In a collection of essays arranged into five sections—In the World, In the Audience, In the Gallery, On the Bookshelf, and Feel Free—the best-selling author of Swing Time discusses important questions about our world that readers will immediately recognize.
"Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it."—Provided by publisher.
A rollicking assessment of life on the Big Slab by a decades-experienced long-haul trucker reflects on the changing realities of the working class as witnessed during journeys ranging from the I-95 Powerland and the Florida Everglades to the truck stops of the Midwest and the Rocky Mountains.
A divinity professor and young mother with Stage IV cancer shares her perspectives on friendship, love and death while describing her efforts to remain true to her faith in spite of impossible hardships. By the author of Blessed.
Examines the evolution of female friendship in pop culture and modern society, celebrating how the bonds between women have evolved to have as much significance as relationships with romantic partners and family members.
The author recounts her coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest where she survived a dysfunctional childhood and found herself hospitalized with a dual diagnosis of PTSD and bipolar II disorder.
"A former Border Patrol agent's haunting experience of an unnatural divide and the lives caught on either side, struggling to cross or to defend it"—
The award-winning author of The Hand That First Held Mine presents a memoir told entirely in 17 near-death experiences stemming from a dangerous childhood illness, accidents, an encounter with a disturbed person and the author's daily efforts to protect her daughter from the vulnerabilities of a high-risk condition.
The author of Lincoln's Boys presents an analysis of the Johnson administration that reveals how the legendary Great Society programs were actually put into practice, profiling major figures in the liberal reforms of the 1960s while warning readers of the consequences of dismantling at-risk programs ranging from Medicare to Head Start.
A lyrical memoir by the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement urges readers to understand the movement's position of love, humanity and justice, challenging perspectives that have negatively labeled the movement's activists while calling for essential political changes. Co-written by the award-winning author of The Prisoner's Wife.
In a first-person account of Boko Haram's atrocities in Nigeria and Cameroon, a pregnant young Nigerian woman, kidnapped by Boko Haram after her husband was murdered, relates the horrors she endured to save her unborn child. Original.
From Hollywood's Elite to Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker
Reveals how the author ran an exclusive, high-stakes underground poker game in Hollywood where hundreds of millions of dollars were won and lost, until it came crashing down around her and she lost the glamourous life she had created for herself.
The Pen Center USA Literary Award for Research Nonfiction-winning authors of Dallas 1963 present an account of Timothy Leary's 1970 prison escape and run from the law, detailing the events that led to his incarceration, his support by the terrorist group Weather Underground and his targeting by Richard Nixon. 25,000 first printing.
A memoir by an award-winning paleobiologist traces her childhood in her father's laboratory, her longtime relationship with a brilliant but wounded colleague and the remarkable discoveries they have made both in the lab and during extensive field research assignments.