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Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, A Memoir

by Tim Parrish

Fear and What Follows is a riveting, unflinching account of the author's spiral into racist violence during the latter years of desegregation in 1960s and 1970s Baton Rouge. About the memoir, author and editor...


Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man For Rent

by David Henry Sterry

I walk all the way up Hollywood Boulevard to Grauman's Chinese Theatre: past tourists snapping shots; wannabe starlets sparkling by in miniskirts with head shots in their hands and moondust in their eyes; rowdy...


Diary of a Combatant: The Diary of the Revolution that Made Che Guevara a Legend

by Ernesto Che Guevara

Che Guevara's original, unpublished diaries from the guerrilla war in Cuba's Sierra Maestra.


The Fastest Growing Religion on Earth: How Genealogy Captured the Brains and Imaginations of Americans

The Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin on the Siberian Taiga

by Sylvain Tesson & Linda Coverdale

A meditation on escaping the chaos of modern life and rediscovering the luxury of solitude. Winner of the Prix Médicis for nonfiction, The Consolations of the Forest is a Thoreau-esque quest to find solace,...


Over a Hot Stove: Life below stairs in Britain¿s great houses: the charming memoirs of a 1930s kitchen maid

by Flo Wadlow

This delightful memoir provides a unique ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ account of what life was really like in a bygone era

At the age of sixteen, Flo Wadlow left her family to begin what would become a distinguished...


Elegy for Iris

by John Bayley

"I was living in a fairy story--the kind with sinister overtones and not always a happy ending--in which a young man loves a beautiful maiden who returns his love but is always disappearing into some unknown...


Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident

by Bill Ayers

In this sequel to Fugitive Days, Ayers charts his life after the Weather Underground, when he becomes the GOP’s flaunted “domestic terrorist,” a “public enemy.”

 

Labeled a "domestic terrorist" by...


Looking After Minidoka: An American Memoir

by Neil Nakadate

During World War II, 110,000 Japanese Americans were removed from their homes and incarcerated by the U.S. government. In Looking After Minidoka the "internment camp" years become a prism for understanding three...


Meet Me at Ray's: A Celebration of Ray's Place in Kent, Ohio

by Patrick J. O'Connor

Meet Me at Ray's celebrates more than seventy-five successful years (and counting) of Ray's Place, a restaurant and bar located near the Kent State University campus in Kent, Ohio. Once referred to as the place...


Mestengo: A Wild Mustang, a Writer on the Run, and the Power of the Unexpected

by Melinda Roth

Exhausted by her job as a political press secretary, Melinda Roth found the courage to escape. Her goal: a simpler life in rural Illinois that would let her pursue her passion for writing. But then real life...


The Girl Factory: A Memoir

by Karen Dietrich

It’s 1985 in a small factory town near Pittsburgh. Eight-year-old Karen’s parents are lifelong workers at the Anchor Glass plant, where one Saturday, an employee goes on a shooting spree, killing four supervisors,...


Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography

by Richard Rodriguez

An award-winning writer delivers a major reckoning with religion, place, and sexuality in the aftermath of 9/11

Hailed in The Washington Post as "one of the most eloquent and probing public intellectuals in...


Under the Bridge Backwards: My Marriage, My Family, and Alzheimer's

by Barbara Blanch Roy

A human story of a marriage and a family coming to terms with frailty and loss, this memoir gives friends and others who want to help a caregiver what they have long wished for: a place to start. Barbara Roy...


Losing My Cool: Love, Literature, and a Black Man's Escape from the Crowd

by Thomas Chatterton Williams

"A provocative, intellectual memoir" (USA Today)-from a remarkable new literary voice.

Growing up, Thomas Chatterton Williams knew he loved three things in life: his parents, literature, and the intoxicating...


Preemptive Love: Pursuing Peace One Heart at a Time

by Jeremy Courtney

A personal account of the Courtney family and the Preemptive Love Coalition, as they help children obtain lifesaving surgeries in Iraq using one simple but powerful tool: a love that strikes first.

In the middle...


Some Girls: My Life in a Harem

by Jillian Lauren

A jaw-dropping story of how a girl from the suburbs ends up in a prince's harem, and emerges from the secret Xanadu both richer and wiser

At eighteen, Jillian Lauren was an NYU theater school dropout with a...


Rat Girl: A Memoir

by Kristin Hersh

The founder of a cult rock band shares her outrageous tale of growing up much faster than planned.

In 1985, Kristin Hersh was just starting to find her place in the world. After leaving home at the age of...


Are You My Guru?: How Medicine, Meditation & Madonna Saved My Life

by Wendy Shanker

Read Wendy Shanker's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community.

From the author of The Fat Girl's Guide to Life—an insightful and humorous memoir of one woman's quest to navigate the world of alternative...


What We Have: A Memoir

by Amy Boesky

An inspiring true story of the women in one family and their fight against cancer that Patricia Wood, author of Lottery, calls "utterly breathtaking".

At thirty-two, Amy Boesky had it all: a wonderful new...