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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monsoon Diary: A Memoir with Recipes

Shoba Narayan

Shoba Narayan’s Monsoon Diary weaves a fascinating food narrative that combines delectable Indian recipes with tales from her life, stories of her delightfully eccentric family, and musings about Indian culture.Narayan recounts ...

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Published: Apr 2004

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

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

The Other Side of the Sky: A Memoir

Farah Ahmedi

An inspirational memoir of the teenage author's struggles to survive her youth in war-torn Kabul describes her witness to brutal conflicts between the mujahideen and the Soviets during her earliest years, her extensive injuries after ...

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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

A Million Little Pieces

James Frey

At the age of twenty-three, James Frey woke up on a plane to find his four front teeth had been knocked out. His nose was broken and there was a hole through his cheek. He had no idea where the plane was headed or what had happened ov...

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Published: Sep 2005

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 Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir

Ariel Levy

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER •  “This Year’s Must-Read Memoir” (W magazine) about the choices a young woman makes in her search for adventure, meaning, and loveNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BYVogue• Time• Esquire...

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Published: Apr 2018

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

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

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

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

The Imaginary Girlfriend (Ballantine ...

John Irving

“The Imaginary Girlfriend is a miniature autobiography detailing Irving’s parallel careers of writing and wrestling. . . . Tales of encounters with writers (John Cheever, Nelson Algren, Kurt Vonnegut) are intertwined with ...

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Published: Dec 2002

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

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

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

The Death of Innocence

John Ramsey

The parents of the tragically murdered JonBenTt Ramsey present their side of the traumatic tale, honestly discussing the publicity whirlwind full of persecution and slander that has surrounded them since their loss and explaining how ...

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Published: Jan 2001

Patti LuPone: A Memoir

Patti LuPone

"I have been incredibly fortunate over the course of my career to have been associated with some extraordinary dramatic and musical productions, and also some rather spectacular disasters. Looking back, I can find gifts and life ...

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Published: Nov 2011

Naked

David Sedaris

Compared by critics to the work of Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker, and James Thurber, a hilarious New York Times best-selling collection of essays chronicles the author's oddball adventures in eccentric company. Reprint. 100,000 first pri...

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Published: Jun 1998

Really Bad Girls of the Bible: More L...

Liz Curtis Higgs

Discover the Truth AboutGod's Sovereigntyfrom the Bible's Really Bad Girls.  Eight of the Bible's most notorious females strut across the pages of Really Bad Girls of the Bible with troubles that still hit home in the twenty-first ce...

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Published: Jul 2016

Sharing Good Times

Jimmy Carter

In this collection of familiar essays, Jimmy Carter, the plain-speaking ex-President from Plains, Georgia, writes on the experiences that have stayed with him. Home truths are found in his pieces on baseball, the Navy, and fishing, al...

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Published: Nov 2005

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

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