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Isabella: The Warrior Queen

Isabella offers the reader a deeply satisfying portrait of a fascinating and complex woman.

Whipping Boy

In masterfully unraveling decades of crime, cruelty, deception, and repression, he probes the nature of what it means to have an enemy—and what it costs to give others so much power over us.

Guantánamo Diary

“Guantánamo Diary” is the most profound account yet written of what it is like to be that collateral damage.

Whipping Boy

A vastly entertaining book of one man’s obsession and how childhood cruelty can both scar and drive us.

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir

This is a book about so much: Friendship, love, sex, independence, travel, sitcom writing, family, self-destruction, self-confidence. It has it all and you should read it.

Whipping Boy
Kirkus Reviews : Whipping Boy (January 20, 2015)

Full of intrigue and suspense, the story follows the bizarre twists and turns of one man’s journey to find and confront his childhood tormentor—ready-made for a film treatment.

The Undertaker's Daughter

Mayfield finds her stride in this evocative return to the 1960s, to a society that dared not speak of disease, disability or difference to a South not yet liberated from racism, despite the public face of integration and to a home dominated by dead bodies.

The Train to Crystal City: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp During World War II

“The Train to Crystal City” combines accounts of terrible sorrow and destruction with great perseverance, and there is one really unexpected turn.

Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey

“Where the Dead Pause” is a fascinating, wide-reaching exploration of the religious and cultural elements of this island nation.

The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters
Kirkus Reviews : The Work (January 13, 2015)

An inspired story of a passionate American who has delved into a variety of livelihoods and made a distinctive mark on each.

My Life as a Foreign Country: A Memoir

History can only be served by this kind of attention. Man must look at what he has done. And Turner looks, brilliantly.

Russian Tattoo: A Memoir

RUSSIAN TATTOO is a gripping story, Elena Gorokhova is a clear-voiced and human narrator, and her life is captivating without becoming incomprehensible.

Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928

It is a testament to Mr. Kotkin’s skill that even after almost a thousand pages, one wants more.

Watch Me: A Memoir

Engaging and laced with mourning, Huston’s memoir has a coda of which her father would be envious. I won’t spoil it for you, but what the medium said is damned funny and I absolutely believe every word.

The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink

If “The Partnership” is strong on character, it is somewhat weak on artistic and intellectual context.

Surrendering Oz: A Life in Essays

So many of us ask variants of this same question. We glue ourselves to our anxieties when we should be acting on them. For those of us still seeking permission to act, Friedman’s book is strong encouragement.

Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film

By the end, when Oswalt stumbles out of the dark and squints in the light of his new life, it’s enough to make any reader seek out the many films that made him hibernate in the first place.

Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film

Silver Screen Fiend is a must read for obsessive movie moles and the psychologists who treat us.

Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film

"Silver Screen Fiend" (multiple fonts and sizes, including footnotes) is a trip through Oswalt's past and his love of film, a twofold chronicle of underground comedy and gluttonous cinematic consumption.