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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (MT...

Jean-Dominique Bauby

We've all got our idiosyncrasies when it comes to writing--a special chair we have to sit in, a certain kind of yellow paper we absolutely must use. To create this tremendously affecting memoir, Jean-Dominique Bauby used the only tool...

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Published: Nov 2007

Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Othe...

Alan Alda

A dramatic and entertaining memoir by the award-winning actor and director describes growing up with a schizophrenic mother and renowned actor father, looking at the various turning points in his life and exploring the world around hi...

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Published: Sep 2006

Running with Scissors: A Memoir

Augusten Burroughs

There is a passage early in Augusten Burroughs's harrowing and highly entertaining memoir, Running with Scissors, that speaks volumes about the author. While going to the garbage dump with his father, young Augusten spots a chipped, g...

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Published: Jun 2003

This Truckin' Life: The Reminiscences...

Laurie Driver

This book is a set of reflections and recollections of a driver's 40 plus years in the hard and unforgiving world of the haulage and transport industry. It delves into the methods resorted to, in order to survive and make ends meet fo...

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Published: Jun 2006

Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embra...

Glennon Doyle Melton

For years Glennon Doyle Melton built a wall between herself and others, hiding inside a bunker of secrets and shame. But one day everything changed: Glennon woke up to life, committing herself to living out loud and giving language to...

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Published: Apr 2014

Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with Pr...

Mimi Alford

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  In the summer of 1962, nineteen-year-old Mimi Beardsley arrived in Washington, D.C., to begin an internship in the White House press office. After just three days on the job, the privileged but sheltered...

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Published: Jan 2013

Wisdom of Our Fathers: Lessons and Le...

Tim Russert

What does it really mean to be a good father? What did your father tell you, that has stayed with you throughout your life? Was there a lesson from him, a story, or a moment that helped to make you who you are? Is there a special memo...

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Published: May 2007

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Annie Dillard

The Pulitzer Prize-winning work by nature-writer Annie Dillard. Living alone on Tinker Creek in Virginia's Roanoke Valley, Dillard follows the progression of seasons and explores the cosmic significance of the beauty and violence coex...

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Published: Jun 2007

Thomas Jefferson

Richard B. Bernstein

In Thomas Jefferson, Bernstein offers the definitive short biography of this revered American--the first concise life in six decades. Bernstein deftly synthesizes the massive scholarship on his subject into a swift, insightful, evenha...

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Published: May 2005

Assholes Finish First

Tucker Max

What do you do after you write a #1 bestselling book about your drunken, sexual misadventures that makes you rich and famous? Celebrate by getting more drunk and having insane amounts of sex, obviously. And pretty soon you've got anot...

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Published: Oct 2011

Them

Francine du Plessix Gray

At the height of their fame, Alexander Liberman and Tatiana du Plessix Gray were the grandest power couple in the New York City fashion world, gifted Russian 'migr's who consorted with Dali and Dietrich and told American women how to ...

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Published: Jun 2006

Cheaper by the Dozen

Frank B. Gilbreth

With a family of twelve children, it's a good thing that both Mr. and Mrs. Gilbreth are efficiency experts. Running his family like a factory, yet acting like a kid himself, father Frank Gilbreth helps keep an already lively group eve...

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Published: Jun 2002

The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's ...

Edmund de Waal

The Ephrussis were a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who "burned like a comet" in nineteenth-century Paris and Vienna society. Yet by the end of World War II, almost the only thing remaining o...

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Published: Aug 2011

The Flyers: In Search of Wilbur and O...

Noah Adams

Drawing on letters, diaries, eyewitness accounts, oral histories, and other primary source material, this incisive portrait focuses on the accomplishments of Wilbur and Orville Wright, in a volume celebrating the one hundredth anniver...

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Published: Sep 2004

The Language of Baklava

Diana Abu-Jaber

In a memoir about the joys and difficulties of straddling two cultures, the author of Arabian Jazz describes her life in upstate New York with an extended Arab and American family, her family's move 'home' to Jordan, and her return to...

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Published: Mar 2006

Nun on Leave

Marie Andari-kalache

Without compromising on her beliefs and moral convictions, Marie Andari left the restricted life of her calling as a nun to pursue her goals in academia, and thence to campaign tirelessly for humanitarian Arab causes and for the emanc...

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Published: May 2005

Bless Your Heart, Tramp: And Other So...

Celia Rivenbark

From the wickedly hilarious pen of Southern humorist Celia Rivenbark comes a collection of essays that brings to mind Dave Barry (in high heels) or Jeff Foxworthy (in a prom dress).Step into the wacky world of "womanless wedding&...

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Published: May 2006

I Cried, You Didn't Listen: A Survivo...

Dwight Edgar Abbott

'The author's well-written story comes at the reader fast and furiously…shocking readers into an awareness of the inhumanity of America's juvenile penal institutions.'-Publishers Weekly At age nine, a family tragedy forced ...

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Published: Aug 2006

Fragile Innocence: A Father's Memoir ...

James Reston

Fragile Innocence is the story of a child devastated by pure chance. This moving narrative of a father’s journey to understand and accept the profound changes in his daughter’s life is at once memoir, biography, mystery, a...

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Published: Apr 2007

The Turkish Lover

Esmeralda Santiago

Fascinating and inspiring.... Santiago is a born storyteller. - New York Times Book Review Enthralled admirers of Esmeralda Santiago's memoirs of her childhood have yearned to read more. Now, in The Turkish Lover, Esmeralda finally b...

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Published: Sep 2005

Autobiography of a Fat Bride: True Ta...

Laurie Notaro

The author of the New York Times bestseller The Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club tackles her biggest challenge yet: grown-up life.In Autobiography of a Fat Bride, Laurie Notaro tries painfully to make the transition from all-n...

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Published: Jul 2003

Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady...

Florence King

Florence King’s hilarious memoir of being reared in an eccentric Southern family by a grande dame grandmother who tried to hammer her into the shape of a true Southern lady. Was Granny successful? That is for the readers to deci...

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Published: Sep 1990

Waiting for Snow in Havana: Philadelp...

Carloe Eire

'Have mercy on me, Lord, I am Cuban.' In 1962, Carlos Eire was one of 14,000 children airlifted out of Cuba -- exiled from his family, his country, and his own childhood by the revolution. The memories of Carlos's life in Havana, cut ...

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Published: Jan 2004

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Tori Spelling

Welcome to Los Angeles, birthplace and residence of Tori Spelling. It's not every Hollywood starlet whose name greets you on a Virgin Airways flight into la-la land. But Tori Spelling has come to accept that her life is a spectacle. H...

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Published: Mar 2011

Journey of a Thousand Miles: My Story...

David Ritz

"Number One" was a phrase my father—and, for that matter, my mother—repeated time and time again. It was a phrase spoken by my parents' friends and by their friends' children. Whenever adults discussed the great Chinese ...

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Published: Sep 2009

Angela's Ashes: A Memoir

Frank McCourt

Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood,' writes Frank McCourt in Angela's Ashes. 'Worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.' Welcome, then, to the pinnacle of the miserable Irish Catho...

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Published: May 1999

The Founding Fathers: A Very Short In...

Richard B. Bernstein

The Founding Fathers is a concise, accessible overview of the brilliant, flawed, and quarrelsome group of lawyers, politicians, merchants, military men, and clergy known as "the Founding Fathers"--who got as close to the ide...

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Published: Nov 2015

Princess: A True Story of Life Behind...

Jean Sasson

Anyone with the slightest interest in human rights will find this book heartwrenching. It is a well-written personal story that compels the reader to awareness of human rights violations in Saudi Arabia and of the true role designate...

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Published: Mar 2001

Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgivene...

Liz Murray

"Breaking Night reads more like an adventure story than an addiction-morality tale. It's a white-knuckle account of survival. . . . By age 6, Murray knew how to mainline drugs (though she never took them) and how to care for her ...

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Published: May 2011

Diary of a Girl in Changi 3rd Edition...

Sheila Allan

Presents the first-person account of a seventeen-year-old Singapore girl who was taken prisoner by the Japanese and ensconced in the Changi POW camp during World War II, in a new edition that includes additional information on the fam...

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Published: Aug 2005

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