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Sometimes referred to as "annualism," many memoirs document the details of ONE very special year in their lives or an experiment they performed. Here are some of them.

Howards End is on the Landing: A Year of Reading from Home

Susan Hill · Profile Books, London
Format: Hardcover

This is a year of reading from home, by one of Britain's most distinguished authors. Early one autumn afternoon in pursuit of an elusive book on her shelves, Susan Hill encountered dozens of others that she had never read, or forgotten she owned, or wanted to read for a second time....
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The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

Gretchen Rubin · Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition
Format: Paperback

"This book made me happy in the first five pages." - AJ Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible Award-winning author Gretchen Rubin is back with a bang, with The Happiness Project. The author of the bestselling...
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Endurance: My Year in Space and Our Journey to Mars

Scott Kelly · Knopf
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

A stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station--a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colorful formative years.

The veteran of four space flights and the American...
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The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

A. J. Jacobs · Simon & Schuster; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

From the bestselling author of The Know-It-All comes a fascinating and timely exploration of religion and the Bible.

Raised in a secular family but increasingly interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world, A.J. Jacobs decides to dive in headfirst and attempt to obey...
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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

Barbara Kingsolver · HarperCollins Publishers
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

Bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver returns with her first nonfiction narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.

"As the U.S. population made an unprecedented mad dash for the Sun Belt, one carload of us paddled against...

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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

Elizabeth Gilbert · Penguin Books; Reissue edition
Format: Paperback

It's 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She's in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises...
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Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously

Julie Powell · Little, Brown and Company; Reprint edition
Pages: 400
Format: Mass Market Paperback

Julie & Julia, the bestselling memoir that's "irresistible....A kind of Bridget Jones meets The French Chef" (Philadelphia Inquirer), is now a major motion picture. Julie Powell, nearing thirty and trapped in a dead-end secretarial job, resolves to reclaim her life by cooking...
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The Year of Magical Thinking

Joan Didion · Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 227
Format: Hardcover

From one of America's iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage-and a life, in good times and bad-that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child.

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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Cheryl Strayed · Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 315
Format: Print book

Oprah's Book Club 2.0 selection.

A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe - and built her back up again.

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake...
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Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

Piper Kerman · Spiegel & Grau
Pages: 298
Format: Hardcover


With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted...
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Nickel and Dimed: On

Barbara Ehrenreich · Metropolitan Books
Pages: 221
Format: Hardcover

Our sharpest and most original social critic goes "undercover" as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity.

Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired...
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Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping

Judith Levine · Free Press
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

Many of us have tried to call a halt to our spending at one time or another. But what if we decided not to buy anything for a whole year? Obviously, we would need necessities like food and soap, but how would be manage without new clothes, treats, entertainment? Funny, smart and self-deprecating,...
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365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life

John Kralik · Hyperion
Pages: 228
Format: Hardcover

One recent December, at age 53, John Kralik found his life at a terrible, frightening low: his small law firm was failing; he was struggling through a painful second divorce; he had grown distant from his two older children and was afraid he might lose contact with his young daughter; he was living...
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