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  1. The Journals of Spalding Gray

    The Journals of Spalding Gray

    $28.95

    Riveting, funny, heartbreaking, at once raw and lyrical: these journals reveal the complexity of the actor/writer who invented the autobiographical monologue and perfected the form in such celebrated works as Swimming to Cambodia. Learn More
  2. The Journal of Best Practices

    The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to Be a Better Husband

    $25.00

    At some point in nearly every marriage, a wife finds herself asking, What the @#!% is wrong with my husband?! In David Finch’s case, this turns out to be an apt question. Five years after he married Kristen, the love of his life, they learn that he has Asperger syndrome. The diagnosis explains David’s ever-growing list of quirks and compulsions, his lifelong propensity to quack and otherwise melt down in social exchanges, and his clinical-strength inflexibility. But it doesn’t make him any easier to live with. Learn More
  3. The Jack Bank

    The Jack Bank: A Memoir of a South African Childhood

    $24.99

    An extraordinary, literary memoir from a gay white South African, coming of age at the end of apartheid in the late 1970s. Glen Retief's childhood was at once recognizably ordinary--and brutally unusual. Learn More
  4. The Historic Unfulfilled Promise

    The Historic Unfulfilled Promise

    $16.95

    Howard Zinn's life and work are the stuff of legend. His People's History of the United States has sold over two million copies and has altered how we see and teach history. A hero in word and deed, Zinn's views on freedom, fairness, history, democracy, and our own human potential are educational and transformative. Learn More
  5. The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel

    The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel: American Showman, Daredevil, and Legend

    $27.50

    This riveting and definitive new biography pulls back the red, white, and blue cape on a cultural icon—and reveals the unknown, complex, and controversial man known to millions around the world as Evel Knievel. Learn More
  6. The Glorious Deception

    The Glorious Deception

    $16.95

    In a biography woven from equal parts enchantment and mystery, Jim Steinmeyer unveils the secrets behind the most enigmatic performer in the history of stage magic, Chung Ling Soo, the 'Marvelous Chinese Conjurer' - a magician whose daring made his contemporary Houdini seem like the boy next door. Learn More
  7. The Glen Rock Book Of The Dead

    The Glen Rock Book Of The Dead

    $12.95

    In her author’s note to the book, Marion Winik writes that in Mexico on the Day of the Dead, “people build altars to their loved ones . . . they go to the cemetery and stay all night, praying, singing, drinking, wailing. They tell the sad stories and the noble ones; they eat cookies shaped like skeletons. They celebrate and mourn at once.” Learn More
  8. The Girl's Guide to Homelessness

    The Girl's Guide to Homelessness: A Memoir

    $16.95

    Brianna Karp entered the workforce at age ten, supporting her mother and sister throughout her teen years in Southern California. Learn More
  9. The Fry Chronicles

    The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography

    $29.95

    Stephen Fry arrived at Cambridge University as a convicted fraudster and thief, an addict, liar, fantasist, and failed suicide, convinced that any moment he would be sent away. Learn More
  10. The Dark Side of Innocence

    The Dark Side of Innocence: Growing Up Bipolar

    $25.00

    "Killing yourself at any age is a seriously tricky business. But when I was seven, the odds felt insurmountable." Learn More

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