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Orange County: A Personal History

by Gustavo Arellano

The story began in 1918, when Gustavo Arellano's great-grandfather and grandfather arrived in the United States, only to be met with flying potatoes. They ran, and hid, and then went to work in Orange County's...


Walking Through Walls: A Memoir

by Philip Smith

Running with Scissors meets Bewitched in this irresistible memoir, as Philip Smith describes growing up in 1960s Miami with his decorator father, who one day discovers he has the miraculous power to talk to...


The Black List

by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders & Elvis Mitchell

In The Black List, twenty-five prominent African-Americans of various professions, disciplines, and backgrounds offer their own

stories and insights on the struggles, triumphs, and joys of black life in America...


Acedia & me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life

by Kathleen Norris

The extraordinary New York Times bestselling masterpiece from "one of the most eloquent yet earthbound spiritual writers of our time (San Francisco Chronicle).

Kathleen Norris had written several much loved...


The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop?

by Francisco Goldman

Bishop Juan Gerardi, Guatemala’s leading human rights activist, was bludgeoned to death in his garage on a Sunday night in 1998, two days after the presentation of a groundbreaking church-sponsored report...


Blue Genes: A Memoir of Loss and Survival

by Christopher Lukas

Christopher (Kit) Lukas’s mother committed suicide when he was a boy. He and his brother, Tony, were not told how she died. No one spoke of the family’s history of depression and bipolar disorder. The brothers...


Noel Coward in His Own Words

by Noël Coward & Barry Day

’In my time I have said some noteworthy and exceptionally memorable things’ Noël Coward.

A delightful and revealing collection of quotations from the masterwordsmith, Noël Coward. In his plays, verse, song...


The Shiniest Jewel: A Family Love Story

by Marian Henley

At 49, cartoonist Marian Henley hasn't committed to marrying the man with whom she has been dating for seven years. But as the Big 5-0 looms, she realizes that above all else she wants a child. Her story follows...


Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer

National Book Critics Circle for Biography 2007

by Tim Jeal

"A magnificent new life . . . [and] a superb adventure story. . . . There have been many biographies of Stanley, but Jeal's is the most felicitous, the best informed, the most complete and readable and exhaustive,...


Benjamin Franklin

by Edmund S. Morgan

“The best short biography of Franklin ever written.”—Gordon S. WoodBenjamin Franklin is perhaps the most remarkable figure in American history: the greatest statesman of his age, he played a pivotal role...


The Burdens of Sister Margaret: Inside a Seventeenth-Century Convent; Abridged Edition

by Craig Harline

Based on a treasure trove of letters, this fascinating book tells the history of a seventeenth-century nun in a convent in Leuven and how her complaints—of sexual harassment, fears of demonic possession, alliances...


The Life and Teachings of Hillel

by Yitzhak Buxbaum

The Life and Teachings of Hillel develops a groundbreaking portrait of one of the greatest figures in Jewish tradition. Weaving together the various stories about Hillel along with his teachings and sayings...


An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination: A Memoir

by Elizabeth Mccracken

"This is the happiest story in the world with the saddest ending," writes Elizabeth McCracken in her powerful, inspiring memoir. A prize-winning, successful novelist in her 30s, McCracken was happy to be an...


We Bought a Zoo The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, A Broke n.

The Pages In Between: A Holocaust Legacy of Two Families, One Home

by Erin Einhorn

In a unique, intensely moving memoir, Erin Einhorn finds the family in Poland who saved her mother from the holocaust. But instead of a joyful reunion, Erin unearths a dispute that forces her to navigate the...


The Ghost Who Would Not Die: A Runaway Slave, a Brutal Murder, a Mysterious Haunting

by Linda Alice Dewey

In her latest book of supernatural, true-life mystery, Linda Alice Dewey is contacted by a ghost named Jacobs. Jacobs is a runaway slave who was brutally murdered during the Civil War. Using Jacobs's own words,...


Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur

by Damien Lewis & Halima Bashir

Like the single white eyelash that graces her row of dark lashes–seen by her people as a mark of good fortune–Halima Bashir’s story stands out. Tears of the Desert is the first memoir ever written by a...


The Road of Lost Innocence: As a girl she was sold into sexual slavery, but now she rescues others. The story of a Cambodian heroine.

by Somaly Mam

A portion of the proceeds of this book will be donated to the Somaly Mam Foundation.

A riveting, raw, and beautiful memoir of tragedy and hope

Born in a village deep in the Cambodian forest, Somaly Mam was sold...


Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories

by Katha Pollitt

Celebrated for her award-winning political columns, criticism, and poetry, Katha Pollitt now shows us another side of her talent. Learning to Drive is a surprising, revealing, and entertaining collection of...


Reagan: The Hollywood Years

by Marc Eliot

Ronald Reagan was one of the most powerful and popular American presidents. The key to understanding his political success and the remarkable likability and effortless charisma that made it possible is hidden...