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For the past several years, on a farm north of San Francisco, the celebrated writer Alice Walker has diligently cared for a flock of chickens. Over time, her blossoming relationship with "her girls" became a source of inspiration, strength, and spiritual discovery, and helped Walker connect more profoundly with her own past as a girl in rural Georgia.


Learning to Breathe: My Yearlong Quest to Bring Calm to My Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439181072
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Published: Free Press - September 20th, 2011

Priscilla Warner has had a great life: a supportive husband, a flourishing marriage, two loving sons, and a bestselling book, The Faith Club. Despite all her good fortune and success, she suffers from anxiety and panic attacks so debilitating that they leave her unable to breathe.


Century Girl: 100 Years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis, Last Living Star of the Ziegfeld Follies Cover Image
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Published: It Books - January 24th, 2012

Lauren Redniss, acclaimed author of the brilliant biography-in-collage Radioactive, delivers a stunning visual journey through the life of the last Ziegfeld girl, Doris Eaton Travis.


The Power of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547394541
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Published: Mariner Books - January 7th, 2011

It all started when fourteen-year old Hannah Salwen had a eureka moment. Seeing a homeless man in her neighborhood at the precise second a glistening Mercedes coupe pulled up, she said You know, Dad, if that man had a less nice car, that man there could have a meal.


Elbert Parr Tuttle: Chief Jurist of the Civil Rights Revolution Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780820339474
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Published: University of Georgia Press - November 7th, 2011

This is the first--and the only authorized--biography of Elbert Parr Tuttle (1897-1996), the judge who led the federal court with jurisdiction over most of the Deep South through the most tumultuous years of the civil rights revolution. By the time Tuttle became chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, he had already led an exceptional life.


Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781401310639
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Published: Hyperion Books - May 3rd, 2011

"Growing Up Laughing" is a compelling autobiographical journey--hilarious and heartfelt, intimate and inspiring. It is a book that only Marlo Thomas could write. For as long as Thomas can remember, she's lived with laughter.


Lonely: Learning to Live with Solitude Cover Image
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 18th, 2011

In a boldly honest and elegantly written memoir--the first on this topic--Emily White reveals the painful and sometimes debilitating experience of living with chronic loneliness.


The Story of Charlotte's Web: E. B. White's Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802777546
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Published: Walker & Company - June 7th, 2011

In The Story of Charlotte's Web Michael Sims's shows how E. B.


The Chronology of Water: A Memoir Cover Image
By Lidia Yuknavitch, Chelsea Cain (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780979018831
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Published: Hawthorne Books - April 12th, 2011

This is not your mother's memoir. In The Chronology of Water, Lidia Yuknavitch expertly moves the reader through issues of gender, sexuality, violence, and the family from the point of view of a lifelong swimmer turned artist.


Dangerous Ambition: Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson: New Women in Search of Love and Power Cover Image
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Published: Ballantine Books - November 8th, 2011

Born in the 1890s on opposite sides of the Atlantic, friends for more than forty years, Dorothy Thompson and Rebecca West lived strikingly parallel lives that placed them at the center of the social and historical upheavals of the twentieth century.


I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor's Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802779175
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Published: Walker & Company - January 4th, 2011

By turns inspiring and heart-breaking, hopeful and horrifying, I Shall Not Hate is Izzeldin Abuelaish's account of an extraordinary life.


Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography Cover Image
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 8th, 2011

Louisa May Alcott never intended to write Little Women. She had dismissed her publisher's pleas for such a novel. Written out of necessity to support her family, the book had an astounding success that changed her life, a life which turned out very differently from that of her beloved heroine Jo March.


I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced Cover Image
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - March 2nd, 2010

"I'm a simple village girl who has always obeyed the orders of my father and brothers. Since forever, I have learned to say yes to everything. Today I have decided to say no."


My Dream of Stars: From Daughter of Iran to Space Pioneer Cover Image
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Published: Palgrave MacMillan - April 26th, 2011

In her heartwarming and empowering memoir, space pioneer Anousheh Ansari tells the story of her childhood in Iran and her family's exodus to America after the Islamic Revolution.


Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen Cover Image
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 11th, 2011

For Donia Bijan's family, food has been the language they use to tell their stories and to communicate their love. In 1978, when the Islamic revolution in Iran threatened their safety, they fled to California's Bay Area, where the familiar flavors of Bijan's mother's cooking formed a bridge to the life they left behind.


Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802120076
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Published: Grove Press - February 14th, 2012

Newly discharged from the Marines after World War II, Scotty Bowers arrived in Hollywood in 1946. Young, charismatic, and strikingly handsome, he quickly caught the eye of many of the town's stars and starlets. He began sleeping with some himself, and connecting others with his coterie of young, attractive, and sexually free-spirited friends.


Promise Me: How a Sister's Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer Cover Image
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - September 13th, 2011

Suzy and Nancy Goodman were more than sisters. They were best friends, confidantes, and partners in the grand adventure of life. For three decades, nothing could separate them. Not college, not marriage, not miles. Then Suzy got sick. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1977; three agonizing years later, at thirty-six, she died.


Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman Cover Image
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Published: Random House - November 8th, 2011

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.


The Last Holiday Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802129017
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Published: Grove Press - January 10th, 2012

The stunning memoir of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Holiday has been praised for bringing back to life one of the most important voices of the last fifty years.


Cleopatra: A Life Cover Image
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 6th, 2011

Her palace shimmered with onyx and gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first and poisoned the second; incest and assassination were family specialties.


Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307717344
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Published: Crown Archetype - October 18th, 2011

A vivid, highly evocative memoir of one of the reigning icons of folk music, highlighting the decade of the 60s, when hits like Both Sides Now catapulted her to international fame.


Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061961366
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Published: It Books - April 1st, 2011

In this candid autobiography, Cherie Currie--the original lead singer of '70s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways--powerfully recounts her years in the band, her friendship with guitarist Joan Jett, and her struggle with drugs.


Seriously I'm Kidding Cover Image
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 4th, 2011

Ellen Degeneres' winning, upbeat candor has made her show one of the most popular, resilient and honored daytime shows on the air, and her life makes for great (and very funny) reading.


A Saving Remnant: The Radical Lives of Barbara Deming and David McReynolds Cover Image
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Published: New Press - March 6th, 2012

Hailed as "remarkable" and "a must read" by Choice, A Saving Remnant is prizewinning historian and biographer Martin Duberman's deeply revealing dual portrait that explores the fascinating political and social lives of two integral and captivating figures of the twentieth-century American left.


Gar Fish & Long Gravy: Memoirs of Southern Sensibility Cover Image
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Published: Outskirts Press - June 25th, 2010


Live More, Laugh Much, and Love Often


Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain Cover Image
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Published: Atria Books - July 5th, 2011

In this searing, unflinchingly honest New York Times bestseller, actress Portia de Rossi shares the truth of her long battle to overcome anorexia and bulimia while living in the public eye, and details the new happiness and health she has found in recent years--including her coming out and her marriage to Ellen DeGeneres.


My Name Is Victoria: The Extraordinary Story of One Woman's Struggle to Reclaim Her True Identity Cover Image
By Victoria Donda, Magda Bolin (Translator), Pablo A. Pozzi (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9781590514047
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Published: Other Press (NY) - October 18th, 2011

Argentina's coup d'Etat in 1976 led to one of the bloodiest dictatorships in its history--thirty thousand people were abducted, tortured, and subsequently "disappeared." And hundreds of babies born to pregnant political prisoners were stolen from their doomed mothers and "given" to families with military ties or who were collaborators of the regime.


Rescuing Regina: The Battle to Save a Friend from Deportation and Death Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781569766248
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Published: Lawrence Hill Books - July 1st, 2011

Named a Wisconsin Writers Award Honorable Mention


Sheepish: Two Women, Fifty Sheep, and Enough Wool to Save the Planet Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780306818448
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Published: Da Capo Lifelong Books - May 18th, 2012

What do you do when you love your farm . . . but it doesn't love you? After fifteen years of farming, Catherine Friend is tired. After all, while shepherding is one of the oldest professions, it's not getting any easier. The number of sheep in America has fallen by 90 percent in the last ninety years.


Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451661064
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Published: Scribner Book Company - November 15th, 2011

From one of the most admired and beloved couples in recent American history, an extraordinarily moving story of public service, risk-taking, romance--and the journey toward recovery. This book delivers hope and redemption in the face of the tragic shooting, and introduces two unforgettable heroes.


Parallel Worlds: The Remarkable Gibbs-Hunts and the Enduring (In)Significance of Melanin Cover Image
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Published: University of Virginia Press - March 4th, 2010

When William Henry Hunt married Ida Alexander Gibbs in the spring of 1904, their wedding was a dazzling Washington social event that joined an Oberlin-educated diplomat's daughter and a Wall Street veteran who could trace his lineage to Jamestown.


Radclyffe Hall: A Life in the Writing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812243468
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Published: University of Pennsylvania Press - May 31st, 2011

The Well of Loneliness is probably the most famous lesbian novel ever written, and certainly the most widely read. It contains no explicit sex scenes, yet in 1928, the year in which the novel was published, it was deemed obscene in a British court of law for its defense of sexual inversion and was forbidden for sale or import into England.


Finding Martha's Place: My Journey Through Sin, Salvation, and Lots of Soul Food Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439137819
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Published: Touchstone Books - January 12th, 2010

Welcome to Martha's Place . . .

Martha Hawkins was the tenth of twelve children born in Montgomery, Alabama. There was no money, but her childhood was full of love. Martha's mother could transform a few vegetables from the backyard into a feast and never turned away a hungry mouth.


A Life in Motion Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781558616974
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Published: Feminist Press - March 15th, 2011

Florence Howe has led an audacious life: she created a freedom school during the civil rights movement, refused to bow to academic heavyweights who were opposed to sharing power with women, and founded a feminist publishing house at a time when books for and about women were few.


Holy Ghosts: Or, How a (Not So) Good Catholic Boy Became a Believer in Things That Go Bump in the Night Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781585428953
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Published: Tarcherperigee - September 15th, 2011

In this remarkable true story, the haunting of a Long Island household forces a respected writer and editor to reevaluate the mysteries of life and death as he struggles with the frightening truths of his childhood home and his town's past.


Girl in Need of a Tourniquet: Memoir of a Borderline Personality Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781580053051
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Published: Seal Press (CA) - March 24th, 2017

An honest and compelling memoir, Girl in Need of a Tourniquet is Merri Lisa Johnson's account of her borderline personality disorder and how it has affected her life and relationships. Johnson describes the feeling of "bleeding out" unable to tell where she stopped and where her partner began. A self-confessed "psycho girlfriend," she was influenced by many emotional factors from her past.


The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian's Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker Cover Image
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Published: Nation Books - February 1st, 2011

As a teenager in Palestine, Sami al Jundi had one ambition: overthrowing Israeli occupation. With two friends, he began to build a bomb to use against the police. But when it exploded prematurely, killing one of his friends, al Jundi was caught and sentenced to ten years in prison.

It was in an Israeli jail that his unlikely transformation began.


Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780770435622
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Published: Broadway Books - December 27th, 2011

The real-life inspiration and setting for the Emmy Award-winning Downton Abbey, Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story behind Highclere Castle and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants, Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon.


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400052189
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Published: Broadway Books - March 8th, 2011

Now an HBO(R) Film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne


Crazy Enough: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439192405
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Published: Free Press - January 10th, 2012

Yes, Storm Large is her real name, though she's been called many things. As a performer, the majority of descriptions have led with "Amazon," "powerhouse," "a six-foot Vargas pinup come to life." Playboy called her a "punk goddess." You'd never know she used to be called "Little S"--the mini-me to her beautiful and troubled mother, Suzi.


Stripping Gypsy: The Life of Gypsy Rose Lee Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780199754335
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - November 22nd, 2010

Whenever stripper Gypsy Rose Lee encountered public criticism, she spoke frankly in her own defense. "Thousands have seen me at my--ah--best; and thousands have made no objections."


The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061732478
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 20th, 2012

The New York Times bestseller, written by a former reporter for ABC News, that People magazine called "a transporting, enlightening book" tells the story of a fearless young entrepreneur who brought hope to the lives of dozens of women in war-torn Afghanistan.


Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061582066
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 28th, 2012

"Powerfully raw, deeply moving, and utterly authentic. Rachel Lloyd has turned a personal atrocity into triumph and is nothing less than a true hero. . . . Never again will you look at young girls on the street as one of 'those' women--you will only see little girls that are girls just like us." --Demi Moore, actress and activist


Why Not Say What Happened?: A Memoir Cover Image
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Published: Vintage Books - November 1st, 2011

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.


Happy Accidents Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781401341763
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Published: Voice - September 13th, 2011

In the summer of 1974, a fourteen-year-old girl in Dolton, Illinois, had a dream. A dream to become an actress, like her idols Ron Howard and Vicki Lawrence. But it was a long way from the South Side of Chicago to Hollywood, and it didn't help that she'd recently dropped out of the school play, The Ugly Duckling.


Wait Until Tomorrow: A Daughter's Memoir Cover Image
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Published: Feminist Press - April 26th, 2011

Like all mothers, mine had a set of maxims that she thought were important to impart to me: if you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all (unless it's irresistibly funny); it's as easy to fall in love with a rich man as it is with a poor man (a nice idea in theory); if you want to commit suicide, wait until tomorrow (advice which has, it turns out, saved my life).


Looking for Sheville Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608448159
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Published: Dog Ear Publishing - December 8th, 2010

Looking for Sheville is a coming out story and a very personal look at the early formation of the lesbian community in the small Southern Appalachian city of Asheville, North Carolina, during the 1970's.


Tutu: Authorized Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062087997
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Published: HarperOne - October 4th, 2011

Commemorating Desmond Tutu's eightieth birthday, this stirring biography commemorates the life, philosophy, faith, and achievements of one of the greatest moral heroes of our time.


Dancing Barefoot: The Patti Smith Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781569763254
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Published: Chicago Review Press - August 1st, 2011

"Dancing Barefoot" is the full and true story of Patti Smith, widely acknowledged as one of the most significant American artists of the rock n roll era, a performer whose audience and appeal reach far beyond the parameters of rock.An acclaimed poet, a respected artist, and a figurehead for many liberal political causes, Patti Smith soared from an ugly-duckling childhood in postwar New Jersey to b


Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the Sandinistas Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250002686
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Published: Griffin - February 14th, 2012

Hailed as a "virtuosic one-woman show" (Time Out New York) this New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice pick tells the funny and poignant story of the year the author ran away from college with her idealistic boyfriend and followed him to Nicaragua to join the Sandinistas.


Beautiful Unbroken: One Nurse's Life Cover Image
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Published: Graywolf Press - July 19th, 2011

An unflinching memoir by a working nurse


A Widow's Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062020505
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Published: Ecco Press - February 7th, 2012

Unlike anything Joyce Carol Oates has written before, A Widow's Story is the universally acclaimed author's poignant, intimate memoir about the unexpected death of Raymond Smith, her husband of forty-six years, and its wrenching, surprising aftermath.


A Radiant Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780810998063
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Published: Abrams Image - March 1st, 2011

A Radiant Life presents the unequivocal voice of Nuala O'Faolain tackling a vast range of subjects from Catholicism to feminism, from Sinatra to Africa, and from Irish American culture to Islam and the West. Curious and funny, tender and scathing, O'Faolain's columns were never less than trenchant and were always passionate.


Bird Cloud: A Memoir of Place Cover Image
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 27th, 2011

Part autobiography, part natural history, Bird Cloud is the glorious story of Annie Proulx's piece of the Wyoming landscape and her home there.


Power Concedes Nothing: One Woman's Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Courtroom to the Kill Zones Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416575009
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Published: Scribner Book Company - January 10th, 2012

From one of the nation's most influential civil rights attorneys--second cousin of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice--a noble, hard-hitting memoir chronicling the life of a fiercely powerful woman dedicated to public service.


An American Radical: A Political Prisoner in My Own Country Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780806533049
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Published: Citadel Press - March 1st, 2011

On a November night in 1984, Susan Rosenberg sat in the passenger seat of a U-Haul as it swerved along the New Jersey Turnpike. At the wheel was a fellow political activist. In the back were 740 pounds of dynamite and assorted guns.


Taking My Life Cover Image
By Jane Rule, Linda Morra (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780889226739
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Published: Talonbooks - October 18th, 2011

Discovered in her papers as a handwritten manuscript in 2008, Jane Rule's autobiography is a rich and culturally significant document that follows the first twenty-one years of her life.


I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters Cover Image
By Michael G. Long (Editor), Bayard Rustin, Julian Bond (Foreword by)
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Published: City Lights Books - March 20th, 2012

BAYARD RUSTIN POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDED THE 2013 PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM


Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594485022
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 1st, 2011

A memoir sharing a lifetime's worth of lessons from a generation female cooks.


Devotion Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061628351
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 8th, 2011

Settling into the responsibilities and routines of adulthood, Dani Shapiro found herself with more questions than answers. Was this all life was--a hodgepodge of errands, dinner dates, e-mails, meetings, to-do lists? What did it all mean?


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Just Kids Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060936228
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Published: Ecco Press - November 2nd, 2010

In Just Kids, Patti Smith's first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies.


Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780767931311
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Published: Anchor Books - October 4th, 2011

Avi Steinberg is stumped. After defecting from yeshiva to attend Harvard, he has nothing but a senior thesis on Bugs Bunny to show for himself. While his friends and classmates advance in the world, Steinberg remains stuck at a crossroads, his romantic existence as a freelance obituary writer no longer cutting it.