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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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Citizen Hughes : The Power, the Money...

Michael Drosnin

Based on a selection of more than ten thousand internal documents of the Hughes organization, including three thousand pages of the billionaire's own handwritten memos, a revealing biography of the enigmatic Howard Hughes and his empi...

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Published: Nov 2004

Murder at the Opera: A Capital Crimes...

Margaret Truman

It ain't over till the fat lady sings . . . but the show hasn't even started yet when a diva is found dead. The soprano in question, a petite young Asian Canadian named Charise Lee, was scarcely a star at the Washington National Opera...

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Published: Oct 2007

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

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

Cary Grant: A Biography

Marc Eliot

“Everybody wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant.” —Cary GrantHe is Hollywood’s most fascinating and timeless star. Although he came to personify the debonair American, Cary Grant was born Archib...

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Published: Sep 2005

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is It Just Me?: Or is it nuts out the...

Whoopi Goldberg

Have you noticed that things aren't as civil as they once were? Or that rudeness is no longer an exception but a lifestyle? Sure you have. All you need to do is set foot outside your door to see that bad manners are taking over everyw...

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Published: May 2011

I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on ...

Bill Bryson

Delivering the brilliant comic musings that are Bryson's hallmarks, I'M A STRANGER HERE MYSELF recounts his sometimes-disconcerting reunion with his homeland....[It] chronicles the quirkiest aspects of life in America, right down to o...

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Published: Jun 2000

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

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

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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