• Beauty in the Broken Place
    Beauty in the Broken Place
    ISBN: 9780399591655
    Title: Beauty in the Broken Place
    Author: PATAKI ALLISON

    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
    $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
    $33.00
  • Becoming
    Becoming
    ISBN: 9780241334140
    Title: Becoming
    Author: OBAMA MICHELLE

    In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America-the first African-American to serve in that role-she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her-from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it-in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations-and whose story inspires us to do the same.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • 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
    $40.00
  • Beginners Guide to Acting English
    Beginners Guide to Acting English
    ISBN: 9780091924775
    Title: Beginners Guide to Acting English
    Author: KHORSANDI SHAPPI

    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
    $30.00
  • Being Adam Golightly: A True Account of Grief Observed Through Laughter, Love & Grit
    Being Adam Golightly: A True Account of Grief Observed Through Laughter, Love & Grit
    ISBN: 9781780723167
    Title: Being Adam Golightly: A True Account of Grief Observed Through Laughter, Love & Grit
    Author: GOLIGHTLY ADAM

    The death of Adam's wife inspires a new kind of life...  
     
    The cruel death in her 40s of his beloved wife Helen tears up the script of Adam Golightly's middle-class, middle-aged being. Now miserably single, outnumbered by his kids and haunted by life's screaming fragility, he recounts his fight back against the crappy hand of fate.
     
    This irreverent and frank memoir follows Adam's snakes-and-ladders journey through his grief in the year following his wife's death, as he struggles with small town tongue wagging, the trauma of teenage bra shopping and online dating anarchy.
     
    Adam's is the biggest mid-life crisis anyone could face and as he starts to build a new, alternative life for himself and his children, he shows not just how to survive bereavement but how to be transformed by it.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Best of Us: A Memoir
    Best of Us: A Memoir
    ISBN: 9781635571790
    Title: Best of Us: A Memoir
    Author: MAYNARD JOYCE

    From New York Times bestselling author Joyce Maynard, a memoir about discovering strength in the midst of great loss--"heart wrenching, inspiring, full of joy and tears and life." (Anne Lamott)

    In 2011, when she was in her late fifties, beloved author and journalist Joyce Maynard met the first true partner she had ever known. Jim wore a rakish hat over a good head of hair; he asked real questions and gave real answers; he loved to see Joyce shine, both in and out of the spotlight; and he didn 't mind the mess she made in the kitchen. He was not the husband Joyce imagined, but he quickly became the partner she had always dreamed of.

    Before they met, both had believed they were done with marriage, and even after they married, Joyce resolved that no one could alter her course of determined independence. Then, just after their one-year wedding anniversary, her new husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. During the nineteen months that followed, as they battled his illness together, she discovered for the first time what it really meant to be a couple--to be a true partner and to have one.

    This is their story. Charting the course through their whirlwind romance, a marriage cut short by tragedy, and Joyce 's return to singleness on new terms, The Best of Us is a heart-wrenching, ultimately life-affirming reflection on coming to understand true love through the experience of great loss.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
    $24.00
  • Bettyville: a Memoir
    Bettyville: a Memoir
    ISBN: 9781473649668
    Title: Bettyville: a Memoir
    Author: HODGMAN GEORGE

    "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER
    FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
    A beautifully crafted memoir, rich with humor and wisdom. Will Schwalbe, author of"The End of Your Life Book Club"
    The idea of a cultured gay man leaving New York City to care for his aging mother in Paris, Missouri, is already funny, and George Hodgman reaps that humor with great charm. But then he plunges deep, examining the warm yet fraught relationship between mother and son with profound insight and understanding. Alison Bechdel, author of "Fun Home"
    When George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, he finds himself an unlikely caretaker and near-lethal cook in a head-on collision with his aging mother, Betty, a woman of wit and will. Will George lure her into assisted living? When hell freezes over. He can t bring himself to force her from the home both treasure the place where his father s voice lingers, the scene of shared jokes, skirmishes, and, behind the dusty antiques, a rarely acknowledged conflict: Betty, who speaks her mind but cannot quite reveal her heart, has never really accepted the fact that her son is gay.
    As these two unforgettable characters try to bring their different worlds together, Hodgman reveals the challenges of Betty s life and his own struggle for self-respect, moving readers from their small town crumbling but still colorful to the star-studded corridors of Vanity Fair. Evocative of "The End of Your Life Book Club "and "The Tender Bar," Hodgman s "New York Times" bestselling debut is both an indelible portrait of a family and an exquisitely told tale of a prodigal son s return."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Between Meals: an Appetite for Paris
    Between Meals: an Appetite for Paris
    ISBN: 9780865472365
    Title: Between Meals: an Appetite for Paris
    Author: LIEBLING

    "New Yorker" writer A.J. Liebling recalls his Parisian apprenticeship in the fine art of eating in this charming memoir.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00

    $32.00
  • Beyond Ugly
    Beyond Ugly
    ISBN: 9780340977378
    Title: Beyond Ugly
    Author: BRISCOE CONSTANCE


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Big Pig, Little Pig: A Tale of Two Pigs in France
    Big Pig, Little Pig: A Tale of Two Pigs in France
    ISBN: 9780241261415
    Title: Big Pig, Little Pig: A Tale of Two Pigs in France
    Author: YALLOP JACQUELINE

    When Jacqueline moves to south-west France with her husband, she embraces rural village life and buys two pigs to rear for slaughter. But as she gets to know the animals better, her English sentimentality threatens to get in the way and she begins to wonder if she can actually bring herself to kill them. This is a memoir about that fateful decision, but it's also about the ethics of meat eating in the modern age, and whether we should know, respect and even love the animals we eat. At its heart, this book is a love story, exploring the increasing attachment of the author for her particular pigs, and celebrating the enduring closeness of humans and pigs over the centuries.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Big Sex Little Death a Memoir
    Big Sex Little Death a Memoir
    ISBN: 9781580052641
    Title: Big Sex Little Death a Memoir
    Author: BRIGHT SUZIE

    Ever wondered why theres no female voice as bold, erotic, unflinching, and revealing as Norman Mailer, Henry Miller, or Philip Roth? There is. It belongs to Susie Bright. In this stunning and courageous coming-of-age story, Susie Bright opens her heart and her life. From fearful Irish Catholic Girl Scout to gun-toting teenage revolutionaryand finally the "The Avatar of American Erotica" (NYTimes)Brights life story is shaped as much by Americas sexual awakening as the national sexual landscape was altered by Bright herself. In Big Sex Little Death, Bright introduces us to her influences and experiences, including her early involvement with notorious high school radicals The Red Tide as well as the magazine she co-founded in the 1980s, On Our Backs the first-ever erotic magazine created by women, which turned the lesbian and bisexual community upside down before it took the "straight" world by storm. Big Sex Little Death is an explosive yet intimate memoir thats pure Susie: bold, free-spirited, unpredictablelarger than life, yet utterly true to life.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
    $48.00
  • Bird on My Shoulder
    Bird on My Shoulder
    ISBN: 9781743311530
    Title: Bird on My Shoulder
    Author: PALMER LUCY

    An unforgettably moving memoir about love and the unexpected gifts that loss and grief can bring.
    Over a decade ago, award-winning journalist Lucy Palmer's beloved husband Julian died of cancer, leaving her alone to manage a farm south of Sydney and to raise their three young children. This moving and beautifully written memoir explores her experiences of death, loss, single parenting and growing older. It is a way of making sense of the momentous experiences that Lucy says she has been privileged to live through, and her honest and inspiring account of putting the pieces back together and finding hope out of a seemingly hopeless set of circumstances. This is a startlingly moving book to read and offers new and surprising ways to think about the worst that can happen and what it can mean for us.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Birds Art Life Death: A Field Guide to the Small & Significant
    Birds Art Life Death: A Field Guide to the Small & Significant
    ISBN: 9780008209285
    Title: Birds Art Life Death: A Field Guide to the Small & Significant
    Author: MACLEAR KYO


    A writer's search for inspiration, beauty, and solace leads her to birds in this intimate and exuberant meditation on creativity and life - a field guide to things small and significant.


    In 2012, Kyo Maclear met a musician with a passion for birds. Curious about what had prompted a young urban artist to suddenly embrace nature she decided to follow him for a year to find out.


    Observing two artists through seasonal shifts and migrations, Birds Art Life celebrates the particular madness of chasing after birds in a big city, and explores what happens when the principles of birdwatching are applied to other aspects of art and life. It looks at the ecology of urban spaces and the creative and liberating effects of keeping your eyes and ears wide open. Far from seeking the exotic, Kyo discovers joy in the birds she spots in city parks and harbours, along eaves and on wires. In a world that values big and fast, Kyo begins to look to the small, steady, slow accumulations of knowledge, and the lulls that give way to contemplation.


    Moving between the granular and the grand, peering into the inner landscape as much as the outer one, Birds Art Life asks how we are shaped and nurtured by our passions, and how we might come to love and protect not only the world's natural places but also the challenging urban spaces where so many of us live.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Blood Ties
    Blood Ties
    ISBN: 9781788546256
    Title: Blood Ties
    Author: CRANE BEN

    An uncannily brilliant evocation of the falconer's art and a moving story of a man's discovery of how to be a father.


    'I was moved to tears by Ben Crane's beautiful memoir, Blood Ties. Diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in his 40s, he recounts his struggles to reconnect with the son he thought he had lost' Good Housekeeping.


    'A powerful story [...] of the ties that bind us, both to nature and our own families' TLS.


    This is a book about a man's relationship with hawks, and his self-education as a falconer, and about his discovery that despite his Asperger's Syndrome, which hampers his normal social interactions, he can forge a loving bond with the young son he thought he had lost. He rediscovers his full humanity through his commitment to the training of falcons and his love of the natural world.


    Ben Crane writes with uncanny accuracy and lyrical precision about the intricacies of birds' behaviour and their instincts. He has a ruthless eye for the minute details of natural processes - of plumage, the patterns of flight, of killing, death and decay. He's as clear-eyed about himself and his detachment from ordinary human society as he is about the flight of peregrines and goshawks.


    Here is nature writing at its very best, interwoven with an affecting human story and an account of how a man mastered the ancient craft of falconry.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Blue Jay's Dance: a Memoir of Early Motherhood
    Blue Jay's Dance: a Memoir of Early Motherhood
    ISBN: 9780061767975
    Title: Blue Jay's Dance: a Memoir of Early Motherhood
    Author: ERDRICH LOUISE


    New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Louise Erdrich s moving meditation on the experience of motherhood the first nonfiction work by one of the most acclaimed authors of our time.


    Louise Erdrich s first major work of nonfiction, The Blue Jay s Dance, brilliantly and poignantly examines the joys and frustrations, the compromises and insights, and the difficult struggles and profound emotional satisfactions the acclaimed author experienced in the course of one twelve month period from a winter pregnancy through a spring and summer of new motherhood to her return to writing in the fall. In exquisitely lyrical prose, Erdrich illuminates afresh the large and small events that every parent will recognize and appreciate.


    Pregnancy, birth and caring for an infant inspire Erdrich s reflections on being a woman, a mother and a writer in this affecting memoir of a daughter s first years. People

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    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
    $32.00
  • Book of Silence
    Book of Silence
    ISBN: 9781847081513
    Title: Book of Silence
    Author: MAITLAND SARA

    In her late forties, after a noisy upbringing and then adulthood as vocal feminist and mother, Sara Maitland found herself living in the country. She fell in love with the silence, and in this profound, frank memoir she describes how she explored this new love, searching for silence and solitude.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • Bookshop that Floated Away
    Bookshop that Floated Away
    ISBN: 9781472108050
    Title: Bookshop that Floated Away
    Author: HENSHAW SARAH


    In early 2009 a strange sort of business plan landed on the desk of a pinstriped bank manager. It had pictures of rats and moles in rowing boats and archaic quotes about Cleopatra's barge. It asked for a £30,000 loan to buy a black-and-cream narrowboat and a small hoard of books. The manager said no. Nevertheless The Book Barge opened six months later and enjoyed the happy patronage of local readers, a growing number of eccentrics and the odd moorhen.


    Business wasn't always easy, so one May morning owner Sarah Henshaw set off for six months chugging the length and breadth of the country. Books were bartered for food, accommodation, bathroom facilities and cake. During the journey, the barge suffered a flooded engine, went out to sea, got banned from Bristol and, on several occasions, floated away altogether. This account follows the ebbs and flows of Sarah's journey as she sought to make her vision of a floating bookshop a reality.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Born Both: an Intersex Life
    Born Both: an Intersex Life
    ISBN: 9780316347846
    Title: Born Both: an Intersex Life
    Author: VILORIA HIDA

    Hida Viloria was raised as a girl but discovered early on that he/r body was different. Unlike most people who are born intersex in the first world--meaning they have genitals, reproductive organs, hormones, and/or chromosomal patterns that do not fit standard definitions of male or female--Hida had the freedom to explore the person s/he was born to be because he/r parents did not agree to have he/r sex characteristics surgically altered at birth.It wasn't until s/he was twenty-six and encountered the term intersex in a San Francisco newspaper that s/he finally had a name for he/r difference. That's when s/he began to explore what it means to live in the space between genders--to be both and neither. As s/he began to reach out to others like he/r, however, Hida discovered that most intersex people had been scarred, both physically and psychologically, by infant surgeries and hormone treatments meant to "correct" their bodies. Eager to help end this practice, Hida came out as intersex at a national and then international level.By answering the question "Are you a boy or a girl?" with "I'm both," Hida's helped blaze a trail for people--particularly intersex and genderqueer/non-binary people--to celebrate the middle space where male and female are not separate and opposite but entwined. Born Both is an intimate and powerful account of Hida's search for authentic identity and love in a world that insists on categorizing people into either/or.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $53.00
    $53.00
  • Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith & Family
    Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith & Family
    ISBN: 9780008276980
    Title: Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith & Family
    Author: CONLEY GARRARD

    SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING LUCAS HEDGES, RUSSELL CROWE AND NICOLE KIDMAN, AND WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY JOEL EDGERTON 'A necessary, beautiful book' Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to YouThe son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to "cure" him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalised Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness. By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heartbreaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • Boy Kings of Texas
    Boy Kings of Texas
    ISBN: 9780762779192
    Title: Boy Kings of Texas
    Author: MARTINEZ DOMINGO


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
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  • Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness: A Memoir of an Adolescence
    Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness: A Memoir of an Adolescence
    ISBN: 9781509830671
    Title: Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness: A Memoir of an Adolescence
    Author: CAVENEY GRAHAM

    'By turns honest, angry, funny, thoughtful, acerbic and desperately sad' GuardianGraham Caveney was born in 1964 in Accrington: a town in the north of England, formerly known for its cotton mills, now mainly for its football team. Armed with his generic Northern accent and a record collection including the likes of the Buzzcocks and Joy Division, Caveney spent a portion of his youth pretending he was from Manchester. That is, until confronted by someone from Manchester (or anyone who had been to Manchester or anyone who knew anything at all about Manchester) at which point he would give up and admit the truth. In The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness, Caveney describes growing up as a member of the 'Respectable Working Class'. From aspiring altar boy to Kafka-quoting adolescent, his is the story of a teenage boy's obsession with music, a love affair with books, and how he eventually used them to plot his way out of his home town. But this is also a story of abuse.For his parents, education was a golden ticket: a way for their son to go to university, to do better than they did, but for Graham, this awakening came with a very significant condition attached. For years Graham's headteacher, a Catholic priest, was his greatest mentor, but he was also his abuser. As an adult, Graham Caveney is still struggling to understand what happened to him, and he writes about the experience - all of it - and its painful aftermath with a raw, unflinching honesty. By turns, angry, despairing, insightful, always acutely written and often shockingly funny, The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness is an astonishing memoir, startling in its originality.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness: a Memoir of an Adolescence
    Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness: a Memoir of an Adolescence
    ISBN: 9781509830688
    Title: Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness: a Memoir of an Adolescence
    Author: CAVENEY GRAHAM

    'By turns honest, angry, funny, thoughtful, acerbic and desperately sad' GuardianGraham Caveney was born in 1964 in Accrington: a town in the north of England, formerly known for its cotton mills, now mainly for its football team. Armed with his generic Northern accent and a record collection including the likes of the Buzzcocks and Joy Division, Caveney spent a portion of his youth pretending he was from Manchester. That is, until confronted by someone from Manchester (or anyone who had been to Manchester or anyone who knew anything at all about Manchester) at which point he would give up and admit the truth. In The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness, Caveney describes growing up as a member of the 'Respectable Working Class'. From aspiring altar boy to Kafka-quoting adolescent, his is the story of a teenage boy's obsession with music, a love affair with books, and how he eventually used them to plot his way out of his home town. But this is also a story of abuse.For his parents, education was a golden ticket: a way for their son to go to university, to do better than they did, but for Graham, this awakening came with a very significant condition attached. For years Graham's headteacher, a Catholic priest, was his greatest mentor, but he was also his abuser. As an adult, Graham Caveney is still struggling to understand what happened to him, and he writes about the experience - all of it - and its painful aftermath with a raw, unflinching honesty. By turns, angry, despairing, insightful, always acutely written and often shockingly funny, The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness is an astonishing memoir, startling in its originality.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Boy: Tales of Childhood
    Boy: Tales of Childhood
    ISBN: 9780141346700
    Title: Boy: Tales of Childhood
    Author: DAHL ROALD

    Throughout his young days at school and just afterwards, a number of things happened to Roald Dahl,that made such a tremendous impression he never forgot them.Boy is thestory of Roald Dahl's childhood; tales of exciting and strange things - some funny, some frightening, all true.'An autobiography is a book a person writes about his own life and it is usually full of all sorts of boring details. This is not an autobiography.' Roald Dahl

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $18.00
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  • Boys in the Boat: An Epic True-life Journey to the Heart of Hitler's Berlin
    Boys in the Boat: An Epic True-life Journey to the Heart of Hitler's Berlin
    ISBN: 9781447210986
    Title: Boys in the Boat: An Epic True-life Journey to the Heart of Hitler's Berlin
    Author: BROWN DANIEL JAMES

    The Boys in the Boat is the story of Joe Rantz, a charismatic young man born dirt poor in the woods of Washington State, who dreams of escaping the challenges of the Great Depression, and a complicated family life full of painful memories. What follows is an extraordinary journey, as Joe and eight other young men exchange the sweat and graft and dust of ordinary life for the purer rigours of sport at its very highest level - a journey at the end of which lies a gold medal rowing race at the Berlin Olympics of 1936, in front of Hitler himself. Told against the grand backdrop of 1930s America, The Boys in the Boat is a story full of lyricism and unexpected beauty; a story that rises above sport, and even the grand sweep of history itself, in favour of something more personal. For as becomes clear in an interview with Joe shortly before his death, during the writing of this book, what shines most brightly in the old man's mind is not memories of medals, or the boat in particular, or even the boys that he called his friends. It is the thought of something more transcendent; a singular thing that had happened in a fleeting, golden sliver of time long gone, when nine good-hearted young men strove together, pulled together as one, gave everything they had for one another, bound together forever by unspoken bonds of pride and respect and love. Joe was crying, at least in part, for the loss of that vanished time, but much more, I think, for the sheer beauty of it.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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  • Breaking Night: a Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival & My Journey from Homeless to Harvard
    Breaking Night: a Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival & My Journey from Homeless to Harvard
    ISBN: 9781401310592
    Title: Breaking Night: a Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival & My Journey from Homeless to Harvard
    Author: MURRAY LIZ

    This is an inspirational memoir by a young woman who, at age 15, was forced out onto the streets and survived several years of homelessness before eventually making it into Harvard.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
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  • Breakthrough How One Teen Innovator Is Changing the World
    Breakthrough How One Teen Innovator Is Changing the World
    ISBN: 9780062369659
    Title: Breakthrough How One Teen Innovator Is Changing the World
    Author: ANDRAKA JACK

    Jack wouldn't give up. After a dear family friend died of pancreatic cancer, Jack Andraka decided to create a better method of early detection. It took two hundred letters before Jack found lab space to pursue his idea and months of work to make it a reality, but in the end, he did it. Jack's early-detection test for pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancers has the potential to be over four hundred times more effective than the medical standard and cost only three cents. Jack was fifteen at the time. Jack's story is not just one of dizzying international success; it is a story of overcoming depression and homophobic bullying and finding the resilience to persevere and come out. His account inspires young people, who he argues are the most innovative, to fight for the right to be taken seriously and to pursue their own dreams. With hands-on science experiments included, Jack's memoir empowers his generation with the knowledge that we can each change the world if we only have the courage to try.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Bridge Ladies
    Bridge Ladies
    ISBN: 9781447272519
    Title: Bridge Ladies
    Author: LERNER BETSY


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Bridge Ladies
    Bridge Ladies
    ISBN: 9781447272526
    Title: Bridge Ladies
    Author: LERNER BETSY

    For the past fifty years, Monday afternoons in New Haven have always been the same: Roz, Rhoda, Bea, Jackie and Bette. A card table with four folding chairs (and one dummy seat). The old deck of cards in their worn-out cardboard box. A plate of homemade cookies or brownies on the kitchen counter somewhere, largely untouched. And once they begin the game, hours of silence, punctuated only by the sound of cards being plucked up or snapped down into a row along the perimeter of the table. For Betsy Lerner, it was her routine by proxy. As a child, the Bridge Ladies, her mother Roz and her four best friends, were fascinatingly chic, with their frosted hair-dos and shiny nylons, serious about the game in a way that sent her tiptoeing around the corner of the living room. Later, when Betsy was a teenager, the women seemed hopelessly square and out of touch, perfectly content to sit idly as the sexual revolution erupted outside. And as an adult, comfortably established in New York City, living the dream of a successful career in publishing, to Betsy, the Bridge Ladies were a distant relic of her past - a moment in time around which her childhood and adolescent memories spun. Then, her husband accepted a job in New Haven, and she found herself right back where she started. Suddenly, as taking care of aging Roz became a bit more hands-on, the days of the Bridge Ladies came hurtling back, their Monday lunch and Bridge Club still ongoing for over fifty years. These were ladies of a particular point in time that bore no resemblance to our ADHD, iPhone-centric, self-obsessed twenty-first-century lives. They had accepted their lot in life and were grateful. They didn't talk about their problems, much less those involving sex, relationships, or their children. They had raised their families and cared for their husbands dutifully, and could make a pretty mean noodle kugel to boot. They were scholars in coral lipstick, collectively owning the secret to making the perfect matzoh ball. They missed out on sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, and produced the most entitled and indulged generation yet, the Baby Boomers (until their grandchildren came along, of course). No, these women weren't extraordinary, on paper. To Betsy, they once were the most boring people on the planet, but once she started looking, really looking, at them, that was the farthest thing from the truth. The Bridge Ladies is a group portrait of these women, what they've shared with each other over the past fifty years, but also what they keep to themselves. For them, pain has always been a private matter, and they've each seen plenty of it. And in discovering the secret lives of the Bridge Ladies, Betsy Lerner has found a way to fully understand the rocky path between her and her mother. Wildly perceptive and, in turns, hilarious and fearlessly vulnerable, Lerner's memoir is required reading for anyone who understands what the Bridge Ladies have just begun to teach her: in Betsy's words, Facebook may connect us across the world and throughout history, but it won't deliver a pot roast.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Bright Hour: a Memoir of Living & Dying
    Bright Hour: a Memoir of Living & Dying
    ISBN: 9781925498493
    Title: Bright Hour: a Memoir of Living & Dying
    Author: RIGGS NINA


    In 2015 poet and writer Nina Riggs was diagnosed with breast cancer, and it metastasised later that year. She was thirty-eight years old, married to the love of her life and the mother of two small boys; her mother had died only a few months earlier from multiple myeloma.


    The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dyingis Nina''s intimate, unflinching account of ''living with death in the room''. She tells her story in a series of absurd, poignant and often hilarious vignettes drawn from a life that has ''no real future or arc left to it, yet still goes on as if it does''.


    This unforgettable memoir leads the reader into the innermost chambers of the writer''s life: into the mind and heart, the work and home and family, of a young woman alternately seeking to make peace with and raging against the reality of her approaching death.


    ''Gorgeous and brave, Nina Riggs''s memoir explodes with life and insight even amid ruin - with lines so poetic they knocked the wind out of me. It''s heartbreaking, funny, clear-eyed, and entirely devoid of clich#65533;. This book is her hard-won treasure, and ours.'' Dr. Lucy Kalanithi



    ''How a woman can have this much emotional clarity and narrative power while fighting for her life should astonish every last one of us. Magical. Unforgettable.'' Kelly Corrigan

    ''Once I started this book, I couldn''t stop reading. Profound, absorbing, and often even funny, Nina Riggs''s memoir of living and dying is a meditation on life, family, and how to cram every day of our existence with what we love--no matter how much time we have left. Brilliant and illuminating.'' Gretchen Rubin


    ''Nina Riggs writes gorgeously and with astonishing clarity about her own terminal illness, about losing her mother, about her marriage and her children, about books that have guided her, and also about the often comical challenges of daily life as a busy parent. Riggs never shies away from describing the terrible sadness and messiness of her own dying, but also manages to suffuse this book with a miraculous blend of light and joy. This is an emotional journey told with raw honesty and also a sly sense of humour. The Bright Houris an instant classic that deserves to be read by everyone who loved When Breath BecomesAirby Paul Kalanithi and Being Mortalby Atul Guwande. Like those, here is a book about dying that has powerful lessons for everyone about how to live.'' Will Schwalbe

    ''Nina Riggs could have written a memoir about dying. Instead, she has given us a book exploding with life. Every page of The Bright Hour ("bright" the operative word here) is filled with the mysterious, messy, funny, heartbreaking stuff that only happens in the most loving of families. Clearly, hers is one. Writing with frank and exquisite honesty and a striking absence of sentimentality or self-pity in the final days of a terminal struggle, she explores everything from her children''s choice of Halloween costumes and her own, of a new sofa, to the essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Montaigne.& Though no doubt challenged by constant physical depletion and grief--a fact of her illness she chooses not to dwell on--Riggs emerges as a character whose ultimate victory will not take the form of beating cancer, but of refusing to allow cancer to destroy her life-embracing spirit.& As she allows us into her world of wig shopping and heart to heart conversations with her boys, it becomes impossible not to love this woman (also her quirky, tenderly rendered sons, and her quietly suffering husband, whose future remarriage she allows herself to envision). The tragedy of Riggs''s illness and impending death hangs over every page, but in the end, this is a book not about crushing loss but about the richness of love and its power to uplift and sustain us.& What a gift she has given to her family, and to any reader of this beautiful book." Joyce Maynard&



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded
    Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded
    ISBN: 9780751568677
    Title: Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded
    Author: HART HANNAH

    By combing through the journals that Hannah has kept for much of her life, this collection of narrative essays deliver a fuller picture of her life, her experiences, and the things she's figured out about family, faith, love, sexuality, self-worth, friendship and fame. Revealing what makes Hannah tick, this sometimes cringe-worthy, poignant collection of stories is sure to deliver plenty of Hannah's wit and wisdom, and hopefully encourage you to try your hand at her patented brand of reckless optimism. Personal note: Hello, my darlings! I am incredibly pleased to present BUFFERING: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded! As a big fan of memoirs, I wanted to try my hand at writing about the events of my life that deserve a little more consideration than can be accomplished in 140-characters or a 6-minute vlog. Now on the cusp of turning 30, I'm ready to expose some parts of my life that I haven't shared before. Before, it was all about privacy, process and time. And now the time has come! I'm ready to put myself out there, for you. I'm a little nervous about all these vulnerable words going into the world, these tales about my love life, the wrestling I've done with faith, how I feel about sex and my family and myself. I've had a lot of trials, a lot of errors, but also a lot of passion. Here's the thing - I've always found comfort in the stories shared by others, so I hope my stories, now that I feel ready to tell them, will bring you some comfort too. And when you read this book please remember: Buffering is just the time it takes to process. Enjoy! Love, Hannah

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Burning the Days Recollection
    Burning the Days Recollection
    ISBN: 9780394759487
    Title: Burning the Days Recollection
    Author: SALTER JAMES


    This brilliant memoir brings to life an entire era through the sensibility of one of America's finest authors. Recollecting fifty years of love, desire and friendship, Burning the Daystraces the life of a singular man, who starts out in Manhattan and comes of age in the skies over Korea, before reinventing himself as a writer in the New York of the 1960s. It features - in Salter's uniquely beautiful style - some of the most evocative pages about flying ever written, together with portraits of the actors, directors and authors who influenced him. This is a book that through its sheer sensual force not only recollects the past, but reclaims it.


    ‘A masterwork of memory, deeply impressive and deeply moving' Time Out


    ‘Salter writes wonderfully of a world most of his readers will never have known' Observer


    'A wise and sensual memoir. Salter writes his self-portrait by focusing on what has shaped him, by showing what he has loved and admired and feared to become in others. You cannot put it down' Michael Ondaatje



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
    $32.00
  • Burning the Days: Recollection
    Burning the Days: Recollection
    ISBN: 9781447250708
    Title: Burning the Days: Recollection
    Author: SALTER JAMES

    This brilliant memoir brings to life an entire era through the sensibility of one of America's finest authors. Recollecting fifty years of love, desire and friendship, Burning the Days traces the life of a singular man, who starts out in Manhattan and comes of age in the skies over Korea, before reinventing himself as a writer in the New York of the 1960s. It features - in Salter's uniquely beautiful style - some of the most evocative pages about flying ever written, together with portraits of the actors, directors and authors who influenced him. This is a book that through its sheer sensual force not only recollects the past, but reclaims it.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Burying the Typewriter: Childhood Under the Eye of the Secret Police
    Burying the Typewriter: Childhood Under the Eye of the Secret Police
    ISBN: 9781447210849
    Title: Burying the Typewriter: Childhood Under the Eye of the Secret Police
    Author: BUGAN CARMEN

    Winner of the Bakeless Prize for Nonfiction, a childhood memoir of political oppression and persecution during Romania's Ceausescu years Carmen Bugan grew up amid the bounty of the Romanian countryside on her grandparent's farm where food and laughter were plentiful. But eventually her father's behavior was too disturbing to ignore. He wept when listening to Radio Free Europe, hid pamphlets in sacks of dried beans, and mysteriously buried and reburied a typewriter. When she discovered he was a political dissident she became anxious for him to conform. However, with her mother in the hospital and her sister at boarding school, she was alone, and helpless to stop him from driving off on one last, desperate protest. After her father's subsequent imprisonment, Bugan was shunned by her peers at school and informed on by her neighbors. She candidly struggled with the tensions of loving her "hero" father who caused the family so much pain. When he returned from prison and the family was put under house arrest, the Bugans were forced to chart a new course for the future. A warm and intelligent debut, Burying the Typewriterprovides a poignant reminder of a dramatic moment in Eastern European history.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • But You Did Not Come Back
    But You Did Not Come Back
    ISBN: 9780571328017
    Title: But You Did Not Come Back
    Author: LORIDAN-IVENS MARCELINE; SMITH SANDRA (TRANSLATOR)

    A runaway bestseller in France, But You Did Not Come Back is the deeply moving memoir of a survivor of the Holocaust.'I was quite a cheerful person, you know, in spite of what happened to us.'In 1944, at the age of fifteen, Marceline Loridan-Ivens was arrested in occupied France, along with her father. They were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland. When they arrived, they were forcibly separated. Though he managed to smuggle a last note to her via an electrician, she never spoke to him again.But You Did Not Come Back is Marceline's letter to the father she would never know as an adult, to the man whose death has enveloped her life. With poignant honesty, she tells him of the events that have continued to haunt her, of the collapse of their family, and of her efforts to find a place in a changing world.This is a breathtaking memoir by an extraordinary woman, and an intimate and deeply moving message from a daughter to her father.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • But You Did Not Come Back
    But You Did Not Come Back
    ISBN: 9780571328024
    Title: But You Did Not Come Back
    Author: LORIDAN-IVENS MARCELINE

    In 1944, at the age of fifteen, Marceline Loridan-Ivens was arrested in occupied France, along with her father. They were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland, and forcibly separated. Though he managed to smuggle one last note to her, Marceline never spoke to her father again. But You Did Not Come Back is Marceline's letter to the father she would never know as an adult. This is a breath-taking memoir by an extraordinary woman, and a deeply moving message from a daughter to a father.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Butterfly: From Refugee to Olympian, My Story of Rescue, Hope & Triumph
    Butterfly: From Refugee to Olympian, My Story of Rescue, Hope & Triumph
    ISBN: 9781509881680
    Title: Butterfly: From Refugee to Olympian, My Story of Rescue, Hope & Triumph
    Author: MARDINI YUSRA

    "Being a refugee is not a choice. Our choice is to die at home or risk death trying to escape." - Yusra MardiniYusra Mardini fled her native Syria to the Turkish coast in 2015 and boarded a small dinghy full of refugees bound for Greece. When the small and overcrowded boat's engine cut out, it began to sink. Yusra, her sister and two others took to the water, pushing the boat for three and a half hours in open water until they eventually landed on Lesbos, saving the lives of the passengers aboard. This is the story of that remarkable woman, whose journey started in a war-torn suburb of Damascus and took her through Europe to Berlin and from there to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Yusra Mardini is an athlete, one of People magazine's 25 women changing the world, a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and one of Time Magazine's 30 most influential teens of 2016.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Call the Midwife: a True Story of the East End in the 1950s Tv Tie-in #1
    Call the Midwife: a True Story of the East End in the 1950s Tv Tie-in #1
    ISBN: 9780753827871
    Title: Call the Midwife: a True Story of the East End in the 1950s Tv Tie-in #1
    Author: WORTH JENNIFER

    Jennifer Worth came from a sheltered background when she became a midwife in the Docklands in the 1950s. The conditions in which many women gave birth just half a century ago were horrifying, not only because of their grimly impoverished surroundings, but also because of what they were expected to endure. But while Jennifer witnessed brutality and tragedy, she also met with amazing kindness and understanding, tempered by a great deal of Cockney humour. She also earned the confidences of some whose lives were truly stranger, more poignant and more terrifying than could ever be recounted in fiction. Attached to an order of nuns who had been working in the slums since the 1870s, Jennifer tells the story not only of the women she treated, but also of the community of nuns (including one who was accused of stealing jewels from Hatton Garden) and the camaraderie of the midwives with whom she trained. Funny, disturbing and incredibly moving, Jennifer's stories bring to life the colourful world of the East End in the 1950s.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Captive Mind
    Captive Mind
    ISBN: 9780141186764
    Title: Captive Mind
    Author: MILOSZ CZESLAW

    Written in Paris in the early 1950s, this book created instant controversy in its analysis of modern society as one that had allowed itself to accept totalitarian terror on the strength of a hypothetical future, and continues to have relevance today.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • Caribbean Chemistry: Tales from St Kitts
    Caribbean Chemistry: Tales from St Kitts
    ISBN: 9781899999453
    Title: Caribbean Chemistry: Tales from St Kitts
    Author: VANIER CHRISTOPHER

    Ah, to be an embryo again. Vanier's story begins where we all begin: conception. This delightful piece of life writing, set on the Caribbean island of St Kitts, recalls the mischief of Vanier s childhood: sneaking out to the cinema after school hours, throwing stones at a passing car, disastrous experiments involving various acids and a rocket. Is this boy lost in the plain sailing of childhood or can he turn his curiosity into Caribbean Chemistry? This is a story of self-discovery, told candidly in language rich enough to eat: Breadfruit, breadnut, bamboo, lignum vitae, marouba, weedee, and calabash. Funny and engaging, a story about breaking the barriers of identity and finding them again. A rare view of the emigrants tale.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $31.00
    $31.00
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