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Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer

by Novella Carpenter

“One of New York Times Top 10 Books of 2009” (Dwight Garner)

"Captivating... By turns edgy, moving, and hilarious, Farm City marks the debut of a striking new voice in American writing." --Michael Pollan,...


The Seducer's Diary

by Søren Kierkegaard, Howard V. Hong & John Updike

"In the vast literature of love, The Seducer's Diary is an intricate curiosity--a feverishly intellectual attempt to reconstruct an erotic failure as a pedagogic success, a wound masked as a boast," observes...


Moon River and Me: A Memoir

by Andy Williams

The New York Times bestselling memoir by "a national treasure" (Ronald Reagan) and one of the twentieth century's most popular and beloved entertainers.

The King of Hearts, The Emperor of Easy, Mr. Moon River-Andy...


Blue Sky July: A Mother's Story of Hope and Healing

by Nia Wyn

Set between the summers of 1998 and 2005, Blue Sky July follows the story of Nia Wyn, a mother who battled against impossible odds to heal her son Joe, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy soon after he was...


An Afghanistan Picture Show: Or, How I Saved the World

by William T. Vollmann

Never before available in paperback and all but invisible for twenty years, a personal account of the origins of America's longest war.

In 1982, the young William Vollmann worked odd jobs, including as a secretary...


Born Naked

by Farley Mowat

Farley Mowat's outrageous memoir begins with his unlikely conception in a canoe and continues to his boyhood fascination with creatures of the natural world and on to his youthful rambles and adventures. To...


The Girl from Station X: My Mother's Unknown Life

by Elisa Segrave

'A typical day on the 4 to 12 shift, as I am at present, so that the sheer agony of it may be placed on record for me to look back on, perhaps one day in the far distant future when this period may be seen...


Bubble Girl: An Irreverent Journey of Faith

by Kathryn Banakis

Kat Banakis is on her way to becoming a Christian minister. Maybe. Part memoir, part practical theology, Bubble Girl is the story of a young, edgy woman from a big, loud, ethnic Chicago family, deciding who...


Proof of Divine: One Man's Journey from Doubt to Faith, Hope, and Love

by Andrew Murtagh

Proof of Divine presents the journey of author Andrew Murtagh as he straddles the fence between faith and cynicism in an all-or-none look at the greatest story ever told. Blending his family's incredible stories...


The Scent Trail: How One Woman's Quest for the Perfect Perfume Took Her Around the World

by Celia Lyttelton

Lyttelton?s passion for fragrance inspired her to have a signature perfume created just for her?and then to embark on the ultimate olfactory odyssey. Armed with a list of ingredients, she tracked down each component...


Islands of Sunshine and Shadow

by Bernard Blestel

ISLANDS OF SUNSHINE AND SHADOW is the story of an extraordinary man living through ordinary times, or perhaps it is the story of an ordinary man living through extraordinary times. From his childhood in the...


Acedia & me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life

by Kathleen Norris

The extraordinary New York Times bestselling masterpiece from "one of the most eloquent yet earthbound spiritual writers of our time (San Francisco Chronicle).

Kathleen Norris had written several much loved...


The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears in Paris at the World's Most Famous Cooking School

by Kathleen Flinn

Read Kathleen Flinn's posts on the Penguin Blog.

This is the funny and inspiring account of Kathleen Flinn’s struggle in a stew of hot-tempered chefs, competitive classmates, her own “wretchedly inadequate”...


Growing Up Hard in Harlan County

by G.C. Jones

G.C. "Red" Jones's classic memoir of growing up in rural eastern Kentucky during the Depression is a story of courage, persistence, and eventual triumph. His priceless and detailed recollections of hardscrabble...


Miracle Run: Watching My Autistic Sons Grow Up- and Take Their First StepsInto Adulthood

by Corrine Morgan-Thomas

The inspiration for the Lifetime movie and a guide for parents confronting their autistic children's journeys to adulthood.

Parents of autistic children often wonder: What will happen to our kids when they grow...


Unpolished Gem: My Mother, My Grandmother, and Me

by Alice Pung

After Alice Pung’s family fled to Australia from the killing fields of Cambodia, her father chose Alice as her name because he thought their new country was a Wonderland. In this lyrical, bittersweet debut...


Hard Sell: Now a Major Motion Picture LOVE and OTHER DRUGS

by Jamie Reidy

Jamie Reidy is the guy who's been there, done that, and walked away with the insider stories. Inside Hard Sell: Now a Major Motion Picture LOVE and OTHER DRUGS, you'll find yourself rooting for Reidy and shocked...


The Mistress Contract

by She and He

The remarkable true document that is The Mistress Contract opens with a piece of paper that was signed in 1981 by a woman and her wealthy lover. The contract establishes an exchange that she thinks fair: If...


Fading Echoes: A True Story of Rivalry and Brotherhood from the Football Field to theFields ofHonor

by Mike Sielski

Now in paperback-a true story of hometown heroes.

In a state that prides itself on hard-hitting gridiron epics, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, was home to the greatest high school football rivalry: the Central...


The Meaning of Matthew: My Son's Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed

by Judy Shepard

"A courageous, eloquent, and devoted mother...gives us all a greater understanding of Matthew and the larger meaning of his life."

-Senator Edward M. Kennedy

Today, Matthew Shepard is synonymous with gay...