Biographies That Inspire

Two kisses for Maddy : a memoir of loss & love

Matthew Logelin.


Matt and Liz Logelin were high school sweethearts. After years of long-distance dating, the pair finally settled together in Los Angeles, and they had it all: a perfect marriage, a gorgeous new home, and a baby girl on the way. Liz's pregnancy was rocky, but they welcomed Madeline, beautiful and healthy, into the world on March 24, 2008. Just twenty-seven hours later, Liz suffered a pulmonary embolism and died instantly, without ever holding the...

Finding Grace : a true story about losing your way in life-- and finding it again

Donna VanLiere.

Biography, Nonfiction

Finding Grace is the powerful, often humorous, and deeply moving story of one woman¿s journey of broken dreams. It is the story of how a painful legacy of the past is confronted and met with peace. This book is for anyone who has struggled to understand why our desires--even the simplest ones--are sometimes denied or who has questioned where God is when we need him most. This story is about one woman¿s unlikely road to motherhood. F...

Without a map : a memoir

Meredith Hall.

Biography, Nonfiction

Meredith Hall's moving but unsentimental memoir begins in 1965, when she becomes pregnant at sixteen. Shunned by her insular New Hampshire community, she is then kicked out of the house by her mother. Her father and stepmother reluctantly take her in, hiding her before they finally banish her altogether. After giving her baby up for adoption, Hall wanders recklessly through the Middle East, where she survives by selling her possessions and finall...

The story of my life

Helen Keller.

Biography, Nonfiction

THE 100th YEAR ANNIVERSARY EDITION The Story of My Life, a remarkable account of overcoming the debilitating challenges of being both deaf and blind, has become an international classic, making Helen Keller one of the most well-known, inspirational figures in history. Originally published in 1903, Keller's fascinating memoir narrates the events of her life up to her third year at Radcliffe College. Helen Keller's story of struggle and achievement...

Triumph : life after the cult a survivor's lessons

Carolyn Jessop with Laura Palmer.

Biography, Nonfiction

The author ofThe New York TimesbestsellerEscapereturns with a moving and inspirational tale of her life after she heroically fled the cult she'd been raised in, her hard-won new identity and happiness, and her determination to win justice for the crimes committed against her family.   In 2003, Carolyn Jessop, 35, a lifelong member of the extremist Mormon sect the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), gathered up ...

To full term : a mother's triumph over miscarriage

Darci Klein ; foreword by Mary Stephenson.

Nonfiction, Biography

A powerful and empowering memoir of a woman's fight to bring her fifth pregnancy to full term after years of heartbreak and horrific loss. To Full Term is the gripping memoir of Darci Klein's pregnancy with her son Sam, and the story of one woman's struggle to give her baby a fighting chance. From refusing to accept outmoded obstetric guidelines to going head-to-head with stubborn medical professionals, to overcoming her own paralyzing fears, Dar...

Mother in the middle : a biologist's story of caring for parent and child

Sybil Lockhart.

Biography, Nonfiction, Science/Technology

Sybil Lockhart, a Berkeley neurobiologist, became a "mother in the middle" when she was pregnant with her second daughter and her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. What makes Sybil's story different, and so powerful, is that she understood the neurological processes, by turns exciting and devastating, that were taking place in the brains of those she loved. Interweaving her scientific expertise with her own complicated emotions, she ...

You don't look like anyone I know a true story of family, face-blindness, and forgiveness

Heather Sellers.


Heather Sellers has a neurological condition that prevents her from recognizing faces. She feared she was crazy. But when she took the man she would marry to meet her parents, she began to discover the truth about her family and herself. An unusual and uncommonly moving family memoir, with a twist that gives new meaning to hindsight, insight, and forgiveness.

Resilience : reflections on the burdens and gifts of facing life's adversities

Elizabeth Edwards.

Biography, Nonfiction

The bestselling author of Saving Graces shares her inspirational message on the challenges and blessings of coping with adversity. She's one of the most beloved political figures in the country, and on the surface, seems to have led a charmed life. In many ways, she has. Beautiful family. Thriving career. Supportive friendship. Loving marriage. But she's no stranger to adversity. Many know of the strength she had shown after her son, Wade, was ki...

Notes left behind

Brooke and Keith Desserich.

Biography, Nonfiction

"Notes Left Behind" tells the heartbreaking story of young Elena Desserich's battle with brain cancer as told through the eyes of the parents who survived her. "This is a stunning story that teaches us how precious children, family, and life are."--James Patterson.