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  1. Book ImageTwelve Years a Slave

    Solomon Northup, Kevin M. Burke, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

    This Norton Critical Edition of Solomon Northup’s harrowing autobiography is based on the 1853 first edition. It is accompanied by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s introduction and detailed explanatory footnotes.More

  2. Book ImageVessels: A Love Story

    Daniel Raeburn

    An unforgettable portrait of a marriage tested to its limits.More

  3. Book ImageWhere the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey

    Marie Mutsuki Mockett

    “Read it. You will be uplifted.”—Ruth Ozeki, Zen priest, author of A Tale for the Time BeingMore

  4. Book ImageAlive, Alive Oh!: And Other Things That Matter

    Diana Athill

    A luminous, wise, and joyful insight into what really matters at the end of a long life, from the beloved author of the award-winning Somewhere Towards the End.More

  5. Book ImageThe Blue Touch Paper: A Memoir

    David Hare

    “Frank, moving, and beguiling, The Blue Touch Paper is the fascinating story of becoming a writer in the 1960s and 70s when Britain was changing even faster than the author.”—Joan DidionMore

  6. Book ImageStars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman's Life in North Korea and Escape to Freedom

    Lucia Jang, Susan McClelland

    An extraordinary memoir by a North Korean woman who defied the government to keep her family alive.More

  7. Book ImageMy Life as a Foreign Country: A Memoir

    Brian Turner

    “Stunning . . . a triumph of form and content. . . . History can only be served by this kind of attention.”—New York Times Book ReviewMore

  8. Book ImageSmoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

    Caitlin Doughty

    “Morbid and illuminating” (Entertainment Weekly)—a young mortician goes behind the scenes of her curious profession.More

  9. Book ImagePaid For: My Journey Through Prostitution

    Rachel Moran

    An astonishingly brave memoir of prostitution and its lingering influence on a woman’s psyche and life.More

  10. Book ImageWriting Across the Landscape: Travel Journals 1960–2013

    Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Giada Diano, Matthew Gleeson

    This long-awaited volume provides a panoramic portrait of art and life across the twentieth century, from Mexico to Morocco, Paris to Rome, and beyond.More

  11. Book ImageMess: One Man's Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act

    Barry Yourgrau

    Hilarious and poignant, a glimpse into the mind of someone who is both a sufferer from and an investigator of clutter.More

  12. Book ImageThe Pawnbroker's Daughter: A Memoir

    Maxine Kumin

    From Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Maxine Kumin comes a timeless memoir of life, love, and poetry.More

  13. Book ImageBastards: A Memoir

    Mary Anna King

    "A stirring, vividly told story of a young woman's quest to find the family she lost . . . an impressive debut." —Peter BalakianMore

  14. Book ImageWord Nerd: Dispatches from the Games, Grammar, and Geek Underground

    John D. Williams, Jr

    In this zany, one-of-a-kind memoir, former executive director of the National SCRABBLE Association John D. Williams Jr. brings to life the obsessions, madness, and glory of the SCRABBLE® culture—from living-room players to world champions.More

  15. Book ImageThe Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones

    Sandra Tsing Loh

    From an “imaginatively twisted and fearless” writer (Los Angeles Times), a hilarious memoir of middle age.More

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