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Music and Men: The Life and Loves of Harriet Cohen

by Helen Fry

It was during the turbulent decade of the First World War that the intensely gifted and beautiful Harriet Cohen established herself as a pianist. Enjoying huge success in her professional life, she was the first...

The Obits: The New York Times Annual 2012

by William McDonald

The obits. It’s the first section many of us turn to when we open the paper, not to see who died, but rather to find out about who lived to discover the interesting lives of people who’ve made a mark.

A new...

The Prince's Mistress, Perdita

by Hester Davenport

Mary Robinson, nicknamed 'Perdita' by the Prince of Wales after her role on the London stage, was a woman in whom showmanship and reckless behaviour contrasted with romantic sensibility and radical thinking....

The Eccentric Entrepreneur

by Miranda Rijks

Julien Cahn, the son of a German Jewish émigré, was an enormously successful businessman who used his wealth to indulge his somewhat eclectic passions. He built his own cricket ground and put together what...

Shakespeare the Player

by John Southworth

Man of the Millennium' he may be but William Shakespeare is a shadowy historical figures. His writings have been analysed exhaustively but much of his life remains a mystery. This controversial biography aims...

Princess Victoria Melita

by John Van der Kiste

Princess Victoria Melita played a colourful role from her birth in 1876. The second daughter of Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, she made a brief and unhappy marriage at the age of 17 to her cousin, Ernest, Grand...

Joan: Forty Years of Life, Loss, and Friendship with Joan Didion

by Sara Davidson

Before the full catastrophe of life struck her broadsides, the writer Joan Didion led a shining, privileged life. She was one of the most admired American writers, reporting in novels and literary journalism...

Darwin - Marx - Wagner - Critique of a Heritage

by Jacques Barzun

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern...

My Autobiography

by A. P. McCoy

The fully updated autobiography of Tony 'A.P.' McCoy, Grand National and BBC SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR winner and unquestionably the greatest jump jockey ever.

Tony 'A.P.' McCoy is without doubt the greatest...

Chewing Gum in Holy Water: A Childhood in the Heart of Italy

by Mario Valentini

A warm, tender, and richly nostalgic look at growing up in a remote village in a postwar Italy on the brink of modernity.

The End of Normal: A Wife's Anguish, A Widow's New Life

by Stephanie Madoff Mack

A New York Times bestseller, the explosive and heartbreaking memoir from the widow of Mark Madoff and the daughter-in-law of Bernard Madoff

When the news of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme broke, no one was...

Together We Can

by Edward Allan Hiler & Steven Lee Bosserman

Together We Can recounts effective strategies for institutional change and focuses on collective leadership within the land-grant university system, with reflections on Hiler’s long and successful career in...

Glider Infantryman

by Donald J. Rich & Kevin William Brooks

A member of the famed Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division, Donald J. Rich went ashore on D-Day at Utah Beach, was wounded in the bloody conflict at Carentan, landed in a flimsy plywood-and-canvas...

W. H. Auden

by Humphrey Carpenter

W. H. Auden disapproved of literary biography. Or did he? The truth is far more equivocal than at first seems apparent. There is no denying he delivered himself of such unambiguous pronouncements as 'Biographies...

Reed All about It

by Tyrel Reed

Of all the wonderful players who have worn the crimson and blue for the University of Kansas basketball program through the years, only one can claim to ge the "winningest" Jayhawk of all-Tyrel Reed. Reed, who...

Love by the Glass: Tasting Notes from a Marriage

by Dorothy J. Gaiter & John Brecher

“I am deeply inspired by this heartwarming story of how two people found love and—even better—a way to get paid for drinking wine.” —Dave Barry

Internationally renowned journalists Dorothy J. Gaiter...

Diplomacy and Diamonds: My Wars from the Ballroom to the Battlefield

by Joanne Herring & Nancy Dorman-Hickson

She's been dirt poor; she's been filthy rich. Rich was more fun. She married three times, divorced twice, found her true love, and lost him to cancer. At twenty-one, she was told she would soon die. She lived....

West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life

by Jerry West & Jonathan Coleman

He is one of basketball's towering figures: "Mr. Clutch," who mesmerized his opponents and fans. The coach who began the Lakers' resurgence in the 1970s. The general manager who helped bring "Showtime" to Los...

The Flamboya Tree: Memories of a Mother's Wartime Courage

by Clara Kelly

The Flamboya Tree is a fascinating story that will leave the reader informed about a missing piece of the World War II experience, and in awe of one family’s survival.”

—Elizabeth M. Norman, author of...

Doctors: The Biography of Medicine

by Sherwin B. Nuland

How does medical science advance? Popular historians would have us believe that a few heroic individuals, possessing superhuman talents, lead an unselfish quest to better the human condition. But as renowned...