Biography & Autobiography - Childhood Memoir

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When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up ...

Chanrithy Him

In this luminous memoir, Chanrithy Him takes readers into the chaotic world of the Khmer Rouge. Over the course of four years five members of her family, including her parents, die, and so do nearly two million other Khmer. Out of sha...

Published: Apr 2001

First Darling of the Morning: Selecte...

Thrity Umrigar

First Darling of the Morning is the powerful and poignant memoir of bestselling author Thrity Umrigar, tracing the arc of her Bombay childhood and adolescence from her earliest memories to her eventual departure for the United States ...

Published: Nov 2008

Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found...

Jennifer Lauck

To young Jenny, the house on Mary Street was home -- the place where she was loved, a blue-sky world of Barbies, Bewitched, and the Beatles. Even her mother's pain from her mysterious illness could be patted away with powder and a kis...

Published: Sep 2001

The Unwanted: A Memoir of Childhood

Kien Nguyen

Kien Nguyen grew up an outsider in his native land. His once prosperous family, thrust into poverty at the dawn of a new political regime, lived among neighbors who treated them as an unwelcome remnant of the colonialist past. Kien hi...

Published: Apr 2002

An Hour Before Daylight : Memoirs of ...

Jimmy Carter

In An Hour Before Daylight, Jimmy Carter, bestselling author of Living Faith and Sources of Strength, re-creates his Depression-era boyhood on a Georgia farm before the civil rights movement forever changed it and the country. Carter ...

Published: Oct 2001

Black Baby White Hands: A View from t...

Jaiya John

July 15, 1968. It is only three months following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the nation is burning. Black and White America are locked in the tense grip of massive change. Into this inferno steps an unsuspecting ...

Published: Apr 2005

The Little Prisoner: A Memoir

Jane Elliott

When Jane Elliott was four years old, the nightmare began. She became the helpless victim of a sociopath—bullied, dominated, and sexually abused by a man only fourteen years her senior: her stepfather. For nearly two decades she wa...

Published: Aug 2008

Creeker: A Woman's Journey (Women in ...

Linda Scott Derosier

"Mine was not the Kentucky of bluegrass, juleps, and cotillions; the Kentucky of my youth was one of coal banks, crawdads, and country music." A memoir of growing up in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, Creeker heralds the...

Published: Jul 2002

Little Heathens: Hard Times and High ...

Mildred Armstrong Kalish

I tell of a time, a place, and a way of life long gone. For many years I have had the urge to describe that treasure trove, lest it vanish forever. So, partly in response to the basic human instinct to share feelings and experiences, ...

Published: Apr 2008

All Souls: A Family Story from Southi...

Michael Patrick MacDonald

A best-selling classic in a fresh new paperback edition A breakaway bestseller since its first printing, All Souls takes us deep into Michael Patrick MacDonald's Southie, the proudly insular neighborhood with the highest concentration...

Published: Oct 2007

Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of...

Madhur Jaffrey

Whether acclaimed food writer Madhur Jaffrey was climbing the mango trees in her grandparents' orchard in Delhi or picnicking in the Himalayan foothills on meatballs stuffed with raisins and mint, tucked into freshly baked spiced poor...

Published: Oct 2007

Not Even My Name: A True Story

Thea Halo

Not Even My Name is a rare eyewitness account of the horrors of a little-known, often denied genocide, in which hundreds of thousands of Armenian and Pontic Greek minorities in Turkey were killed during and after World War I. As told ...

Published: Jun 2001

Too Close to the Falls

Catherine Gildiner

Welcome to the childhood of Catherine McClure Gildiner. It is the mid-1950s in Lewiston, New York, a sleepy town near Niagara Falls. Divorce is unheard of, mothers wear high heels to the beauty salon, and television has only just arri...

Published: Feb 2002

I Love You, Miss Huddleston: and Othe...

Philip Gulley

With his ear for the small town and his knack for finding the needle of humor in life's haystack, Philip Gulley might well be Indiana's answer to Missouri's Mark Twain. In I Love You, Miss Huddleston we are transported to 1970's Danv...

Published: May 2010

Twenty Chickens for a Saddle: The Sto...

Robyn Scott

An exquisitely rendered portrait of an African childhood from an astonishing new talentWhen Robyn Scott 's parents decide to uproot their young family from New Zealand and move to a converted cowshed in rural Botswana, life for six-ye...

Published: Mar 2009

The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy

Robert Leleux

The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy is The Houston Press's Best Houston Book of the Year for 2008. In the Dear John letter Daddy left for Mother and me, on a Saturday afternoon in early June 1996, on the inlaid Florentine table in the fro...

Published: Jan 2009

Packinghouse Daughter

Cheri Register

A unique blend of memoir and public history, Packinghouse Daughter, winner of the Minnesota Book Award, tells a compelling story of small-town, working-class life. The daughter of a Wilson & Company millwright, Cheri Register recalls ...

Published: Sep 2001

Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemica...

Oliver W. Sacks

Long before Oliver Sacks became a distinguished neurologist and bestselling writer, he was a small English boy fascinated by metals–also by chemical reactions (the louder and smellier the better), photography, squids and cuttlefish,...

Published: Sep 2002

A Tuscan Childhood

Kinta Beevor

Wonderful...I fell immediately into her world, and was sorry when I reached the end.' --Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan SunThe sparkling memoir of an idyllic, bohemian childhood in an enchanted Tuscan castle between the wars...

Published: Feb 2000

Lenten Lands: My Childhood with Joy D...

Douglas H. Gresham

A stepson's intimate portrait of C.S. Lewis. Douglas Gresham recollects his childhood and adolescent years in C.S. Lewis's household. An engaging memoir with an album of 20 family photographs.

Published: Jun 1994

Florist's Daughter

Patricia Hampl

During the long farewell of her mother's dying, Patricia Hampl revisits her midwestern girlhood.Daughter of a debonair Czech father, whose floral work gave him entree to St. Paul society, and a distrustful Irishwoman with anuncanny ab...

Published: Jan 2009

Going to Extremes

Joe McGinniss

When construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline created an oil boom in the late 1970s, journalist Joe McGinniss headed north to find out what if anything was left of the 'last frontier.' He discovered, as one reader put it, 'mind-bendi...

Published: Jan 2010

Good Old Boy: A Delta Boyhood

Willie Morris

Good Old Boy: A Delta Boyhood is a novel for young readers about a boy's adventures growing up in post-WWII Mississippi. Author Willie Morris, then editor of Harper's Magazine in New York, wrote Good Old Boy when his son David, age te...

Published: Aug 2009
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