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  • The Distance Between Usby Reyna Grande

    Washington Square Press 2012; US$ 12.99

    “In this poignant memoir about her childhood in Mexico, Reyna Grande skillfully depicts another side of the immigrant experience—the hardships and heartbreaks of the children who are left behind.” —Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of Enrique's Journey Reyna Grande vividly brings to life her tumultuous early years in this “compelling... more...

  • Shakespeareby Bill Bryson

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 8.99

    William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself. Bryson documents the efforts... more...

  • Homage to Cataloniaby George Orwell

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 14.09

    In this chronicle of his experiences as a militiaman in the Spanish Civil War, George Orwell brings to bear all the force of his humanity, passion and clarity, describing with bitter intensity the bright hopes and cynical betrayals of that chaotic and brutal episode in European history. 'An unrivalled picture of the rumours, suspicions and treachery... more...

  • Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and Other Writingsby Thomas De Quincey; Robert Morrison

    OUP Oxford 2013; US$ 8.99

    Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, Suspiria de Profundis, and 'The English Mail-Coach' are De Quincey's finest essays in autobiography, published here with three appendices containing a wealth of related manuscript material and a comprehensive introduction and notes. more...

  • Running for the Hillsby Horatio Clare

    Scribner 2006; US$ 11.99

    Before Horatio Clare was born, his parents fell in love with a place -- a remote sheep farm in Wales, physically and in every other way far from the lives they were forging as young professionals in London. The farm was high up a mountain, nearly impassable in winter. The neighbors were surly, or perhaps just unused to foreigners. But the setting was... more...

  • Prime Greenby Robert Stone

    HarperCollins 2007; US$ 10.99

    A memoir of America's most turbulent, whimsical decade, in the words of the man who experienced it all... From the New York City of Kline and De Kooning to the jazz era of New Orleans's French Quarter to Ken Kesey's psychedelic California, Prime Green explores the 1960s in all its weird, innocent, fascinating glory. An account framed by two wars, it... more...

  • Neal Cassadyby David Sandison; Graham Vickers

    Chicago Review Press 2007; US$ 19.95

    This fascinating and in-depth biography of Neal Cassady takes a look at the man who achieved immortality as Dean Moriarty, the central character in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road . A charismatic, funny, articulate, and formidably intelligent man, Cassady was also a compulsive womanizer who lived life on the edge. His naturalistic, conversational writing... more...

  • The Geography of Loveby Glenda Burgess

    Crown/Archetype 2008; US$ 14.00

    “If I had given it much thought, I might have hesitated to marry a man for whom at the age of 45 much of the past was too painful to consider--for either of us. Truthfully, thought had little to do with it.  Instinct did--the instinct to seize a sure and ebullient happiness or go down trying.” Falling in love is arguably the greatest risk and... more...

  • More, Now, Againby Elizabeth Wurtzel

    Simon & Schuster 2007; US$ 3.99

    I crush up my pills and snort them like dust. They are my sugar. They are the sweetness in the days that have none. They drip through me like tupelo honey. Then they are gone. Then I need more. I always need more. For all of my life I have needed more. A precocious literary light, Elizabeth Wurtzel published her groundbreaking memoir of depression,... more...

  • All Will Be Wellby John McGahern

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 16.00

    From award-winning author John McGahern, a memoir of his childhood in the Irish countryside and the beginnings of his life as a writer.McGahern describes his early years as one of seven children growing up in rural County Leitrim, a childhood was marked by his father’s violent nature and the early death of his beloved mother. Tracing the memories of... more...