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College of One

by Sheilah Graham

The moving story of how F. Scott Fitzgerald—washed up, alcoholic and ill—dedicated himself to devising a heartfelt course in literature for the woman he loved.

In 1937, on the night of her engagement to the...


The Life of Sir Walter Scott: A Biography

by S. Fowler Wright

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) is one of the best-loved Scottish writers. Beginning with a series of poetry collections and nonfiction works, Scott quickly became known as a rising force in British letters. But...


Looking for Class

by Bruce Feiler

An irresistible, entertaining peek into the privileged realm of Wordsworth and Wodehouse, Chelsea Clinton and Hugh Grant, Looking for Class offers a hilarious account of one man's year at Oxford and Cambridge...


McIlhenny's Gold

by Jeffrey Rothfeder

In this fascinating history, Jeffrey Rothfeder tells how, from a simple idea—the outgrowth of a handful of peppers planted on an isolated island on the Gulf of Mexico—a secretive family business emerged...


The Life of Ezra Pound

by Noel Stock

First published in 1970, this is a detailed and balanced biography of one of the most controversial literary figures of the twentieth century. Ezra Pound, an American who left home for Venice and London at the...


Sniper: The True Story of Anti-Abortion Killer James Kopp

by Jon Wells

The True Story of Anti-Abortion Killer James Kopp

Sniper opens in October 1998 near Buffalo, NY. A man is alone in the dark in a forest. He clutches an assault rifle and is thinking about his mission. "You can...


Kofi Annan: A Man of Peace in a World of War

by Stanley Meisler

In this thoughtful, balanced biography, former Los Angeles Times foreign and diplomatic correspondent Stanley Meisler traces Kofi Annan's unconventional rise from optimistic student to striving personnel and...


The Undiscovered Paul Robeson , An Artist's Journey, 1898-1939

by Paul Robeson

The long-awaited, untold, inside story of the rise of the legendary actor, singer, scholar, and activist. The first volume of this major biography breaks new ground.

The greatest scholar-athlete-performing artist...


Benjamin Banneker: Surveyor, Astronomer, Publisher, Patriot

by Charles Cerami

The first biography of a major figure in early US and African American history

A household name and unparalleled hero revered in every African American household, Benjamin Banneker was a completely self-taught...


Charmed Lives

by Michael Korda

A Rolls Royce Silver Cloud drove him to airports; the British film industry kowtowed to his power; the great Hollywood studios fawned at his feet.Sir Alexander Korda, one of the world's most flamboyant movie...


Bradford Washburn, An Extraordinary Life: The Autobiography of a Mountaineering Icon

by Bradford Washburn & Lew Freedman

Here at last is the thrilling memoir of the legendary mountaineer Bradford Washburn, one of the last surviving explorers and adventurers of the twentieth century. Drawing from decades of memories, journals,...


The Women Who Raised Me

by Victoria Rowell

Born as a ward of the state of Maine, the child of an unmarried Yankee blueblood mother and an unknown black father, Victoria Rowell beat the odds. The Women Who Raised Me is the remarkable story of her rise...


Smile at Strangers: And Other Lessons in the Art of Living Fearlessly

by Susan Schorn

A rollicking memoir about the rewards of risk and the surprising facts of safety and self-defense, from a woman who has earned two black belts in her pursuit of living fearlessly.


Hitler

by Joachim C. Fest

A bestseller in its original German edition and subsequently translated into more than a dozen languages, this book has become a classic portrait of a man, a nation, and an era. Index. Translated by Richard...


Winter Brothers: A Season at the Edge of America

by Ivan Doig

The author of This House of Sky provides a magnificent evocation of the Pacific Northwest through the diaries of James Gilchrist Swan, a settler of the region. Doig fuses parts of the Swan diaries with his own...


William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism

by Robert D. Richardson

Pivotal member of the Metaphysical Club, author of The Varieties of Religious Experience, older brother of extraordinary siblings Henry and Alice, the remarkable William James put an indelible stamp on psychology,...


The Faraway Horses: The Adventures and Wisdom of One of America's Most Renowned Horsemen

by Buck Brannaman

"I've started horses since I was 12 years old and have been bit, kicked, bucked off and run over. I've tried every physical means to contain my horse in an effort to keep from getting myself killed. I started...


Martha Washington: First Lady of Liberty

by Helen Bryan

"A contempary anecdote not only confirms that Martha commanded respect in her own right during her lifetime, but also suggests an awkward truth later historians have preferred to ignore-that without Martha and...


One Touch (Expanded Edition with Discussion Guide): The Story of an Awakened Heart

by Susan Lana Hafner

One Touch from God Is Greater Than All the World Can Offer.


Toughing It Out: From Silver Slippers to Combat Boots

by Claire Reed

A bored housewife heads for the barricades in the 60s and plunges into politics at Bella Abzug's side.