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The Protest Singer

by Alec Wilkinson

A spirited and intimate look at American icon and activist Pete Seeger.

 

Throughout his life, Pete Seeger transformed a classic American musical style into a form of peaceful protest against war, segregation,...


The First Tycoon

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2010, National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2009

by T.J. Stiles

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

In this groundbreaking biography, T.J. Stiles tells the dramatic story of Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt, the combative man and American icon who, through...


Rat Bastards

by John "red" Shea

You've met the Italian mob

in The Godfather, now welcome

to the real-life world of Irish

America's own murderous clan

of organized crime

The man who has remained silent for more than a decade finally speaks, revealing...


Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting

by Michael Perry

In over his head with two pigs, a dozen chickens, and a baby due any minute, the acclaimed author of Truck: A Love Story gives us a humorous, heartfelt memoir of a new life in the country.

Last seen sleeping...


Last Stand

by Michael Punke

In the last three decades of the nineteenth century, an American buffalo herd once numbering 30 million animals was reduced to twelve. It was the era of Manifest Destiny, a Gilded Age that treated the West as...


A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy

by Thomas Buergenthal & Elie Wiesel

Thomas Buergenthal, now a Judge in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, tells his astonishing experiences as a young boy in his memoir A LUCKY CHILD. He arrived at Auschwitz at age 10 after surviving...


Things I Learned About My Dad in Therapy Essays

by Heather B Armstrong

I Said Stop Throwing Peas! Dammit!

Whether we've inherited his nose, sense of humor, or entire value system, our dads loom large in who we are and the choices we make. In this collection of true life tales...


Kaija Saariaho

by Pirkko Moisala

This book is the first comprehensive study of the music and career of contemporary composer Kaija Saariaho. Born in Finland in 1952, Saariaho received her early musical training at the Sibelius Academy, where...


That's Another Story: The Autobiography

by Julie Walters

Julie Walters has been described as the nation's most popular actress and comedienne. She has been delighting us on screen and on stage for over 25 years and we have taken her to our hearts. Now she tells us...


Inside the Box: My Life with Test Match Special

by Peter Baxter

A celebration of three decades of cricket and a unique insight into the world of radio and broadcasting. Test Match Special is both a sporting and broadcasting institution that has become synonymous with the...


Nobody's Child

by Kate Adie

What's your name? Where were you born? What is your date of birth?

Simple questions that we are asked throughout our life ? but what if you didn?t know the answers? Kate Adie uncovers the extraordinary, moving...


Life's That Way

by Jim Beaver

A remarkable memoir that shows the capacity of the human heart to heal after the challenge of having to say goodbye.

Even the hardest lessons contain great gifts.

Jim Beaver and his wife Cecily Adams appeared...


The Cracker Queen: A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life

by Lauretta Hannon

A poignant memoir of life on the wrong side of the tracks-which was a SIBA bestseller in hardcover-with a colorful cast of misfits, plenty of belly laughs, and lessons for finding joy in spite of hardship ...


Spiced: A Pastry Chef's True Stories of Trails by Fire, After-Hours Exploits, and What Really Goes on in the Kitchen

by Dalia Jurgensen

Read Dahlia Jurgensen's posts on the Penguin Blog.

A clever and affectionate glimpse at the truth about what goes on behind that swinging door, full of "great insider stuff" (Anthony Bourdain)

Life in a restaurant...


Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair

by Countess LuAnn de Lesseps

The glamorous star of Bravo's hit show The Real Housewives of New York City makes it easy to be elegant, with contemporary etiquette tips and a complete course in the art of sophisticated living

Countess LuAnn...


Closing Time: A Memoir

by Joe Queenan

An affecting memoir from one of America's most provocative humorists

Over the past two decades, Joe Queenan has established himself as a scourge of everything that is half-baked, half-witted, and halfhearted...


Colin Powell: A Political Biography

by Christopher D. O'Sullivan

In this exploration of Colin Powell's career and character, Christopher D. O' Sullivan reveals several broad themes crucial to American foreign policy and yields insights into the evolution of American foreign...


Jantsen's Gift: A True Story of Grief, Rescue, and Grace

by Pam Cope & Aimee Molloy

Nine years ago, Pam Cope owned a cozy hair salon in the tiny town of Neosho, Missouri, and her life revolved around her son's baseball games, her daughter's dance lessons, and family trips to places like Disney...


Hubert's Freaks: The Rare-Book Dealer, the Times Square Talker, and the Lost Photos ofDiane Arbus

by Gregory Gibson

From the moment Bob Langmuir, a down-and-out rare book dealer, spies some intriguing photographs in the archive of a midcentury Times Square freak show, he knows he's on to something. It turns out he's made...


Joan Crawford: Hollywood Martyr

by David Bret

The major biography of the star who, according to the New York Times, “personified the dreams and disappointments of millions of American women”