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Velázquez and The Surrender of Breda

by Anthony Bailey

Behind the famous painting by Diego Velázquez lies a rich story of the artist's life in art

What began as propaganda art to celebrate a rare Spanish victory in the Eighty Years' War with Holland, The Surrender...


Margaret Sanger

by Jean H. Baker

Undoubtedly the most influential advocate for birth control even before the term existed, Margaret Sanger ignited a movement that has shaped our society to this day. Her views on reproductive rights have made...


The Convert

by Deborah Baker

*A 2011 National Book Award Finalist* A spellbinding story of renunciation, conversion, and radicalism from Pulitzer Prize-finalist biographer Deborah Baker What drives a young woman raised in a postwar New...


One Dog at a Time

by Pen Farthing

The remarkable true story of one man’s fight to save the stray dogs of Afghanistan in the spirit of From Baghdad, With Love

In the remote outpost of Now Zad, Afghanistan, Pen Farthing and his troop of young...


The Boy Who Went to War

by Giles Milton

A powerful and true story of warfare and human survival that exposes a side of World War II that is unknown by many— this is the story of Wolfram Aïchele, a boy whose childhood was stolen by a war in which...


And Nothing But the Truthiness

by Lisa Rogak

A funny and personal portrait of the comedian who became the headline-making, ground-breaking star of The Colbert Report.

“My name is Stephen Colbert, but I actually play someone on television named Stephen...


Trauma

by James Cole

In this pulse-pounding medical memoir, trauma surgeon James Cole takes readers straight into the ER, where anything can and does happen.

TRAUMA is Dr. Cole's harrowing account of his life spent in the ER and...


Running Away to Home

by Jennifer Wilson

A middle class, Midwestern family in search of meaning uproot themselves and move to their ancestral village in Croatia

“We can look at this in two ways,” Jim wrote, always the pragmatist. “We can panic...


The Two Kinds of Decay

by Sarah Manguso

The events that began in 1995 might keep happening to me as long as things can happen to me. Think of deep space, through which heavenly bodies fly forever. They fly until they change into new forms, simpler...


Some of My Lives

by Rosamond Bernier

Rosamond Bernier has lived an unusually full life—remarkable for its vividness and diversity of experience—and she has known many (one is tempted to say all) of the greatest artists and composers of the...


From Splendor to Revolution

by Julia P. Gelardi

This sweeping saga recreates the extraordinary opulence and violence of Tsarist Russia as the shadow of revolution fell over the land, and destroyed a way of life for these Imperial women

The early 1850s until...


A Man of Misconceptions: The Life of an Eccentric in an Age of Change

by John Glassie

A Scientific American Best Science Book of 2012

An Atlantic Wire Best Book of 2012

A New York Times Book Review "Editor's Choice"

The "fascinating" (The New Yorker) story of Athanasius Kircher, the eccentric...


Thomas Cromwell

by Robert Hutchinson

The son of a brewer, Thomas Cromwell rose from obscurity to become the confidant of the King and one of the most influ ential men in British history. Cromwell drafted the law that allowed Henry VIII to divorce...


Soldier's Heart

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 2007

by Elizabeth D. Samet

Elizabeth D. Samet and her students learned to romanticize the army "from the stories of their fathers and from the movies." For Samet, it was the old World War II movies she used to watch on TV, while her students...


Woodrow Wilson

by H. W. Brands & Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

A comprehensive account of the rise and fall of one of the major shapers of American foreign policy

On the eve of his inauguration as President, Woodrow Wilson commented, “It would be the irony of fate if my...


Three and Out

by John U. Bacon

Three and Out tells the story of how college football’s most influential coach took over the nation’s most successful program, only to produce three of the worst seasons in the histories of both Rich Rodriguez...


Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain

by Hal Holbrook

"Was it worth it, this awful struggle to survive, no matter what the cost?"

Harold is Hal Holbrook’s affecting memoir of growing up behind disguises, and his lifelong search for himself. Abandoned by his mother...


False Papers

by Andre Aciman

Essays on memory by the author of Our of Egypt

"We remember not because we have something we wish to go back to, nor because memories are all we have. We remember because memory is our most intimate, most familiar...


Out of Egypt

by Andre Aciman

This richly colored memoir chronicles the exploits of a flamboyant Jewish family, from its bold arrival in cosmopolitan Alexandria to its defeated exodus three generations later. In elegant and witty prose,...


The Puppy Diaries

by Jill Abramson

An instructive and marvelously entertaining chronicle of a puppy's first year, by the executive editor of The New York Times

One sparkling summer day, Jill Abramson brought home a nine-week-old golden retriever...