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  • The Broken Places

    by Joseph McBride
    In The Broken Places, Joseph McBride, an internationally acclaimed American cultural historian, recalls his troubled youth in the Midwest during the 1960s. Searingly immediate and yet reflective, this is the author's memoir of his breakdown as a teenager and triumphant recovery. It gives an unsparing look at physical and psychological abuse, family dysfunction and addiction, sexual repression, and Catholic guilt. And at its heart, this is a haunting, often joyous love story. The Broken Place... more
  • Edwina

    by Jill Hofstra
    Get wrapped up in the warm memories of Edwina, a precocious and delightful girl who lived just outside of Boston in the early 1900s. Edwina's recently uncovered memoirs-found in old notebooks and diaries by her granddaughter, Jill Hofstra-tell the story of growing up the child of a single, working mother who never let her daughter know how hard life really was. Told in the first person, Edwina's humor, spunk and optimistic spirit shine through stories that introduce us to the diverse cast of cha... more
  • Finding Om: An Indian Journey of Rickshaws, Chai, Chapattis and Gurus

    by Elizabeth Rae Kovar
    Finding Om is a travel memoir that looks into the mind and soul of 22-year old, Bowling Green State University college student, Elizabeth. In 2005, Elizabeth studied abroad in Australia, which ignited a fresh perspective on life. Australia, and the ocean, became her first love – a sacred place that rebirthed her soul and introduced her to yoga. Emboldened by the South Pacific, Elizabeth returned to Ohio and fell ill from reverse culture shock. Her collegiate responsibilities, boyfriend issues... more
  • The Days of My Youth: A Childhood Memoir of Life in the Oneida Community

    by Pauline Caputi
    This 5 1/2 hour audiobook brings to life the memories of a child in the unique 19th-century social and religious experiment that was the Oneida Community. Successfully conveying what it felt like being a young girl in the commune, it is an important source of information about one of the longest-lasting and successful ventures in utopian living in America history. It is filled with affectionate and amusing portraits of members of the community and their neighbors and employees. Corinna Ackley No... more
  • David and the Giant Mailbox: Walking 1000 Miles to Talk About Climate Change

    by David Henry
    Angered by the seeming indifference of people to the crisis of climate change, David Henry set out to cross the country by foot having conversations with people along the way. What he found might surprise you.
  • Broadway, Schrafft's and Seeded Rye--Growing Up Slightly Jewish on the Upper West Side

    by lyla blake ward
    A lighthearted look back at life in the 1930's and early 1940's. Through essays and poems, histories and vintage photos, the author makes this unique neighborhood—72nd Street to 110th, east and west of Broadway--come alive. It’s a place, she recalls, where almost everyone she knew was Jewish and only the pigeons ate white bread.
  • Fixed: Dope Sacks, Dye Packs and the Long Welcome Back

    by Doug Piotter
    Fixed is a darkly comedic memoir that spans my unsupervised youth, drug and alcohol addiction, bank robbery, life in prison and ultimately my release and re-entry into my life’s new and sober orbit. With the perspective gained from more than two decades of sobriety, I give an accounting of my debauched life with humor and irreverence. I grew up with alcoholic parents trapped inside their own lonely skins, a painful childhood full of cold shoulders and broken furniture. I burst onto the drug sce... more
  • Tom Waits for No One: The Illustrated Scrapbook

    by Jack R. Lamb
    Tom Waits For No One: The Illustrated Scrapbook tells the story of a pioneering, nearly forgotten animated music video by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Tom Waits. The book features the art, character sketches and memorabilia collected from the film's production in 1979, and highlights the young animators who created the film, which includes David Silverman, director of The Simpsons Movie and co-director of Monsters Inc. The story presents a humorous insider’s view of the animation process ... more
  • Strange Passengers: A Memoir of Madness, Addiction, and Faith

    by Paul Gill
    Containing what may be the most detailed and nightmarish account of methamphetamine psychosis in all of literature, STRANGE PASSENGERS is the electrifying record of author Paul Gill's descent into madness, and chronicles his eventual transformation from an atheistic drunk into a clean and sober man of faith. By turns shocking, profound, bizarre, and beautiful, Paul's hallucinatory narrative takes readers across his blasted inner landscape and deep into the wild country of the human heart—a journ... more
  • Walking through Sunflowers: through Deepest France on the Road to Compostela

    by Denise Fainberg
    “Walking through Sunflowers: through Deepest France on the Road to Compostela” is the narrative of my pilgrimage with my companion across France along one of the traditional paths toward the shrine of Santiago in northwestern Spain. The trail, known as the Chemin du Puy, leads from mountainous central France to high limestone plateaus and fertile river valleys; to jewels of Romanesque architecture at the many traditional shrines along the way; through the vineyards and rich farmland of Aquitai... more
  • A Movable Marriage

    by Tricia Pimental
    In her early forties, Tricia Pimental has everything she ever wanted: beautiful children, a lovely home, and in her new marriage, the romance of a lifetime. She soon realizes, however, that she and her husband are at odds over one critical issue. She is a homebody. He is a nomad. So begins the never-ending journey. The author crisscrosses North America, relocating on an alarmingly regular basis. Along the way she meets an imposing cast of characters, from a gun-slinging landlord to cowboy weathe... more
  • A Movable Marriage

    by Tricia Pimental
    In her early forties, Tricia Pimental has everything she ever wanted: beautiful children, a lovely home, and in her new marriage, the romance of a lifetime. She soon realizes, however, that she and her husband are at odds over one critical issue. She is a homebody. He is a nomad. So begins the never-ending journey. The author crisscrosses North America, relocating on an alarmingly regular basis. Along the way she meets an imposing cast of characters, from a gun-slinging landlord to cowboy weathe... more
  • Confession and True Accounts of the Crazy Clan

    by Phillipe Aradox
    Public School life is hard enough with the classes and cliques. This is the tale of how a group of friends came together and faced the hardships while standing strong. From first loves to exploding frogs this book has it all!
  • Surrendering to the Music: 6 Life Lessons Playing Piano Taught Me

    by Gerry Baird
    Gerry Baird started learning to play piano at age 26 and not only developed a lifelong passion for music, but also learned powerful life lessons along the way. This musical memoir features entertaining stories and wisdom that will appeal to musicians and non-musicians alike.
  • Climbing the Holy Mountain of Recovery

    by Adrian Auler

    This story is an autoethnography. That means that it examines the problem of heroin addiction and the value of ibogaine for its treatment with respect to our culture and society through the lens of my own experience. So while it has a generally autobiographical character, supported and enhanced by memoir-like experiential passages, I also discuss elements and aspects of addiction and recovery, and describe some features of ibogaine treatment.

  • Trading Places: Becoming My Mother's Mother

    by Sandra Bullock Smith
    In Trading Places: Becoming My Mother’s Mother, author Sandra Bullock Smith shares her personal experiences spending ten years caring for her ailing mother. This heartfelt look at the trials and tribulations of that decade offers powerful insight and encouragement for anyone entering into a similar period of life. Smith’s touching stories share the heartbreaking, and sometimes comical, moments she experienced while providing assistance to her aging parent—and how they mirrored similar events ... more

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