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The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science

National Book Critics Circle for General Non-fiction 2009

by Richard Holmes

The Age of Wonder is a colorful and utterly absorbing history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the eighteenth century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science. 

When young...


Tattoo Machine: Tall Tales, True Stories, and My Life in Ink

by Jeff Johnson

As the proprietor of the legendary Sea Tramp Tattoo Company, in Portland, Oregon, Jeff Johnson has inked gangbangers, age-defying moms, and sociopaths; he’s defused brawls and tended delicate egos. In Tattoo...


The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal

by Ben Mezrich

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

The Social Network, the much anticipated movie…adapted from Ben Mezrich’s book The Accidental Billionaires.” —The New York Times

Best friends Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg...


America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible

by Stephan Thernstrom & Abigail Thernstrom

In a book destined to become a classic, Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom present important new information about the positive changes that have been achieved and the measurable improvement in the lives of the...


Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, the Sixties, and a Journey of Self-Discovery

by Doug Anderson

An award-winning poet highlights the vibrant history of his generation in a farewell to Vietnam, the chaotic sixties, and their long aftermath. “We tend to write about what will not go away,” Doug Anderson...


Gorilla Marketing: Birth of a Low-Cost Airline

by Tony Anderson

Gorilla Marketing is the insider story of how a maverick, orange start-up airline founded by Stelios Haji-Ioannou took on the might of Europe’s aviation giants in a marketing war of attrition and emerged victorious....


What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir

by Alice Eve Cohen

"Darkly hilarious...an unexpected bundle of joy."

-O, The Oprah Magazine

Alice Cohen was happy for the first time in years. After a difficult divorce, she had a new love in her life, she was rais­ing a beloved...


Weeds in Bloom: Autobiography of an Ordinary Man

by Robert Newton Peck

With over 65 books published, including the breathtaking (and somewhat autobiographical) A Day No Pigs Would Die, Robert Newton Peck has enjoyed an illustrious writing career. Now, in an autobiography as unique...


Letters from the Editor: The New Yorker's Harold Ross

by Thomas Kunkel

These exhilarating letters—selected and introduced by Thomas Kunkel, who wrote Genius in Disguise, the distinguished Ross biography—tell the dramatic story of the birth of The New Yorker and its precarious...


A Whistleblower's Lament: The Perverted Pursuit of Justice in the State of New York

by Stuart Namm

Originally elected against great odds, post Watergate, Judge Stuart Namm spent over 16 years on the bench in Suffolk County, New York, a Long Island suburb of New York City. Dubbed in the Hollywood Reporter...


The Big Rewind: A Memoir Brought to You by Pop Culture

by Nathan Rabin

Nathan Rabin viewed pop culture as a life-affirming form of escape throughout his childhood and adolescence. As an adult, pop culture became his life. Head writer for A.V. Club for more than a decade, Rabin...


It's Not Me, It's You: Subjective Recollections from a Terminally Optimistic, Chronically Sarcastic and Occasionally Inebriated Woman

by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

Stefanie Wilder-Taylor has never been one to take the easy, conventional route. In her latest work It’s Not Me, It’s You, she unabashedly showcases a life well lived, ignoring all wisdom, but yet somehow,...


This Is for the Mara Salvatrucha: Inside the MS-13, America's Most Violent Gang

by Samuel Logan

Like any American teenager, Brenda Paz spent much of her time with her friends. They would go to parties, listen to music, and show off their cars late into the night. But Brenda and her friends belonged to...


Warren Oates: A Wild Life

by Susan A. Compo

Though he never quite reached the lead actor status he worked so relentlessly to achieve, Warren Oates (1928-1982) is known today as one of the most memorable and skilled character actors of the 1960s and 1970s....


There Will Be Rainbows: The Rufus Wainwright Story

by Kirk Lake

"Rufus Wainwright is the greatest songwriter on the planet" - Elton John. Rufus Wainwright's work mixes innovation and tradition like no other contemporary pop performer. His private life, which, by choice or...


Frances Partridge: The Biography

by Anne Chisholm

Frances Partridge was one of the great British diarists of the 20th century. She was born in 1900, the daughter of a progressive mother and architect father whose friends included Henry James and Arthur Conan...


Getting It Through My Thick Skull: Why I Stayed, What I Learned, and What Millions of People Involved with Sociopaths Need to Know

by Mary Jo Buttafuoco

"I think, every once in a while, about the life I should be living, the one I fully expected to be enjoying right about now. In the life I was supposed to have, my husband and I would be admiring the view from...


What's Left of Us:

by Richard Farrell

"Blunt and honest. . .A stunning piece of work." --T.J. English

"Deeply moving. . .What's Left of Us is a rush of blood to the head and heart, the kind only true art can deliver." --Andre Dubus

"An amazing...


Will Work for Drugs

by Lydia Lunch

Lydia Lunch's second book will provoke rage, awe, and infectious desire.


Live All You Can: Alexander Joy Cartwright and the Invention of Modern Baseball

by Jay Martin

Laying waste to the notion that Abner Doubleday established the modern game of baseball, acclaimed biographer Jay Martin makes a bold case for A. J. Cartwright (1820-1892), an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and...