Biography & Autobiography - Ethnic Cultures - General

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Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwa...

Adeline Yen Mah

Born in 1937 in a port city a thousand miles north of Shanghai, Adeline Yen Mah was the youngest child of an affluent Chinese family who enjoyed rare privileges during a time of political and cultural upheaval. But wealth and position...

Published: Apr 1999

My Father's Paradise

Ariel Sabar

In a remote corner of the world, forgotten for nearly three thousand years, lived an enclave of Kurdish Jews so isolated that they still spoke Aramaic, the language of Jesus. Mostly illiterate, they were self-made mystics and gifted s...

Published: Oct 2009

Tis: A Memoir

Frank McCourt

Frank McCourt's glorious childhood memoir, Angela's Ashes, has been loved and celebrated by readers everywhere for its spirit, its wit and its profound humanity. A tale of redemption, in which storytelling itself is the source of salv...

Published: Aug 2000

Geisha: A Life

Mineko Iwasaki

No woman in the three-hundred-year history of the karyukai has ever come forward in public to tell her story -- until now.'Many say I was the best geisha of my generation,' writes Mineko Iwasaki. 'And yet, it was a life that I found t...

Published: Sep 2003

Leaving Mother Lake: A Girlhood at th...

Yang Erche Namu

This remarkable memoir transports us to the remote reaches of the Himalayas, to a place the Chinese call 'the country of daughters,' to the home of the Moso, a society in which women rule men. According to local tradition, marriage is...

Published: Feb 2004

Lost in America: A Journey with My Fa...

Sherwin B. Nuland

A writer renowned for his insight into the mysteries of the body now gives us a lambent and profoundly moving book about the mysteries of family. At its center lies Sherwin Nuland's Rembrandtesque portrait of his father, Meyer Nudelma...

Published: Mar 2004

Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Vo...

Andrew X. Pham

Winner of the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book PrizeA New York Times Notable Book of the YearWinner of the Whiting Writers' AwardA Seattle Post-Intelligencer Best Book of the YearCatfish and Mandala is the story of an American odyssey—a so...

Published: Sep 2000

The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and t...

Sandy Tolan

In 1967, Bashir Al-Khayri, a Palestinian twenty-five-year-old, journeyed to Israel, with the goal of seeing the beloved old stone house, with the lemon tree behind it, that he and his family had fled nineteen years earlier. To his sur...

Published: Apr 2007

The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: ...

Lucette Lagnado

Lucette Lagnado's father, Leon, is a successful Egyptian businessman and boulevardier who, dressed in his signature white sharkskin suit, makes deals and trades at Shepherd's Hotel and at the dark bar of the Nile Hilton. After the fa...

Published: Jul 2008

Enrique's Journey

Sonia Nazario

In this astonishing true story, award-winning journalist Sonia Nazario recounts the unforgettable odyssey of a Honduran boy who braves unimaginable hardship and peril to reach his mother in the United States. When Enrique is five year...

Published: Feb 2007

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlh...

Maxine Hong Kingston

A Chinese American woman tells of the Chinese myths, family stories and events of her California childhood that have shaped her identity.

Published: Apr 1989

Persian Girls: A Memoir

Nahid Rachlin

Praised by V. S. Naipaul, Anne Tyler, and other writers, Nahid Rachlin has spent her career writing novels about hidden Iran-the combustible political passions underlying everyday life and the family dramas of ordinary Iranians. With ...

Published: Jan 2008

Looking Like the Enemy: My Story of I...

Mary Matsuda Gruenewald

In 1941, Mary Matsuda Gruenewald was a teenage girl who, like other Americans, reacted with horror to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Yet soon she and her family were among 110,000 innocent people imprisoned by the U.S. government becaus...

Published: Apr 2005

The Islamist: Why I Became an Islamic...

Ed Husain

The true story of one man's journey to Islamic fundamentalism and back Raised in a devout but quiet Muslim community in London, at sixteen Ed Husain was presented with an intriguing political interpretation of Islam known as fundament...

Published: Apr 2009

Still Life With Rice

Helie Lee

In this radiant memoir of her grandmother's life, Lee recreates a culture that is both seductively exotic and strangely familiar. Lee's desire to recover the family's history, as well as to understand the intricate weave of her own id...

Published: Apr 1997

Paper Daughter: A Memoir

Elaine M. Mar

When she was five years old, M. Elaine Mar and her mother emigrated from Hong Kong to Denver to join her father in a community more Chinese than American, more hungry than hopeful. While working with her family in the kitchen of a C...

Published: Aug 2000

Hunger of Memory : The Education of R...

Richard Rodroquez

Hunger of Memory is the story of Mexican-American Richard Rodriguez, who begins his schooling in Sacramento, California, knowing just 50 words of English, and concludes his university studies in the stately quiet of the reading room o...

Published: Jan 1983

Places Left Unfinished at the Time of...

John Phillip Santos

In this beautifully wrought memoir, award-winning writer John Philip Santos weaves together dream fragments, family remembrances, and Chicano mythology, reaching back into time and place to blend the story of one Mexican family with t...

Published: Aug 2000

The Language of Blood

Jane Jeong Trenka

"A book that translates, and transcends, the eternal question of home, belonging, family, identity." —Star Tribune (Minneapolis)My name is Jeong Kyong-Ah. My ancestry includes landowners, scholars, and government officials...

Published: Jul 2005

Wild Steps of Heaven

Victor Villasenor

In his critically acclaimed bestseller 'Rain of Gold, Victor Villase-or brought his mother's family vividly to life. In 'Wild Steps Of Heaven, he turns to his father's family, the Villase-ors. Against a vivid backdrop of love and war,...

Published: Feb 1997

Fifth Chinese Daughter

Jade S. Wong

Originally published in 1945 and now reissued with a new introduction by the author, Jade Snow Wong's story is one of struggle and achievements. These memoirs of the author's first 24 years are thoughtful, informative, and highly ente...

Published: Apr 1989
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