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Uncle Tungsten
Memories of a Chemical Boyhood
Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70404-8 (0-375-70404-3)

From his earliest days, Oliver Sacks, the distinguished neurologist who is also one of the most remarkable storytellers of our time, was irresistibly drawn to understanding the natural world. Born into a large family of doctors, metallurgists, chemists, physicists, and teachers, his curiosity was encouraged and abetted by aunts, uncles, parents... Read more >

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The Bread of Angels
A Journey to Love and Faith
Written by Stephanie Saldana


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-28046-6 (0-307-28046-2)

When Stephanie Saldaña arrives in Damascus, she’s twenty-seven years old, brokenhearted, and running from a haunted family history that she has crossed the world to escape. But in an ancient Christian monastery carved into the desert cliffs, she will be forced to confront the life she left behind. Soon she will... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Burning the Days
Recollection
Written by James Salter


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 29, 1998
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75948-7 (0-394-75948-6)

In this brilliant book of recollection, one of America's finest writers re-creates people, places, and events spanning some fifty years, bringing to life an entire era through one man's sensibility. Scenes of love and desire, friendship, ambition, life in foreign cities and New York, are unforgettably rendered here in the unique... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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True Notebooks
A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall
Written by Mark Salzman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 31, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72761-0 (0-375-72761-2)

When Mark Salzman is invited to visit a writing class at Central Juvenile Hall, a lockup for Los Angeles’s most violent teenage offenders, he scrambles for a polite reason to decline. He goes—expecting the worst—and is so astonished by what he finds that he becomes a teacher there himself. True Notebooks... Read more >

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Hunting for Hope
A Father's Journeys
Written by Scott R. Sanders


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 15, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6425-2 (0-8070-6425-4)

Selected as a Freshman Read — Mansfield University

After an angry confrontation with his son on a hiking trip intended to restore their relationship, Scott Sanders realizes that his own despair has darkened his son's world. In Hunting for Hope he sets out to gather his own reasons for facing the future... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Distancers
An American Memoir
Written by Lee Sandlin


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 13, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80676-5 (0-345-80676-X)

In The Distancers, seven generations worth of joy and heartache is artfully forged into a family portrait that is at once universally American yet singularly Lee Sandlin's own. From the nineteenth century German immigrants who settled on a small Midwestern farm, to the proud and upright aunts and uncles with whom... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Factory of Facts

Written by Luc Sante


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 30, 1999
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74650-8 (0-679-74650-1)

The acclaimed author of Low Life reinvents the memoir in a cunning, lyrical book that is at once a personal history and a meditation on the construction of identity.Born in Belgium but raised in New Jersey, Luc Sante transformed himself from a pious, timid Belgian boy into a loutish American adolescent... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Kiyo's Story
A Japanese-American Family's Quest for the American Dream
Written by Kiyo Sato


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: December 1, 2010
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-866-0 (1-56947-866-X)

Kiyo’s father arrived in California determined to plant his roots in the land of opportunity after leaving Japan. He, his wife, and their nine American-born children labored in the fields together, building a successful farm. Yet at the outbreak of World War II, Kiyo’s family was ordered to Poston Internment Camp... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Persepolis 2
The Story of a Return
Written by Marjane Satrapi


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: August 2, 2005
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71466-5 (0-375-71466-9)

In Persepolis, heralded by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the freshest and most original memoirs of our day,” Marjane Satrapi dazzled us with her heartrending memoir-in-comic-strips about growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Here is the continuation of her fascinating story. In 1984, Marjane flees fundamentalism and... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.


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For Love of Country
What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice
Written by Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 4, 2014
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-1-101-87445-5 (1-101-87445-7)

For Love of Country celebrates the extraordinary heroism on the battlefield and the equally valuable contributions on the home front of this generation's American veterans, in a collection of compelling, original portraits by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and National Book Award nominee Rajiv Chandrasekaran.

The first half of this extraordinary book honors... Read more >

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The End of Your Life Book Club

Written by Will Schwalbe


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-73978-0 (0-307-73978-3)

During her treatment for cancer, Mary Anne Schwalbe and her son Will spent many hours sitting in waiting rooms together. To pass the time, they would talk about the books they were reading. Once, by chance, they read the same book at the same time—and an informal book club of two... Read more >

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The End of Your Life Book Club

Written by Will Schwalbe


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59403-7 (0-307-59403-3)

“What are you reading?”

That’s the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother, Mary Anne, as they sit in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 2007, Mary Anne returned from a humanitarian trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan suffering from what her doctors believed was a rare type of hepatitis... Read more >

Measure of My Days

Written by Florida Scott-Maxwell


Format: eBook, 160 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 31, 2013
Price: $11.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-82834-7 (0-307-82834-4)

At eighty-two, Florida Scott-Maxwell felt impelled to write about her strong reactions to being old, and to the time in which we live. Until almost the end this document was not intended for anyone to see, but the author finally decided that she wanted her thoughts and feelings to reach others... Read more >

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On Gold Mountain

Written by Lisa See


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 7, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95039-0 (0-307-95039-5)

In 1867, Lisa See's great-great-grandfather arrived in America, where he prescribed herbal remedies to immigrant laborers who were treated little better than slaves. His son Fong See later built a mercantile empire and married a Caucasian woman, in spite of laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Lisa herself grew up playing in her... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Memoirs of a Revolutionary

Written by Victor Serge
Edited by Richard Greeman
Translated by Peter Sedgwick and George Paizis
Foreword by Adam Hochschild


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-451-7 (1-59017-451-8)

Victor Serge is one of the great men of the twentieth century: anarchist, revolutionary, agitator, theoretician, historian of his times, and a fearless truth-teller. Here Serge describes his upbringing in Belgium, the child of a family of exiled Russian revolutionary intellectuals, his early life as an activist, his time in a... Read more >

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Growing Up X

Written by Ilyasah Shabazz


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: January 14, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44496-7 (0-345-44496-5)

Growing Up X is a fascinating first-ever, close-up look at a family many have admired from afar. Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, presents an in-depth look at life in the Shabazz household after the assassination of her father. Ilyasha also explores the complex emotions that manifest... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner
A Family Memoir
Written by Meir Shalev
Translated by Evan Fallenberg


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4287-4 (0-8052-4287-2)

A lighthearted tale of family ties, over-the-top housekeeping, and the sport of storytelling in the village of Meir Shalev’s birth, where his unforgettable Grandma Tonia lived in a constant state of battle with the family’s biggest enemy in their adoptive land: dirt.

Meir Shalev’s grandmother Tonia, who came to Palestine by boat... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Out of Her Mind
Women Writing on Madness
Written by Rebecca Shannonhouse


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75502-6 (0-375-75502-0)

This anthology contains the most affecting, finely wrought essays, memoirs, and fiction by women writing on madness. Some of the selections are literary classics, such as the excerpt from Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar while some are taken from contemporary works such as Susanna Kaysen's Girl, Interrupted. Several of the essays... Read more >

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Mom's Marijuana
Life, Love, and Beating the Odds
Written by Dan Shapiro


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 11, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70801-5 (0-375-70801-4)

A young man battles Hodgkin’s disease and survives–with more than a little help from his Mom–in this wry and uplifting memoir about life, love, and beating the odds.

When Dan Shapiro’s decidely anti-drug mom put aside her convictions and grew marijuana in her backyard garden (behind a discrete screen of sunflowers), he... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Tiger's Heart
The Story of a Modern Chinese Woman
Written by Aisling Juanjuan Shen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: July 1, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-648-2 (1-56947-648-9)

Born to illiterate peasants, Aisling Juanjuan Shen was the first in her village to go to college. Assigned to a low-paying government job, she left for southern China to find success. Her story embodies the changes in China in recent decades.

“Heart-rending.”–Boston Herald

“Riveting. . . . All readers interested in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Company They Kept
Writers on Unforgettable Friendships
Edited by Robert B. Silvers and Barbara Epstein


Format: Hardcover, 316 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: September 5, 2006
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-203-2 (1-59017-203-5)

Our most remarkable writers share what has influenced them the most: each other.

Many of the illustrious contributors to The New York Review of Books have had deep and abiding relationships–both personal and intellectual–with other poets, writers, artists, composers, and scientists of equal stature. The Company They Kept is a... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Yearning for the Land
A Search for Homeland in Scotland and America
Written by John W. Simpson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72547-0 (0-375-72547-4)

A beautiful, meditative memoir mixed with travel and history, this unique book is the story of one American’s search for a deeper connection to the land. Drawn by a sense that he is missing a critical link to his home in suburban Ohio, John W. Simpson heads for rural Scotland, where... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The $60,000 Dog
My Life with Animals
Written by Lauren Slater


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0191-2 (0-8070-0191-0)

From the time she is nine years old and discovers a “Private Way” full of the wonderful and creepy creatures of the wild–spiders, deer, moles, chipmunks, and foxes–Lauren Slater finds in animals a refuge from the troubled life of her suburban home. As she matures, her bond with animals–raccoons, horses, swans... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The $60,000 Dog
My Life with Animals
Written by Lauren Slater


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 20, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0187-5 (0-8070-0187-2)

From the time she is nine years old and discovers a “Private Way” full of the wonderful and creepy creatures of the wild–spiders, deer, moles, chipmunks, and foxes–Lauren Slater finds in animals a refuge from the troubled life of her suburban home. As she matures, her bond with animals–raccoons, horses, swans... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Before the Knife

Written by Carolyn Slaughter


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 13, 2003
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71346-0 (0-375-71346-8)

In this unforgettable memoir, acclaimed novelist Carolyn Slaughter recalls her childhood in Africa and how the land itself released her from a rage that threatened to destroy her.

For Carolyn Slaughter, who grew up in Botswana in the 1950s, it was the Kalahari Desert that made life bearable. Her father was a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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