MEMOIR & ESSAYS
u THERE WAS A COUNTRY
“A fascinating and gripping memoir.”— The
Wall Street Journal. “Memoir and history are
brought together by a master storyteller.”
—The Guardian (UK).
Penguin 352pp. 978-0-14-312403-0 $17.00
u A BORDER PASSAGE
From Cairo to America—A Woman’s Journey
Updated with an Afterword on the Arab Spring
“A richly insightful account of the inner conflicts of a generation coming of age.”— The
New York Times Book Review.
Penguin 336pp. 978-0-14-312192-3 $16.00
“The saddest, funniest, most tragical yet comical picture of coming of age in the U.S.A. in
the Depression years and World War II that
has ever been written.”—Harrison Salisbury.
Plume 288pp. 978-0-452-25550-0 $16.00
Signet 352 pp. 978-0-451-16838-2 $7.99
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE A PROBLEM?
Being Young and Arab in America
“Provocative.”—Francine Prose, O Magazine.
“In relating the gripping personal stories of
seven young Arab and Muslim Americans
from Brooklyn...Bayoumi reveals the feelings
and frustrations of the current era’s scapegoats.”—Rashid Khalidi, Columbia University.
Penguin 320pp. 978-0-14-311541-0 $16.00
u RED BRICK, BLACK MOUNTAIN,
Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival
“Well wrought....Part memoir, part family
saga, part travelogue, part cultural history, it
takes readers on a peripatetic ramble across
America and beyond.”— The New York Times
Book Review. “Revelatory.”—Booklist (starred).
Penguin 304pp. 978-0-14-312285-2 $16.00
A New York Times Notable Book
Also available: A Summer of Hummingbirds, page 147
R. Dwayne Betts
A QUESTION OF FREEDOM
A Memoir of Learning, Survival,
and Coming of Age in Prison
“[A] life-changing book, which may well
prevent other young men from making that
detour to prison. A searing and ultimately
uplifting story.”—Hill Harper.
Avery 256 pp. 978-1-58333-396-9 $16.00
u NINE YEARS UNDER: Coming of Age
in an Inner-City Funeral Home
“A darkly comic memoir of life and death in
urban America.”—Booklist (starred review).
Gotham 272 pp. 978-1-592-40712-5 $26.00
u SHE LEFT ME THE GUN
My Mother’s Life Before Me
“Full of intellect and feeling and dartlike
expression. It’s one of those memoirs that
remind you why you liked memoirs in the
first place.”— The New York Times. “The riveting memoir about how a prizewinning British
journalist reclaimed her mother’s traumatic
past....Poignant and unforgettable.”—Kirkus.
Penguin Press 320 pp. 978-1-59420-459-3 $26.95
BORN ROUND: A Story of Family, Food,
and a Ferocious Appetite
“A food memoir for our time, plumbing the
depths of our personal and collective eating
disorders. By turns shocking and hilarious.”
Penguin 368 pp. 978-0-14-311767-4 $16.00
A New York Times Notable Book
“Enjoyable and provocative...a personal,
thoughtful odyssey across a dozen cities.”
—San Francisco Chronicle.
Penguin 320 pp. 978-0-14-311796-4 $16.00
THE BASKETBALL DIARIES
Penguin 224 pp. 978-0-14-010018-1 $15.00
Also available: Forced Entries: The Downtown Diaries
1971–1973 978-0-14-008502-0, The Petting Zoo (see
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THE LAST TRUE STORY I’LL EVER TELL
An Accidental Soldier’s
Account of the War in Iraq
“A savage, gritty, and compelling work.”
—James Crumley, author of The Right Madness.
Riverhead 240 pp. 978-1-59448-201-4 $16.00
HOW DID YOU GET THIS NUMBER
“Charming, elegant, wise, and comedic....
Crosley is a twenty-first century Dorothy
Riverhead 288 pp. 978-1-59448-519-0 $15.00
Also available: I Was Told There’d Be Cake: Essays 978-
A Mixed-Race Daughter and
the Mother Who Gave Her Away
See page 43
FICTION RUINED MY FAMILY
An entertaining memoir of a family haunted
by its own myths and its obsessive idolization of the literary life. “[A] winningly snarky
memoir.”— The New York Times.
Riverhead 320 pp. 978-1-59448-617-3 $16.00
A Story of Evil, Blessings, Grace, and Solace
“A smart, funny memoir about a woman
seeking answers to some very hard questions.”—San Francisco Chronicle. “Reveals how
a terrifying brush with a rapist sparked [the
author’s] spirituality and set her on a journey
of recovery paved with prayer.”—O Magazine.
Also available: Riding in Cars with Boys 978-0-14-
015629-4, Looking for Mary 978-0-14-019627-6
Viking 240 pp. 978-0-670-02575-6 $25.95
Penguin 240 pp. 978-0-14-312490-0 $16.00
Paperback available March 2014
Francine du Plessix Gray
THEM: A Memoir of Parents
“Arresting....A vivid, often harrowing portrait of her formidable mother and her equally
formidable stepfather, and the remarkable trajectory of their lives.”—Michiko Kakutani, The
New York Times. Photos.
Penguin 544 pp. 978-0-14-303719-4 $18.00
National Book Critics Circle Award
MIRIAM’S KITCHEN: A Memoir
See page 52
u HARLEY LOCO: A Memoir of Hard Living,
Hair, and Post-Punk from the Middle East
to the Lower East Side
Introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert
“Captures powerfully the vulnerability of
being an outsider and the deep yearnings to
be a part of something.”—Publishers Weekly.
“Elias’s twisted, devastating memoir of a life
lived on the margins can take its rightful place
alongside The Basketball Diaries, Please Kill Me
and Just Kids as a classic, blood-stained love
letter to bohemian NYC.”—Craig Marks.
Viking 320 pp. 978-0-670-78516-2 $27.95
Penguin 320 pp. 978-0-14-312505-1 $16.00
Paperback available April 2014
Contemporary Memoir & Essays