The titles in this section are biographies, autobiographies and memoirs. What's the difference between a memoir and an autobiography?

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  1. Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume 3

    Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume 3


    The surprising final chapter of a great American life. Learn More
  2. Bad Boy

    Bad Boy


    From the beginning, Jim Thompson knew he was going to catch hell no matter what he did. And during a childhood spent at the mercy of a father whose schemes put him on the wrong side of the law as often as the right, and a grandfather who knew the bad parts of town like the back of his hand, young Jim learned sin better than any writer had before. Learn More
  3. Bad Kid

    Bad Kid: A Memoir


    Filled with the music and popular culture of the late-eighties and early-nineties, this refreshingly honest and hilarious coming-of-age memoir from comedian, storyteller, and The Moth host David Crabb tells a universally resonant story about growing up gay and Goth in San Antonio, Texas. Learn More
  4. BAD: The Autobiography of James Carr

    BAD: The Autobiography of James Carr


    "When I was nine years old I burned down my school." —from the text. Learn More
  5. ballad of the whiskey robber cover

    Ballad Of The Whiskey Robber


    A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, And Broken Hearts Learn More
  6. Barbarian Days (paperback)

    Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life


    A deeply rendered self-portrait of a lifelong surfer by the acclaimed New Yorker writer Learn More
  7. Barracuda In The Attic

    Barracuda In The Attic


    Whether shooting pool with the mobster Crazy Joey Gallo, attending a dinner party hosted by an aged but remarkably spry Groucho Marx, or simply playing doctor with a classmate in the former estate of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Kipp Friedman led a colorful childhood. Learn More
  8. The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir

    Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir


    An exceptional father-son story from the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me about the reality that tests us, the myths that sustain us, and the love that saves us. Learn More
  9. The Beaver Show

    Beaver Show: The Crass And Inspiring Saga Of An Enterprising Megababe


    "I dance. Naked. For large (and occasionally insultingly modest) sums of money." Learn More
  10. Beggars Of Life

    Beggars Of Life: A Hobo Autobiography


    A bestseller in 1924, this vivid piece of outlaw history has inexplicably faded from the public consciousness. Jim Tully takes us across the seamy underbelly of pre-WWI America on freight trains, and inside hobo jungles and brothels while narrowly averting railroad bulls (cops) and wardens of order. Learn More
  11. Bettyville

    Bettyville: A Memoir


    When George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, he finds himself—an unlikely caretaker and near-lethal cook—in a head-on collision with his aging mother, Betty, a woman of wit and will. Learn More
  12. Beyond Belief

    Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape


    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. Learn More
  13. Biographical Novel: Che Guevara

    Biographical Novel: Che Guevara


    Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, the legendary Argentinian revolutionary, was at the forefront of the Cuban revolution, tearing down the power of a corrupt government and investing it in the hands of the people. Learn More
  14. Blue Nights (trade paperback)

    Blue Nights


    From one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter. Richly textured with bits of her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion examines her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness, and growing old. Learn More
  15. The Book of Drugs: A Memoir

    Book of Drugs: A Memoir


    Mike Doughty first came to prominence as the leader of the band Soul Coughing then did an abrupt sonic left turn, much to the surprise of his audience, transforming into a solo performer of stark, dusky, but strangely hopeful tunes. Learn More
  16. Booky Wook 2

    Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal


    Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the bookstore . . . Booky Wook 2! Learn More
  17. Born Standing Up

    Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life


    In the mid-seventies, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Learn More
  18. Bossypants (mmpb)

    Bossypants (mmpb)


    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. Learn More
  19. Box Girl

    Box Girl: My Part Time Job as an Art Installation


    When 22-year-old Lilibet Snellings moved to Los Angeles on a whim, she unintentionally became a “slash” to keep her head above water—a writer/waitress/actress/Box Girl. Learn More
  20. Boy Erased

    Boy Erased: A Memoir


    A beautiful, raw and compassionate memoir about identity, love and understanding. Learn More
  21. Butterfly in the Typewriter (paperback)

    Butterfly in the Typewriter: The Tragic Life of John Kennedy Toole and the Remarkable Story of A Confederacy of Dunces


    The saga of John Kennedy Toole is one of the greatest stories of American literary history. Learn More
  22. Chelsea Whistle

    Chelsea Whistle: A Memoir


    In this gritty, confessional memoir, Michelle Tea takes the reader back to the city of her childhood. Learn More
  23. Child Of Baltimore

    Child of Baltimore

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    What would you do if your every move was controlled by your parents? What if you were denied the company of friends or any contact with your immediate family? What if you were raised to believe that your sole purpose in life was to become a religious pioneer? What if your mother and brother were arrested and charged with the brutal beating death of your father? What if your entire life was marked by tragedy after tragedy? What would you do? Learn More
  24. The Chronology of Water

    Chronology of Water


    This is not your mother’s memoir. Lifelong swimmer and Olympic hopeful Lidia Yuknavitch accepts a college swimming scholarship in Texas in order to escape an abusive father and an alcoholic, suicidal mother. Learn More
  25. Citizen Keane

    Citizen Keane: The Big Lies Behind The Big Eyes


    Teary, big-eyed orphans and a multitude of trashy knockoffs epitomized American kitsch art as they clogged thrift stores for decades. Learn More

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