Elspeth Huxley grew up on a coffee plantation in pre-World War I Kenya. For a young girl it was a time of adventure and freedom while her parents banked their future on the uncertainty of successful coffee harvests.
A loving memoir of 1950's California and what it was like to grow up on an 1,800 acre ranch in the Mojave desert, with a strong-willed grandmother, sometimes harsh father, and loads of wild and domesticated animals.
In 1971 Jack Gantos was caught in New York harbor on a boat filled with 2,000 pounds of hashish. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison. This is the story of how he "escaped" from prison by becoming a writer. Heartbreaking, challenging but ultimately triumphant.
In this first volume of her memoirs, Simone de Beauvoir portrays her early quest for knowledge, adventure and independence despite the constaints of her bourgeois French family; primary and secondary school days and the rigors of a university education; her teaching experiences outside of Paris; and meeting Jean-Paul Sartre, her soul-mate and lifelong partner.
This is an autobiography of a young woman whose determination takes her from the deserted Austalian outback of her family's large sheep ranch, to Sydney University, to the United States as the first woman president of Smith College,
Esmeralda Santiago was one of eleven children who grew up in a tin-can of a house in Puerto Rico, surrounded by quarreling parents and poverty. While living in Brooklyn with her grandmother, Santiago's ambition and hard work resulted in a Harvard education, and a successful career as a writer and film producer.