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Cinderella and Company: Backstage at the Opera with Cecilia Bartoli

by Manuela Hoelterhoff

A wickedly funny look at opera today--the feuds and deals, maestros and managers, divine voices and outsized egos--and a portrait of the opera world's newest superstar at a formative point in her life and career....


Peaches and Daddy

by Michael Greenburg

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


Hans Christian Andersen: A New Life

by Jens Andersen & Tiina Nunnally

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


The Cardinal's Hat: Money, Ambition, and Housekeeping in a Renaissance Court

by Mary Hollingsworth

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


Calendar Girl

by Tricia Stewart

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


In the Center of the Fire: A Memoir of the Occult 1966-1989

by James Wasserman

In this daring expose by a survivor of a unique era in the New York occult scene, James Wasserman, a longtime proponent of the teachings of Aleister Crowley, brings us into a world of candlelit temples, burning...


The Happy Bottom Riding Club: The Life and Times of Pancho Barnes

by Lauren Kessler

Pancho Barnes was a force of nature, a woman who lived a big, messy, colorful, unconventional life. She ran through three fortunes, four husbands, and countless lovers. She outflew Amelia Earhart, outsmarted...


Frances Yates and the Hermetic Tradition

by Marjorie G. Jones

This is the first full-length biography of British historian Frances Yates, author of such acclaimed works as Giordano Bruno and The Hermetic Tradition and The Art of Memory, one of the most influential non-fiction...


The Ninefold Path: A Memoir

by Anthony Alioto

Anthony Alioto was diagnosed with end stage renal disease in 1993 and was forced to go on dialysis for several years before receiving a successful kidney transplant in 2000.

In The Ninefold Path, he invites readers...


Thinking Wild, The Gifts of Insight: A Way to Make Peace with My Shadow

by Theo Grutter

Theo Grutter is a big, friendly bear of an unpretentious, spontaneous outdoorsman. Born and educated mostly in Switzerland to enter the corporate world, he soon discovered that this life wasn’t for him. He...


My American Journey

by Colin L. Powell & Joseph E. Persico

"A GREAT AMERICAN SUCCESS STORY . . . AN ENDEARING AND WELL-WRITTEN BOOK."

--The New York Times Book Review

Colin Powell is the embodiment of the American dream. He was born in Harlem to immigrant parents from...


The Fourth Star: Dispatches from Inside Daniel Boulud's Celebrated New York Restaurant

by Leslie Brenner

For foodies, restaurant fans and restaurant workers, chefs and chef-wannabes, and for everyone who devoured Kitchen Confidential, here is a revealing look at what goes on behind the scenes at the world-renowned...


The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe

by Glynis Ridley

The year was 1765. Eminent botanist Philibert Commerson had just been appointed to a grand new expedition: the first French circumnavigation of the world. As the ships’ official naturalist, Commerson would...


Philosophers Behaving Badly

by Nigel Rodgers & Mel Thompson

An engaging and often hilarious survey of the far-from-fusty extra-curricular activities of some of philosophy’s finest practitioners Philosophers Behaving Badly examines the lives of eight great philosophers—Rousseau,...


Sophia of Hanover: From Winter Princess to Heiress of Great Britain, 1630-1714

by J. N. Duggan

The detailed memoirs and letters of a gifted and prolific chronicler provide an insider’s view of life for the top echelons of society in the 16th century Sophia, Electress of Hanover (1630–1714), granddaughter...


Tropical Affairs: Episodes from An Expat's Life in Malaysia

by Robert Raymer

Robert Raymer has had the pleasure of chasing after a madwoman who stuffed his letter down her blouse, being trapped by a monitor lizard inside his own house, and being frisked by three men wearing pincushions....


Doctor Sahib

by Elva Schroeder

Cecil Mead achieved outstanding success academically, musically and in sporting events. As a medical student he was awarded the first gold medal in surgery ever presented in Australia. Yet he gave up the prospect...


Life among the Savages

by Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson, author of the classic short story The Lottery, was known for her terse, haunting prose. But the writer possessed another side, one which is delightfully exposed in this hilariously charming...


Joseph Conrad: A Biography

by Jeffrey Meyers

Filled with provocative new assessments and new facts, this biography presents the contradictory, tormented life of Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), author of Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim , and one of the great...


O'Neill: Son and Artist

by Louis Scheaffer

Sheaffer's two-volume biography of American platwright Eugene O'Neill-the second volume of which won a Pulitzer Prize-makes use of previously unknown documents and numerous interviews to present an insightful...