American Lives

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  1. What Becomes You

    What Becomes You

    Written by Aaron Raz Link and Hilda Raz

    Series American Lives

    UNP - Bison Books

    “Being a man, like being a woman, is something you have to learn,” Aaron Raz Link remarks. Few would know this better than the coauthor of What Becomes You, who began life as a girl named Sarah and twenty-nine years later... Learn More
    Published: 1st April 2008
    Paperback | £14.99
  2. Pieces from Life's Crazy Quilt
    Part memoir and part urban social history, Pieces from Life’s Crazy Quilt is an African American woman’s personal account of her life during a racially turbulent period in a northern American city. Raised in a black neighborhood... Learn More
    Published: 1st April 2008
    Paperback | £11.99
  3. Opa Nobody

    Opa Nobody

    By Sonya Huber

    Series American Lives

    UNP - Nebraska

    It had come to this: breastfeeding her screaming three-month-old while sitting on the cigarette-scarred floor of a union hall, lying to her husband so she could attend yet another activist meeting, and otherwise actively self-destructing.... Learn More
    Published: 1st March 2008
    Hardback | £24.99
    Paperback | £15.99
  4. Out of Joint
    She begins, in the morning, by casing her joints: Can her ankles take the stairs? Will her fingers open a jar? Peel an orange? But it was not always this way for Mary Felstiner, who went to bed one night an active professional... Learn More
    Published: 1st September 2007
    Paperback | £15.99
  5. Bigger than Life
    Nelson Gross led an outsized life—one in which he played many roles: father, brother, husband, politician, entrepreneur. When he was killed by a couple of teenagers in a botched abduction and robbery, the murder shook his family... Learn More
    Published: 21st March 2007
    Hardback | £24.99
    Paperback | £14.99
  6. Songs from the Black Chair
    Title essay "Songs from the Black Chair" won the 2005 Pushcart Prize."An amazing book. . . . Barber is a gifted writer, and the work he has produced is an important addition to the literature of both mental health... Learn More
    Published: 1st March 2007
    Paperback | £15.99
  7. Secret Frequencies
    In this compelling memoir, John Skoyles guides us through 1960s New York. Caught between his uncle Fred, a mob associate and man-about-town, and his aunt Linda, a secretary at Paramount Pictures on Times Square, the sixteen-year-old... Learn More
    Published: 1st December 2006
    Paperback | £14.99
  8. Falling Room

    Falling Room

    By Eli Hastings

    Series American Lives

    UNP - Bison Original

    Coming of age poor in spirit in the America of plenty is an old story that is yet endlessly new, beginning afresh every time a confused teenager tries to make sense of his privileged place in the world. Eli Hastings got a head... Learn More
    Published: 1st September 2006
    Paperback | £14.99
  9. Gang of One
    In 1966 twelve-year-old Fan Shen, a newly minted Red Guard, plunged happily into China’s Cultural Revolution. Disillusion soon followed, then turned to disgust and fear when Shen discovered that his compatriots had tortured... Learn More
    Published: 1st April 2004
    Hardback | £23.99
    Paperback | £17.99
  10. Hannah and the Mountain
    Longing for a home in big, wild country that would keep them passionate and young, Jonathan Johnson and his wife, Amy, set out to build a log cabin on his family’s land in a remote and beautiful corner of Idaho. But what began... Learn More
    Published: 1st March 2005
    Hardback | £20.99
  11. In the Shadow of Memory
    In December 1988 Floyd Skloot was stricken by a virus that targeted his brain, leaving him totally disabled and utterly changed. In the Shadow of Memory is an intimate picture of what it is like to find oneself possessed of a... Learn More
    Published: 1st September 2004
    Paperback | £12.99
  12. Local Wonders
    Ted Kooser describes with exquisite detail and humor the place he calls home in the rolling hills of southeastern Nebraska—an area known as the Bohemian Alps. Nothing is too big or too small for his attention. Memories of his... Learn More
    Published: 1st March 2004
    Paperback | £11.99
  13. Turning Bones

    Turning Bones

    By Lee Martin

    Series American Lives

    UNP - Nebraska

    Farmers and pragmatists, hardworking people who made their way west from Kentucky through Ohio and Indiana to settle at last in southern Illinois, Lee Martin’s ancestors left no diaries or journals or letters; apart from the... Learn More
    Published: 1st September 2003
    Hardback | £17.99
  14. Thoughts from a Queen-Sized Bed
    In this startlingly funny and wonderfully honest book of essays, Mimi Schwartz describes what it means to be married for almost forty years. She writes with a keen and amused eye about growing up in an immigrant Jewish family,... Learn More
    Published: 1st April 2003
    Paperback | £11.99
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