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Meditations

by Marcus Aurelius

Stirring reflections on the human condition from a warrior and emperor provide a fascinating glimpse into the mind and personality of a highly principled Roman of the 2nd century. Recognizing that suffering...


Ethel Merman, Mother Teresa...and Me: My Improbable Journey from Châteaux in France to the Slums of Calcutta

by Tony Cointreau

How many people can count among their closest friends Ethel Merman (the Queen of

Broadway), Mother Teresa (beatified by the Vatican in October, 2003), Lee Lehman, (wife of Robert Lehman, head of Lehman Brothers),...


Rollergirl: Totally True Tales from the Track

by Melissa Joulwan

The 1950s phenomenon of Roller Derby is back in full force, and it's definitely not your grandma's game anymore. With leagues in more than one hundred cities across the country, a national tournament, and major...


Filomena's Journey: A Portrait of a Marriage, a Family & a Culture

by Maria Aurora Couto

A compelling family memoir, Filomena's Journeys is also a revealing examination of Goan society and culture. Filomena's Journeys is a daughters moving tribute to the mother who held her world and that of her...


Walking Through Walls: A Memoir

by Philip Smith

Running with Scissors meets Bewitched in this irresistible memoir, as Philip Smith describes growing up in 1960s Miami with his decorator father, who one day discovers he has the miraculous power to talk to...


Explosion Green: One Man's Journey To Green The World's Largest Industry

by David Gottfried

Explosion Green tells the twenty-year story of the global green building movement through the eyes of David Gottfried, the man who helped start it all.  Explosion Green reveals the inner workings of the building...


Living Carelessly in Tokyo and Elsewhere: A Memoir

by John Nathan

John Nathan arrived in Tokyo in 1961 fresh out of Harvard College, bringing with him no practical experience, no more than two connections, no prospects, and little else to recommend him but stoic, unflappable...


A Political Education: Coming of Age in Paris and New York

by André Schiffrin

“Schiffrin evokes the bittersweet tang of émigré life in New York.”

The New York Times Book Review

André Schiffrin was born the son of one of France’s most esteemed publishers, in a world peopled...


Heart Like Water: Surviving Katrina and Life in Its Disaster Zone

by Joshua Clark

Try it. Right now. Picture the lights going off in the room you're sitting in. The computer, the air conditioning, phones, everything. Then the people, every last person in your building, on the street outside,...


Innocents on the Ice

by John C. Behrendt

In 1956, John C. Behrendt had just earned his master's degree in geophysics and obtained a position as an assistant seismologist in the International Geophysical Year glaciological program. He sailed from Davisville,...


Still Hunting: A Memoir

by Martin Hunter

In the 1960s, Toronto was a city of shifting societal dynamics, and this engrossing memoir perfectly captures the essence of this exhilarating and tumultuous time. It begins with Martin Hunter returning to his...


The Jive Talker

by Samson Kambalu

What do you do when it looks like the odds were stacked against you before you were even born, when you're having trouble feeding a family that just keeps growing, when you've got a little too much of an affection...


Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl

by Stacey O'Brien

On Valentine's Day 1985, biologist Stacey O'Brien first met a four-day-old baby barn owl -- a fateful encounter that would turn into an astonishing 19-year saga. With nerve damage in one wing, the owlet's ability...


Captive: 2,147 Days of Terror in the Colombian Jungle

by Clara Rojas

On a fateful day in February 2002, campaign manager Clara Rojas accompanied longtime friend and presidential hopeful Ingrid Betancourt into an area controlled by the powerful leftist guerrilla group, the Revolutionary...


Note by Note: A Celebration of the Piano Lesson

by Tricia Tunstall

In this luminous book, Tricia Tunstall explores the enduring fascination of the piano lesson. Even as everything else about the world of music changes, the piano lesson retains its appeal. Drawing on her own...


The Virgin Asanas: How Yoga, Sex, and Mother Mary Changed Everything

by Jennifer Lynne Strube

God. Sex. And Yoga. Mothers. Daughters. And Destiny. Growing up. Giving up. Going Mad. The juiciness no one is talking about. Yet. Six months before my 30th birthday, my life as I knew it flopped. Dumped by...


The Second Father

by Domenico Cacciola, Carmelo Cacciola & Ben Robertson

Growing up with racism and discrimination compelled former undercover cop and Sicilian immigrant Domenico “Mick” Cacciola into a life fighting for justice. In this gripping autobiography, Mick—who joined...


If Only You People Could Follow Directions: A Memoir

by Jessica Hendry Nelson

If Only You People Could Follow Directions is a spellbinding debut by Jessica Hendry Nelson. In linked autobiographical essays, Nelson has reimagined the memoir with her thoroughly original voice, fearless writing,...


From Boulanger to Stockhausen: Interviews and a Memoir

by Bálint András| Varga

Bálint András Varga makes available here for the first time in English nineteen extended interviews with some of the most notable figures in music from the past fifty years, as well as lively "snippets" from...


Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris

by Edmund White

An irresistible literary treat: a memoir of the social and sexual lives of New York City's cultural and intellectual in-crowd in the tumultuous 1970s, from acclaimed author Edmund White.