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by Noelle Howey

"There’s no news like hearing irrefutable proof that you’re not the sole cause of your parents’ woes, your father’s drinking, your unshakable feeling that you’re not put together quite right and finding...


My Name Is Iran

by Davar Ardalan

A century of family tales from two beloved but divided homelands, Iran and America

Drawing on her remarkable personal history, NPR producer Davar Ardalan brings us the lives of three generations of women and...


Catfish and Mandala

by Andrew X. Pham

A Vietnamese Bicycle Days by a stunning new voice in American letters.

Andrew X. Pham dreamed of becoming a writer. Born in Vietnam and raised in California, he held technical jobs at United Airlines-and always...


My Korean Deli

by Ben Ryder Howe

This warm and funny tale of an earnest preppy editor finding himself trapped behind the counter of a Brooklyn convenience store is about family, culture and identity in an age of discombobulation.

It starts with...


Sniper One

by Dan Mills

When Sgt. Dan Mills and the rest of the 1st Battalion, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment flew into Iraq in April, 2004, they were supposed to be winning hearts and minds. They were soon fighting for their...


You Must Go and Win

by Alina Simone

In the wickedly bittersweet and hilarious You Must Go and Win, the Ukrainian-born musician Alina Simone traces her bizarre journey through the indie rock world, from disastrous Craigslist auditions with sketchy...


The Jack Bank

by Glen Retief

An extraordinary, literary memoir from a gay white South African, coming of age at the end of apartheid in the late 1970s.  Glen Retief's childhood was at once recognizably ordinary--and brutally unusual.

Raised...


Politics and Pasta

by Vincent "Buddy" Cianci, Jr., David Fisher & Buddy Cianci

An election is a war and "to the victor belongs the spoils."  As I learned so well, that's the real democratic process.  After all, you'll never see a victorious politician tell his supporters, "I want to...


Tiger, Tiger

by Margaux Fragoso

A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book for 2011 A Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year 2011 Title

Tiger, Tiger is a Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction title for 2011A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2011...


The Old Way

by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

One of our most influential anthropologists reevaluates her long and illustrious career by returning to her roots--and the roots of life as we know it

When Elizabeth Marshall Thomas first arrived in Africa to...


Trials of the Monkey

by Matthew Chapman

"When Darwin called his second book The Descent of Man instead of The Ascent of Man he was thinking of his progeny."

So declares Darwin's great-great grandson Matthew Chapman as he leaves behind his stressful...


The Dog Who Ate the Truffle

by Suzanne Carreiro

An authentic culinary journey—part memoir, part cookbook—introducing readers to the people, places, and food of Umbria

Veteran food critic Suzanne Carriero spent a year and a half in Umbria, and this is...


Mourning Diary

by Roland Barthes & Richard Howard

A major discovery: The lost diary of a great mind—and an intimate, deeply moving study of grief

The day after his mother’s death in October 1977, the influential philosopher Roland Barthes began a diary of...


Conversations with Myself

by Nelson Mandela & Barack Obama

Nelson Mandela is widely considered to be one of the most inspiring and iconic figures of our age. Now, after a lifetime of taking pen to paper to record thoughts and events, hardships and victories, he has...


Reflections of a Wine Merchant

by Neal I. Rosenthal

A leading importer of limited-production wines of character and quality takes us on an intimate tour through family-owned vineyards in France and Italy and reflects upon the last three decades of controversy,...


Education of a Felon

by Edward Bunker

In Education of a Felon, the reigning champion of prison novelists finally tells his own story. The son of an alcoholic stagehand father and a Busby Berkeley chorus girl, Bunker was--at seventeen--the youngest...


Role Models

by John Waters

Here, from the incomparable John Waters, is a paean to the power of subversive inspiration that will delight, amuse, enrich—and happily horrify readers everywhere.

Role Models is, in fact, a self-portrait told...


Captive

by Jere Van Dyk

An American reporter's chilling account of being kidnapped and imprisoned by the Taliban, in the no-man's-land between Afghanistan and Pakistan

Jere Van Dyk was on the wrong side of the border. He and three Afghan...


Finding Grace

by Donna VanLiere

Finding Grace is the powerful, often humorous, and deeply moving story of one woman’s journey of broken dreams. It is the story of how a painful legacy of the past is confronted and met with peace. This book...


Purgatory

A Prison Diary #2

by Jeffrey Archer

On July 19, 2001, following a conviction for perjury, international bestselling author Jeffrey Archer was sentenced to four years in prison. Prisoner FF8282, as Archer is now known, spent the first three weeks...