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The Coconut Comes in Due Season

by David Hurd

In his memoir, David Hurd tells us of his adventures in Kenya in the 1960s and 1970s. His travels and work in the coast lead him to many adventures, from kidnappings to wild encounters with animals and even...

Untying the Knot: A Husband and Wife's Story of Coming Out Together

by David L. Kaufman

By all accounts, David Kaufman, M.D., had a good life—he was married to a woman he loved, had three children, and a fulfilling career as a radiologist. But as the years passed, he realized that he could no...

The Backyard Parables: Lessons on Gardening, and Life

by Margaret Roach

Margaret Roach has been harvesting thirty years of backyard parables-deceptively simple, instructive stories from a life spent digging ever deeper-and has distilled them in this memoir along with her best tips...

Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment

by Katrina Kenison

"No longer indispensable, no longer assured of our old carefully crafted identities, no longer beautiful in the way we were at twenty or thirty or forty, we are hungry and searching nonetheless."

From the author...

Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide

by Stephanie Schroeder

A riveting memoir about one woman's journey through mental illness.

My Life from Scratch: A Sweet Journey of Starting Over, One Cake at a Time

by Gesine Bullock-Prado

A former Hollywood insider trades the Hollywood Hills for Green Acresand lives to tell about it in this hilarious, poignant treat of a memoir.

As head of her celebrity sister’s production company, Gesine...

The Leading Lady: Dinah's Story

by Betty White & Tom Sullivan

The story of a dog, and the extraordinary difference

she made in every life she touched.


After sixty years in show business, Betty White has earned her reputation as an American icon. She may be a bona fide...

Confessions of Joan the Tall

by Joan Cusack Handler

Freedom and awakening of an adolescent, Bronx bred, Irish Catholic girl

Going to the Dogs

Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence

by Geoffrey Canada & Jamar Nicholas

A new edition, including the story of the founding of the Harlem Children’s Zone


Long before the avalanche of praise for his work—from Oprah Winfrey, from President Bill Clinton, from President Barack...

Bend, Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds

by Ping Fu & MeiMei Fox

“Bamboo is flexible, bending with the wind but never breaking, capable of adapting to any circumstance. It suggests resilience, meaning that we have the ability to bounce back even from the most difficult...

Drinking with Men: A Memoir

by Rosie Schaap


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A vivid, funny, and poignant memoir that celebrates the distinct...

A Real Emotional Girl: A Memoir of Love and Loss

by Tanya Chernov

A Real Emotional Girl tells the true story of young Tanya, growing up in the wonderland of her family’s summer camp. At sixteen, this idyllic life is interrupted when she must face her father’s sudden illness....

Year of the Comets: A Journey from Sadness to the Stars

by Jan DeBlieu

On the clearest nights in the darkest places you can see as many as two thousand stars. On what scaffolding are they hung? Jan DeBlieu began to wonder. Her husband had become enveloped in a depression of his...

A Private Life: Fragments, memories, friends

by Michael Kirby

A collection of reminiscences that reveal the private Michael Kirby, opening up as never before in a beautifully written, reflective and generous memoir.

Wedlocked: A Memoir

by Jay Ponteri

Married writer Jay Ponteri finds himself infatuated with a woman other than his wife and writes a manuscript to explore his feelings. Discovery of this manuscript understandably strains his marriage. Wedlocked...

Holding Silvan: A Brief Life

by Monica Wesolowska & Erica Jong

In the opening of Holding Silvan: A Brief Life, Monica Wesolowska gives birth to her first child, a healthy-seeming boy who is taken from her arms for “observation” when he won’t stop crying. Within days,...

Hiding in Plain Sight: Eluding the Nazis in Occupied France

by Sarah Lew Miller & Joyce B. Lazarus

This personal and historical account of an era conveys the day-to-day life of a teenage girl living in Nazi-occupied France with the ever-present threat of death. Despite her loneliness, hardships and the derailment...

It's Only Temporary: The Good News and the Bad News of Being Alive

by Evan Handler

What if you were supposed to die, but you didn’t? And what if, years later, your precious second chance didn’t turn out anything like you thought it would? That’s the journey Evan Handler experiences,...

Time on Fire: My Comedy of Terrors

by Evan Handler

Based on Evan Handler’s hit off-Broadway play (called by The New York Times “laceratingly funny and self-revealing”), Time on Fire is a remarkable memoir of illness and survival, love and hope—shot through...