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Comedy Sex God

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Part autobiography, part philosophical inquiry, and part spiritual quest, Gateway God is a hilarious, profound, and enlightening romp around the fertile mind of stand-up stand-out, podcast king, and HBO superstar Pete Holmes (Crashing).  More »

The Beautiful No

And Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence, and Transformation

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From Sheri Salata, former Executive Producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Co-President of Harpo Studios and OWN, The Beautiful No is a woman's roadmap to midlife reinvention, inspired by Salata's own journey of radical self-care and transformation after decades of single minded devotion to work over life.  More »

Radical Kindness

The Life-Changing Power of Giving and Receiving

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The creator of Blue's Clues and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood shares lessons she's learned on living a kindness-oriented life—and the rewards to be found in the practice.  More »

It's Messy

On Boys, Boobs, and Badass Women

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In this deeply personal collection of essays Amanda de Cadenet, the creator of "The Conversation," shares the hard-won advice and practical insights she's gained through her experiences as businesswoman, friend, wife, and mother.  More »

All Happy Families

A Memoir

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The Glass Castle meets The Nest in this stunning debut, an intimate family memoir that gracefully brings us behind the dappled beachfront vista of privilege, to reveal the inner lives of two wonderfully colorful, unforgettable families.  More »

The Desert and the Sea

977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast

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From journalist and author of Sweetness and Blood, Michael Scott Moore, comes a revelatory memoir about his 977 days held captive by Somali pirates. Emotional and elucidating by turns, The Desert and the Sea blends personal narrative with rigorous journalistic investigation of foreign and domestic hostage policy, religious extremism, and the costs of survival.  More »

All Our Waves Are Water

Stumbling Toward Enlightenment and the Perfect Ride

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By the author of the popular surf memoir, Saltwater Buddha, an exploration of Yogis' "failing towards enlightenment" as he searches for God and meaning in the world's oceans and learns along the way that the perfect ride may well be the one we are on right now.  More »

My Glory Was I Had Such Friends

A Memoir

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In this heartrending and magical memoir, Amy Silverstein tells the story of the extraordinary group of women who helped sustain her in her time of greatest need. As Amy awaits her second heart transplant in 25 years, her friends drop everything and fly across the country to be by her bedside in a constant rotation, ensuring she isn't alone for a single minute of the long, emotional fight…  More »

The Art of Fear

Why Conquering Fear Won't Work and What to Do Instead

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Former professional extreme skier Kristen Ulmer tackles the misconception of fear, a radically misunderstood emotion. Ulmer explains why fear should be embraced and why the true issue we face is our reaction to fear (not the fear itself). Drawing from her own experiences as an extreme athlete, she details how fear is actually one of the greatest gifts we have, and how to make the mental…  More »

My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward

A Memoir

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Mark and Giulia fall in love at 18, marry at 24, and are beginning their fairy-tale life together in San Francisco when, at 27, Giulia suffers a terrifying and unexpected psychotic episode and is checked into a psych ward. Over the next 5 years, Giulia will give birth to their son and experience two more breakdowns that threaten to upend everything they had once taken for granted. As…  More »

True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness

A Feminist Coming of Age

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A collection of interrelated, deeply personal stories from Academy, Emmy, and Golden Globe Award-winning actor and director Chirstine Lahti, about childhood; early days as a second wave feminist/activist and struggling actor; and a woman working in Hollywood today that highlight her hard-won kick-ass attitude about embracing and celebrating imperfection.  More »

Unbound

A Story of Snow and Self-Discovery

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Steph Jagger had seen the ski lift sign thousands of times before—"Raise Restraining Device"—but one day she takes it personally, deciding to leave her paint-by-numbers life behind in search of something different. Following winter across five continents, Steph sets out on a physical and spiritual journey. In the process, she tests the mettle of her body, ends up breaking a world…  More »

The Girl from Aleppo

Nujeen's Escape from War to Freedom

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The inspiring true story of a 16-year-old Nujeen Mustafa, a wheelchair-bound Syrian refugee who survived the perilous journey to Germany, where she sought the cerebral palsy treatment and education she was denied. Co-written by prize-winning correspondent and co-author of New York Times bestseller I am Malala, Christina Lamb, Nujeen's story will give voice to the refugee crisis of our time.  More »

Marrow

Love, Loss, and What Matters Most

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In Marrow, a new memoir from the author of New York Times bestseller Broken Open, Elizabeth Lesser learns she is a perfect donor match for her sister Maggie, who needs a bone marrow transplant to survive cancer, a realization that sets the two women on a quest for understanding, authenticity, acceptance, and—most of all—love.  More »

Carry On

A Story of Resilience, Redemption, and an Unlikely Family

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Former ESPN producer Lisa Fenn's inspirational memoir about her unexpected relationship with two disabled African-American wrestlers from inner-city Cleveland, and how these bonds—blossoming, ultimately, into a most unorthodox kind of family—would transform their lives.  More »

  • 2016 Nautilus Award Winner: SILVER in Young Adult (YA), Non-Fiction
  • Friends of American Writers Literary Award
  • Christopher Award Winner
  • NAACP Image Awards Finalist

Embrace the Suck

What I Learned at the Box About Hard Work, (Very) Sore Muscles, and Burpees Before Sunrise

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Former Editor In Chief of Bicycling magazine Steve Madden shares his journey "inside the box" with the fitness revolution sweeping America, CrossFit. With irreverence, humor, and journalistic curiosity, Madden relates how he got in the best shape of his life and reveals the story behind the CrossFit phenomenon.  More »

Hound of the Sea

Wild Man. Wild Waves. Wild Wisdom.

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World famous surfer and holder of the Guinness World Record for the biggest wave ever triumphed (100 feet), Garrett McNamara, shares his experiences conquering the formidable, from the biggest waves on earth to his tumultuous upbringing.  More »

The Bridge Ladies

A Memoir

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Betsy Lerner spends two years attending her mother's weekly Bridge Club—which has met on Mondays for 50 years—and discovers the inner lives of five women from the Don't Ask-Don't Tell-generation. As she learns the nuances of Bridge, and lessons from across the generational divide, Lerner also comes to a deeper understanding of the rocky relationship she's had with her mother. Told with warmth and humor, insight and humility, Lerner's…  More »

  • The Alan Truscott Memorial Award (2016)
  • 2016 Nautilus Award WInner: SILVER in Memoir and Women

In a Dark Wood

A Memoir

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Dante scholar Luzzi finds solace and inspiration in the Divine Comedy after the tragic death of his wife an hour after giving birth to their daughter. A meditation on the influence of great art and its power to give us strength in our darkest moments, In a Dark Wood opens the door into the mysteries of Dante's epic poem. Beautifully written and flawlessly balanced, Luzzi's book is a hybrid of heart-rending memoir and critical insight…  More »

Rebbe

The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History

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The story of the leader who built a dwindling post-holocaust community into the most influential Jewish organization in the world. From a small synagogue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the late Rebbe Schneerson impacted the policies of US presidents and congressmen, the beliefs of university professors and religious leaders, and led the lives of thousands.  More »

  • 2014 Finalist, National Jewish Book Award

How Did I Get Here?

Making Peace with the Road Not Taken

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Based on the author's popular Poets & Writers piece, "Lives of the Civil Servants," a literary meditation that seeks to answer the questions: Have I lived the life I intended? Is the true artist made by single-minded devotion to his craft? Do we compromise our dreams in service to life's responsibilities? Browner addresses the essential questions of life and work with clear-eyed pragmatism and painstaking beauty.  More »

American Breakdown

Notes From an Industrialized Body

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Essayist Jennifer Lunden uses her 25-year battle with chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple chemical sensitivity as a springboard to explore the cultural and scientific history of her own and related illnesses from 19th-century neurasthenia onward, the effects of industrialization and capitalism on our bodies and minds, and the hazards of our current medical system.

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