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My Special Force: The Warrior Who Taught Me the Meaning of Life and Love

by Heather Means

The heartbreaking but inspiring memoir of a young widow and the green beret soldier whose love for her defied geography.


Still Writing: The Pleasures and Perils of a Creative Life

by Dani Shapiro

“Everything I know about life, I learned from the daily practice of sitting down to write.”

From the best-selling author of Devotion and Slow Motion comes a witty, heartfelt, and practical look at the exhilarating...


My Crazy Century: A Memoir

by Ivan Klima & Craig Cravens

In his intimate autobiography, spanning six decades that included war, totalitarianism, censorship, and the fight for democracy, acclaimed Czech writer Ivan Klíma reflects back on his remarkable life and this...


Hitler's Valkyrie: The Uncensored Biography of Unity Mitford

by David R L Litchfield

The remarkable and much-loved Mitford family has remained largely unrepentant concerning theirs and particularly Unity's enthusiastic support of Hitler, the Nazis, Oswald Mosley and British fascism. But having...


The Real Brass Ring: Change Your Life Course Now

by Dianne Bischoff James

What Do I Do Now? The Secrets of a Midlife Reboot 

The Real Brass Ring takes The Secret on a high-speed road test in a tale of midlife transformation in the real, flesh-and-blood world of contemporary Chicago....


Onward and Upward: Reflections of a Joyful Life

by Michael

By always testing the limits, a young Michael had a yearning to understand "the secret of life" and began to "see things worth seeing." During the turbulent '60's in San Francisco he makes his first films exploring...


Starting At Zero: His Own Story

by Jimi Hendrix

It took just four years in the spotlight for Jimi Hendrix to become an international cultural icon. The sheer impact and originality of his music and his unique mastery of the guitar placed him forever amongst...


John Wayne: The Man Behind the Myth

by Michael Munn

No legend ever walked taller than Hollywood icon John Wayne. Now, author Michael Munn's startling new biography sets the record straight on why Wayne didn't serve in World War II, on director John Ford's contribution...


Kick the Balls: A Bruising Season in the Life of a Suburban Soccer Coach

by Alan Black

A "hilarious and utterly irreverent tale" (Irvine Welsh) of a year in the life of an abrasive pee-wee soccer coach

Growing up in Scotland, Alan Black learned that soccer was no mere game; it was a matter of...


Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion

by Anne Somerset

She ascended the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1702, at age thirty-seven, Britain’s last Stuart monarch, and five years later united two of her realms, England and Scotland, as a sovereign state,...


Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

by Harriet Jacobs & Nell Painter

A haunting, evocative recounting of her life as a slave in North Carolina and of her final escape and emancipation, Harriet Jacobs's classic narrative, written between 1853 and 1858 and published pseduonymously...


Washington: A Life

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2011

by Ron Chernow

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

Celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation and the first president of the United States. With a breadth and...


The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography

by Tetsu Saiwai

A new way of getting to know one of the world's most beloved spiritual leaders.

Featuring a charmingly illustrated format that will appeal to readers of all ages, this unique biography is an ideal introduction...


Corked: A Memoir

by Kathryn Borel Jr

Meet Kathryn Borel, absurd bon vivant and daughter of duty. Now meet her father, Philippe, former chef, eccentric genius, and wine aficionado extraordinaire. Kathryn is like her father in every way but one:...


You're Old, I'm Old . . . Get Used to It!: Twenty Reasons Why Growing Old Is Great

by Virginia Ironside

It's time to stop hiding that birth certificate!

Virginia Ironside wants you to know that getting old is a good thing-and not in that dreadful "sixty is the new forty" way. At sixty- five, she has no interest...


The Heart of the World: A Journey to Tibet's Lost Paradise

by Ian Baker & Dalai Lama

The myth of Shangri-la originates in Tibetan Buddhist beliefs in beyul, or hidden lands, sacred sanctuaries that reveal themselves to devout pilgrims and in times of crisis. The more remote and inaccessible...


The Secret Scripture: A Novel

Irish Book Award for Best Novel 2009, James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction 2008

by Sebastian Barry

An epic story of family, love, and unavoidable tragedy from the two-time Man Booker Prize finalist

Sebastian Barry 's novels have been hugely admired by readers and critics, and in 2005 his novel A Long Long...


Oh the Glory of It All

by Sean Wilsey

"In the beginning we were happy. And we were always excessive. So in the beginning we were happy to excess." With these opening lines Sean Wilsey takes us on an exhilarating tour of life in the strangest, wealthiest,...


Secret Daughter: A Mixed-Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away

by June Cross

June Cross was born in 1954 to Norma Booth, a glamorous, aspiring white actress, and James “Stump” Cross, a well-known black comedian. Sent by her mother to be raised by black friends when she was four years...


The Cracker Queen: A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life

by Lauretta Hannon

A poignant memoir of life on the wrong side of the tracks-which was a SIBA bestseller in hardcover-with a colorful cast of misfits, plenty of belly laughs, and lessons for finding joy in spite of hardship ...