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Hunting Fish

by Jay Greenspan

If you want to prove you’re a good poker player, you don’t have to battle against the best. Nobody really cares if you ever bluffed Phil Ivey or got Daniel Negreanu to make a bad call. You’re at the table...


Ace of Spades

by David Matthews

A take-no-prisoners tale of growing up without knowing who you are

When David Matthews's mother abandoned him as an infant, she left him with white skin and the rumor that he might be half Jewish. For the next...


The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy

by Stewart O'Nan

The acclaimed author of A Prayer for the Dying brings all his narrative gifts to bear on this gripping account of tragedy and heroism-the great Hartford circus fire of 1944.

Halfway through a midsummer afternoon...


Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow

by Maria Coffey

Without risk, say mountaineers, there would be none of the self-knowledge that comes from pushing life to its extremes. For them, perhaps, it is worth the cost. But when tragedy strikes, what happens to the...


Honeymoon with My Brother

by Franz Wisner

This is the true story of Franz Wisner, a man who thought he had it all- a high profile career and the fiancée of his dreams- when suddenly, his life turned upside down. Just days before they were to be married,...


Basil Hall Chamberlain: Portrait of a Japanologist

by Yuzo Ota

This first full length critical biography of one of the most significant figures in Japanese Studies in the last hundred years is based on an earlier work published in Japanese (Iwanami Shoten, 1990). Ota sees...


Gertrude Stein and the Making of an American Celebrity

by Karen Leick

This book is a cultural history of Stein's rise to fame and the function of literary celebrity in America from 1910 to 1935. By examining not the ways that Stein portrayed the popular in her work, but the ways...


Boudicca

by Marguerite Johnson

Boudicca (Boadicea), Leader of the Iceni, is synonymous with rebellion and feminine strength, yet what we know of her is often far removed from the time in which she lived and the early authors who first wrote...


Michelangelo

by Adrian Stokes

Adrian Stokes was one of the twentieth century's finest and most discriminating writers on art. Of over twenty works of art criticism, Michelangelo was considered by Lawrence Gowing to be the most complete he...


Erving Goffman

by Tom Burns

Decades after his death, the figure of Erving Goffman (1922-82) continues to fascinate. Perhaps the best-known sociologist of the second half of the twentieth century, Goffman was an unquestionably significant...


All Will Be Well: A Memoir

by John Mcgahern

From award-winning author John McGahern, a memoir of his childhood in the Irish countryside and the beginnings of his life as a writer.McGahern describes his early years as one of seven children growing up in...


Jacques Cousteau: The Sea King

by Brad Matsen

An unprecedented and masterfully told biography of Jacques Cousteau that reveals for the first time the fascinating and compelling individual behind this famous television personality.

 

Inventor of the aqualung...


Mary Queen of Scots

by Retha M. Warnicke

"Scholars now have Warnicke to use as their chief one volume study of Mary"

Julian Goodare, University of Edinburgh

In this biography of one of the most intriguing figures of early modern European history, Retha...


Sally Potter

by Catherine Fowler

This survey of Sally Potters work documents and explores her cinematic development from the feminist reworking of Puccinis opera La Boheme in Thriller to the provocative contemplation of romantic relationships...


You'd Better Not Die or I'll Kill You: A Caregiver's Survival Guide to Keeping You in Good Health and Good Spirits

by Jane Heller

Bestselling writer Jane Heller thought she'd found her dream man—until he turned out to be a "frequent flier," the term doctors and nurses use to refer to patients who land in the E.R. more often than the...


Reflections of Twelve Decades

by Frank Morgan

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This informative and loving memoir about the life and times of author Frank Morgan tells the story of his years in East Africa with his beloved wife.

But the story is even much richer than that,...


Summoned

by Toni Ortner

Traditional biographies are written in third person, present the facts of their subjects' lives, and provide a critical analysis. Summoned is different. While I researched traditional sources, each woman in...


TOGETHER THEY HOLD UP THE SKY: The story of China's Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan

by Martin Macmillan

Very few Chinese names have become, as Shakespeare's Henry V put it: "Familiar in his mouth as household words" to many westerners. Mao, Confucius, Yao Ming, Jackie Chan - there aren't many. But that is about...


Hans Christian Andersen: A Biography

by Mariena Foley

From his early life, through his career, personal life, death, and legacy, learn about the father of the fairy tale, Hans Christian Andersen in this compiled biography.


Beware of Limbo Dancers: A Correspondent's Adventures with the New York Times