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Hearts and Hands: Creating Community in Violent Times

by Luis Rodriguez

Hearts and Hands deals with many of the difficult issues addressed in Luis Rodríguez’s memoir of gang life, Always Running, but with a focus on healing through community building. Empowered by his experiences...


The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity

by Mark Vonnegut & Kurt Vonnegut

The Eden Express describes from the inside Mark Vonnegut’s experience in the late ’60s and early ’70s—a recent college grad; in love; living communally on a farm, with a famous and doting father, cherished...


Accelerated Paces: Travels Across Borders and Other Imaginary Boundaries

by Jim Oaten

Accelerated Paces hurdles that uneasy terrain between creative fact and honest fiction. These short stories and pieces ignore borders as they jaunt thorough external trips and internal voyages. This is both...


Bobby's Book

by Emily Davidson, Bruce Davidson & Bob Powers

In 1998, at the very moment that a publisher had approached Bruce Davidson about a book of his 1959 Brooklyn Gang photographs, former gang leader Bobby Powers unexpectedly telephoned the Davidsons. Over the...


Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes: A Memoir of Dublin in the 1950s

by Martha Long

"Not for the faint of heart, Long's story is a gritty, grueling, and heartbreaking testament to one girl's unbreakable spirit."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

When Martha Long's feckless mother hooks up...


On Politics and Parks: People, Places, Politics, Parks

by George Lambert Bristol & Andrew Sansom

When George Bristol first saw the mountains surrounding East Glacier, Montana, in the early summer of 1961, he was, in his own words, awed to his depths. Thus began a love affair with nature and public parks...


Finding Jung: Frank N. McMillan Jr., a Life in Quest of the Lion

by Frank N. McMillan, David H. Rosen & Sir Laurens van der Post

Available electronically in an open-access, full-text edition from the Texas A&M University Libraries' Digital Repository at http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /146844.

Frank N. McMillan Jr., a country boy...


My Escape: An Autobiography

by Benoite Groult

This witty autobiography captures the rich and varied life of a renowned French author and pioneering feminist, through the obstacles and movements in twentieth-century France.

 

Born in 1920 in Paris, Benoite...


The Snows of Yesteryear

by Gregor Von Rezzori, H. F. Broch De Rothermann & John Banville

Gregor von Rezzori was born in Czernowitz, a onetime provincial capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire that was later to be absorbed successively into Romania, the USSR, and the Ukraine—a town that was everywhere...


An Armenian Sketchbook

by Vasily Grossman & Robert Chandler

An NYRB Classics Original

Few writers had to confront as many of the last century’s mass tragedies as Vasily Grossman, who wrote with terrifying clarity about the Shoah, the Battle of Stalingrad, and the Terror...


My Dog Tulip

by J.R. Ackerley & Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

The distinguished British man of letters J. R. Ackerley hardly thought of himself as a dog lover when, well into middle age, he came into possession of a German shepherd. To his surprise, she turned out to...


My Father and Myself

by J.R. Ackerley & W.H. Auden

When his father died, J. R. Ackerley was shocked to discover that he had led a secret life. And after Ackerley himself died, he left a surprise of his own—this coolly considered, unsparingly honest account...


Memoirs of Montparnasse

by John Glassco & Louis Begley

Memoirs of Montparnasse is a delicious book about being young, restless, reckless, and without cares. It is also the best and liveliest of the many chronicles of 1920s Paris and the exploits of the lost generation....


Hindoo Holiday

by J.R. Ackerley & Eliot Weinberger

In the 1920s, the young J. R. Ackerley spent several months in India as the personal secretary to the maharajah of a small Indian principality. In his journals, Ackerley recorded the Maharajah’s fantastically...


Just Add Hormones: An Insider's Guide to the Transsexual Experience

by Matt Kailey

Matt Kailey lived as a straight woman for the first forty-two years of his life. Though happy as a social worker and teacher, he knew something wasn't right. Then he made some changes. With the help of a good...


The $60,000 Dog: My Life With Animals

by Lauren Slater

A stunning new book about the role of animals in our lives, by a popular and acclaimed writer

 

From the time she is nine years old, biking to the farmland outside her suburban home, where she discovers a disquieting...


Lessons Learned

by Katrina Davis Bias

A key lesson in Katrina Bias's unforgettable memoir, LESSONS LEARNED, is that no stereotype applies to 'growing up black' in the years from Jim Crow to Martin Luther King and beyond - at least not in Katrina's...


Save Send Delete

by Danusha V. Goska

Save Send Delete is a debate about God between polar opposites: Mira, a poor, Catholic professor and Rand, an atheist author and celebrity. It’s based on a true story. Mira reveals gut-level emotions and her...


Auspicious Good Fortune: One woman's inspirational journey from Western disillusionment to Eastern spiritual fulfilment

by Sumangal Morhall

Has your life ever flashed before you? Sumangali Morhall chased everything Western society taught her to pursue: material wealth, academic success, and even the perfect relationship, only to discover something...


On Juniper Mountain: A Journey in the Himalayas

by Angela Locke

Angela Locke travelled to Nepal in the early 90's to research a new book, and found herself on a journey of discovery which would change her life. She would find herself returning to Nepal, becoming immersed...