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On Reading: From "Walden"

by Henry David Thoreau & J. Lyndon Shanley

As the digital age settles on us and the ebook revolution dawns, the question of why we read to begin with is often forgotten. Who better to turn to for guidance on this question than the man who sought refuge...


My Friend Michael: An Ordinary Friendship with an Extraordinary Man

by Frank Cascio

Frank Cascio was a close friend of tragic superstar Michael Jackson for more than twenty-five years. In My Friend Michael, Cascio offers a deeply personal, behind-the-scenes look at the Michael Jackson he knew....


Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughter's Eyes

by Wendy Holden & Deana Martin

Charming, debonair, and impeccably attired in a black tuxedo, Dean Martin was coolness incarnate. His music provided the soundtrack of romance, and his image captivated movie and television audiences for more...


Dear Self: A Year In The Life of A Welfare Mother

by Richelene Mitchell, Susanah I Pittam & Imam Zaid Shakir

Dear Self is the penetrating journal of Richelene Mitchell, a young African American mother of seven struggling to raise her children while wrestling with the burden of poverty, callous public policy, and both...


In the Place of Justice: A Story of Punishment and Deliverance

Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction 2011

by Wilbert Rideau

From Wilbert Rideau, the award-winning journalist who spent forty-four years in Louisiana prisons working against unimaginable odds to redeem himself, the story of a remarkable life: a crime, its punishment,...


Reed All about It

by Tyrel Reed

Of all the wonderful players who have worn the crimson and blue for the University of Kansas basketball program through the years, only one can claim to ge the "winningest" Jayhawk of all-Tyrel Reed. Reed, who...


Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life

by Lisa Chaney

The controversial story of Chanel, the twentieth century's foremost fashion icon.

Revolutionizing women's dress, Gabrielle "Coco'' Chanel was the twentieth century's most influential designer. Her extraordinary...


A Daughter of Han: The Autobiography of a Chinese Working Woman

by Ida Pruitt

This digital edition was derived from ACLS Humanities E-Book's (http://www.humanitiesebook.org) online version of the same title.


The Flight of the Albatross: Voyages with my father, the unsung hero

by Margrethe Alexandroni

My father never talked about his life as the captain of an oil tanker during World War 2.  I was born after the War and his life at sea continued throughout my childhood and into my teens.  The places he visited,...


Along the Bosphorus

by Orhan Pamuk

A Vintage Shorts Travel Selection

 

The Nobel Prize–winning novelist Orhan Pamuk reminisces on growing up on the banks of the mysterious Bosphorus in Istanbul.

 

From the ghostly yalis, splendid waterside...


A Train in Winter

by Caroline Moorehead

In January 1943, 230 women of the French Resistance were sent to the death camps by the Nazis who had invaded and occupied their country. This is their story, told in full for the first time—a searing and...


Hell's Belle: From a B-17 to Stalag 17B; Based on the Memoirs of William E. Rasmussen

by Randall L. Rasmussen

It was December 3, 1943, and American warplanes were on assignment over Nazi Germany. Sergeant William Rasmussen was the ball turret gunner on the Hell's Belle, a B-17 heavy bomber. During one of its missions,...


Stormjammers

by Robert Stanek

FROM THE AWARD-WINNING, BESTSELLING AUTHOR! "Hard to put down....It is impossible not to share the relief and pride of the individual crew members..." (The Journal of Electronic Defense) When the U.S. went to...


Blood Makes the Grass Grow Green: A Year in the Desert with Team America

by Johnny Rico

Outrageous, hilarious, and absolutely candid, Blood Makes the Grass Grow Green is Johnny Rico’s firsthand account of fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, a memoir that also reveals the universal truths about...


My Song: A Memoir

by Harry Belafonte & Michael Shnayerson

Harry Belafonte is not just one of the greatest entertainers of our time; he has led one of the great American lives of the last century. Now, this extraordinary icon tells us the story of that life, giving...


Drinking with Strangers: Music Lessons from a Teenage Bullet Belt

by Butch Walker & Matt Diehl

Rolling Stone magazine called Butch Walker one of “America’s best singer-songwriters” and voted him a “Producer of the Year.” An American music industry giant, Walker has worked with some of today’s...


We Are All Stardust: Scientists Who Shaped Our World Talk about Their Work, Their Lives, and What They Still Want to Know

by Stefan Klein & Ross Benjamin

World-leading natural and social scientists shed light on their discoveries and lives in conversation with an award-winning science writer

When acclaimed science writer Stefan Klein asks Nobel Prize– winning...


Gratitude

by Oliver Sacks

“My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been given much and I have given something in return. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful...


Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology

by Leah Remini & Rebecca Paley

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching...


Boys in the Trees

by Carly Simon

Simon's memoir reveals her remarkable life, beginning with her storied childhood as the third daughter of Richard L. Simon, the co-founder of publishing giant Simon & Schuster, her musical debut as half of The...