In a story of bravery and perseverance, Dr. Hawa Abdi, "the Mother Teresa of Somalia," reflects on founding the camp for internal refugees that kept 90,000 of her fellow citizens safe, inspiring her daughters to become doctors and being kidnapped by radical insurgents.
The celebrated author shares the intimate story of her relationship with her mother, including the events that prompted her mother to send young Angelou to Arkansas to live with her grandmother, and the complicated fallout that shaped their family life.
The film legend and Hollywood icon shares the highs and lows of her life as an actress during Hollywood's Golden Age, including stories from her lifelong friendship with Elizabeth Taylor and intimate details of her marriages and family life.
After her mother's death and the end of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed impulsively decided to hike more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington state — alone.
Propelled by her realization that it is women who suffer most during conflicts — and that the power of women working together can create an unstoppable force — Leymah Gbowee helped organize and then led a coalition of Christian and Muslim women who confronted Liberia's ruthless president and rebel warlords by sitting in public protest and even holding a sex strike. In Mighty Be Our Powers, she traces her journey from abused civil war refugee to women's rights and peace activist.
A small town home to a notorious cluster of childhood cancers scientifically linked to local air and water pollution became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping.
The brothers in the Emanuel family are known for their success and for their chutzpah. The youngest is Ari Emanuel, a high-powered Hollywood agent and the inspiration for a blunt-talking character on the HBO show Entourage. Then there's middle brother and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a tough, foul-mouthed former White House chief of staff and congressman. Author Ezekiel, a doctor and professor, is the oldest, and in this memoir he traces the brothers' careers while offering insight into their upbringing.
An illustrated, inside look at the rock group Nirvana offers a candid look the band's members, chronicling their rapid rise in the music world and revealing the true story of the drug-abuse rumors surrounding them. Original.
Aleksandar Hemon pays tribute to the two cities of his youth: Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he spent his time poking at the pretensions of the city's elders; and Chicago, where he started a new life after Sarajevo came under siege.
Emily Rapp's high hopes for her infant son were shattered when he was diagnosed with a fatal degenerative disorder at nine months. Her memoir describes loving a son she knew she would lose, and coping with her grief by studying great works of art, literature, philosophy and theology.
Alice Kaplan takes readers into the lives, hopes and ambitions of three young women who would become American icons, tracing their paths to Paris and tracking the discoveries, intellectual adventures, friendships and loves that they found there. For Jacqueline Kennedy, Susan Sontag and Angela Davis, France was far from a passing fancy; rather, the year abroad would influence them for the rest of their lives.
Growing up in the Dominican Republic, author and poet Julia Alvarez says, she was taught to view neighboring Haiti with suspicion. But because of a promise made one night, Haiti, and a particular Haitian boy named Piti, would become ingrained in her heart — so much so that she would find herself smuggling Piti out of Haiti with his new family, and then finding her way back there after the devastating 2010 earthquake.
The great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists describes growing up in Tehran in a country plagued by political upheaval and vast contraditions between public and private life.
Jeanette Winterson tells the story of how a painful past, which she thought she had overcome, rose to haunt her later in life, sending her on a maddening search for her biological mother. Through her story, Winterson also shows how fiction and poetry can form a string of guiding lights, a life raft that supports us when we are sinking.