Biography & Autobiography - Women

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Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in...

Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafasi formed a book club in Tehran comprised of seven young women who got together to discuss such books as THE GREAT GATSBY, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, DAISY MILLER, and, of course, LOLITA--books forbidden by the Islamic government. ...

Published: Dec 2003

Living History

Hillary Rodham Clinton

In this memoir, Hillary Clinton writes of her experiences as First Lady during the Clinton administration, and her subsequent, successful candidacy for U.S. senator from New York. She also reviews her Chicago uringing, her early effo...

Published: Apr 2004

The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women...

Jeffrey Zaslow

The instant New York Times bestseller, now in paperback: a moving tribute to female friendships, with the inspiring story of eleven girls and the ten women they became, from the coauthor of the million-copy bestseller The Last Lectur...

Published: Apr 2010

A Walk on the Beach: Tales of Wisdom ...

Joan Anderson

In this memoir of a friendship, Joan Anderson, the author of A YEAR BY THE SEA and AN UNFINISHED MARRIAGE, provides more information about her search for peace and fulfillment on the shores of Cape Cod. Here she tells of her friendshi...

Published: Apr 2005

The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a L...

Lily Koppel

A New York Times' journalist discovers a discarded old diary - a long-lost treasure that introduces her to an extraordinary woman and a glamourous, forgotten time. For decades it languished in an unclaimed trunk in the basement of a p...

Published: Feb 2009

The Broke Diaries: The Completely Tru...

Angela Nissel

In this true account, a college student, who struggled financially in an urban environment, amuses with anecdotes about lacking cash in a variety of humiliating situations: buying discount groceries, dodging her landlord, and hanging ...

Published: Apr 2001

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mothe...

Stephanie Land

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEREvicted meets Nickel and Dimed in Stephanie Land's memoir about working as a maid, a beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in America. Includes a foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich. At 28, Stephanie Land's p...

Published: Jan 2020

Truth & Beauty: A Friendship

Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett and the late Lucy Grealy met in college in 1981, and, after enrolling in the Iowa Writer's Workshop, began a friendship that would be as defining to both of their lives as their work. In Grealy's critically acclaimed memi...

Published: Apr 2005

Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia ...

Bob Spitz

The stunning story of how Julia Child transformed herself into the cult figure who touched off a food revolution that has gripped the country for more than fifty years. Spanning Pasadena to Paris, acclaimed author Bob Spitz reveals th...

Published: May 2013

Rockabye: From Wild to Child

Rebecca Woolf

Rockabye is the lively memoir of a spontaneous young city-girl who becomes unexpectedly pregnant. That city-girl is Rebecca Woolf, who at 23, after the 'holy shit, I'm pregnant' realization, decides to keep the baby, marry the boyfrie...

Published: Mar 2008

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold ...

Denise Kiernan

The New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback—an incredible true story of the top-secret World War II town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the young women brought there unknowingly to help build the atomic bomb."The be...

Published: Mar 2014


Carolyn Jessop

The dramatic first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist American religious sect, and one woman's courageous flight to freedom with her eight children.When she was eighteen years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an...

Published: Dec 2008

The Bolter

Frances Osborne

She was irresistible. She inspired fiction, fantasy, legend, and art.Some say she was "the Bolter" of Nancy Mitford's novel The Pursuit of Love. She "played" Iris Storm in Michael Arlen's celebrated novel about fas...

Published: May 2010

Michelle Obama: A Life

Peter Slevin

This is the inspiring story of a modern American icon, the first comprehensive account of the life and times of Michelle Obama. With disciplined reporting and a storyteller's eye for revealing detail, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to ...

Published: Jan 2016

A Midwife's Story

Penny Armstrong

When hospital-trained midwife Penny Armstrong takes on a job delivering the babies of the Amish, she discovers an approach to giving birth which would change her life forever. A MidwifeÕs Story is a life-affirming book that never fai...

Published: Apr 2007

Secret Diary of a Call Girl


Belle couldn't find a job after University. Her impressive degree was not paying her rent or buying her food. But after a fantastic threesome with a very rich couple who gave her a ton of money, Belle realized that she could earn more...

Published: Jun 2008

My Forbidden Face: Growing Up Under t...


An astonishing first-hand account of a young womans life lived under the tyranny of the Taliban.Born into a middle-class Afghan family in Kabul in 1980, Latifa spent her teenage days talking fashion and movies with her friends, listen...

Published: Jan 2001

The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl

Shauna Reid

At just twenty-three years old, Shauna Reid weighed 351 pounds. Spurred into action by the sight of her enormous white knickers billowing on the clothesline, she created the hugely successful blog 'The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl....

Published: Jan 2009

Rabbit-Proof Fence: The True Story of...

Doris Pilkington

Following an Australian government edict in 1931, black aboriginal children and children of mixed marriages were gathered up and taken to settlements to be institutionally assimilated. In Rabbit-Proof Fence, award-wining author Doris ...

Published: Nov 2002

Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Educa...

Dorothy Wickenden

Now in paperback, the acclaimed and captivating true story of two restless society girls who left their affluent lives to "rough it" as teachers in the wilds of Colorado in 1916.In 1916, Dorothy Wickenden's grandmother, Doro...

Published: May 2012

Sleeping Arrangements

Laura Shaine Cunningham

This classic and funny memoir of a wildly unorthodox Bronx childhood in the 1950s tells the story of a girl who starts out fatherless, is orphaned at age eight, is raised by two extremely odd strangers who happen to be her uncles, and...

Published: Jul 2000

The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Stor...

Lily Koppel

As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. T...

Published: Jun 2014

American Ghost: A Family's Extraordin...

Hannah Nordhaus

"A haunting story about the long reach of the past."—Maureen Corrigan, NPR'S Fresh Air"In this intriguing book, [Nordhaus] shares her journey to discover who her immigrant ancestor really was—and what strange alchem...

Published: Mar 2016

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Sta...

Shonda Rhimes

The instant New York Times bestseller from the creator of Greys Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder shares how saying YES changed her life. As fun to read as Rhimess TV series are to watch ( Los A...

Published: Nov 2016

Save Karen: One Shopaholic's Journey ...

Karyn Bosnak

Drowning in $20,000 of credit card debt, shopaholic Karyn Bosnak asked strangers for money online -- and it worked! What would you do if you owed $20,000? Would you: A) not tell your parents? B) start your own website that asked ...

Published: Sep 2003

The Story of My Life: The Restored Ed...

Helen Keller

The tedious steps of the process of awakening the intelligence of a human being deprived of all the ordinary means of communication with her fellows at an age so early that practically no foundation has been laid by normal means--such...

Published: Mar 2004

Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return

Marjane Satrapi

The great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists continues her description of growing up in Tehran, a country plagued by political upheaval and vast contradictions between public and private life, in ...

Published: Aug 2005

When I Was Puerto Rican: A Memoir

Esmeralda Santiago

The American story of immigration, this time with a unique Latin flavor.' (Los Angeles Times Book Review) Esmeralda Santiago's story begins in rural Puerto Rico, where her childhood was full of both tenderness and domestic strife, tr...

Published: Jan 1993

Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret An...

Anne Frank

A poignant collection of the young author's lesser-known writings includes short stories, fables, personal reminiscences, previously deleted excerpts from her diary, and an unfinished novel composed while she was hidden from the Nazis...

Published: Mar 2003

Princess Sultana's Circle (Princess T...

Jean Sasson

In her international best sellers, PRINCESS and PRINCESS SULTANA'S DAUGHTERS, Jean Sasson vividly depicted the harsh restrictions endured by Saudi women. These books described the lives of women who live in a society where they have f...

Published: May 2002
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