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The Boxer's Heart: A Woman Fighting

by Kate Sekules

One woman moves to New York and falls in love . . . with a violent sport.

Published to coincide with the first Olympic event for women's boxing, The Boxer's Heart is a brilliantly candid memoir of the world...


Journal of an Ordinary Grief

by Mahmoud Darwish & Ibrahim Muhawi

"Every beautiful poem is an act of resistance," asserts Darwish. Both voice of the Palestinian people and one of the most transcendent poets of his generation, Mahmoud Darwish also wrote several remarkable volumes...


Book of My Mother

by Albert Cohen & Bella Cohen

Shortly after Albert Cohen left France for London to escape the Nazis, he received news of his mother’s death in Marseille. Unable to mourn her, he expressed his grief in a series of moving pieces for La...


Heart Warriors: A Family Faces Congenital Heart Disease

by Amanda Adams

A family conquers grief and lost expectations raising their son born with half a heart, while navigating complex medical challenges.


And No Birds Sang

by Farley Mowat

Turned away from the Royal Canadian Air Force for his apparent youth and frailty, Farley Mowat joined the infantry in 1940. The young second lieutenant soon earned the trust of the soldiers under his command,...


Francois Fenelon A Biography

by Peter Gorday

Discover the wisdom of this controversial theologian whose counsel and meditations have found a wide audience for more than three centuries.


Riding Fury Home: A Memoir

by Chana Wilson

In 1958, when Chana Wilson was seven, her mother attempted suicide, holding a rifle to her own head and pulling the trigger. The gun jammed and she was taken away to a mental hospital. On her return, Chana became...


Cures for Hunger

by Deni Béchard

“As the motor’s vibrations cradled me, I tried to envision my life. I saw the red lines of highways on the map, stretched between cities like threads of torn cloth. I imagined a book that could hold it all...


Audition

by Barbara Walters

Young people starting out in television sometimes say to me: “I want to be you.” My stock reply is always: “Then you have to take the whole package.”

And now, at last, the most important woman in the...


Jack Nicholson: The Early Years

by Robert Crane & Christopher Fryer

Originally published as Jack Nicholson: Face to Face in 1975, Jack Nicholson: The Early Years is the first book written about the enigmatic star and the only one to have Nicholson's participation. In 1975 Nicholson...


A Life with Karol: My Forty-Year Friendship with the Man Who Became Pope

by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz

This intimate, affectionate portrait of Pope John Paul II by his longtime secretary and confidant reveals fascinating new details about the opinions, hopes, fears, and dramatic life of this public man.

“I had...


Guts: Combat, Hell-raising, Cancer, Business Start-ups, and Undying Love: One American Guy's Reckless, Lucky Life

by Robert Nylen

“This is a memoir: a package of boasts, false modesty, flawed memories, dropped names, outright errors, and embarrassing disclosures that I think are pretty neat–but may appall you, if you’re squeamish...


The Other Side: Growing up Italian in America

by Vincent Panella

The Other Side is a sensitive, candid portrait of an immigrant culture from a third-generation perspective. Vincent Panella portrays his family in Italian villages and American neighborhoods, and what emerges...


Encore Performance (with embedded videos): How One Woman's Passion Helped a Town Tap Into Happiness

by Vicki G Riordan

The inspiring true story of a woman who learned that it’s never too late to live the life you want

As a young girl growing up in the 1950s in central Pennsylvania, Vicki Grubic Riordan idolized stars like...


Never Say Never: Finding a Life That Fits

by Ricki Lake

The world first met Ricki Lake in 1988 as Tracy Turnblad in the film Hairspray. Weighing in at just over 200 pounds, the 5'3" teenager challenged what it meant to be an overweight woman in America: this fat...


Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason

by Christina Shelton

In 1948, former U.S. State Department official Alger Hiss was accused of being a Soviet spy. Because the statute of limitations on espionage had run out, he was convicted only of perjury. Decades later—after...


Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America

by Gustavo Arellano

Nationally syndicated columnist and bestselling author of ¡Ask a Mexican! Gustavo Arellano presents an entertaining, tasty trip through the history and culture of Mexican food in this country, uncovering great...


Mud, Sweat, and Tears

by Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls has always sought the ultimate in adventure. Growing up on a remote island off of Britain's windswept coast, he was taught by his father to sail and climb at an early age. Inevitably, it wasn't long...


The Voluntourist

by Ken Budd

VOL·UN·TOUR·IST

n. 1. A guy who attempts to save the world in an attempt to save himself.

2. Someone who can only do it two weeks at a time.

When Ken Budd was thirty-nine, his father collapsed after eighteen...


Wild Card

by Mark Joseph

Sarah Palin was pulled from obscurity when John McCain picked her as his vice presidential candidate and Americans were forced to decide in a short period of time whether or not she was ready to be second in...