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  • Details about The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the North Pond Hermit

    The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the North Pond Hermit

    Michael Finkel

    Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality--not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own. In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until ……more

  • Details about You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir

    You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir

    Sherman Alexie

    The Instant New York Times Bestseller Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction A searing, deeply moving memoir about family, love, loss, and forgiveness from the critically acclaimed, bestselling National Book Award-winning author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian . Family relationships are never simple. But Sherman Alexie's bond with his mother Lillian was more complex than most. She plunged her family into chaos with a drinking habit, but shed her ad……more

  • Details about The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry

    The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry

    David Carlson; Landis Blair (Illustrator)

    It was a hunting accident--that much Charlie is sure of. That's how his father, Matt Rizzo--a gentle intellectual who writes epic poems in Braille--had lost his vision. It's not until Charlie's troubled teenage years, when he's facing time for his petty crimes, that he learns the truth. Matt Rizzo was blinded by a shotgun blast to the face--but it was while participating in an armed robbery. Newly blind and without hope, Matt began his bleak new life at Stateville Prison. But in this unlikely ……more

  • Details about Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (sound recording)

    Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (sound recording)

    Trevor Noah (Read by)

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man's coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, New York Times - Newsday - Esquire - NPR - Booklist Trevor Noah's unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mot……more

  • Details about You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain

    You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain

    Phoebe Robinson; Jessica Williams (Foreword by)

    A NEW YORK TIMES aBEST SELLERaoa"A must-readaPhoebe Robinson discusses race and feminism in such a funny, real, and specific way, it penetrates your brain and stays with you."a -Ilana Glazer, co-creator and co-star ofa Broad City A hilarious and timely essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from upcoming comedy superstar and 2 Dope Queens podcasteraPhoebe Robinson Being a black woman in America means contending with old prejudices and fresh absurdities every day. Comedian PhoebeaRo……more

  • Details about Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

    Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

    Joe Biden

    The Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller "Promise Me, Dad is a brisk, often uplifting read, a consequence of its author's congenital jollity and irrepressible candor." - Vanity Fair A deeply moving memoir about the year that would forever change both a family and a country. In November 2014, thirteen members of the Biden family gathered on Nantucket for Thanksgiving, a tradition they had been celebrating for the past forty years; it was the one constant in what had become a hectic, scrutiniz……more

  • Details about Ali: A Life

    Ali: A Life

    Jonathan Eig

    The definitive biography of an American icon, from a New York Times best-selling author with unique access to Ali's inner circle He was the wittiest, the prettiest, the strongest, the bravest, and, of course, the greatest (as he told us himself). Muhammad Ali was one of the twentieth century's most fantastic figures and arguably the most famous man on the planet. But until now, he has never been the subject of a complete, unauthorized biography. Jonathan Eig, hailed by Ken Burns as one of Ame……more

  • Details about Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

    Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

    J. D. Vance

    From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America's white working class.Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis--that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before be……more

  • Details about Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

    Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

    Roxane Gay

    The Instant New York Times Bestseller   From the New York Times best-selling author of Bad Feminist, a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself.   "I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere. . . . I was trapped in my body, on……more

  • Details about When Breath Becomes Air

    When Breath Becomes Air

    Paul Kalanithi; Abraham Verghese (Foreword by)

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * For readers of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Anne Lamott, a profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis who attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living? At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a pa……more