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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Wellcome Book Prize 2010

by Rebecca Skloot


Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important...

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen & Jim Defelice


He is the deadliest American sniper ever, called “the devil” by the enemies he hunted...

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

by Cheryl Strayed



At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed....

Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings

by Michelle Knight & Michelle Burford

Michelle Knight, the first of the three women abducted by notorious Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, recounts the full story of her years in captivity, her escape, and the powerful inner strength and capacity...

Memoirs of a Stuka Pilot

by Helmit Mahlke

After recounting his early days as a naval cadet, including a voyage to the Far East aboard the cruiser Köln, and as the navigator/observer of the floatplane carried by the pocket battleship Admiral Scheer...

Semi-Nomadic Anecdotes

by Howard Balloch

This is a personal story of a life lived in many places, from a childhood in Newfoundland to the bustling and increasingly modern metropolis of Beijing, China. It includes stops in London and Paris and Jakarta...

His Name Is Ron: Our Search for Justice

by Kim Goldman

This book is not about OJ. Simpson or his "Dream Team." This book is not another rehash of the "Trial of the Century." It is about Ron Golman and his blended family. Overnight and through tragedy, this quiet,...

I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H. P. Lovecraft

by S. T. Joshi

This new electronic edition of S. T. Joshi's monumental biography of H. P. Lovecraft includes the entire two-volume print edition in one file, providing the most detailed portrait of the life, work, and thought...

One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season

by Chris Ballard

"One Shot at Forever is powerful, inspirational. . . . This isn't merely a book about baseball. It's a book about heart."

--Jeff Pearlman, New York Times bestselling author of Boys Will Be Boys and The Bad Guys...


by Dorothy Ours

The moving story of a tough little horse, a gifted boy, and a woman ahead of her time.

The youngest jockey, the smallest horse, and an unconventional heiress who disliked publicizing herself. Together, near Liverpool,...

Jane Austen - Her Life and Letters - A Family Record

by , William Austen-Leigh

A beautiful biography, thoroughly researched from family records, this biography looks past the success of her books to see the real women. Studying her personal correspondence to friends and family. Many of...

White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

by Wise

With a new preface and updated chapters, White Like Me is one-part memoir, one-part polemical essay collection. It is a personal examination of the way in which racial privilege shapes the daily lives of white...

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 2010

by Laura Hillenbrand

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In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible...

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

by Marcus Luttrell & Patrick Robinson

On a clear night in late June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in northern Afghanistan for the mountainous Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader known to...

The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family

by Dave Pelzer

Imagine a young boy who has never had a loving home. His only possesions are the old, torn clothes he carries in a paper bag. The only world he knows is one of isolation and fear. Although others had rescued...

Bossypants (Enhanced Edition)

by Tina Fey

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school...

Sex For Sale: Memoirs of a Bangkok Ladyboy

by Somkid Surintoom

Synopsis: 'Sex For Sale' the memoirs of a Bangkok ladyboy prostitute is shocking but perfectly true. --- Nice, the star character of 'Living With Ladyboys' tells his side of the story and there are quite a few...

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

by Maya Angelou

Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of...

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

by Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a...

Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

by Piper Kerman



With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money...