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Laughing Without an Accent
Adventures of a Global Citizen
Written by Firoozeh Dumas


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-49957-8 (0-345-49957-3)

Selected for the 2010 Common Reading Program at the University of Minnesota, Duluth
Selected for The Big Read: New Hampshire–2010


In the bestselling memoir Funny in Farsi, Firoozeh Dumas recounted her adventures growing up Iranian American in Southern California. Now she again mines her rich Persian heritage in Laughing Without an Accent, sharing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Saving Graces
Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers
Written by Elizabeth Edwards


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 14, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2538-9 (0-7679-2538-6)

She charmed America with her smart, likable, down-to-earth personality as she campaigned for her husband, then vice-presidential candidate John Edwards. She inspired millions as she valiantly fought advanced breast cancer after being diagnosed only days before the 2004 election. She touched hundreds of similarly grieving families when her own son, Wade... Read more >

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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Written by Dave Eggers


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 13, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72578-4 (0-375-72578-4)

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is, finally, a fine book of jest, which is why it succeeds so brilliantly. Eggers’ most powerful prose is often his most straightforward, relying on old-fashioned truth telling for its punch.” —The New York Times Book Review

The literary sensation of the year, a book that... Read more >

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The Hilliker Curse

Written by James Ellroy


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47739-2 (0-307-47739-8)

Legendary crime writer James Ellroy gives us a searing, candid memoir about his obsession with women, his related search for atonement, and his literary career.

The year was 1958. Jean Hilliker had divorced her hustler husband and resurrected her maiden name. Her son, James, was ten years old. In a dark moment... Read more >

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I Remember Nothing
And Other Reflections
Written by Nora Ephron


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74280-3 (0-307-74280-6)

Nora Ephron returns with her first book since the astounding success of I Feel Bad About My Neck, taking a hilarious look at the past, the present, and the future, bemoaning the vicissitudes of modern life, and recalling with her signature clarity and wisdom everything she hasn’t (yet) forgotten.

Filled with insights... Read more >

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The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
or, Gustavus Vassa, the African
Written by Olaudah Equiano
Edited by Shelly Eversley
Introduction by Robert Reid-Pharr


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76115-7 (0-375-76115-2)

Edited and with Notes by Shelly Eversley
Introduction by Robert Reid-Pharr

“Equiano’s Narrative was so richly structured that it became the prototype of the nineteenth-century slave narrative.”
—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

In this truly astonishing eighteenth-century memoir, Olaudah Equiano recounts his remarkable life story, which begins when he is kidnapped in Africa as a... Read more >
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Ghosting
A Double Life
Written by Jennie Erdal


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 11, 2006
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7955-1 (1-4000-7955-1)

When Jennie Erdal was hired to edit a flamboyant London publisher’s Russian books in translation, she was happy to be able to commute from her home in Scotland. Soon, however, she was also secretly writing her boss’s love letters, hundreds of newspaper columns that appeared in his name, and, though she... Read more >
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Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country
Traveling Through the Land of my Ancestors
Written by Louise Erdrich


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: June 20, 2006
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7922-5373-0 (0-7922-5373-6)

For more than twenty years Louise Erdrich has dazzled readers with the intricately wrought, deeply poetic novels which have won her a place among today's finest writers. Her nonfiction is equally eloquent, and this lovely memoir offers a vivid glimpse of the landscape, the people, and the long tradition of storytelling... Read more >

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Hollywood Animal

Written by Joe Eszterhas


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 15, 2005
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71895-3 (0-375-71895-8)

Joe Eszterhas had everything Hollywood could offer. A combination of insider and rebel, he saw and participated in the fights, the deals, the backstabbing, and all the sex and drugs. But here, in his candid and heartwrenching memoir, we see the rest of the story: the inspiring account of the child of Hungarian... Read more >

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Daughter of Persia
A Woman's Journey from Her Father's Harem Through the Islamic Revolution
Written by Sattareh Farman Farmaian and Dona Munker


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 27, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-33974-4 (0-307-33974-2)

The fifteenth of thirty-six children, Sattareh Farman Farmaian was born in Iran in 1921 to a wealthy and powerful shazdeh, or prince, and spent a happy childhood in her father’s Tehran harem. Inspired and empowered by his ardent belief in education, she defied tradition by traveling alone at the age of... Read more >

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A Mirror Garden

Written by Monir Farmanfarmaian and Zara Houshmand


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27878-4 (0-307-27878-6)

In Persia in 1924, when a child still had to worry about hostile camels in the bazaar and a nanny might spin stories at her pillow until her eyes fell shut, the extraordinary and irresistible Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian was born. From the enchanted basement storeroom where she played as a girl... Read more >
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Russ & Daughters
Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built
Written by Mark Russ Federman
Foreword by Calvin Trillin


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4294-2 (0-8052-4294-5)

The former owner/proprietor of the beloved appetizing store on Manhattan’s Lower East Side tells the delightful, mouthwatering story of an immigrant family’s journey from a pushcart in 1907 to “New York’s most hallowed shrine to the miracle of caviar, smoked salmon, ethereal herring, and silken chopped liver” (The New York Times... Read more >
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Kick Me
Adventures in Adolescence
Written by Paul Feig


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: September 24, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80943-3 (0-609-80943-1)

Written in side-splitting and often cringe-inducing detail, Paul Feig takes you in a time machine to a world of bombardment by dodge balls, ill-fated prom dates, hellish school bus rides, and other aspects of public school life that will keep you laughing in recognition and occasionally sighing in relief that you... Read more >
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Not I
Memoirs of a German Childhood
Written by Joachim C. Fest


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-610-2 (1-59051-610-9)

Few writers have deepened our understanding of the Third Reich as much as German historian, biographer, journalist, and critic Joachim Fest. His biography of Adolf Hitler has reached millions of readers around the world. Born in 1926, Fest experienced firsthand the rise of the Nazis, the Second World War, and a... Read more >
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Sister Age

Written by M.F.K. Fisher


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1984
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72385-3 (0-394-72385-6)

In these fifteen remarkable stories, M.F.K. Fisher, one of the most admired writers of our time, embraces age as St. Francis welcomed Brother Pain. With a saint to guide us, she writes in her Foreword, perhaps we can accept in a loving way "the inevitable visits of a possibly nagging harpy... Read more >
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Two Towns in Provence

Written by M.F.K. Fisher


Format: Trade Paperback, 504 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1983
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-71631-2 (0-394-71631-0)


Two Towns in Provence brings together M.F.K. Fisher's classic and unforgettable portraits of Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.

"Map of Another Town," this memoir of the French provincial capital of Aix-en-Provence is, as the author tells us, "my picture, my map, of a place and therefore of myself...just as much of its reality is... Read more >
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My Nine Lives
A Musical Memoir
Written by Leon Fleisher and Anne Midgette


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3137-3 (0-7679-3137-8)

My Nine Lives is a powerful and stirring memoir of one of the greatest pianists of the postwar era—an inspiring tale of courage, compassion, and triumph over outstanding odds.

At the peak of his career, celebrated pianist Leon Fleisher suddenly lost the use of two fingers on his right hand. Miraculously, at... Read more >
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Wounded Prophet
A Portrait of Henri J.M. Nouwen
Written by Michael Ford


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: February 19, 2002
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49373-4 (0-385-49373-8)

Henri Nouwen, a Dutch Roman Catholic priest, was one of the most beloved and important spiritual writers of the twentieth century. Since his death in 1996, his stature has only increased; and his books, including The Inner Voice of Love, The Wounded Healer, and The Return of the Prodigal Son, have... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Your Voice in My Head
A Memoir
Written by Emma Forrest


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: July 10, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-540-2 (1-59051-540-4)

Emma Forrest, a British journalist, was just twenty-two and living the fast life in New York City when she realized that her quirks had gone beyond eccentricity. In a cycle of loneliness, damaging relationships, and destructive behavior, she found herself in the chair of a slim, balding, and effortlessly optimistic psychiatrist–a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Your Voice in My Head
A Memoir
Written by Emma Forrest


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-446-7 (1-59051-446-7)

Emma Forrest, a British journalist, was just twenty-two and living the fast life in New York City when she realized that her quirks had gone beyond eccentricity. In a cycle of loneliness, damaging relationships, and destructive behavior, she found herself in the chair of a slim, balding, and effortlessly optimistic psychiatrist—a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Herculine Barbin

Written by Michel Foucault


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 1980
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-73862-8 (0-394-73862-4)

Introduction by Michel Foucault. With an eye for the sensual bloom of young schoolgirls, and the torrid style of the romantic novels of her day, Herculine Barbin tells the story of her life as an hermaphrodite. She was designated female at birth. A pious girl in a Catholic orphanage, a bewildered... Read more >
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Where We Going, Daddy?
Life with Two Sons Unlike Any Other
Written by Jean-Louis Fournier
Translated by Adriana Hunter


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: May 11, 2010
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-1-59051-338-5 (1-59051-338-X)

Jean-Louis Fournier did not expect to have a disabled child. He certainly did not expect to have two. But that is precisely what happened to this wry French humorist and his attempts to live and cope with his Mathieu and Thomas, both facing extremely debilitating physical and mental challenges, is the... Read more >
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Planetwalker
22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence.
Written by John Francis, Ph.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0405-0 (1-4262-0405-1)

2008 Freshman English Common Reading Selection for University of South Carolina Upstate

When the struggle to save oil-soaked birds and restore blackened beaches left him feeling frustrated and helpless, John Francis decided to take a more fundamental and personal stand—he stopped using all forms of motorized transportation. Soon after embarking on this... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Planetwalker
22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence.
Written by John Francis, Ph.D.


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: April 8, 2008
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0275-9 (1-4262-0275-X)

2008 Freshman English Common Reading Selection for University of South Carolina Upstate

When the struggle to save oil-soaked birds and restore blackened beaches left him feeling frustrated and helpless, John Francis decided to take a more fundamental and personal stand—he stopped using all forms of motorized transportation. Soon after embarking on this... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Diary of a Young Girl

Written by Anne Frank
Edited by Otto H. Frank and Mirjam Pressler
Translated by Susan Massotty
Introduction by Francine Prose


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59400-6 (0-307-59400-9)

In Everyman’s Library for the first time—one of the most moving and eloquent accounts of the Holocaust, read by tens of millions of people around the world since its publication in 1947.

The Diary of a Young Girl is the record of two years in the life of a remarkable Jewish girl... Read more >
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