A Year in the Life

The collar : a year of striving and faith inside a Catholic seminary

Jonathan Englert.

Inspirational, Nonfiction, Biography

The journalist Jonathan Englert goes inside a seminary to follow five men who have left their careers and lives behind in pursuit of the priesthood. There are now a record sixty-four million Catholics in the United States, yet the number of priests is plummeting so fast that hundreds of parishes nationwide are closing down. Against this turbulent backdrop, Englert charts the journey of five men toward the priesthood at a seminary that specializes...

A year in Provence

Peter Mayle ; illustrations by Judith Clancy.

Orange is the new black : my year in a woman's prison

Piper Kerman.

Biography, Humor, Nonfiction

A compelling, often hilarious, and unfailingly compassionate portrait of life inside a women's prison   When Piper Kerman was sent to prison for a ten-year-old crime, she barely resembled the reckless young woman she'd been when, shortly after graduating Smith College, she'd committed the misdeeds that would eventually catch up with her.Happily ensconced in a New York City apartment, with a promising career and an attentive boyfriend, she was su...

Bigger deal : a year on the new poker circuit

Anthony Holden.

Nonfiction, Biography

In the years since Anthony Holden wrote his classic memoirBig Deal,the poker world has changed beyond recognition. When Holden played in the 1988 World Series of Poker there were 167 starters competing for a prize of $270,000. Since then, poker has become the world's largest single-competitor sport -- at the 2006 World Series there were almost 9,000 players and a first prize of $12 million, the richest in any sport.What happened in the years betw...

The year of learning dangerously : adventures in homeschooling

Quinn Cummings.

Biography, Humor, Nonfiction

From an author "USA Today" dubbed OErma Bombeck with an edge, O a wry memoir that explores the perils and pleasures of teaching and learning at home.

He crashed me so I crashed him back : the true story of the year the King, Jaws, Earnhardt, and the rest of NASCAR's feudin', fightin', good ol' boys put stock car racing on the map

Mark Bechtel.

Biography, Nonfiction

On a cold February day in 1979, when most of the Northeast was snowed in by a blizzard, NASCAR entered the American consciousness with a dramatic telecast of the Daytona 500. It was the first 500-mile race to be broadcast live on national television and featured the heroes and legends of the sport racing on a hallowed track. With one of the wildest finishes in sports history--a finish that was just the start of the drama--everything changed for w...

The year we disappeared : a father-daughter memoir

Cylin Busby & John Busby.

Biography, Nonfiction

With their lives unraveling around them, the Busby family left everything and everyone they had ever known--and simply disappeared. As told by both father and daughter, this is a harrowing true story of a family, a brutal shooting, and the year that would change their lives forever.

Cop in the hood : my year policing Baltimore's eastern district

Peter Moskos.

Biography, Nonfiction

Cop in the Hoodis an explosive insider's story of what it is really like to be a police officer on the front lines of the war on drugs. Harvard-trained sociologist Peter Moskos became a cop in Baltimore's roughest neighborhood--the Eastern District, also the location for the critically acclaimed HBO dramaThe Wire--where he experienced real-life poverty and violent crime firsthand. He provides an unforgettable window into this world that outsiders...

Relentless pursuit : a year in the trenches with Teach for America

Donna Foote.

Biography, Nonfiction

A revealing look inside a national phenomenon, Teach For America, which, since its founding in 1990, has pursued one of the most daring--and controversial--strategies for closing the educational achievement gap between the richest and poorest students in the country. The story is set in South Los Angeles at Locke High School, an institution founded in 1967 in the spirit of renewal that followed the devastating Watts riots but that, four decades o...

The heroin diaries : a year in the life of a shattered rock star

Nikki Sixx with Ian Gittins.

Biography, Nonfiction

Born Frank Feranna, Nikki Sixx grew up in Seattle and moved to Los Angeles at the age of seventeen. There, in 1981, he became the bassist for Mötley Crüe, the legendary rock band he started with friend Tommy Lee. Today he is a family man with many projects on the side, including songwriting, film, a new band, a clothing line, as well as ongoing work with the Crüe.

In the hot zone : one man, one year, twenty wars

Kevin Sites.

Action/Adventure, History, Biography, Nonfiction, Travel

Kevin Sites is a man on a mission. Venturing alone into the dark heart of war, armed with just a video camera, a digital camera, a laptop, and a satellite modem, the award-winning journalist covered virtually every major global hot spot as the first Internet correspondent for Yahoo! News. Beginning his journey with the anarchic chaos of Somalia in September 2005 and ending with the Israeli-Hezbollah war in the summer of 2006, Sites talks with reb...

Diary of a real estate rookie : my year of flipping, selling, and rebuilding-- and what I learned (the hard way)

Alison Rogers.

Biography, Nonfiction

With humor and grace--as well as an eye for the fabulous and outrageous--real estate rookie Alison Rogers offers an insider's tale of the hottest real estate market in the country. Expanding upon Rogers' weekly national column in Inman News, Diary of a Real Estate Rookie chronicles a former real estate journalist's wily adventures, from a gutsy attempt at starting a real estate business with only $16,000 to the (eventual) taste of sweet success. ...

Blood makes the grass grow green : a year in the desert with team America

Johnny Rico.

Biography, Nonfiction, Humor

Outrageous, hilarious, and absolutely candid, Blood Makes the Grass Grow Green is Johnny Rico's firsthand account of fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, a memoir that also reveals the universal truths about the madness of war. No one would have picked Johnny Rico for a soldier. The son of an aging hippie father, Johnny was overeducated and hostile to all authority. But when 9/11 happened, the twenty-six-year-old probation officer dropped everyth...

Fried twinkies, buckle bunnies, & bull riders : a year inside the professional bull riders tour

Josh Peter.

Biography, Nonfiction, Travel

The beer drinkers and the born-agains. The faithful and the philanderers. Those seeking eternal life in heaven and those looking to raise hell. There they were, dressed in their starched jeans and Western shirts, rubbing rosin onto their custommade bull ropes, and removing the lint from their cowboy hats. The PBR's top riders, all squeezed inside the same locker room deep in the bowels of Veterans Memorial Arena.

Courtroom 302 : a year behind the scenes in an American criminal courthouse

Steve Bogira.

Biography, Nonfiction

Steve Bogira's riveting book takes us into the heart of America's criminal justice system.Courtroom 302is the story of one year in one courtroom in Chicago's Cook County Criminal Courthouse, the busiest felony courthouse in the country. We see the system through the eyes of the men and women who experience it, not only in the courtroom but in the lockup, the jury room, the judge's chambers, the spectators' gallery. When the judge and his staff go...

Homicide special : a year with the LAPD's elite detective unit

Miles Corwin.

Biography, Nonfiction

A riveting, behind-the-scenes look at one of the most elite, highly trained units of homicide detectives in the country Los Angeles is a town of dreamers--and of those who prey on them. The scene of innumerable bizarre crimes, it is also home to a unique police unit called Homicide Special, whose mandate is to take on the toughest, most controversial, and highest-profile cases. Now acclaimed writer Miles Corwin uses his unprecedented access to th...

Into the breach : a year of life and death with the EMS

J. A. Karam.

Action/Adventure, Biography, Nonfiction

Into the Breach is the true story of paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and heavy-rescue specialists fighting to control trauma and medical emergencies in one of America's toughest and most violent cities: Newark, New Jersey. A riveting account that hauls readers on a first-hand tour of street medicine today, Into the Breach shows what really happens inside an ambulance and some of the diverse and bizarre places EMS workers tread. Through...

Falling hard : a rookie's year in boxing

Chris Jones.

Biography, Nonfiction

In "Falling Hard: A Rookie's Year in Boxing," Chris Jones recounts his first year at ringside. He gets dressed down by Don King, gambles his way through Vegas, meets the troubled guy who found Evander Holyfield's ear, goes to Muhammad Ali's birthday party, and witnesses Prince Naseem Hamed explode while Mike Tyson implodes. Like the sport itself, "Falling Hard" is equal measures of victory and defeat -- an intoxicating combination that leaves Jon...

And still we rise : the trials and triumphs of twelve gifted inner-city high school students

Miles Corwin.

Biography, Nonfiction

Author and journalist Miles Corwin offers a masterfully reported and elegantly written chronicle of an exceptional inner-city high school class, Crenshaw High School in South Central Los Angeles.

A year by the sea : thoughts of an unfinished woman

Joan Anderson.

Biography, Nonfiction

Now available in paperback, the entrancing story of how one woman's journey of self-discovery gave her the courage to persevere in re-creating her life. Life is a work in progress, as ever-changing as a sandy shoreline along the beach. During the years Joan Anderson was a loving wife and supportive mother, she had slowly and unconsciously replaced her own dreams with the needs of her family. With her sons grown, however, she realized that the fam...

The corner : a year in the life of an inner-city neighborhood

David Simon and Edward Burns.

Biography, Nonfiction

West Baltimore, Fayette and Monroe: the corner. On this forgotten intersection, the American dream has crumbled to a nightmare. Here, the full price of the drug culture is being paid--yet, surprisingly, it can also be a place of hope, caring, and love. This extraordinary book tells the searing true story of one year in the life of an inner-city neighborhood. Written by David Simon, the award-winning author ofHomicide,and Edward Burns, a former po...

Fields and pastures new : my first year as a country vet

John McCormack.

Biography, Nonfiction

The warm and gently humorous memoir of a young veterinarian's first year of practice in Choctaw County, Alabama, in the early 1960s. "I can relate to Dr. McCormack on page after page of this book. In his writing he beguilingly captures the laughter and tears of the veterinary scene. A heartwarming read for the animal lover."--James Herriot.

The secrets of Mariko : a year in the life of a Japanese woman and her family

by Elisabeth Bumiller.

Biography, Nonfiction

With Bumiller's intimate, beautifully written portrait of a middle-class Tokyo housewife, readers finally penetrate the mysteries of the Japanese people to see how they differ from us, and how they are alike.