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My Autobiography: "Chapters" from the North American Review

by Mark Twain

Famed American author's plain-spoken words recall his boyhood in Hannibal, Missouri, life as a riverboat pilot, as a young adult in rough Nevada mining towns, years spent as a widely renowned author, more.


Porch Stories

by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction Jewell Parker Rhodes is a master of her craft, under-standing how both real and imagined stories can serve as a pathway to enlightenment. Porch Stories is Rhodes's...


Mark Twain: A Life

by Ron Powers

Mark Twain founded the American voice. His works are a living national treasury: taught, quoted, and reprinted more than those of any writer except Shakespeare. His awestruck contemporaries saw him as the representative...


Change Me Into Zeus's Daughter

by Barbara Robinette Moss

A haunting and triumphant story of a difficult and keenly felt life, Change Me into Zeus's Daughter is a remarkable literary memoir of resilience, redemption, and growing up in the South. Barbara Robinette Moss...


Paul Bowles: A Life

by Virginia Spencer Carr

Paul Bowles, best known for his classic 1949 novel, The Sheltering Sky, is one of the most compelling yet elusive figures of twentieth-century American counterculture. In this definitive biography, Virginia...


Gregory Benford

by George Slusser

A scientist-author at the heart of hard science fiction


Chuck Klosterman on Living and Society: A Collection of Previously Published Essays

by Chuck Klosterman

From Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs; Chuck Klosterman IV; and Eating the Dinosaur, these essays are now available in this ebook collection for fans of Klosterman’s writing on living and society.


Tove Jansson Life, Art, Words: The Authorised Biography

by Boel Westin & Silvester Mazzarella

The Finnish-Swedish writer and artist Tove Jansson achieved worldwide fame as the creator of the Moomin stories, written between 1945 and 1970 and still in print in more than twenty languages. However, the Moomins...


When I Was a Loser: True Stories of (Barely) Surviving High School

by John McNally

For Anyone Who's Ever Been a Teenager

Who's teenage years weren't terrible? Remember the scary older kids? The sadistic gym teacher? The smelly kid who sat next to you in science class? Your first fumbling...


Backwards to Forwards: A Memoir

by Kevin Ireland

A lyrically written memoir showing the growth of a writer and his unique perceptions of the 1950s, 60s and beyond.Echoing the erratic shape of remembrance, Kevin Ireland's second volume of memoirs is 'derived...


A Fish In the Swim of the World

by Ben Brown

Afffecting, evocative memoir by one of New Zealand's finest Maori writers.‘This is a book of memories. Some of them are my own. Some of them belong to others. They are as true and as fallible as any memories—distorted...


Touchstones: A Memoir

by James McNeish

A memoir that is at once a self-portrait, a hymn to a vanishing New Zealand, and a record of a varied cast of influential people. A young man leaves home a deckhand on a Norwegian freighter, to travel the world....


Wilfred Owen

by Guy Cuthbertson

One of Britain’s best-known and most loved poets, Wilfred Owen (1893–1918) was killed at age 25 on one of the last days of the First World War, having acted heroically as soldier and officer despite his...


Hillbilly Gothic: A Memoir of Madness and Motherhood

by Adrienne Martini

"My family has a grand tradition. After a woman gives birth, she goes mad. I thought that I would be the one to escape."

So begins Adrienne Martini's candid, compelling, and darkly humorous history of her family's...


The Night of the Gun: A reporter investigates the darkest story of his life. His own.

by David Carr

Do we remember only the stories we can live with?

The ones that make us look good in the rearview mirror? In The Night of the Gun, David Carr redefines memoir with the revelatory story of his years as an addict...


Still Waters

by Jennifer Lauck

Anger is a poison ivy in the heart and if it grows unchecked, it covers all the soft spaces where you love and understand and feel joy.

There's power in anger, sure, a power that can help you survive.

But true...


Life Inside

by Mindy Lewis

The patient is an ascetically pretty 15½-year-old white female. She is intelligent, fearful, extremely anxious, and depressed. Her rage is poorly controlled and inappropriately expressed.

Diagnostic Impression:...


My Ear at His Heart: Reading My Father

by Hanif Kureishi

Described in a recent New York Times Magazine profile as a "postcolonial Philip Roth," Hanif Kureishi first captured the attention of audiences and critics in the 1980s with the award-winning novel The Buddha...


Sex and the River Styx

by Edward Hoagland & Howard Frank Mosher

Called the best essayist of his time by luminaries like Philip Roth, John Updike, and Edward Abbey, Edward Hoagland brings readers his ultimate collection. In Sex and the River Styx, the author's sharp eye and...


Growing, Older: A Chronicle of Death, Life, and Vegetables

by Joan Dye Gussow

Michael Pollan calls her one of his food heroes. Barbara Kingsolver credits her with shaping the history and politics of food in the United States. And countless others who have vied for a food revolution, pushed...