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Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History

by John Fabian Witt

Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Bancroft Prize Winner

ABA Silver Gavel Award Winner

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

In the closing days of 1862, just three weeks before Emancipation, the administration of Abraham...


All Gone: A Memoir of My Mother's Dementia. With Refreshments

by Alex Witchel

A daughter's longing love letter to a mother who has slipped beyond reach

Just past seventy, Alex Witchel's smart, adoring, ultracapable mother began to exhibit undeniable signs of dementia. Her smart, adoring,...


Purpose

by Wyclef Jean & Anthony Bozza

Wyclef Jean is one of the most influential voices in hip-hop. He rocketed to fame in the 1990s with the Fugees, whose multiplatinum album, The Score, would prove a landmark in music history, winning two Grammys...


Unpacking the Boxes: A Memoir of a Life in Poetry

by Donald Hall

Donald Hall's invaluable record of the making of a poet begins with his childhood in Depression-era suburban Connecticut, where as the doted-upon son of dramatically thwarted parents he first realized poetry...


Live Through This: A Mother's Memoir of Runaway Daughters and Reclaimed Love

by Debra Gwartney

An intensely emotional and redemptive memoir about a mother's mission to rescue her runaway daughters

After a miserably failed marriage, Debra Gwartney moves with her four young daughters to Eugene, Oregon,...


The Man on Whom Nothing Was Lost: The Grand Strategy of Charles Hill

by Molly Worthen

Psychologically astute and passionately written, Molly Worthen’s remarkable debut charts the intricate relationship between student and teacher, biographer and subject. As a Yale freshman, Worthen found herself...


Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West

by Gaydell Collier, Nancy Curtis & Linda M. Hasselstrom

Crazy Woman Creek is a collection of prose and poetry about real women in the West and their connection to a larger whole. Long troubled by the misguided images of skinny cowgirls on prancing palominos, the...


Born Naked: The Early Adventures of the Author of Never Cry Wolf

by Farley Mowat

Farley Mowat's youth was charmed and hilarious, and unbelievably free in its access to unspoiled nature through bird-banding expeditions and overnight outings in the dead of winter. The author writes of sleeping...


Character Studies: Encounters With the Curiously Obsessed

by Mark Singer

In these characteristically incisive essays, Mark Singer profiles eccentrics, monomaniacs, and other remarkable people he thinks we ought to meet. He takes us into the worlds of the sleight-of-hand master Ricky...


The Best Day the Worst Day: Life with Jane Kenyon

by Donald Hall

A candid memoir of love, art, and grief from a celebrated man of letters, United States poet laureate Donald Hall

In an intimate record of his twenty-three-year marriage to poet Jane Kenyon, Donald Hall recounts...


The Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwife's Memoir

by Patricia Harman

A 2008 Indie Next Pick

Despite nurse-midwife Patsy Harman’s own financial and personal medical trials, including her private battle with uterine cancer, she devotes herself to her patients’ well-being in...


Senior Year: A Father, A Son, and High School Baseball

by Dan Shaughnessy

In Senior Year, Dan Shaughnessy focuses his acclaimed sports writing talents on his son Sam's senior year of high school, a turning point in any young life and certainly in the relationship between father and...


On All Sides Nowhere: Building a Life in Rural Idaho

by William Gruber

When Bill Gruber left Philadelphia for graduate school in Idaho, he and his wife decided to experience true rural living. His longing for the solitude and natural beauty that Thoreau found on Walden Pond led...


Chameleon Days: An American Boyhood in Ethiopia

by Tim Bascom & Ted Hoagland

In 1964, at the age of three, Tim Bascom is thrust into a world of eucalyptus trees and stampeding baboons when his family moves from the Midwest to Ethiopia. The unflinchingly observant narrator of this memoir...


The Sparkling-Eyed Boy: A Memoir of Love, Grown Up

by Amy Benson & Ted Conover

"The Sparkling-Eyed Boy is so full of color and light and life." -- Brad Land, author of Goat

The theme of summer love, in Amy Benson's hands, grows up: The Sparkling-Eyed Boy searches out the fault lines of...


Naked in the Promised Land: A Memoir

by Lillian , Professor Faderman

Born in 1940, Lillian Faderman was the only child of an uneducated and unmarried immigrant Jewish woman. Her mother, whose family perished in the Holocaust, was racked by guilt at having come to America and...


Riding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life Journey

by Rachel Simon

In the ten years since Rachel Simon first invited the world to board the bus with her and her sister, Cool Beth, readers across the globe have been moved by their story. Now, in an updated edition, Rachel Simon...


A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Own Narratives of Emancipation

by David W. Blight

Slave narratives, some of the most powerful records of our past, are extremely rare, with only fifty-five post–Civil War narratives surviving. A mere handful are first-person accounts by slaves who ran away...


The Landscape of a Mind

by Tohon

A torrent's course does not depend on the water; it is latent in the mountain's topography. What controls a man's destiny?' 'There is no virtue without vice, just as there is no gold without impurity. Therefore,...


The Moon in The Banyan Tree

by Gael Harrison

I have walked through these streets at night, when all is silent and only the moonlight casts shadows over the clean and deserted pavements. The architecture retakes centre stage, and the classic French style...