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Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Season

by Urban Meyer & Wayne Coffey

Remarkable lessons in leadership and teambuilding from one of the greatest college football coaches of our time

In only thirteen years as a head football coach, first at Bowling Green and then at Utah, Florida,...


Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby

by Sarah Churchwell

Kirkus (STARRED review)

"Churchwell... has written an excellent book... she’s earned the right to play on [Fitzgerald's] court. Prodigious research and fierce affection illumine every remarkable page.”

The...


My Animals and Other Family

by Clare Balding

“I had spent most of my childhood thinking I was a dog, and suspect I had aged in dog years. By the time I was ten I had discovered the pain of unbearable loss. I had felt joy and jealousy. Most important...


Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work

by Dave Isay

Stories of passion, courage, and commitment, following individuals as they pursue the work they were born to do, from StoryCorps founder Dave Isay

In Callings, StoryCorps founder Dave Isay presents unforgettable...


Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams

by Louisa Thomas

An intimate portrait of Louisa Catherine Adams, the wife of John Quincy Adams, who witnessed firsthand the greatest transformations of her time  

 

Born in London to an American father and a British mother...


Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror

by Michael V. Hayden

An unprecedented high-level master narrative of America's intelligence wars, from the only person ever to helm both CIA and NSA, at a time of heinous new threats and wrenching change

 

For General Michael Hayden,...


Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War

by Ian Buruma

A family history of surpassing beauty and power: Ian Buruma’s account of his grandparents’ enduring love through the terror and separation of two world wars

During the almost six years England was at war...


Our Time: Breaking the Silence of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

by J.D. Smith

Active-duty LGBT soldiers share their stories of serving under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," revealing an intimate portrait of military life

Our Time marks the end of more than a decade of silence, giving voice to...


Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist

by Niall Ferguson

The definitive biography of Henry Kissinger, based on unprecedented access to his private papers

No American statesman has been as revered or as reviled as Henry Kissinger. Once hailed as “Super K”—the...


In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom

by Yeonmi Park

Yeonmi Park has told the harrowing story of her escape from North Korea as a child many times, but never before has she revealed the most intimate and devastating details of the repressive society she was raised...


ZeroZeroZero

by Roberto Saviano & Virginia Jewiss

“Zero zero zero” flour is the finest, whitest available. “Zero zero zero” is also the nickname among narcotraffickers for the purest, highest quality cocaine on the market. And it is the title of Roberto...


The Man in the Monster: An Intimate Portrait of a Serial Killer

by Martha Elliott

An astonishing portrait of a murderer and his complex relationship with a crusading journalist

Michael Ross was a serial killer who raped and murdered eight young women between 1981 and 1984, and several years...


Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League

by Dan-el Padilla Peralta

An undocumented immigrant’s journey from a New York City homeless shelter to the top of his Princeton class

Dan-el Padilla Peralta has lived the American dream. As a boy, he came here legally with his family....


Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab

by Steve Inskeep

Jacksonland is the thrilling narrative history of two men—President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee chief John Ross—who led their respective nations at a crossroads of American history. Five decades after the...


Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein

by Julie Salamon

The authorized biography of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein.

In Wendy and the Lost Boys bestselling author Julie Salamon explores the life of playwright Wendy Wasserstein's most expertly...


It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War

by Lynsey Addario

"A brutally real and unrelentingly raw memoir."--Kirkus (starred review)

War photographer Lynsey Addario’s memoir It’s What I Do is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major...