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They Went Whistling: Women Wayfarers, Warriors, Runaways, and Renegades

by Barbara Holland

Throughout history there have been women, endowed with curiosity and abundant spirit, who stepped out of the cave, cast off the shackles of expectation, and struck out for new territory. In this ode to bold,...


The Leopard Hat: A Daughter's Story

by Valerie Steiker

In this tender loving memoir, Valerie Steiker evokes a magical childhood on the Upper East side of New York with a woman whose own losses led her to delight in family, beauty and life itself.

Valerie Steiker’s...


The Family on Beartown Road: A Memoir of Love and Courage

by Elizabeth Cohen

A New York Times Notable Book

The Family on Beartown Road is Elizabeth Cohen’s true and moving portrait of love and courage.

Elizabeth, a member of the “sandwich generation”—those caught in the middle,...


Platoon Leader: A Memoir of Command in Combat

by James R. Mcdonough

A remarkable memoir of small-unit leadership and the coming of age of a young soldier in combat in Vietnam.'

"Using a lean style and a sense of pacing drawn from the tautest of novels, McDonough has produced...


Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten

by Langston Hughes, Carl Van Vechten & Emily Bernard

Langston Hughes is widely remembered as a celebrated star of the Harlem Renaissance -- a writer whose bluesy, lyrical poems and novels still have broad appeal. What's less well known about Hughes is that for...


Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life

by Kathleen Dalton

He inherited a sense of entitlement (and obligation) from his family, yet eventually came to see his own class as suspect. He was famously militaristic, yet brokered peace between Russia and Japan. He started...


Wuhu Diary: On Taking My Adopted Daughter Back to Her Hometown in China

by Emily Prager

In 1994 an American writer named Emily Prager met her new daughter LuLu. All she knew about her was that the baby had been born in Wuhu, a city in southern China, and left near a police station in her first...


The Storyteller's Daughter: One Woman's Return to Her Lost Homeland

by Saira Shah

Imagine that a jewel-like garden overlooking Kabul is your ancestral home. Imagine a kitchen made fragrant with saffron strands and cardamom pods simmering in an authentic pilau. Now remember that you were born...


Medic!: The Story of a Conscientious Objector in the Vietnam War

by Ben Sherman

A conscientious objector who served as a medic during the Vietnam War offers an unflinching, compelling account of his experiences on the battlefield, describing his work with the injured and dying in the heart...


Eugene McCarthy: The Rise and Fall of Postwar American Liberalism

by Dominic Sandbrook

Originally a New Deal liberal and aggressive anticommunist, Senator Eugene McCarthy famously lost faith with the Democratic party over Vietnam. His stunning challenge to Lyndon Johnson in the 1968 New Hampshire...


Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family

by Patricia Volk

Patricia Volk’s delicious memoir lets us into her big, crazy, loving, cheerful, infuriating and wonderful family, where you’re never just hungry–your starving to death, and you’re never just full–you’re...


Reading Chekhov: A Critical Journey

by Janet Malcolm

To illuminate the mysterious greatness of Anton Chekhov’s writings, Janet Malcolm takes on three roles: literary critic, biographer, and journalist. Her close readings of the stories and plays are interwoven...


No Room for Error: The Story Behind the USAF Special Tactics Unit

by John T. Col Carney & Benjamin F. Schemmer

“John Carney is one of the few heroes I have.”

–LT. COL. L. H. “BUCKY” BURRUSS, USA (Ret.)

Founding member and Deputy Commander of Delta Force

When the U.S. Air Force decided to create an elite “special...


The Battle for Pusan: A Memoir

by Addison Terry

“A great read [that] has frozen the events in print that molded great men who stood alone on the mainland of Asia against the first Asian Communist Army to engage the West.”

–From the Foreword by Brig....


Dispatches from a Not-So-Perfect Life: Or How I Learned to Love the House, the Man, the Child

by Faulkner Fox

When Salon.com published Faulkner Fox’s article on motherhood, “What I Learned from Losing My Mind,” the response was so overwhelming that Salon reran the piece twice. The experience made Faulkner realize...


No Bended Knee: The Battle for Guadalcanal

by Merrill B. Twining

“A VIVID NARRATIVE . . . A splendid first-person account of the costly campaign that enabled Allied forces to wrest Guadalcanal from the Japanese in World War II’s Pacific theater.”

Kirkus Reviews

“By...


A Walk on the Beach: Tales of Wisdom From an Unconventional Woman

by Joan Anderson

Shortly after arriving on Cape Cod to spend a year by herself, Joan Anderson’s chance encounter with a wise, playful, and astonishing woman helped her usher in the transformations and self-discoveries that...


Running with the Bulls: My Years with the Hemingways

by Valerie Hemingway

A chance encounter in Spain in 1959 brought young Irish reporter Valerie Danby-Smith face to face with Ernest Hemingway. The interview was awkward and brief, but before it ended something had clicked into place....


Stalin and His Hangmen: The Tyrant and Those Who Killed for Him

by Donald Rayfield

Stalin did not act alone. The mass executions, the mock trials, the betrayals and purges, the jailings and secret torture that ravaged the Soviet Union during the three decades of Stalin’s dictatorship, were...


Chaucer: Ackroyd's Brief Lives

by Peter Ackroyd

In the first in a new series of brief biographies, bestselling author Peter Ackroyd brilliantly evokes the medieval world of England and provides an incomparable introduction to the great poet’s works.

Geoffrey...