REAL LIFE

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  1. Working Stiff

    Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

    $25.00

    The fearless memoir of a young forensic pathologist’s “rookie season” as a NYC medical examiner, and the cases—hair-raising and heartbreaking and impossibly complex—that shaped her as both a physician and a mother. Learn More
  2. Will Eisner: A Dreamer's Life In Comics

    Will Eisner: A Dreamer's Life in Comics

    $28.00

    Finally, a full biography of Will Eisner, creator of classic Golden Age superhero The Spirit and the father of the American graphic novel. Learn More
  3. Wilde in America

    Wilde in America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity

    $26.95

    The story of Oscar Wilde’s landmark 1882 American tour explains how this quotable literary eminence became famous for being famous. Learn More
  4. The Wild Truth

    Wild Truth

    $27.99

    The spellbinding story of Chris McCandless, who gave away his savings, hitchhiked to Alaska, walked into the wilderness alone, and starved to death in 1992, fascinated not just New York Times bestselling author Jon Krakauer, but also the rest of the nation. Learn More
  5. Unearthing (sc)

    Unearthing (softcover)

    $29.95

    One of the world's foremost authors of the fantastic, Alan Moore, joins internationally esteemed photographer Mitch Jenkins for an unprecedented visual and literary experience. Learn More
  6. Tibetan Peach Pie

    Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life

    $27.99

    Internationally bestselling novelist and American icon Tom Robbins delivers the long awaited tale of his wild life and times, both at home and around the globe. Learn More
  7. Portable Malcolm X Reader

    The Portable Malcolm X Reader

    $22.00

    A new look at Malcolm X's life and times from his Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer, Manning Marable. Learn More
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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

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