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Black Fire: The True Story of the Original Tom Sawyer--and of the Mysterious Fires That Baptized Gold Rush-Era San Francisco

by Robert Graysmith

The first biography of the little-known real-life Tom Sawyer (a friend of Mark Twain during his brief tenure as a California newspaper reporter), told through a harrowing account of Sawyer's involvement in the...


Dear Pussycat

by Helen Gurley Brown

Dear Pussycat:

Some of us find it easier to say in a letter whatever it is we want to express -- love, rage, outrage, affection, resentment, enthusiasm, a request to do a chore -- than we do person to person...


Ulysses S. Grant

by Josiah Bunting, III, Josiah Bunting & Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

The underappreciated presidency of the military man who won the Civil War and then had to win the peace as well

As a general, Ulysses S. Grant is routinely described in glowing terms-the man who turned the tide...


The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe

by Sarah Churchwell

A brilliant investigation into the debates surrounding Marilyn Monroe's life and the cultural attitudes that her legend reveals

There are many Marilyns: sex goddess and innocent child, crafty manipulator and...


James A. Garfield

by Ira Rutkow & Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

The ambitious self-made man who reached the pinnacle of American politics--only to be felled by an assassin's bullet and to die at the hands of his doctors

James A. Garfield was one of the Republican Party's...


Kabul in Winter

by Ann Jones

A sharp and arresting people’s-eye view of real life in Afghanistan after the Taliban

     Soon after the bombing of Kabul ceased, award-winning journalist and women’s rights activist Ann Jones set out...


Great Possessions

by David Kline & Wendell Berry

Great Possessions is David Kline's classic memoir celebrating his life as an Amish farmer in Southern Ohio.  


Being Brett

by Douglas Hobbie

Being Brett is a memoir that chronicles the author's daughter's harrowing struggle with Hodgkin's disease.


The Scientists

by Marco Roth

A frank, intelligent, and deeply moving debut memoir

With the precociousness expected of the only child of a doctor and a classical musician—from the time he could get his toddler tongue to a pronounce a word...


Go to School, You're a Little Black Boy: The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander: A Memoir

by Lincoln Alexander & Herb Shoveller

The inspiring story of Lincoln Alexander, whose exemplary life has involved military service, a successful political career, a thriving law practice, and vocal advocacy.


Crimestopper: Fighting Crime on Scotland's Streets

by Bryan McLaughlin & Bob Smyth

Brutal murders, bizarre crimes, eccentric crooks and Scotland’s toughest gangsters – all in a day’s work for one of Glasgow’s top police officers. Retired detective Bryan McLaughlin faced the challenge...


In Triumph's Wake

by Julia P. Gelardi

The powerful and moving story of three royal mothers whose quest for power led to the downfall of their daughters.

 

Queen Isabella of Castile, Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, and Queen Victoria of England...


Guns N' Roses Encyclopaedia

by Mick O'Shea

In a detailed account of one of the most celebrated bands in rock music history, this compendium covers every aspect of the renowned group, Guns N’ Roses. The chapters review both past and present members,...


Burying the Typewriter

by Carmen Bugan

Winner of the Bakeless Prize for Nonfiction, a childhood memoir of political oppression and persecution during Romania's Ceausescu years Carmen Bugan grew up amid the bounty of the Romanian countryside on...


The Struggle with the Daemon: Holderlin, Kleist and Nietzsche

by Stefan Zweig, Eden and Cedar Paul & Eden Paul

The Struggle with the Daemon is a brilliant analysis of the European psyche by the great novelist and biographer Stefan Zweig. Zweig studies three giants of German literature and thought: Friedrich Ho¨lderlin,...


Arthur Erickson: An Architect's Life

by David Stouck

Arthur Erickson, Canada's pre-eminent philosopher architect, was renowned internationally for his innovative approach to landscape, his genius for spatial composition, and his epic vision of architecture for...


Gatekeeper: The Fighting Life of Gary Big Daddy Goodridge

by Gary Goodridge & Mark Dorsey

The biography of a pioneer in the mixed martial arts (MMA) scene, this work takes readers through Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge’s entire career—from his roller-coaster formative years and his emergence as...


Miracle in the Making: The Adam Taliaferro Story

by Sam Carchidi, Scott Brown & Joe Paterno

Adam Taliaferro had it all: smarts, an easy-going personality, and incomparable athletic ability. None of that seemed to matter, however, on that fateful September day when his father was given startling news:...


Jesus Land: A Memoir

by Julia Scheeres

Julia and her adopted brother, David, are sixteen-years-old. Julia is white. David is black. It is the mid-1980s and their family has just moved to rural Indiana, a landscape of cottonwood trees, trailer parks,...


Superfly: The Jimmy Snuka Story

by Jon Chattman, Jimmy Snuka & Rowdy Roddy Piper

Focusing on the superstar who single-handedly influenced the development of sports entertainment, this autobiography highlights the legacy of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) icon Jimmy Snuka. The wrestler’s...