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Standing Out: Sometimes Alone

by Gena Mabee

In her first week as a college freshman, Gena recalls the misery of middle school, the redemption of high school and the challenge of social maneuvering as a devout Christian in the LDS Church who secretly craves...


The Islamist: Why I Became an Islamic Fundamentalist, What I Saw Inside, and Why I Left

by Ed Husain

The true story of one man's journey to Islamic fundamentalism and back

Raised in a devout but quiet Muslim community in London, at sixteen Ed Husain was presented with an intriguing political interpretation...


Captain Paul Watson: Interview With a Pirate

by Lamya Essemlali & Paul Watson

The behind-the-scenes true story of Paul Watson, the world's most famous eco-pirate and marine animal rights activist.

Paul Watson became an animal rights activist at the young age of eleven, in 1962. When...


The Time by the Sea: Aldeburgh 1955-1958

by Dr Ronald Blythe

The Time by the Sea is about Ronald Blythe's life in Aldeburgh during the 1950s. He had originally come to the Suffolk coast as an aspiring young writer, but found himself drawn into Benjamin Britten's circle...


Talking Back: . . . to Presidents, Dictators, and Assorted Scoundrels

by Andrea Mitchell

No TV reporter today is more respected than NBC’s Andrea Mitchell. She’s covered stories from Jonestown to the fall of the Berlin Wall, gotten unexpected answers from such interviewees as Fidel Castro and...


The Art of Making Money: The Story of a Master Counterfeiter

by Jason Kersten

Read Jason Kersten's posts on the Penguin Blog.

The true story of a brilliant counterfeiter who "made" millions, outwitted the Secret Service, and was finally undone when he went in search of the one thing...


Big Sid's Vincati: The Story of a Father, a Son, and the Motorcycle of a Lifetime

by Matthew Biberman

Read Matthew Biberman's posts on the Penguin Blog.

"If you believe it is possible to fall in love with a motorcycle, you will love this book." -Jay Leno

When Big Sid had a heart attack and gave up the will...


Born Round: A Story of Family, Food and a Ferocious Appetite

by Frank Bruni

The New York Times restaurant critic's heartbreaking and hilarious account of how he learned to love food just enough

Frank Bruni was born round. Round as in stout, chubby, and always hungry. His relationship...


The Privilege of Youth

by Dave Pelzer

From A Child Called “It” to The Lost Boy, from A Man Named Dave to Help Yourself, Dave Pelzer’s inspirational books have helped countless others triumph over hardship and misfortune.  In The Privilege...


From the Ground Up: A Food Grower's Education in Life, Love, and the Movement That's Changing the Nation

by Jeanne Nolan & Alice Waters

An inspiring story for everyone who’s ever dreamed of growing the food they eat

 

When Jeanne Nolan, a teenager in search of a less materialistic, more authentic existence, left Chicago in 1987 to join a...


Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea

by Catherine Goldhammer

In this beautifully written and frequently funny memoir, Catherine Goldhammer, newly separated, along with her twelve-year-old daughter, starts life anew in a cottage by the sea, in a rustic town where live...


Dead End Gene Pool: A Memoir

by Wendy Burden

The great-great-great-great granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt takes a look at the decline of her wealthy blue-blooded family in this irreverent and wickedly funny memoir

For generations the Burdens were...


Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair

by Countess LuAnn de Lesseps

The glamorous star of Bravo's hit show The Real Housewives of New York City makes it easy to be elegant, with contemporary etiquette tips and a complete course in the art of sophisticated living

Countess LuAnn...


A Smile for My Parents

by Heather Henderson

A delightful, surprising and warm collection of stories about Sir Robert and Dame Pattie Menzies, from their only daughter, Heather Henderson


Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation

by John Phillip Santos

Finalist for the National Book Award! In this beautifully wrought memoir, award-winning writer John Philip Santos weaves together dream fragments, family remembrances, and Chicano mythology, reaching back into...


Swamp Robin, a Memoir

by Rosemarie Nervelle

Swamp Robin is a stunning and disturbing true story narrated by the daughter of a wealthy Canadian businessman and his beautiful, mixed-race housekeeper, Lizzie Cromwell. From Halifax to Harlem and places in...


Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project

by Dave Isay

As heard on NPR?a wondrous nationwide celebration of our shared humanity

StoryCorps founder and legendary radio producer Dave Isay selects the most memorable stories from StoryCorps? collection, creating a moving...


Motherland: Beyond the Holocaust: A Mother-Daughter Journey to Reclaim the Past

by Fern Chapman

One woman's moving story of her journey with her mother to find their past and the tragedy that haunts it In 1937, Edith Westerfeld's parents--before being killed by the Nazis--sent her from Germany to live...


Closing Time: A Memoir

by Joe Queenan

An affecting memoir from one of America's most provocative humorists

Over the past two decades, Joe Queenan has established himself as a scourge of everything that is half-baked, half-witted, and halfhearted...


703: How I Lost More than a Quarter Ton and Gained a Life

by Nancy Makin

A moving, funny, tongue-in-cheek memoir about a woman who lost and found herself online.

Nancy Makin weighed an astounding 703 pounds in May 2000. She was forty-five and suffered from obesity-related maladies....