Autobiographies / Memoirs

Aboud, Najah.

I, Who Did Not Die: A Sweeping Story of Loss, Redemption and Fate.

Co-author: Zahed Haftlang; with Meredith May
New York: Regan Arts, 2017.
DS318.85 .H335 2017

Akhavan, Payam.

In Search of a Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey.

Toronto: Anansi, 2017.
JC571 .A343 2017

Al Rabeeah, Abu Bakr.

Homes: A Refugee Story.

With Winnie Yeung.
Calgary: Freehand Books, 2018.
HV640.5 .I75 A47 2018

Alsaadi, Nawar.

The Bull of Heaven: The Story of a Boy Who Grew up in a War Zone to Become a French Stock Market Millionaire Fighting for Shareholder Justice in North America.

[unnamed: The Author], 2014.
HG5154.3 A47 2014

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Al-Soyalee, Kamal.

Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes.

Toronto: HarperCollins, 2012.
PN4913.A425 A3 2012

Askar, Saoussan.

From Far Away.

Co-author Robert Munsch. Illustrated by Michael Martchenko.
Toronto: Annick Books, 1995.

Reissued 2017 with new art by Rebecca Green.

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Ayed, Nahlah.

A Thousand Farewells: A Reporter’s Journey From Refugee Camp to the Arab Spring.

Toronto: Viking, 2012.
PN4913.A494 A3 2012

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Bahari, Maziar.

Rosewater: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival.

With Aimee Molloy.
First published as: Then They Came for Me. 2011
Toronto: Random House Canada, 2014.
DS318.9 .B35 2014

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Bates, Judy Fong.

The Year of Finding Memory: A Memoir.

Toronto: Random House Canada, 2010.
PS8553.A827 Z478 2010

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Barzanji, Jalal.

The Man in Blue Pyjamas: A Prison Memoir.

Based on a translation by Sabah A. Salih.
Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2011.
DS79.66 .B367 A313 2011

Begamudré, Ven.

Extended Families: A Memoir of India.

Regina: Coteau Books, 2017.
PS8553 .E342 Z46 2017

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Bhaneja, Balwant.

Troubled Pilgrimage: Passage to Pakistan.

Toronto: TSAR, 2013.
DS377 .B53 2013


Boullata, Issa J.

The Bells of Memory: A Palestinian Boyhood in Jerusalem.

Westmount, Quebec: Linda Leith Publishing, 2014.
DS109.93 .B67 2014

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Campbell, Thanh.

Orphan 32.

Hamilton, Ont.: Hope for the World Productions, 2013.
DS559.8 .C53 C36 2013

Chariandy, David.

I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You: A Letter to my Daughter.

Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 2018.
PS8605 .H3685 Z46 2018

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Chong, Kevin.

My Year of the Racehorse: Falling in Love with the Sport of Kings.

Vancouver: Greystone Books, 2012.
SF334 .C56 2012

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Chopra, Shiv.

Corrupt to the Core: Memoirs of a Health Canada Whistleblower.

Caledon, ON: Kos Publishing Inc., 2009.

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Chow, Olivia.

My Journey.

Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, 2014.
FC641 .C56 A3 2014

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Choy, Wayson.

Not Yet: A Memoir of Living and almost Dying.

Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2009.
PS8555 .H6658 Z534 2009

Paper Shadows: A Chinatown Childhood.

Toronto: Penguin Books, 2000.
PS8555 .H6658 Z53 2000

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Clarkson, Adrienne.

Heart Matters.

Toronto: Viking, 2006.
FC636 .C56 A3 2006

Dashtgard, Annahid.

Breaking the Ocean: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion and Reconciliation.

Toronto: House of Anansi Press, 2019.
Forthcoming August 2019

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Fung, Melissa.

Under an Afghan Sky: A Memoir of Captivity.

Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2011.
DS371.43 .F86 A3 2011

Gatchalian, C. E.

Double Melancholy: Art, Beauty, and the Making of a Brown Queer Man.

Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2019.
PS8613 .A875 Z46 2019

Garebian, Keith.

Pain: Journeys Around my Parents

Oakville, Ont.: Mosaic Press, [2000].
PN1708 .G3 A3 2000

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Ghomeshi, Jian.


Toronto: Viking, 2012.
ML3534.6 .C2 G56 2012

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Gill, Rupinder.

On the Outside Looking Indian: How My Second Childhood Changed My Life.

Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 2011.
FC106 .E2 G55 2011

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Goel, Sima.

Fleeing the Hijab: A Jewish Woman’s Escape From Iran.

Renfrew, Ont.: General Store Publishing House, 2014.

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Goh, Chan Hon.

Beyond the Dance: A Ballerina’s Life.

With Cary Fagan.
Toronto: Tundra Books, 2002.

Habib, Samra.

We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir.

Toronto: Viking, 2019.
HQ75.4 .H38 A3 2019

Haftlang, Zahed.

I, Who Did Not Die: A Sweeping Story of Loss, Redemption and Fate.

Co-author: Najah Aboud; with Meredith May
New York: Regan Arts, 2017.
DS318.85 .H335 2017

Haidar, Ensaf.

Raif Badawi: The Voice of Freedom: My Husband, Our Story.

Co-author: Andrea C. Hoffmann; translated by Shaun Whiteside
London: Little Brown, 2016.
DS233.526 .B23 H2513 2016

Ho, Tuan (as told by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch).

Adrift at Sea: A Vietnamese Boy’s Story of Survival.

Art by Brian Deines
Toronto: Pajama Press, 2016.
PZ10 .S58 A47 2016

Househ, Mowafa Said.

Under the Nakba Tree.

Edmonton: Athabasca University Press Press, 2019.
Will also be available from the publisher’s website as a free PDF.

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Hoy Price, Lily.

I Am Full Moon: Stories of a Ninth Daughter.

Victoria, B.C.: Brindle & Glass, 2009.
FC3849 .Q48 Z49 2009

Hui, Ann.

Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada’s Chinese Restaurants.

Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 2019.
On order

Ito, Sally.

The Emperor’s Orphans.

Winnipeg: Turnstone Press, 2018.
PS8567 .T63 Z46 2018

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Jahanbegloo, Ramin.

Time Will Say Nothing: A Philosopher Survives an Iranian Prison.

Regina: University of Regina Press, 2014.
DS318.84 .J35 2014

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Jang, Lucia.

Stars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman’s Life in North Korea and Escape to Freedom.

Co-author Susan McClelland.
Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 2014.
Available to the Ryerson University community as an e-book


Jauhal, Pritam Singh.

A Soldier Remembers: Lieutenant Colonel Pritam Singh Jauhal, World War II Veteran: A Memoir.

Co-author Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra.
Abbotsford, BC: Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, University of the Fraser Valley, 2013.
The Centre has been renamed the South Asian Studies Institute.
The publication may be available as an open access pdf e-book.

Kai Ellis, Jackie.

The Measure of My Powers: A Memoir of Food, Misery and Paris.

[Canada]: Appetite by Random House, 2018?.

Knight, Chelene.

Dear Current Occupant: A Memoir.

Toronto: Book*hug, 2018.
PS8621 .N53 D43 2018

Koul, Scaachi.

One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter.

Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2017.
Available: Popular Reading KOU

Kurdi, Tima.

The Boy on the Beach: My Family’s Escape From Syria and Our Hope for a New Home.

Toronto: Simon & Schuster Canada, 2018.
FC106 .S98 Z7 2017

Things That Must Not Be Forgotten book cover

Kwan, Michael David.

Things that Must not be Forgotten: A Childhood in Wartime China.

Toronto: Macfarlane, Walter & Ross, 2000.
DS777.5195 .K82 A3 2000

Ladha, Mansoor.

Memoirs of a Muhindi: Fleeing East Africa for the West.

Regina: University of Regina Press, 2017.
PN4913 .L33 A3 2017

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Lau, Evelyn.

Inside Out: Reflections of a Life So Far.

Toronto: Anchor Canada, 2002, c.2001.
PS8573 .A7815 Z53 2002

Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid.

Toronto: HarperCollins, 1989.
HQ799 .C22 V36 1989


Lee, Edwin S.

Sum Yung Guys: Untold Stories About Growing Up in Vancouver’s Chinatown.

[Surrey, BC: Edwin Lee], 2014.
FC3847.26 .L44 S95 2014

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Lee, J. J. (James-Jason).

The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit.

Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 2011.
TT505 .L44 A3 2011

Lee, Jessica J.

Turning: A Year in the Water.

Toronto: Hamish Hamilton, 2017.

The Wanderer book cover

Lee, Sang-Chul.

The Wanderer: [The Autobiography of a United Church Moderator].

Co-author: Erich Weingartner.
Winfield, BC: Wood Lake Books, 1989.
BX9883 .L44 A3 1989

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Lim, John.

At Grandmother’s House.

Montreal: Tundra Books, 1977.

Merchants of the Mysterious East.

Montreal: Tundra Books, 1981.

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Lim, Sing.

West Coast Chinese Boy.

Montreal: Tundra Books, 1991, c1979.

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Lin, Paul T. K.

In the Eye of the China Storm: A Life Between East and West.

Co-authored with Eileen Chen Lin
Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2011.
DS779.29 .L55 A3 2011

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Lui, Elaine.

Listen to the Squawking Chicken: When Mother Knows Best, What’s a Daughter to Do? A Memoir (Sort of).

Toronto: Random House Canada, 2014.
PN4913 .L85 A3 2014

Luo, Katherine.

The Unceasing Storm: Memories of the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

Madeira Park, BC: Douglas & McIntyre, 2018.
Available to the Ryerson University community as an e-book

Maclear, Kyo.

Birds Art Life.

Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2017.
QL686.5 .O5 M176 2017

Mapa, Lorina.

Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me: A Graphic Memoir.

Wolfville, NS: Conundrum Press, 2017.
PN6733 .M34 Z85 2017

Massoudi, Mehrnaz.

Never Without Love: A Memoir.

Toronto: Inanna Publications, 2019.
Forthcoming June 2019


Where Flowers Bloom: [Memories of Burma].

[Saskatchewan: Memuna], 2015.

The Muslimah Who Fell to Earth: Personal Stories by Canadian Muslim Women.

Edited by Saima S. Hussain.
Toronto: Mawenzi House, 2016.
HQ1170 .M88 2016


Nakano, Takeo.

Within the Barbed Wire Fence: A Japanese Man’s Account of His Internment in Canada.

New ed.
Toronto: James Lorimer & Co., 2012.
FC106 .J3 N34 2012

Naked, Bif.

I, Bificus.

[New York; Toronto]: HarperCollins, 2016.

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Nawaz, Zarqa.

Laughing All the Way to the Mosque.

Toronto: Collins Canada, 2014.
PN1992.4 .N29 A3 2014

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Nayar, Rita.

Ordeal by Fire: A Memoir.

Toronto: TSAR Publications, 2003.
FC106 .E2 Z7 2003a

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Nemat, Marina.

After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed.

Toronto: Viking Canada, 2010.
DS318.84 .N46 A3 2010

Prisoner of Tehran: A Memoir

Toronto: Viking, 2007.
DS318.84 .N46 A3 2007

Nuri, Ayub.

Being Kurdish in a Hostile World

Regina: University of Regina Press, 2017.
DS59 .K86 N87 2017

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Ondaatje, Michael.

Running in the Family

Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1982.
PS8579 .N2 Z53 1982
Also available as an audio book and reprinted in the New Canadian Library.


Pachai, Bridglal.

Accidental Opportunities: A Journey Through Many Doors: An Autobiography

Halifax, N.S.: Roseway Publishing, 2007.
FC2327.1 .P33 A3 2007

My Africa, My Canada.

Hantsport, N.S.: Lancelot Press, 1989.

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Parsi, Arsham.

Exiled for Love: The Journey of an Iranian Queer Activist.

Arsham Parsi with Marc Colbourne.
Halifax, N.S.: Roseway Publishing, 2015.
HQ75.8 .P373 A3 2015

Pawagi, Manjusha.

Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherapy.

Toronto: Second Story Press, 2017.
PS8581 .A8463 Z46 2017

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Peters, Russell.

Call Me Peter.

Russell Peters with Clayton Peters and Dannis Koromilas.
Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2010.
PN2308 .P48 A3 2010

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Piepzna-Samarasinha, Leah Lakshmi.

Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home

Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2015.
PS8631 .I46 Z53 2015

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Quan, Elizabeth.

Beyond the Moongate: True Stories of 1920s China

Toronto: Tundra Books, 2013.

Once Upon a Full Moon.

Toronto: Tundra Books, 2007.

Quan: My Life, My Art: A Collection of Autobiographical Essays and Poetry

Toronto: Sounds Canadian, 1999.

Rafiee, Maryam.

Dear Baba: A Story Through Letters.

[New Orleans?]: UNO Press, 2019.

Raj, Rupert.

Dancing the Dialectic: True Tales of a Transgender Trailblazer.

[North Charlseton, S.C.]: CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2017.
HQ77.8 .R25 A3 2017

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Saltzman, Devyani.

Shooting Water: A Mother-Daughter Journey and the Making of a Film.

Toronto: Key Porter Books, 2005.
PN1997.2 .W38 S24 2005

Wild Daisies in the Sand book cover

Sando, Tom.

Wild Daisies in the Sand.

Edmonton: NeWest Press, 2002.
D805 .C3 S26 2002

Sandhu, Gian Singh.

An Uncommon Road: How Canadian Sikhs Struggled Out of the Fringes and into the Mainstream.

Vancouver: ECHO Storytelling, 2018.
FC106 .S55 S26 2018

Sarin, Vic.

Eyepiece: Adventures in Canadian Film and Television.

Calgary: Durvile Publications, 2017.
PN1998.3 .S27 A3 2017

Sarkar, Prasanta.

Shackles of Independence: A Memoir of an Unknown Indian.

Bloomington: Xlibris Corporation, 2013.

The Jacqueline Shan Story book cover

Shan, Jacqueline.

The Jacqueline Shan Story: Pursuing a Dream, Never Giving Up.

Toronto: Barlow Book Publishing, 2014.
Electronic book (access restricted to Ryerson University community members)

Moon Over Marrakech book cover

Sheikh, Nazneen.

Moon Over Marrakech: A Memoir of Loving Too Deeply in a Foreign Land.

Toronto: Cormorant Press, 2010.

Tea and Pomegranates.

Toronto: Penguin Canada, 2005.

The Reading List book cover

Shimotakahara, Leslie.

The Reading List: Literature, Love and Back Again.

Willowdale, Ont.: Stories That Bind, 2011.
PS8637 .H525 Z47 2011

Shraya, Vivek.

I’m Afraid of Men.

Toronto: Penguin, 2018.
PS8637 .H73 Z46 2018

Shrivastava, Meenal.

Amma’s Daughters: A Memoir.

Athabasca: Athabasca University Press, 2018.
Also available from the publisher as a free PDF

A Passion to Succeed book cover

Singh, David.

A Passion to Succeed.

Toronto: ECW Press, 2006.

Singh, Jagmeet.

Love & Courage: My Story of Family, Resilience, and Overcoming the Unexpected.

Toronto: Simon & Schuster Canada, 2019.
On Order

Singh, Lilly.

How to be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life.

New York: Ballantine Books, 2017.
2nd floor Popular Reading Popular SIN

Stone Voices book cover

Stone Voices: Wartime Writings of Japanese Canadian Issei.

Edited by Keibo Oiwa.
Montreal: Vehicule Press, 1991.
DS810 .N3 C27 1991

Surendra, Rajiv.

The Elephants in My Backyard.

Toronto: Random House Canada, 2016.

Swann, Alice.

My Journey from Saigon to Ottawa.

Bloomington, IN: WestBow Press, 2018.
CT25 .S92 2018 [This may be reclassified in FC]


A Child in Prison Camp book cover

Takashima, Shizuye.

A Child in Prison Camp.

Montreal: Tundra Books, 1971.
D768.15 .T35 1971


Takiyoshi, Hanako.

The Days of Hanako.

Comic Autobiographical Weblog

Tang, Thien.

The Other Side of the Sun: The Girl Who Hid From the Taliban in Plain Sight.

Lawrencetown Beach, N.S.: Pottersfield Press, 2018.
HV640.5 .V5 T36 2018

Thanh, Yasuko.

Mistakes to Run With: A Memoir.

Toronto: Hamish Hamilton, 2019.
PS8639 .H375 z466 2019

A Different Kind of Daughter book cover

Toorpakai, Maria.

A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid From the Taliban in Plain Sight.

Toronto: Viking, 2016.
GV1003.62 .T66 A3 2016

Tsabari, Ayelet.

The Art of Leaving.

Toronto: HarperCollins, 2019.
On Order

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Tsubouchi, David.

Gambatte: Generations of Perseverance and Politics: A Memoir.

Toronto: ECW Press, 2013.
FC3077.1 .T78 2013

Projection Encounters with My Runaway Mother book cover

Uppal, Priscila.

Projection: Encounters With My Runaway Mother.

Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2013.
PS8591 .P62 Z46 2013

Vahabzadeh, Peyman.

Exilic Meditations: Essays on a Displaced Life.

UK: H&S Media, 2013.

A Place Within book cover

Vassanji, M. G.

And Home Was Kariakoo: A Memoir of East Africa.

Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2014.
PS8593 .A87 Z462 2014

A Place Within: Rediscovering India.

Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2008.
PS8593 .A87 Z47 2008

Conversations on Three Continents book cover

Velshi, M. H.

Conversations on Three Continents.

[U.S.A.]: Createspace, 2013.

Vij, Vikram.

Vij: A Chef’s One-way Ticket to Canada with Indian Spices in his Suitcase.

Toronto: Penguin Canada, 2017.

Vuong-Riddick, Thuong.

The Evergreen Country: A Memoir of Vietnam

Regina: Hagios Press, 2007.
DS556.93 .V865 A3 2007

Diamond Grill book cover

Wah, Fred.

Diamond Grill.

Edmonton: NeWest Press, 1996.
PS8545 .A35 D53 1996

Out of the Blue book cover

Wong, Jan.

Beijing Confidential: A Tale of Comrades Lost and Found.

Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2007.
DS795.3 .W66 2007

Out of the Blue: A Memoir of Workplace Depression, Recovery, Redemption and Yes, Happiness.

[Canada]: Jan Wong, 2012.
RC537 .W667 2012

Red China Blues: My Long March From Mao to Now.

Toronto: Doubleday/Anchor Books, 1996.
DS777.75 .W65 1996

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Wong, Larry.

Dim Sum Stories: A Chinatown Childhood.

Vancouver: Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia & Initiative for Student Teaching and Research in Chinese Canadian Studies, University of British Columbia, 2011.
FC3847.26 .W66 A3 2011

Wong, Lindsay.

The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family.

Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2018.
RC512 .W65 2018

Wong, Teresa.

Dear Scarlet: The Story of My Postpartum Depression.

Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2019.
RG852 .W66 2019

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Ye, Ting-xing.

A Leaf in the Bitter Wind: A Memoir.

Toronto: Doubleday, 1997.
HN733.5 .Y42 1997

My Name is Number 4: A True Story.

Abridgement of A Leaf in the Bitter Wind
Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2007.
DS779.29 .Y4 A3 2007

Yuen, Jenny.

Polyamorous: Living and Loving More.

Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2018.

Zafar, Samra.

A Good Wife: Escaping the Life I Never Chose: A Memoir.

With Meg Masters.
Toronto: HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.
HV6626.23.C2 Z34 2019

Red Land, Yellow River book cover

Zhang, Ange.

Red Land, Yellow River: A Story from the Cultural Revolution.

Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 2004.
PZ7 .Z43 R43 2004

A Little Tiger book cover

Zhang, Song Nan.

A Little Tiger in the Chinese Night: An Autobiography in Art.

Montreal: Tundra Books. 1993.

Foxspirit book cover

Zhang, Zhimei.

Foxspirit: A Woman in Mao’s China.

Montreal: Véhicule Press. 1992.
DS778 .Z53 A3 1992