Biography & Autobiography - Literary

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The Year of Magical Thinking

Joan Didion

In THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING, Joan Didion writes an account of her life since the 2003 death of her husband, John Gregory Dunne. Didion’s grief was profound and debilitating; she and Dunne had been married for nearly 40 years...

Unabridged CD
Published: Oct 2005

All Creatures Great and Small

James Herriot

Celebrating its 30th year of publication, the first volume of memoirs of the beloved Scottish veterinarian follows his adventures as he begins his practice in a small Yorkshire village at the start of World War II. Read by Christopher...

Unabridged CD
Published: Dec 2002

Kitchen Privileges: Memoirs of a Bron...

Mary Higgins Clark

Bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark writes about her early years, beginning with her Bronx childhood during the Depression with her widowed mother, to her own widowhood and the raising of her five children years later. She also writ...

Unabridged CD
Published: Nov 2002

Joseph Anton: A Memoir

Salman Rushdie

On February 14, 1989, Valentine's Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been "sentenced to death" by the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the first time he heard the word ifatwa. His crime? To ha...

Unabridged CD
Published: Sep 2012

The Mistress's Daughter

A. M. Homes

An acclaimed novelist's riveting memoir about what it means to be adopted and how all of us construct our sense of self and family Before A.M. Homes was born, she was put up for adoption. Her birth mother was a twenty-two- year-old...

Unabridged CD
Published: Apr 2007

Walden

Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau's classic account of the solitary life, describing his attempts to simplify his life and sort out his priorities by living alone in a cabin beside Walden Pond for nearly two years, is one of the most influential books ever wri...

Abridged CD
Published: Aug 2001

Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1...

Mark Twain

''I've struck it!'' Mark Twain wrote in a 1904 letter to a friend. ''And I will give it away--to you. You will never know how much enjoyment you have lost until you get to dictating your autobiography.'' Thus, after dozens of false...

Unabridged CD
Published: Oct 2010

Hitch-22: A Memoir

Christopher Hitchens

Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic ext...

Unabridged CD
Published: Jun 2010

My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Jour...

Isabel Allende

The author of Portrait in Sepia profiles the landscapes and people of her native country; recounts the 1973 assassination of her uncle, which caused her to go into exile and choose to become a writer; and shares her experiences as an ...

Unabridged CD
Published: Jun 2003

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of...

Barbara Kingsolver

Hang on for the ride: with characteristic poetry and pluck, Barbara Kingsolver and her family sweep readers along on their journey away from the industrial-food pipeline to a rural life in which they vow to buy only food raised in th...

Unabridged CD
Published: May 2007

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Abri...

Maya Angelou

She was born Marguerite, but her brother Bailey nicknamed her Maya ('mine'). As children, Maya and Bailey were sent to live with their grandmother is Stamps, Arkansas. Their early world revolved around this remarkable woman and the st...

Abridged CD
Published: Sep 1996

Mark Twain

Geoffrey C. Ward

The companion audiobook to the upcoming PBS miniseries presents material from the great writer's literary works, diaries, and letters, and follows him from his Hannibal, Missouri childhood, through his travels throughout the world, to...

Unabridged CD
Published: Nov 2001

Three Weeks with My Brother

Nicholas Sparks

As moving as his bestselling works of fiction, Nicholas Sparks's unique memoir, written with his brother, chronicles the life-affirming journey of two brothers bound by memories, both humorous and tragicIn January 2003, Nicholas Spark...

Unabridged CD
Published: Nov 2015

Truth & Beauty: A Friendship

Ann Patchett

The author describes her intimate twenty-year friendship with the late Lucy Grealy, tracing their introduction at a writer's workshop, the integral part their friendship played in their writing careers, and her witness to Grealy's med...

Unabridged CD
Published: May 2004

Travels with Charley in Search of Ame...

John Steinbeck

With his dog Charley, John Steinbeck set out in his truck to explore and experience America in the 1960s. As he talked with all kinds of people, he sadly noted the passing of region speech, fell in love with Montana, and was appalled ...

Unabridged CD
Published: Jun 2011

Elsewhere: A memoir

Richard Russo

After eight commanding works of fiction, the Pulitzer Prize winner now turns to memoir in a hilarious, moving, and always surprising account of his life, his parents, and the upstate New York town they all struggled variously to escap...

Unabridged CD
Published: Nov 2012

A Long Way from Home: Growing Up in t...

Tom Brokaw

In his earlier books, TV news anchor Tom Brokaw has leaned heavily on the experiences of others to remember and define what he calls 'the Greatest Generation'--those who came of age during World War II and its aftermath. In A Long Way...

Abridged CD
Published: Nov 2002

Shakespeare Low Price

Bill Bryson

William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his ...

Unabridged CD
Published: Nov 2008

Firstlight: The Early Inspirational W...

Sue Monk Kidd

Drawn from the author’s early writings for "Guideposts" and, to a lesser extent, other publications, this selection of personal reflections and essays is organized around 13 spiritual motifs and interwoven to create a ...

Unabridged CD
Published: Oct 2006

The Receptionist: An Education at The...

Janet Groth

Thanks to a successful interview with the painfully shy E.B. White, a beautiful, 19-year-old, blue-eyed blonde from the cornfields of Iowa lands a job as a receptionist at The New Yorker magazine. There she stays two decades, becoming...

Unabridged CD
Published: Jun 2012

Christopher and His Kind

Christopher Isherwood

Christopher and His Kind covers the most memorable ten years in the writer's life-from 1929, when Isherwood left England to spend a week in Berlin and decided to stay there indefinitely, to 1939, when he arrived in America. When the b...

Unabridged CD
Published: Jan 2010

True Notebooks

Mark Salzman

When Mark Salzman is invited to visit a writing class at Central Juvenile Hall, a lockup for Los Angeles’s most violent teenage offenders, he scrambles for a polite reason to decline. He goes—expecting the worst—and ...

Abridged CD
Published: Sep 2003

Winter Journal

Paul Auster

Facing his sixty-forth winter, internationally acclaimed novelist Paul Auster decides to write a journal as he sees himself aging in ways he never imagined. Compellingly written, and with dreamlike logic and urgency, the autobiographi...

Unabridged CD
Published: Aug 2012

Essential Vonnegut Interviews (Caedmo...

Kurt Vonnegut

Over the course of Kurt Vonnegut's career as a writer, he sat down many times with radio host and interviewer Walter James Miller to conduct in-depth discussions of his work and the world. Now Caedmon has collected the best of these i...

Unabridged CD
Published: Dec 2006

Dry: A Memoir

Augusten Burroughs

...Burroughs's story of getting dry will go straight to your bloodstream and leave you buzzing, exhilarated, and wiped out....Didn't think you'd ever feel even an ounce of sympathy for--let alone root for--a drunken adman, did you? Me...

Unabridged CD
Published: Jun 2003

Tis Unabridged: A Memoir

Frank McCourt

FROM THE PULIZER PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR OF THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ANGELA'S ASHESFrank McCourt's glorious childhood memoir, Angela's Ashes, has been loved and celebrated by readers everywhere. It won the National Book Critics C...

Unabridged CD
Published: Nov 2005

Reading Jackie

William Kuhn

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis never wrote a memoir, but she told her life story and revealed herself in intimate ways through the nearly 100 books she brought into print during the last two decades of her life as an editor at Viking and ...

Unabridged CD
Published: Dec 2010

The Other Side of Me

Sidney Sheldon

A candid memoir by the top best-selling author and Oscar Award-winning screenwriter discusses such life experiences as his Depression-era childhood in Chicago, his World War II Air Force service, and his relationships with a wide rang...

Abridged CD
Published: Nov 2005

Surprised by Love: The Life of Joy Da...

Lyle Dorsett

In late 1956, an item in The Times of London stunned England's literary set. Confirmed bachelor and celebrated Christian apologist C.S. Lewis announced his marriage to Joy Gresham. His choice could not have been more unlikely. Joy was...

Unabridged CD
Published: Apr 2005

Listening for the Crack of Dawn (Amer...

Donald Davis

Audiences at storytelling festivals worldwide are passionate about Donald Davis and his deceptively soft-edged Appalachian stories. Developed in oral performance, Davis'stories resonate in the experiences of his listeners and readers.

Unabridged CD
Published: Nov 1993
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