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A DUBLIN MEMOIR
Written by JOHN BANVILLE

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 02/27/2018

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-524-73283-7

From the internationally acclaimed and Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Seaand the Benjamin Black mysteries--a vividly evocative memoir that unfolds around the author's recollections, experience, and imaginings of Dublin.

As much about the life of the city as it is about a life lived, sometimes, in the city, John Banville's "quasi-memoir" is as layered, emotionally rich, witty, and unexpected as any of his novels. Born and bred in a small town a train ride away from Dublin, Banville saw...

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REFLECTIONS ON YOUTH AND WAR
Written by JOHN FREELY

Format: Trade Paperback, 276 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/20/2018

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-97468-1

In this funny and tender memoir, John Freely reflects on a remarkable life. Splitting his early childhood between the U.S. and Ireland inspired in Freely a lifelong desire to see the world and its inhabitants. At age six he settled in Brooklyn, where he spent a sometimes tumultuous boyhood amidst a large extended family: moving from house to house, the family’s belongings packed in an uncle’s hearse. Growing up poor, in his teens, Freely took whatever jobs he could when times got tough,...

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SEVENTEEN BRUSHES WITH DEATH
Written by MAGGIE O'FARRELL

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 02/06/2018

Price: $25.95

ISBN: 978-0-525-52022-1

I Am, I Am, I Am is Maggie O'Farrell's astonishing memoir of the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life. The childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, which she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. An encounter with a disturbed man on a remote path. And, most terrifying of all, an ongoing, daily struggle to protect her daughter--for whom this book was written--from a condition that leaves her...

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CHASING MY NOVEL TO THE END OF THE WORLD
Written by NELL STEVENS

Format: Trade Paperback, 258 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 02/06/2018

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-97286-1

When she was twenty-seven, Nell Stevens—a lifelong aspiring novelist—won an all-expenses-paid fellowship to go anywhere in the world to write. Would she choose a glittering metropolis, a romantic village, an exotic paradise? Not exactly. Nell picked Bleaker Island, a snowy, windswept pile of rock in the Falklands. Other than sheep, penguins, paranoia, and the weather, there aren’t many distractions, but as Nell soon discovers, total isolation and 1,085 calories a day are far from ideal...

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Written by VLADIMIR NABOKOV

Format: Trade Paperback, 864 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 12/12/2017

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-47658-6

No marriage of a major twentieth-century writer is quite as beguiling as that of Vladimir Nabokov’s to Véra Slonim. She shared his delight at the enchantment of life’s trifles and literature’s treasures, and he rated her as having the best and quickest sense of humor of any woman he had met. From their first encounter in 1923, Vladimir’s letters to Véra chronicle a half-century-long love story, one that is playful, romantic, and memorable. At the same time, the letters reveal much about...

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Written by HOPE JAHREN

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/28/2017

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-87372-4

National Bestseller

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography

New York Times Notable Book
 
Winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Books & Film Prize for Excellence in Science Books 

One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, TIME.com, NPR, Slate,Entertainment WeeklyNewsdayMinneapolis Star Tribune, Kirkus Reviews

Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab Girl is her...

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A MEMOIR OF DUBLIN IN THE 1960S
Written by MARTHA LONG

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 01/10/2017

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80696-5

The next installment of the Ma books—all bestsellers in Ireland and the UK—brings readers on the journey of Martha's first months of freedom in Dublin after leaving the convent where she spent her early adolescence. 

In the latest chapter of Martha Long's autobiographical series, Martha is for the first time on her own: discharged from the convent, she's finally 16, the age she'd long dreamed of as the doorway to her freedom from the whims of cruel adults. "Life is a bowl of cherries!" she...

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Written by GLORIA STEINEM

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 08/23/2016

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-40816-7

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | ONE OF O: THE OPRAH MAGAZINE’S TEN FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR | NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Harper’s Bazaar • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Publishers Weekly 

Selected for common reading at California State University, Chico

Gloria Steinem—writer, activist, organizer, and inspiring leader—now tells a story she has never told before, a candid account of her life as a traveler, a listener, and a catalyst for change. Includes “Secrets,” a new chapter!

When...

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A FATHER, A SON, AND A LIFETIME OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Written by STUART STEVENS

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 08/23/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17250-9

Fathers, sons, and sports are enduring themes of American literature. Here, in this fresh and moving account, a son returns to his native South to spend a special autumn with his ninety-five-year-old dad, sharing the unique joys, disappointments, and life lessons of Saturdays with their beloved Ole Miss Rebels.

After growing up in Jackson, Stuart Stevens built a successful career as a writer and political consultant. But in the fall of 2012, not long after he turned sixty, the presidential...

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Written by PATTI SMITH

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 08/23/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-91016-0

National Bestseller 

From the National Book Award–winning author of Just Kids: an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the cafés and haunts she has worked in around the world. It is a book Patti Smith has described as “a roadmap to my life.”

M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams...

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A DELICIOUS JOURNEY, FROM BUENOS AIRES TO NEW YORK TO BERLIN
Written by LAYNE MOSLER

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/28/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80267-5

A delicious memoir that takes us from Buenos Aires to New York to Berlin as the author, driven by wanderlust and an unrelenting appetite, finds purpose, passion, and unexpected flavor.
 
After putting her dream of opening her own restaurant on hold, Layne Mosler moves to Buenos Aires to write about food. But she is also in search of that elusive something that could give shape to her life. One afternoon, fleeing a tango club following a terrible turn on the dance floor, she impulsively asks...

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THE INSPIRING STORY OF ONE WOMAN'S PURSUIT OF A LIFELONG DREAM
Written by DIANA NYAD

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/28/2016

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-804-17291-2

When Diana Nyad arrived on the shore of Key West after fifty-three hours of grueling swimming across an epic ocean, she not only set a world record—becoming the first person to swim the shark-infested waters between Cuba and Florida with no cage for protection—she also succeeded in fulfilling a dream she first chased at age twenty-eight and at long last achieved when she was sixty-four.  

Now, in a riveting memoir, Diana shares a spirited account of what it takes to face one’s fears, engage...

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