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The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother, and Me

by Sofka Zinovieff

Like The Bolter and Portrait of a Marriage, this beguiling, heady tale of a scandalous ménage à trois among England's upper classes combines memoir and biography to re-create an unforgettably decadent world....


Water to the Angels

by Les Standiford

In 1907, Irish immigrant William Mulholland designed and began to build one of the greatest civil engineering feats in history: the aqueduct that carried water 233 miles from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Los...


Compound Cinematics: Akira Kurosawa and I

by Shinobu Hashimoto

Any list of Japan's greatest screenplay writers would feature Shinobu Hashimoto at or near the top. This memoir, focusing on his collaborations with Akira Kurosawa, a gifted scenarist in his own right, offers...


Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth

by Marc Peyser & Timothy Dwyer

A lively and provocative double biography of first cousins Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth, two extraordinary women whose tangled lives provide a sweeping look at the twentieth century.

When...


Orchard House: How a Neglected Garden Taught One Family to Grow

by Tara Austen Weaver

For fans of Anne Lamott, a profoundly moving memoir of rediscovering, reinventing, and reconnecting, as an estranged mother and daughter come together to revive a long-abandoned garden and ultimately their relationship...


Do the KIND Thing: Think Boundlessly, Work Purposefully, Live Passionately

by Daniel Lubetzky

For the socially conscious reader of Blake Mycoskie’s Start Something That Matters, Tony Hsieh’s Delivering Happiness, and Howard Schultz’s Onward comes an inspiring handbook for success in business, life,...


Ordinary Light: A memoir

by Tracy K. Smith

From the dazzlingly original Pulitzer Prize-winning poet hailed for her “extraordinary range and ambition” (The New York Times Book Review): a quietly potent memoir that explores coming-of-age and the meaning...


Mega Weird: Stories from the Anxiety-Ridden Mind of Nicholas Megalis

by Nicholas Megalis & Tom Megalis

A collection of hilarious short stories from twenty-five year old Internet sensation Nicholas Megalis on his distinctively weird life and childhood, fully illustrated by Tom Megalis, his celebrated artist and...


Amish Confidential

by "Lebanon" Levi Stoltzfus & Ellis Henican

“Lebanon” Levi Stoltzfus, star of the hit Discovery Channel reality show Amish Mafia, delivers a sizzling tell-all about Amish life today. From the forbidden joyrides to the senseless shunnings to the colorful...


Has Anyone Seen My Pants?

by Sarah Colonna

New York Times bestselling author of Life as I Blow It Sarah Colonna is back with a hilarious, honest look at life in her late thirties—in all its messy, pants-missing glory.

How does a gal with a successful...


Corruption Officer: From Jail Guard to Perpetrator Inside Rikers Island

by Gary L. Heyward

In this shocking memoir from a former corrections officer, Gary Heyward shares an eye-opening, gritty, and devastating account of his descent into criminal life, smuggling contraband inside the infamous Rikers...


Unabrow: Misadventures of a Late Bloomer

by Una LaMarche

In between highbrow and lowbrow, there’s Unabrow.

 

"Take the cast of ‘Bridesmaids,’ add a dash of pre-pubescent Eugene Levy, and you have the humor stylings of Una LaMarche."-- Ann Imig, founder of...


Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth

by John Szwed

Published in celebration of Holiday’s centenary, the first biography to focus on the singer’s extraordinary musical talent

When Billie Holiday stepped into Columbia’s studios in November 1933, it marked...


Khomeini

by Baqer Moin

The Ayatollah Khomeini was the most radical Muslim leader of this age. In transforming himself from a traditional Muslim theologian into the charismatic Iranian ruler who took on the world, Khomeini launched...


The Year My Mother Came Back

by Alice Eve Cohen

“A riveting journey.Julie Metz, author of Perfection

“A perfect book. I want to tell everyone, every mother, every daughter, to read it.” Abigail Thomas, bestselling author of A Three Dog Life...


Disaster in Paradise: Landslide at Johnson's Landing

by Amanda Bath

On the morning of July 12, 2012, Mandy Bath left her picturesque home and garden in Johnson’s Landing, BC, for a day trip to nearby Kaslo. She had no forewarning of what the placid summer day would bring....


What I've Learned from You: The Lessons of Life Taught to a Doctor by His Patients

by Scott Kelly, Paul McCarthy & Karen Minster

What I've Learned from You is the story of the lessons of life taught to a doctor by his patients. It takes us on a journey from an inner-city trauma center to the bedside of a dying cancer patient. It explores...


Over the Bridge: An Essay in Autobiography

by Richard Church

Over the Bridge, the first volume of Richard Church's personal essays, originally published in 1955, takes the reader through the poet's Edwardian childhood adventures. With his detailed descriptions and insightful...


From Dunbar to Destiny: One Woman's Journey Through Desegregation and Beyond

by Shirley R. Sprinkles

This book chronicles the life of a black woman who was raised in Tucson, Arizona during the 1940's and early 1950's when public schools, public accommodations, as well as most other public entities, were racially...


The Porcelain Thief: Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried China

by Huan Hsu

A journalist travels throughout mainland China and Taiwan in search of his family’s hidden treasure and comes to understand his ancestry as he never has before.

 

In 1938, when the Japanese arrived in Huan...