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Revelations
Diaries of Women
Edited by Mary Jane Moffat and Charlotte Painter


Format: Trade Paperback, 428 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 1975
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71151-5 (0-394-71151-3)

Excerpts from the private diaries of women, known and unknown, among them Louisa May Alcott, Sophie Tolstoy, George Eliot, Anais Nïn.

“To read this book is to experience an excitement, a warm recognitiion, and a dizzingly expanded sense of possibilities. . . . These are revelations indeed. For the first time, consciously... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Tricky Part
A boy's story of sexual trespass, a man's journey to forgiveness
Written by Martin Moran


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27653-7 (0-307-27653-8)

Raised in a loving Catholic family in Denver, Martin Moran was a star student who imagined that he’d one day become a U.S. senator. When he was twelve years old, a camp counselor seduced him, initiating a sexual relationship that would last three years–and haunt Moran’s life for decades. He discovered... Read more >
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Polite Lies
On Being a Woman Caught Between Cultures
Written by Kyoko Mori


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 6, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-00428-9 (0-449-00428-7)

In this powerful and exquisitely crafted book, notable author Kyoko Mori delves into her dual heritage with a rare honesty that is both graceful and stirring. From her unhappy childhood in Japan, weighted by a troubled family and a constricting culture, to the American Midwest, where she found herself free to... Read more >

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Conundrum

Written by Jan Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: May 16, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-189-9 (1-59017-189-6)

The great travel writer Jan Morris was born James Morris. James Morris distinguished himself in the British military, became a successful and physically daring reporter, climbed mountains, crossed deserts, and established a reputation as a historian of the British empire. He was happily married, with several children. To all appearances, he... Read more >
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My Dog Skip

Written by Willie Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 30, 1996
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76722-0 (0-679-76722-3)

In 1943 in a sleepy town on the banks of the Yazoo River, a boy fell in love with a puppy with a lively gait and an intellingent way of listening. The two grew up together having the most wonderful adventures. A classic story of a boy, a dog, and small-town... Read more >
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North Toward Home

Written by Willie Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 22, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72460-2 (0-375-72460-5)

With his signature style and grace, Willie Morris, arguably one of this country's finest Southern writers, presents us with an unparalleled memoir of a country in transition and a boy coming of age in a period of tumultuous cultural, social, and political change.

In North Toward Home, Morris vividly recalls the... Read more >

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The Mountains of California

Written by John Muir
Introduction by Bill McKibben


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 11, 2001
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75819-5 (0-375-75819-4)

When John Muir traveled to California in 1868, he found the pristine mountain ranges that would inspire his life’s work. The Mountains of California is the culmination of the ten years Muir spent in the Sierra Nevadas, studying every crag, crook, and valley with great care and contemplation.

Bill McKibben writes in... Read more >
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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Written by Haruki Murakami


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38983-1 (0-307-38983-9)

"[What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is] a graceful explanation of Mr. Murakami's intertwining obsessions, conveyed with his characteristic ability to draw unexpected connections. Running may be a matter of placing one foot in front of the other on the ground, but, as is so often the case... Read more >
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South to a Very Old Place

Written by Albert Murray


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 3, 1991
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73695-0 (0-679-73695-6)

The highly acclaimed novelist and biographer Albert Murray tells his classic memoir of growing up in Alabama during the 1920s and 1930s in South to a Very Old Place. Intermingling remembrances of youth with engaging conversation, African-American folklore, and astute cultural criticism, it is at once an intimate personal journey and... Read more >
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Speak, Memory
An Autobiography Revisited
Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 28, 1989
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72339-4 (0-679-72339-0)

First published in 1951 as Conclusive Evidence, then assiduously revised in 1966, Speak, Memory is an elegant and rich evocation of Nabokov's life and times, even as it offers incisive insights into his major works.

"When he is writing about someone or something he loves, he is irresistible; when he is writing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Between Father and Son
Family Letters
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70726-1 (0-375-70726-3)

V. S. Naipaul is perhaps the most famous émigré writer since Vladimir Nabokov, and though he always spoke and wrote English, his self-imposed exile to England from his native Trinidad represented a cultural shift as profound as learning to think in another language. In this moving, novel-like correspondence, we witness the... Read more >
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A Writer's People
Ways of Looking and Feeling
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 5, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70729-2 (0-375-70729-8)

V. S. Naipaul has always faced the challenges of "fitting one civilization to another." In A Writer's People, he takes us into this process of creative and intellectual assimilation, which has shaped both his writing and his life.

Naipaul discusses the writers to whom he was exposed early on—Derek Walcott, Gustave Flaubert... Read more >
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Monsoon Diary
A Memoir with Recipes
Written by Shoba Narayan


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7107-1 (0-8129-7107-8)

Shoba Narayan’s Monsoon Diary weaves a fascinating food narrative that combines delectable Indian recipes with tales from her life, stories of her delightfully eccentric family, and musings about Indian culture.

Narayan recounts her childhood in South India, her college days in America, her arranged marriage, and visits from her parents and in-laws... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Story of My People

Written by Edoardo Nesi


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-554-9 (1-59051-554-4)

Winner - 2011 Strega Prize

Starting from his family’s textile factory in Prato, Tuscany, Edoardo Nesi examines the recent shifts in Italy’s manufacturing industry. Only one generation ago, Prato was a thriving industrial center that prided itself on craftsmanship and quality. But during the last decade, cheaply made goods–produced overseas or in... Read more >
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Up Against the Wall Motherf**er
A Memoir of the '60s, with Notes for Next Time
Written by Osha Neumann


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 4, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-849-4 (1-58322-849-7)

They called themselves the Motherfuckers; others called them a “street gang with an analysis.” Osha Neumann’s thoughtful, funny, and honest account of his part in ‘60s counterculture is also an unflinching look at what all that rebellion of the past means today. The fast moving story follows the establishment of the... Read more >
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In Pursuit of the Common Good
Twenty-Five Years of Improving the World, One Bottle of Salad Dressing at a Time
Written by Paul Newman and A.E. Hotchner


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2997-4 (0-7679-2997-7)

Shameless exploitation has never been more fun nor done more good for more people than when done by Newman’s Own—the first green food company to use all-natural ingredients, and still the most successful.

It was 1982 when Paul Newman and A. E. Hotchner made their foray into local gourmet shops with... Read more >
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Take Me With You
A Round-the-World Journey to Invite a Stranger Home
Written by Brad Newsham


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 26, 2002
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44912-2 (0-345-44912-6)

In this new book, the author treks across continents to give someone he meets along the way the chance of a lifetime: a free trip to America. For 100 days, Newsham befriends many-from Tony, the Filipino mountain guide to Mohammed, the ear cleaner in New Delhi. As engrossing as a novel... Read more >

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The Grace of Silence
A Family Memoir
Written by Michele Norris


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47527-5 (0-307-47527-1)

A profoundly moving and deeply personal memoir by the co-host of National Public Radio’s flagship program All Things Considered.

While exploring the hidden conversation on race unfolding throughout America in the wake of President Obama’s election, Michele Norris discovered that there were painful secrets within her own family that had been... Read more >

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Lost in America
A Journey with My Father
Written by Sherwin B. Nuland


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72722-1 (0-375-72722-1)

“He walks with me through every day of my life, in that unsteady, faltering gait that so embarrassed me when I was a boy. Always, he is holding fast to the upper part of my right arm . . . As we make our way together, my father—I called him Daddy... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Damned Nations
Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid
Written by Samantha Nutt


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Signal
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-5145-6 (0-7710-5145-X)

For readers of Christopher Hedges, Robert Fisk, and Christopher Hitchens, an extraordinary humanitarian gives us a bracing and uncompromising account of her work in some of the most devastated corners of the world -- and a new and provocative vision for changing course on our growing militarization.

In 1995, twenty-five-year-old Samantha Nutt... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Buffalo for the Broken Heart
Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch
Written by Dan O'Brien


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76139-3 (0-375-76139-X)

For twenty years Dan O’Brien struggled to make ends meet on his cattle ranch in South Dakota. But when a neighbor invited him to lend a hand at the annual buffalo roundup, O’Brien was inspired to convert his own ranch, the Broken Heart, to buffalo. Starting with thirteen calves, “short-necked, golden... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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At Home in the Heart of Appalachia

Written by John O'Brien


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72139-4 (0-385-72139-0)

John O’Brien was raised in Philadelphia by an Appalachian father who fled the mountains to escape crippling poverty and family tragedy. Years later, with a wife and two kids of his own, the son moved back into those mountains in an attempt to understand both himself and the father from whom... Read more >

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Lazy B
Growing up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest
Written by Sandra Day O'Connor and H. Alan Day


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6673-2 (0-8129-6673-2)

What was it in Sandra Day O'Connor's background and early life that helped make her the woman she is today—the first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and one of the most powerful women in America?

In Lazy B, Sandra Day O'Connor, with her brother, Alan, tells the story of the... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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High
Confessions of an International Drug Smuggler
Written by Brian O'Dea


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: May 5, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-310-1 (1-59051-310-X)

Having completed a ten-year sentence for importing seventy-five tons of marijuana into the United States, Brian O’Dea placed a classified ad headed “Former Marijuana Smuggler” in the Employment Wanted section of a newspaper–a typical act for a resilient and impudent man. Among the advertiser’s references was the U.S. district attorney who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Half and Half
Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural
Written by Claudine C. O'Hearn


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: June 9, 1998
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70011-8 (0-375-70011-0)

As we approach the twenty-first century, biracialism and biculturalism are becoming increasingly common. Skin color and place of birth are no longer reliable signifiers of one's identity or origin. Simple questions like "What are you?" and "Where are you from?" aren't answered--they are discussed. These eighteen essays, joined by a shared... Read more >
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