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The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America

by Mae Ngai

If you’re Irish American or African American or Eastern European Jewish American, there’s a rich literature to give you a sense of your family’s arrival-in-America story. Until now, that hasn’t been...


This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind

by Ivan Doig

A haunting, magnificently written memoir by Ivan Doig about growing up in the American West

 

Ivan Doig grew up in the rugged wilderness of western Montana among the sheepherders and denizens of small-town saloons...


Eating for Beginners: An Education in the Pleasures of Food from Chefs, Farmers, and One Picky Kid

by Melanie Rehak

The acclaimed author of GIRL SLEUTH takes us inside the local food movement


The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance

by David Herlihy

History, mystery, and the fine art of detection mingle against exotic locales and intriguing characters in this tale of the search for the original celebrity cyclist whose disappearance fueled one of American...


Remembering Smell: A Memoir of Losing--and Discovering--the Primal Sense

by Bonnie Blodgett

In November 2005, Bonnie Blodgett was whacked with a nasty cold. After a quick shot of a popular nasal spray up each nostril, the back of her nose was on fire. With that, Blodgett—a professional garden writer...


Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy

by Melissa Milgrom

It's easy to dismiss taxidermy as a kitschy or morbid sideline, the realm of trophy fish and jackalopes or an anachronistic throwback to the dusty diorama. Yet theirs is a world of intrepid hunter-explorers,...


The Rise and Fall of Senator Joe McCarthy

by James Cross Giblin

When Cold War tension was at its height, Joseph ("call me Joe") McCarthy conducted an anti-Communist crusade endorsed by millions of Americans, despite his unfair and unconstitutional methods. Award-winning...


Perfect Rigor: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of the Century

by Masha Gessen

The story of an eccentric genius named Grigory Perelman, who solved Poincare's Theorem — one of the seven great mathematical mysteries of the last century — yet who may also refuse the million-dollar award...


When the Game Was Ours

by Larry Bird, Earvin , Jr. Johnson & Jackie MacMullan

A compelling, up-close-and-personal portrait of basketball’s most inimitable duo. It is also a rollicking ride through professional basketball’s best times, the golden age of hoops for the boomer generation. ...


Heart Earth

by Ivan Doig

Ivan Doig grew up with only a vague memory of his mother, Berneta, who died on his sixth birthday. Then he discovered a cache of her letters--and through them, a spunky, passionate, can-do woman as at home in...


Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist

by Thomas Levenson

In 1695, Isaac Newton—already renowned as the greatest mind of his age—made a surprising career change. He left quiet Cambridge, where he had lived for thirty years and made his earth-shattering discoveries,...


This Lovely Life

by Vicki Forman

Vicki Forman gave birth to Evan and Ellie, weighing just a pound at birth, at twenty-three weeks’ gestation. During the delivery she begged the doctors to "let her babies go" — she knew all too well that...


Inklings

by Jeffrey Koterba

Jeffrey fights his way out from beneath the shadow of his domineering father and clinging mother to follow his lifelong dream of cartooning for a living—he is now a widely syndicated political cartoonist....


The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws

by Margaret Drabble

Margaret Drabble weaves her own story into a history of games, in particular jigsaws, which have offered her and many others relief from melancholy and depression.


The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement

by Susan Ferriss & Ricardo Sandoval

A “vivid, well-documented account of the farmworkers movement”(Philadelphia Inquirer) and its prime mover, Cesar Chavez. Edited by Diana Hembree with a foreword by Gary Soto and essays by Carey McWilliams,...


Harvests of Joy: How the Good Life Became Great Business

by Robert Mondavi

In 1965, after a notorious family feud, Robert Mondavi-then fifty-two years old-was thrown out of his family's winery. Far from defeated, Mondavi was dedicated to a vision of creating a superior wine. What has...


Count Us In: Growing Up with Down Syndrome

by Jason Kingsley & Mitchell Levitz

Two young men with Down syndrome talk frankly about careers, friendships, school, sex, marriage, politics, and independence. Recipient of seven national awards, including the EDI Award from the National Easter...


Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime

by Patricia Hampl

Just out of college, Patricia Hampl was mesmerized by a Matisse painting in the Art Institute of Chicago: an aloof woman gazing at goldfish in a bowl, a Moroccan screen behind her. In Blue Arabesque, Hampl explores...


The Pirates Laffite: The Treacherous World of the Corsairs of the Gulf

by William C. Davis

At large during the most colorful period in New Orleans' history, from just after the Louisiana Purchase through the War of 1812, privateers Jean and Pierre Laffite made life hell for Spanish merchants on the...


The Suicide Index: Putting My Father's Death in Order

by Joan Wickersham

One winter morning in 1991, Joan Wickersham’s father shot himself in the head.The father she loved would never have killed himself, and yet he had.His death made a mystery of his entire life. Who was he? Why...