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Luck and Circumstance
A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York, and Points Beyond
Written by Michael Lindsay-Hogg


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 27, 2011
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59468-6 (0-307-59468-8)

From acclaimed director Michael Lindsay-Hogg (The Normal Heart, The Beatles’ Let It Be, Brideshead Revisited, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, etc.), son of glamorous Warner’s movie star Geraldine Fitzgerald: a magical dreamscape memoir of his boyhood, coming-of-age, and making his way in the worlds of theater, film, and television... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Bootstrapper
From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm
Written by Mardi Jo Link


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74358-9 (0-307-74358-6)

When Mardi Jo Link finds herself a newly single mother after nineteen years of marriage, she makes a seemingly impossible resolution: to stay in her century old-farmhouse and continue raising her three boys on well-water, chopping wood, and dirt. Armed with an unflagging sense of humor and a relentless optimism that... Read more >

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Bootstrapper
From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm
Written by Mardi Jo Link


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 11, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-59691-8 (0-307-59691-5)

Poignant, irreverent, and hilarious: a memoir about survival and self-discovery, by an indomitable woman who never loses sight of what matters most.

It’s the summer of 2005, and Mardi Jo Link’s dream of living the simple life has unraveled into debt, heartbreak, and perpetually ragged cuticles. She and her husband of... Read more >

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The Code of Love
An Astonishing True Tale of Secrets, Love, and War
Written by Andro Linklater


Format: Trade Paperback, 308 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72065-6 (0-385-72065-3)

Acclaimed writer Andro Linklater re-creates the story of two lovers separated by World War II and the encrypted diary that holds the key to their tragic tale.

In the summer of 1939, Pamela Kirrage fell in love with RAF pilot Donald Hill just months before he was sent to defend Hong... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Accidental Asian
Notes of a Native Speaker
Written by Eric Liu


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 7, 1999
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70486-4 (0-375-70486-8)

What is race for? That question animates every page of The Accidental Asian, a powerful work from one of the nation's leading young voices. In these personal and poignant reflections, assimilation became clear for Liu when he tried to read a memorial book about his father's life, composed in Chinese, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Brooklyn Zoo
The Education of a Psychotherapist
Written by Darcy Lockman


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74252-0 (0-307-74252-0)

In her eye-opening, ruthlessly honest account, Darcy Lockman shares the stress, frustration, and exhilaration of her clinical training as a psychologist in the midst of institutional dysfunction at Brooklyn’s Kings County Hospital.

After leaving her career in magazine journalism to become a psychotherapist, Darcy Lockman confronted a slew of challenges including... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Cuba: My Revolution

Written by Inverna Lockpez
Illustrated by Dean Haspiel


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2217-8 (1-4012-2217-X)

Seventeen-year-old Sonia, a medical student with dreams of becoming a modernist painter, is caught up in Fidel Castro’s revolution from the moment it captures Havana on New Year’s Eve 1958. While her eccentric mother hatches an increasingly desperate series of plans to flee Cuba, Sonia joins the militia and volunteers as... Read more >

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John Barleycorn

Written by Jack London
Introduction by Pete Hamill


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 11, 2001
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75792-1 (0-375-75792-9)

Jack London cut a mythic figure across the American landscape of the early twentieth century. But throughout his colorful life–from his teenage years as an oyster pirate to his various incarnations as a well-traveled seaman, Yukon gold prospector, waterfront brawler, unemployed vagrant, impassioned socialist, and celebrated writer–he retained a predilection for... Read more >
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Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes
A Memoir of Dublin in the 1950s
Written by Martha Long


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-414-5 (1-60980-414-7)

When Martha Long’s feckless mother hooks up with the Jackser (“that bandy aul bastard”), and starts having more babies, the abuse and poverty in the house grow more acute. Martha is regularly sent out to beg and more often steal, and her wiles (as a child of 7, 8) are often... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Portrait of My Body

Written by Phillip Lopate


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 15, 1997
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48377-3 (0-385-48377-5)

Phillip Lopate’s richest and most ambitious book yet—the final volume of a trilogy that began with Bachelorhood and Against Joie de VivrePortrait of My Body is a powerful memoir in the form of interconnected personal essays. One of America’s foremost essayists, who helped focus attention on the form in his acclaimed... Read more >

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Fighter Pilot's Heaven
Flight Testing the Early Jets
Written by Donald S. Lopez


Format: Trade Paperback, 236 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-916-5 (1-56098-916-5)

Fighter Pilot’s Heaven presents the dramatic inside story of the American military’s transition into the jet age, as told by a flyer whose life depended on its success. With colorful anecdotes about fellow pilots as well as precise technical information, Donald S. Lopez describes how it was to be “behind the... Read more >
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Into the Teeth of the Tiger

Written by Donald S. Lopez


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 1997
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-752-9 (1-56098-752-9)

Into the Teeth of the Tiger provides a vivid, pilot’s-eye view of one of the most extended projections of American air power in World War II Asia. Lopez chronicles every aspect of fighter combat in that theater: harrowing aerial battles, interludes of boredom and inactivity, instances of courage and cowardice. Describing... Read more >
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Before We Get Started
A Practical Memoir of the Writer's Life
Written by Bret Lott


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 25, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-47817-7 (0-345-47817-7)

This marvelous guide begins where other books on writing and the writing life leave off. Delving deep into the creative process, Bret Lott reveals truths we scarcely realized we needed to know but without which we as writers will soon lose our way. In ten intimate essays based on his own... Read more >
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Silent Wings at War
Combat Gliders in World War II
Written by John L. Lowden


Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-034-4 (1-58834-034-1)

The pilots were known as “suicide jockeys” and the aircraft they flew were called “flak bait.” Towed behind modified bombers or transport aircraft, Allied combat gliders were used in some of the riskiest missions of World War II, landing miles behind enemy lines with specially trained assault forces. In Silent Wings... Read more >

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Why Not Say What Happened?
A Memoir
Written by Ivana Lowell


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38740-0 (0-307-38740-2)

Born into one of the most celebrated Anglo-Irish families, the Guinnesses, Ivana Lowell grew up at the whim of two literary heavyweights—her mother, writer Lady Caroline Blackwood, and stepfather, poet Robert Lowell.

Now, with an incisive eye and a wicked sense of humor, she shares the stories we’ve always wanted to... Read more >
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Blue Genes
A Memoir of Loss and Survival
Written by Christopher Lukas


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2901-1 (0-7679-2901-2)

Christopher (Kit) Lukas’s mother committed suicide when he was a boy. He and his brother, Tony, were not told how she died. No one spoke of the family’s history of depression and bipolar disorder. The brothers grew up to achieve remarkable success; Tony as a gifted journalist (and author of the... Read more >
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Borderlands
Riding the Edge of America
Written by Derek Lundy


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage Canada
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-39863-5 (0-307-39863-3)

Derek Lundy turns sixty at the end of a year in which three good friends have died. He feels the need to do something radical, and sets out on his motorcycle - a Kawasaki KLR 650 cc single-cylinder “thumper,” which he describes as “unpretentious” and also “butt-ugly.” Fascinated by the United... Read more >

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A Soldier on the Southern Front
The Classic Italian Memoir of World War 1
Written by Emilio Lussu
Afterword by Mark Thompson
Translated by Gregory Conti


Format: Hardcover, 278 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8478-4278-0 (0-8478-4278-9)

A rediscovered Italian masterpiece chronicling the author’s experience as an infantryman, newly translated and reissued to commemorate the centennial of World War I. Taking its place alongside works by Ernst JŸnger, Robert Graves, and Erich Maria Remarque, Emilio Lussu’s memoir is one of the most affecting accounts to come out of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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All Souls
A Family Story from Southie
Written by Michael Patrick MacDonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 1, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7213-4 (0-8070-7213-3)

Common Reading Programs that have selected All Souls:

Colleges and Universities:
Northeastern University
Northridge College
Springfield Technical Community College
Tufts University
Suffolk University
Dean College

All Souls
takes us deep into Michael Patrick MacDonald’s Southie, the proudly insular neighborhood with the highest concentration of white poverty in America. Rocked by Whitey Bulger’s crime schemes and busing riots, MacDonald’s Southie... Read more >
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I Await the Devil's Coming

Written by Mary MacLane
Introduction by Jessa Crispin


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: March 19, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-61219-194-2 (1-61219-194-0)

Mary MacLane’s I Await the Devil’s Coming is a shocking, brave and intellectually challenging diary of a 19-year-old girl living in Butte, Montana in 1902. Written in potent, raw prose that propelled the author to celebrity upon publication, the book has become almost completely forgotten.

In the early 20th century, MacLane’s name... Read more >
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Falling Leaves
The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
Written by Adeline Yen Mah


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 6, 1999
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0357-8 (0-7679-0357-9)

With a powerful voice that speaks of the harsh realities of growing up female in a family and society that kept girls in emotional chains, Falling Leaves is a rare, authentic portrait of twentieth-century China. A compelling, painful, and ultimately triumphant story of a girl's journey into adulthood, Adeline's story is... Read more >

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Waist-High in the World
A Life Among the Nondisabled
Written by Nancy Mairs


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: December 22, 1997
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7087-1 (0-8070-7087-4)

In a blend of intimate memoir and passionate advocacy, Nancy Mairs takes on the subject woven through all her writing: disability and its effect on life, work, and spirit.

“Graceful yet gritty paradoxes drive this extraordinary book, which uses the author’s degenerative disease, multiple sclerosis, as a window into a very particular... Read more >

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Crossing the Borders of Time
A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed
Written by Leslie Maitland


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-570-9 (1-59051-570-6)

Leslie Maitland is an award-winning former New York Times investigative reporter whose mother and grandparents fled Germany in 1938 for France, where, as Jews, they spent four years as refugees, the last two under risk of Nazi deportation. In 1942 they made it onto the last boat to escape France before... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Crossing the Borders of Time
A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed
Written by Leslie Maitland


Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-496-2 (1-59051-496-3)

Leslie Maitland is an award-winning former New York Times investigative reporter whose mother and grandparents fled Germany in 1938 for France, where, as Jews, they spent four years as refugees, the last two under risk of Nazi deportation. In 1942 they made it onto the last boat to escape France before... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay
An American Family in Iran
Written by Hooman Majd


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94669-0 (0-307-94669-X)

In February 2011, Hooman Majd disembarked at the Tehran airport, a place he had passed through many times to visit family or accompany a news crew. But this time he had his wife, Karri; his infant son, Khash; and an oversize stroller in tow—and plans to stay for a year. Few... Read more >
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