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The Language of Baklava

Written by Diana Abu-Jaber


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 14, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7776-2 (1-4000-7776-1)

From the acclaimed author of Crescent, called “radiant, wise, and passionate” by the Chicago Tribune, here is a vibrant, humorous memoir of growing up with a gregarious Jordanian father who loved to cook. Diana Abu-Jaber weaves the story of her life in upstate New York and in Jordan around vividly remembered... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Revolt of the Cockroach People

Written by Oscar Zeta Acosta


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 28, 1989
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72212-0 (0-679-72212-2)

Introduction by Hunter S. Thompson
Afterword by Marco Acosta.

In this exhilarating sequel to The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo, Oscar Zeta Acosta (the real life model for Hunter S. Thompson's "Dr. Gonzo") takes readers behind the front lines of the militant Chicano movement of the late sixties and seventies. Before... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Education of Henry Adams
An Autobiography
Written by Henry Adams
Introduction by Edmund Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 11, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64010-3 (0-679-64010-X)

"I cannot remember when I was not fascinated by Henry Adams,"said Gore Vidal. "He was remarkably prescient about the coming horrors."

His political ideals shaped by two presidential ancestors—great-grandfather John Adams and grandfather John Quincy Adams—Henry Adams was one of the most powerful and original minds to confront the American scene from... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Far Appalachia
Following the New River North
Written by Noah Adams


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: March 26, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-32013-9 (0-385-32013-2)

The co-host of NPR's "All Things Considered" chronicles his year-long journey through the heart of Appalachia by foot, bike, canoe, and whitewater raft. On his trip, Adams talks to a variety of contemporary Appalachians: from whitewater daredevils to a baptizing preacher, from an "herb wizard" to men who worked the strip... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download.

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Open
An Autobiography
Written by Andre Agassi


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 10, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38840-7 (0-307-38840-9)

Far more than a superb memoir about the highest levels of professional tennis, Open is the engrossing story of a remarkable life.

Andre Agassi had his life mapped out for him before he left the crib. Groomed to be a tennis champion by his moody and demanding father, by the age of... Read more >

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The Locust and the Bird
My Mother's Story
Written by Hanan al-Shaykh


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47231-1 (0-307-47231-0)

“One of the most daring female writers of the Middle East” (San Francisco Chronicle) gives us an extraordinary work of nonfiction: an account of her mother’s remarkable life, at the core of which is a tale of undying love.

In a masterly act of literary transformation, Hanan al-Shaykh re-creates the dramatic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Tuesdays with Morrie
An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
Written by Mitch Albom


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0592-3 (0-7679-0592-X)

The National Bestseller and Top Adoption Title.

Selected for Common Reading, including:
Becker College
Concordia University
Gallaudet University
Iowa State University
SUNY—New Paltz
University of Buffalo
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of North Dakota

“One Book, One Springfield” (Springfield, MA)


After seeing his former professor Morrie Schwartz being interviewed on television, and there learning of his terminal illness, Mitch Albom... Read more >

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Tuesdays with Morrie
An Old Man, A Young Man and Life's Greatest Lesson
Written by Mitch Albom


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: August 18, 1997
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-48451-0 (0-385-48451-8)

After seeing his former professor Morrie Schwartz being interviewed on television, and there learning of his terminal illness, Mitch Albom flew to Brandeis University and returned every Tuesday to visit his mentor after a long silence. Tuesdays with Morrie is Albom's chronicle of these visits, and of conversations in which he... Read more >

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Magnificent Desolation
The Long Journey Home from the Moon
Written by Buzz Aldrin and Ken Abraham


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-46346-3 (0-307-46346-X)

Forty years ago, Buzz Aldrin became the second human, minutes after Neil Armstrong, to set foot on a celestial body other than the Earth. The event remains one of mankind’s greatest achievements and was witnessed by the largest worldwide television audience in history. In the years since, millions more have had... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Algren at Sea
Notes from a Sea Diary & Who Lost an American?#Travel Writings
Written by Nelson Algren


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-841-8 (1-58322-841-1)

Nelson Algren’s two travel writing books describe his journeys through the seamier sides of great American cities and the international social and political landscapes of the mid-1960s. Algren at Sea brings them together in one volume.

Notes from a Sea Diary offers one of the most remarkable appraisals of Ernest Hemingway ever... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Rooms of Heaven

Written by Mary Allen


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 11, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77656-7 (0-679-77656-7)

“A love story, a memoir, a haunting tale of grief and healing. This book is all that and more.” —Chicago Tribune

In the tradition of Susanna Kaysen's Girl, Interrupted and Caroline Knapp's Drinking: A Love Story, Mary Allen tells a riveting love story that explores the uncharted territory between passion and addiction... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Red Sunshine
A Story of Strength and Inspiration from a Doctor Who Survived Stage 3 Breast Cancer
Written by Kimberly Allison, M.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
On Sale: September 27, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-57826-407-0 (1-57826-407-3)

Dr. Kimberly Allison diagnoses breast cancer for a living. But as a 33-year-old healthy new mother, she never expected to find herself looking at her own malignant cells under the microscope. Like many others diagnosed with cancer, Dr. Allison was starving for stories of other survivors. She wanted to hear someone’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sexual Metamorphosis
An Anthology of Transsexual Memoirs
Edited by Jonathan Ames


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3014-9 (1-4000-3014-5)

But who could describe my fright when, on the next morning, I awoke and found myself feeling as if completely changed into a woman. Case 129, Autobiography, from Psychopathia Sexualis, a Medico-Forensic Study by Richard Von Krafft-Ebing

At the time the passage above was written, people who felt trapped in the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sharon and My Mother-in-Law
Ramallah Diaries
Written by Suad Amiry


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 19, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9649-7 (1-4000-9649-9)

“Perhaps one day I may forgive you for putting us under curfew for forty-two days, but I will never forgive you for making us live with my mother-in-law for what seemed, then, more like forty-two years.”

Irreverent, darkly funny, unexpected, and very unlike any other writing on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Sharon and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Experience
A Memoir
Written by Martin Amis


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2001
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72683-5 (0-375-72683-7)

Martin Amis is one of the most gifted and innovative writers of our time. With Experience, he discloses a private life every bit as unique and fascinating as his bestselling novels.

The son of the great comic novelist Kingsley Amis, Martin Amis explores his relationship with this father and writes about... Read more >

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Koba the Dread
Laughter and the Twenty Million
Written by Martin Amis


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3220-4 (1-4000-3220-2)

A brilliant weave of personal involvement, vivid biography and political insight, Koba the Dread is the successor to Martin Amis’s award-winning memoir, Experience.

Koba the Dread captures the appeal of one of the most powerful belief systems of the 20th century—one that spread through the world, both captivating it and staining it... Read more >

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All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 4, 1991
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73404-8 (0-679-73404-X)

In 1962 the poet, musician, and performer Maya Angelou claimed another piece of her identity by moving to Ghana, joining a community of “Revolutionist Returnees” inspired by the promise of pan-Africanism. All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes is her lyrical and acutely perceptive exploration of what it means to be an... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Hardcover, 1184 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 21, 2004
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64325-8 (0-679-64325-7)

Here, for the first time ever, a one-volume edition of all of Maya Angelou's celebrated and bestselling autobiographies.

Includes:

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Gather Together in My Name
Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas
The Heart of a Woman
All God's Children Need Travelling... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gather Together in My Name

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8030-1 (0-8129-8030-1)

Gather Together in My Name continues Maya Angelou’s personal story, begun so unforgettably in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The time is the end of World War II and there is a sense of optimism everywhere. Maya Angelou, still in her teens, has given birth to a son. But... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Heart of a Woman

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8032-5 (0-8129-8032-8)

In The Heart of a Woman, Maya Angelou leaves California with her son, Guy, to move to New York. There she enters the society and world of black artists and writers, reads her work at the Harlem Writers Guild, and begins to take part in the struggle of black Americans for... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and a hardcover.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-51440-0 (0-345-51440-8)

Selected for Common Reading at Green River Community College (Auburn, WA)

Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her... Read more >

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8002-8 (0-8129-8002-6)

Here is a book as joyous and painful, and as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s first memoir, published in... Read more >

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Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8031-8 (0-8129-8031-X)

In this third self-contained volume of her autobiography, which began with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou moves into the adult world. Maya struggles to support herself and her son through a series of odd jobs and weathers a failed marriage to a white man before landing a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Song Flung Up to Heaven

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: April 2, 2002
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-50747-2 (0-375-50747-7)

The culmination of a unique achievement in modern American literature: the six volumes of autobiography that began more than thirty years ago with the appearance of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

A Song Flung Up to Heaven opens as Maya Angelou returns from Africa to the United States to work... Read more >

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The Spiral Staircase
My Climb Out of Darkness
Written by Karen Armstrong


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 22, 2005
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72127-1 (0-385-72127-7)

Karen Armstrong begins this spellbinding story of her spiritual journey with her departure in 1969 from the Roman Catholic convent she had entered seven years before—hoping, but ultimately failing, to find God. She knew almost nothing of the changed world to which she was returning and she was tormented by panic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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