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The Magical Adventures of a Single Life
That was the social experiment Kristen McGuiness—single, living in LA, and entering her thirties newly sober—embarked upon. McGuiness thought facing her struggle with alcoholism would be the hardest part, with love coming easily afterwards. It didn’t. Rethinking her previous dating strategy—have a one-night stand with one of her friends and...
All My Bones Shake
Robert Jensen, a life-long activist fighting for women’s rights, racial equality, and global justice, reveals with this book the emotional journey that brought him back to the church after an entire adulthood of religious indifference. Our world is perched on the verge of chaos, he warns. As political, economic, cultural, and ecological crises peak, the decisions we make are...
At the age of 32, after ten years of hiding from the truth, Emma Woolf finally decided it was time to face the biggest challenge of her life.
As the 1960s presented social upheaval and the Sexual Revolution, Cohen Greene found herself drawn to alternative sexual paths, and ultimately achieved a rich and rewarding career as a surrogate partner. An Intimate Life
offers a candid look into the personal and professional life of a surrogate partner, examining the cultural and emotional ramifications of pursuing something most people do not immediately understand.
A Love Story
Cristy C. Road
Bad Habits is the mostly-autobiographical story of Road’s personal revolution.
Growing up Cuban in West Miami, the protagonist clashes with the confining and repressive aspects of that culture, and, like countless other young people, leaves for New York as soon as she’s able. Landing in Brooklyn, she moves into a house full of wild characters, and enters an underground...
Vesna Maric left Bosnia at the beginning of the war, at the age of sixteen, on a bus full of women and children heading for England. Bluebird is her funny, vivid, and immensely readable memoir of the experience. She describes the beginning of the war—the machine gun fire that sounded like a sewing machine in the distance—and her family’s growing anxiety, which leads to their decision to...
The On-the-Streets, In-the-Trains, Off-the-Grid Memoir of Two New York City Street Musicians
By Heth and Jed Weinstein
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Frustrated by the indifference of the music industry and the stacks of homemade CDs gathering dust in their closets, brothers Heth and Jed Weinstein made the radical decision to bring their music directly to the masses. They began playing on street corners,...
In the beginning of the twenty-first century, it is hard to imagine a place more exciting than China. The country’s economy is growing by more than ten percent per year. The lives of Chinese citizens in every stratum of society are changing–indeed, the very rules that define the parameters of their lives are changing. Over a billion people are simultaneously hustling,...
Coming of Age at the End of History
Camille de Toledo
Translated by Blake Ferris
Camille de Toledo’s Coming of Age at the End of History takes the vision of Hakim Bey’s “Temporary Autonomous Zones,” the incisiveness of Naomi Klein in her seminal treatise No Logo, and youthful idiosyncratic passion of William Upksi Wimsatt, and creates a new vision of political possibility for Generation Y.
Uncensored, uncontained, and thoroughly demented, the memoirs of Paul Krassner are back in an updated and expanded edition. Whether he’s writing about his friendship with controversial comic Lenny Bruce, introducing Groucho Marx to LSD, his investigation of Scientology, or John Kennedy’s cadaver, no subject is too sacred to be skewered by Krassner. And yet his stories are soulful and philosophical, always authentic to his iconoclastic brand of personal journalism.
Down Among Dead Men
A Year in the Life of a Mortuary Technician
Michelle Williams is young and attractive, with close family ties, a busy social life . . . and an unusual occupation. When she impulsively applies to be a mortuary technician and is offered the position, she has no idea that her decision to accept will be one of the most momentous of her life. “What I didn’t realize then,” she...
Enough About You
Notes Toward the New Autobiography
Enough About You is a book about David Shields. But it is also a terrifically engrossing exploration and exploitation of self-reflection, self-absorption, full-blown narcissism, and the impulse to write about oneself. In a world awash with memoirs and tell-alls, Shields has created something unique: he invites the reader into his mind as he turns...
In this collection of beautifully crafted autobiographical vignettes that encompasses everything from the people Jay Farrar has met and the places he’s journeyed over 20 years as a traveling musician, to his formative childhood experiences, to his parents’ cultural identity as Missouri Ozarks.
From the Graveyard of the Arousal Industry
As an adolescent, Justin Pearson moved with his mother from “Shit Creek Phoenix, AZ” to sunny San Diego after his father was murdered on Halloween. There, he fell in with a subculture of young musicians playing some of the most original and brutal music in the world. Turns out the chaos of Pearson’s bands—The Locust, Swing Kids, and Some Girls—is...
How to Be Inappropriate
Dry, offbeat, and mostly profane, this debut collection of humorous nonfiction glorifies all things inappropriate and TMI. A compendia of probing essays, lists, profiles, barstool rants, queries, pedantic footnotes, play scripts, commonplace miscellany, and overly revealing memoir, How to Be Inappropriate adds up to the portrait of an artist who bumbles through life obsessed...