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Levi Stoltzfus, star of the #1 top-rated Discovery Channel reality show Amish Mafia, delivers a tell-all about Amish life today. From the forbidden joyrides to the senseless shunnings to the colorful family feuds, he shares his frank insider's view of this fascinating and secretive society.

The actress whose life story was the subject of the documentary "Running from Crazy" describes the impact of depression, alcoholism, suicide, and schizophrenia on her family life.

A history of the gene draws on science, social history, and the author's family medical history to explore the centuries of research into the science of genetics and the quest to understand human heredity.

A memoir and family history from acclaimed photographer Sally Mann. Her luminous photographs have become icons of modern art, but Mann also possesses a fearlessness and clarity of vision in her writing as well. As she sets out to understand her parents, Mann unravels threads that lead to discoveries about generations past, the marks they made on the world, and how these reverberate in her life and work today.

The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel by Garth Stein, ~excellent

An anthology of humorous, autobiographical essays by the actor best known as Raj from "The Big Bang Theory" traces his journey from a child in New Delhi to a celebrity in Los Angeles, describing his relationships with the family members and friends who inspired his achievements.

A memoir about the author's coming of age as she grapples with her identity as an artist, her family's racial history, and her mother's death from cancer.

In My Journey with Maya, Smiley beautifully recounts a friendship filled with conversation that began when he, a recent college graduate and a poor kid from a big family in the Midwest, accompanied the revered writer on a sojourn to Ghana.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This is a story about a girl in WWII Germany who steals books before they can be burned and shares them with her neighbors and a Jewish man who is hidden in her basement. The story is narrated by Death and is appropriately dark, but manages to be uplifting at the same time. This is in my top 5 books of all time.