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  • Salvationby Valerie Martin

    Little, Brown Book Group 2008; US$ 9.99

    nspired by the great frescoes of St Francis of Assisi, the highly-praised author of ITALIAN FEVER has written a new and wholly original biography. Composed in a series of vividly realised 'panels', SALVATION begins with the dying Francesco - and the rivalry for his body among the towns of medieval Italy - and moves back in time toward his mystical... more...

  • Wife in the Northby Judith O'Reilly

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 11.27

    How far would you go to be the perfect mother? The hilarious Wife in the North by Judith O'Reilly , based on her enormously popular blog, recounts one woman's attempt to move her family and her life from cosmopolitan London to rural Northumberland. Maybe hormones ate her brain. How else did Judith's husband persuade her to give up her career and... more...

  • An Educationby Lynn Barber

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 12.68

    When the journalist Lynn Barber was 16, she was picked up at a bus-stop by an attractive older man who drew up in his sports car - and her life was almost wrecked. A bright confident girl, on course to go to Oxford, she began a relationship which, incredibly, was encouraged by her conventional, suburban parents and which took her into the louche,... more...

  • A Boy I Once Knewby Elizabeth Stone

    Algonquin Books 2002; US$ 15.95

    One morning, a box was delivered to Elizabeth Stone's door. It held ten years of personal diaries and a letter that began "Dear Elizabeth, You must be wondering why I left you my diaries in my will. After all, we have not seen each other in over twenty years . . ." What followed was a remarkable year in Elizabeth's life as she read Vincent's diaries... more...

  • Dark at the Rootsby Sarah Thyre

    Counterpoint 2008; US$ 14.99

    As a middle child raised middle class and stuck out in the middle of Louisiana, hilarious writer and actress Sarah Thyre often found her in-between existence far less than desirable. Even from a young age, Sarah found ways of shirking her own hated identity whether by stealing someone else's or lying about her own. She changed her name, claimed to... more...

  • And Then Life Happensby Auma Obama; Ross Benjamin

    St. Martin's Press 2012; US$ 12.74

    A moving account by Auma Obama about her life in Africa and Europe, and her relationship with her brother, Barack Obama. While her younger brother Barack grew up in the U.S. and Indonesia, Auma Obama's childhood played out at the other end of the world in a remote village in Kenya, the birthplace of the siblings' shared father. Barack and Auma met... more...

  • Ordinary Lifeby Kathlyn Conway

    Henry Holt and Co. 1996; US$ 7.39

    This book is a striking departure from the literature of illness as well as a remarkable literary work in its own right. The stories we typically hear about people coping with serious illness are set up as heroic tales that emphasize the victim's triumph over adversity or even portray the experience of illness as a transformative event that makes... more...

  • Straight On Till Morningby Mary S. Lovell

    Little, Brown Book Group 2012; US$ 14.99

    Beryl Markham, like Karen Blixen, could only have come out of Africa. Pioneering aviatrix, flamboyant beauty, brilliant race-horse trainer, unscrupulous seducer - her life story is for every reader who was enthralled by Blixen's exotic world, that of Kenya between the wars. This fully authorised biography, drawn from the author's personal association... more...

  • The Tale Of Two Nazaninsby Nazanin Afshin-Jam; Susan McClelland

    HarperCollins Canada 2012; US$ 11.99

    Nazanin Afshin-Jam was on top of the world. In 2006, she had just signed her first record deal and, after placing as first runner-up for Miss World, was a sought-after fashion model and icon within the Iranian dissident community. But one afternoon, she received an email that would change the course of her life. The subject of that email?a Kurdish... more...

  • Lying Awakeby Catherine Carswell

    Canongate Books 1997; US$ 10.79

    As a fine novelist, critic and biographer Catherine Carswell led a passionate and various life, full of intellectual commitment and a wide range of social interests. She worked on this original, modest and yet richly remarkable autobiography over a number of years, coming back to it again and again, almost as an act of meditation.The younger daughter... more...