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Fist Stick Knife Gun
A Personal History of Violence
Written by Geoffrey Canada


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 28, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4461-2 (0-8070-4461-X)

A new edition, including the story of the founding of the Harlem Children’s Zone

Long before the avalanche of praise for his work–from Oprah Winfrey, from President Bill Clinton, from both First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama–long before he became known as a hero to television and film viewers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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A Journal for Jordan
A Story of Love and Honor
Written by Dana Canedy


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 13, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39600-6 (0-307-39600-2)

Selected for Common Reading at Texas State University 2010

In 2005, First Sergeant Charles Monroe King began to write what would become a two-hundred-page journal for his son in case he did not make it home from the war in Iraq. Charles King, forty-eight, was killed on October 14, 2006, when an... Read more >

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The Long Walk to Freedom
Runaway Slave Narratives
Written by Devon W. Carbado
Foreword by Donald Weise


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6909-7 (0-8070-6909-4)

In this groundbreaking compilation of first-person accounts of the runaway slave experience, editors Devon W. Carbado and Donald Weise have recovered twelve narratives spanning eight decades—more than half of which have been long out of print. Told in the voices of the runaway slaves themselves, these narratives reveal the extraordinary and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Long Walk to Freedom
Runaway Slave Narratives
Edited by Devon W. Carbado and Donald Weise


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 21, 2012
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6912-7 (0-8070-6912-4)

In this groundbreaking compilation of first-person accounts of the runaway slave phenomenon, editors Devon W. Carbado and Donald Weise have recovered twelve narratives spanning eight decades–more than half of which have been long out of print. Told in the voices of the runaway slaves themselves, these narratives reveal the extraordinary and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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A Wasp Among Eagles
A Woman Military Test Pilot in World War II
Written by Ann Carl


Format: Trade Paperback, 152 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 22, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-870-0 (1-56098-870-3)

Before World War II most Americans did not believe that the average woman could fly professionally, but during the war more than a thousand women pilots proved them wrong. These were the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), who served as military flyers on the home front. In March 1944 one of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Duel

Written by Giacomo Casanova
Translated by James Marcus


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: August 16, 2011
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-1-935554-49-3 (1-935554-49-2)

A sparkling new translation tells the tale of a young libertine who finds his rapier wit matched by actual rapiers.

In this autobiographical tale, a young dandy is forced to flee his hometown after falling afoul of the authorities. But sheltering in the royal court he finds treachery and insult and is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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History of My Life

Written by Giacomo Casanova
Translated by Willard R. Trask


Format: Hardcover, 1512 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: February 6, 2007
Price: $37.50
ISBN: 978-0-307-26557-9 (0-307-26557-9)

The name of Giacomo Casanova, Chevalier de Seingalt (1725-98), is now synonymous with amorous exploits, and there are plenty of these, vividly narrated, in his memoirs. But Casanova was not just an energetic lover. In his time he was a diplomat, businessman, trainee priest, traveler, prisoner, magician, confidence man, gambler, professional... Read more >

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The Long Walk
A Story of War and the Life That Follows
Written by Brian Castner


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95087-1 (0-307-95087-5)

Brian Castner served three tours of duty in the Middle East, two of them in Iraq as the head of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit. Whenever IEDs were discovered, he and his men would lead the way in either disarming the deadly devices or searching through rubble and remains for clues... Read more >

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The Memoirs of Catherine the Great

Written by Catherine the Great
Translated by Markus Cruse and Hilde Hoogenboom


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 13, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6987-0 (0-8129-6987-1)

Empress Catherine II brought Europe to Russia, and Russia to Europe, during her long and eventful reign (1762—96). She fostered the culture of the Enlightenment and greatly expanded the immense empire created by Czar Ivan the Terrible, shifting the balance of power in Europe eastward. Famous for her will to power... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Journals of John Cheever

Written by John Cheever
Edited by Robert Gottlieb


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 9, 2008
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38725-7 (0-307-38725-9)

In these journals, the experiences of one of the most renowned twentieth-century American writers come to life with fascinating, wholly revealing detail.

John Cheever's journals provide peerless insights into the creation of his novels and stories. But they are equally the record of a complex, often dark, always closely observed inner world... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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China's Son
Growing Up in the Cultural Revolution
Written by Da Chen


Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $6.50
ISBN: 978-0-440-22926-1 (0-440-22926-X)

A candid memoir about growing up during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, adapted by the author from his Colors of the Mountain, published by Random House.

Da Chen was born in China in 1962. The grandson of a landlord, he and his family were treated as outcasts in Communist China. In school, Da... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Colors of the Mountain

Written by Da Chen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 16, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72060-1 (0-385-72060-2)

"I was born in southern China in 1962, in the tiny town of Yellow Stone. They called it the Year of Great Starvation."

In 1962, as millions of Chinese citizens were gripped by Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution and the Red Guards enforced a brutal regime of communism, a boy was born to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hurricane Katrina
Response and Responsibilities, Second Edition
Edited by John Brown Childs


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: August 26, 2008
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-1-55643-792-2 (1-55643-792-7)

The voices gathered in this book represent critical and personal responses to Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. They are a second volley following the immediate journalism, and suggest the kind of dialogue, critical analysis and hopeful spirit that will be necessary in the reconstruction of the Gulf Coast. All essays were... Read more >

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Blue Plate Special
An Autobiography of My Appetites
Written by Kate Christensen


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95110-6 (0-307-95110-3)

A delectable memoir about the transformative power of food, Blue Plate Special is a deeply personal narrative in which food becomes the vehicle for exploring a life. Here, novelist Kate Christensen tells her own story, from her unorthodox childhood in 1960s Berkeley as the daughter of a legal activist who ruled... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Blue Plate Special
An Autobiography of My Appetites
Written by Kate Christensen


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: July 9, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53626-4 (0-385-53626-7)

That the greatly admired novelist Kate Christensen has turned to the memoir form after six novels makes this book an event. Readers of memoirs of high literary quality, particularly those with food themes—most conspicuously Ruth Reichl's Comfort Me with Apples and Gabrielle Hamilton's Blood, Bones, and Butter—as well as admirers of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Made in Detroit

Written by Paul Clemens


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7596-6 (1-4000-7596-3)

A New York Times Notable Book

A powerfully candid memoir about growing up white in Detroit and the conflicted point of view it produced.

Raised in Detroit during the '70s, '80s, and '90s, Paul Clemens saw his family growing steadily isolated from its surroundings: white in a predominately black city, Catholic in an... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Girl Singer
An Autobiography
Written by Rosemary Clooney and Joan Barthel


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0555-8 (0-7679-0555-5)

The legendary singer and actress shares the personal story of her extraordinary life and career, detailing her rise to success in the entertainment world, her troubled marriage to Jose Ferrer, her battle with addiction and depression, and the new triumphs in her life.

"Warm, intimate…Clooney's writing conveys the same kind of honesty... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Beautiful Struggle
A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood
Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52746-0 (0-385-52746-2)

Selected for common reading at Widener University (Chester, PA)

An exceptional father-son story about the reality that tests us, the myths that sustain us, and the love that saves us.

Paul Coates was an enigmatic god to his sons: a Vietnam vet who rolled with the Black Panthers, an old-school disciplinarian and new-age... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Looking for Trouble
One Woman, Six Wars and a Revolution
Edited by Leslie Cockburn


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 16, 1999
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48355-1 (0-385-48355-4)

News correspondent Leslie Cockburn has dined with the Cali Cartel, marched with the Khmer Rouge, hunted down the Black Turban in Afghanistan, pursued the Russian mafia to the Arctic Circle, shared pomegranate sauce with the Ayatollahs, and stopped a small Kurdish war, but she has never told these stories in a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Difficulty of Being

Written by Jean Cocteau
Translated by Elizabeth Sprigge
Introduction by Geoffrey O'Brien


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: May 28, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-290-1 (1-61219-290-4)

By the time he published The Difficulty of Being in 1947, Jean Cocteau had produced some of the most respected films and literature of the twentieth century, and had worked with the foremost artists of his time, including Proust, Gide, Picasso and Stravinsky.

This memoir tells the inside account of those... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Peddler's Grandson
Growing Up Jewish in Mississippi
Written by Edward Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: January 2, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33591-1 (0-385-33591-1)

In this poignant memoir, Edward Cohen tells of his family's experiences of assimilation and isolation as one of the few Jewish families in the Deep South of the 1950s. Insulated by his extended family, Cohen believed the world was populated only by Jews. It was only when he started school that... Read more >

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Train Go Sorry
Inside a Deaf World
Written by Leah Hager Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 1995
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76165-5 (0-679-76165-9)

In American Sign Language, "train go sorry" means "missing the boat." Cohen uses the phrase as shorthand for the myriad missed connections between the deaf and the hearing. Yet in this stunning work of journalism and memoir she also forges new connections. As she ushers readers into New York's Lexington School... Read more >

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Lake Effect

Written by Rich Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72533-3 (0-375-72533-4)

Winner of the Great Lakes Book Award and the 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library

Raised in an affluent suburb on the North Shore of Chicago, Rich Cohen had a cluster of interesting friends, but none more interesting than Jamie Drew. Fatherless, reckless, and lower middle class in a place... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Cherries in Winter
My Family's Recipe for Hope in Hard Times
Written by Suzan Colon


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47593-0 (0-307-47593-X)

When Suzan Colón was laid off from her dream job at a national magazine, she needed to cut her budget, and fast. That meant dusting off her grandmother Matilda’s old recipe folder and learning how to cook cheaply and simply. But Suzan found more than just amazing recipes–she found a new... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Home Cooking
A Writer in the Kitchen
Written by Laurie Colwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 23, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47441-4 (0-307-47441-0)

Weaving together memories, recipes, and wild tales of years spent in the kitchen, Home Cooking is Laurie Colwin’s manifesto on the joys of sharing food and entertaining. From the humble hotplate of her one-room apartment to the crowded kitchens of bustling parties, Colwin regales us with tales of meals gone both... Read more >
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