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  1. A Certain Loneliness
    After contracting polio as a child, Sandra Gail Lambert progressed from braces and crutches to a manual wheelchair to a power wheelchair—but loneliness has remained a constant, from the wild claustrophobia of a child in... Learn More
    Published: 1st October 2018
    Paperback | £14.99
  2. The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet
    Clear-sighted, darkly comic, and tender, The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet is about a daughter’s struggle to face the Medusa of generational trauma without turning to stone. Growing up in the New Jersey suburbs... Learn More
    Published: 1st October 2018
    Paperback | £14.99
  3. Island in the City
    What forges the unique human personality? In Island in the City Micah McCrary, taking his genetic inheritance as immutable, considers the role geography has played in shaping who he is. Place often leaves indelible marks: the... Learn More
    Published: 1st September 2018
    Paperback | £13.99
  4. When We Were Ghouls
    When Amy E. Wallen’s southern, blue-collar, peripatetic family was transferred from Ely, Nevada, to Lagos, Nigeria, she had just turned seven. From Nevada to Nigeria and on to Peru, Bolivia, and Oklahoma, the family wandered... Learn More
    Published: 1st March 2018
    Paperback | £14.99
  5. Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, and Other Essays from a Nervous System
    Rate your pain on a scale of one to ten. What about on a scale of spicy to citrus? Is it more like a lava lamp or a mosaic? Pain, though a universal element of human experience, is dimly understood and sometimes barely managed.... Learn More
    Published: 1st March 2017
    Paperback | £13.99
  6. Should I Still Wish
    In this candid and moving memoir, John W. Evans articulates the complicated joys of falling in love again as a young widower. Though heartbroken after his wife’s violent death, Evans realizes that he cannot remain inconsolable... Learn More
    Published: 1st January 2017
    Paperback | £14.99
  7. The Solace of Stones
    Everything changes when Julie Riddle’s parents stumble across the wilderness survival guide How to Live in the Woods on Pennies a Day. In 1977, when Riddle is seven years old, she and her family—fed up with the challenges... Learn More
    Published: 1st April 2016
    Paperback | £14.99
  8. My Wife Wants You to Know I'm Happily Married
    Modern manhood is confusing and complicated, but Joey Franklin, a thirtysomething father of three, is determined to make the best of it. In My Wife Wants You to Know I’m Happily Married, he offers frank, self-deprecating... Learn More
    Published: 1st November 2015
    Paperback | £14.99
  9. Queen of the Fall
    Whether pulled from the folds of memory, channeled through the icons of Greek mythology and Roman Catholicism, or filtered through the lens of pop culture, Sonja Livingston’s Queen of the Fall considers the lives of women. Exploring... Learn More
    Published: 1st April 2015
    Paperback | £14.99
  10. Get Me Through Tomorrow
    On August 4, 2004, Jason Crigler was onstage in a New York City nightclub when a blood vessel burst in his brain. The thirty-four-year-old guitarist, a fixture in the downtown music scene who had played with Marshall Crenshaw,... Learn More
    Published: 1st April 2015
    Paperback | £14.99
  11. The Pat Boone Fan Club
    Gentile reader, and you, Jews, come too. Follow Sue William Silverman, a one-woman cultural mash-up, on her exploration of identity among the mishmash of American idols and ideals that confuse most of us—or should. Pat Boone... Learn More
    Published: 1st March 2014
    Paperback | £14.99
  12. Weeds
    In Thomas Jefferson’s day, 90 percent of the population worked on family farms. Today, in a world dominated by agribusiness, less than 1 percent of Americans claim farm-related occupations. What was lost along the way is something... Learn More
    Published: 1st September 2013
    Paperback | £16.99
  13. Body Geographic

    Body Geographic

    By Barrie Jean Borich

    Series American Lives

    UNP - Nebraska Paperback

    A memoir from the award-winning author of My Lesbian Husband, Barrie Jean Borich’s Body Geographic turns personal history into an inspired reflection on the points where place and person intersect, where running away meets running... Learn More
    Published: 1st March 2013
    Paperback | £13.99
  14. The Days Are Gods

    The Days Are Gods

    By Liz Stephens

    Series American Lives

    UNP - Bison Original

    “I called the bishop of the local ward, and he put the date of your move into the church bulletin, and these gentlemen came to help,” Brady, the real estate agent, says. Welcome to Wellsville, Utah. Good-bye, L.A. Liz Stephens... Learn More
    Published: 1st March 2013
    Paperback | £14.99
  15. Works Cited
    “Doing things by the book” acquires a whole new meaning in Brandon R. Schrand’s memoir of coming of age in spite of himself. The “works cited” are those books that serve as Schrand’s signposts as he goes from life... Learn More
    Published: 1st March 2013
    Paperback | £12.99
  16. Island of Bones

    Island of Bones

    Essays

    By Joy Castro

    Series American Lives

    UNP - Nebraska Paperback

    What is “identity” when you’re a girl adopted as an infant by a Cuban American family of Jehovah’s Witnesses? The answer isn’t easy. You won’t find it in books. And you certainly won’t find it in the neighborhood.... Learn More
    Published: 1st September 2012
    Paperback | £12.99
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