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Honky

Written by Dalton Conley


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 18, 2001
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72775-7 (0-375-72775-2)

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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The Foremost Good Fortune

Written by Susan Conley


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-73986-5 (0-307-73986-4)

When Susan Conley, her husband, and their two young sons leave their house in Maine for a two-year stint in a high-rise apartment in Beijing, they are prepared to weather the inevitable onslaught of culture shock. But the challenges of living and mothering in an utterly foreign country become even more... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Foremost Good Fortune

Written by Susan Conley


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-59406-8 (0-307-59406-8)

When Susan Conley moves with her family to Beijing, she can’t imagine how much their lives will change. While Tony, her husband, is consumed with his job, Susan confronts a host of perplexing firsts: determining the proper way to shop at a Chinese megamarket, bribing her two young sons to ride... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Burmese Lessons
A true love story
Written by Karen Connelly


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: May 18, 2010
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-52800-9 (0-385-52800-0)

When Karen Connelly goes to Burma in 1996 to gather information for a series of articles, she discovers a place of unexpected beauty and generosity. She also encounters a country ruled by a brutal military dictatorship that imposes a code of censorship and terror. Carefully seeking out the regime’s critics, she... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Rolling Nowhere
Riding the Rails with America's Hoboes
Written by Ted Conover


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 11, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72786-3 (0-375-72786-8)

In Ted Conover’s first book, now back in print, he enters a segment of humanity outside society and reports back on a world few of us would chose to enter but about which we are all curious.

Hoboes fascinated Conover, but he had only encountered them in literature and folksongs. So, he... Read more >

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Whiteout
Lost in Aspen
Written by Ted Conover


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 19, 1993
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74178-7 (0-679-74178-X)

Irreverent, poignant, and revealing, this meditation on the sweet temptation of wealth and the vainglorious quest for paradise as they exist in Aspen, Colorado, features a “cast of characters (that) includes such barn-size satirical targets as exclusive health clubs, over-the-hill drug dealers and movie stars and rock stars of wattages bright... Read more >

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Belfast Diary
War as a Way of Life
Written by John Conroy


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 30, 1995
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0217-9 (0-8070-0217-8)

Resolution of intractable problems around the world requires understanding ordinary people as well as leaders. This street-level view of Northern Ireland provides the best explanation of the twenty-five-year conflict.

“For those puzzled by Northern Ireland, Belfast Diary offers a well-written, sympathetic and clear-eyed view.” -New York Times Book Review

“Mr. Conroy’s account is... Read more >

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My Reading Life

Written by Pat Conroy


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-53357-7 (0-385-53357-8)

Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is also a vora­cious reader. He has for years kept a notebook in which he notes words or phrases, just from a love of language. But reading for him is not simply a pleasure to be enjoyed in off-hours or a source of inspiration for... Read more >

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True North
A Memoir
Written by Jill Ker Conway


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 15, 1995
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74461-0 (0-679-74461-4)

Conway continues the story that began in her acclaimed memoir The Road from Coorain. True North starts with her arrival in the United States from Australia in 1960 and carries us through her acceptance in 1975 of the presidency of Smith College. It is a memoir of intellectual discovery, as Conway... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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When Memory Speaks
Exploring the Art of Autobiography
Written by Jill Ker Conway


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 22, 1999
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76645-2 (0-679-76645-6)

Jill Ker Conway, one of our most admired  autobiographers-- author of The Road from Coorain and True North --looks astutely and with feeling into the modern memoir: the forms and styles it assumes, and the strikingly different ways in which men and women respectively tend to understand and present their lives.

In a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Woman's Education

Written by Jill Ker Conway


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 12, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74462-7 (0-679-74462-2)

The beloved bestselling author of The Road from Coorain and True North continues her remarkable autobiography with an account of her decade as the first woman president of Smith College—a time when she was faced with the challenge of reinventing women’s education and with the demands of her own life.

Conway took... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Family Sentence
The Search for My Cuban-Revolutionary, Prison-Yard, Mythic-Hero, Deadbeat Dad
Written by Jeanine Cornillot


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0617-7 (0-8070-0617-3)

Jeanine Cornillot was just two years old when her father, a former Cuban revolutionary turned anti-Castro militant, was sentenced to thirty years in a Florida prison for political bombings. His absence left a single mother to raise four children who kept his incarceration a secret and conjured a mythic father-hero out... Read more >

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Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading
Finding and Losing Myself in Books
Written by Maureen Corrigan


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 2, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70903-6 (0-375-70903-7)

As book reviewer for NPR’s Fresh Air, Maureen Corrigan literally reads for a living. Now Corrigan has added a volume of her own to the shelf of classics, by reading her life of reading with all the attention to complexity, wit, and intelligence that any good book–or life–deserves.

In this delightful memoir... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Days that I'll Remember
Spending Time with John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Written by Jonathan Cott


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95128-1 (0-307-95128-6)

Jonathan Cott met John Lennon in 1968 and was friends with him and Yoko Ono until John's death in 1980. He has kept in touch with Yoko since that time, and is one of the small group of writers who understands her profoundly positive influence on Lennon. This deeply personal book... Read more >

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Grayson

Written by Lynne Cox


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 1, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26454-1 (0-307-26454-8)

In Grayson Lynne Cox tells the story of a miraculous ocean encounter that happened to her when she was seventeen and in training for a big swim (she had already swum the English Channel, twice, and the Catalina Channel).

It was the dark of early morning; Lynne was in 55-degree water as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Where Is the Mango Princess?
A Journey Back From Brain Injury
Written by Cathy Crimmins


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70442-0 (0-375-70442-6)

Humorist Cathy Crimmins has written a deeply personal, wrenching, and often hilarious account of the effects of traumatic brain injury, not only on the victim, in this case her husband, but on the family.

When her husband Alan is injured in a speedboat accident, Cathy Crimmins reluctantly assumes the role of caregiver... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Chinaberry Sidewalks

Written by Rodney Crowell


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74097-7 (0-307-74097-8)

In a tender and uproarious memoir, singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell reveals the good, the bad, and the ugly of a dirt-poor southeast Texas boyhood.

The only child of a hard-drinking father and a holy-roller mother, acclaimed musician Rodney Crowell was no stranger to bombast. But despite a home life always threatening to burst... Read more >

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Chinaberry Sidewalks

Written by Rodney Crowell


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 18, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-59420-4 (0-307-59420-3)

The only child of a hard-drinking father and a Holy Roller mother, Rodney Crowell was no stranger to bombast from an early age, whether knock-down-drag-outs at a local dive bar or fire-and-brimstone sermons at Pentecostal tent revivals. He was an expert at reading his father’s mercurial moods and gauging exactly when... Read more >

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Altared
Bridezillas, Bewilderment, Big Love, Breakups, and What Women Really Think About Contemporary Weddings
Edited by Colleen Curran


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27763-3 (0-307-27763-1)

Original essays by Top Women Writers
Julianna Baggott _ Curtis Sittenfeld _ Catherine Ingrassia _ Elizabeth Crane 
Lara Vapnyar _ Lisa Carver _ Carina Chocano _ Rory Evans _ Jennifer Armstrong _ Elise Mac Adam _ Janelle Brown _ Daisy de Villeneuve _ Meghan Daum _ Amy Sohn _ Samina Ali _... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Brother, I'm Dying

Written by Edwidge Danticat


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3430-7 (1-4000-3430-2)

From the age of four, award-winning writer Edwidge Danticat came to think of her uncle Joseph as her “second father,” when she was placed in his care after her parents left Haiti for America. And so she was both elated and saddened when, at twelve, she joined her parents and youngest... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Create Dangerously
The Immigrant Artist at Work
Written by Edwidge Danticat


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94643-0 (0-307-94643-6)

A New York Times Notable Book
A Miami Herald Best Book of the Year

In this deeply personal book, the celebrated Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat reflects on art and exile.

Inspired by Albert Camus and adapted from her own lectures for Princeton University’s Toni Morrison Lecture Series, here Danticat tells stories of artists who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had
My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High
Written by Tony Danza


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Crown Archetype
On Sale: September 11, 2012
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88786-3 (0-307-88786-3)

I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had is television, screen and stage star Tony Danza’s absorbing account of a year spent teaching tenth-grade English at Northeast High -- Philadelphia’s largest high school with 3600 students.

Entering Northeast’s crowded halls in September of 2009, Tony found his way to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Complete Game
Reflections on Baseball and the Art of Pitching
Written by Ron Darling


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39058-5 (0-307-39058-6)

World Series champion, former All-Star, and award-winning television analyst Ron Darling gives readers a inside look at one of the most demanding and strategic positions in all of sports: the pitcher. Drawing on vivid situations from his playing days for the New York Mets and the Oakland Athletics, and from moments... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Almost a Family

Written by John Darnton


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27880-7 (0-307-27880-8)

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author: a beautifully crafted memoir of his lifelong chase after his father’s shadow.

John was eleven months old when his father, Barney Darnton—a war correspondent for The New York Times—was killed in World War II. John's mother, a well-known reporter and editor, perpetuated a myth... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Voyage of the Beagle
Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited During the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Round the World
Written by Charles Darwin
Introduction by Steve Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75680-1 (0-375-75680-9)

The Voyage of the Beagle chronicles Charles Darwin's five-year journey around the world and especially the coastal waters of South America as a naturalist on the H.M.S. Beagle. While traveling through these unexplored countries collecting specimens, Darwin began to formulate the theories of evolution and natural selection realized in his master... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.
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