• Filename: bleeder.
  • ISBN: 9781609173555
  • Release Date: 2013-02-01
  • Number of pages: 199
  • Author: Shelby Smoak
  • Publisher: MSU Press

I am Caucasian, five foot eleven, have sandy brown hair, blue eyes, and am a tender slip of bone. And I am at the hospital. A coming-of-age memoir for modern times, Bleeder is the incredibly compelling tale of author Shelby Smoak. A hemophiliac, Smoak discovered he had been infected with HIV during a blood transfusion at the start of his college career. This devastating and destabilizing news led Smoak to see his world from an entirely new perspective, one in which life-threatening illness was perpetually just around the corner. Set in the 1990s along the North Carolina coast, Bleeder traces Smoak’s quest for love in a world that feels increasingly dangerous, and despite a future that feels increasingly uncertain. From the bedroom to the operating room, and from one hospital to the next, Smoak seeks out hope and better health. Winner of a PEN American Center award for writers living with HIV, Smoak, whose work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, constructs this unforgettable story of life and love against insurmountable difficulties in breathtaking, tightly drawn prose.

My Southern Journey

  • Filename: my-southern-journey.
  • ISBN: 9780848747152
  • Release Date: 2015-09-15
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Rick Bragg
  • Publisher: Liberty Street

From celebrated New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Rick Bragg, comes a poignant and wryly funny collection of essays on life in the south. Keenly observed and written with his insightful and deadpan sense of humor, he explores enduring Southern truths about home, place, spirit, table, and the regions' varied geographies, including his native Alabama, Cajun country, and the Gulf Coast. Everything is explored, from regional obsessions from college football and fishing, to mayonnaise and spoonbread, to the simple beauty of a fish on the hook. Collected from over a decade of his writing, with many never-before-published essays written specifically for this edition, My Southern Journey is an entertaining and engaging read, especially for Southerners (or feel Southern at heart) and anyone who appreciates great writing.

Take This Man

  • Filename: take-this-man.
  • ISBN: 9781439170878
  • Release Date: 2014-06-03
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Brando Skyhorse
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

The award-winning author of The Madonnas of Echo Park traces his turbulent childhood under the shadow of his dynamic mother and five stepfathers, describing how his mother reinvented their pasts in ways that challenged the author's efforts to reconnect with his biological father.

The Answer to the Riddle is Me

  • Filename: the-answer-to-the-riddle-is-me.
  • ISBN: 9780547519272
  • Release Date: 2014
  • Number of pages: 292
  • Author: David MacLean
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The author describes his experience waking up in a train station in India with no idea who or where he was, being put into a mental institution and the eventual discovery that his symptoms were caused by a common malaria medication. 30,000 first printing.

Ghosts on the Roof

  • Filename: ghosts-on-the-roof.
  • ISBN: 1412824591
  • Release Date: 1996-01-01
  • Number of pages: 361
  • Author: Whittaker Chambers
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Whittaker Chambers is one of the most controversial figures in modern American history a former Communist spy who left the party, testified against Alger Hiss before the House Un-American Activities Committee, and wrote a classic autobiography, "Witness." Dismissed by some as a crank, reviled by others as a traitor, Chambers still looms as a Dostoevskian figure over three decades after his death in 1961. A man of profound pessimism, rare vision, and remarkable literary talents, his continuing importance was attested to when Ronald Reagan posthumously awarded him the Medal of Freedom in 1984. "Ghosts on the Roof," originally published in 1989, brings together more than fifty short stories, essays, articles, and reviews that originally appeared in "Time, Life, National Review, Commonweal, The American Mercury," and the New Masses. Included are essays on Karl Marx, Reinhold Niebuhr, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, George Santayana, Dame Rebecca West, Ayn Rand, and Greta Garbo. These show Chambers at his best, as a peerless historian of ideas.


  • Filename: heart.
  • ISBN: 9781476725413
  • Release Date: 2013-10-22
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Dick Cheney
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.

The Night Train

  • Filename: the-night-train.
  • ISBN: 1611731836
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 207
  • Author: Clyde Edgerton
  • Publisher: Center Point Pub

In 1963, at the age of 17, Dwayne Hallston discovers James Brown and wants to perform just like him. His band, the Amazing Ramblers, studies and rehearses in the storage room of his father's shop in a small North Carolina town. Meanwhile, Dwayne's forbidden black friend Larry apprentices to a jazz musician. His mother hopes music will allow him to escape the south.

Life Support

  • Filename: life-support.
  • ISBN: 9781439140734
  • Release Date: 2010-07-20
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Tess Gerritsen
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen weaves authenticity into another novel of searing medical suspense, as a dedicated woman doctor probes into the cause of a mystifying and lethal outbreak. The quiet overnight shift at Springer Hospital ER suits Dr. Toby Harper just fine -- until she admits a man in critical condition from a possible viral infection of the brain. The delirious man barely responds to treatment -- and then disappears without a trace. Before Toby can find him, a second case occurs, revealing a terrifying fact: the virus can only be spread through direct tissue exchange. Following a trail of death that winds from a pregnant sixteen-year-old prostitute to her own home, Toby discovers the unthinkable: the epidemic didn't just happen -- someone let it loose....

Harriet Wolf s Seventh Book of Wonders

  • Filename: harriet-wolf-s-seventh-book-of-wonders.
  • ISBN: 9780316375092
  • Release Date: 2015-08-18
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Julianna Baggott
  • Publisher: Little, Brown

New York Times NOTABLE BOOK OF 2015 "A mesmerizing tale of star-crossed love and of the dark secrets in a fracturing family . . . This novel is so full of wonders that it leaves you haunted, amazed, and, like every great read, irrevocably changed."--Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You The reclusive Harriet Wolf, revered author and family matriarch, has a final confession-a love story. Years after her death, as her family comes together one last time, the mystery of Harriet's life hangs in the balance. Does the truth lie in the rumored final book of the series that made Harriet a world-famous writer, or will her final confession be lost forever? Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonders tells the moving story of the unforgettable Wolf women in four distinct voices: the mysterious Harriet, who, until now, has never revealed the secrets of her past; her fiery, overprotective daughter, Eleanor; and her two grown granddaughters--Tilton, the fragile yet exuberant younger sister, who's become a housebound hermit, and Ruth, the older sister, who ran away at sixteen and never looked back. When Eleanor is hospitalized, Ruth decides it's time to do right by a pact she made with Tilton long ago: to return home and save her sister. Meanwhile, Harriet whispers her true life story to the reader. It's a story that spans the entire twentieth century and is filled with mobsters, outcasts, a lonesome lion, and a home for wayward women. It's also a tribute to her lifelong love of the boy she met at the Maryland School for Feeble-minded Children. Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonders, Julianna Baggott's most sweeping and mesmerizing novel yet, offers a profound meditation on motherhood and sisterhood, as well as on the central importance of stories. It is a novel that affords its characters that rare chance we all long for--the chance to reimagine the stories of our lives while there's still time.

Mop Men

  • Filename: mop-men.
  • ISBN: 9781429988049
  • Release Date: 2009-01-20
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Alan Emmins
  • Publisher: Macmillan

Neal Smither doesn't hide his work. The side of his van reads: "Crime Scene Cleaners: Homicides, Suicides and Accidental Death." Whenever a hotel guest permanently checks out, the cops finish an investigation, or an accidental death is reported, Smither's crew pick up the pieces after the police cruisers and ambulances have left. Alan Emmins offers a glimpse at this little-known aspect of America's most gruesome deaths. Filled with details as fascinating as they are gory, Mop Men examines not just the public fascination with murder but also how a self-made success like Smither can make a fortune just by praying for death.

Woman on the Cross

  • Filename: woman-on-the-cross.
  • ISBN: 0966861256
  • Release Date: 2001-01-01
  • Number of pages: 177
  • Author: Pierre Delattre
  • Publisher: Lost Horse Press

A magical story that confronts the conflicting roles of men and women both physically and metaphorically.

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding

  • Filename: what-i-was-doing-while-you-were-breeding.
  • ISBN: 9780804137614
  • Release Date: 2014-05-20
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Kristin Newman
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press

A funny, sexy, and ultimately poignant memoir about mastering the art of the "vacationship." Kristin Newman spent much of her twenties and thirties buying dresses to wear to her friends' weddings and baby showers. Not ready to settle down and in need of an escape from her fast-paced job as a sitcom writer, Kristin instead traveled the world, often alone, for several weeks each year. In addition to falling madly in love with the planet, Kristin fell for many attractive locals, men who could provide the emotional connection she wanted without costing her the freedom she desperately needed. Kristin introduces readers to the Israeli bartenders, Finnish poker players, sexy Bedouins, and Argentinean priests who helped her transform into "Kristin-Adjacent" on the road–a slower, softer, and, yes, sluttier version of herself at home. Equal parts laugh-out-loud storytelling, candid reflection, and wanderlust-inspiring travel tales, What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding is a compelling debut that will have readers rushing to renew their passports. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Call The Midwife

  • Filename: call-the-midwife.
  • ISBN: 9780297859666
  • Release Date: 2009-05-14
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Jennifer Worth
  • Publisher: Hachette UK

A fascinating slice of social history - Jennifer Worth's tales of being a midwife in 1950s London, now a major BBC TV series. Jennifer Worth came from a sheltered background when she became a midwife in the Docklands in the 1950s. The conditions in which many women gave birth just half a century ago were horrifying, not only because of their grimly impoverished surroundings, but also because of what they were expected to endure. But while Jennifer witnessed brutality and tragedy, she also met with amazing kindness and understanding, tempered by a great deal of Cockney humour. She also earned the confidences of some whose lives were truly stranger, more poignant and more terrifying than could ever be recounted in fiction. Attached to an order of nuns who had been working in the slums since the 1870s, Jennifer tells the story not only of the women she treated, but also of the community of nuns (including one who was accused of stealing jewels from Hatton Garden) and the camaraderie of the midwives with whom she trained. Funny, disturbing and incredibly moving, Jennifer's stories bring to life the colourful world of the East End in the 1950s.

I Hear Their Voices

  • Filename: i-hear-their-voices.
  • ISBN: 092577605X
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 236
  • Author: Irving Pudalov
  • Publisher: Cogent Publishing

A remarkable biography depicting the extraordinarily intense drama of a veterinarian's life on the prairie. "I Hear Their Voices" is an exciting, compelling, multilayered memoir that captures the heart and soul of the American spirit.

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