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101 Reasons to Leave New York

by Howard Jordan Jr.

"101 Reasons to Leave New York is a quirky pop culture book that recognizes and articulates the unthinkable notion of willingly leaving the greatest city on the face of the planet. Then, provides all the funny,...


Weightless: My Life as a Fat Man and How I Escaped

by Gregg McBride & Joy Bauer

The inspiring true story of one man’s triumph in his lifelong struggle with his weight.


Transition: Becoming Who I Was Always Meant to Be

by Chaz Bono

Chaz Bono's groundbreaking and candid account of a forty-year struggle to match his gender identity with his physical body and his transformation from female to male

At first, America knew the only child of...


The Memoirs of General William T. Sherman

by William T. Sherman

First published in 1875, General William T. Sherman’s memoir was one of the first from the Civil War, and was offered to the public because, as Sherman wrote in his dedication, “no satisfactory history”...


Yes Please

by Amy Poehler

In a perfect world . . .

We'd get to hang out with Amy Poehler, watching dumb movies, listening to music, and swapping tales about our coworkers and difficult childhoods. Because in a perfect world, we'd all...


Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain

by Portia de Rossi

“I didn’t decide to become anorexic. It snuck up on me disguised as a healthy diet, a professional attitude. Being as thin as possible was a way to make the job of being an actress easier . . .”

Portia...


Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search (Movie Tie-in)

by Martin Sixsmith & Judi Dench

New York Times Bestseller

The heartbreaking true story of an Irishwoman and the secret she kept for 50 years

When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be...


The Little Prisoner

by Jane Elliott

When Jane Elliott was four years old, the nightmare began. She became the helpless victim of a sociopath—bullied, dominated, and sexually abused by a man only fourteen years her senior: her stepfather. For...


The Bucolic Plague

by Josh Kilmer-Purcell

What happens when two New Yorkers (one an ex–drag queen) do the unthinkable: start over, have a herd of kids, and get a little dirty?

Find out in this riotous and moving true tale of goats, mud, and a centuries-old...


Neon Angel

by Cherie Currie & Tony O'Neill

Cherie Currie, with her signature Bowie haircut and fishnet stockings, was the groundbreaking lead singer of '70s teenage all-girl rock band the Runaways. At the tender age of fifteen, she joined a group of...


I Am Not Myself These Days

by Josh Kilmer-Purcell

I Am Not Myself These Days follows a glittering journey through Manhattan's dark underbelly -- a shocking and surreal world where alter egos reign and subsist (barely) on dark wit and chemicals...a tragic romantic...


Black Boy

by Richard Wright

Richard Wright grew up in the woods of Mississippi, with poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred. He lied, stole, and raged at those around him; at six he was a "drunkard," hanging about taverns. Surly, brutal, cold,...


A Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life

by Allen Anderson & Linda Anderson

Allen and Linda Anderson adopted a traumatized one-year-old cocker spaniel who had been abandoned. Soon, the troubled dog they named “Leaf” turned their home into a war zone. Although Leaf and Allen were...


Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America

by Firoozeh Dumas

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Finalist for the PEN/USA Award in Creative Nonfiction, the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and the Audie Award in Biography/Memoir

This Random House Reader’s Circle edition includes...


Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin

by Kathy Griffin

Official Book Club Selection is Kathy Griffin unplugged, uncensored, and unafraid to dish about what really happens on the road, away from the cameras, and at the star party after the show. (It's also her big...


Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir

by Eddie Huang

NOW AN ORIGINAL SERIES ON ABC • “Just may be the best new comedy of [the year] . . . based on restaurateur Eddie Huang’s memoir of the same name . . . [a] classic fresh-out-of-water comedy.”—People...


My Story

by Marilyn Monroe

Written at the height of her fame but not published until over a decade after her death, this autobiography of actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) poignantly recounts her childhood as an unwanted...


There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra

by Chinua Achebe

From the legendary author of Things Fall Apart—a long-awaited memoir of coming of age in a fragile new nation, and its destruction in a tragic civil war

For more than forty years, Chinua Achebe has maintained...


Kicking & Dreaming

by Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson & Charles R. Cross

Two sisters. Two voices. One Heart.

The mystery of "Magic Man." The wicked riff of "Barracuda." The sadness and beauty of "Alone." The raw energy of "Crazy On You." These songs, and so many more, are part of...


The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir

by Bill Bryson

From one of the world's most beloved writers and New York Times bestselling author of One Summer, a vivid, nostalgic, and utterly hilarious memoir of growing up in the 1950s

Bill Bryson was born in the middle...