Autobiography

Acedia & Me
View our feature on Kathleen Norris’s Acedia & Me.Kathleen Norris’s masterpiece: a personal and moving memoir that resurrects the ancient term acedia, or soul-weariness, and brilliantly explores...

10.07.2014

The Center of the Universe
Nancy Bachrach is living in Paris, selling deodorant to the French, when a freak accident kills her father aboard his cabin cruiser, the aptly dubbed Mr. Fix It, in her incongruously named hometown of Providence. Her mother, Lola, the...

03.10.2017

Tweaked
So begins Patrick Moore's unforgettable account of life as a crystal meth addict--a "tweaker." Like a wild ride down Alice's rabbit hole with a guide who is darkly funny and heartbreakingly honest, Tweaked chronicles a twenty year trip that...

18.09.2014

My Experiments with Truth
"It is not my purpose to attempt a real autobiography. I simply want to tell the story of my numerous experiments with truth, and as my life consists of nothing but those experiments, it is true that the story will take the shape of an...

29.05.2017

She's Not There
The provocative bestseller She’s Not There is the winning, utterly surprising story of a person changing genders. By turns hilarious and deeply moving, Jennifer Finney Boylan explores the territory that lies between men and women,...

23.08.2016

A London Family Between The Wars
This humorous account of a family growing up in the rural environs of London in the 1920s and 1930s is a sequel to Molly Hughes's autobiographical trilogy, "A London Child of the 1870s", "A London Girl of the 1880s" and "A London Home in the 1890s"....

03.11.2016

Clear Pictures
Reynolds Price, novelist, poet, playwright and essayist, author of the bestseller "Kate Vaiden" and the recent "Roxanna Slade", is one of the most accomplished writers ever to come out of the South. He is an author rooted in its old life and ways;...

05.11.2012

In Love with Daylight
In this rare book, Sheed's words, like the recoveries he describes, are healing. With uncommon grace and contagious good humor, Sheed, a survivor of polio, depression, and cancer, offers a testimony of encouragement and hope that will bring his...

12.01.2016

How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed
“I feel like I’ve joined an enormous club, something like the Veterans of Foreign Wars. We are weary with battle fatigue and sometimes even gripped by nostalgia for the good old, bad old days, but our numbers are large,” writes Theo Pauline Nestor...

18.12.2015

The Long Journey Home
First introduced to the world in her sons’ now-classic memoirs—Augusten Burroughs’s Running with Scissors and John Elder Robison’s Look Me in the Eye—Margaret Robison now tells her own haunting and lyrical story. A poet and teacher...

19.10.2013

The Unheards
A house abandoned for decades, an unheard past lost in time . . . waiting to be heard . . . and the one who will is finally arriving!When the Edment family decides to shift in the abandoned Barcaldine house, a dicey decision soon brings them...

06.07.2017

Drinking
Fifteen million Americans a year are plagued with alcoholism. Five million of them are women. Many of them, like Caroline Knapp, started in their early teens and began to use alcohol as "liquid armor," a way to protect themselves against the...

30.04.2013

A Girl Named Zippy
When Haven Kimmel was born in 1965, Mooreland, Indiana, was a sleepy little hamlet of three hundred people. Nicknamed "Zippy" for the way she would bolt around the house, this small girl was possessed of big eyes and even bigger ears. In this witty...

21.05.2015

Feeding on Dreams
In September 1973, the military took power in Chile, and Ariel Dorfman, a young leftist allied with President Allende, was forced to flee for his life. In Feeding on Dreams, Dorfman portrays, through visceral scenes and powerful intellect, the...

23.06.2014

Sleep in Me
Against the backdrop of his teenage sister’s car accident—in which a dump truck filled with sand slammed into the small car carrying her and her friends—Jon Pineda chronicles his sister Rica’s sudden transformation from a vibrant high school...

15.08.2017

Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man
Bill Clegg had a thriving business as a literary agent, a supportive partner, trusting colleagues, and loving friends when he walked away from his world and embarked on a two-month crack binge. He had been released from rehab nine months earlier,...

27.09.2014

Holding Silvan
In the opening of Holding Silvan: A Brief Life, Monica Wesolowska gives birth to her first child, a healthy-seeming boy who is taken from her arms for “observation” when he won’t stop crying. Within days, Monica and her husband have been...

30.07.2014

My Mind's Abyss (Suicide Edition) (Suicide Edition)(Recovery, #1)
"That addiction wheel still goes round and round, decade after decade, ad nauseum…at times very reminiscent of the works of The Beats but embodied into a new generation's kinder and gentler Holden Caulfield. Great Kamikazi writing." - W. Lawendowski...

08.07.2017

The Coconut Latitudes
"The Coconut Latitudes" is a memoir about a childhood in paradise, a journey into unexpected misery, and a twisted path to redemption and truth. Leaving a successful career in the U.S., a father makes the fateful decision to settle his wife and two...

17.06.2017

Under Magnolia
A lyrical and evocative memoir from Frances Mayes, the Bard of Tuscany, about coming of age in the Deep South and the region’s powerful influence on her life.The author of three beloved books about her life in Italy,...

27.04.2015

Tigre, tigre !
Par une belle journée d'été, Margaux Fragoso rencontre Peter Curran à la piscine de son quartier, et ils commencent à jouer. Elle a sept ans ; il en a cinquante et un. Quand Peter l'invite chez lui avec sa mère, la...

11.01.2018

Seriously Mum, How Many Cats?
After six years of living in the olive groves of Andalucia, Alan and Lorna should have adjusted to Spanish life, but things never seem to run smoothly. When Lily the alpaca falls pregnant, they are in for an anxious few months as they battle against...

02.08.2013

Good God, Lousy World, and Me
“In this extraordinary memoir of grace, one of the foremost human rights advocates of the last half century shares her brutally and hilariously honest story of finding God on one of the most unlikely, irreverent, and utterly beautiful...

14.01.2013

A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka
A compelling story of two intertwined journeys: a Jewish refugee family fleeing persecution and a young man seeking to reclaim a shattered past. In the twilight of the Cold War (the late 1980s), nine-year old Lev Golinkin and his family cross the...

13.01.2018

Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs
The Alaskan landscape—so vast, dramatic, and unbelievable—may be the reason the people in Haines, Alaska (population 2,400), so often discuss the meaning of life. Heather Lende thinks it helps make life mean more. Since her bestselling first book,...

04.03.2016

Blue Windows
From Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Church of Christian Science, to Deepak Chopra, Americans have struggled with the connection between health and happiness. Barbara Wilson was taught by her Christian Scientist family that there was no sickness...

26.04.2017

Confessions of a Young Man
George Augustus Moore (1852-1933) was an Irish novelist, short story writer, poet, art critic, memoirist and dramatist. His first book, a collection of poems called The Flowers of Passion, had appeared in 1878 and a second collection, Pagan Poems,...

04.03.2013

The Mirror of the Sea
Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have...

01.01.2014

Wayne
Reviewed by hoopsielv for TeensReadToo.comWayne was one of twelve children. He is now married with four daughters and is a successful contractor in New Hampshire. It sounds like he is living the American dream; however, a phone call from one...

02.12.2017

Memoirs of a Sword Swallower
Memoirs of a Sword Swallower is Daniel P. Mannix's autobiography as a sword-swallower with a traveling sideshow, illustrated with photos from the 30s and 40s taken by the author. An example of Classic Americana, this book offers a portrayal...

18.09.2016

I'll Drink to That
Eighty-six-year-old Betty Halbreich is a true original. A tough broad who could have stepped straight out of Stephen Sondheim’s repertoire, she has spent nearly forty years as the legendary personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman, where she works with...

28.11.2015

The Lily Pond
A memoir that chronicles unflinchingly the destructiveness of bipolar disorder - an illness that infiltrates thinking, feeling and acting in ways that change the very fabric of identity, of the life story one is telling oneself; however, The Lily...

26.04.2017

Ladies Gallery, The
A shred of black lace. A broken hand mirror. A spidery strip of false eyelash. These are the fragments left to Irene Vilar, granddaughter of Lolita Lebrón, the revered political activist for Puerto Rican independence who in 1954 sprayed the...

05.11.2013

The Third Sunrise
“Psychiatrists and I; we do not get on well. They have failed to cure me; I am still damaged and it is for this reason that I am cheeky and certainly not pleasant. I am hurting. I just want them to fix me. Fix Me.”The Third Sunrise takes the...

08.02.2014

Stand Before Your God
At the age of seven, Paul Watkins was roughly transplanted from his home in Rhode Island to England's Dragon School. He was greeted by a delegation of bullies who, in time, would become his friends and whose rules would become his own. For at...

18.03.2017

Lifesaving
In 1963, when poet Barrington was 19, an event sliced her life in two: the cruise ship Lakonia departed Southampton, England, with her parents aboard. Three days later, north of Madeira, a fire broke out, and 131 passengers, including her parents,...

22.12.2015

The Truth Book
Adopted as a baby and raised by a devout Jehovah’s Witness family, Joy Castro is constantly reminded to tell the truth no matter what the consequences. Nevertheless, Castro finds this tenet to be the most violated. Here, in her very own Truth...

18.07.2017

Borrowed Time
"What am I going to do without him?" I asked in a hollow voice, and Cope replied immediately, with great force and conviction. "Write about him, Paul," he said. "That's what you have to do."It's a...

17.07.2014

Riding in Cars with Boys
Trouble began in 1963. I'm not blaming it on President Kennedy's assassination or its being the beginning of the sixties or the Vietnam War or The Beatles. The trouble I'm talking about was my first real trouble, the age-old trouble. The getting in...

26.05.2014

Hungry for the World
From the author of the critically acclaimed In the Wilderness, comes a riveting new narrative of self-discovery and personal triumph. Hungry for the World is the story of how an intelligent and passionate young...

18.07.2014

The Fat Lady Sang
THE FAT LADY SANGRobert EvansTHE FAT LADY SANG is a very good memoir of the Hollywood producer, Robert Evans that is a sequel to his highly regarded first memoir, THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE.Despite three...

17.12.2017

Healing with Words
"Healing With Words: A Writer's Cancer Journey" is a compassionate andwry self-help memoir written by an award-winning prolific author, nurse andpoet, who at the age of forty-seven found her life shattered first by a DCIS(early breast cancer)...

05.11.2012

The Chicken Chronicles
Alice Walker - I've loved and admired her work, and enjoyed most all of it for decades now. I have some friends who keep chickens, and the little flocks seem to grow in their hearts, so I figured Alice Walker, plus chickens - that should be fun for...

07.05.2017

The Hypocrisy of Disco
Born in San Francisco just before the Summer of Love, Clane Hayward grew up on hippie communes throughout the west. Her poignantly funny, sometimes melancholy, and always riveting memoir recounts her extraordinary life up until her thirteenth...

14.09.2014

The Kid Stays in the Picture
Robert Evans's The Kid Stays in the Picture is universally recognized as the greatest, most outrageous, most unforgettable show business memoir ever written. The basis of a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary film, it remains the gold...

13.10.2012

The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing
Raised on Charles Baudelaire, A Clockwork Orange, and fine Bordeaux in 1970s Lebanon, Darina Al-Joundi was encouraged by her unconventional father to defy all taboos. As the bombs fell, she lived an adolescence of excess and transgression,...

16.08.2015

Madness
An astonishing dispatch from inside the belly of bipolar disorder, reflecting major new insightsWhen Marya Hornbacher published her first book, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, she did not yet have the piece of shattering knowledge...

14.02.2018

Man Alive
In Man Alive, McBee asks, “What does it really mean to be a man?” by focusing on two of the most impactful men in his life – the father who abused him as a child, and a mugger who threatened his life and then released him in an odd moment of mercy....

09.02.2017

Black Ice
In 1972 Lorene Cary, a bright, ambitious black teenager from Philadelphia, was transplanted into the formerly all-white, all-male environs of the elite St. Paul's School in New Hampshire, where she became a scholarship student in a "boot camp" for...

09.08.2016

Stories for Boys
In this memoir of fathers and sons, Gregory Martin struggles to reconcile the father he thought he knew with a man who has just survived a suicide attempt; a man who had been having anonymous affairs with men throughout his thirty-nine years of...

22.03.2014

Uff Ye Emotions 2
Like the lyrics of an old song, which keeps repeating themselves in our mind or a fever dormant in the blood or an importunate lover impossible to get rid of, the memories of love or 'love' itself keeps returning in our lives again and again at the...

28.05.2015

Intoxicated by My Illness
"Succeeds brilliantly....He lives as a writer and we are the wealthier for it."THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLDAnatyole Broyad, long-time book critic, book review editor, and essayist for THE NEW YORK TIMES wants to be remembered. He will be,...

01.04.2017

Lights on a Ground of Darkness
Like the yellow, pink, and blue irises that had been transplanted from house to house over the years, the stories of poet Ted Kooser’s family had been handed down until, as his mother lay ill and dying, he felt an urgency to write them down. With a...

05.02.2018

The Family Heart
I learned that parents deal with coming out in any number of ways. I learned that I am not asking too much of my Christian parents to open their hearts and examine their fears. I learned that somewhere on the face of this planet there is a...

31.08.2017

When It Gets Dark
Adeptly navigating between elegy and celebration, fear and determination, confusion and clarity, DeBaggio delivers an exquisitely moving and inspiring book that will resonate with all those who have grappled with their own or their loved ones'...

28.02.2016

Pull Me Up
This is not a memoir of charmed suburban life of the 60's and 70's. It's not the Brady Bunch. Dan Barry's childhood is much more quirky, painful and funny than any sitcom, and that's what I loved about it. He deals with tragedy and grief with his...

29.01.2017

Girls Only
Alex Witchel manages to struggle through a full, challenging and frequently hilarious life. And In Girls Only she goes on a soul-searching and shopping spree - with the ever-present help of her wise (and occasionally exasperating) mother, Barbara,...

28.10.2014

Found Art
Found Art is a memoir of the year author Leeana Tankersley lived in the Middle East with her Navy SEAL husband during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. After a whirlwind courtship, a move across the world, and the unexpectedly difficult re-entry...

17.09.2016

Cathedral of the Wild
A colorful, moving, and dramatic memoir of personal transformation, set against one of the most famous game reserves in the world.When Nelson Mandela was released after twenty-seven years of imprisonment, he needed a place...

27.08.2016

Grace After Midnight
While Felicia is a brilliant actor in a truly chilling role, what's most remarkable about "Snoop" is what she has overcome in her life. Snoop was born a three-pound cross-eyed crack baby in East Baltimore. Those streets are among the toughest in the...

02.01.2018

Green Vanilla Tea
Green Vanilla Tea is a true story of love and courage in the face of a deadly and little understood illness. With literary finesse, compassion, and a powerful gift of storytelling, Marie Williams writes poignantly of her husband...

10.07.2018

The Same River Twice
At the age of nineteen, Chris Offutt had already been rejected by the army, the Peace Corps, the park rangers, and the police. So he left his home in the Kentucky Appalachians and thumbed his way north -- into a series of odd jobs and even stranger...

11.09.2016

My Own Two Feet
This second installment of the Newbery Medalist's autobiography (after A Girl from Yamhill) begins during the '30s, with the young Cleary leaving her home state of Oregon to attend junior college in California. The volume ends in 1949. Follows the...

24.11.2016

French Fried
** New York Times bestseller **Animals behaving badly, other people's misfortunes and the most bizarre true crime story ever. French Fried is the unfortunately true account of Chris Dolley’s first eight months in France and has been...

17.10.2013

Somewhere Towards the End
Diana Athill is one of the great editors in British publishing. For more than five decades she edited the likes of V. S. Naipaul and Jean Rhys, for whom she was a confidante and caretaker. As a writer, Diana Athill has made her reputation for the...

15.05.2013

How to Catch a Frog
Much of Heather Ross’s creative work has been inspired by her being born into an eccentric family of artists and idealists in a rural corner of Vermont during the 1970s. According to Heather, that environment was defined by stunning natural beauty,...

12.11.2013

You Better Not Cry
You’ve eaten too much candy at Christmas…but have you ever eaten the face off a six-footstuffed Santa? You’ve seen gingerbread houses…but have you ever made your own gingerbread tenement? You’ve woken up with a hangover…but have you ever woken up...

10.07.2015

Autobiography of a Face
From Publisher:"I spent five years of my life being treated for cancer, but since then I've spent fifteen years being treated for nothing other than looking different from everyone else. It was the pain from that, from feeling ugly, that I...

05.04.2017

I Married the Klondike
In 1907, Laura Beatrice Berton, a 29-year-old kindergarten teacher, left her comfortable life in Toronto Ontario to teach in a Yukon mining town. She fell in love with the North--and with a northerner--and made Dawson City her home for the next 25...

17.03.2018

Mean Little Deaf Queer
In 1959, the year Terry Galloway turned nine, the voices of everyone she loved began to disappear. No one yet knew that an experimental antibiotic given to her mother had wreaked havoc on her fetal nervous system, eventually causing her to go deaf....

30.10.2012

The House on Dream Street
In this heartfelt memoir, Dana Sachs takes the reader on a sensual and textured voyage to a country most Americans think about only in terms of war. A finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Award, this deftly written narrative reveals how Sachs...

21.08.2013

Sharing Good Times
In this wonderfully evocative volume, Jimmy Carter writes about the things that matter most, the simple relaxed days and nights that he has enjoyed with family and friends through the years and across the generations. Here are lively, witty...

31.05.2017

In Hanuman's Hands
"I can do nothing more for you. You are now in Hanuman's hands." These are the words author Cheeni Rao hears his Indian immigrant mother sob as he stands locked outside his family home. A brilliant, promising young man who is the product of a devout...

26.05.2013

Exiles
Back in print, “a wry and moving . . . rare and minute accounting of growing up.” (Time)Exiles is the story of two glamorous people—one, a beautiful aristocrat; the other, a self-made man, one...

14.10.2016

How I Became Hettie Jones
Greenwich Village in the 1950s was a haven to which young poets, painters, and jazz musicians flocked. Among them was Hettie Cohen, who'd been born into a middle-class Jewish family in Queens and who'd chosen to cross racial barriers to marry the...

19.01.2018

Plant Dreaming Deep
Plant Dreaming Deep is a memoir of writer May Sarton's first ten years in her first home in Nelson, NH.I first read this book when in my twenties and in full stride as an ex-urbanite in the deep north woods of Minnesota. I felt a deep...

14.01.2015

Telling
She invites the reader into her life and into the questions raised by a crime with no obvious solutions or easy answers. We see the dimensions of a human struggle often kept hidden from view. While there are an estimated twelve million rape...

29.12.2017

Ready for Air
For Kate Hopper, pregnancy is downright unpleasant. She is tired and heavy and worried, and she wants her wine and caffeine back. But then, at a routine checkup, her doctor frowns at her chart and says, “I’m worried about a couple of things”—and...

07.12.2016

White on Black
This is an extraordinary personal testament, the story of one boy’s triumph in the face of impossible obstacles. Born with cerebral palsy in Moscow, Ruben Gallego was hidden away in Soviet state institutions by his maternal grandfather, the...

10.12.2013

West of Then
At the center of West of Then is Karen Morgan -- island flower, fifth-generation haole (white) Hawaiian, Mayflower descendant -- now living on the streets of downtown Honolulu. Despite her recklessness, Karen inspires fierce loyalty and...

24.12.2017

Table in the Darkness
Look who gained the freshman fifteen," a family member teased when I returned home after a few months of college. . . . When I heard the words my mind decoded it like this: You. Are. Fat. Fat was not good. No, fat was bad. I would not be fat. I...

15.08.2013

I Forgot to Remember
In 1988 Su Meck was twenty-two and married with two children when a ceiling fan in her kitchen fell and struck her on the head, leaving her with a traumatic brain injury that erased all her memories of her life up to that point. Although her body...

20.07.2017

Eleven Stories High
Eleven Stories High is a memoir of a middle-class New York childhood, the perceptions of a girl growing up in a housing project that she deemed a "utopia of the fifties." The story follows the process of memory, rather than the conventions of...

21.01.2015

Gravel on the Side of the Road-True Stories From A Broad Who Has Been There
A woman who worries about carrying a .38 special in her purse, nearly drowns in a desert canyon, flies into the war in Bosnia, dances with the FBI, tells Geraldo he shouldn’t put guests in hotel rooms with rats and spends time with murderers, has...

08.10.2015

Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation
Finalist for the National Book Award!In this beautifully wrought memoir, award-winning writer John Philip Santos weaves together dream fragments, family remembrances, and Chicano mythology, reaching back into time...

18.12.2014

Klonopin Lunch
Gritty. Dirty. Hard-core. Transformative. Funny. This is the real Sex and the City.By her late twenties, Jessica Dorfman Jones had dutifully achieved everything she thought she was supposed to: marriage, law degree, high-paying job, nice...

05.01.2014

A View of the Ocean
The internationally best-selling novelist, playwright Jan de Hartog, author of The Captain and The Peaceable Kingdom, moves and inspires us with this simple, elegant story of his mother and himself.She was a quiet,...

29.01.2013

A Cracking of the Heart
After losing a loved one, "pay attention to the ways in which your relationship continues."So advised Sarah Horowitz in an interview she gave the day before her unexpected death. In A Cracking of the Heart, David Horowitz explores the legacy of...

21.01.2018

The Queen of Peace Room
What is memory, and where is it stored in the body? Can a room be symbolic of a lifetime?Memories are like layers of your skin or layers of paint on a canvas. In "The Queen of Peace Room," Magie Dominic peels away these layers as she...

14.11.2012

Running for the Hills
Before Horatio Clare was born, his parents fell in love with a place -- a remote sheep farm in Wales, physically and in every other way far from the lives they were forging as young professionals in London. The farm was high up a mountain, nearly...

11.04.2016

The Still Point of the Turning World
Like all mothers, Emily Rapp had ambitious plans for her first and only child, Ronan.  He would be smart, loyal, physically fearless, and level-headed, but fun.  He would be good at crossword puzzles like his father.  He would be an avid skier like...

06.05.2015

Are You The One For Me
Having lived in a dream world where everything seems perfect, Khushi is heart - broken when Rohit, her boyfriend of two years, dumps her for another blonde. Since then, she resolves to seal her heart for love convinced that she would never fall in...

06.04.2016

Climbing The Broken Stairs, A Memoir
Frieda grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. She and her five brothers were the offspring of a wayward mother (Hetty "Etta" Brown), who, with an admitted "drinking problem" and a lustful spirit, spend most days in liquor bars, chasing men. Etta's willful...

11.09.2013

Take Me to Paris, Johnny
A Cuban dancer meets an Australian historian, and a casual fling gradually becomes an international love affair that transforms their lives. In this unforgettable memoir, John Foster recounts the life and death of his lover, Juan Cespedes. This...

01.06.2016

Early Morning
A prolific writer, a famous pacifist, a respected teacher, and a literary mentor to many, William Stafford is one of the great American poets of the twentieth century. His first major collection--Traveling Through the Dark--won the National...

11.01.2018

Boy Alone
Karl Taro Greenfeld knew from an early age that his little brother, Noah, was not like other children. He couldn't crawl, and he had trouble making eye contact or interacting with his family. As Noah grew older, his differences became even more...

28.02.2013

Becoming Anna
Becoming Anna is the poignant memoir of the first sixteen years in the life of Anna Michener, a young woman who fought a painful battle against her abusive family. Labeled "crazy girl" for much of her childhood, Anna suffered physical and...

09.02.2018

Summers with Juliet
They met in a bar on Marthas Vineyard. Bill was instantly smittenher cool beauty, her insouciance, her sassy youthbut Juliet was unimpressed. Even so, a courtship began, and for the next eight summers, in sublime settings across North America, Bill...

20.12.2015

Half-Life
"Am I paralyzed? Am I going to die?" Those were the questions Joshua Prager asked a paramedic on May 16, 1990, after the minibus he'd been traveling in during a visit to Israel was blindsided by a runaway truck. At the start of that day, he had been...

24.07.2014