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Personal History

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1998

by Katharine Graham

Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

An extraordinarily frank, honest, and generous book by one of America's most famous and admired women, Personal History is, as its title suggests, a book composed...


The Foremost Good Fortune

by Susan Conley

Susan Conley, her husband, and their two young sons say good-bye to their friends, family, and house in Maine for a two-year stint in a high-rise apartment in Beijing, prepared to embrace the inevitable onslaught...


Radio Shangri-La: What I Discovered on my Accidental Journey to the Happiest Kingdom on Earth

by Lisa Napoli

Lisa Napoli was in the grip of a crisis, dissatisfied with her life and her work as a radio journalist. When a chance encounter with a handsome stranger presented her with an opportunity to move halfway around...


NORMAL Doesn't Live Here Anymore

by Barb Owen

What would happen if The Unthinkable blindsided you, requiring everything be put on hold to become a full time caregiver for a loved one? At the very least, it would reshape your life. Without a survival guide,...


Louis Armstrong: The Soundtrack of the American Experience

by David Stricklin

In the twentieth century, African Americans not only helped make popular music the soundtrack of the American experience, they advanced American music as one of the preeminent shapers of the world's popular...


The Artist's Daughter: A Memoir

by Alexandra Kuykendall

A poignant memoir of a woman's struggle to deal with the wounds left by her absent father and the realization of how that loss ultimately does--or does not--define her.


Andrew Fletcher and the Treaty of the Union

by P.H. Scott

Andrew Fletcher has been known since his own lifetime as "The Patriot" because of his determined resistance to the parliamentary Union of Scotland and England in 1707. More recently he has won a new reputation...


Mortal Games: The Turbulent Genius of Garry Kasparov

by Fred Waitzkin

An inside look at the genius of chess player Garry Kasparov discusses his match against his sworn enemy, Anatoly Karpov, his tireless efforts to bring down Gorbachev, and his chess skills.


An Apple a Day: A Memoir of Love and Recovery from Anorexia

by Emma Woolf

I haven’t tasted chocolate for over ten years and now I’m walking down the street unwrapping a Kit Kat. Remember when Kate Moss said, ‘Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’? She’s wrong: chocolate...


The Magical Stranger

by Stephen Rodrick

On November 28, 1979, squadron commander and Navy pilot Peter Rodrick died when his plane crashed in the Indian Ocean. He was just thirty-six and had been the commanding officer of his squadron for 127 days....


Small Beneath the Sky: A Prairie Memoir

by Lorna Crozier

Small Beneath the Sky is a tender, unsparing portrait of a family. It is also a book about place. Growing up in a small prairie city, where the local heroes were hockey players and curlers, Lorna Crozier never...


Palomino: Clinton Jencks and Mexican-American Unionism in the American Southwest

by James J. Lorence

The lifework of a trailblazer in American civil liberties history


The Genius of George Washington

by Edmund S. Morgan

More than any other single man, George Washington was responsible for bringing success to the American Revolution. But because of the heroic image in which we have cast him and which already enveloped him in...


Uncommon Youth

by Charles Fox

The glamorous life, gilded family, and tragic times of J. Paul Getty III, whose kidnapping made headlines in 1973

J. Paul (“Little Paul”) Getty III,  the grandson of Getty Oil founder J. Paul Getty, may...


The River Queen

by Mary Morris

This story of a middle-aged woman's odyssey down the Mississippi River is a funny, beautifully written, and poignant tale of a journey that transforms a life

In fall 2005 acclaimed travel writer Mary Morris set...


On Wheels

by Michael Holroyd

From the bestselling author of A Book of Secrets, a brisk, charming, illustrated account of a motoring life

As a child, Michael Holroyd spent his best hours in his family’s cramped garage, which contained...


Lush Life

by David Hajdu

Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967) was one of the most accomplished composers in American music, the creator of such standards as "Take the 'A' Train", yet all his life he was overshadowed by his friend and collaborator,...


I Fired God

by Jocelyn Zichterman

A compelling memoir and account of the Independent Fundamental Baptist church and its shocking history of religious abuse.

Jocelyn Zichterman was born, raised, married into, and finally, with her family, fled the...


The Ghost Horse

by Joe Layden

In The Ghost Horse, Joe Layden tells the inspiring true tale of a one-eyed, club-footed thoroughbred racehorse and a journeyman trainer, Tim Snyder, who scraped together every penny he had to purchase the...


Dan Brown: The Unauthorized Biography

by Lisa Rogak

The Revealing Story of Dan Brown, the Man Who Outsold the Bible  

The Da Vinci Code made Dan Brown one of the most popular authors in history. Yet he’s also one of the most secretive, rarely granting interviews...