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How to Disappear: A Memoir for Misfits

PEN/Ackerley Prize 2012

by Duncan Fallowell

WINNER OF THE 2012 PEN/ACKERLEY PRIZE

A haunting memoir on the nature of belonging and the lure of escape.

In this series of five brilliantly written and irrepressibly quirky travelogues, Duncan Fallowell sets...


Reluctant Hero: A 9/11 Survivor Speaks Out About That Unthinkable Day, What He's Learned, How He's Struggled, and What No One Should Ever Forget

by Michael Benfante & Dave Hollander

On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, Michael Benfante went to work, just like he had day after day, at his office on eighty-first floor in the World Trade Center North Tower. Moments after the first plane struck,...


Voyage to a Stricken Land: A Woman Reporter's Battlefield Reporting on the War in Iraq

by Sara Daniel

In June of 2002, war looms and Saddam Hussein still has a brutal grip on a nation in disarray. Sara Daniel travels the length and breadth of Iraq, following the fast-evolving events and interviewing people from...


Bad Animals: A Father's Accidental Education in Autism

by Joel Yanofsky

Joel Yanofsky tried for years to start this memoir. “It’s not just going to be about autism,” he told his wife, Cynthia. “It’s going to be about parenthood and marriage, about hope and despair, and...


Ivy League Stripper: A Memoir

by Heidi Mattson

Heidi Mattson successfully united sex and scholarship to realize a '90s version of the American Dream by becoming a smart, sassy, self-confident stripper while attending Brown University in Providence, Rhode...


The Pastures of Beyond: An Old Cowboy Looks Back at the Old West

by Dayton O. Hyde

At age thirteen, Dayton Hyde, a spirited beanpole of a boy, ran away from home in Michigan to Yamsi, his uncle’s ranch in eastern Oregon. This was in the 1930s, and Yamsi was one of the last great cattle ranches...


Chewing Gum in Holy Water: A Childhood in the Heart of Italy

by Mario Valentini

A warm, tender, and richly nostalgic look at growing up in a remote village in a postwar Italy on the brink of modernity.


Cogan's Woods: A Celebration of Hunting, Family, and Kentucky

by Ron Ellis & Rick Bass

In Cogan’s Woods Ron Ellis fondly recalls annual August hunting trips with his father: heading towards the great forests of Kentucky in the passenger seat of the family Mercury, exploring the foggy woods and...


Burqalicious: The Dubai Diaries: A True Story of Sun, Sand, Sex, and Secrecy

by Becky Wicks

As a sassy young woman used to drinking, partying, blogging, and shopping her way through dreary London, the call of a glamorous, tax-free career in sunny Dubai just couldn’t go unanswered. Over the course...


Only The Eyes Say Yes: A Love Story

by Philippe Vigand & Stephane Vigand

On a July morning ten years ago, Philippe Vigand, a young, vigorous, handsome publishing executive, was walking to work when he heard "a gigantic explosion." Strangely, nobody else seemed to have heard it ......


Red Sorrow: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution

by Nanchu

"Red Sorrow . . . reminds us that it is people who make history." —Atlanta Journal-Constitution

At the outbreak of the Cultural Revolution, thirteen-year-old Nanchu watched as

Red Guards burst into her home and...


Listen to Me

by Beth Huffman

Listen to Me is an inspirational, faith-based book that will often move the reader to tears. It is the story of Kim Brinkman Smith who survived Hodgkin's disease as a sixteen-year-old who had been healthy and...


The FabYOUList: List It, Live It, Love Your Life

by Susan Campbell Cross

The funny and inspiring story of one suburban mom’s adventures as she tackles forty challenges before her fortieth birthday.


The Family Law

by Benjamin Law

Now a major SBS television series!

Meet the Law family - eccentric, endearing and hard to resist. Your guide: Benjamin, the third of five children and a born humorist. Join him as he tries to answer some puzzling...


Death of a Good Job

by Matthew Newton

While on vacation in the Pennsylvania mountains with his wife and three-year-old son, Matthew Newton receives a voice mail from his employer. "Please call back as soon as you can," says the man's voice on the...


Adam S Summer Purgatory, 2008 (2013)

by Adam Humphreys

Illegal immigrant Adam Humphreys is forced to abandon his cosmopolitan lifestyle for remote bush camps in Northern Canada for one summer in order to earn money. Will he return to New York and his girlfriend?...


Falling Into Place: A Memoir of Overcoming

by Hattie Kauffman

Four-time Emmy Award-winning news correspondent shares her emotionally gripping and entertaining story of finding faith and overcoming the wounds of abuse, poverty, alcoholism, and divorce.


A History of Silence: A Memoir

by Lloyd Jones

From New Zealand's greatest living writer, A History of Silence is a moving and devastating memoir unlike any you have ever read before.

A History of Silence is a book about a country and a broken landscape....


You Want Fries With That: A White-Collar Burnout Experiences Life at Minimum Wage

by Prioleau Alexander

Ever fantasized about quitting your job and starting over? Prioleau Alexander did just that. Here is his laugh-out-loud funny, endearing, and humbling exploration of life at minimum wage. Alexander walked away...


Finding Lina: A Mother's Journey from Autism to Hope

by Helena Hjalmarsson

Lina was a precocious toddler—charming, chatty, joyful. At the age of three, in the aftermath of her second MMR vaccine, first came a seizure, and then, to her parents’ horror, the loss of Lina’s ability...