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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...


Little Boy Blues: A Memoir

by Malcolm Jones

For Malcolm Jones, his parents’ disintegrating marriage was at the center of life in North Carolina in the 1950s and 60s. His father, charming but careless, was often drunk and away from home; his mother,...


Sir Francis Drake

by John Sugden

More than four hundred years after his death, Sir Francis Drake remains one of the legendary figures of history. His career is one of the most colourful on record. The most daring of the corsairs who raided...


Past Lives of the Rich and Famous

by Sylvia Browne

A Rare and Riveting Look at the Lives of Some of Your Favorite Celebrities

Renowned New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Browne has written about what celebrities are doing after death. But she has not written...


Through the Eyes of a Dove: A Book for Bereaved Parents

by Suzanne Gene Courtney

Synopsis: The tragic, sudden death of their 25-year-old son left the Courtney and Sayre families devastated. --- Grief-stricken and searching for answers, his parents, siblings, other family members and friends...


How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer

National Book Critics Circle for Biography 2010

by Sarah Bakewell

Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography

How to get along with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love—such questions arise in most people’s...


Song for my Fathers

by Tom Sancton

 Song for My Fathers is the story of a young white boy driven by a

consuming passion to learn the music and ways of a group of aging

black jazzmen in the twilight years of the segregation era.

Contemporaries of...


High Hopes

by Ronnie Corbett

This is my autobiography, the exciting story of how I, Ronald Corbett, the son of an Edinburgh baker, became convinced that I had to seek my fortune and become an actor, of how I pursued that goal, found fame...


Where We Going, Daddy?: Life with Two Sons Unlike Any Other

by Jean-Louis Fournier & Adriana Hunter

Jean-Louis Fournier did not expect to have a disabled child. He certainly did not expect to have two. But that is precisely what happened to this wry French humorist, and his attempts to live and cope with his...


Pushing Past the Night: Coming to Terms with Italy's Terrorist Past

by Mario Calabresi, Michael Moore & Roger Cohen

December 15, 1969, was the most important day of Mario Calabresi's life, although he would not be born for another year. On that date, the anarchist Giuseppe Pinelli fell to his death from a window at the Milan...


Black Water: By Strength and By Guile

by Don Camsell

Don Camsell joined the men in black of the SBS in 1974. From the deserts of Oman to the hills of Port Stanley, from the bottom of Gibraltar harbour to the deep, cold, black waters of Loch Long and from the QE2...


The Ladies Gallery: A Memoir of Family Secrets

by Irene Vilar, Gregory Rabassa & Carlin Romano

A shred of black lace. A broken hand mirror. A spidery strip of false eyelash. These are the fragments left to Irene Vilar, granddaughter of Lolita Lebrón, the revered political activist for Puerto Rican independence...


Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer's Life

by Michael Greenberg

In Beg, Borrow, Steal Michael Greenberg regales us with his wry and vivid take on the life of a writer of little means trying to practice his craft or simply stay alive. He finds himself doctoring doomed movie...


High: Confession of an International Drug Smuggler

by Brian O'Dea

In the early 1980s, Brian O’Dea was operating a $100 million a year, 120-man drug smuggling business, and had developed a terrifying cocaine addiction. Under increasing threat from the DEA in 1986 for importing...


Personal Impressions

by Isaiah Berlin

This enthusiastically received collection contains Isaiah Berlin's appreciation of seventeen people of unusual distinction in the intellectual or political world - sometimes in both. The names of many of them...


Wainwright

by Martin Wainwright

Wainwright: The Man Who Loved the Lakes is a celebration of the British landscape, and it tells the remarkable story of Alfred Wainwright who in 1952 decided to hand draw a series of guides to the fells of Lakeland....


Matron at Last

by Evelyn Prentis

'When do you have a bath?' I asked Mrs Turgoose.

'I hope you're not suggesting that I don't look after meself properly,' she said crossly. 'There was a woman who used to use it, but that was because she was...


Scorsese

by Jim Sangster

Martin Scorsese's obsession with sin and redemption, conflict and violence runs through much of his work. This essential guide to Scorsese explores his career from his early student works, including It's Not...


Martin O'Neill

by Alex Montgomery

Martin O'Neill is one of the most brilliant, successful and intriguing of the new manager/coaches to emerge from British football.

Alex Montgomery's acclaimed biography brings O'Neill's story right up to date...


Elizabeth Barrett Browning

by Margaret Forster

This biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, written with reference to Browning correspondence only recently available, argues that the poet was a strong and determined woman largely responsible for her own...