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Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, & Havana (070.92 G848)   
by Stephanie Griest
A young Latina journalist recounts her four-year, twelve-nation tour of the Communist bloc during her education at the University of Texas.

The Intimate Merton: His Life from His Journals (271.12502 M575)   
Culled from the beloved Trappist monk’s journals, evidence is shown of his spiritual transformation.

Mid-Life Ex-Wife: A Diary of Divorce, Online Dating, and Second Chances (306.73028  GREY)
by Stella Grey   
Nora Ephron meets Bridget Jones's Diary in Guardian columnist Stella Grey’s heartrendingly honest, witty memoir about her online odyssey to find real love in a virtual world.

Yakuza Diary: Doing Time in the Japanese Underworld (364.106)   
by Christopher Seymour
A writer who infiltrated the Japanese organized crime syndicate reveals its history, ancient code of conduct, political influence and diverse activities.

The Pre-Raphaelites (759.2)     
by Jan Marsh
The lives of famous artists such as William Morris as seen through letters and diaries.

Journals (782.42166 C652)     
by Kurt Cobain 
Unedited journals of the Nirvana lead singer.

Conquest of the Useless (791.43023 H582)  
by Werner Herzog
Herzog wrote this diary during the making of the 1982 film Fitzcarraldo that tells the story of a would-be rubber baron who pulls a steamship over a hill in the Amazon jungle.

 My Name Escapes Me (792.0289 G964)      
by Alec Guinness 
The great English actor offers spontaneous reflections on theater, books, art, church, and famous friends.

Leaving a Trace (808.06692) 
by Alexandra Johnson  
A primer on the art of journal writing shows how to turn personal writing into a family chronicle, memoir or novel.

Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 (814.54 SEDARIS)
by David Sedaris     
These observations are the source code for his finest work, and through them he has honed his cunning, surprising sentences.

Henry and June: From the Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin (818.5203 N714)              
An account of Nin’s sexual awakening describing her friendship with Miller and his wife.

Against Wind and Tide (818.5209 L742)     
by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
A final collection of letters and her diary follows the evolution of “Gifts From the Sea” and her views on politics during the Vietnam War.

Coming Into the End Zone (818.5403 G887) 
by Doris Grumbach
The novelist’s journal, a celebration of her 70th year, relates the milestones, mishaps, losses, friendships, and decisions that shaped her life.

My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues (818.603 PAUL)
by Pamela Paul           
The New York Times Book Review editor reveals how for 28 years she has maintained a personal journal recording every book she has ever read, sharing literature-influenced experiences that shaped her personal and professional life.

Must You Go?:  My Life With Harold Pinter (822.914)  
by Antonia Fraser   
A tribute to the award-winning author’s marriage to her internationally renowned playwright husband based on the author’s diaries.

Driving Home (828.91408)   
by Jonathan Raban 
Spanning 20 years in the Pacific Northwest, a diary and essay collection about America’s idiosyncrasies.

The Seasons of Rome (914.56304)   
by Paul Hofmann 
A 30-year resident of Rome offers a month-by-month exploration of the city’s daily life, reflecting on its unique characteristics, events and people.

The Diary of a Young Girl (940.5318 F814)   
by Anne Frank 
The uncut edition of her diary includes entries originally omitted by her father and provides insight into Anne’s relationship with her mother.

Resistance (940.5344 H919)   
by Agnes Humbert 
By a key member of the French Resistance during the German occupation of 1940 recounts her group’s betrayal to the Gestapo.

Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace (941.34081 R661)                   
by Kate Summerscale   
Traces the scandalous divorce trial of a Victorian woman whose husband found her diary in which she recorded her sexual fantasies.

I Will Bear Witness (943.08609 K64 v. 1 & v.2)     
by Victor Klemperer   
Secret journal of the acclaimed German-Jewish historian provides a vivid portrait of the everyday horrors of Nazi Germany.

New York Diaries, 1609 to 2009 (974.71)     
Drawn from library archives, historical societies and private estates for a year-long tribute to New York comprised of diary entries selected from four centuries of writings by famous city natives, visitors and artists.

Trials of the Earth: the True Story of a Pioneer Woman (976.24 HAMILTON)
by Mary Hamilton 

Isaac’s Storm:  A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History (976.4139)     
by Erik Larson 
Based on the diaries of Isaac Cline, provides an account of the hurricane which struck Galveston, Texas in 1900 and killed 10,000 people.

The Book of Tomorrow (FICTION)
by Cecelia Ahern       
Spoiled 16-year-old Tamara discovers a diary of future entries in her handwriting that she hopes will reveal the truth about her mother’s troubling situation.

Maya’s Notebook (FICTION)
by Isabel Allende               
After the death of her beloved grandfather, 19 year-old Maya, turning to drugs, alcohol, and petty crime, becomes trapped in a war between assassins, police, the FBI and Interpol.

Pull of the Moon (FICTION)
by Elizabeth Berg     
Disturbed by the course of her life and marriage, Nan embarks on a journey, talking with people via letters and herself through her diary, discovering how her life can be reshaped.

Any Human Heart (FICTION)
by William Boyd   
The journals of Logan Mountstuart, author, spy, man of the world, chronicle his boyhood in Uruguay to his career as an art dealer and his wartime exploits.

The Light of Paris (FICTION)
by Eleanor Brown
Feeling panicked by her empty life and marriage to a controlling husband, Madeleine discovers a revelatory journal written by her grandmother in Jazz Age Paris.

The Heart of Darkness (FICTION)
by Joseph Conrad
Marlow tells his travelling companions of his expedition to central Africa which put him on the trail of the elusive Kurtz, a brilliant idealist gone rogue.

Shadow Tag (FICTION)
by Louise Erdrich   
After she finds her husband has been reading her diary, Irene America turns it into a manipulative farce.

One Thousand White Women (FICTION)
by Jim Fergus   
Based on historic events, this novel follows the indomitable May Dodd as she travels to the Cheyenne and becomes the bride of Chief Little Wolf. 

The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn (FICTION)           
by Robin Maxwell                             
Upon her coronation, Elizabeth I receives her mother’s diary and learns of her love for her and her torment at the hands of Henry VIII.

by J.S. Monroe   
Tormented by disturbingly real sightings of Rosa, his girlfriend who committed suicide Jarlath, after Rosa’s aunt gives him her diary, embarks on a frantic quest to finally make sense of the highly suspicious circumstances surrounding her death, which plunges him into a dark underworld that threatens his own life.

The Lincoln Conspiracy (FICTION)
by Timothy L. O’Brien      
Detective Temple McFadden discovers two diaries, one belonging to Mary Todd Lincoln, the other to John Wilkes Booth; both reveal a shocking conspiracy behind Lincoln’s assassination in this historical thriller.

I Capture the Castle (FICTION)
by Dodie Smith       
17-year-old Cassandra, a young woman who lives in poverty with her family in England, strives to become loved as a writer and a woman.

The Sherlockian (MYSTERY)
by Graham Moore   
When Harold White is inducted into a Sherlock Holmes enthusiast society, he never imagines he’s about to be thrust onto the hunt for Arthur Conan Doyle’s missing diary, and for a killer.