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Never Fade Away

by Dave Thompson

Never Fade Away is Dave Thompson's inside look at the life of one of the most thought-provoking men of all time - Kurt Cobain. Examining an artisitic genius who was light years ahead of his time, this is an...


The Last Natural

by Rob Miech

Before Bryce Harper was the top pick in the Major League Baseball draft, before he signed the sport’s biggest contract ever for a first-year pro, he gambled his future on one make-or-break season.

The Las Vegas...


Autopsy of War

by John A. Parrish, M.D.

On the outside, John Parrish is a highly successful doctor, having risen to the top of his field as department head at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Inside, however, he was so tortured...


"Something Urgent I Have to Say to You"

by Herbert Leibowitz

Herbert Leibowitz’s “Something Urgent I Have to Say to You” provides a new perspective on the life and poetry of the doctor poet William Carlos Williams, a key American writer who led one of the more eventful...


I've Got a Home in Glory Land

Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction 2007

by Karolyn Smardz Frost

It was the day before Independence Day, 1831. As his bride, Lucie, was about to be "sold down the river" to the slave markets of New Orleans, young Thornton Blackburn planned a daring--and successful--daylight...


Death in the Long Grass

by Peter H. Capstick & Peter Hathaway Capstick

Few men can say they have known Africa as Peter Hathaway Capstick has know it-- leading safaris through lion country; tracking man-eating leopards along tangled jungle paths; running for cover as fear-maddened...


Colored Lights

by Greg Lawrence, Fred Ebb, John Kander & Harold Prince et al.

The autobiography, in dialogue, of the composer and lyricist of Chicago and Cabaret as well as a wise and witty memoir of forty years of American musicals.

Composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb are the longest-running...


Words to Outlive Us

by Philip Boehm & Michal Grynberg

The story of the Warsaw Ghetto told through twenty-eight never-before-published accounts-a precious and historic find.

In the history of the Holocaust, the Warsaw Ghetto stands as the enduring symbol of Jewish...


Death in the Silent Places

by Peter H. Capstick & Peter Hathaway Capstick

Already recognized as a master of adventure writing for his classic Death in the Long Grass, former big-game hunter Capstick now turns from his own exploits to those of some of the greatest hunters of the past,...


The Man Who Would Be King

by Ben Macintyre

The Riveting Account of the American Who Inspired Kipling's Classic Tale and the John Huston Movie

In the year 1838, a young adventurer, surrounded by his native troops and mounted on an elephant, raised the...


Charlotte

by Kathryn Shevelow

The life of actress Charlotte Charke transports us through the splendors and scandals of eighteenth-century London and its wicked theatrical world

Her father, Colley Cibber, was one of the eighteenth century's...


Stephen Hawking

by Kitty Ferguson

Stephen Hawking is one of the most remarkable figures of our age--bestselling author of A Brief History of Time, celebrated theoretical physicist, and an inspiration as he exhibits grace, dignity, and courage...


The Southern Tiger

by Elizabeth Dickinson, Ricardo Lagos, Blake Hounshell & Bill Clinton

Former Chilean president Ricardo Lagos provides a fascinating glimpse inside his country's meteoric rise on the world stage. A leader in the underground resistance movement against Augusto Pinochet and his Dirty...


A Slave in the White House

by Elizabeth Dowling Taylor & Annette Gordon-Reed

Paul Jennings was born into slavery on the plantation of James and Dolley Madison in Virginia, later becoming part of the Madison household staff at the White House. Once finally emancipated by Senator Daniel...


The Mourner's Dance

by Katherine Ashenburg

When her daughter's fiancé died suddenly, Katherine Ashenburg was surprised to see how her daughter intuitively re-created the traditional rituals of mourning, even those of which she was ignorant. Intrigued,...


Betty Page Confidential

by Buck Henry, Bunny Yeager & Stan Corwin Productions

Curvaceous, friendly and wholesome-looking, Playboy pinup Betty Page was the perfect complement to the still-innocent fantasies of young men during the Eisenhower years. Betty Page Confidential includes a biography...


On Call

by Emily R. Transue, M.D. & Emily R. Transue

On Call begins with a newly-minted doctor checking in for her first day of residency--wearing the long white coat of an MD and being called "Doctor" for the first time. Having studied at Yale and Dartmouth,...


The Girl from Purple Mountain

by May-lee Chai & Winberg Chai

A true story of love, betrayal, and healing, The Girl from Purple Mountain begins with a mystery: The Chai family matriarch, Ruth Mei-en Tsao Chai, dies unexpectedly and her grieving husband discovers that she...


This Is How

by Augusten Burroughs

If you're fat and fail every diet, if you're thin but can't get thin enough, if you lose your job, if your child dies, if you are diagnosed with cancer, if you always end up with exactly the wrong kind of person,...


And I Haven't Had a Bad Day Since

by Charles B. Rangel & Leon Wynter

In this inspiring and often humorous memoir, the outspoken Democratic congressman from Harlem--now the chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee--tells about his early years on Lenox Avenue, being...