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Moving the Mountain: Beyond Ground Zero to a New Vision of Islam in America

by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

Muslims in America who reject extremist or fundamentalist expressions of Islam at home and abroad feel the urgent need for a voice that can represent them in the escalating irrationality of the current debate...


Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation

by Deborah Davis

In this revealing social history, one remarkable White House dinner becomes a lens through which to examine race, politics, and the lives and legacies of two of America’s most iconic figures.

In 1901, President...


Herman B Wells: The Promise of the American University

by James H. H. Capshew

Energetic, shrewd, and charming, Herman B Wells was the driving force behind the transformation of Indiana University-which became a model for American public higher education in the 20th century. A person of...


Hollywood Remembered: An Oral History of Its Golden Age

by Paul Zollo

In Hollywood Remembered, a wide array of Tinseltown veterans share their stories of life in the city of dreams from the days of silent pictures to the present. The 35 voices, many of whom have come to know Hollywood...


The African American Odyssey of John Kizell: A South Carolina Slave Returns to Fight the Slave Trade in His African Homeland

by Kevin G. Lowther & Joseph Opala

A compelling biography of a South Carolina slave who returned to fight the slave trade in his African homeland


Jack Dale:  The Life and Times of an Unforgettable Coach

by Gale Maag

This book is a biography of the life and times of an enigmatic and unforgettable high school football coach in the 1950's as told by one of his players, Gale Maag. The book recounts the exploits of both coach...


The Language of Baklava

by Diana Abu-Jaber

Diana Abu-Jaber’s vibrant, humorous memoir weaves together stories of being raised by a food-obsessed Jordanian father with tales of Lake Ontario shish kabob cookouts and goat stew feasts under Bedouin tents...


The Invisible Wall

by Harry Bernstein

“There are places that I have never forgotten. A little cobbled street in a smoky mill town in the North of England has haunted me for the greater part of my life. It was inevitable that I should write about...


Mixed: My Life in Black and White

by Angela Nissel

“Tell anyone who asks that you’re half-black and half-white, just like David Hasselhoff from Knight Rider.”–Angela’s mother

“Love has no color,” insist Angela Nissel’s parents, but does it have...


Treasure Hunter: Diving for Gold on North America's Death Coast

by Robert MacKinnon

For more than four decades, world-renowned diver and treasure hunter Captain Robert MacKinnon has reclaimed sunken caches from the dangerous shallow waters along the Atlantic coast of Cape Breton Island, Nova...


Old Gods Almost Dead: The 40-Year Odyssey of the Rolling Stones

by Stephen Davis

The acclaimed, bestselling rock-and-roll biographer delivers the first complete, unexpurgated history of the world’s greatest band.

The saga of the Rolling Stones is the central epic in rock mythology. From...


Commodore: The Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

by Jr., Edward J. Renehan

Armed with a trove of previously unreleased archives, Edward J. Renehan Jr. offers a compelling portrait of Cornelius Vanderbilt, who built large shipping and rail enterprises into cornerstones of the American...


Asylum: Hollywood Tales from My Great Depression: Brain Dis-Ease, Recovery, and Being My Mother's Son

by Joe Pantoliano

In this deeply moving and resourceful memoir, the beloved actor and New York Times bestselling author takes aim at the stigma attached to mental illness by writing candidly and humorously about his own struggle...


Exile Nation: Drugs, Prisons, Politics, and Spirituality

by Charles Shaw

Originally published as a series on Reality Sandwich and The Huffington Post, Exile Nation is a work of “spiritual journalism” that grapples with the themes of drugs, prisons, politics, and spirituality through...


Learning to Float: The Journey of a Woman, a Dog, and Just Enough Men

by Lili Wright

Lili Wright is a thirty-something woman on the emotional lam. Faced with a choice between two men--Stuart, the steady veterinarian, and Peter, the dreamy writer--she climbs into her car and leaves them both...


Eight Lives Down: The Most Dangerous Job in the World in the Most Dangerous Place in the World

by Chris Hunter

Visceral and compelling, Eight Lives Down is the most exciting and nerve-jangling work of military non-fiction since Bravo Two Zero.

If fate is against me and I’m killed, so be it, but make it quick and painless....


Wildflower: An Extraordinary Life and Untimely Death in Africa

by Mark Seal

With compassion and an unswerving regard for the truth, veteran journalist Mark Seal lays bare the deeply moving, inspirational story of Joan Root, a dedicated environmentalist and Oscar-nominated wildlife filmmaker....


A Champion's Mind: Lessons from a Life in Tennis

by Pete Sampras & Peter Bodo

Pete Sampras is arguably the greatest tennis player ever, a man whose hard-nosed work ethic led to an unprecedented number one world ranking for 286 weeks, and whose prodigious talent made possible a record-setting...


The Queen

by Robert Lacey

the Queen

Elizabeth II was not born to be queen. She came into the world on April 21, 1926, the equivalent of the modern Princess Beatrice, first-born daughter of the Duke of York, destined to flutter on the...


Ron Paul's rEVOLution: The Man and the Movement He Inspired

by Brian Doherty

An enigmatic and surprisingly successful politician, Texas Representative Ron Paul is unique among Republican candidates. He has strong traditional conservative bona fides: he supports cutting taxes, shrinking...