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A Spoonful of Sugar
A Nanny's Story
Written by Brenda Ashford


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: April 2, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53641-7 (0-385-53641-0)

Brenda Ashford is the quintessential British nanny. Prim and proper, gentle and kind, she seems to have stepped straight out of Mary Poppins. For more than six decades Nanny Brenda swaddled, diapered, dressed, played with, sang to, cooked for, and looked after more than one hundred children. From the pampered sons... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Shadow Mountain
A Memoir of Wolves, a Woman, and the Wild
Written by Renee Askins


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-48226-4 (0-385-48226-4)

“The wolves of North America have their Jane Goodall, and her name is Renée Askins…. An eloquent plea for nature unrestrained.” —Outside Magazine

“Delightful…fun to read. The seamless way Askins weaves the natural world into her narrative brings to mind Terry Tempest Williams’s memoir Refuge.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Demonstrates the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ice Time
A Tale of Fathers, Sons, and Hometown Heroes
Written by Jay Atkinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 24, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80994-5 (0-609-80994-6)

As kids, we all had passions—something we loved doing, experienced with our friends, dreamed about every spare moment. For Jay Atkinson, who grew up in a small Massachusetts town, it was hockey. When Bobby Orr scored the winning goal in the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals against the St. Louis Blues, Atkinson... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fugitive Days
Memoirs of an Antiwar Activist
Written by Bill Ayers


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3277-0 (0-8070-3277-8)

Bill Ayers was born into privilege and is today a highly respected educator. In the late 1960s he was a young pacifist who helped to found one of the most radical political organizations in U.S. history, the Weather Underground. In a new era of antiwar activism and suppression of protest, his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Public Enemy
Confessions of an American Dissident
Written by Bill Ayers


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3276-3 (0-8070-3276-X)

Labeled a “domestic terrorist” by the McCain campaign in 2008 and used by the radical right in an attempt to castigate Obama for “pallin’ around with terrorists,” Bill Ayers is in fact a dedicated teacher, father, and social justice advocate with a sharp memory and even sharper wit.  Public Enemy tells... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Epileptic

Written by David B.


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: July 4, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71468-9 (0-375-71468-5)

Hailed by The Comics Journal as one of Europe’s most important and innovative comics artists, David B. has created a masterpiece in Epileptic, his stunning and emotionally resonant autobiography about growing up with an epileptic brother. Epileptic gathers together and makes available in English for the first time all six volumes... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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The Center of the Universe
A Memoir
Written by Nancy Bachrach


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45541-3 (0-307-45541-6)

The story is so improbable, it can only be true: A brilliant woman with a long history of mental illness—who once proclaimed herself to be "the center of the universe"—is miraculously cured by accidental carbon monoxide poisoning aboard the family boat. Nancy Bachrach warns readers, “Don’t try this at home” in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Notes of a Native Son

Written by James Baldwin
Illustrated by Edward P. Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 9, 1984
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6431-3 (0-8070-6431-9)

Originally published in 1955, James Baldwin’s first nonfiction book has become a much-studied classic. These searing essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and Americans abroad remain as powerful today as when they were written.

“He named for me the things you feel but couldn’t utter. . . ... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, hardcover and a trade paperback.

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Levels of Life

Written by Julian Barnes


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 24, 2013
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-35077-8 (0-385-35077-5)

“You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed . . .”

Julian Barnes’s new book is about ballooning, photography, love and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart. One of the judges who awarded him... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Nothing to Be Frightened Of

Written by Julian Barnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38998-5 (0-307-38998-7)

NATIONAL BESTSELLER
A NEW YORK TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

A memoir on mortality as only Julian Barnes can write it, one that touches on faith and science and family as well as a rich array of exemplary figures who over the centuries have confronted the same questions he now poses about... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hungry for the World
A Memoir
Written by Kim Barnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 20, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72044-1 (0-385-72044-0)

From the author of the critically acclaimed In the Wilderness, comes a riveting new narrative of self-discovery and personal triumph. Hungry for the World is the story of how an intelligent and passionate young woman, yearning for an understanding of the world beyond her insular family life, found her way.

On the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In the Wilderness
Coming of Age in Unknown Country
Written by Kim Barnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 17, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47821-2 (0-385-47821-6)

Poet Kim Barnes grew up in northern Idaho, in the isolated camps where her father worked as a logger and her mother made a modest but comfortable home for her husband and two children. Their lives were short on material wealth, but long on the riches of family and friendship, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Aman
The Story of a Somali Girl
As told to Virginia Lee Barnes and Janice Boddy


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 29, 1995
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76209-6 (0-679-76209-4)

This is the extraordinary first-person account of a young woman's coming of age in Somalia and her struggles against the obligations and strictures of family and society.  By the time she is nine, Aman has undergone a ritual circumcision ceremony; at eleven, her innocent romance with a white boy leads to a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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King Peggy
An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village
Written by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74281-0 (0-307-74281-4)

The charming real-life fairy tale of an American secretary who discovers she has been chosen king of an impoverished fishing village on the west coast of Africa.

King Peggy
chronicles the astonishing journey of American secretary, Peggielene Bartels, who suddenly finds herself king to a town of 7,000 people on Ghana's central... Read more >

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King Peggy
An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village
Written by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: February 21, 2012
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53432-1 (0-385-53432-9)

The charming real-life fairy tale of an American secretary who discovers she has been chosen king of an impoverished fishing village on the west coast of Africa. King Peggy has the sweetness and quirkiness of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and the hopeful sense of possibility of Half the... Read more >

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A Tuscan Childhood

Written by Kinta Beevor


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70426-0 (0-375-70426-4)

All the beauty and enchantment of the Tuscan countryside is captured in this exquisite memoir of Kinta Beevor's idyllic bohemian childhood, spent with her family in their Italian castle in the years between the two world wars.

In 1916 Kinta's father, the painter Aubrey Waterfield, purchased the sixteenth-century Fortezza della Brunella in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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My Song
A Memoir of Art, Race, and Defiance
Written by Harry Belafonte and Michael Shnayerson


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47342-4 (0-307-47342-2)

An eloquently told personal account of an era of enormous cultural and political change, which reveals Harry Belafonte as not only one of America’s greatest entertainers, but also one of our most profoundly influential activists.

Harry Belafonte spent his childhood in both Harlem and Jamaica, where the toughness of the city and... Read more >

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My Song
A Memoir
Written by Harry Belafonte and Michael Shnayerson


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $30.50
ISBN: 978-0-307-27226-3 (0-307-27226-5)

Harry Belafonte is not just one of the greatest entertainers of our time; he has led one of the great American lives of the last century. Now, this extraordinary icon tells us the story of that life, giving us its full breadth, letting us share in the struggles, the tragedies, and... Read more >

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Claiming Ground

Written by Laura Bell


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 19, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47464-3 (0-307-47464-X)

A Providence Journal Best Book of the Year

In 1977, Laura Bell left her family home in Kentucky for a wild and unexpected adventure: herding sheep in Wyoming’s Big Horn Basin. The only woman in a man’s world, she nevertheless found a home among the strange community of drunks and eccentrics... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Claiming Ground

Written by Laura Bell


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27288-1 (0-307-27288-5)

In 1977, Laura Bell, at loose ends after graduating from college, leaves her family home in Kentucky for a wild and unexpected adventure: herding sheep in Wyoming’s Bighorn Basin. Inexorably drawn to this life of solitude and physical toil, a young woman in a man’s world, she is perhaps the oddest... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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In the Ring
The Trials of a Washington Lawyer
Written by Robert S. Bennett


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: February 10, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-39444-6 (0-307-39444-1)

“The best legal read . . . in decades. A brilliantly entertaining work, both for the lawyer and the layman.”
Washington Times

Robert S. Bennett has been a lawyer for more than forty years. In that time, he’s taken on dozens of high-profile and groundbreaking cases and emerged as the go-to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Life of an Anarchist
The Alexander Berkman Reader
Written by Alexander Berkman
Edited by Gene Fellner
Foreword by Howard Zinn


Format: Trade Paperback, 372 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 2, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-662-9 (1-58322-662-1)

Alexander Berkman was a twentieth-century American revolutionary. Like the abolitionist John Brown before him, Berkman was hugely idealistic, ready to go to the furthest extreme of self-sacrifice and violence on behalf of justice and civil rights. He decided to assassinate industrialist Henry Clay Frick after reading in the newspaper that Pinkertons... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Golden Willow
The Story of a Lifetime of Love
Written by Harry Bernstein


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 28, 2009
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-51102-7 (0-345-51102-6)

Harry Bernstein started chronicling his life at the age of ninety-four, after the death of his beloved wife, Ruby. In his first book, The Invisible Wall, he told a haunting story of forbidden love in World War I-era England. Then Bernstein wrote The Dream, the touching tale of his family’s immigrant... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Inside Out
A Memoir of the Blacklist
Written by Walter Bernstein


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 31, 2013
Price: $12.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-5048-4 (0-8041-5048-6)

In an immensely alive and pointed memoir by a writer who was himself blacklisted during what Lillian Hellman so aptly called "scoundrel time, " Bernstein recounts his passage from idealist to scapegoat. Chronicling his writing careers in Hollywood and then television, Bernstein tells of the blacklisting for communism which brought ostracism... Read more >

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The Father of All Things
A Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of Vietnam
Written by Tom Bissell


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7543-0 (1-4000-7543-2)

In April 1975, as Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese Army, John Bissell, a former Marine officer living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, was glued to his television. Struggling to save his marriage, raise his sons, and live with his memories of the war in Vietnam, Bissell found himself racked... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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