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Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin

by Frank Bailey, Ken Morris & Jeanne Devon Howard Books (April 05, 2011)

This explosive, up-close view of Sarah Palin comes from an inner-circle confidant who shares surprising information about how Sarah dealt with staff and perceived “enemies,” and the discrepancy between what...


Zen Encounters with Loneliness

by Terrance Keenan Wisdom Publications (December 23, 2014)

Embark on a poignant and sometimes comic journey through Zen, poetry, and the transformative, personal practice of writing.

In Zen Encounters with Loneliness Terrance Keenan weaves together poetry, memoir, and...


My Misspent Youth

by Meghan Daum Picador (December 23, 2014)

My Misspent Youth is an incisive collection that marked the start of a new millennium and became a cult classic, from the editor of Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed and the author of The Unspeakable

An essayist...


Alone in Antarctica: The First Woman To Ski Solo Across The Southern Ice

by Felicity Aston Counterpoint (October 14, 2014)

In the whirling noise of our advancing technological age, we are seemingly never alone, never out-of-touch with the barrage of electronic data and information.

Felicity Aston, physicist and meteorologist, took...


Starve the Vulture: A Memoir

by Jason Carney Kaylie Jones Books (December 15, 2014)

A stirring story of criminality, drug addiction, recovery, and unlikely fame.


"It's the Pictures That Got Small": Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and Hollywood's Golden Age

by Anthony Slide & Jim Moore Columbia University Press (November 25, 2014)

Golden Age Hollywood screenwriter Charles Brackett was an extremely observant and perceptive chronicler of the entertainment industry during its most exciting years. He is best remembered as the writing partner...


White Dresses

by Mary Pflum Peterson William Morrow Paperbacks (September 15, 2015)

In this riveting, poignant memoir of  three generations of women and the white dresses that adorned them—television producer Mary Pflum Peterson recounts a journey through loss and redemption, and her battle...


The Carry Home

by Gary Ferguson Counterpoint (October 20, 2014)

The nature writing of Gary Ferguson arises out of intimate experience. He trekked 500 miles through Yellowstone to write Walking Down the Wild and spent a season in the field at a wilderness therapy program...


The Book of Luke

by Luther Campbell Amistad (August 04, 2015)

Born in Miami's notorious Liberty City, Luther Campbell witnessed poverty, despair, and crime firsthand. His uncle Ricky did not want him trapped by the "invisible chains" of systemic racism, so Ricky schooled...


Rockers and Rollers: A Full-Throttle Memoir

by Brian Johnson HarperCollins e-books (May 24, 2011)

From PinkCadillac to Low Rider to Little Red Corvette, rock music hasalways had a racy love affair with cars. And AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson isnot only a rock legend, second-to-none at infusing razor-sharp...


Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.

by Viv Albertine St. Martin's Press (November 25, 2014)

"Ms. Albertine's book is wiry and cogent and fearless.… Her book has an honest, lo-fi grace. If it were better written, it would be worse."—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

"Forget Katniss And Tris - Viv...


A Modern Marriage: A Memoir

by Christy Kidd & Mark Kidd Gallery Books (November 18, 2014)

In this candid memoir about a marriage that risked everything to emerge stronger than ever, one couple takes us outside the bounds of monogamy and into one of the most fascinating and secretive subcultures in...


This River: A Memoir

by James Brown Counterpoint (March 10, 2011)

Award-winning author James Brown gained a cult following after chronicling his turbulent childhood and spiraling drug addiction in The Los Angeles Diaries. This River picks up where Brown left off in his first...


Watch Me: A Memoir

by Anjelica Huston Scribner (November 11, 2014)

Academy Award-winning actress Huston’s “tireless fascination with the world is thrilling…” (Elle), and Watch Me is an “elegant and entertaining” (Chicago Tribune) account of her seventeen-year love...


The Voyageur Canadian Biographies 5-Book Bundle: The Firebrand / Mrs. Simcoe's Diary / The Scalpel, the Sword / The Men of the Last Frontier / Pilgrim

by William Kilbourn, Elizabeth Posthuma Simcoe, Mary Quayle Innis & Sydney Gordon et al. Dundurn (March 14, 2014)

Five books in the Voyageur Classics series celebrate the best in Canadian biographical letters, with two titles from the great Grey Owl, as well as books by or about Elizabeth Simcoe, Dr. Norman Bethune, and...


Swallow the Ocean: A Memoir

by Laura M. Flynn Counterpoint (March 01, 2009)

When Laura Flynn was a little girl, her beautiful, dynamic mother, Sally, was the center of her imagination. It wasn’t long, however, before Sally’s fun-loving side slowly and methodically became absorbed...


Smuggler's Blues

by Jay Carter Brown, Paul Ferriss & James Guttman Ecw Press (October 31, 2007)

Mobsters, murder, betrayal, and revenge are the raw components of this candid look into the day-to-day life of a modern-day marijuana smuggler. Told from the viewpoint of an impressionable young entrepreneur...


Lucky Ones, The

by edited by Ann Rauhala, Erich Krauss and Bret Aita, Ann Rauhala & Jan Wong Ecw Press (April 01, 2008)

"What a lucky girl!" Everybody who has adopted a daughter from China has heard that one. And every parent has said, or thought, in reply: "No, we're the lucky ones." This anthology sets out to explain why people...


American Demon, An

by Steve Stanton, Frank Davey & Jack Grisham Ecw Press (May 01, 2011)

?An American Demon is Jack Grisham's story of depravity and redemption, terror and spiritual deliverance. While Grisham is best known as the raucous and provocative front man of the pioneer hardcore punk band...


Kid Rex

by Laura Moisin, Martin Popoff & Raeburn Flerlage, Ronald D. Cohen, Bob Riesman Ecw Press (October 31, 2008)

Kid Rex is the story of one woman's struggle to overcome anorexia. After knowing other friends with anorexia and being baffled by their behavior (often wondering, "Why doesn't she just eat?!") Moisin suddenly...


Losing Mariposa

by Doug Little & John McFetridge Ecw Press (October 01, 2002)

The riveting story of one man's descent into hell. Losing Mariposa is the harrowing memoir of Doug Little's two-year binge as a compulsive gambler - a fall from grace that made national front-page headlines,...


I'm Walking As Straight As I Can

by Geri Jewell, Marc Strange, Jon Waldman and Stephen Laroche & Geri Jewell with Ted Nichelson et al. Ecw Press (April 01, 2011)

Born with cerebral palsy, Geri Jewell inspired a generation of young people when she became the first person with a disability to appear in a recurring role on prime-time television, with her groundbreaking...


Riptide

by Barbara Hale-Seubert, Brent Pilkey & Grant Goodbrand Ecw Press (May 01, 2011)

?Riptide is the raw and revealing account of the author's journey during the ten years her oldest daughter struggled with anorexia and bulimia, a battle that ended with her death at age 23 in February 2000....


Doctor Who Was Followed By Ghosts, The

by Dr. Li Qunying, Robert Priest, Dr. Qunying Li and Louis Luping Han & Louis Han Ecw Press (October 31, 2007)

According to Chinese folklore, when his favourite daughter falls ill, Yanwang, the ruler of the underworld, sends his servants to look for a doctor who has as few ghosts as possible following him. This means...


Therafields

by Grant Goodbrand, Archie Klondike & George Murray Ecw Press (October 01, 2010)

?At one point in the 1970s, 900 people were engaged with a therapeutic community in Toronto. Living together, and sharing emotional problems, the participants helped to create an institution owning houses, farms,...


Break Point

by Vince Spadea, Alessandro Porco, Dr. W. Gifford-Jones & Vince Spadea and Dan Markowitz et al. Ecw Press (June 30, 2006)

Groomed since the age of eight by his obsessive father Vince Spadea, by most accounts-except Andre Agassi's, who called Vince "a journeyman" at age 25-has been a success. At the start of the 2005 season, 19th...


Angels by the River: A Memoir

by James Gustave Speth Chelsea Green Publishing (October 21, 2014)

Reflections on race, environment, politics, and living on the front lines of change

In Angels by the River, James Gustave "Gus" Speth recounts his unlikely path from a southern boyhood through his years as one...


But We All Shine On: The Remarkable Orphans of Burbank Children's Home

by Paolo Hewitt Jessica Kingsley Publishers (October 21, 2014)

After a childhood spent in care at Burbank Children's Home, Paolo Hewitt embarks upon a personal journey as an adult to discover whatever happened to his close childhood friends. He reveals their stories - from...


Singing to A Bulldog

by Anson Williams Reader's Digest (November 11, 2014)

Singing to a Bulldog presents the practical and motivational lessons Anson Williams, an accomplished actor, director, singer and producer gleaned from his life experience and words of wisdom from the head janitor...


The Woman I Wanted to Be

by Diane Von Furstenberg Simon & Schuster (October 01, 2014)

One of the most influential, admired, and colorful women of our time: fashion designer and philanthropist Diane von Furstenberg tells the most personal stories from her life, about family, love, beauty and business:...


Shanghai Homes: Palimpsests of Private Life

by Jie Li Columbia University Press (November 18, 2014)

In the dazzling global metropolis of Shanghai, what has it meant to call this city home? In this account—part microhistory, part memoir—Jie Li salvages intimate recollections by successive generations of inhabitants...


American Wife

by Taya Kyle & Jim Defelice William Morrow (May 04, 2015)

The widow of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle shares their private story: an unforgettable testament to the power of love and faith in the face of war and unimaginable loss--and a moving tribute to a man whose...


There Was and There Was Not

by Meline Toumani Henry Holt and Co. (November 04, 2014)

A young Armenian-American goes to Turkey in a "love thine enemy" experiment that becomes a transformative reflection on how we use—and abuse—our personal histories

Meline Toumani grew up in a close-knit Armenian...


Paper Sons and Daughters: Growing up Chinese in South Africa

by Ufrieda Ho Ohio University Press (July 04, 2012)

Ufrieda Ho's compelling memoir describes with intimate detail what it was like to come of age in the marginalized Chinese community of Johannesburg during the apartheid era of the 1970s and 1980s. The Chinese...


1990: Russians Remember a Turning Point

by Irina Prokhorova MacLehose Press (August 12, 2014)

Although 1989 and 1991 witnessed more spectacular events, 1990 was a year of embryonic change in Russia: Article 6 of the constitution was abolished, and with it the Party's monopoly on political power. This...


What I Learned When I Almost Died

by Chris Licht Simon & Schuster (May 24, 2011)

What do you learn when your brain goes pop?

Chris Licht had always been ambitious. When he was only nine years old, he tracked down an NBC correspondent while on vacation to solicit advice for a career in television....


British Voices: From the Irish War of Independence 1918 - 1921 - the words of British Servicemen Who Were There

by William Sheehan The Collins Press (March 14, 2007)

?Ireland's War of Independence generated a wealth of published material but very little from a British perspective. Yet many British servicemen left accounts of their time in Ireland from 1918 to 1921. They...


Winners Dream

by Bill McDermott & Joanne Gordon Simon & Schuster (September 10, 2014)

A leadership and career manifesto told through the narrative of one of today’s most inspiring, admired, and successful global leaders.

In Winners Dream, Bill McDermott—the CEO of the world’s largest business...


From This Moment On

by Shania Twain Atria Books (May 03, 2011)

Now in paperback from superstar Shania Twain, a poignant, heartfelt, and beautifully told account of her hard-scrabble childhood, rise to worldwide fame, and recent personal tragedies.

The world may know Shania...


I Only Know Who I Am When I Am Somebody Else

by Danny Aiello Gallery Books (October 14, 2014)

Beloved stage and screen actor Danny Aiello’s big-hearted memoir reveals a man of passion, integrity, and guts—and lays bare one of the most unlikely success stories ever told.

Danny Aiello admits that he...


Finding Dad: From "Love Child" to Daughter

by Kara Sundlun Behler Publications (October 27, 2014)

73-year-old, war-hero-business tycoon-politician and a Midwestern high school girl survive the scrutiny of spotlights, and build a loving father-daughter relationship.


Saving Baby

by Jo Anne Normile & Lawrence Lindner St. Martin's Press (October 21, 2014)

"If we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt." --Anna Sewell, author of Black Beauty

Jo Anne Normile was not supposed to keep the foal, an...


Behind the Gates of Gomorrah

by Stephen Seager Gallery Books (September 16, 2014)

A darker twist on Orange is the New Black, this true insider's account delivers an eye-opening look into the nation’s largest state-run forensic hospital, a facility that houses the real-life Hannibal Lecters...


An Accidental Sportswriter: A Memoir

by Robert Lipsyte HarperCollins e-books (May 03, 2011)

Celebrated sports journalist Robert Lipsyte—the New York Times’ longtime lead sports columnist—mines pure gold from his long and very eventful career to bring readers a memoir like no other. An enthralling...


Terra Incognita: A Psychoanalyst Explores the Human Soul

by Joseph Isaac Abrahams UPA (September 07, 2014)

Terra Incognita provides an autobiographical account of Joseph Abrahams’ 75-year career as a psychoanalyst with extensive scientific data, life-altering discoveries, and insightful conclusions. Each chapter...


Weightless: My Life as a Fat Man and How I Escaped

by Gregg McBride & Joy Bauer Central Recovery Press (August 18, 2014)

The inspiring true story of one man’s triumph in his lifelong struggle with his weight.


When Fraser Met Billy

by Louise Booth Atria Books (September 23, 2014)

In the spirit of A Street Cat Named Bob and Dewey comes a mother’s touching, true account of how a rescue cat named Billy transformed her autistic boy’s life.

Louise Booth and her husband had always dreamed...


The Cliff Walk: A Memoir of a Job Lost and a Life Found

by Don J. Snyder Little, Brown and Company (September 23, 2014)

Five years ago, Don Snyder was teaching English at Colgate University. He was forty years old and had a wife, three children, a new baby on the way, and what seemed like a secure middle-class future. But then...


Shorts: Stories about Alcohol, Asperger Syndrome, and God

by Tessie Regan Jessica Kingsley Publishers (September 21, 2014)

Blunt, witty and honest, Tess Regan's collection of short stories, poems and illustrations tell a personal tale of alcoholism, Asperger's syndrome and an unusual spiritual journey. They will be invaluable reading...


Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate: A User Guide to an Asperger Life

by Cynthia Kim Jessica Kingsley Publishers (September 21, 2014)

Based on research recorded in her popular blog, Cynthia Kim's humorous, insider guide to Asperger Syndrome (ASD) explores the 'why' of ASD traits. Full of personal anecdotes, Kim explores how her perspective...