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Privilege and Scandal: The Remarkable Life of Harriet Spencer, Sister of Georgiana

by Janet Gleeson

Sweeping and scandalous, rich and compellingly readable, here is the first biography of Lady Harriet Spencer, ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales, and devoted sister of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. Harriet...


Extraordinary: An End of Life Story Without End

by Michele Tamaren & Michael Wittner

A spiritual memoir & love story about a man who became a health and a teacher in his mid-nineties as his own life was coming to completion. Herman Liss, an Orthodox Jew, was described by a Christian mystic with...


Lillian Gilbreth: Redefining Domesticity

by Julie Des Jardins

An accessible, engaging examination of Lillian Gilbreth, whose research in efficiency and human factors changed the way factories are run, how domestic tasks are completed, and how consumers are “sold” on...


Breathing Space: A Spiritual Journey in the South Bronx

by Heidi Neumark

This book is a song of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving for the people whose courageous witness has transfigured this community-and this pastor. Thanksgiving for the gift of these stories that cry out to be told and...


Autobiographies of Others: Historical Subjects and Literary Fiction

by Lucia Boldrini

In this volume, Boldrini examines "heterobiography"-the first-person fictional account of a historic life. Boldrini shows that this mode is widely employed to reflect critically on the historical and philosophical...


Messengers of the Wind

by Jane Katz

"Messengers of the Wind goes beyond the autobiographies of everyday women. These are women who have long been an invisible part of American culture. Their stories are haunting, frightening, encouraging, and...


Secret Summer

by Narvel Annable

Here is a heartrending tale of young love. Narvel Annable reaches down into the joys and sorrows of his past to produce an autobiographic account of adventure, passion and pain. A cracking whodunit; it features...


The Error World: An Affair with Stamps

by Mr. Simon Garfield

From the author of Mauve, an obsessively readable memoir that brings the mania for stamp collecting to life From the Penny Red to the Blue Mauritius, generations of collectors have been drawn to the mystique...


Name-Dropping: From FDR On

by John Kenneth Galbraith

"Names? You want names? No one knows better ones than John Kenneth Galbraith” (San Diego Union-Tribune). With the dazzling insight, humor, and literary skill that mark Galbraith as one of the most distinguished...


Algernon, Charlie, and I: A Writer's Journey

by Daniel Keyes

In Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes created an unlikely duo-a laboratory mouse and a man-who captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world. Now, in Algernon, Charlie, and I, Keyes reveals his...


The Diary of Anais Nin Volume 4 1944-1947: Vol. 4 (1944-1947)

by Anais Nin

The author's experiences in Greenwich Village, where she defends young writers against the Establishment, and her trip across the country in an old Ford to California and Mexico. "[Nin is] one of the most extraordinary...


The Diary of Anais Nin Volume 5 1947-1955: Vol. 5 (1947-1955)

by Anais Nin

The author's experiences in Mexico, California, New York, and Paris, her psychoanalysis, and her experiment with LSD. "Through her own struggling and dazzling courage [Nin has] shown women groping with and growing...


Last Of The Fathers: Saint Bernard Of Clairvaux And The Encyclical Letter Doctor Mellifluus

by Thomas Merton

Merton presents one of the most significant encyclical letters of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, together with an introduction to the life and teachings of the great mystic. "A study that will have to be on the...


Half the Way Home: A Memoir of Father and Son

by Adam Hochschild

From the author of the best-selling King Leopold's Ghost, this haunting and deeply honest memoir tells of Adam Hochschild's conflicted relationship with his father, the head of a multinational mining corporation....


Speaking with Strangers: A Memoir

by Mary Cantwell

Mary Cantwell's supple, seductive voice speaks out in her most revealing memoir, the conclusion of a trilogy about an American woman with one foot in her past and the other, warily, in her present. AMERICAN...


A Writer's Diary

by Virginia Woolf

An invaluable guide to the art and mind of Virginia Woolf, drawn by her husband from the personal record she kept over a period of twenty-seven years. Included are entries that refer to her own writing, others...


The Diary of Anais Nin Volume 2 1934-1939: Vol. 2 (1934-1939)

by Anais Nin

Beginning with Nin's arrival in New York, this volume is filled with the stories of her analytical patients. There is a shift in emphasis also as Nin becomes aware of the inevitable choice facing the artist...


Flush

by Virginia Woolf

This story of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s cocker spaniel, Flush, enchants right from the opening pages. Although Flush has adventures of his own with bullying dogs, horrid maids, and robbers, he also provides...


The Diary of Anais Nin Volume 1 1931-1934: Vol. 1 (1931-1934)

by Anais Nin

This celebrated volume begins when Nin is about to publish her first book and ends when she leaves Paris for New York. Edited and with a Preface by Gunther tuhlmann; Index.


South to a Very Old Place

by Albert Murray

The highly acclaimed novelist and biographer Albert Murray tells his classic memoir of growing up in Alabama during the 1920s and 1930s in South to a Very Old Place. Intermingling remembrances of youth with...