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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Dave Eggers

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
On Sale: 02/13/2001
Price: $15.95
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-375-72578-4

“A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is, finally, a fine book of jest, which is why it succeeds so brilliantly. Eggers’ most powerful prose is often his most straightforward, relying on old-fashioned truth telling for its punch.” —The New York Times Book Review
The literary sensation of the year, a book that... Read more >

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New Orleans After the Deluge

Josh Neufeld

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
On Sale: 08/24/2010
Price: $16.95
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 978-0-375-71488-7

Now in paperback, The New York Times best-selling graphic nonfiction masterpiece depicting the lives of seven New Orleanians before, during, and just after Hurricane Katrina.
Best American Comics, 2010
Mother Jones Top Books of 2009
Daily Beast Recommends
New York Best Comics of 2009, Runner Up Best Nonfiction Comic of 2009
San Francisco Chronicle “Best in... Read more >

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All Over but the Shoutin'

Rick Bragg

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
On Sale: 09/08/1998
Price: $15.95
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-679-77402-0

This moving recollection of a life on the American margin is the story of Rick Bragg, who grew up dirt-poor in northeastern Alabama, seemingly destined for either the cotton mills or the penitentiary, and instead became a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times. It is the story of Bragg's... Read more >

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American Chica
Two Worlds, One Childhood

Marie Arana

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
On Sale: 05/28/2002
Price: $16.00
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-385-31963-8

Now in Paperback.
Written in the tradition of Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez, this is an informative and resonant portrait of a child coming to terms with her bicultural identity. American Chica explores the issues and difficulties that... Read more >

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Burnt Bread and Chutney
Growing Up Between Cultures - A Memoir of an Indian Jewish Childhood

Carmit Delman

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
On Sale: 09/30/2003
Price: $15.00
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
ISBN: 978-0-345-44594-0

**Named by School Library Journal as one of the Best Adult Books for High School Students, 2003

Contributing her own unique story to the growing genre of bi-cultural narratives (which includes Marie Arana’s critically-acclaimed American Chica) Carmit Delman has written a coming-of-age memoir that explores the life of an Indian Jewish girl.... Read more >

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The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights

Kenji Yoshino

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
On Sale: 02/20/2007
Price: $15.95
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 978-0-375-76021-1

Winner, 2006 American Educational Studies Association Critics' Choice Award
Selected for common reading at:
Washington University
Pomona College
University of North Carolina
Virginia Commonwealth University
Western Connecticut State University
2006 Myers Outstanding Book Award
In this remarkable and elegant work, acclaimed Yale Law School professor Kenji Yoshino fuses legal manifesto and poetic memoir to call for a... Read more >

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Funny in Farsi
A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America

Firoozeh Dumas

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
On Sale: 01/13/2004
Price: $15.00
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6837-8

Winner, 2008 Spirit of America Award (National Council for the Social Studies)
Finalist, Thurber Prize for American Humor
Finalist, PEN/USA Award in Creative Non-Fiction
Finalist: Audie Award for best recording of a memoir, 2005
Selected for Common Reading
Abilene Christian University
Albuquerque Academy's Year-long Project
Bunker Hill Community College
Gallaudet University
Salisbury University, Maryland
University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wisconsin, La... Read more >

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Dalton Conley

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
On Sale: 09/18/2001
Price: $14.95
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-375-72775-7

As recalled in Honky, Dalton Conley’s childhood has all of the classic elements of growing up in America. But the fact that he was one of the few white boys in a mostly black and Puerto Rican neighborhood on Manhattan’s Lower East Side makes Dalton’s childhood unique.
At the age of three,... Read more >

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Hurry Down Sunshine
A Father's Story of Love and Madness

Michael Greenberg

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
On Sale: 09/08/2009
Price: $14.95
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-307-47354-7

Hurry Down Sunshine is an extraordinary family story and a memoir of exceptional power. In it, Michael Greenberg recounts in vivid detail the remarkable summer when, at the age of fifteen, his daughter was struck mad. It begins with Sally's sudden visionary crack-up on the... Read more >

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Into the Wild

Jon Krakauer

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
On Sale: 01/20/1997
Price: $14.95
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 978-0-385-48680-4

Jon Krakauer tells the haunting true story of Chris McCandless, who after graduating from college in 1991, walked deep into the widerness of Alaska on a fatal odyssey. Krakauer explores the ideas of spiritual want, the fear of intimacy, and rejection of privilege. Students gain bold insights into the Zeitgeist of... Read more >

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Iran Awakening
One Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Life and Country

Shirin Ebadi

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
On Sale: 04/10/2007
Price: $14.95
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7528-4

The moving, inspiring memoir of one of the great women of our times, Shirin Ebadi, winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize and advocate for the oppressed, whose spirit has remained strong in the face of political persecution and despite the challenges she has faced raising a family while pursuing her... Read more >

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Journey from the Land of No
A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran

Roya Hakakian

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
On Sale: 06/28/2005
Price: $14.00
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 978-0-609-81030-9

"Journey From the Land of No is an immensely moving, extraordinarily eloquent, and passionate memoir. Its author begins what one may prophesy as a major literary career."
—Harold Bloom
This is an elegantly written memoir of a young Iranian-American poet and journalist about growing up in Iran during the revolution.
Roya Hakakian was raised... Read more >

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My Life in Black and White

Angela Nissel

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
On Sale: 01/30/2006
Price: $12.95
Publisher: Villard
ISBN: 978-0-345-48114-6

“Love has no color,” insist Angela Nissel’s parents, but does it have a clue? In this candid, funny, and poignant memoir, Angela recounts growing up biracial in Philadelphia–moving back and forth between black inner-city schools and white prep schools–where her racial ambiguity and doomed attempts to blend in dog her teen... Read more >

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Parallel Play

Tim Page

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
On Sale: 09/07/2010
Price: $15.00
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2969-1

An affecting memoir of life as a boy who didn’t know he had Asperger’s syndrome until he became a man.
In 1997, Tim Page won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism for his work as the chief classical music critic of The Washington Post, work that the Pulitzer board called “lucid and... Read more >

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Reading Lolita in Tehran
A Memoir in Books

Azar Nafisi

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
On Sale: 12/30/2003
Price: $16.00
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7106-4

Winner, 2004 Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Non-Fiction
"This book transcends categorization of memoir, literary criticism or social history, though it is superb in all three."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to... Read more >

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Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition
My Life with Autism

Temple Grandin With an Intrdiction by Oliver Sacks

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
On Sale: 01/10/2006
Price: $16.00
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-307-27565-3

The captivating subject of Oliver Sack's Anthropologist on Mars, here is Temple Grandin's personal account of living with autism and how the extraordinary gift of animal empathy has transformed her world and ours.
Temple Grandin is renowned throughout the world as a designer of livestock holding equipment. Her unique empathy for animals... Read more >

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Where Men Win Glory
The Odyssey of Pat Tillman

Jon Krakauer

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
On Sale: 07/27/2010
Price: $15.95
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 978-0-307-38604-5

Pat Tillman walked away from a multimillion-dollar NFL contract to join the Army and became an icon of post-9/11 patriotism. When he was killed in Afghanistan two years later, a legend was born. But the real Pat Tillman was much more remarkable, and considerably more complicated than the public knew...
A stunning... Read more >