Autobiography, Biography and Memoir

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Escape from the Pit

Originally published in Hebrew in 1944, this fascinating and moving account may well be the first memoir of the Holocaust.

An American Girl in India

Offers a portrait of India as seen through the eyes of a sensitive, sharp-eyed, and witty young scholar in the early 1960s.

Stories, Streets, and Saints

A time capsule of a classic Italian American neighborhood, told in the voices of its inhabitants.

In the Catskills and My Boyhood

Classic works by naturalist John Burroughs on his beloved Catskill region.

Truly Blessed and Highly Favored

An intimate and moving account of how the author rose from poverty to become a major Black political figure in New York State.

From the Bayou to the Bay

The intellectual autobiography of a leading scholar in the field of African American Studies.

When I Am Italian

Can a person born outside of Italy be considered Italian?

With a Diamond in My Shoe

The intellectual autobiography of a leading figure in the field of Latin American philosophy.

Popovers and Candlelight

Recounts the true story of an entrepreneurial woman who succeeded in a male-dominated industry in the twentieth century.

We Have Not Stopped Trembling Yet

A father’s personal and intimate account of his Filipino and Alaska Native family’s experiences, and his search for how to help his children overcome the effects of historical and contemporary oppression.

An Extraordinary Ordinary Woman

A rare nineteenth-century journal of an everyday woman richly infused with the minutiae of antebellum daily life and work.

FDR on His Houseboat

Edited by Karen Chase
Subjects: History
Series: Excelsior Editions

Presents and expands upon Roosevelt’s daily nautical log as he was trying to regain the use of his polio-damaged legs.

Writing Widowhood

By Jeffrey Berman
Subjects: Psychology

Explores how memoirs of widowhood can help us understand the reality of bereavement and the critical role of writing and reading in recovery.

In the Hamptons 4Ever

More stories of the outsized and the ordinary from the editor and publisher of Dan’s Papers.

River of Words

By Nina Shengold
Photographs by Jennifer May
Foreword by Dennis Stock
Subjects: New York/regional
Series: Excelsior Editions

An intimate group portrait of contemporary Hudson Valley writers.

Truckin' with Sam

A father and son travel across North America in a pick-up truck--talking, laughing, fighting, and bonding.

Once an Engineer

A funny, tragic, garlicky chronicle of growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in Central New York.

Breaching Jericho's Walls

An award-winning African-American historian and novelist takes the reader on an exciting journey from a segregated Philadephia childhood in the 1930's to mid-century Paris, Moscow, Cambridge, and Manhattan.

Frank

The first full-length biography of America’s youngest, and perhaps most underrated, First Lady.

Letters to a Best Friend

A lively and intimate selection of letters on life, literature, and art from one of America’s finest prose stylists.

The Journal of Ann McMath

By Ann McMath
Edited by C. Stewart Doty
Introduction by C. Stewart Doty
Subjects: New York/regional
Series: Excelsior Editions

An account of an ordinary young woman coming of age in the "Burned-Over District" of Western New York during the Second Great Awakening.

The Crazy Thing

A love story entwined with a philosophic quest.

From Kristallnacht to Watergate

An insider’s account of how the Washington Post broke the Watergate story, depicting the tensions, challenges, and personal conflicts that were overcome as it laid bare the criminal wrongdoings of the Nixon administration.

Vanished by the Danube

A story of loss and survival.

L Is for Lion

A 1960s Bronx tomboy learns how to survive her brutal but humorous Italian family and all the rest that life throws her. The harder you hit the pavement, the higher you fly.