Biography & Autobiography - Specific Groups - Special Needs

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Drinking: A Love Story

Caroline Knapp

Fifteen million Americans a year are plagued with alcoholism. Five million of them are women. Many of them, like Caroline Knapp, started in their early teens and began to use alcohol as 'liquid armor,' a way to protect themselves agai...

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Published: May 1997

A Child Called 'It': One Child's Cour...

Dave Pelzer

This is the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. Dave Pelzer was brutally beaten & starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played torturous, unpredictable...

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Published: Sep 1995

After the Fire: A True Story of Frien...

Robin Fisher

Every so often we encounter a story that makes us cry and makes us strong, that makes us want to hug our children and call our old friends. This bestselling book captures just such a drama in all its heartrending drama. On January 19...

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Published: Jan 2010

Well Enough Alone: A Cultural History...

Jennifer Traig

The hilarious first-person account of life as a hypochondriac—from the critically acclaimed author of Devil in the Details.Jennifer Traig does not suffer from lupus, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's Disease, or muscular dystrophy. Nor do...

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Published: Jul 2009

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Aspe...

John Elder Robison

New York Times Bestseller"As sweet and funny and sad and true and heartfelt a memoir as one could find."—from the foreword by Augusten Burroughs Ever since he was young, John Robison longed to connect with other people, bu...

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Published: Sep 2008

Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extrao...

Daniel Tammet

One of the world's 50 living autistic savants is the first and only to tell his compelling and inspiring life story and explain how his incredible mind works. While Tammet's brain has amazed scientists for years, everyone will be move...

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Published: Oct 2007

Moments of Clarity: Voices from the F...

Christopher Kennedy Lawford

On February 17, 1986, after years of addiction and self-destruction, Christopher Kennedy Lawford reached a turning point in his life, one that would mark the beginning of his long road to recovery. In his New York Times bestselling m...

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Published: Feb 2010

Saving Sammy: A Mother's Fight to Cur...

Beth Alison Maloney

The summer before entering sixth grade, Sammy, a bright and charming boy who lived on the coast of Maine, suddenly began to exhibit disturbing behavior. He walked and ate with his eyes shut, refused to bathe, burst into fits of rage, ...

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Published: Oct 2010

Grand Central Winter: Stories from th...

Lee Stringer

In the underground tunnels below Grand Central Terminal, Lee Stringer -- homeless and drug-addicted over the course of eleven years -- found a pencil to run through his crack pipe. One day, he used it to write. Soon, writing became a ...

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Published: Nov 1999

Buddha & the Borderline: My Recovery ...

Kiera Van Gelder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) affects more than ten million Americans, yet the disorder is still shrouded in mystery and stigma. Only recently have treatments like dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) been developed for this 'in...

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Published: Jul 2010

Passing for Normal: A Memoir of Compu...

Amy S. Wilensky

I am crazy. But maybe I am not.  For most of her life, these thoughts plagued Amy Wilensky as her mind lurched and veered in ways she didn't understand and her body did things she couldn't control. While she excelled in school and l...

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Published: Jul 2000

His Bright Light: The Story of Nick T...

Danielle Steel

This is the story of an extraordinary boy with a brilliant mind, a heart of gold, and a tortured soul. It is the story of an illness, a fight to live, and a race against death.I want to share the story, and the pain, the courage, the ...

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Published: Feb 2000

Mozart and the Whale: An Asperger's L...

Jerry Newport

When Jerry and Mary Newport met, the connection was instant. A musical genius and a mathematical wonder, the two shared astronomic IQs, but they also shared something else -- they both were diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a form o...

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Published: Nov 2007

When Rabbit Howls

Troops for Truddi Chase

Truddi Chase began therapy to discover why she suffered from blackouts. What surfaced was terrifying: she was inhabited by 'the Troops'-92 individual personalities. This groundbreaking true story is made all the more extraordinary in ...

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Published: Feb 2002

Ebby: The Man Who Sponsored Bill W.

Mel B

Titles under the Hazelden-Pittman Archives Press imprint focus on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous: its early years; biographies of its founders; the work of men and women who have made significant contributions to the fellowship; ...

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Published: May 1999

Rachel in the World: A Memoir

Jane Bernstein

What happens when love is no longer enough? Jane Bernstein thought that learning to accept her daughter's disabilities meant her struggles were over. But as Rachel grew up and needed more than a parent's devotion, both mother and daug...

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Published: Jan 2010

Alandra's Lilacs: The Story of a Moth...

Tressa Bowers

When, in 1968, 19-year-old Tressa Bowers took her baby daughter to an expert on deaf children, he pronounced that Alandra was "stone deaf," she most likely would never be able to talk, and she probably would not get much of ...

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Published: May 1999

Rebuilt: My Journey Back to the Heari...

Michael Chorost

After Michael Chorost suddenly lost what was left of his hearing, he took the radical step of having a cochlear implant -- a tiny computer -- installed in his head. A technological marvel, the device not only restored to him the world...

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Published: Apr 2006

Front of the Class: How Tourette Synd...

Brad Cohen

As a child with Tourette syndrome, Brad Cohen was ridiculed, beaten, mocked, and shunned. Children, teachers, and even family members found it difficult to be around him. As a teen, he was viewed by many as purposefully misbehaving, e...

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Published: Nov 2008

Strong at the Broken Places: Voices o...

Richard M. Cohen

Strong at the Broken Places is the remarkable story of five ordinary people trapped in the complex world of serious chronic illness. In this intimate portrait, acclaimed journalist Richard M. Cohen probes lives of sickness as these ...

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Published: Feb 2009

Spelling Love with an X: A Mother, a ...

Clare Dunsford

A memoir of raising a child with a genetic disorder When her son, J.P., was first diagnosed with fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited cause of mental retardation, Clare Dunsford discovered that she and three of her four sibli...

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Published: Oct 2008

The Soul of Sponsorship: The Friendsh...

Robert Fitzgerald

The Soul of Sponsorship explores the relationship of Bill Wilson, cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous, and his spiritual adviser and friend, Father Ed Dowling. Many might consider that such a remarkable individual as Bill Wilson, who wa...

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Published: Jul 1995

Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recover...

Patricia Weaver Francisco

She invites the reader into her life and into the questions raised by a crime with no obvious solutions or easy answers. We see the dimensions of a human struggle often kept hidden from view. While there are an estimated twelve millio...

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Published: Feb 2000

A Friend Like Henry: The Remarkable T...

Nuala Gardner

A Friend Like Henry is a mother's heartwarming account of how her little boy conquered his autism with the help of a devoted family dog.When Jamie and Nuala Gardner chose a puppy for their son Dale, they weren't an ordinary family cho...

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Published: Sep 2008

Bill W.: A Biography of Alcoholics An...

Francis Hartigan

When Bill Wilson, with his friend Dr. Bob Smith, founded Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935, his hope was that AA would become a safe haven for those who suffered from this disease. Thirty years after his death, AA continues to help million...

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Published: Oct 2001

Inconceivable: A Woman's Triumph Over...

Julia Indichova

A memoir of hope for the thousands of women struggling with infertility, from one who beat the odds by simply tuning in to her body and tapping her well of sheer determination. At a time when more and more women are trying to get preg...

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Published: Oct 2001

Too Late to Die Young: Nearly True Ta...

Harriet McBryde Johnson

 A Washington Post Book World Rave Harriet McBryde Johnson's witty and highly unconventional memoir opens with a lyrical meditation on death and ends with a bold and unsentimental sermon on pleasure. Born with a congenital neuromusc...

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Published: Feb 2006

Saving Milly: Love, Politics, and Par...

Morton Kondracke

Morton Kondracke never intended to wed Millicent Martinez, but the fiery daughter of a radical labor organizer eventually captured his heart. They married, raised two daughters, and loved and fought passionately for twenty years. Then...

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Published: May 2002

The Outsider: A Journey Into My Fathe...

Nathaniel Lachenmeyer

The Outsider is an unsentimental yet profoundly moving look at one family's experience with mental illness. In 1978, Charles Lachenmeyer was a happily married professor of sociology who lived in the New York suburbs with his wife and...

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Published: Aug 2001

Let Me Hear Your Voice: A Family's Tr...

Catherine Maurice

She was a beautiful doelike child, with an intense, graceful fragility. In her first year, she picked up words, smiled and laughed, and learned to walk. But then Anne-Marie began to turn inward. And when her little girl lost some of t...

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Published: Jul 1994
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