• & So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut a Life
    & So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut a Life
    ISBN: 9781250012180
    Title: & So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut a Life

    In 2006, Charles Shields reached out to Kurt Vonnegut in a letter asking for his endorsement for a planned biography. The first response was no ("A most respectful demurring by me for the excellent writer Charles J. Shields, who offered to be my biographer"). Unwilling to take no for an answer, propelled by a passion for his subject, and already deep into his research, Shields wrote again and this time, to his delight, the answer came back: "O.K." For the next year - a year that ended up being Vonnegut's last - Shields had unprecedented access to Vonnegut and his letters.While millions know Vonnegut as a counterculture guru, antiwar activist, and satirist of American culture, few outside his closest friends and family knew the full arc of his extraordinary life. And So It Goes changes that, painting the portrait of a man who made friends easily but always felt lonely, sold millions of books but never felt appreciated, and described himself as a humanist but fought with humanity at large. As a former public relations man, Vonnegut crafted his image carefully - the avuncular, curly-haired humorist- though he admitted, "I myself am a work of fiction."The extremely wide and overwhelmingly positive review coverage for And So It Goes has been nothing less than extraordinary and confirm it as the definitive biography of Kurt Vonnegut.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • [sic] a Memoir
    [sic] a Memoir
    ISBN: 9781408822463
    Title: [sic] a Memoir
    Author: CODY JOSHUA

    Joshua Cody, a brilliant young composer, was about to receive his PhD when he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Facing a bone marrow transplant and full radiation, he charts his struggle: the fury, the tendency to self-destruction, and the ruthless grasping for life and sensation; the encounter with beautiful Ariel, who gives him cocaine and a blow job in a Manhattan restaurant following his first treatment; the detailed morphine fantasy complete with a bride called Valentina while, in reality, hospital staff are pinning him to his bed.

    Moving effortlessly between references to Don Giovanni and the Rolling Stones, Ezra Pound and Buffalo Bill, and studded with pages from his own diaries and hospital notebooks, [sic] is a mesmerizing, hallucinatory glimpse into a young man’s battle against disease and a celebration of art, language, music, and life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • 1963: A Slice of Bread & Jam
    1963: A Slice of Bread & Jam
    ISBN: 9781907324604
    Title: 1963: A Slice of Bread & Jam

    A raw and often funny snapshot of 7-year-old Tommy's brutal young life amid the derelict terraced houses of Manchester's Hulme. This is one boy's year of adventure, abuse, crippling poverty and encounters with the welfare officers, the nuns, the police - and The Moors Murderers.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Abbreviated Life: a Memoir
    Abbreviated Life: a Memoir
    ISBN: 9780062269461
    Title: Abbreviated Life: a Memoir
    Author: LEVE ARIEL

    "Sometimes, a child is born to a parent who can't be a parent, and, like a seedling in the shade, has to grow toward a distant sun. Ariel Leve's spare and powerful memoir will remind us that family isn't everything--kindness and nurturing are."

    --Gloria Steinem

    Ariel Leve grew up in Manhattan with an eccentric mother she describes as "a poet, an artist, a selfappointed troublemaker and attention seeker." Leve learned to become her own parent, taking care of herself and her mother's needs. There would be uncontrolled, impulsive rages followed with denial, disavowed responsibility, and then extreme outpourings of affection. How does a child learn to feel safe in this topsyturvy world of conditional love?

    Leve captures the chaos and lasting impact of a child's life under siege and explores how the coping mechanisms she developed to survive later incapacitated her as an adult. There were material comforts, but no emotional safety, except for summer visits to her father's home in South East Asia-an escape that was terminated after he attempted to gain custody. Following the death of a loving caretaker, a succession of replacements raised Leve-relationships which resulted in intense attachment and loss. It was not until decades later, when Leve moved to other side of the world, that she could begin to emancipate herself from the past. In a relationship with a man who has children, caring for them yields a clarity of what was missing.

    In telling her haunting story, Leve seeks to understand the effects of chronic psychological maltreatment on a child's developing brain, and to discover how to build a life for herself that she never dreamed possible: An unabbreviated life.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Adult Fantasy: My Search for True Maturity in an Age of Mortgages, Marriages, & Other Supposedly Adult Milestones
    Adult Fantasy: My Search for True Maturity in an Age of Mortgages, Marriages, & Other Supposedly Adult Milestones
    ISBN: 9781925322163
    Title: Adult Fantasy: My Search for True Maturity in an Age of Mortgages, Marriages, & Other Supposedly Adult Milestones

    A wry and topical inquiry into how we respond when our cultural clock starts ticking. When Briohny turns 30, she has a PhD but is working as a greengrocer, and has little idea where her life is headed. Part personal essay, part cultural criticism, she leads us into the big claims of philosophy and the neon buzz of pop culture.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Alive, Alive Oh! & Other Things that Matter
    Alive, Alive Oh! & Other Things that Matter
    ISBN: 9781783782727
    Title: Alive, Alive Oh! & Other Things that Matter
    Author: ATHILL DIANA

    In this sequel to Costa Biography Award-winning Somewhere Towards the End, Diana Athill writes vivaciously, poignantly, and with extraordinary clarity about what really matters in the end, from the remarkable vantage point of her late ninetiesWhat matters in the end? In the final years of life, which memories stand out? Writing from her retirement home in Highgate, London, as she approaches her 100th year, Diana Athill reflects on what it is like to be in her nineties, and on the moments in her life which have risen to the surface and sustain her in her later years.She recalls in sparkling detail the exact layout of the garden of her childhood, a vast and beautiful park attached to a large house, and writes with humour, clarity and honesty about her experiences of the First and Second World Wars, and her trips to Europe as a young woman. In the remarkable title chapter, Athill describes her pregnancy at the age of forty-three, losing the baby and almost losing her life, and her gratitude on discovering that she had survived.With vivid memories of the past mingled with candid, wise and often very funny reflections on the experience of being very old, Alive, Alive Oh! reminds us of the joy and richness to be found at every stage of life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • All at Sea
    All at Sea
    ISBN: 9780008142162
    Title: All at Sea

    On a hot, still morning on a beautiful beach in Jamaica, Decca Aikenhead's life changed irrevocably. First her young son was dragged out to sea on a riptide. Then Tony, Jake's father, dived in to save him, but drowned in the process. All at Sea is a beautifully written, breathtakingly honest, unsentimental and profound memoir of love and loss. In May 2014, on a hot still morning on a beautiful beach in Jamaica, Decca Aikenhead's life changed irrevocably. First her four year old son Jake, pootling by the water's edge in his pyjamas, was dragged out to sea on a riptide. Then Tony, her partner and Jake's father, dived in to save him, but drowned in the process. Tony - a Northern, mixed race former prisoner, drug dealer and crack addict - "Black" and "Decca" - a prize-winning Guardian journalist from the West Country - had always made an improbable couple. For years they tried to find a way to come together from very different starting places. Tony reformed himself, got an education, and then a job. Decca bore him two sons and they bought a medieval farmhouse in Kent and set about transforming it. A decade on, lying in the sand in their favourite place in the world, young, strong, fit and with their children playing at their feet, they were congratulating themselves on their achievements when everything was ripped away. Bookended by the deaths of her mother in childhood, and Tony this year, ALL AT SEA looks at class, race, privilege and prejudice through the prism of Decca's life and these deaths. It stares into the dark chasm of our worst nightmare - a random accidental tragedy - and somehow finds the light on the other side.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • All at Sea
    All at Sea
    ISBN: 9780008142155
    Title: All at Sea

    'The thing to remember about this story is that every word is true. If I never told it to a soul, and this book did not exist, it would not cease to be true. I don't mind at all if you forget this.

    The important thing is that I don't.'

    On a hot still morning on a beautiful beach in Jamaica, Decca Aitkenhead's life changed for ever.

    Her four-year-old boy was paddling peacefully at the water's edge when a wave pulled him out to sea. Her partner, Tony, swam out and saved their son's life - then drowned before her eyes.

    When Decca and Tony first met a decade earlier, they became the most improbable couple in London. She was an award-winning Guardian journalist, famous for interviewing leading politicians. He was a dreadlocked criminal with a history of drug-dealing and violence. No one thought the romance would last, but it did. Until the tide swept Tony away, plunging Decca into the dark chasm of random tragedy.

    Exploring race and redemption, privilege and prejudice, ALL AT SEA is a remarkable story of love and loss, of how one couple changed each other's lives and of what a sudden death can do to the people who survive.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • All Made Up
    All Made Up
    ISBN: 9781847083272
    Title: All Made Up

    In the second volume of her memoirs, the prize-winning author Janice Galloway reveals how the child introduced in This is Not About Me evolved through her teenage years.

    When she started secondary school, Galloway was still sharing a bed with her mother and was more excited by Latin and school orchestra than by boys. But as she struggled with the physical and emotional changes of adolescence, almost everything she thought she knew began to change. Combining visceral descriptions of puberty, sex and school-room politics with the story of a family's secrets, Galloway casts her gaze on the morals and ambitions of one small town, in writing that is personal, defiant and eloquent.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
  • All Points North
    All Points North
    ISBN: 9780141040462
    Title: All Points North

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Alone: an Inspiring Story of Survival & Determination
    Alone: an Inspiring Story of Survival & Determination
    ISBN: 9780473229252
    Title: Alone: an Inspiring Story of Survival & Determination

    Tony, a three-year old boy, was enjoying a happy childhood on a farm in eastern Poland where he lived with his parents and three brothers, when the start of the World War II put an abrupt end to his carefree existence.

    Shortly after his father left home to join the Polish Army, Tony, his mother and brothers were taken from their home at gunpoint and deported thousands of kilometers away to Kazakhstan.

    Alone tells a story of how young Tony survived such violent uprooting, what happened to his family and how he made a new life in New Zealand. This is a story about the human capacity to overcome adversity.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • American Demon: a Memoir
    American Demon: a Memoir
    ISBN: 9781550229561
    Title: American Demon: a Memoir
    Author: GRISHAM JACK

    ?An American Demon is Jack Grisham's story of depravity and redemption, terror and spiritual deliverance. While Grisham is best known as the raucous and provocative front man of the pioneer hardcore punk band TSOL (True Sounds of Liberty), his writing and true life experiences are physically and psychologically more complex, unsettling, and violent than those of Bret Easton Ellis and Chuck Palahniuk. Eloquently disregarding the prefabricated formulas of the drunk-to-sober, bad-to-good tale, this is an entirely new kind of life lesson: summoned through both God and demons, while settling within eighties hardcore punk culture and its radical-to-the-core (and most assuredly non-evangelical) parables, Grisham leads us, cleverly, gorgeously, between temporal violence and bigger-picture spirituality toward something very much like a path to salvation and enlightenment. An American Demon flourishes on both extremes, as a scary hardcore punk memoir and as a valuable message to souls navigating through an overly materialistic and woefully self-absorbed "me first" modern society. An American Demon conveys anger and truth within the perfect setting, using a youth rebellion that changed the world to open doors for this level of brash destruction. Told from the point of view of a seminal member of the American Punk movement -- doused in violence, rebellion, alcoholism, drug abuse, and ending with beautiful lessons of sobriety and absolution -- this book is as harrowing and life-affirming as anything you're ever going to read.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $39.00
  • American Philosophy: a Love Story
    American Philosophy: a Love Story
    ISBN: 9780374154486
    Title: American Philosophy: a Love Story

    The epic wisdom contained in a lost library helps the author turn his life around

    In "American Philosophy," John Kaag--a disillusioned philosopher at sea in his marriage and career--stumbles upon a treasure trove of rare books on an old estate in the hinterlands of New Hampshire that once belonged to the Harvard philosopher William Ernest Hocking. The library includes notes from Whitman, inscriptions from Frost, and first editions of Hobbes, Descartes, and Kant. As he begins to catalog and preserve these priceless books, Kaag rediscovers the very tenets of American philosophy--self-reliance, pragmatism, the transcendent--and sees them in a twenty-first-century context.

    Hocking was one of the last true giants of American philosophy. After studying under Harvard's Philosophical Four--William James, George Santayana, Josiah Royce, and George Herbert Palmer--he held the most prestigious chair at the university for the first three decades of the twentieth century. And when his teachers eventually died, he collected the great books from their libraries (filled with marginalia) and combined them with his own rare volumes at his family's estate. And there they remained for nearly eighty years, a time capsule of American thought.

    Part intellectual history, part memoir, "American Philosophy" is an invigorating investigation of American pragmatism and the wisdom that underlies a meaningful life.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00

  • American Wife
    American Wife
    ISBN: 9780062431554
    Title: American Wife
    Author: KYLE TAYA

    Though Chris and Taya Kyle's marriage had its difficult moments, it was always a love story. Together, they'd endured military service, a bestselling book, unexpected fame, and a film deal starring a hot Hollywood actor. But just when Taya thought that she and Chris were finally going to live their dream together, her husband was murdered. In the wake of his death, a grieving Taya was left to raise her two young children and handle the many things Chris left behind: the business, the book, the movie, and a myriad of legal issues.

    Matching the straightforward, soul-baring style of American Sniper, Taya talks with honesty about the trials and triumphs of her life with and without Chris - the sleepless nights as a military spouse, the exhilaration as her husband was lionized, the quiet moments when family sheltered them from the madness of fame, the joy of discovering her own purpose in harmony with Chris's own legacy. In American Wife, she recounts the struggles and looks toward the future, revealing the intimate story of her marriage and the inspirations that have given her strength. She speaks out on the effects of fame, both good and bad, and provides a road map for others faced with difficulties, big and small.

    American Wife is a startling and affecting portrait of woman of grit and determination - an example we can all follow to become a hero in our own lives.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Angela's Ashes
    Angela's Ashes
    ISBN: 9780007205233
    Title: Angela's Ashes

    Autobiographical account of growing up in poverty in Ireland. Pulitzer Prize winner.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Answer to the Riddle Is Me
    Answer to the Riddle Is Me
    ISBN: 9781907595165
    Title: Answer to the Riddle Is Me

    In 2002, at age twenty-eight, David MacLean woke up in a foreign land with no identity and his memory wiped clean as the result of a reaction to malarial medication. Upon his return home, he struggled to piece together the fragments of his former life in a harowing, absurd, and unforgettable journey back to himself. A deeply felt and intensely personal book, The Answer to the Riddle Is Me, confronts and celebrates the dark, mysterious depths of our psyches and the myriad ways we are all unknowable, especially to ourselves.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
  • Antonia & Her Daughters Secrets Love Friendship & Family in Tuscany
    Antonia & Her Daughters Secrets Love Friendship & Family in Tuscany
    ISBN: 9781742374079
    Title: Antonia & Her Daughters Secrets Love Friendship & Family in Tuscany

    Seeking some peace and quiet from renovations at via Del Duomo, Marlena de Blasi escapces to the mountains of Tuscany where she meets the extraordinary Antonia, imperious matriach of four generations of strong-willed Tuscan women. The next volume of memoir from the author of the international bestseller A THOUSAND DAYS IN VENICE. The renovations to 34 via del Duomo now complete, Marlena de Blasi, the best-selling international author and 'the woman with the fairytale life' needs to find time and space to finish a book. Lured by the offer of a simple stone cottage in the remote, mountainous region of western Tuscany, distant from the distractions of her everyday life with Fernando in Orvieto, she sets off for some much-needed solitude. But her plans to live simply, in peace and quiet, are overturned when she meets the imperious, tempestuous Antonia, the still-stunning, elderly matriarch of a large, complicated family of four generations of beautiful blue-eyed Italian women, all with stories and ideas of their own. Antonia dislikes tourists and outsiders, and so Marlena at first spars and clashes with her, before they reach an understanding. Over feasts and family dinners, walking in the dark before sunrise to harvest wild lettuces, preparing meals and exchanging recipes, the two women joust, joke, exchange confidences and grow closer and closer until finally Antonia reveals the terrible secrets behind the vivid beauty of Il Castelleto. Evocative, powerful and haunting, this is a compelling insight into Italy's recent past and a revealing glimpse into one extraordinary woman's story and her kitchen.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • Ants Among Elephants
    Ants Among Elephants
    ISBN: 9781911547204
    Title: Ants Among Elephants

    Like one in six people in India, Sujatha Gidla was born an untouchable. While most untouchables are illiterate, her family was educated by Canadian missionaries in the 1930s, making it possible for Gidla to attend elite schools and move to America at the age of twenty-six. It was only then that she saw how extraordinary - and yet how typical - her family history truly was. Her mother and uncles were born in the last days of British colonial rule. They grew up in a world marked by poverty and injustice, but also full of possibility. The Independence movement promised freedom. Yet for untouchables and other poor people, little changed. In rich, novelistic prose, Ants Among Elephants tells Gidla's extraordinary family story detailing her uncle's emergence as a poet and revolutionary and her mother's struggle for emancipation through education.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
  • Arbitrary Stupid Goal
    Arbitrary Stupid Goal
    ISBN: 9781250183910
    Title: Arbitrary Stupid Goal

    In Arbitrary Stupid Goal, Tamara Shopsin takes the reader on a pointillist time-travel trip to the Greenwich Village of her bohemian 1970s childhood, a funky, tight-knit small town in the big city, long before Sex and the City tours and luxury condos. The center of Tamara's universe is Shopsin's, her family's legendary greasy spoon, aka "The Store," run by her inimitable dad, Kenny--a loquacious, contrary, huge-hearted man who, aside from dishing up New York's best egg salad on rye, is Village sheriff, philosopher, and fixer all at once. All comers find a place at Shopsin's table and feast on Kenny's tall tales and trenchant advice along with the incomparable chili con carne.

    Filled with clever illustrations and witty, nostalgic photographs and graphics, and told in a sly, elliptical narrative that is both hilarious and endearing, Arbitrary Stupid Goal is an offbeat memory-book mosaic about the secrets of living an unconventional life, which is becoming a forgotten art.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Argonauts
    ISBN: 9781555977078
    Title: Argonauts

    An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language, and family

    Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of "autotheory" offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. At its center is a romance: the story of the author's relationship with the artist Harry Dodge. This story, which includes Nelson's account of falling in love with Dodge, who is fluidly gendered, as well as her journey to and through a pregnancy, offers a firsthand account of the complexities and joys of (queer) family-making.
    Writing in the spirit of public intellectuals such as Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, Nelson binds her personal experience to a rigorous exploration of what iconic theorists have said about sexuality, gender, and the vexed institutions of marriage and child-rearing. Nelson's insistence on radical individual freedom and the value of caretaking becomes the rallying cry of this thoughtful, unabashed, uncompromising book.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Argonauts
    ISBN: 9781555977351
    Title: Argonauts

    A genre-bending memoir that offers fierce and fresh reflections on motherhood, desire, identity and feminism. At the centre is a love-story, between Nelson and the artist Harry Dodge, who is undergoing gender reassignment, while Nelson undergoes the transformations of pregnancy. Personal, honest and wide-ranging, Nelson explores the challenges and complexities that make up a modern family.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.00
  • Art of the Wasted Day
    Art of the Wasted Day
    ISBN: 9780525429647
    Title: Art of the Wasted Day

    "A sharp and unconventional book -- a swirl of memoir, travelogue and biography of some of history's champion day-dreamers." --Maureen Corrigan, "Fresh Air"

    A spirited inquiry into the lost value of leisure and daydream

    The Art of the Wasted Day is a picaresque travelogue of leisure written from a lifelong enchantment with solitude. Patricia Hampl visits the homes of historic exemplars of ease who made repose a goal, even an art form. She begins with two celebrated eighteenth-century Irish ladies who ran off to live a life of "retirement" in rural Wales. Her search then leads to Moravia to consider the monk-geneticist, Gregor Mendel, and finally to Bordeaux for Michel Montaigne--the hero of this book--who retreated from court life to sit in his chateau tower and write about whatever passed through his mind, thus inventing the personal essay.

    Hampl's own life winds through these pilgrimages, from childhood days lazing under a neighbor's beechnut tree, to a fascination with monastic life, and then to love--and the loss of that love which forms this book's silver thread of inquiry. Finally, a remembered journey down the Mississippi near home in an old cabin cruiser with her husband turns out, after all her international quests, to be the great adventure of her life.

    The real job of being human, Hampl finds, is getting lost in thought, something only leisure can provide. The Art of the Wasted Day is a compelling celebration of the purpose and appeal of letting go.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00

  • As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning
    As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning
    ISBN: 9780241953280
    Title: As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning
    Author: LEE LAURIE

    It was 1934 when Laurie Lee left his home to tramp through Spain. This first book of Lee's autobiography paints a lyrical picture of a beautiful and violent country that was to involve him inextricably.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
  • Asylum: a Survivor's Flight from Nazi-occupied Vienna Through Wartime France
    Asylum: a Survivor's Flight from Nazi-occupied Vienna Through Wartime France
    ISBN: 9781781255995
    Title: Asylum: a Survivor's Flight from Nazi-occupied Vienna Through Wartime France

    A recently discovered tense, raw, and at times angry account of one Jewish man's persecution in Vienna, flight to France, and hidden life in a convent during World War II.

    Moriz Scheyer was in hiding at a convent in the Dordogne in 1943 when he began drafting what would become his memoir. An arts editor for Vienna's principal newspaper before the German invasion in 1938, Scheyer was friends with some of the city's great artists, from Stefan Zweig to Gustav Mahler, and an important literary journalist in his own right. Here he turns his acerbic wit and critical eye to his own remarkable experiences, tracing events from the Anschluss in Austria to Paris immediately pre-war and under occupation; the exodus from Paris to life in two different concentration camps; an escape attempt, contact with the Resistance, and, finally, a dramatic rescue and clandestine life in a convent. Written when the events were still fresh and raw, Scheyer's memoir is riveting in its immediate perspective and the minute details of those days.

    After Scheyer's death in 1948, his stepson - who disliked the book and its all-encompassing denunciation of the German people - destroyed the manuscript. Or thought he did. Recently, a carbon copy of the manuscript was discovered in the family's attic by Peter Singer, the author's step-grandson, who has translated and provided an afterword.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • Aunts Up the Cross
    Aunts Up the Cross
    ISBN: 9781925240641
    Title: Aunts Up the Cross
    Author: DALTON ROBIN

    My great Aunt Juliet was knocked over and killed by a bus when she was eighty-five. The bus was travelling very slowly in the right direction and could hardly have been missed by anyone except Aunt Juliet, who must have been travelling fairly fast in the wrong direction.

    Growing up in the 1930s in a grand old home in Sydney's bohemian Kings Cross, Robin Dalton experienced a childhood of curiosity and wonder. Raised by a bevy of idiosyncratic aunts and a revolving door of unconventional houseguests, Dalton recalls a time when children had real adventures in a world not easy but perhaps less complicated than today's.

    With a gentle warmth and wicked wit, Robin Dalton brings to life all the colour, glamour and charm of Australian society between the wars. Steeped in nostalgia, Aunts Up the Crossis a delightfully funny memoir of family, childhood and an Australia of yesteryear.

    Robin Daltonwas born in Sydney, and has lived in London since 1946. She has been a television performer, an intelligence agent, a literary agent and a film producer (Madame Souzatskastarring Shirley Maclai≠ Oscar and Lucindastarring Cate Blanchett), as well as an author. Her 1965 account of her childhood in Kings Cross, Aunts up the Cross remains& an Australian classic. The previously unpublished My Relations will be released in 2015.

    'Hysterically funny.' Jennifer Byrne

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $16.00
  • Autobiography of a Face
    Autobiography of a Face
    ISBN: 9780544837393
    Title: Autobiography of a Face
    Author: GREALY LUCY

    "I spent five years of my life being treated for cancer, but since then I've spent fifteen years being treated for nothing other than looking different from everyone else. It was the pain from that, from feeling ugly, that I always viewed as the great tragedy of my life. The fact that I had cancer seemed minor in comparison." At age nine, Lucy Grealy was diagnosed with a potentially terminal cancer. When she returned to school with a third of her jaw removed, she faced the cruel taunts of classmates. In this strikingly candid memoir, Grealy tells her story of great suffering and remarkable strength without sentimentality and with considerable wit. Vividly portraying the pain of peer rejection and the guilty pleasures of wanting to be special, Grealy captures with unique insight what it is like as a child and young adult to be torn between two warring impulses: to feel that more than anything else we want to be loved for who we are, while wishing desperately and secretly to be perfect.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
  • B Is for Beer
    B Is for Beer
    ISBN: 9780061687273
    Title: B Is for Beer
    Author: ROBBINS TOM

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $32.00
  • Baby Lost: a Story of Grief & Hope
    Baby Lost: a Story of Grief & Hope
    ISBN: 9780522869439
    Title: Baby Lost: a Story of Grief & Hope

    What happens when a death occurs within your body, but you survive? Two days after Christmas, law lecturer Hannah Robert, eight months pregnant, was driving her partner and stepkids home from a picnic when their car was crushed by a four-wheel-drive. Hannah's baby didn't survive. When Hannah told her story in court, the judge wept. In her struggle to make sense of the personal and legal aftermath, Hannah had to find out what it means to mother a dead child and to renegotiate her own relationship with hope. Her powerful story is written with clarity and beauty, shining light on an unimaginably dark event and is, unexpectedly, tempered with life and promise.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Back Story: a Memoir
    Back Story: a Memoir
    ISBN: 9780007351749
    Title: Back Story: a Memoir

    David Mitchell, who you may know for his inappropriate anger on every TV panel show except Never Mind the Buzzcocks, his look of permanent discomfort on C4 sex comedy Peep Show, his online commenter-baiting in The Observer or just for wearing a stick-on moustache in That Mitchell and Webb Look, has written a book about his life. As well as giving a specific account of every single time he's scored some smack, this disgusting memoir also details: * the singular, pitbull-infested charm of the FRP ('Flat Roofed Pub') * the curious French habit of injecting everyone in the arse rather than the arm * why, by the time he got to Cambridge, he really, really needed a drink * the pain of being denied a childhood birthday party at McDonalds * the satisfaction of writing jokes about suicide * how doing quite a lot of walking around London helps with his sciatica * trying to pretend he isn't a total **** at Robert Webb's wedding * that he has fallen in love at LOT, but rarely done anything about it * why it would be worse to bump into Michael Palin than Hitler on holiday * that he's not David Mitchell the novelist. Despite what David Miliband might think Gold title * David will fully promote to his army of Twitter followers, now exceeding 890k in number * Peep Show has attracted 1.8 million viewers and has 1 million DVD sales. Over 10 million viewers have watched his Soap Box YouTube channel. * Will also appeal to his Observer readership, where he has been a columnist since 2009 * The audience is huge: David's TV appearances include Have I Got News For You, QI, Would I Lie to You? And 10'clock Live. He is also and regular on Radio 4, appearing on Desert Island Discs, Just a Minute and presently on The Unbelievable Truth.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
  • Bad Behaviour
    Bad Behaviour
    ISBN: 9781743319574
    Title: Bad Behaviour

    It is night. They move with such stealth they could be almost floating along the road. I can't see faces, just the outline of their movement. But when the moon drifts out from behind a cloud, bathing the road in an urgent sort of light, I see how they're all gazing up towards me. 'They're coming back,' I murmur. I turn to Kendall, and she puts her sewing aside, eyes on me. They never waiver.'..It was supposed to be a place where teenagers would learn resilience, confidence and independence, where long hikes and runs in the bush would make their bodies strong and foster a connection with the natural world. Living in bare wooden huts, cut off from the outside world, the students would experience a very different kind of schooling, one intended to have a strong influence over the kind of adults they would eventually become. Fourteen-year-old Rebecca Starford spent a year at this school in the bush. In her boarding house fifteen girls were left largely unsupervised, a combination of the worst behaved students and some of the most socially vulnerable. As everyone tried to fit in and cope with their feelings of isolation and homesickness, Rebecca found herself joining ranks with the powerful girls, and participating in various forms of bullying and aggression. Increasingly horrified at her own behaviour, Rebecca soon found herself excluded from this group and subjected to bullying herself. 'Bad Behaviour' tells the story of that year, a time of friendship and joy, but also of shame and fear. It explores how those crucial experiences affected Rebecca as an adult and shaped her future relationships, and asks courageous questions about the nature of female friendship. Moving, wise and painfully honest, this extraordinary memoir shows how bad behaviour from childhood, in all its forms, can be so often and so easily repeated throughout our adult lives.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Bandit
    ISBN: 9781785781032
    Title: Bandit
    Author: BRODAK MOLLY

    'Raw, poetic and compulsively readable ... I can't wait to buy a copy for everyone I know.' Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help

    Aged thirteen, Molly Brodak arrived home to discover that her father had been arrested for pulling over a dozen bank robberies in the Detroit area.

    After seven years in jail, he set up a new home with her older sister and remarried. A couple of years went by before he defrauded his older daughter and began robbing banks again. With her father currently serving a 25 year sentence, Brodak's memoir – the first section of which appeared in Granta's Summer 2015 issue – tackles the most fundamental relationship of all: the one between parents and children.

    In cinematic prose, Brodak takes the reader back through the maze of childhood and youth, carefully investigating its significant twists, and asks: how do we navigate that most formative of relationships once the bonds of respect and trust have been severed? What moments in childhood come back to shape us as adults? And how can so much distance insinuate itself into what should be the closest attachment of all? Confronted with the results of utter recklessness, she finds there can still be space for forgiveness.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
  • Barley Hole Chronicles: from Hell to Hamburg 23/47
    Barley Hole Chronicles: from Hell to Hamburg 23/47
    ISBN: 9780987842527
    Title: Barley Hole Chronicles: from Hell to Hamburg 23/47

    Barley Hole was for my great grandfather Canaan, the land of milk and honey. For my father, it was paradise lost and for my mother, Barley Hole was a curse. It was a place that haunted her spirit and her soul throughout her life. To me, Barley Hole is a name forever etched on the map of my familys heart; it is where betrayal and injustice nearly thrust us into oblivion. The Barley Hole Chronicles are an odyssey of the human spirit that stretch across time and geography to incorporate, diverse personalities, personal hardships, World Wars and the struggle for peace and love, in a society fallen from grace. These Chronicles document one Yorkshire familys decent into the wilderness of poverty and hunger. It is a personal record of one young mans struggle to survive the great depression, the Second World War and the hazards and wonders of life in post war Germany. The Barley Hole Chronicles are a summation of two memoirs by Harry Leslie Smith 1923 and Hamburg 1947. The Barley Hole Chronicles are a true account of a time and place when life, full of raw emotion, was never so real. It is also a social history of the 20th century at its bloodiest and deadliest time.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $66.00
  • Bastards: a Memoir
    Bastards: a Memoir
    ISBN: 9781743362266
    Title: Bastards: a Memoir
    Author: KING MARY ANNA

    'A stirring, vividly told story of a young woman.s quest to find the family she lost.' Peter Balakian..Born into poverty, Mary Hall and her older brother Jacob started out life with parents who, in Mary's words, were 'great at making babies, but not so great at holding on to them.' After being deserted by their father, Mary's mum took the two of them to live in low-income housing, where they struggled to make ends meet...In the years that followed, Mary and Jacob watched as their mother gave away each of their newborn sisters. All told, there were seven children - Mary, Jacob, and five phantom sisters. Then, one day, Mary found herself sent away too...Mary got a new surname and a new life but she remained haunted by the past - by the sisters she hoped to find again, the mother who'd had to give her up and the father who'd left them...Mary was a college student by the time her sisters started getting back in touch with each other. They shared a surprising number of characteristics, not least quirky facial expressions. With each reunion Mary felt like her family was becoming closer to whole again...Moving, haunting, and at times wickedly funny, Bastards is a fascinating account of finding one's family and oneself...

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
    Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
    ISBN: 9781408822074
    Title: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
    Author: AMY CHUA

    A lot of people wonder how Chinese parents raise such stereotypically successful kids. They wonder what Chinese parents do to produce so many math whizzes and music prodigies, what it's like inside the family, and whether they could do it too. Well, I can tell them, because I've done it
    Amy Chua's daughters, Sophia and Louisa (Lulu) were polite, interesting and helpful, they were two years ahead of their classmates in maths and had exceptional musical abilities. But Sophia and Lulu were never allowed to attend a sleepover, be in a school play, choose their own extracurricular activities, get any grade less than an A, and not be the #1 student in every subject (except gym and drama). And they had to practise their instruments for hours every day, as well as in school breaks and on family holidays.
    The Chinese-parenting model certainly seemed to produce results. But what happens when you do not tolerate disobedience WC and are confronted by a screaming child who would sooner freeze outside in the cold than be forced to play the piano?
    In Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua relates her experiences raising her children the 'Chinese way', and how dutiful, patient Sophia flourished under the regime and how tenacious, hot-tempered Lulu rebelled. It is a story about a mother, two daughters, and two dogs. It's also about Mozart and Mendelssohn, the piano and the violin, and how they made it to Carnegie Hall. It was supposed to be a story of how Chinese parents are better at raising kids than Western ones. But instead, it's about a bitter clash of cultures, a fleeting taste of glory, and how you can be humbled by a thirteen-year-old. Witty,

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction
    Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction
    ISBN: 9781847391612
    Title: Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction
    Author: SHEFF DAVID

    #1 New York Times bestseller
    With a new afterword

    Now a Major Motion Picture
    Starring Steve Carell * Timothée Chalamet * Maura Tierney * and Amy Ryan

    & "A brilliant, harrowing, heartbreaking, fascinating story, full of beautiful moments and hard-won wisdom. This book will save a lot of lives and heal a lot of hearts." -- Anne Lamott

    "'When one of us tells the truth, he makes it easier for all of us to open our hearts to our own pain and that of others.' That's ultimately what Beautiful Boy is about: truth and healing." -- Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia
    What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted David Sheff's journey through his son Nic's addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets. David Sheff traces the first warning signs: the denial, the three a.m. phone calls--is it Nic? the police? the hospital? His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself. But as a journalist, he instinctively researched every treatment that might save his son. And he refused to give up on Nic.
    "Filled with compelling anecdotes and important insights . . . An eye-opening memoir." -- Washington Post

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • Beautiful Struggle: a Memoir
    Beautiful Struggle: a Memoir
    ISBN: 9781784785345
    Title: Beautiful Struggle: a Memoir

    Powerfully evocative, Coates recalls life of struggle on the edge of chaos, and what is was like to be a young black man in desperate times.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • Beauty in the Broken Place
    Beauty in the Broken Place
    ISBN: 9780399591655
    Title: Beauty in the Broken Place

    A deeply moving memoir about a couple whose lives were changed in the blink of an eye, and the love that helped them rewrite their future.

    Five months pregnant, on a flight to their "babymoon," Allison Pataki turned to her husband when he asked if his eye looked strange, and watched him suddenly lose consciousness. After an emergency landing, she discovered that Dave--a healthy thirty-year-old athlete and surgical resident--had suffered a rare and life-threatening stroke. Next thing Allison knew, she was sitting alone in the ER in Fargo, North Dakota, waiting to hear if her husband would survive the night.

    When Dave woke up, though seemingly strong and outwardly intact, he could not carry memories from hour to hour, much less from one day to the next. Allison lost the Dave she knew and loved when he lost consciousness on the plane. Within a few months, she found herself caring for both a newborn and a sick husband, sifting through endless hospital bills and insurance paperwork, and struggling with the fear of what was to come.

    As a way to make sense of the pain and chaos of their new reality, Allison started to write daily letters to Dave. Not only would she work to make sense of the unfathomable experiences unfolding around her, but her letters would provide Dave with the memories he could not make on his own. She was writing to preserve their past, protect their present, and fight for their future. Those letters became the foundation for this beautiful, intimate memoir. And in the process, she fell in love with her husband all over again.

    This is a manifesto for living, an ultimately uplifting story about the transformative power of faith and resilience. It's a tale of a husband's turbulent road to recovery, the shifting nature of marriage, and the struggle of loving through pain and finding joy in the broken places.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
  • Because We are Bad: Ocd & a Girl Lost in Thought
    Because We are Bad: Ocd & a Girl Lost in Thought
    ISBN: 9781760297121
    Title: Because We are Bad: Ocd & a Girl Lost in Thought
    Author: BAILEY LILY

    A vivid, darkly funny, moving and uplifting account of a young woman's struggle with OCD.
    As a child, Lily Bailey knew she was bad. By the age of 13, she had killed someone with a thought, spread untold disease and ogled the bodies of other children.

    Only by performing an exhausting series of secret routines could she correct her wrongdoing. But it was never enough. She had a severe case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. From child to teenager to young woman, OCD had ruled Lily's life, sending a bright, vital mind spinning into a downward vortex. Until she learnt a fundamental philosophical lesson.

    Raw and funny, heart-breaking and uplifting, Because We Are Bad reveals with humour, grace and searing honesty what it's like to live with an almost intolerable burden of obsession.

    'Because We Are Bad is an intense heart-rending roller coaster of a book . . . the most engaging and well-written account of mental health experiences I have read.' Huffington Post UK

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist’s Memoir
    Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist’s Memoir
    ISBN: 9781925322385
    Title: Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist’s Memoir
    Author: YALOM IRVIN D

    The must-read new memoir from one of psychiatry’s most important figures.

    Irvin D. Yalom has made a career of investigating the lives of others. In this profound memoir, he turns his writing and his therapeutic eye upon himself. He opens his story with a nightmare: He is twelve, and is riding his bike past the home of an acne-scarred girl. Like every morning, he calls out, hoping to befriend her, ‘Hello, Measles!’ But in his dream, the girl’s father makes Yalom understand that his daily greeting has hurt her. For Yalom, this was the birth of empathy; he would not forget the lesson.

    As Becoming Myself unfolds, we see the development of the compassionate and insightful thinker whose books have been a beacon to so many. This is not simply one man's life story — Yalom’s reflections on his life and growth are an invitation for us to reflect on the origins of our own selves and the meanings of our lives.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Beginners Guide to Acting English
    Beginners Guide to Acting English
    ISBN: 9780091924775
    Title: Beginners Guide to Acting English

    Hilarious and heartwarming, this memoir is the story of growing up in a strange land where you don't speak the language, everyone smells like milk, and to top it off, the Ayatollah wants you and your family dead In the tradition of Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit of Loveand Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals, comes a story of a young narrator in the midst of her eccentric family. But rather than landed gentry or bohemian travelers, it's a mad extended Iran clan who flee Tehran to 1980s Britain after the fall the Shah. Five year old Shappi and her beloved brother Peyvand arrive with their parents in London--all cold weather and strange food--without a word of English. If adapting to a new culture isn't troubling enough, it soon becomes clear that the Ayatollah's henchmen are in pursuit. With the help of MI5, Shappi's family go into hiding. So apart from checking under the family car for bombs every morning, Shappi's childhood is like any other kids--swings in the park, school plays, kiss-chase, and terrorists.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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