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An Italian Affair

by Laura Fraser

When Laura Fraser's husband leaves her for his high school sweetheart, she takes off, on impulse, for Italy, hoping to leave some of her sadness behind. There, on the island of Ischia, she meets M., an aesthetics...


The Life of Captain Frederick Marryat

by David Hannay

The First Book of the Marryat Cycle ""If you seek to understand nautical fiction, you must start with Frederick Marryat."" People the world over have thrilled to the fictional exploits of Horatio Hornblower,...


How Private George W. Peck Single-handedly Won The Civil War

by George W. Peck

A humorous book about the Civil War? Most people would contend that there was very little about the Civil War that was funny. George W. Peck would disagree; and he should know-he was IN the Civil War. Who but...


OVERLOOKED HERO: A Portrait of Sir Sidney Smith

by Joseph Hepburn Parsons

Lost for almost 100 years. An engaging portrait of the man who is arguably the greatest Admiral of the Napoleonic Wars-Sir Sidney Smith. Everyone knows the two greatest heroes and the two greatest battles of...


The Lady Tars: The Autobiographies of Hannah Snell, Mary Lacy and Mary Talbot

by Hannah, Talbot, Mary Anne and Lac Snell

Out of Print for over 200 Years, the original text of three of the most remarkable naval biographies ever written. We know that women served as sailors in the Royal Navy as early as 1650. Unfortunately, what...


If a Place Can Make You Cry: Dispatches from an Anxious State

by Daniel Gordis

In the summer of 1998, Daniel Gordis and his family moved to Israel from Los Angeles. They planned to be there for a year, during which time Daniel would be a Fellow at the Mandel Institute in Jerusalem. This...


Each Branch, Each Needle: An Anecdotal Memoir

by H.A. Dorfman

This book is the story of Harvey Dorfman, who rose from a childhood sickbed to experience numerous successes in the world of sports. Dorfman has been a teacher, coach, counselor, and a consultant in sport psychology....


FORTUNE'S FAVORITE: Sir Charles Douglas and the Breaking of the Line

by Christopher J. Valin

When you think of the great heroes of the 18th Century Royal Navy, you would probably think of Horatio Nelson, possibly Sir Sidney Smith; but would the name Sir Charles Douglas spring to mind? If it doesn't-it...


Lazy B: Growing Up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest

by H. Alan Day & Sandra Day O'Connor

What was it in Sandra Day O'Connor's background and early life that helped make her the woman she is today-the first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and one of the most powerful women in America? In...


Feeding a Yen: Savoring Local Specialties, from Kansas City to Cuzco

by Calvin Trillin

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Calvin Trillin's Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin.

Calvin Trillin has never been a champion of the “continental cuisine” palaces he used to refer to as La Maison...


More Balls Than Most: Juggle Your Way to Success with Proven Company Shortcuts

by Lara Morgan

In More balls than most Lara Morgan shares secrets that will be inspiring for both young entrepreneurs and established businessmen and women, as well as chief executives faced with difficult decisions about...


Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI's Robert Hanssen Betrayed America

by David Wise

Spy tells, for the first time, the full, authoritative story of how FBI agent Robert Hanssen, code name grayday, spied for Russia for twenty-two years in what has been called the “worst intelligence disaster...


Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay

by Nancy Milford

Thirty years after the smashing success of Zelda, Nancy Milford returns with a stunning second act. Savage Beauty is the portrait of a passionate, fearless woman who obsessed American ever as she tormented herself....


Faith, Interrupted

by Eric Lax

Faith, Interrupted is a profoundly personal, deeply felt exploration of the mystery of faith—having it, losing it, hoping for its return.

The son of an Episcopal priest, Eric Lax develops in his youth a deep...


American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2009

by Jon Meacham

Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of friends, and his tumultuous times are at the heart of this remarkable book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency. Beloved and hated, venerated...


Reagan's War: The Epic Story of His Forty-Year Struggle and Final Triumph Over Communism

by Peter Schweizer

Reagan’s War is the story of Ronald Reagan’s personal and political journey as an anti-communist, from his early days as an actor to his years in the White House. Challenging popular misconceptions of Reagan...


Evel: The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel: American Showman, Daredevil, and Legend

by Leigh Montville

From New York Times bestselling author Leigh Montville, this riveting and definitive new biography pulls back the red, white, and blue cape on a cultural icon—and reveals the unknown, complex, and controversial...


A Ticket to the Circus: A Memoir

by Norris Church Mailer

BONUS: This edition contains an A Ticket to the Circus discussion guide.

In this revealing memoir, told with southern charm and wit, Norris Church Mailer depicts the full evolution of her colorful life—from...


Stumbling Into Infinity: An Ordinary Man in the Sphere of Enlightenment

by Michael Fischman

Stumbling Into Infinity is the intimate and sometimes startling account of Michael Fischman's spiritual journey and the encounter that changed his life forever. His story opens on a flight to India, as he reflects...


MY LIFE: The Autobiography of Geronimo

by Geronimo

The Astonishing Autobiography of One of the Truly Great Native American Leaders. "In the beginning the world was covered with darkness. There was no sun, no day. The perpetual night had no moon or stars." And...