

In 1985, Kristin Hersh was just starting to find her place in the world. After leaving home at the age of...


Are You My Guru?: How Medicine, Meditation & Madonna Saved My Life

by Wendy Shanker

Read Wendy Shanker's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community.

From the author of The Fat Girl's Guide to Life—an insightful and humorous memoir of one woman's quest to navigate the world of alternative...


Meetings: Autobiographical Fragments

by Martin Buber

Meetings sets forth the life of one of the twentieth-century's greatest spiritual philosophers in his own words. A glittering series of reflections and narratives, it seeks not to describe his life in its full...


What We Have: A Memoir

by Amy Boesky

An inspiring true story of the women in one family and their fight against cancer that Patricia Wood, author of Lottery, calls "utterly breathtaking".

At thirty-two, Amy Boesky had it all: a wonderful new...


War, Through the Eyes of a Child

by Violet Apted

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Imagine if you will, living through World War II in England. The times were traumatic and terrifying. Now imagine that you are seeing the war Through the Eyes of a Child.

Author Violet Apted describes...


The Goddess of War: A True Story of Passion, Betrayal and Murder in the Old West

by Dennis McCown

John Wesley Hardin is the most famous gunfighter of the American Wild West. The subject of conversations from the Mexican border to the rowdy saloons of Kansas, he was the greatest celebrity of the age. He wrote...


Chief Complaint: Brain Tumor

by John Kerastas

At 57 years old, John Kerastas thought he was the poster child for fifty-year old healthiness: he competed in triathlons, rode in 100 mile biking events and ate a healthy diet chock full of organic vegetables....


Fury: True Tales of a Good Girl Gone Ballistic

by Koren Zailckas

The author of the New York Times bestseller Smashed "puts a voice to a generation with their own issues with rage" (San Francisco Book Review)

Written when she was just twenty-three, Koren Zailckas's memoir Smashed:...