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More Than Conquerers

Megan Hustad's childhood as a missionary in the Caribbean and Amsterdam emerges as a staggering vision of televangelists, the allure of New York City, and one woman's wrestling with religion and her sense of purpose.

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Undisputed Truth

Pugilist Mike Tyson's memoir must, by law, be deemed by critics as "hard-hitting."  But after all the cliches, one finds a surprisingly beguiling and authentic exploration of a life lived at maximum intensity.

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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

The number of humans who have been into space is vanishingly small, but Col. Chris Hadfield has managed to crystallize his orbital experiences into a text of inspirational gleanings as vivid as Saturn's rings.

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The Dark Path

In his intensely personal memoir, David Schickler recounts his lifelong struggle between aspiring to become a Catholic priest and desiring relationships with women.

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Buck

A searing memoir of a Zimbabwean boy growing up on the streets of North Philadelphia, struggling with drugs and an absent father before discovering his singular purpose.  A Discover Great New Writers selection.

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Looking for Palestine

This profound memoir about reconciling conflicting ethnic and religious identities follows second-generation Arab-American Najla Said, attempting to understand her mixed heritage in a divided post-9/11 landscape.

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Turn Around Bright Eyes

After the untimely death of his wife, rock music critic Rob Sheffield moved to New York City to restart and rebuild -- and started assuaging his grief through karaoke, as revealed in this touching memoir.

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On Wheels

It was love at first sight between Michael Holroyd and his family’s eight-horsepower Ford.  This essay collection details a lifelong seesaw romance with the ubiquitous automobile. 

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Story of My People

Recounting the struggles and eventual dissolution of a family textile business in Prato, Italy, Story of My People is a heartbreaking memoir about the personal impact of globalization.

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My Struggle, Book Two

A controversial sensation in Norway, A Man in Love is the second book of six in the series, detailing Knausgaard’s separation from his wife, his move to Stolkholm and the dogged pursuit of a mesmerizing poet.

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Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down

Tournament of Books co-founder and novelist Rosecrans Baldwin had the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream of Parisian living when a French advertising job landed in his lap. But cold réalité soon intruded, as told in this hilarious and winning memoir.

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Wave

A poignant and riveting memoir of survival during the 2004 tsunami which leveled Sonali Deraniyagala’s native Sri Lanka, and an aftermath of mourning and renewal.  A Spring 2013 Discover Great New Writers selection. 

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Fresh Off the Boat

No chef autobiography has been this flavorful since Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential. Eddie Huang casts the founding of his beloved New York restaurant Baohaus against a backdrop of fashion, drugs, and brawling -- a zesty stew leading to culinary brilliance. Delicious.

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The Guy Under the Sheets

Here we have autobiography as Munchausen syndrome, as comedian Chris Elliott fantasticates the rudiments of his life into a two-fisted, continents-spanning farce. Whether washing up as a castaway on Marlon Brando's private island or disposing of corpses for the Mafia, Elliott provides not only insights into his formative influences but also slabs of his twisted imagination.

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The End of Your Life Book Club

"What are you reading?" takes on added meaning in Will Schwalbe's poignant account of the lifelong conversation about books he shared with his mother, a conversation that evolved into the two-person book club of the title that helped both of them cope while she underwent treatment for cancer.

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Aftermath

In a book that rocked her native Britain, celebrated author Rachel Cusk anatomizes the dissolution of her marriage with unflinching honesty. This is reading sure to prompt deep conversations about love and commitment in the twenty-first century.

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My First Coup d'Etat

John Dramani Mahama chronicles his childhood during the post-independence "lost dacades" of Ghana's history when his father, a minister of state, languished in prison and political power passed through the hands of one dictator after another. How this young boy grew up to become vice president of his nation is an inspiring story that mirrors the country's journey from chaos to order.

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Burying the Typewriter

When the police arrested her father for anti-communist activities in 1983, Carmen Bugan's idyllic life in the Romanian countryside was upended. She captures the trauma of this event, his subsequent release, and her family's exile in language that recalls her previous work as a poet and sheds light on little-known chapter of history.

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Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails

Jarhead, Anthony Swofford's memoir of his Gulf War military service, launched the author on a promising literary career, but struggles with addiction and despair soon followed. Then a series of RV trips with his terminally ill father, himself a Vietnam vet, saved him from himself, a transformation he captures with courageous intensity in this moving work of nonfiction.

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Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down

When a job at a French ad agency landed in his lap, novelist Rosecrans Baldwin had the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream of living la vie Parisienne. And though cold réalité intruded -- in the form of financial struggles and the limits of his rudimentary Français -- the result was a more mature take on the city of his fantasies, flaws included.

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The Little Red Guard

Wenguang Huang's revealing memoir of family life in 1970s China turns on the moment when his grandmother makes a request that pits tradition against the realities of life under Communism during the Cultural Revolution.

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We Heard the Heavens Then

Aria Minu-Sepehr's elegant memoir captures a family and nation undergoing radical change in the wake of the 1979 revolution. The son of a prominent Iranian general, the author offers a  rare, illuminating  perspective on a society's transformation, all the more valuable given the tense Iranian-American relations in decades since.

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A Natural Woman

From her working-class Brooklyn childhood to success as a Brill Building hitmaker and her later rise to stardom with the legendary album Tapestry, Carole King takes readers through a career of exhilarating highs and profound lows. Her meditations on motherhood, music, and marriage are revealing, and she delivers an insider's perspective on the industry and the many musical talents who became colleagues, partners, rivals and lovers.

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Dust to Dust

Iraq War veteran Benjamin Busch reflects on a childhood spent roaming rural New York and how that pastoral upbringing led to a career in the US Marine Corps where he witnessed violence and death during two combat tours at the height of sectarian violence. Like the work of Tim O'Brien and Karl Marlantes, this book is a moving account of confronting mortality framed in elemental chapters: water, metal, blood, bone.

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Paris in Love

Bestselling romance novelist (and B&N Review columnist) Eloisa James and her family relocated to the City of Light for a year of beauty and self-discovery -- and they weren't disappointed. But her dream-come-true sabbatical required some significant adjustments recounted in this warmly funny and devastatingly honest memoir.

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Wild

When Cheryl Strayed began a three-month solo hike from southern California to the state of Washington, she was fleeing a daily life shattered by her mother's death and her marriage's dissolution. This chronicle of a transforming experience in the wildnerness shines with wisdom, humor, and clear-eyed descriptions of the natural world that opened to the author's gaze for the first time. 

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House of Stone

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anthony Shadid describes his quest to uncover his family's history and his own identity while renovating his ancestral home in Lebanon. A graceful journey through past and present made all the more poignant and arresting by the author's death at age 43, while on assignment in Syria.

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Immortal Bird

In this heartrending story, Doron Weber shares his family's struggles to save their gifted, vibrant son, Damon, who was born with a congenital heart defect that introduced serious medical issues during his teenage years. Punctuated with excerpts from Damon's blog and filled with moments both uplifting and devastating, this book captures the spirit of one incredible young man -- and the loving family for whom his voice still sings.

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The Fry Chronicles

"I really must stop saying sorry; it doesn't make things any better or worse." Actor, comedian, and author Stephen Fry follows 1999's Moab is My Washpot -- a quirky and moving account of his childhood -- with a new memoir that finds a young Fry navigating his way in the world of theatrical comedy along with fellow rising stars Emma Thompson and Hugh Laurie. Like having dinner with a friend so clever he makes you feel like the witty one.

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Sometimes There Is a Void

South Africa-born novelist, poet, and playwright Zakes Mda evokes the sights, sounds, and smells of his early life growing up in a Soweto family of lawyers, facing deprivation and abuse while struggling to find his identity as the child of a man exiled by the apartheid regime. The true story of his exile and return, his embrace of politics, music, and writing, and his eventual journey to America is crowded with emotion, color, and drama.  

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July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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