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Crazy Horse: A Life

by Larry Mcmurtry

Legends cloud the life of Crazy Horse, a seminal figure in American history but an enigma even to his own people in his own day. This superb biography looks back across more than 120 years at the life and death...


Tammy Wynette: Tragic Country Queen

by Jimmy McDonough

The first full-scale biography of the enduring first lady of country music

The twentieth century had three great female singers who plumbed the darkest corners of their hearts and transformed private grief...


Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Life

by Marshall Frady

Marshall Frady, the reporter who became the unofficial chronicler of the civil rights movement, here re-creates the life and turbulent times of its inspirational leader. Deftly interweaving the story of King’s...


Them: A Memoir of Parents

National Book Critics Circle Award for Memoir/Autobiography 2005

by Francine du Plessix Gray

Tatiana du Plessix, the wife of a French diplomat, was a beautiful, sophisticated "white Russian" who had been the muse of the famous Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. Alexander Liberman, the ambitious son of...


The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature

by Ben Tarnoff

An extraordinary portrait of a fast-changing America—and the Western writers who gave voice to its emerging identity

At once an intimate portrait of an unforgettable group of writers and a history of a cultural...


Emilie Du Chatelet: Daring Genius of the Enlightenment

by Judith P. Zinsser

The captivating biography of the French aristocrat who balanced the demands of her society with passionate affairs of the heart and a brilliant life of the mind

Although today she is best known for her fifteen-year...


Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman

by Yvon Chouinard

In his long-awaited memoir, Yvon Chouinard-legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc.-shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most...


River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West

by Rebecca Solnit

The world as we know it today began in California in the late 1800s, and Eadweard Muybridge had a lot to do with it. This striking assertion is at the heart of Rebecca Solnit’s new book, which weaves together...


The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return

by Kenan Trebincevic & Susan Shapiro

A young survivor of the Bosnian War returns to his homeland to confront the people who betrayed his family

At age eleven, Kenan Trebincevic was a happy, karate-loving kid living with his family in the quiet Eastern...


Lift Up Thy Voice: The Sarah and Angelina Grimké Family's Journey from Slaveholders to Civil Rights  Leaders

by Mark Perry

In the late 1820s Sarah and Angelina Grimké traded their elite position as daughters of a prominent white slaveholding family in Charleston, South Carolina, for a life dedicated to abolitionism and advocacy...


Dancing Through It: My Journey in the Ballet

by Jenifer Ringer

“A glimpse into the fragile psyche of a dancer.” —The Washington Post

Jenifer Ringer, a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, was thrust into the headlines after her weight was commented on by...


Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero

by Douglas Perry

The story of Eliot Ness, the legendary lawman who led the Untouchables, took on Al Capone, and saved a city’s soul

As leader of an unprecedented crime-busting squad, twenty-eight-year-old Eliot Ness won fame...


Lincoln's Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln's Image

by Joshua Zeitz

An intimate look into Lincoln’s White House and the aftermath of his death, via the lives of his two closest aides

In this timely look into Abraham Lincoln’s White House, and the aftermath of his death, noted...


Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech That Changed America

by Thurston Clarke

2013 is the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s assassination.

A narrative of Kennedy's quest to create a speech that would distill American dreams and empower a new generation, Ask Not is a beautifully detailed account...


After the Falls: Coming of Age in the Sixties

by Catherine Gildiner

The vivid and touching sequel to the bestselling memoir Too Close to the Falls.

It's 1960 and twelve-year-old Cathy McClure has just been thrown out of Catholic school for-among other transgressions-filling...


Babylon by Bus: Or true story of two friends who gave up valuable franchise selling T-shirts to find meaning & adventure in Iraq where they became emp

by Ray LeMoine & Jeff Neumann

This all-access, inside-out view of what the American occupation of Iraq really looks like on the ground is the story of two young Americans who went to Baghdad without any real plan and discovered they weren?t...


Family Romance: A Love Story

by John Lanchester

The author of The Debt to Pleasure digs into his family's extraordinary past in a memoir as enthralling as his finest fiction

It was only when his mother died that John Lanchester realized how little he really...


Rory and Ita

by Roddy Doyle

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA.


Charles Dickens: A Life

by Jane Smiley

With the delectable wit, unforgettable characters, and challenging themes that have won her a Pulitzer Prize and national bestseller status, Jane Smiley naturally finds a kindred spirit in the author of classics...


Body of Work: Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab

by Christine Montross

A "gleaming, humane" (The New York Times Book Review) memoir of the relationship between a cadaver named Eve and a first-year medical student

Medical student Christine Montross felt nervous standing outside the...