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  Cover Art: A Spoonful of Sugar : a Memoir Ashford, Brenda
A Spoonful of Sugar : a Memoir
Sprinkled with wit and wisdom throughout, Britain's oldest living nanny recalls her years at London's prestigious Norland Institute, famous for producing top-class nannies, her experiences during the war and her life's devotion to caring for other people's children.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: An American Bride in Kabul : a Memoir Chesler, Phyllis.
An American Bride in Kabul : a Memoir
A modern American woman reveals how her long-ago ordeal in a harem in Afghanistan led her to become a feminist leader and a legendary crusader for universal women's and human rights
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Bleeder : a Memoir Smoak, Shelby
Bleeder : a Memoir
Author Shelby Smoak was in his teens when he contracted HIV through contaminated blood products given for his hemophilia in the early 1980s. His memoir begins on his 18th birthday, when his doctor reveals that he has been infected with HIV. Smoak describes his efforts to hide his HIV and hemophilia while living in a college dorm and details the day-to-day practical reality of dealing with serious (and seriously expensive) chronic illnesses. In spite of the financial problems, hospital emergency room visits, and side effects, hope shines through in the form of ongoing support from his parents and the return of a past love.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Double Double : a Dual Memoir of Alcoholism Grimes, Martha.
Double Double : a Dual Memoir of Alcoholism
The popular mystery writer and her son present a dual account of their struggles with alcoholism and sobriety, a parallel journey marked by poignant episodes of relapse, travel, and friendship.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Flyover Lives : a Memoir Johnson, Diane
Flyover Lives : a Memoir
A personal account by the two-time finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award follows her response to a French friend's accusation that Americans seem indifferent to history and her discoveries about her long-time Midwestern family's complex pioneer heritage.
2014
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Fresh Off the Boat : a Memoir Huang, Eddie
Fresh Off the Boat : a Memoir
A Taiwanese-American rebel restaurateur chronicles his rise to success from his difficult childhood in the American South to his decision to embrace all he had learned about food in his father's restaurants and his mother's kitchen to create his own culinary identity.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Handbook for an Unpredictable Life : How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair) Perez, Rosie.
Handbook for an Unpredictable Life : How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair)
The Oscar-nominated actress shares the previously untold story about her disadvantaged childhood and her successes in and out of the Hollywood limelight, tracing her relationship with the schizophrenic mother who relinquished her to a Catholic orphanage, the abuse she suffered in a series of homes and the fierce sense of independence that inspired her career.
2014
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Hotels Hospitals and Jails : a Memoir Swofford, Anthony
Hotels Hospitals and Jails : a Memoir
The author of Jarhead describes how he found redemption from a life of drugs, alcohol, fast cars and women by taking a series of RV trips with his ailing, Vietnam veteran father and the chance encounter with his future wife.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: I Forgot to Remember : a Memoir of Amnesia Meck, Su
I Forgot to Remember : a Memoir of Amnesia
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. Although her body healed rapidly, her memories never returned. In her own indelible voice, Su offers us a view from the inside of a terrible injury, with the hope that her story will help give other brain injury sufferers and their families the resolve and courage to build their lives anew. Piercing, heartbreaking, but finally uplifting, this book is the true story of a woman determined to live life on her own terms.
2014
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Levels of Life Barnes, Julian
Levels of Life
An essay on grief and love for the author's late wife Pat, in which he discusses ballooning, photography, love, and bereavement; putting two things and two people together; and then tearing those things apart.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Little Failure : a Memoir Shteyngart, Gary
Little Failure : a Memoir
After three acclaimed novels, Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of his life. Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor, moving insights, and literary bravado. The result is a resonant story of family and belonging that feels epic and intimate and distinctly his own.
2014
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Living and Dying in Brick City : an E.R. Doctor Returns Home Davis, Sampson
Living and Dying in Brick City : an E.R. Doctor Returns Home
A riveting personal exploration of the healthcare crisis facing inner-city communities, written by an emergency room physician who grew up in the very neighborhood he is now serving.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Mermaid : a Memoir of Resilience Cronin, Mary Eileen.
Mermaid : a Memoir of Resilience
At the age of three, Eileen Cronin first realized that only she did not have legs. Her boisterous Catholic family accepted her situation as "God's Will" treating her no differently than her ten siblings. But starting school, even wearing prosthetics, Cronin had to brave bullying and embarrassing questions. Thanks to her older brother's coaching, she handled a classmate's playground taunts with a smack from her lunchbox. Reflecting with humor and grace on her youth, search for love, and quest for answers, Cronin spins a shimmering story of self-discovery and transformation.
2014
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Minding the Manor : the Memoir of a 1930s English Kitchen Maid Moran, Mollie
Minding the Manor : the Memoir of a 1930s English Kitchen Maid
Fans of Downton Abbey will fall in love with this charming true story of a feisty and fun-loving young English girl's adventures while in domestic service in the 1930's as a scullery maid, then kitchen maid and cook. Through Mollie Moran's eyes we are offered a fascinating glimpse into London's invisible "downstairs," a world that has long since vanished.
2014
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: My Mistake : a Memoir Menaker, Daniel.
My Mistake : a Memoir
The author of The Treatment traces his literary life as a longtime editor at The New Yorker and Random House, detailing his early days as a fact checker and the people that influenced his career as well as the losses and family life that shaped his achievements as a writer.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Son of a Gun : a Memoir St. Germain, Justin
Son of a Gun : a Memoir
Recounts the murder of the author's mother in September 2001 and explores the crime against a backdrop of a shattering national tragedy and the author's efforts to distance himself from the legendary Tombstone, Arizona, of his youth.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Answer to the Riddle is Me : a Memoir of Amnesia MacLean, David
The Answer to the Riddle is Me : a Memoir of Amnesia
In 2002, David MacLean "woke up" in India with his memory wiped clean. No money. No passport. No identity. Taken to a mental hospital by the police, MacLean then started to hallucinate so severely he had to be tied down. The symptoms, it turned out, were the result of the commonly prescribed malarial medication he was taking. Upon his return to the States, he struggled to piece together the fragments of his former life in a harrowing, absurd, and unforgettable journey back to himself.
2014
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The End of Your Life Book Club Schwalbe, Will
The End of Your Life Book Club
A Hyperion editor-in-chief and journalist recounts how his mother and he read and discussed books during her chemotherapy treatments, describing how the activity involved a wide range of literary genres, furthered their appreciation for literature and strengthened their bond.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Great Northern Express : a Writer's Journey Home Mosher, Howard Frank
The Great Northern Express : a Writer's Journey Home
Documents the author's road trip across twenty-first-century America, where he shared personal encounters with homeless people, country performers, and readers and writers from all walks of life.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Man Called Brown Condor : the Forgotten History of an African American Fighter Pilot Simmons, Thomas E.
The Man Called Brown Condor : the Forgotten History of an African American Fighter Pilot
Relates the story of American war hero John Charles Robinson, who commanded the Imperial Ethiopian Air Corps during the Italo-Ethiopian War of 1935, describing his success in becoming a pilot and his influence on the establishment of a school of aviationat Tuskegee Institute.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
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