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  Cover Art: A Wedding in Haiti : the Story of a Friendship Alvarez, Julia
A Wedding in Haiti : the Story of a Friendship
The popular author talks about three of her most personal relationships--with her parents, with her husband, and with a young Haitian boy known as Piti.
287 p. 2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: King Peggy : an American Secretary her Royal Destiny and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village Bartels, Peggielene
King Peggy : an American Secretary her Royal Destiny and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village
"King Peggy" is the charming real-life fairy tale of an American secretary who discovers she has been chosen king of an impoverished fishing village on the west coast of Africa.
333 p., [8] p. of plates 2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Memory Palace Bartok, Mira
The Memory Palace
A gorgeous memoir about the 17 year estrangement of the author and her homeless schizophrenic mother, and their reunion.
305 p. 2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Bechdel, Alison
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
This graphic novel chronicles the author's childhood and youth in rural Pennsylvania, USA, focusing on her complex relationship with her father. The book addresses themes of sexual orientation, gender roles, suicide and the role of literature in understanding oneself and one's family.
232 p. 2006
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
  Cover Art: One Good Egg : an Illustrated Memoir Becker, Suzy.
One Good Egg : an Illustrated Memoir
"Like many ambitious, driven women, Becker (All I Need to Know I Learned from My Cat)-a former Clinton administration fellow, founder of AIDS fundraiser RideFAR, and creator of Widget Factory greeting cards-put off starting a family until she was nearly 40. By the time she and her partner Lorene were "ready", Becker needed help in two forms: the first was in-vitro fertilization treatment, followed by a suitable sperm donor. In her touching and very funny illustrated memoir, Becker chronicles the relationships she had with everyone in her life during this strange and often harrowing process, and writes about the successful pregnancy and birth of her child." --Publisher's Weekly
213 p. 2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Burying the Typewriter : a Memoir Bugan, Carmen
Burying the Typewriter : a Memoir
"Burying the Typewriter" is Bugan's childhood memoir of her exasperating father and his arrest and persecution during Romania's Ceausescu years. Winner of the Bakeless Prize for Nonfiction, this debut memoir is a poignant reminder of a dramatic moment in Eastern European history.
xvi, 224 p. 2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Let's Take the Long Way Home : a Memoir of Friendship Caldwell, Gail
Let's Take the Long Way Home : a Memoir of Friendship
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Caldwell reflects on her own coming-of-age in midlife, as she learns to open herself to the power and healing of sharing her life with a best friend.
190 p. 2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Day of Honey : a Memoir of Food Love and War Ciezadlo, Annia
Day of Honey : a Memoir of Food Love and War
Ciezadlo presents a beautifully written, fiercely intelligent memoir exploring the heightened meaning of cooking during wartime.
viii, 382 p. 2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Foremost Good Fortune Conley, Susan
The Foremost Good Fortune
Susan Conley, her husband, and their two young sons say good-bye to their friends, family, and house in Maine for a two-year stint in a high-rise apartment in Beijing, prepared to embrace the inevitable onslaught of new experiences that such a move entails. But Susan can't predict just how much their lives will change.
276 p. 2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Road from Coorain Conway, Jill K.
The Road from Coorain
Jill Ker Conway's memoir takes us from her girlhood in the Australian Outback, to university life in Sydney during the 1950s, and finally to her appointment as the first female president of Smith College.
238 p. 1989
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
  Cover Art: Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde : A True Story Dana, Rebecca
Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde : A True Story
The ultimate fish-out-of-water tale . . . the author made it from Pittsburgh to Yale to the Big Apple and the hot media job of her dreams. Then it all came crashing down, and she found herself apartment hunting on Craigslist. She ended up in Brooklyn, amid the largest Lubavitch community in the world, rooming with a 30-year-old Russian rabbi named Cosmo who, as the title suggests, was adept at jujitsu. She faces the fact that her religion--the books, magazines, TV shows, and movies that made New York seem like salvation--has failed her. As she shuttles between the world of religious extremism and the world of secular excess, she goes on a search for meaning.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood Fuller, Alexandra
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
Magnificently original and affecting, Fuller's memoir of a childhood dominated by the Rhodesian civil war of 1971-1979 captures the fascinating life of a white family living in one of the most remote regions of Africa. The author sensitively and lovingly conveys the frightening aspects of wartime, her family's personal struggles, and her parents' own racism, all the while retaining a bittersweet sense of humor.
301 p. 2001
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
  Cover Art: Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World Gelman, Rita Golden
Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World
At the age of forty-eight, on the verge of a divorce, the author left an elegant life in L.A. to follow her dream of connecting with people in cultures all over the world. In 1986 she sold her possessions and became a nomad, living in a Zapotec village in Mexico, sleeping with sea lions on the Galapagos Islands, and residing everywhere from thatched huts to regal palaces. She has observed orangutans in the rain forest of Borneo, visited trance healers and dens of black magic, and cooked with women on fires all over the world.
311 p. 2001
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Autobiography of a Face Grealy, Lucy
Autobiography of a Face
At age nine, Lucy Grealy was diagnosed with a potentially terminal cancer. When she returned to school with a third of her jaw removed, she faced the cruel taunts of classmates. In this strikingly candid memoir, Grealy tells her story of great suffering and remarkable strength without sentimentality and with considerable wit. --Back cover.
236 p. 2003
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
  Cover Art: Blood Bones & Butter : the Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef Hamilton, Gabrielle
Blood Bones & Butter : the Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
Before Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent 20 fierce, hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life. Above all she sought family, particularly the thrill and the magnificence of the one from her childhood that, in her adult years, eluded her.
291 p. 2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin Hardy, Nicole
Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin
When Nicole Hardys eye-opening "Modern Love" column appeared in the "New York Times," the response from readers was overwhelming. Hardys essay, which exposed the conflict between being true to herself as a woman and remaining true to her Mormon faith, struck a chord with women coast-to-coast. Now in her funny, intimate, and thoughtful memoir, Nicole Hardy explores how she came, at the age of thirty-five, to a crossroads regarding her faith and her identity.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Crazy Brave : a Memoir Harjo, Joy
Crazy Brave : a Memoir
A memoir from the Native American poet describes her youth with an abusive stepfather, becoming a single teen mom, and how she struggled to finally find inner peace and her creative voice.
169 p. 2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Resistance: A Woman's Journal of Struggle and Defiance in Occupied France Humbert, Agnes
Resistance: A Woman's Journal of Struggle and Defiance in Occupied France
Agnes Humbert was an art historian in Paris during the German occupation in 1940. Though she might well have weathered the oppressive regime, Humbert was stirred to action by the atrocities she witnessed. In an act of astonishing bravery, she joined forces with several colleagues to form an organized resistance--very likely the first such group to fight back against the occupation. (In fact, their newsletter, Resistance, gave the French Resistance its name.) --From publisher description.
370 p. 2008
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
  Cover Art: Mennonite in a Little Black Dress : a Memoir of Going Home Janzen, Rhoda
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress : a Memoir of Going Home
A hilarious and moving memoir--in the spirit of Anne Lamott and Nora Ephron--about a woman who returns home to her close-knit Mennonite family after a personal crisis.
241 p. 2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Girl's Guide to Homelessness : a Memoir Karp, Brianna
The Girl's Guide to Homelessness : a Memoir
Karp delivers a heartwrenching and darkly funny memoir about her experience becoming homeless after losing her corporate job in the Great Recession.
344 p. 2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
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