Biography & Autobiography - Regional Subjects - General

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All over but the Shoutin

Rick Bragg

This haunting, harrowing, gloriously moving recollection of a life on the American margin is the story of Rick Bragg, who grew up dirt-poor in northeastern Alabama, seemingly destined for either the cotton mills or the penitentiary, a...

Published: Sep 1998

If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name...

Heather Lende

Tiny Haines, Alaska, ninety miles north of Juneau, is accessible mainly by water or air—and only when the weather is good. There's no traffic light and no mail delivery; people can vanish without a trace; and funerals are community...

Published: Jun 2006

The Jew Store

Stella Suberman

The Bronsons were the first Jews to ever live in the small town of Concordia, Tennessee-a town consisting of one main street, one bank, one drugstore, one picture show, one feed and seed, one hardware store, one beauty parlor, one bar...

Published: Sep 2001

The Man Who Invented Las Vegas

W. R. Wilkerson

This book corrects a popular misconception and explains that it was W.R. Billy Wilkerson Jr., founder and publisher of The Hollywood Reporter, and not Benjamin Bugsy Siegel who created the Vegas Strip. This compelling, richly-researc...

Published: Jan 2000

Totch: A Life in the Everglades

Loren G. Brown

In the mysterious wilderness of swamps, marshes, and rivers of the Florida Everglades, Totch Brown hung up his career as alligator hunter and commercial fisherman to become, briefly, a self-confessed pot smuggler. Before the marijuana...

Published: Oct 1993

Not Really an Alaskan Mountain Man

Doug Fine

Now here's a formula for near disaster: East Coast big-city guy, world-traveler, jounalist, and otherwise politically savvy fellow settles down in rural Alaska, where men are many and manly, and women with survival skills are good to ...

Published: Sep 2004

Riding the White Horse Home: A Wester...

Teresa Jordan

The daughter and granddaughter of Wyoming ranchers, Teresa Jordan gives us a lyrical and superbly evocative book that is at once a family chronicle and a eulogy for the land her people helped shape and in time were forced to leave. Au...

Published: May 1994

Nine Lives: Mystery, Magic, Death, an...

Dan Baum

Nines Lives is a multivoiced biography of a dazzling, surreal, and imperiled city, told through the lives of nine unforgettable characters and bracketed by two epic storms: Hurricane Betsy, which transformed New Orleans in the 1960s, ...

Published: Feb 2010

On Patrol: True Adventures of an Alas...

Ray Tremblay

These daring stories shed light on what life was really like in the Last Frontier just before, during, and after Alaska joined the Union.

Published: Sep 2004

The House on First Street: My New Orl...

Julia Reed

Julia Reed went to New Orleans in 1991 to cover the reelection of former (and currently incarcerated) governor Edwin Edwards. Seduced by the city's sauntering pace, its rich flavors and exotic atmosphere, she was never entirely able ...

Published: Jul 2009

Arctic Homestead: The True Story of O...

Norma Cobb

In 1973, Norma Cobb, her husband Lester, and the their five children, the oldest of whom was nine-years-old and the youngest, twins, barely one, pulled up stakes in the Lower Forty-eight and headed north to Alaska to follow a pioneer ...

Published: Feb 2003

Why I Came West: A Memoir

Rick Bass

In this searching memoir, Rick Bass describes how he first fell in love with theWest — as a landscape, an idea, and a way of life. Bass grew up in the suburban sprawl of Houston, attended college in Utah, and spent eight years worki...

Published: Jul 2009

Through the Children's Gate: A Home i...

Adam Gopnik

Not long after Adam Gopnik returned to New York at the end of 2000 with his wife and two small children, they witnessed one of the great and tragic events of the city’s history. In his sketches and glimpses of people and places,...

Published: Nov 2007

Fifty Miles from Tomorrow: A Memoir o...

William L. Iggiagruk Hensley

Nunavut tigummiun!Hold on to the land! It was just fifty years ago that the territory of Alaska officially became the state of Alaska. But no matter who has staked their claim to the land, it has always had a way of enveloping souls ...

Published: Mar 2010

Deadfall: Generations of Logging in t...

James LeMonds

Through the life stories of the author s grandfathers, father, uncles, and cousins, Deadfall documents the dramatic changes in the logging industry since the early 1900s. The book focuses on the influence of international timber giant...

Published: Jun 2003

Cross Creek

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Originally published in 1942, Cross Creek has become a classic in modern American literature. For the millions of readers raised on The Yearling, here is the story of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's experiences in the remote Florida hamlet...

Published: Mar 1996

The Thread That Runs So True: A Mount...

Jesse Stuart

First published in 1949, Jesse Stuart's now classic personal account of his twenty years of teaching in the mountain region of Kentucky has enchanted and inspired generations of students and teachers. With eloquence and wit, Stuart tr...

Published: Jan 1950

Old Timer's Tales of Oregon: An Oral ...

John Taylor

Book by Taylor, John, Taylor, Joy

Published: Feb 2004

Remembering Denny

Calvin Trillin

A reissue of Calvin Trillin's memoir of his relationship with a brilliant but tragic Yale classmate that is also a rumination on social change in the 1950s and 1960s 'Remembering Denny' is perhaps Calvin Trillin's most inspired and po...

Published: May 2005
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