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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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 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

Night (Oprah's Book Club)

Elie Wiesel

Night is Elie Wiesel’s masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie’s wife and frequent tr...

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Published: Jan 2006

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

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

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

Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence...

Michael Korda

Michael Korda's Hero is the story of an epic life on a grand scale: a revealing, in-depth, and gripping biography of the extraordinary, mysterious, and dynamic Englishman whose daring exploits and romantic profile—including his blo...

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Published: Nov 2011

I'm Looking Through You: Growing Up H...

Jennifer Finney Boylan

From the bestselling author of She's Not There comes another buoyant, unforgettable memoir—I'm Looking Through You is about growing up in a haunted house...and making peace with the ghosts that dwell in our hearts.For Jennifer Boyla...

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Published: Oct 2008

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

An Event in Autumn: A Kurt Wallander ...

Henning Mankell

An Inspector Kurt Wallander short novel by the bestselling author Henning Mankell, available in English for the first time. A Vintage Canada Original.      Soon after Inspector Kurt Wallander moves into a new house with a charmin...

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Published: Aug 2014

The Crofter and the Laird

John McPhee

When John McPhee returned to the island of his ancestors—Colonsay, twenty-five miles west of the Scottish mainland—a hundred and thirty-eight people were living there. About eighty of these, crofters and farmers, had familial hist...

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Published: Sep 1992

Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man:...

Bill Clegg

Bill Clegg had a thriving business as a literary agent, representing a growing list of writers. He had a supportive partner, trusting colleagues, and loving friends when he walked away from his world and embarked on a two-month crack ...

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Published: Aug 2011

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