Autobiography, Biography and Memoir

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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.

In the Hamptons 4Ever

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

Once an Engineer

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mr. New York

The life and times of an instrumental figure in New York City’s recovery from the fiscal and social crises of the 1970s and 1980s, and in the general revitalization of the city over two generations.

The Anarchist Bastard

A tribute to the Italian American family and its trying bonds of love.

The Kingdom of the Kid

Recalls a childhood on Long Island as the counterculture sixties were sliding into the seventies and the Hamptons were still a middle-class sanctuary.

Still in the Hamptons

More encounters with sometimes rich, sometimes famous, but always quirky residents of the Hamptons, by the editor and publishers of Dan's Papers.

Hiding Places

A daughter struggles to get her mother to talk about her Holocaust experiences, and tries to understand how those experiences have shaped her own life.

Mentors, Muses & Monsters

Thirty writers look back at the the people, events, and books that launched their literary lives.

Reframing the Practice of Philosophy

Reflections by leading Latin American and African American philosophers on their identity within the field of philosophy.

When Huai Flowers Bloom

Depicts the Cultural Revolution through stories in a variety of voices.

Coach

Edited by Andrew Blauner
Preface by David Duchovny
Foreword by Bill Bradley
Subjects: General Interest
Series: Excelsior Editions

Twenty-five celebrated writers share the encouraging words and timeless wisdom of the coaches who influenced their lives.

Tales from the Sausage Factory

A former state legislator and a political scientist team up to show how New York's legislature was once the nation's model professional legislature, and how it might recover from its present dysfunction.

Down from Troy

A beautifully crafted memoir by one of America's finest storytellers.

Roman Candle

A multilayered portrait of this brash, gifted artist, whose restless voice and spirit seem as alive today as ever.

We Used to Own the Bronx

An inside story of privilege, inherited wealth, and the bizarre values and customs of the American upper crust.

Final Acts

Analyzes contemporary memoirs of terminal illness from a psychoanalytic perspective.

Bungalow Kid

Vividly and lovingly recreates a city kid's summer in the Catskills in the 1950s.

In the Hamptons Too

Tales of the sometimes rich, sometimes famous, but always quirky residents of one of America’s best-known summer colonies, as told by the editor and publisher of Dan’s Papers, the area’s free weekly newspaper.

The Smoking Horse

With an ear for life’s fractured melodies, marine biologist Stephen Spotte recounts his lifelong study of literature and the sea and his search for the mythical place where reason and revelation intersect.

Saving Troy

A powerful account of the hazards, challenges, and dangers faced by America's first-responders.

Interior Landscapes, Second Edition

The classic autobiography of the famous Indigenous writer and critic Gerald Vizenor

Wine - A Gentleman's Game

How one man and his family made their dream of owning a winery come true--and helped revitalize New York's winemaking industry in the process.

A Diary of Gastric Bypass Surgery

The story of one African American woman’s decision to undergo gastric bypass surgery.

The Philosopher's "I"

Using works written over the course of 1,500 years, considers philosophers’ autobiographies as a genre of philosophical writing.

Jakub's World

A boy's world is shattered by the Holocaust.

Eleven Stories High

This memoir evokes a girl’s coming of age in a postwar New York City planned, “utopian” community.

Living Root

In this literary memoir, poet and essayist Michael Heller interweaves family and personal history with reflections on language, poetry, religion, and memory itself.

Rescuing Haya

The story of an Israeli woman's struggle to forge her personal and professional identity.

A Brush with Death

Recounts the author’s experiences during the Holocaust, from the time of the Nazi invasion of Poland to the liberation of the Theresienstadt concentration camp by the Red Army in 1945.

Namedropping

Candid snapshots in prose of literary and other figures--ranging from Aldous Huxley and Isaac Bashevis Singer to Faye Dunaway and Hunter S. Thompson--whom the author encountered during four decades as a working writer and journalist.

Keeping Literary Company

A witty, intelligent, first-person account of what Kurt Vonnegut, Jerzy Kosinski, Donald Barthelme, and other important writers of the last three decades wrote, how they wrote it, and what it means for the development of American fiction.

Nourishing Words

Exploring the very human and moving autobiographies of teachers, and the promising insights of feminist and critical reading theory, this book asks how we can oppose the alienation and distancing that so often characterize curriculum in schools.

Authoring a Life

This book begins as an autobiography, the story of an incest survivor who became an English professor, but it ends with an argument: that we must reconceptualize the language arts curriculum, from grade school through graduate school, if we are to meet the needs of our students, an alarming number of whom are survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Will to Live

This book is the story of a Jewish family's survival in Nazi-occupied Poland by assuming "Aryan" identities.

Volupte

This is the first English translation of a pre-Freudian psychological novel. The narrator victimizes women while feeling victimized by his own sensuality.

Spirit, Nature and Community

This book covers the main aspects of Simone Weil's thought, drawing on her life where it is relevant for understanding her ideas. It is the fruit of many years engagement with scholars and scholarship ...

Home Is Somewhere Else

Following the Nazi annexation of Austria in March of 1938, Desider Furst, his wife, and his daughter suddenly found themselves hunted outlaws, holders of a German passport branded with a red "J" for Jewish. ...

Writing With

This collection of essays on diverse issues in collaborative work illuminates the next direction for the study and practice of collaboration in classrooms and research projects. The essays probe more ...