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Natalie Wood

by Gavin Lambert

She spent her life in the movies. Her childhood is still there to see in Miracle on 34th Street. Her adolescence in Rebel Without a Cause. Her coming of age? Still playing in Splendor in the Grass and West Side...


Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero

by David Maraniss

Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss’s brilliant rendering of the life of one of baseball’s most iconic figures captures both myth and man in daunting sweep and meticulous detail.

On New Year’s Eve 1972,...


Prison life and Scumbags

Dreaming of Rose: A Biographer's Journal

by Sarah LeFanu

'Dreaming of Rose: A Biographer's Journal' is a fascinating account of a biographical quest and of a personal journey. While working on her biography of the writer and traveller Rose Macaulay, Sarah LeFanu kept...


Ancestors: A Tale of Two Worlds

by Rob Collinge

From his home in Australia, Rob Collinge spent four years using genealogical tools to research the mysterious background of his long-deceased father, an English immigrant who had brought his family to Australia...


Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology

by Caroline Paul

A Finalist for the 26th Lambda Literary Award

Caroline Paul was recovering from a bad accident and thought things couldn't get worse. But then her beloved cat Tibia disappeared. She and her partner, illustrator...


One Woman in a Hundred: Edna Phillips and the Philadelphia Orchestra

by Mary Sue Welsh

Gifted harpist Edna Phillips (1907-2003) joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1930, becoming not only that ensemble's first female member but also the first woman to hold a principal position in a major American...


The Colours of Sand

by Subitha Baghirathan

Subitha Baghirathan left Bristol with her family when her husband landed a promotion; a three-year overseas posting in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In The Colours of Sand she writes about her experiences...


Unsettled

by Graham Walker

Graham Walker began giving away excerpts from his life story written on A4 sheets of paper inserted in his Big Issues. The response from his customers was overwhelming and queues formed at Graham's pitch every...


John Updike's Early Years

by Jack De Bellis

John Updike’s Early Years reveals for the first time the young Updike’s developing personality and precocious creativity. Relying upon interviews with classmates and friends, and offering extensive connections...


Iona Gordon: A Highland Spirit in Peace and War

by James Roy Pickard

Based in Ballater on Royal Deeside between June 1914 and December 1915, the novel recounts the great love between an exceptional young woman and Gavin Fraser, a Gordon Highlander. They share an idyllic holiday...


Cor Blimey! Where 'ave you come from?

by Winfred Tovey

Winifred Tovey's autobiography is packed with stories and historic photos of India after Independence. In 1951 she travelled to India with her medical missionary husband, Frank, and two small daughters, to start...


Under the Blood Banner: The Story of a Hitler Youth

by Eric Kreye & Norma Youngeberg

This story was experienced by Eric Kreye as a child. Although the story is directed primarily to Junior boys and girls, the hearts of many young parents have been captured as well. The authors have attempted...


REAGAN: What Was He Really Like? Vol. 2

by Curtis Patrick

These stories, revelations & anecdotes were told by the boys & girls, men & women, 49 of them, who started out in the trenches; some before Reagan ever decided to run for political office. They tell the stories...


Summers in Supino: Becoming Italian

by Maria Coletta McLean

An Italian Canadian woman recounts her annual summer trips with her husband to her ancestral village of Supino, Italy, in this heartwarming hybrid of travel guide and memoir. Written with humor and heart, it...


Keeping Hope Alive: One Woman--90,000 Lives Changed

by Hawa Abdi & Sarah J. Robbins

The moving memoir of one brave woman who, along with her daughters, has kept 90,000 of her fellow citizens safe, healthy, and educated for over 20 years in Somalia.

Dr. Hawa Abdi, "the Mother Teresa of Somalia"...


Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez

by Richard Rodriguez

Hunger of Memory is the story of Mexican-American Richard Rodriguez, who begins his schooling in Sacramento, California, knowing just 50 words of English, and concludes his university studies in the stately...


The Prince of Providence: The True Story of Buddy Cianci, America's Most Notorious Mayor, Some Wiseguys, and the Feds

by Mike Stanton

COP: “Buddy, I think this is a whorehouse.”

BUDDY CIANCI: “Now I know why they made you a detective.”

Welcome to Providence, Rhode Island, where corruption is entertainment and Mayor Buddy Cianci presided...


His Excellency: George Washington

by Joseph J. Ellis

National Bestseller

To this landmark biography of our first president, Joseph J. Ellis brings the exacting scholarship, shrewd analysis, and lyric prose that have made him one of the premier historians of the...


The Life of Alexander the Great

by Plutarch, John Dryden & Arthur Hugh Clough

In 336 b.c. Philip of Macedonia was assassinated and his twenty-year-old son, Alexander, inherited his kingdom. Immediately quelling rebellion, Alexander extended his father’s empire through-out the Middle...