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White Out: The Secret Life of Heroin

by Michael W Clune

How do you describe an addiction in which the drug of choice creates a hole in your memory, a “white out,” so that every time you use it is the first time--new, fascinating, and vivid? Michael W. Clune’s...


Becoming Wellstone: Healing from Tragedy and Carrying on My Father's Legacy

by Paul David Wellstone & Jim Ramstad

Paul David Wellstone Jr. (known as Dave) fell into a zombie-like state of shock when he first got word that the eleven-seater plane carrying his parents and sister couldn't be located on radar. It was as if...


Blind Devotion: Survival on the Front Lines of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction

by Sharlene Prinsen

One woman's startling firsthand account of her struggle to protect her children while facing the man she married, a combat veteran plagued by addiction, rage, and depression born from PTSD.

Sharlene peered out...


A Legacy of Madness: Recovering My Family from Generations of Mental Illness

by Tom Davis

The story of a loving family coming to grips with its own fragilities, A Legacy of Madness relays the author's journey to uncover, and ultimately understand, the history of mental illness that led generations...


The Interventionist

by Joani Gammill

"Exuding the same passion and purpose as the author herself, Joani Gammill's The Interventionist is a heartfelt game changer and long overdue. You deserve to read it." --Dr. Phil McGraw, host of CBS's nationally...


A Biography of Mrs Marty Mann: The First Lady of Alcoholics Anonymous

by Sally Brown & David R. Brown

The little-known life of Marty Mann rivals a Masterpiece Theatre drama. She was born into a life of wealth and privilege, sank to the lowest depths of poverty and despair, then rose to inspire thousands of others,...


Born to Lose: Memoirs of a Compulsive Gambler

by Bill Lee

"My history of gambling really began before I was born." So opens Born to Lose, Bill Lee's self-told story of gambling addiction, set in San Francisco's Chinatown and steeped in a culture where it is not unheard...


Searching for Bobby Fischer: The Father of a Prodigy Observes the World

by Fred Waitzkin

Searching for Bobby Fischer is the story of Fred Waitzkin and his son Josh, from the moment six-year-old Josh first sits down at a chessboard until he competes for the national championship. Drawn into the insular,...


Asshole: How I Got Rich & Happy By Not Giving a Damn About Anyone & How You Can, Too

by Martin Kihn

Martin Kihn was the nicest guy in the world – and it was killing him. But on the day he turned forty, Marty decided to change his life – for the meaner. Tired of being passed over for promotions at work,...


An Oxford Childhood: The Pride of the Morning

by Phyl Surman

A personal reminiscence of growing up in Cowley, Oxford in the 1920s. The author's detailed memories describe every aspect of life in the years following the Great War. The clothes she wore, the furnishings...


Devangelical

by Erika Rae

Devangelical is an irresistibly funny and irreverent memoir about Erika Rae's experience growing up in — and out of — the Evangelical church in the American Bible Belt. As an adolescent who is expected to...


Yokohama Yankee: My Family's Five Generations as Outsiders in Japan

by Leslie Helm

A sweeping memoir about a foreign family's five generations as outsiders in Japan.


This Is Not How I Imagined It To Be

by Veronica Villano

Veronica Villano was born, an Italian in England, twenty nine years after Gli Azzurri’s second World Cup triumph and fifteen years before their third. She’s still lives here now, five years after their fourth...


The End of San Francisco

by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

An elegy for the dream of a radical queer community, and the mythical city that was supposed to nurture it.


Song Without Words: Discovering My Deafness Halfway through Life

by Gerald Shea

At age 34, Gerald Shea discovered that he had been deaf since childhood despite somehow maintaining a prestigious legal career


The Lost Daughter: A Memoir

by Mary Williams

"I always hoped [Mary Williams] would tell her incredible story. She's a writer of uncommon clarity and humor, and the arrival of her memoir is cause for celebration." -Dave Eggers, author of What is the What...


From Harvey River

by Lorna Goodison

"Throughout her life my mother [Doris] lived in two places at once: Kingston, Jamaica, where she raised a family of nine children, and Harvey River, in the parish of Hanover, where she was born and grew up."...


Confessions Of an Art Addict

by Peggy Guggenheim

A patron of art since the 1930s, Peggy Guggenheim, in a candid self-portrait, provides an insider's view of the early days of modern art, with revealing accounts of her eccentric wealthy family, her personal...


It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

by Jo Wood

In this wild, behind-the-scenes portrait of one of the biggest rock bands in history, Jo Wood comes clean about her three decades as the girlfriend and eventually the wife of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie...


Sons of Guns

by Will Hayden

The official tie-in to the popular Discovery reality series that follows a Louisiana-based custom firearms business.

With his characteristic down-home wit and wisdom, Will Hayden tells the stories behind some...