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Raymond Chandler: A Mysterious Something in the Light: A Life

by Tom Williams

What we know of Raymond Chandler is shrouded in secrets and half-truths as deceptive as anything in his magisterial novel The Long Goodbye. Now, drawing on new interviews, previously unpublished letters and...


Stryker: The Siege of Sadr City

by Konrad RK Ludwig

In the spring of 2008, Coalition troops responded in-force to what quickly became one of the largest, bloodiest and most influential battles of the Iraq War. For nearly three months, American and Iraqi troops...


Falling Into Place: A Memoir of Overcoming

by Hattie Kauffman

Four-time Emmy Award-winning news correspondent shares her emotionally gripping and entertaining story of finding faith and overcoming the wounds of abuse, poverty, alcoholism, and divorce.


Letters to a Young Doctor

by Richard Selzer

Highly candid, insightful, and unexpectedly humorous essays on both the brutality and the beauty of the profession in which saving and losing lives is all in a day’s work. A timeless collection by the “best...


Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom

by Deborah Yaffe

With warmth and humor, lifelong Janeite Deborah Yaffe opens the door on the quirky, thriving subculture of Jane Austen fandom.


A History of Silence: A Memoir

by Lloyd Jones

From New Zealand's greatest living writer, A History of Silence is a moving and devastating memoir unlike any you have ever read before.

A History of Silence is a book about a country and a broken landscape....


Aristotle: His Life and School

by Carlo Natali & D. S. Hutchinson

This definitive biography shows that Aristotle's philosophy is best understood on the basis of a firm knowledge of his life and of the school he founded. First published in Italian, and now translated, updated,...


Stravinsky and His World

by Tamara Levitz

Stravinsky and His World brings together an international roster of scholars to explore fresh perspectives on the life and music of Igor Stravinsky. Situating Stravinsky in new intellectual and musical contexts,...


Sex, Love, and Money

by J.D., Gerald Nissenbaum & John Sedgwick

One of the nation's top divorce lawyers opens his case files to share true stories that rival the most outrageous fiction

Gerald Nissenbaum knows everything about his clients-how much is in their bank accounts,...


The Winter Sun Shines In: A Life of Masaoka Shiki

by Donald Keene

Rather than resist the vast social and cultural changes sweeping Japan in the nineteenth century, the poet Masaoka Shiki (1867–1902) instead incorporated new Western influences into his country’s native haiku...


Maybe We'll Have You Back: The Life of a Perennial TV Guest Star

by Fred Stoller & Ray Romano

"I don't know why Fred was never a regular on a show.  Maybe because he's annoying . . . just kidding!"--Ray Romano Fred Stoller has played the annoying schnook in just about every sitcom you've seen on TV-Friends,...


Narrative of Sojourner Truth

by Sojourner Truth

Narrative of Sojourner Truth is one of the most important documents of slavery ever written, as well as being a partial autobiography of the woman who became a pioneer in the struggles for racial and sexual...


Kathryn Bigelow: Interviews

by Peter Keough

With her gripping film The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow (b. 1951) made history in 2010 by becoming the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director. Since then she has also filmed history with her latest movie,...


Conversations with Andre Dubus

by Olivia Carr Edenfield

Over three decades, celebrated fiction writer Andre Dubus (1936-1999) published seven collections of short stories, two collections of essays, two collections of previously published stories, two novels, and...


Fancy Feet: Turning My Tragedy Into Hope

by Heidi Cave

Burned over 50 percent of her body and a double amputee, Heidi Cave chooses life and forgiveness.


Destiny and Decision: The Molding of a Minister in the Twentieth Century

by Fred R. Zimmerman

In this autobiography of a Christian minister, Fred R. Zimmerman tells the story of his life on the stage of world events that affected him either directly or indirectly. This is a story not primarily of a person...


You Want Fries With That: A White-Collar Burnout Experiences Life at Minimum Wage

by Prioleau Alexander

Ever fantasized about quitting your job and starting over? Prioleau Alexander did just that. Here is his laugh-out-loud funny, endearing, and humbling exploration of life at minimum wage. Alexander walked away...


Finding Lina: A Mother's Journey from Autism to Hope

by Helena Hjalmarsson

Lina was a precocious toddler—charming, chatty, joyful. At the age of three, in the aftermath of her second MMR vaccine, first came a seizure, and then, to her parents’ horror, the loss of Lina’s ability...


Searching for Annabel Chong: Demystifying the Legend of Singapore's Most Famous Pornstar!

by Gerrie Lim

Back in January 1995 in Los Angeles, California, a Singaporean pornstar named Annabel Chong took cultural rebellion to an extreme, on terms that had never been negotiated before. She was filmed having sex with...


They Shall Not Have Me: The Capture, Forced Labor, and Escape of a French Prisoner in World War II

by Jean Helion, Deborah Rosenthal & Jacqueline Helion

The French painter Jean Hélion’s unique and deeply moving account of his experiences in Nazi prisoner-of-war camps prefigures the even darker stories that would emerge from the concentration camps. This serious...