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Life Stories / Memoirs

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BASEBALL IN THE MIDDLE OF EVERYWHERE
Written by LUCAS MANN

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/11/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-94975-2

An unforgettable chronicle of a year of minor-league baseball in a small Iowa town that follows not only the travails of the players of the Clinton LumberKings but also the lives of their dedicated fans and of the town itself.

Award-winning essayist Lucas Mann delivers a powerful debut in his telling of the story of the 2010 season of the Clinton LumberKings. Along the Mississippi River, in a Depression-era stadium, young prospects from all over the world compete for a chance to move up...

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Written by SONIA SOTOMAYOR

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/07/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80483-9

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

Here is the story of a precarious childhood, with an alcoholic father (who would die when she...

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A STORY OF WAR AND THE LIFE THAT FOLLOWS
Written by BRIAN CASTNER

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 04/09/2013

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-95087-1

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 to the bomb-makers’ identities. And when robots and other remote means failed, one technician would suit up and take the Long Walk to disarm the bomb by hand. This lethal game of cat and mouse was, and...

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FROM LOST TO FOUND ON THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL
Written by CHERYL STRAYED

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/26/2013

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-47607-4

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with...

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NEW ORLEANS AFTER THE DELUGE
Written by JOSH NEUFELD

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 08/24/2010

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-71488-7

Now in paperback, The New York Times best-selling graphic nonfiction masterpiece depicting the lives of seven New Orleanians before, during, and just after Hurricane Katrina.

Best American Comics, 2010
Mother Jones Top Books of 2009
Daily Beast Recommends
New York Best Comics of 2009, Runner Up
MTV.com Best Nonfiction Comic of 2009
San Francisco Chronicle “Best in Comics”


A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge is a masterful portrait of a city under siege. Cartoonist Josh Neufeld depicts seven...

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UNDERSTANDING HOW GOOD PEOPLE TURN EVIL
Written by PHILIP ZIMBARDO

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 01/22/2008

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-97444-7

Winner, the William James Book Award of the Society for General Psychology (Division 1 of the American Psychological Association)

Selected for Common Reading at Montana State University

In THE LUCIFER EFFECT, renowned social psychologist Philip Zimbardo explains how--and the myriad reasons why--we are all susceptible to the lure of “the dark side.” Drawing on examples from history as well as his own trailblazing research, Zimbardo details how situational forces and group dynamics can work in...

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ONE WOMAN'S JOURNEY TO RECLAIM HER LIFE AND COUNTRY

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 04/10/2007

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-97528-4

The moving, inspiring memoir of one of the great women of our times, Shirin Ebadi, winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize and advocate for the oppressed, whose spirit has remained strong in the face of political persecution and despite the challenges she has faced raising a family while pursuing her work.

Best known in this country as the lawyer working tirelessly on behalf of Canadian photojournalist, Zara Kazemi – raped, tortured and murdered in Iran – Dr. Ebadi offers us a vivid picture of...

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THE HIDDEN ASSAULT ON OUR CIVIL RIGHTS
Written by KENJI YOSHINO

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 02/20/2007

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-76021-1

Winner, 2006 American Educational Studies Association Critics' Choice Award
Winner,
Selected for common reading at:
Washington University
Pomona College
University of North Carolina
Virginia Commonwealth University
Western Connecticut State University
2006 Myers Outstanding Book Award

In this remarkable and elegant work, acclaimed Yale Law School professor Kenji Yoshino fuses legal manifesto and poetic memoir to call for a redefinition of civil rights in our law and culture.

Everyone covers. To...

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MY LIFE IN BLACK AND WHITE
Written by ANGELA NISSEL

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Villard

On Sale: 01/30/2006

Price: $12.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-48114-6

“Love has no color,” insist Angela Nissel’s parents, but does it have a clue? In this candid, funny, and poignant memoir, Angela recounts growing up biracial in Philadelphia–moving back and forth between black inner-city schools and white prep schools–where her racial ambiguity and doomed attempts to blend in dog her teen years. Once in college, Angela experiments with black activism (hoping to find clarity in extremism), capitalizes on her “exotic” look at a strip club, and ends up with a...

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A GIRLHOOD CAUGHT IN REVOLUTIONARY IRAN
Written by ROYA HAKAKIAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 06/28/2005

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-0-609-81030-9

"Journey From the Land of No is an immensely moving, extraordinarily eloquent, and passionate memoir. Its author begins what one may prophesy as a major literary career."
—Harold Bloom

This is an elegantly written memoir of a young Iranian-American poet and journalist about growing up in Iran during the revolution.

Roya Hakakian was raised in a Jewish family in Tehran, daughter of an esteemed poet, in a household that hummed with intellectual life. As a young girl she dreamed of becoming a...

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A MEMOIR OF GROWING UP IRANIAN IN AMERICA
Written by FIROOZEH DUMAS

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 01/13/2004

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-96837-8

Winner, 2008 Spirit of America Award (National Council for the Social Studies)
Finalist, Thurber Prize for American Humor
Finalist, PEN/USA Award in Creative Non-Fiction
Finalist: Audie Award for best recording of a memoir, 2005

Selected for Common Reading
Abilene Christian University
Albuquerque Academy's Year-long Project
Bunker Hill Community College
Gallaudet University
Salisbury University, Maryland
University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Cal State...

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A MEMOIR IN BOOKS
Written by AZAR NAFISI

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 12/30/2003

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-97106-4

Winner, 2004 Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Non-Fiction

"This book transcends categorization of memoir, literary criticism or social history, though it is superb in all three."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. They were all former students whom she had taught at university. Some came from conservative and religious...

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GROWING UP BETWEEN CULTURES - A MEMOIR OF AN INDIAN JEWISH CHILDHOOD
Written by CARMIT DELMAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: One World

On Sale: 09/30/2003

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-44594-0

**Named by School Library Journal as one of the Best Adult Books for High School Students, 2003

Contributing her own unique story to the growing genre of bi-cultural narratives (which includes Marie Arana’s critically-acclaimed American Chica) Carmit Delman has written a coming-of-age memoir that explores the life of an Indian Jewish girl. Delman grew up in Israel and New York City as a member of two distinctly different cultures, each having its own traditions, mores, values, and customs....

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TWO WORLDS, ONE CHILDHOOD
Written by MARIE ARANA

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback

On Sale: 05/28/2002

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-31963-8

***2001 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD NOMINEE - NON-FICTION***

***LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOKS OF 2001 - NON-FICTION***

Now in Paperback.

Written in the tradition of Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez, this is an informative and resonant portrait of a child coming to terms with her bicultural identity. American Chica explores the issues and difficulties that confronted a child trying to find her way in the United States as a hybrid Hispanic American. Throughout, Marie Arana provides an unforgettable...

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Written by DALTON CONLEY

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 09/18/2001

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-72775-7

As recalled in Honky, Dalton Conley’s childhood has all of the classic elements of growing up in America. But the fact that he was one of the few white boys in a mostly black and Puerto Rican neighborhood on Manhattan’s Lower East Side makes Dalton’s childhood unique.

At the age of three, he couldn’t understand why the infant daughter of the black separatists next door couldn’t be his sister, so he kidnapped her. By the time he was a teenager, he realized that not even a parent’s devotion...

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Written by JON KRAKAUER

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 01/20/1997

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-48680-4

Jon Krakauer tells the haunting true story of Chris McCandless, who after graduating from college in 1991, walked deep into the wilderness of Alaska on a fatal odyssey. Krakauer explores the ideas of spiritual want, the fear of intimacy, and rejection of privilege. Students gain bold insights into the Zeitgeist of America’s youth of today. Through Krakauer’s analysis, students will appreciate the profound pull of the wilderness on the American imagination, the allure of peril, and the...

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