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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 ImageThe Hero's Body: A Memoir

    William Giraldi

    A memoir of motorcycles and muscles, of obsession and grief, and of a young man who learned how to stay alive through literature.More

  3. Book ImageAvalanche: A Love Story

    Julia Leigh

    An intensely personal narrative of loss, hope, and longing for a child.More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Book ImageBastards: A Memoir

    Mary Anna King

    "Searing . . . explores how identity forms love, and love, identity. Written in engrossing, intimate prose, it makes us rethink how blood’s deep connections relate to the attachments of proximity."—Andrew Solomon, author of Far from the TreeMore

  7. Book ImageMy Father and Atticus Finch: A Lawyer's Fight for Justice in 1930s Alabama

    Joseph Madison Beck

    The story of Foster Beck, the author’s late father, whose defense of a black man accused of rape in 1930s Alabama foreshadowed the trial at the heart of To Kill a Mockingbird.More

  8. Book ImageThis Road I Ride: Sometimes It Takes Losing Everything to Find Yourself

    Juliana Buhring

    This Road I Ride is the remarkable story of one woman’s solo journey around the world by bicycle.More

  9. Book ImageWords Without Music: A Memoir

    Philip Glass

    New York Times Bestseller

    "Reads the way Mr. Glass's compositions sound at their best: propulsive, with a surreptitious emotional undertow." —Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, New York TimesMore

  10. Book ImageLife Without a Recipe: A Memoir of Food and Family

    Diana Abu-Jaber

    “Diana Abu-Jaber is the Ambassador of Big-Heartedness.”—Patrick Volk, on The Language of BaklavaMore

  11. Book ImageHammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter

    Nina MacLaughlin

    “Reading Hammer Head, like consuming Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, feels like a crucial education.”—Isabella Biedenharn, Entertainment WeeklyMore

  12. Book ImageVessels: A Love Story

    Daniel Raeburn

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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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