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Motoring with Mohammed
Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea
Written by Eric Hansen


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 4, 1992
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73855-8 (0-679-73855-X)

In 1978 Eric Hansen found himself shipwrecked on a desert island in the Red Sea. When goat smugglers offered him safe passage to Yemen, he buried seven years' worth of travel journals deep in the sand and took his place alongside the animals on a leaky boat bound for a country... Read more >

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Some Memories of a Long Life, 1854-1911

Written by Malvina Shanklin Harlan
Afterword by Linda Przybyszewski
Foreword by Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 8, 2003
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6744-9 (0-8129-6744-5)

Like Abigail Adams, Malvina Shanklin Harlan witnessed—and gently influenced—national history from the unique perspective of a political leader’s wife. Her husband, Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan (1833–1911), played a central role in some of the most significant civil rights decisions of his era, including his lone dissenting opinion in Plessy... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Arms Wide Open
A Midwife's Journey
Written by Patricia Harman


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 20, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0171-4 (0-8070-0171-6)

A midwife’s memoir of living free and naturally against all odds

In her first, highly praised memoir, Patricia Harman told us the stories patients brought into her exam room, and her own story of struggling to help women as a nurse-midwife in medical practice with her husband, an OB/GYN, in Appalachia. In... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Blue Cotton Gown
A Midwife's Memoir
Written by Patricia Harman


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 1, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7291-2 (0-8070-7291-5)

Despite nurse-midwife Patsy Harman’s own financial and personal medical trials, including her private battle with uterine cancer, she devotes herself to her patients’ well-being in all aspects of their lives. They, in turn, tell her intimate stories both heartbreaking and uplifting.

‘In her sweetly perceptive memoir, Harman reveals how her exam room... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
A Memoir
Written by E. Lynn Harris


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49506-6 (0-385-49506-4)

For almost a decade, beloved storyteller E. Lynn Harris has welcomed you into his family with his passionate, warm and trail-blazing novels. Now, he invites you into the most intimate world ever—his own.

Since his first book Invisible Life was published in the early 1990s, New York Times bestselling author E. Lynn... Read more >

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Haywire

Written by Brooke Hayward


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-73959-9 (0-307-73959-7)

From the moment of its publication in 1977, Haywire was a national sensation and a #1 bestseller, a celebrated Hollywood memoir of a glittering family and the stunning darkness that lurked just beneath the surface.

Brooke Hayward was born into the most enviable of circumstances. The daughter of a famous actress and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Black Virgin Mountain
A Return to Vietnam
Written by Larry Heinemann


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 6, 2006
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7689-5 (1-4000-7689-7)

In 1967 Larry Heinemann was sent to Vietnam as an ordinary soldier. It was the most horrific year of his life, truly altering him—and his family—forever. In his powerful memoir, Heinemann returns to Vietnam, riding the train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city and confronting the memories of his war... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Now and Then
From Coney Island to Here
Written by Joseph Heller


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 26, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70055-2 (0-375-70055-2)

In Now and Then Joseph Heller begins with his fatherless childhood on the boardwalks of Depression-era Coney Island, where he coexisted with the rumble of the Cyclone and the tantalizing aroma of Mrs. Shatzkin's knishes. He later offers a dizzying bombardier's-eye view of the sky over wartime Italy, where he encountered... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Hell or High Water
Surviving Tibet's Tsango River
Written by Peter Heller


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-101-87204-8 (1-101-87204-7)

From the bestselling author of The Dog Stars, the true story of an elite kayaking team's heroic conquest of the world’s last great adventure prize: Tibet's Tsangpo River.

The Tsangpo Gorge in southeastern Tibet has lured explorers and adventurers since its discovery. Sacred to the Buddhists, the inspiration for Shangri La, the... Read more >

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October Sky

Written by Homer Hickam


Format: Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: February 16, 1999
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-440-23550-7 (0-440-23550-2)

A uniquely American memoir, October Sky (formerly titled Rocket Boys) is at once an inspiring chronicle of triumph and a luminous story of a mother's love, a father's fears, and a young man's coming of age. Looking back after a distinguished NASA career that fulfilled his boyhood ambition, Homer Hickam shares... Read more >

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Seabiscuit
An American Legend
Written by Laura Hillenbrand


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 26, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-00561-3 (0-449-00561-5)

Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad... Read more >

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Compass Points
How I Lived
Written by Edward Hoagland


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 26, 2002
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70240-2 (0-375-70240-7)

Award—winning nature writer Edward Hoagland explores the people, places, events, and themes that have shaped him and work in this luminous memoir of a life richly lived.

From his childhood in rural Connecticut to some of the earth’s last remaining wilderness, from New York parties to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s... Read more >
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Notes from The Century Before
A Journal from British Columbia
Written by Edward Hoagland
Edited by Jon Krakauer
Introduction by David Quammen


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 12, 2002
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75943-7 (0-375-75943-3)

In 1966, Edward Hoagland made a three-month excursion into the wild country of British Columbia and encountered a way of life that was disappearing even as he chronicled it. Showcasing Hoagland’s extraordinary gifts for portraiture—his cast runs from salty prospector to trader, explorer, missionary, and indigenous guide—Notes from the Century Before... Read more >
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It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
My Adventures in Life and Food
Written by Moira Hodgson


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1271-6 (0-7679-1271-3)

The daughter of a British Foreign Service officer, Moira Hodgson spent her childhood in many a strange and exotic land. She discovered American food in Saigon, ate wild boar in Berlin, and learned how to prepare potatoes from her eccentric Irish grandmother. Today, Hodgson has a well-deserved reputation as a discerning... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Songs Only You Know
A Memoir
Written by Sean Madigan Hoen


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: April 15, 2014
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-61695-336-2 (1-61695-336-5)

Songs Only You Know: A Memoir plunges us into the Detroit hardcore punk scene with eighteen-year-old Sean and spans a dark decade during which his father succumbs to crack addiction, his younger sister spirals into a fatal depression, and his sense of home crumbles. Sean’s salvation is music, and the many eccentrics... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Prairie Silence
A Memoir
Written by Melanie Hoffert


Format: Hardcover, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4473-5 (0-8070-4473-3)

A rural expatriate’s struggle to reconcile family, home, love, and faith with the silence of the prairie land and its people

Melanie Hoffert longs for her rural North Dakota home with its grain trucks and empty main streets. But like many, she followed the out-migration pattern to a more urban life... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Lady Sings the Blues the 50th Anniversary Edition

Written by Billie Holiday and William Dufty
Foreword by David Ritz


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: July 25, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2386-6 (0-7679-2386-3)

LADY SINGS THE BLUES is the fiercely honest, no-holds-barred autobiography of Billie Holiday, the legendary jazz, swing, and standards singing sensation. Taking the reader on a fast-moving journey from Holiday’s rough-and-tumble Baltimore childhood (where she ran errands at a whorehouse in exchange for the chance to listen to Louis Armstrong and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Footsteps
Adventures of a Romantic Biographer
Written by Richard Holmes


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 30, 1996
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77004-6 (0-679-77004-6)

Richard Holmes knew he had become a true biographer the day his bank bounced a check that he had inadvertently dated 1772. Because for the acclaimed chronicler of Shelley and Coleridge, biography is a physical pursuit, an ardent and arduous retracing of footsteps that may have vanished centuries before.

In this gripping... Read more >

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Volcano
A Memoir of Hawai'i
Written by Garrett Hongo


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 28, 1996
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76748-0 (0-679-76748-7)

Part memoir, part Japanese American family chronicle, part luminous work of natural history, Volcano tells what happened when Hongo returned to his birthplace in Hawai’i, as a young man, to reclaim its dreamlike landscape and his own elusive past. A magnificant evocation of heritage and place.

“My favorite kind of book is... Read more >

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Unraveled
One Woman's Story of Moving Out, Moving On, and Becoming a Better Mother
Written by Maria Housden


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: May 23, 2006
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5417-6 (1-4000-5417-6)

As a twelve-year-old girl, Maria Housden’s vision of a happy future included everything that society expects girls to yearn for: a home, a husband, and, of course, children. Life had other plans.

Unraveled is Housden’s riveting and thoughtful story of how, after the death of her young daughter, she found the courage... Read more >

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Things I Didn't Know

Written by Robert Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 4, 2007
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38598-7 (0-307-38598-1)

Robert Hughes has trained his critical eye on many major subjects, from the city of Barcelona to the history of his native Australia. Now he turns that eye inward, onto himself and the world that formed him. Hughes analyzes his experiences the way he might examine a Van Gogh or a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Touching the Rock
An Experience of Blindness
Written by John Hull


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 2, 1992
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73547-2 (0-679-73547-X)

Shortly after John Hull went blind, after years of struggling with failing vision, he had a dream in which he was trapped on a sinking ship, submerging into another, unimaginable world. The power of this calmly eloquent, intensely perceptive memoir lies in its thorough navigation of the world of blindness—a world... Read more >

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Eight Lives Down
The Most Dangerous Job in the World in the Most Dangerous Place in the World
Written by Chris Hunter


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: May 19, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38528-1 (0-553-38528-3)

Visceral and compelling, Eight Lives Down is the most exciting and nerve-jangling work of military non-fiction since Bravo Two Zero.

Chris Hunter has the most dangerous job in the world — to make safe the British sector in Iraq against some of the most hardened and technically advanced terrorists in the world... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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My Movie Business
A Memoir
Written by John Irving


Format: Trade Paperback, 222 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 10, 2000
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44130-0 (0-345-44130-3)

A New York Times Notable Book. In this memoir, novelist John Irving's recounts the process of turning his novel The Cider House Rules into a workable screenplay. After two producers, four directors, thirteen years, and countless rewrites, the movie version of Irving's acclaimed novel at last made it to the big... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Full Body Burden
Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats
Written by Kristen Iversen


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95565-4 (0-307-95565-6)

Chosen one of the Best Books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews and the American Library Association and 2012 Best Book about Justice by The Atlantic
Finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence
Selected for Common Reading at:
Virginia Commonwealth University
St. Bonaventure University
Fort Lewis College
California State University... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.
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