• Fathers & Sons
    Fathers & Sons
    ISBN: 9781509812165
    Title: Fathers & Sons

    Was he thinking, do I have to be this kind of boy to survive? Is this what being a boy is?As a boy growing up on the south coast of England, Howard Cunnell's sense of self was dominated by his father's absence. Now, years later, he is a father, and his daughter is becoming his son. Starting with his own childhood in the Sussex beachlands, Howard tells the story of the years of self-destruction that defined his young adulthood and the escape he found in reading and the natural world. Still he felt compelled to destroy the relationships that mattered to him. Saved by love and responsibility, Cunnell charts his journey from anger to compassion, as his daughter Jay realizes he is a boy, and a son. Most of all, this is a story about love - its necessity and fragility, and its unequalled capacity to enable us to be who we are. Deeply thoughtful, searingly honest and exquisitely lyrical, Fathers & Sons is an exploration of fatherhood, masculinity, authenticity and family.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $42.00
  • Feeding on Dreams
    Feeding on Dreams
    ISBN: 9780522861853
    Title: Feeding on Dreams

    Hailed by Salman Rushdie as "one of the most important voices coming out of Latin America", the bestselling author and human rights activist Ariel Dorfman delivers a memoir excavating for the first time his profound and provocative journey as an exile. In September 1973, the military took power in Chile, and Ariel Dorfman, allied to deposed president Salvador Allende, was forced to flee for his life. FEEDING ON DREAMS is the story of the transformative decades of exile that followed. Dorfman portrays, through visceral scenes and powerful intellect, the personal and political maelstroms underlying his migrations from Buenos Aires, on the run from Pinochet's death squads, to safe houses in Paris and Amsterdam, and eventually to America, his childhood home. And then, seventeen years after he was forced to leave, there is a yearned-for return to Chile, with an unimaginable outcome. The toll on Dorfman's wife and two sons, the "earthquake of language" that is bilingualism, and his eventual questioning of his allegiance to past and party - all these crucibles of a life in exile are revealed with wry and startling honesty. FEEDING ON DREAMS is a passionate reminder that "we are all exiles," that we are all "threatened with annihilation if we do not find and celebrate the refuge of common humanity", as Dorfman did during his "decades of loss and resurrection".

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Fierce Attachments
    Fierce Attachments
    ISBN: 9781907970658
    Title: Fierce Attachments

    Vivian Gornick's relationship with her mother is difficult. At the age of forty-five, she regularly meets her mother for strolls along the streets of Manhattan. Occasionally they'll hit a pleasant stride - fondly recalling a shared nostalgia or chuckling over a mutual disgust - but most often their walks are tinged with contempt, irritation, and rages so white hot her mother will stop strangers on the street and say, 'This is my daughter. She hates me'.

    Weaving between their tempestuous present-day jaunts and the author's memories of the past, Gornick traces her lifelong struggle for independence from her mother - from growing up in a blue-collar tenement house in the Bronx in the 1940s, to newlywed grad student, to established journalist - only to discover the many ways in which she is (and always has been) her mother's daughter.

    Fierce Attachments is a searingly honest and intimate memoir about coming of age in a big city, and the perpetual bonds that keep us forever linked to our family.

    'Admired, rightly, as "timeless" and "classic" . . . Fierce Attachments demands honour as the work of a breathtaking technician.' - Jonathan Lethem

    'A fine, unflinchingly honest book . . . The story of an abiding, difficult love, full of grace and fire.' - New York Times

    'Brimming with life . . . Fierce Attachments is a work of emotional cartography, charting influences and mapping out a proximate territory of the Self.' - Los Angeles Times

    'One hesitates to traffic in such stock reviewer's adjectives as "brilliant", "an American classic", but there are only so many words with which to say how very good this book is.' - Washington Post

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Fierce Femmes & Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir
    Fierce Femmes & Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir
    ISBN: 9780994047137
    Title: Fierce Femmes & Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir
    Author: THOM KAI CHENG

    The highly sensational, ultra-exciting, sort-of true coming-of-age story of a young Asian trans girl, pathological liar, and kung-fu expert who runs away from her parents' abusive home in a rainy city called Gloom. Striking off on her own, she finds her true family in a group of larger-than-life trans femmes who live in a mysterious pleasure district known only as the Street of Miracles. Under the wings of this fierce and fabulous flock, the protagonist blossoms into the woman she has always dreamed of being, with a little help from the unscrupulous Doctor Crocodile. When one of their number is brutally murdered, she joins her sisters in forming a vigilante gang to fight back against the transphobes, violent johns, and cops that stalk the Street of Miracles. But when things go terribly wrong, she must find the truth within herself in order to stop the violence and discover what it really means to grow up and find your family.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $49.00
  • Fig at the Gate the Joys of Friendship, Gardening & the Gaining of Wisdom
    Fig at the Gate the Joys of Friendship, Gardening & the Gaining of Wisdom
    ISBN: 9781760292560
    Title: Fig at the Gate the Joys of Friendship, Gardening & the Gaining of Wisdom

    A deeply satisfying diary of gardening, family, friends, ageing and renewal.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Finding Family: My Search for Roots & Secrets in My DNA
    Finding Family: My Search for Roots & Secrets in My DNA
    ISBN: 9781945547393
    Title: Finding Family: My Search for Roots & Secrets in My DNA
    Author: HILL RICHARD

    Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA is the highly suspenseful account of an adoptee trying to reclaim the biological family denied him by sealed birth records. This fascinating quest, including the author's landmark use of DNA testing, takes readers on an exhilarating roller-coaster ride and concludes with a twist that rivals anything Hollywood has to offer.

    In the vein of a classic mystery, Hill gathers the seemingly scant evidence surrounding the circumstances of his birth. As his resolve shores up, the author also avails of new friends, genealogists, the Internet, and the latest DNA tests in the new field of genetic genealogy. As he closes in on the truth of his ancestry, he is able to construct a living, breathing portrait of the young woman who was faced with the decision to forsake her rights to her child, and ultimately the man whose identity had remained hidden for decades.

    Finding Family offers guidance, insight, and motivation for anyone engaged in a similar mission, from ways to obtain information to the many networks that can facilitate adoption searches. The book includes a detailed guide to DNA and genetic genealogy and how they can produce irrefutable results in determining genetic connections and help adoptees bypass sealed records and similar stumbling blocks.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Fingers in the Sparkle Jar
    Fingers in the Sparkle Jar
    ISBN: 9781785033483
    Title: Fingers in the Sparkle Jar

    Every minute was magical, every single thing it did was fascinating and everything it didn't do was equally wondrous, and to be sat there, with a Kestrel, a real live Kestrel, my own real live Kestrel on my wrist! I felt like I'd climbed through a hole in heaven's fence.

    An introverted, unusual young boy, isolated by his obsessions and a loner at school, Chris Packham only felt himself in the fields and woods around his suburban home. But when he stole a young Kestrel from its nest, he was about to embark on a friendship that would teach him what it meant to love, and that would change him forever. In his rich, lyrical and emotionally exposing memoir, Chris brings to life his childhood in the 70s, from his bedroom bursting with fox skulls, birds' eggs and sweaty jam jars, to his feral adventures. But pervading his story is the search for freedom, meaning and acceptance in a world that didnâe(tm)t understand him.

    Beautifully wrought, this coming-of-age memoir will be unlike any you've ever read.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
  • Fish Ladder: a Journey Upstream
    Fish Ladder: a Journey Upstream
    ISBN: 9781408859247
    Title: Fish Ladder: a Journey Upstream

    Katharine Norbury was abandoned as a baby in a Liverpool convent. Raised by loving adoptive parents, she grew into a wanderer, drawn by the landscape of the British countryside. One summer, following the miscarriage of a much-longed-for child, Katharine sets out - accompanied by her nine-year-old daughter, Evie - with the idea of following a river from the sea to its source. The luminously observed landscape provides both a constant and a context to their expeditions. But what begins as a diversion from grief soon evolves into a journey to the source of life itself, when a chance circumstance forces Katharine to the door of the woman who gave her up all those years ago.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Fish Ladder: a Journey Upstream
    Fish Ladder: a Journey Upstream
    ISBN: 9781408859261
    Title: Fish Ladder: a Journey Upstream

    Katharine Norbury was abandoned as a baby in a Liverpool convent. Raised by a loving adoptive family, she grew into a wanderer, drawn by the landscape of the British countryside.

    One summer, following the miscarriage of a much-longed-for child, Katharine sets out--accompanied by her nine-year-old daughter, Evie--with the idea of following a river from the sea to its source. The luminously observed landscape grounds the walkers, providing both a constant and a context to their expeditions. But what begins as a diversion from grief evolves into a journey to the source of life itself: a life threatening illness forces Katharine to seek a genetic medical history, and this new and unexpected path delivers her to the door of the woman who abandoned her all those years ago.

    Combining travelogue, memoir, exquisite nature writing, and fragments of poems with tales from Celtic mythology, "The Fish Ladder" has a rare emotional resonance. It is a portrait of motherhood, of a literary marriage, a hymn to the adoptive family, but perhaps most of all it is an exploration of the extraordinary majesty of the natural world. Imbued with a keen and joyful intelligence, this original and life-affirming book is set to become a classic of its genre.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00

  • Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, & Ford
    Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, & Ford
    ISBN: 9781476794143
    Title: Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, & Ford

    The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Kennedy and Me and Five Days in November reflects on his seventeen years on the Secret Service for presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford.

    The assassination of one president, the resignation of another, and the swearing-in of the two who followed those traumatic events. Clint Hill was there, on duty, through Five Presidents.

    After an extraordinary career as a Special Agent on the White House Detail, Clint Hill retired in 1975. His career spanned the administrations of Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford. A witness to some of the most pivotal moments in the twentieth century, Hill lets you walk in his shoes alongside the most powerful men in the world during tumultuous times in America's history--the Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate; and the resignations of Vice President Spiro Agnew and President Nixon.

    It was indeed a turbulent time--and through it all, Clint Hill had a unique insider perspective. His fascinating stories will shed new light on the character and personality of each of these five presidents, as Hill witnesses their human sides in the face of grave decisions.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
  • Flame Trees of Thika
    Flame Trees of Thika
    ISBN: 9780712666138
    Title: Flame Trees of Thika

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Food & Loathing
    Food & Loathing
    ISBN: 9780349008479
    Title: Food & Loathing
    Author: LERNER BETSY

    In FOOD AND LOATHING a bright, chubby girl believes that thinness is next to godliness and so attends one of the first meetings of Overeaters Anonymous in 1975. Her twenties are marked by yo-yo dieting, depressive episodes and a sadistic shrink. Then, just as her dream of being a writer is within reach, entering Columbia's prestigious MFA program, she spirals into a suicidal depression and lands for a six-month stay at New York State Psychiatric Institute. There a young resident helps her take her first steps towards selfhood, unravelling the self-loathing of an eating disorder coupled with a paralysing mood disorder. He also helps her confront a tragic family secret whose silence had enveloped an otherwise average Jewish middle-class family.

    FOOD AND LOATHING is a book about how people use food to narcotise, to love and to escape. It's about therapy - the good, the bad, and the down right destructive - and about every woman who spends too much of her life thinking about her weight and how she can forgive herself for living - and even learn to love.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • For You Mom, Finally
    For You Mom, Finally
    ISBN: 9780143117346
    Title: For You Mom, Finally
    Author: REICHL RUTH

    Bestselling author Ruth Reichl examines her mother's life-and gives voice to the unarticulated truths of a generation of exceptional women
    A former New York Times restaurant critic, editor in chief of Gourmet, and the author of three bestselling memoirs, Ruth Reichl is a beloved cultural figure in the food world and beyond. For You, Mom. Finally. is her openhearted investigation of the life of a woman she realizes she never really knew-her mother. Through letters and diaries-and a new afterword relating the wisdom she's gained after sharing her story-Reichl confronts the transition her mother made from a hopeful young woman to an increasingly unhappy older one and recognizes the huge sacrifices made to ensure that her daughter's life would not be as disappointing as her own.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Foreign Correspondence: A Pen Pal's Journey from Down Under to All Over
    Foreign Correspondence: A Pen Pal's Journey from Down Under to All Over
    ISBN: 9781863256131
    Title: Foreign Correspondence: A Pen Pal's Journey from Down Under to All Over

    As a young girl in a working-class neighborhood of Sydney, Australia, Geraldine Brooks longed to discover the places where history happens and culture comes from, so she enlisted pen pals who offered her a window on adolescence in the Middle East, Europe, and America. Twenty years later Brooks, an award-winning foreign correspondent, embarked on a human treasure hunt to find her pen friends. She found men and women whose lives had been shaped by war and hatred, by fame and notoriety, and by the ravages of mental illness. Intimate, moving, and often humorous, Foreign Correspondence speaks to the unquiet heart of every girl who has ever yearned to become a woman of the world.

    From the Trade Paperback edition.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Forged from Silver Dollar : One Family's Epic Tale of Survival in Tumultuous Twentieth-century China
    Forged from Silver Dollar : One Family's Epic Tale of Survival in Tumultuous Twentieth-century China
    ISBN: 9780733632310
    Title: Forged from Silver Dollar : One Family's Epic Tale of Survival in Tumultuous Twentieth-century China
    Author: FENG LI

    Li Feng grew up in Mao's communist China with her mother's motto burning in her ears - success demands two things: unconditional sacrifice and absolute mental focus. Finally breaking free of her mother's overbearing clutches and fleeing to Sydney as an adult, Li struggled to make sense of her own lost childhood by piecing together her family's history. What she found was a heartbreaking tale of love and loss that echoed across four generations of women - from Silver Dollar, who fought to regain her dignity and change her destiny after being sold into a loveless marriage at the age of 13; to Ming Xiu, who was forced to make a choice no mother should ever have to make following the execution of her husband; to Li's mother Rong, who grew up as an outcast on the periphery of society but never gave up hope of a better life for herself and for her daughters. Despite economic and political upheaval, these women battled to offer their children a better future through sheer determination in the face of unimaginable adversity. FORGED FROM SILVER DOLLAR is an inspiring true story about modern China, iron will and the strength of a mother's love.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Forty Autumns: a Family's Story of Courage & Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall
    Forty Autumns: a Family's Story of Courage & Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall
    ISBN: 9781408707272
    Title: Forty Autumns: a Family's Story of Courage & Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall
    Author: WILLNER NINA

    When Nina's mother Hanna was just twenty years old, she escaped to West Germany with nothing more than a small satchel and the clothes on her back. It was the dawn of the Cold War. Hanna left her parents, siblings and everything she had ever known behind.

    FORTY AUTUMNS traces the dramatic lives of the family on both sides of the Iron Curtain. Hanna eventually moved to America where she gave birth to Nina and her brother. Years after Hanna's brave escape to the West, Nina found herself working as an Army Intelligence officer in Berlin, leading secret operations just miles away from the family her mother left behind all those years ago.

    Rich in drama and beautifully evocative, Nina takes us deep into the tumultuous and stifling world of East Germany under Communist rule, revealing both the cruel reality her relatives endured and her own experiences as an intelligence officer. FORTY AUTUMNS is an incredible story that perfectly captures what it was like to live in a world divided in two.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Four Seasons in Rome: on Twins, Insomnia, & the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World
    Four Seasons in Rome: on Twins, Insomnia, & the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World
    ISBN: 9781416573166
    Title: Four Seasons in Rome: on Twins, Insomnia, & the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World

    Anthony Doerr has received many awards -- from the New York Public Library, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Library Association. Then came the Rome Prize, one of the most prestigious awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and with it a stipend and a writing studio in Rome for a year. Doerr learned of the award the day he and his wife returned from the hospital with newborn twins. Exquisitely observed, Four Seasons in Rome describes Doerr's varied adventures in one of the most enchanting cities in the world. He reads Pliny, Dante, and Keats -- the chroniclers of Rome who came before him -- and visits the piazzas, temples, and ancient cisterns they describe. He attends the vigil of a dying Pope John Paul II and takes his twins to the Pantheon in December to wait for snow to fall through the oculus. He and his family are embraced by the butchers, grocers, and bakers of the neighborhood, whose clamor of stories and idiosyncratic child-rearing advice is as compelling as the city itself. This intimate and revelatory book is a celebration of Rome, a wondrous look at new parenthood, and a fascinating story of a writer's craft -- the process by which he transforms what he sees and experiences into sentences.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
  • Francis Bacon in Your Blood: a Memoir
    Francis Bacon in Your Blood: a Memoir
    ISBN: 9781408856246
    Title: Francis Bacon in Your Blood: a Memoir

    Deeply intimate memoir-biography of the most important artist of the twentieth century
    It's a story I have been wanting to write for a long time, telling it as it really was, before that whole world vanishes and is retold by those who were never there...

    Michael Peppiatt first met Francis Bacon in June 1963 in Soho's French House where, as a young student, he persuaded the photograher John Deakin to introduce him to the famous artist. Whisked to Wheeler's, Peppiatt was immediately caught up in Bacon's whirl, and there, over oysters and white wine, the first of hundreds of conversations soared; the first steps towards a friendship with the controversial painter which would endure for thirty years.

    From Bacon's first electrifying early exhibitions - notably the major impact of his 1971 Paris reprospective, the very day Bacon's lover George Dyer was found dead in their hotel room - through the chaos of drink, drugs and gambling; predatory homosexuals, furtive clubs and East End criminals - Peppiatt was exhilarated by the freedom, vitality and artistic brilliance of the man who created such provocative, alarming work, the defining images of our times.

    This is the story of two lives intertwined; not a birth-to-death narrative, but a series of moments at which the intensity that Bacon radiated transformed Peppiatt's life. Intimate and revelatory, the seamier sides of Bacon and the London art scene are here in all their glory, the harshness and despair balanced by profound admiration.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Freedom Fighter
    Freedom Fighter
    ISBN: 9781786494368
    Title: Freedom Fighter

    The gripping story of one woman's war against ISIS on the frontlines of Syria.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Freedom: My Book of Firsts
    Freedom: My Book of Firsts
    ISBN: 9781471158520
    Title: Freedom: My Book of Firsts

    Freedom: My Book of Firsts, a memoir by Jaycee Lee Dugard, the bestselling author of A Stolen Life, whose widely acclaimed account of being kidnapped at age 11 and remaining a prisoner for 18 years became an international bestseller in 2011.
    & The kidnapping of Ms. Dugard occurred on June 10, 1991 in South Lake Tahoe, California, as she was walking from her home to her school bus stop. She was 11-years-old at the time.& She remained missing for 18 years, until 2009, when her captor, a convicted sex offender, was arrested.
    & In her new book, Ms. Dugard will tell the story of her first experiences after years in captivity: the joys that accompanied her newfound freedom and the challenges of adjusting to life on her own.& "There is life after something tragic happens," Ms. Dugard said. "Life doesn't have to end if you don't want it to. It's all in how you look at it. Somehow, I still believe that we each hold the key to our own happiness and you have to grab it where you can in whatever form it might take."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, & Finding Home
    From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, & Finding Home
    ISBN: 9781982133900
    Title: From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, & Finding Home
    Author: LOCKE TEMBI

    A poignant and transporting cross-cultural love story set against the lush backdrop of the Sicilian countryside, where one woman discovers the healing powers of food, family, and unexpected grace in her darkest hour.

    It was love at first sight when Tembi met professional chef, Saro, on a street in Florence. There was just one problem: Saro's traditional Sicilian family did not approve of him marrying a black American woman, an actress no less. However, the couple, heartbroken but undeterred, forges on. They build a happy life in Los Angeles, with fulfilling careers, deep friendships and the love of their lives: a baby girl they adopt at birth. Eventually, they reconcile with Saro's family just as he faces a formidable cancer that will consume all their dreams.

    From Scratch chronicles three summers Tembi spends in Sicily with her daughter, Zoela, as she begins to piece together a life without her husband in his tiny hometown hamlet of farmers. Where once Tembi was estranged from Saro's family and his origins, now she finds solace and nourishment--literally and spiritually--at her mother in law's table. In the Sicilian countryside, she discovers the healing gifts of simple fresh food, the embrace of a close knit community, and timeless traditions and wisdom that light a path forward. All along the way she reflects on her and Saro's incredible romance--an indelible love story that leaps off the pages.

    In Sicily, it is said that every story begins with a marriage or a death--in Tembi Locke's case, it is both. Her story is about loss, but it's really about love found. Her story is about travel, but it's really about finding a home. It is about food, but it's really about chasing flavor as an act of remembrance. From Scratch is for anyone who has dared to reach for big love, fought for what mattered most, and needed a powerful reminder that life is...delicious.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00

  • From the Corner of the Oval Office: One Woman's True Story of Her Accidental Career in the Obama White House
    From the Corner of the Oval Office: One Woman's True Story of Her Accidental Career in the Obama White House
    ISBN: 9781784164126
    Title: From the Corner of the Oval Office: One Woman's True Story of Her Accidental Career in the Obama White House

    'If you've ever felt like you were out of your element, in over your head or working without a net, you will love this book. Funny, fast-paced, and so emotionally true it hurts.' Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black
    Guidelines for aspiring stenographers-
    Neutral tones set the tone
    Be discreet and neat - like a librarian or well-paid prostitute
    Breathe quietly or not at all
    Above all else, keep the secrets to yourself...

    In 2012, Beck Dorey-Stein was just scraping by in Washington DC when an unusual job interview landed her in the Oval Office as one of Barack Obama's stenographers. She joined the elite team who accompanied the President wherever he went, recorder and mic in hand. On whirlwind trips across time zones, Beck forged friendships with a tight group of fellow travellers - young men and women who, like her, left their real lives behind to hop aboard Air Force One in service of the President. But as she learned the ropes of protocol, Beck became romantically entangled with a colleague, and suddenly, the political became all too personal.

    Set against the backdrop of a White House full of glamour, drama and intrigue, this is the story of a young woman making unlikely friendships, getting her heart broken, learning what truly matters and discovering her voice in the process.
    Praise for From the Corner of the Oval Office
    'Who knew the West Wing could be so sexy? Beck's unparalleled access is obvious on every page, along with her knife-sharp humour... Lots of books claim to give real insider glimpses, but this one actually delivers.'
    Lauren Weisberger, author of The Devil Wears Prada

    'This memoir is good and gossipy, will make you wish that you got to hang out with Barack and Michelle on a daily basis and is the missing link between The West Wing and Bridget Jones's Diary.' Red

    'Set against the backdrop of a White House full of glamour, drama and intrigue, this is the story of a young woman making unlikely friendships, getting her heart broken, learning what truly matters and discovering her voice in the process.' GLAMOUR's Best Books of 2018

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Full Marks for Trying
    Full Marks for Trying
    ISBN: 9781408852279
    Title: Full Marks for Trying

    Brigid Keenan was never destined to lead a normal life. From her early beginnings - a colourful childhood in India brought to an abrupt end by independence and partition, then a return to dreary post-war England and on to a finishing school in Paris with daughters of presidents and princes - ordinary didn't seem to be her fate. When, as a ten-year-old, she overheard her mother describe her as 'desperately plain', she decided then and there that she had to rely on something different: glamour, eccentricity, character, a career - anything, so as not to end up at the bottom of the pile. And in classic Brigid style, she somehow ended up with them all.Fate often gave Brigid a helping hand - in the late fifties, in her teens, she landed a job as an assistant at the Daily Express in London, and by the tender age of twenty-one she was a Fashion Editor at the Sunday Times. It was the dawn of the swinging sixties, and London was the place to be. Brigid worked with David Bailey and Jean Shrimpton, had her hair cut by Vidal Sassoon, drove around London in a mini-van, covered the Paris Collections and was labelled a 'Young Meteor' by the press. Despite always trying her hardest, Brigid's enthusiasm - and occasional naivete - could lead to embarrassing moments, such as when she turned up to report on the Vietnam war in a mini skirt .Candid, wickedly funny and surprisingly touching, Full Marks for Trying is a coming-of-age memoir that will delight, entertain, and make you cry with laughter.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
  • Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo: Not a Depressing Misery Memoir
    Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo: Not a Depressing Misery Memoir
    ISBN: 9781780723532
    Title: Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo: Not a Depressing Misery Memoir

    A unique memoir that cuts through the cancer taboo
    Many people like to describe cancer as a journey, but cancer, or any illness, is more than a journey, it is an exploration of a new country, a whole continent where the maps are still decorated with fuzzy borders and ‘here be dragons’ scrawled across great swathes of Terra Incognita.

    Ileana von Hirsch started writing a journal as a way to entertain herself and a few friends while dealing with breast cancer. But she soon realised that what she was going through was not only lifting herself up, but was making her friends and fellow patients laugh too.

    This is the no-nonsense down-to-earth book that every cancer patient and relative ought to read – the anti-misery memoir, as Ileana puts it, ‘that is safe to send to and be read by cancer patients’.

    Cancer is not a country that people set out to visit, but if you suddenly find yourself dumped onto its shores, this book gives you a perspective and tips on how to explore your new home – and have a laugh or two on the way.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • Gaia Calls South Sea Voices Dolphins Sharks & Rainforests
    Gaia Calls South Sea Voices Dolphins Sharks & Rainforests
    ISBN: 9781611250053
    Title: Gaia Calls South Sea Voices Dolphins Sharks & Rainforests
    Author: DOAK WADE

    Heed the Call...
    Wade Doak, an internationally known marine biologist, dolphin researcher, and explorer, with his wife, Jan, have over one hundred years of underwater exploration between them. Their generation was the first to scuba dive and document the undersea world. Wade has written eighteen books and has been involved with multiple TV films on fish, marine life, and South Seas exploration. He continues to explore the beauty of the New Zealand coastline where he has been diving and living for most of his life. Learn more at WadeDoak.com.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $31.00
  • Gamekeeper
    ISBN: 9781471159244
    Title: Gamekeeper

    The H is for Hawk for lovers of the outdoors and wildlife. A fascinating memoir of Scotland's first-ever qualified female gamekeeper.
    & Portia Simpson grew up outdoors, always preferring to climb trees than play indoors. Talented and driven, she became the first female to graduate as a Gamekeeper and Wildlife Manager. In this wonderful memoir, Portia tells the story of how she first broke into a traditionally conservative, male-dominated profession and the skills, training and dedication that helped to set her apart. She gives an intimate account of a life filled with stunning landscapes, heart-wrenching lows and magnificent highs, and shares her expert insight into the world of game keeping. Offering a sense of wonder at the mystique and natural beauty of the wild, this is a fascinating and unique look at the life of the& huntswoman.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • Getting Off One Woman's Journey Through Sex & Porn Addiction
    Getting Off One Woman's Journey Through Sex & Porn Addiction
    ISBN: 9781501163395
    Title: Getting Off One Woman's Journey Through Sex & Porn Addiction
    Author: GARZA ERICA

    "Erica Garza has written a riveting, can't-look-away memoir of a life lived hardcore...In an era when predatory male sexual behavior has finally become a topic of urgent national discourse...Getting Off makes for a wild, timely read" (Elle).

    A fixation on porn and orgasm, strings of failed relationships and serial hook-ups with strangers, inevitable blackouts to blunt the shame--these are not things we often hear women share publicly, and not with the candor, eloquence, and introspection Erica Garza brings to Getting Off.

    What sets this courageous and riveting account apart from your typical misery memoir is the absence of any precipitating trauma beyond the garden variety of hurt we've all had to endure in simply becoming a person--reckoning with family, learning to be social, integrating what it means to be sexual. Whatever tenor of violence or abuse Erica's life took on through her behavior was of her own making, fueled by fear, guilt, self-loathing, self-pity, loneliness, and the hopelessness those feelings brought on as she runs from one side of the world to the other in an effort to break her habits--from East Los Angeles to Hawaii and Southeast Asia, through the brothels of Bangkok and the yoga studios of Bali to disappointing stabs at therapy and twelve-steps back home. In these remarkable pages, Garza draws an evocative, studied portrait of the anxiety that fuels her obsessions, as well as the exhilaration and hope she begins to feel when she suspects she might be free of them.

    Getting Off offers a brave and necessary voice to our evolving conversations about addiction and the impact that internet culture has had on us all--"a profoundly genuine, gripping story that any reader can appreciate" (Vice). "In reading Garza's insight into her own experiences, we better understand ourselves" (The New York Times Book Review).

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00

  • Girl from Aleppo: Nujeen's Escape from War to Freedom
    Girl from Aleppo: Nujeen's Escape from War to Freedom
    ISBN: 9780008192815
    Title: Girl from Aleppo: Nujeen's Escape from War to Freedom

    Previously published as 'Nujeen'

    'She is our hero. Everyone must read her story. She will inspire you' Malala Yousafzai

    An inspiring tale of a young disabled girl and her escape from the hell of war.

    Nujeen Mustafa has cerebral palsy and cannot walk. This did not stop her braving inconceivable odds to travel in her wheelchair from Syria in search of a new life. Sharing her full story for the first time, Nujeen recounts the details of her childhood and disability, as well as the specifics of her harrowing journey across the Mediterranean to Greece and finally to Germany to seek an education and the medical treatment she needs.

    Nujeen's story has already touched millions and in this book written with Christina Lamb, bestselling co-author of 'I Am Malala', she helps to put a human face on a global emergency.

    Trapped in a fifth floor apartment in Aleppo and unable to go to school, she taught herself to speak English by watching US television. As civil war between Assad's forces and ISIS militants broke out around them, Nujeen and her family fled first to her native Kobane, then Turkey before they joined thousands of displaced persons in a journey to Europe and asylum. She wanted to come to Europe, she said, to become an astronaut, to meet the Queen and to learn how to walk.

    In her strong, positive voice, Nujeen tells the story of what it is really like to be a refugee, to have grown up in a dictatorship only for your life to be blighted by war; to have left a beloved homeland to become dependent on others. It is the story of our times told through the incredible bravery of one remarkable girl determined to keep smiling.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Girl in the Woods: a Memoir
    Girl in the Woods: a Memoir
    ISBN: 9780062291073
    Title: Girl in the Woods: a Memoir
    Author: MATIS ASPEN

    Girl in the Woods is Aspen Matis's exhilarating true-life adventure of hiking from Mexico to Canada-a coming-of-age story, a survival story, and a triumphant story of overcoming emotional devastation. On her second night of college, Aspen was raped by a fellow student. Overprotected by her parents who discouraged her from speaking of the attack, Aspen was confused and ashamed. Dealing with a problem that has sadly become all too common on college campuses around the country, she stumbled through her first semester-a challenging time made even harder by the coldness of her college's "conflict mediation" process. Her desperation growing, she made a bold decision: She would seek healing in the freedom of the wild, on the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail leading from Mexico to Canada.

    In this inspiring memoir, Aspen chronicles her journey, a five-month trek that was ambitious, dangerous, and transformative. A nineteen-year-old girl alone and lost, she conquered desolate mountain passes and met rattlesnakes, bears, and fellow desert pilgrims. Exhausted after each thirty-mile day, at times on the verge of starvation, Aspen was forced to confront her numbness, coming to terms with the sexual assault and her parents' disappointing reaction. On the trail she found her strength, and after a thousand miles of solitude, she found a man who helped her learn to love and trust again-and heal.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War & What Comes After
    Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War & What Comes After
    ISBN: 9781786090508
    Title: Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War & What Comes After

    ____________________'Sharp, moving memoir . . . Wamariya tells her own story with feeling, in vivid prose. She has remade herself, as she explains was necessary to do, on her own terms.? New York TimesA riveting tale of dislocation, survival, and the power of stories to break or save usClemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbours began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were thunder. In 1994, she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years wandering through seven African countries, searching for safety-perpetually hungry, imprisoned and abused, enduring and escaping refugee camps, finding unexpected kindness, witnessing inhuman cruelty. They did not know whether their parents were dead or alive.When Clemantine was twelve, she and her sister were granted refugee status in the United States, where she embarked on another journey, ultimately graduating from Yale. Yet the years of being treated as less than human, of going hungry and seeing death, could not be erased. She felt at the same time six years old and one hundred years old.In The Girl Who Smiled Beads, Clemantine provokes us to look beyond the label of 'victim? and recognize the power of the imagination to transcend even the most profound injuries and aftershocks. Devastating yet beautiful, and bracingly original, it is a powerful testament to her commitment to constructing a life on her own terms.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Girls
    ISBN: 9781760782238
    Title: Girls

    "An astounding new voice whose work mines the slippery regions between grief, sex, love, parents and children. This book is a rare find." (Felicity Castagna) "An urgent, poetic and skinless howl of a book." (Lee Kofman)In 2005, Chloe Higgins was seventeen years old. She and her mother, Rhonda, stayed home so that she could revise for her HSC exams while her two younger sisters, Carlie and Lisa, went skiing with their father. On the way back from their trip, their car veered off the highway, flipped on its side and burst into flames. Both her sisters were killed. Their father walked away from the accident with only minor injuries. This book is about what happened next.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Glass Castle Film Ed
    Glass Castle Film Ed
    ISBN: 9780349010700
    Title: Glass Castle Film Ed

    Now a major motion picture starring Brie Larson, Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson.

    This is a startling memoir of a successful journalist's journey from the deserted and dusty mining towns of the American Southwest, to an antique filled apartment on Park Avenue. Jeanette Walls narrates her nomadic and adventurous childhood with her dreaming, 'brilliant' but alcoholic parents.

    At the age of seventeen she escapes on a Greyhound bus to New York with her older sister; her younger siblings follow later. After pursuing the education and civilisation her parents sought to escape, Jeanette eventually succeeds in her quest for the 'mundane, middle class existence' she had always craved. In her apartment, overlooked by 'a portrait of someone else's ancestor' she recounts poignant remembered images of star watching with her father, juxtaposed with recollections of irregular meals, accidents and police-car chases and reveals her complex feelings of shame, guilt, pity and pride toward her parents.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Glossy Years: Selective Memoirs
    Glossy Years: Selective Memoirs
    ISBN: 9780241342879
    Title: Glossy Years: Selective Memoirs

    'I adored it. Coleridge is both self-deprecating and shrewd as he regales us with his rollicking ride as editor and tastemaker in the world of British glossy magazines: an irresistible read' Tina Brown

    Diana touched your elbow, your arm, covered your hand with hers. It was alluring. And she was disarmingly confiding.
    "Can I ask you something? Nicholas, please be frank..."

    Over his thirty-year career at Cond Nast, Nicholas Coleridge has witnessed it all. From the anxieties of the Princess of Wales to the blazing fury of Mohamed Al-Fayed, his story is also the story of the people who populate the glamorous world of glossy magazines. With relish and astonishing candour, he offers the inside scoop on Tina Brown and Anna Wintour, David Bowie and Philip Green, Kate Moss and Beyonce; on Margaret Thatcher's clothes legacy, and a surreal weekend away with Bob Geldof and William Hague. Cara Delevingne, media tycoons, Prime Ministers, Princes, Mayors and Maharajas - all cross his path.

    His career in magazines straddles the glossies throughout their glorious zenith - from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s to the digital iterations of the 21st century. Having cut his teeth on Tatler, and as Editor-in-Chief of Harpers & Queen, he became the Mr Big of glossy publishing for three decades.

    Packed with surprising and often hilarious anecdotes, The Glossy Years also provides perceptive insight into the changing and treacherous worlds of fashion, journalism, museums and a whole sweep of British society. This is a rich, honest, witty and very personal memoir of a life splendidly lived.

    'Coleridge writes like a dream' Observer

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
  • Gloucester Crescent: Me, My Dad & Other Grown-Ups
    Gloucester Crescent: Me, My Dad & Other Grown-Ups
    ISBN: 9781788160377
    Title: Gloucester Crescent: Me, My Dad & Other Grown-Ups

    Gloucester Crescent is a curving, leafy street, tucked between Camden Town and Primrose Hill. It's unremarkable in many ways, unless you notice the lady in the van, and the familiar-looking residents crossing the road ...This is the story of the Miller family and their circle of brilliant, idealistic and intellectual friends in London in the 60s, 70s and 80s. We follow William through the ups and downs of childhood, as he explores the homes of his famous neighbours, attends dramatic rehearsals with his dad Jonathan Miller, gets drugs and advice from the philosopher A. J. Ayer's wife, and tries to watch the moon landing with Alan Bennett and a room full of writers. Hilarious, and at times heart-breaking, this is also about how we grow up and move on - and what happens when we come back. Not only a picture of an extraordinary time in Britain's cultural history - and a hitherto unseen portrait of some of the brightest minds of a generation - this book tells the funny, tender and moving story of a young boy trying to carve out his own identity.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Going Solo: My Choice to Become a Single Mother Using a Donor
    Going Solo: My Choice to Become a Single Mother Using a Donor
    ISBN: 9780349421513
    Title: Going Solo: My Choice to Become a Single Mother Using a Donor

    Going Solo is the empowering and uplifting story of one woman's choice to become a single mother.

    'I hope this story gives hope to anyone who wants children and to anyone who finds themselves single. Not to follow this path necessarily, but to remember that there are always many options.'

    Aged thirty-seven, single and having experienced two miscarriages, Genevieve Roberts found out that her fertility levels were dwlindling. On hearing this news, she made the courageous decision to embark on motherhood solo and eventually became pregnant using a sperm donor.

    Genevieve describes her initial fear of the prospect of birth without a partner, and the trepidation she felt towards all the responsibility she has taken on. She recounts all the milestones of pregnancy and motherhood that most women share with their partner -- going to NCT classes alone, taking part in birthing workshops with her sister-in-law, her amazement that two people in her pregnancy yoga class are following the same path as her.

    But ultimately what triumphs is Genevieve's excitement at meeting her daughter. She recalls the first months of parenthood, navigating the love, worry and tiredness of life with a newborn without a partner. She describes the beautiful simplicity of the relationship between herself and her daughter, as she gets to know Astrid without having to consider a partner.

    Going Solo is for anyone whose life has taken an unexpected twist; for people who are interested in modern families and for those who want to take control of their life and follow their dreams of parenthood. It celebrates the fulfilment that comes from following what makes you happy, and reminds us that beauty may be found when life offers a surprise or a deviation from convention.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Golden Parasol a Daughter's Memoir of Burma
    Golden Parasol a Daughter's Memoir of Burma
    ISBN: 9780701186128
    Title: Golden Parasol a Daughter's Memoir of Burma
    Author: LAW-YONE WENDY

    At the time of Burma's military coup in 1962, Wendy Law-Yone was fifteen. The daughter of Ed Law-Yone, daredevil proprietor of The Nation newspaper, she'd grown up amidst the perils and promises of a newly independent Burma. But on the eve of her studies abroad, her father was arrested, his newspaper shut down, and Wendy was herself briefly imprisoned before managing to escape from the country. Ed would spend five years in jail as a political prisoner. Yet no sooner was he released and allowed to leave the country than he set about forming a government-in-exile in Thailand where he tried, unsuccessfully, to foment a revolution. Even after emigrating to America with his wife and children, he never gave up hope for a new democratic government in Burma. He died disappointed - but not before placing in his daughter's hands an extraordinary bequest.Ed had asked Wendy for help in editing his papers, but year after year she avoided the daunting task. When at last, decades on, she found the confidence to take up her father's neglected manuscript, she discovered an amazing saga. Here was the testimony of a fiery, eccentric, ambitious, humorous, and above all determined patriot whose career had spanned Burma under colonial rule, under Japanese occupation, through the turbulence of the post-years, and into the catastrophe of a military dictatorship.The result of this discovery is Golden Parasol: a unique portrait of Burma, a nation whose vicissitudes continue to intrigue the world. It is also a powerfully evocative memoir: a daughter's journey of reconciliation that turns shadow into light, illuminating corners long forgotten, or long concealed, in the twin histories of her country and kin.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Good Girl of Chinatown
    Good Girl of Chinatown
    ISBN: 9780670078516
    Title: Good Girl of Chinatown

    Serve it piping hot, And what have you got? A burlesque - A Shanghai burlesque show!From the claustrophobia of Sydney suburbia to the grim austerity of East London, Jenevieve Chang has been running away for as long as she can remember. Now - along with thousands of other Westerners trying to escape the 2008 global financial crisis - she has come to Shanghai, wanting to be part of the country her family called home for generations. But the glamorous and outrageous Shanghai she finds is not like the stories her grandmother has told her. For one, it's the last place on Earth she thought she'd become a fancy stripper. As her marriage collapses and she struggles to fit in with this over-the-top new world, Jenevieve searches for a place to call home, a place to keep her from running any further. And then she finds it- Chinatown, Shanghai's first Vaudeville, Variety and Burlesque Club - a mecca for the good old days in a city intent on reviving its reputation as the world's most decadent destination. She will remake herself as one of the Chinatown Dolls, the most sought-after showgirls in town. When Chinatown begins to spectacularly derail, though, and with memories of pain from her past pressing in on her, Jenevieve travels further and further away from the person she wants to be. How will she choose between the pleasure of propping up illusions, and the painful redemption of facing up to one's past? Vibrant, bold and raw, The Good Girl of Chinatownis a true story of cultural clash and hedonism gone awry as a good girl from a traditional Chinese-Australian family becomes a Shanghai showgirl.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Good Life
    Good Life
    ISBN: 9781501191718
    Title: Good Life
    Author: BRADLEE BEN

    In this witty, candid memoir, Ben Bradlee, the most important, glamorous, and famous newspaperman of modern times, traces his path from Harvard to the battles of the Pacific war to the pinnacle of success as the editor of The Washington Post--during the Watergate scandal and every other important event of the last three decades. of photos.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Gorilla & the Bird: A Memoir of Madness & a Mother's Love
    Gorilla & the Bird: A Memoir of Madness & a Mother's Love
    ISBN: 9780349413556
    Title: Gorilla & the Bird: A Memoir of Madness & a Mother's Love

    'One of the gems of the year' - Michele Magwood, Sunday Times (Books LIVE SA)

    The story of a young man fighting to recover from a devastating psychotic break and the mother who refuses to give up on him.

    Zack McDermott, a twenty-six-year-old Brooklyn public defender, woke up one morning convinced he was being filmed as part of an audition for a TV pilot. Every passerby was an actor; every car would magically stop for him; everything he saw was a cue from 'The Producer' to help inspire the performance of a lifetime. After a manic spree around Manhattan, Zack, who is bipolar, was arrested on a subway platform and admitted to hospital.

    So begins the story of Zack's free fall into psychosis and his desperate, poignant, often darkly funny struggle to claw his way back to sanity, regain his identity, and rebuild some semblance of a stable life. It's a journey that will take him from New York City back to his Kansas roots and to the one person who might be able to save him, his tough, bighearted Midwestern mother, nicknamed the Bird, whose fierce and steadfast love is the light in Zack's dark world.

    Before his odyssey is over, Zack will be tackled by guards in mental wards, run naked through cornfields, receive secret messages from the TV, befriend a former Navy SEAL and his talking stuffed monkey and see the Virgin Mary in the whorls of his own back hair. But with the Bird's help, he just might have a shot at pulling through, starting over, and maybe even meeting a woman who can love him back, bipolar and all.

    Written with raw emotional power, humor, and tenderness, Gorilla and the Bird is a bravely honest account of a young man's unraveling and the relationship that saves him.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Gospel of Trees: A Memoir
    Gospel of Trees: A Memoir
    ISBN: 9781451690460
    Title: Gospel of Trees: A Memoir

    In an "eye-opening memoir" (People) "as beautiful as it is discomfiting" (The New Yorker), award-winning writer Apricot Irving untangles her youth on a missionary compound in Haiti.

    Apricot Irving grew up as a missionary's daughter in Haiti. Her father was an agronomist, a man who hiked alone into the deforested hills to preach the gospel of trees. Her mother and sisters spent their days in the confines of the hospital compound they called home. As a child, this felt like paradise to Irving; as a teenager, it became a prison. Outside of the walls of the missionary enclave, Haiti was a tumult of bugle-call bus horns and bicycles that jangled over hard-packed dirt, road blocks and burning tires triggered by political upheaval, the clatter of rain across tin roofs, and the swell of voices running ahead of the storm.

    Poignant and explosive, Irving weaves a portrait of a missionary family that is unflinchingly honest: her father's unswerving commitment to his mission, her mother's misgivings about his loyalty, the brutal history of colonization. Drawing from research, interviews, and journals--her parents' as well as her own--this memoir in many voices evokes a fractured family finding their way to kindness through honesty.

    Told against the backdrop of Haiti's long history of intervention, it grapples with the complicated legacy of those who wish to improve the world, while bearing witness to the defiant beauty of an undefeated country. A lyrical meditation on trees and why they matter, loss and privilege, love and failure. The Gospel of Trees is a "lush, emotional debut...A beautiful memoir that shows how a family altered by its own ambitious philanthropy might ultimately find hope in their faith and love for each other, and for Haiti." (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00

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