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The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution (Great Discoveries)

by David Quammen

"Quammen brilliantly and powerfully re-creates the 19th century naturalist's intellectual and spiritual journey."--Los Angeles Times Book ReviewTwenty-one years passed between Charles Darwin's epiphany that...

Love My Rifle More than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army

by Michael E. Staub & Kayla Williams

"Brave, honest, and necessary."-Nancy Pearl, NPR SeattleKayla Williams is one of the 15 percent of the U.S. Army that is female, and she is a great storyteller. With a voice that is "funny, frank and full of...

Bess of Hardwick: Empire Builder

by Mary S. Lovell

"The best account yet available of this shrewd, enigmatic and remarkable woman."-Sunday Times [London]

From the author of The Sisters, a chronicle of the most brutal, turbulent, and exuberant period of England's...

Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography

by Jean Harvey Baker

"A complex and moving character study of a woman tragically out of step with her time and place."—Chicago Tribune This definitive biography of Mary Todd Lincoln beautifully conveys her tumultuous life and...

Hitler: A Biography

by Ian Kershaw

“Magisterial . . . anyone who wishes to understand the Third Reich must read Kershaw.”—Niall Ferguson “The Hitler biography of the twenty-first century” (Richard J. Evans), Ian Kershaw’s Hitler is...

Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride

by Michael Wallis

"Countless books have been written about the infamous outlaw ... this is surely one of the best."-Publishers Weekly, starred reviewIn this revisionist biography, award-winning historian Michael Wallis re-creates...

The Art and Politics of Science

by Harold Varmus

A Nobel Prize–winning cancer biologist, leader of major scientific institutions, and scientific adviser to President Obama reflects on his remarkable career. A PhD candidate in English literature at Harvard...

Waiting for the Apocalypse: A Memoir of Faith and Family

by Veronica Chater

Growing up Catholic in a family where the reforms of Vatican II are seen as the work of Satan.

It is 1972, and Veronica Chater's parents believe that Vatican II's liberalization has corrupted the Catholic Church,...

The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade

by Thomas Lynch

“[Lynch] brings the lessons of death to life, and turns life and death into art.” —Time Out New York Here is the voice of both witness and functionary. Lynch stands between “the living and the living...

A Little More About Me

by Pam Houston

Nonfiction from the author of the wildly popular Cowboys Are My Weakness and the best-selling Waltzing the Cat. "Pam Houston catches the voice of an entire generation of adventurous young women whose intrepid...

Unreliable Memoirs

by Clive James

A best-selling classic around the world, Clive James's hilarious memoir has long been unavailable in the United States.Before James Frey famously fabricated his memoir, Clive James wrote a refreshingly candid...

Dark Side of the Moon: Wernher von Braun, the Third Reich, and the Space Race

by Wayne Biddle

A stunning investigation of the roots of the first moon landing forty years ago. This illuminating story of the dawn of the space age reaches back to the reactionary modernism of the Third Reich, using the life...

Freud: A Life for Our Time

by Peter Gay

Norton celebrates the 150th anniversary of Freud's birth by reissuing Peter Gay's best-selling biography, featuring a new introduction.

Old World Daughter, New World Mother: An Education in Love and Freedom

by Maria Laurino

A warm, smart, and witty personal investigation of ethnicity and womanhood. In the second-generation immigrant home where Maria Laurino grew up, “independent” was a dirty word and “sacrifice” was the...

Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, the Sixties, and a Journey of Self-Discovery

by Doug Anderson

An award-winning poet highlights the vibrant history of his generation in a farewell to Vietnam, the chaotic sixties, and their long aftermath. “We tend to write about what will not go away,” Doug Anderson...

Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood

by Michael Lewis

The New York Times bestseller: “Hilarious. No mushy tribute to the joys of fatherhood, Lewis’ book addresses the good, the bad, and the merely baffling about having kids.”—Boston Globe When Michael Lewis...

Byron in Love: A Short Daring Life

by Edna O'Brien

“How long it’s taken for these two mad, bad and dangerous writers to get together!”—Alan Cheuse, San Francisco Chronicle Acclaimed biographer of James Joyce, Edna O’Brien has written a “jaunty”...

Some of It Was Fun: Working with RFK and LBJ

by Nicholas deB Katzenbach

A lively, intimate memoir that vividly recalls the idealism of the Kennedy administration.As deputy attorney general under Bobby Kennedy and then attorney general and under secretary of state for Lyndon Johnson,...

Confessions: An Innocent Life in Communist China

by Kang Zhengguo & Susan Wilf

"A mesmerizing read.... A literary work of high distinction." -William Grimes, New York TimesThis "gripping and poignant memoir" (New York Times Book Review) draws us into the intersections of everyday life...

Ambivalence: Adventures in Israel and Palestine

by Jonathan Garfinkel

With lofty ideals, spectacular ambivalence, and endearing naiveté, Jonathan Garfinkel explores Israel and Palestine by talking to ordinary people. Jonathan Garfinkel can’t make up his mind—not about his...