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Time to Be in Earnest

by P.D. James

In 1997, P. D. James, the much loved and internationally acclaimed author of mysteries, turned seventy-seven. Taking to heart Dr. Johnson's advice that at seventy-seven it is "time to be in earnest," she decided...


Ambulance Girl: How I Saved Myself By Becoming an EMT

by Jane Stern

Five years ago Jane Stern was a walking encyclopedia of panic attacks, depression, and hypochondria. Her marriage of more than thirty years was suffering, and she was virtually immobilized by fear and anxiety....


Dangerous Muse: The Life of Lady Caroline Blackwood

by Nancy Schoenberger

Caroline Blackwood was born into the Guinness family in 1931, the daughter of the Fourth Marquess and Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava. Brought up on the ancestral estate in Northern Ireland, Blackwood moved...


Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America

by Walter R. Borneman

In Polk, Walter R. Borneman gives us the first complete and authoritative biography of a president often overshadowed in image but seldom outdone in accomplishment. James K. Polk occupied the White House for...


Emma Lazarus

by Esther Schor

Part of the Jewish Encounter series

Emma Lazarus’s most famous poem gave a voice to the Statue of Liberty, but her remarkable life has remained a mystery until now. She was a woman so far ahead of her time...


A Zionist among Palestinians

by Hillel Bardin, Edward (Edy) Kaufman & Mubarak Awad

A Zionist among Palestinians offers the perspective of an ordinary Israeli citizen who became concerned about the Israeli military's treatment of Palestinians and was moved to work for peace. Hillel Bardin,...


Once We All Had Gills: Growing Up Evolutionist in an Evolving World

by Rudolf A. Raff

In this book, Rudolf A. Raff reaches out to the scientifically queasy, using his life story and his growth as a scientist to illustrate why science matters, especially at a time when many Americans are both...


Valor: The American Odyssey of Roy Dominguez

by James B. Lane, Rogelio "Roy" Dominguez & Evan Bayh

The son of Hispanic immigrants, Rogelio "Roy" Dominguez grew up in gang-plagued Gary, Indiana. With strong family support, he managed to beat the odds, graduating with distinction from Indiana University, finishing...


Confessions of a Guilty Freelancer

by William O'Rourke

William O'Rourke's singular view of American life over the past 40 years shines forth in these short essays on subjects personal, political, and literary, which reveal a man of keen intellect and wide-ranging...


Slave: My True Story

by Mende Nazer & Damien Lewis

A shocking true story of contemporary slavery: A young girl, snatched from her tribal village in Africa, survives enslavement in Sudan and London before making a courageous escape to freedom


My War

by Andy Rooney

The New York Times, USA Today, Book Sense, and Publishers Weekly bestseller, now in paperback in time for the holidays


The Other American The Life Of Michael Harrington

by Maurice Isserman

"Most Americans first heard of Michael Harrington with the publication of The Other America, his seminal book on American poverty. Isserman expertly tracks Harrington's beginnings in the Catholic Worke"


Lincoln on War

by Harold Holzer

President Lincoln used his own weapons-his words- to fight the Civil War as brilliantly as any general who ever took the field. In Lincoln on War, historian Harold Holzer gathers and interprets Lincoln's speeches,...


The Accidental Millionaire: How to Succeed in Life Without Really Trying

by Gary Fong

The Accidental Millionaire is the memoir of Gary Fong, would-be slacker who revolutionized wedding photography, inventor of popular photography aids, entrepreneur, contrarian, bon vivant and a man who really,...


My Turquoise Years: A Memoir

by M.A.C. A. C. Farrant

My Turquoise Years is a touching, funny, and elegantly written account of a 13-year-old girl's life. Throughout her childhood, Marion Farrant had heard stories of the sophisticated life her mother, Nancy, led...


Swimming with Cobras

by Rosemary Smith

Swimming with Cobras is a memoir about a journey to find a foothold in a foreign land grappling with its own identity, offering rare and important insight into a corner of South Africa's past. Rosemary Smith�s...


Invisible Earthquake: A woman's journal through still birth

by Malika Ndlovu

Malika Ndlovu takes us right into the heart of her grief - the loss of her third child, who was stillborn. The book breaks the silence around stillbirth, often seen as a non-event, something women are expected...


Eloquent Body

by Dawn Garisch

Eloquent Body explores the juxtaposition of healing and creativity both from a personal as well as medical point of view. Dawn Garisch works as a medical doctor and a writer in equal measure and advocates dialogue...


I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story

by Rick Bragg

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Rick Bragg lends his remarkable narrative skills to the story of the most famous POW this country has known.

In I Am a Soldier, Too, Bragg let’s Jessica...


Prince: Inside the Music and the Masks

by Ronin Ro

In over thirty years as one of the most original and charismatic figures in modern music, Prince Rogers Nelson has enjoyed huge success – and courted considerable controversy. Now, acclaimed rock journalist...