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Henry James. An Alien's "History" of America

by Martha Banta

Martha Banta’s "Henry James: An Alien’s ‘History’ of America" is the product of a lifetime of thinking about James and his odd, but oddly productive, relation to the land of his birth. A “biography”...


Soul Sisters: Devotions for and from African American, Latina, and Asian Women

by Suzan Johnson Cook

An inspiring devotional for women everywhere--from celebrated public speaker, spiritual leader, and former Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Dr. Suzan "Sujay" Johnson Cook.

The challenges...


The Statesman and the Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain, and the Rise of American Imperialism

by Mark Zwonitzer

In a dual biography covering the last ten years of the lives of friends and contemporaries, writer Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) and statesman John Hay (who served as secretary of state under presidents William...


A Life Beyond Boundaries: A Memoir

by Benedict Anderson

An intellectual memoir by the author of the acclaimed Imagined Communities

Born in China, Benedict Anderson spent his childhood in California and Ireland, was educated in England and finally found a home at...


A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles: A True Story of Love, Science, and Cancer

by Mary Elizabeth Williams

A wry, witty account of what it is like to face death—and be restored to life.

After being diagnosed in her early 40s with metastatic melanoma—a "rapidly fatal" form of cancer—journalist and mother of two...


Old Age: A Beginner's Guide

by Michael Kinsley

Vanity Fair columnist Michael Kinsley escorts his fellow Boomers through the door marked "Exit."

The notorious baby boomers—the largest age cohort in history—are approaching the end and starting to plan their...


Texas Ranger

by John Boessenecker

“Frank Hamer, last of the old breed of Texas Rangers, has not fared well in history or popular culture. John Boessenecker now restores this incredible Ranger to his proper place alongside such fabled lawmen...


Mockingbird

by Charles J. Shields

An extensively revised and updated edition of the bestselling biography of Harper Lee, reframed from the perspective of the recent publication of Lee's Go Set a Watchman

To Kill a Mockingbird—the twentieth...


Citizen Kane

by Harlan Lebo

“This book is a gold mine for fans.”—Kirkus Reviews

It is the story of a film masterpiece—how it was created and how it was almost destroyed.

It is the celebration of brilliant achievement and a sinister...


Shakespeare

by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson’s bestselling biography of William Shakespeare takes the reader on an enthralling tour through Elizabethan England and the eccentricities of Shakespearean scholarship—updated with a new introduction...


Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

by Phil Knight

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one...


Her Again

by Michael Schulman

A portrait of a woman, an era, and a profession: the first thoroughly researched biography of Meryl Streep—the “Iron Lady” of acting, nominated for nineteen Oscars and winner of three—that explores...


Darwin's Theory of Evolution

by 50MINUTES.Com

After setting sail aboard the Beagle to carry out a scientific expedition, Charles Darwin made some surprising discoveries: using the example of finches on the Galapagos Islands, he concluded that each of the...


George Washington

by 50MINUTES.Com

Recognized as one of the founding fathers of the United States of America, George Washington played a part in the birth of the nation. From the Seven Years’ War against the French to the definition of American...


Neil Armstrong

by 50MINUTES.Com

“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” – it was with these pivotal words that Neil Armstrong became world-famous, being the first man to walk on the Moon and becoming a legend on 21st July...


Through the Eyes of an Immigrant

by Anatole Konstantin

In A Red Boyhood -- Growing up Under Stalin, we followed a child's perilous journey of survival through war-torn Eastern Europe, Nazi occupation and, as the son of an "enemy of the state" Soviet repression....


No Photographs

by Keith Lawton

The institutional abuse and neglect of children unlucky enough to enter the UK care system has been recently been described as a "national disgrace" by a UK Government report.

The statistics on their own make...


Africa's Child

by Maria Nhambu

From the Foreword by Marian Wright Edelman

 

Africa’s Child is an unforgettable and searingly personal book….In the face of repeated obstacles and injustices, Nhambu continued to analyze the world around...


The Letters of Anne Gilchrist and Walt Whitman

by Walt Whitman

American Walt Whitman formed a close friendship with English writer Anne Gilchrist. Here are collected their correspondence.


The Poetry of Walt Whitman

by William Lyon Phelps

This early work by William Lyon Phelps was originally published in 1924 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'The Poetry of Walt Whitman' is an essay about the life and works...