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  • Yours Cruelly, Elvira

    Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark

    The woman behind the icon known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, the undisputed Queen of Halloween, reveals her full story, filled with intimate bombshells, told by the bombshell herself.On Good Friday in 1953, at only 18 months old, 25 miles from the nearest hospital in Manhattan, Kansas, Cassandra Peterson reached for a pot on the stove and doused herself in boiling water. Third-degree burns ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Vanderbilt

    The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty

    New York Times bestselling author and journalist Anderson Cooper teams with New York Times bestselling historian and novelist Katherine Howe to chronicle the rise and fall of a legendary American dynasty—his mother’s family, the Vanderbilts.When eleven-year-old Cornelius Vanderbilt began to work on his father’s small boat ferrying supplies in New York Harbor at the beginning of the nineteenth ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Unreconciled

    Family, Truth, and Indigenous Resistance

    by Jesse Wente ...
    **"Unreconciled is one hell of a good book. Jesse Wente’s narrative moves effortlessly from the personal to the historical to the contemporary. Very powerful, and a joy to read."—Thomas King, author of The Inconvenient Indian and SufferanceA prominent Indigenous voice uncovers the lies and myths that affect relations between white and Indigenous peoples and the power of narrative to emphasize ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • App Kid

    How a Child of Immigrants Grabbed a Piece of the American Dream

    An inspiring and deeply personal coming of age memoir from one of Silicon Valley’s youngest entrepreneurs—a second-generation Latino immigrant who taught himself how to code as a thirteen-year-old and went on to claim his share of the American dream.As his parents watched their restaurant business collapse in the wake of the Great Recession, Michael Sayman was googling “how to code.” Within a year ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • You Got Anything Stronger?

    Stories

    “Funny, tender, and so good.” *—*Mindy Kaling, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Why Not Me?Remember when we hit it off so well that we decided We’re Going to Need More Wine? Well, this time you and I are going to turn to our friend the bartender and ask, You Got Anything Stronger? I promise to continue to make you laugh, but with this round, the stakes get higher as the conversation goes ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Unbound

    My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement

    by Tarana Burke ...
    **INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"Searing. Powerful. Needed." —Oprah“Sometimes a single story can change the world. Unbound is one of those stories.** Tarana’s words are a testimony to liberation and love.” —Brené BrownFrom the founder and activist behind one of the largest movements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the "me too" movement, Tarana Burke debuts a powerful memoir about ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Mama Bear

    One Black Mother's Fight for Her Child's Life and Her Own

    by Shirley Smith ...
    “Brave. Compelling. Provocative. ” —Gabrielle Union Wade, actress and New York Times bestselling authorIn this moving memoir, Shirley Smith, wife of NBA Champion and All-Star J. R. Smith, tells the story of giving birth to one of the youngest premature babies to survive—using her experience to heighten awareness of the crisis of Black maternal and infant health and pay tribute to Black women’s ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The Girls in the Wild Fig Tree

    How I Fought to Save Myself, My Sister, and Thousands of Girls Worldwide

    by Nice Leng'ete ...
    The "incredibly powerful" (Kirkus Reviews) story of the human rights activist who changed the minds of her elders, reformed traditions from the inside, and is creating a better future for girls and women throughout Africa.Nice Leng`ete was raised in a Maasai village in Kenya. In 1998, when Nice was six, her parents fell sick and died, and Nice and her sister Soila were taken in by their father’s ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • I Take My Coffee Black

    Reflections on Tupac, Musical Theater, Faith, and Being Black in America

    by Tyler Merritt ...
    As a 6'2" dreadlocked black man, Tyler Merritt knows what it feels like to be stereotyped as threatening, which can have dangerous consequences. But he also knows that proximity to people who are different from ourselves can be a cure for racism.Tyler Merritt's video "Before You Call the Cops" has been viewed millions of times. He's appeared on Jimmy Kimmel and Sports Illustrated and has been ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Mellencamp

    by Paul Rees ...
    The definitive biography of John Mellencamp, the iconic American rock and roll original, featuring exclusive in-depth interviews and never-before-told details. Perfect for fans of Janis and Born to Run.John Mellencamp is not your typical rock star.With music inspired by the work of William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, and other giants of American literature, he has experienced a colorful career ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Where Tomorrows Aren't Promised

    A Memoir of Survival and Hope

    From iconic NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony comes a raw and inspirational memoir about growing up in the housing projects of Red Hook and Baltimore—a brutal world Where Tomorrows Aren’t Promised.For a long time, Carmelo Anthony’s world wasn’t any larger than the view of the hoopers and hustlers he watched from the side window of his family’s first-floor project apartment in Red Hook, Brooklyn. He ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Competing with Idiots

    Herman and Joe Mankiewicz, a Dual Portrait

    by Nick Davis ...
    A fascinating, complex dual biography of Hollywood's most dazzling—and famous—brothers, and a dark, riveting portrait of competition, love, and enmity that ultimately undid them both.One most famous for having written Citizen Kane (with Orson Welles, as most recently portrayed in David Fincher's acclaimed Netflix film, Mank); the other, All About Eve; one, who only wrote screenplays but believed ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Flower Diary

    In Which Mary Hiester Reid Paints, Travels, Marries & Opens a Door

    by Molly Peacock ...
    “Graceful yet precise, poetic yet deeply rooted in research, this exploration of an overlooked painter is gorgeous — a joy to read. Molly Peacock’s insights and empathy with her subject bring to life both Mary Hiester Reid and her luscious flower paintings.” — Charlotte Gray, author of The Massey MurderMolly Peacock uncovers the history of neglected painter Mary Hiester Reid, a trailblazing artist ... Read more

    $5.39 USD

  • Beautiful Country

    A Memoir

    **NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • A TODAY SHOW #READWITHJENNA BOOK CLUB PICK! •The moving story of an undocumented child living in poverty in the richest country in the world—an incandescent debut from an astonishing new talent“Heartrending, unvarnished, and powerfully courageous, this account of growing up undocumented in America will never leave you." —Gish Jen, author of The Resisters**In Chinese, ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Slonim Woods 9

    A Memoir

    A stunning firsthand account of the creation of a modern cult under conman Larry Ray and the horrifying costs paid by his young victims: his daughter’s college roommates“Chilling . . . eloquent . . . a powerful portrayal of a young man’s ability to emerge whole from an experience intended to break him.”—Publishers WeeklyIn September 2010, at the beginning of the academic year at Sarah Lawrence ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Forever Young

    by Hayley Mills ...
    Iconic actress Hayley Mills shares personal memories from her storied childhood, growing up in a famous acting family and becoming a Disney child star, trying to grow up in a world that wanted her to stay forever young.The daughter of acclaimed British actor Sir John Mills was still a preteen when she began her acting career and was quickly thrust into the spotlight. Under the wing of Walt Disney ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • This Bright Future

    A Memoir

    by Bobby Hall ...
    An explosive memoir from Bobby Hall, the multiplatinum recording artist known as Logic and the #1 bestselling author of Supermarket.This Bright Future is a raw and unfiltered journey into the life and mind of Bobby Hall, who emerged from the wreckage of a horrifically abusive childhood to become an era-defining artist of our tumultuous age.A self-described orphan with parents, Bobby Hall began ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Three Girls from Bronzeville

    A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood

    by Dawn Turner ...
    A “beautiful, tragic, and inspiring” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) memoir about three Black girls from the storied Bronzeville section of Chicago that offers a penetrating exploration of race, opportunity, friendship, sisterhood, and the powerful forces at work that allow some to flourish…and others to falter.They were three Black girls. Dawn, tall and studious; her sister, Kim, younger by ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Invention

    A Life

    by James Dyson ...
    Dyson has become a byword for high-performing products, technology, design, and invention. Now, James Dyson, the inventor and entrepreneur who made it all happen, tells his remarkable and inspirational story in Invention: A Life.Famously, over a four-year period, James Dyson made 5,127 prototypes of the cyclonic vacuum cleaner that would transform the way houses are cleaned around the world. In ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Red Roulette

    An Insider's Story of Wealth, Power, Corruption, and Vengeance in Today's China

    by Desmond Shum ...
    “THE BOOK CHINA DOESN'T WANT YOU TO READ.”—CNNA riveting insider's story of how the Party and big money work in China today, by a man who, with his wife, Whitney Duan, rose to the zenith of power and wealth—and then fell out of favor. She was disappeared four years ago. News of this book led to a phone call from Whitney, proof that she's alive.As Desmond Shum was growing up impoverished in China, ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Poet Warrior: A Memoir

    by Joy Harjo ...
    **National bestsellerThree-term poet laureate Joy Harjo offers a vivid, lyrical, and inspiring call for love and justice in this contemplation of her trailblazing life.**Joy Harjo, the first Native American to serve as U.S. poet laureate, invites us to travel along the heartaches, losses, and humble realizations of her "poet-warrior" road. A musical, kaleidoscopic, and wise follow-up to Crazy ... Read more

    $15.19 USD

  • Chasing Me to My Grave

    An Artist's Memoir of the Jim Crow South

    “A compelling and important history that this nation desperately needs to hear.” -Bryan Stevenson, New York Times bestselling author of Just Mercy and executive director of the Equal Justice InitiativeWinfred Rembert grew up in a family of Georgia field laborers and joined the Civil Rights Movement as a teenager. He was arrested after fleeing a demonstration, survived a near-lynching at the hands ... Read more

    $17.29 USD

  • Seeing Ghosts

    A Memoir

    by Kat Chow ...
    For readers of Helen Macdonald and Elizabeth Alexander, an intimate and haunting portrait of grief and the search for meaning from a singular new talent as told through the prism of three generations of her Chinese American family.Kat Chow has always been unusually fixated on death. She worried constantly about her parents dying---especially her mother. A vivacious and mischievous woman, Kat's ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Where Beauty Survived

    An Africadian Memoir

    A vibrant, revealing memoir about the cultural and familial pressures that shaped George Elliott Clarke’s early life in the Black Canadian community that he calls Africadia, centred in Halifax, Nova Scotia.As a boy, George Elliott Clarke knew that a great deal was expected from him and his two brothers. The descendant of a highly accomplished lineage on his paternal side—great-grandson to William ... Read more

    $9.99 USD