Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs

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Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A ...

Rhoda Janzen

"It is rare that I literally laugh out loud while I'm reading, but Janzen's voice—singular, deadpan, sharp-witted and honest—slayed me." —Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, LoveNot long after Rhoda Janzen turned f...

Published: Apr 2010

A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small ...

Haven Kimmel

The author offers a chronicle of growing up in a small town in America's heartland, offering portraits of her family and her encounters with the complexities of the adult world, romance, and small-town life during the 1960s and 1970s.

Published: Sep 2002

Middle Place, The

Kelly Corrigan

'An amazing story told with steep honesty. The Middle Place is memoir at its highest form.'--Darin Strauss, author of More Than It Hurts You and The Real McCoy 'If you're in a book club or just love to read, make sure this book ends...

Published: Jan 2009

Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelse...

Chelsea Handler

THE EAGERLY AWAITED COLLECTION OF PERSONAL ESSAYS FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF MY HORIZONTAL LIFEWhen Chelsea Handler needs to get a few things off her chest, she appeals to a higher power -- vodka. You would too if you found out th...

Published: Feb 2010

Med Head: My Knock-down, Drag-out, Dr...

James Patterson

Cory Friedman woke up one morning when he was five years old with the uncontrollable urge to twitch his neck. From that day forward his life became a hell of irrepressible tics and involuntary utterances, and Cory embarked on an excr...

Published: Apr 2010

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Sol...

Ishmael Beah

My new friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life."Why did you leave Sierra Leone?""Because there is a war.""You mean, you saw people running around with guns and shooting each...

Published: Aug 2008

Hannah's Gift: Lessons from a Life Fu...

Maria Housden

Every once in a while a book comes along that can change your life–a book so special, it is destined not just to be read but to be cherished, to be passed from one reader to another as a precious gift. Filled with wisdom and gra...

Published: Jul 2003

Committed: A Love Story

Elizabeth Gilbert

The #1 New York Times bestselling follow-up to Eat, Pray, Love--an intimate and erudite celebration of love. At the end of her memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian living in Indonesia. The c...

Published: Feb 2011

Born a Crime: Stories from a South Af...

Trevor Noah

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man's coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followedNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF ...

Published: Feb 2019

Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, ...

Jennifer Worth

At the age of twenty-two, Jennifer Worth leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in post war London's East End slums. The colorful characters she meets while delivering babies all over London—from the...

Published: Aug 2012

A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My F...

Augusten Burroughs

The Instant New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller by the author of Running with Scissors A Today Show Summer Reads PickWith A Wolf at the Table, Augusten Burroughs takes a quantum leap: minin...

Published: Mar 2009

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Amy Chua

At once provocative and laugh-out-loud funny, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother ignited a global parenting debate with its story of one mother's journey in strict parenting.  Amy Chua argues that Western parenting tries to respect and...

Published: Dec 2011

Possible Side Effects

Augusten Burroughs

In his fourth collection of essays and stories, Augusten Burroughs continues to mine the pain and awkwardness of his life for laughs. With a wild sense of humor and devastating powers of observation, Burroughs lays bare not only his o...

Published: Apr 2007

The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That...

Harry Bernstein

“There are places that I have never forgotten. A little cobbled street in a smoky mill town in the North of England has haunted me for the greater part of my life. It was inevitable that I should write about it and the people wh...

Published: Feb 2008

The Secret Scripture

Sebastian Barry

Nearing her one-hundredth birthday, Roseanne McNulty faces an uncertain future, as the Roscommon Regional Mental hospital where she's spent the best part of her adult life prepares for closure. Over the weeks leading up to this upheav...

Published: Apr 2009

Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, E...

Pattie Boyd

A Q&A with Pattie Boyd, Author of Wonderful Tonight Why are you writing the book now? I have been asked for the last 15 years to write a book, and it is only now that I feel the time is right. My confidence in myself was restored a...

Published: May 2008

You Better Not Cry: Stories

Augusten Burroughs

You've eaten too much candy at Christmas…but have you ever eaten the face off a six-footstuffed Santa? You've seen gingerbread houses…but have you ever made your own gingerbread tenement? You've woken up with a hangover…but have yo...

Published: Sep 2010

The Longest Trip Home: A Memoir

John Grogan

Finding your place in the world can be the longest trip home . . . In the highly anticipated follow-up to Marley & Me, John Grogan again works his magic, bringing us the story of what came first. Before there was Marley, there was ...

Published: Oct 2009

Paris in Love: A Memoir

Eloisa James

"Exhilarating and enchanting . . . brims with a casual wisdom about life."—Chicago TribuneIn 2009, New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James took a leap that many people dream about: She sold her house, took a sabbati...

Published: Mar 2013

American on Purpose: The Improbable A...

Craig Ferguson

In "American on Purpose", Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the entertainment capital of the world. Along th...

Published: May 2010

Straight Up and Dirty: A Memoir

Stephanie Klein

Marriage fit Stephanie Klein like a glove . . . but unfortunately it fit her husband like a noose. She thought she had the perfect marriage, but just like that, Klein found herself 'divorced when you're firm, fashionable, and let's f...

Published: Jun 2007

Lit: A Memoir

Mary Karr

Written with Karr's relentless honesty, unflinching self-scrutiny, and irreverent, lacerating humor, 'Lit' is a truly electrifying story of how to grow up--as only Mary Karr can tell it.

Published: Jul 2010

Double Double: A Dual Memoir of Alcoh...

Martha Grimes

"A thoughtful twist on the recovery memoir" (O, The OprahMagazine) that explains the different ways bestselling author Martha Grimes and her son, Ken Grimes, recognized and overcame their addictions, now with two new chapter...

Published: Jan 2016

Words in a French Life: Lessons in Lo...

Kristin Espinasse

Imagine a former French major getting vocabulary tips from her young children! That was the experience of Kristin Espinasse, an American who fell in love with a Frenchman and moved to his country to marry him and start a family. When ...

Published: May 2007

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creat...

William Kamkwamba

William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would brin...

Published: Aug 2010

We're Going to Need More Wine: Storie...

Gabrielle Union

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERNominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary WorkNamed a Best Book of the Year by The RootChosen by Emma Straub as a Best New Celebrity Memoir"A book of essays as raw and honest as anyone ...

Published: May 2018

Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progre...

Lee Woodruff

On the heels of her acclaimed book In an Instant, the #1 New York Times bestseller she wrote with her husband, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, and with the same candor and charm, Lee Woodruff now chronicles her life as wife, mother, dau...

Published: Apr 2010

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search f...

Elizabeth Gilbert

This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house i...

Published: Feb 2007

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Le...

Caitlin Doughty

"Morbid and illuminating" (Entertainment Weekly)―a young mortician goes behind the scenes of her curious profession. Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty―a twenty-something with a degree in...

Published: Sep 2015

The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, ...

Kristin Kimball

"This book is the story of the two love affairs that interrupted the trajectory of my life: one with farming—that dirty, concupiscent art—and the other with a complicated and exasperating farmer."Single, thirtysomething,...

Published: May 2011
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