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Oleander, Jacaranda: A Childhood Perceived - A poignant and bittersweet memoir from the distinguished British fiction writer Penelope Lively, Oleander, Jacaranda evokes the author's unusual childhood growing up English in Egypt during the 1930s and 1940s. Filled with the birds, animals and planetsof the Nile landscape that the author knew as a child, Oleander, Jacaranda follows the young Penelope from a visit to a fellaheen village to an afternoon at the elegant Gezira Sporting Club, one milieu as exotic to by Penelope Lively

Up in the Old Hotel - Mitchell lovingly chronicled the lives of odd New York characters. In the pages of Up In the Old Hotel, the reader passes through places such as McSorley's Old Ale House or the Fulton Fish Market that many observers might have found ordinary. But when experienced through Mitchell's gifted eye, the reader will see that these haunts of old New York possess poetry, beauty, and meaning. by Joseph Mitchell

Twenty Chickens for a Saddle: The Story of an African Childhood - An exquisitely rendered portrait of an African childhood. When Robyn Scott 's parents decide to uproot their young family from New Zealand and move to a converted cowshed in rural Botswana, life for six-year-old Robyn changed forever. In this wild and new landscape excitement can be found around every corner, and with each misadventure she and her family learn more about the quirks, charms, and challenges of living in one of Africa's most rem by Robyn Scott

Women's diaries of the westward journey - An expanded edition of one of the most original and provocative works of American history of the last decade, which documents the pioneering experiences and grit of American frontier women. by Lillian Schlissel

Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman

Leaving Mother Lake: A Girlhood at the Edge of the World - LEAVING MOTHER LAKE is the haunting memoir of a girl growing up in a remarkable place. The Chinese refer to Moso country in the Himalayas as 'the Country of Daughters,' because of the people's unique matrilineal society. In Moso culture there is no word for father, marriage is considered a backward practice, and property is passed on from mother to daughter. But even in this land of women, familial tension is eternal. Namu is a strong-willed daughte by Yang Erche Namu

The Great Western Beach: A Memoir of a Cornish Childhood Between the Wars - A gentle and tender memoir of childhood summers spent almost entirely on the beach. Disfunctional parents are described lovingly and with affection, and their disjointed relationships are treated with compassion despite being, at the time, probably quite difficult to cope with. An interesting insight into an otherwise apparently 'normal' British family between two World Wars. by Emma Smith

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