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Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

by A. J. Jacobs

 From the bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically and The Know-It-All comes the true and truly hilarious story of one person’s quest to become the healthiest man in the world.

Hospitalized with...


Hello Goodbye Hello: A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings

by Craig Brown

Hello Goodbye Hello is a daisy chain of 101 fascinating true encounters, a book that has been hailed by reviewers in London as “howlingly funny” (The Spectator), “original and a complete delight” (The...


A Mission from God: A Memoir and Challenge for America

by James Meredith & William Doyle

“I am not a civil rights hero. I am a warrior, and I am on a mission from God.” —James Meredith

 James Meredith engineered two of the most epic events of the American civil rights era: the desegregation...


The Voice Is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac

by Joyce Johnson

A groundbreaking new biography of Jack Kerouac from the author of the award-winning memoir Minor Characters

Joyce Johnson brilliantly peels away layers of the Kerouac legend in this compelling new book. Tracking...


Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, an Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work

by Jeanne Marie Laskas

An Oprah.com "Must-Read Book"

In Hidden America, award-winning journalist Jeanne Marie Laskas dives deep into her subjects and emerges with character-driven stories about the people who make our lives run every...


Making Friends with Hitler: Lord Londonderry, the Nazis, and the Road to War

by Ian Kershaw

Ian Kershaw’s biography of Adolf Hitler is widely regarded as the definitive work on the subject, as well as one of the most brilliant biographies of our time. In Making Friends with Hitler, the great scholar...


Falling in Love with Joseph Smith: My Search for the Real Prophet

by Jane Barnes

When award-winning documentary film writer Jane Barnes was working on the PBS Frontline/American Experience special series The Mormons, she was surprised to find herself passionately drawn to Joseph Smith. The...


Gil Hodges: The Brooklyn Bums, the Miracle Mets, and the Extraordinary Life of a Baseball Legend

by Tom Clavin & Danny Peary

Due to his achievements as a player and manager, as well as his sterling character, Gil Hodges deserves to be in the Hall of Fame as much as any player honored by the institution. A towering figure during the...


World's Best Memoir Writing

by Eve Claxton

Eve Claxton has taken the most intriguing portions of the world's most famous memoirs and compiled them in this volume. The reader experiences world history as the authors lived it and gains rare insight into...


Laughing Allegra

by Anne Ford & John-Richard Thompson

When Anne Ford, great-granddaughter of Henry Ford, learned that her four-year-old daughter Allegra’s “differences” were the result of severe learning disabilities, she faced a challenge that neither money...


Up All Night

by Carol Miller

The all-American chronicle of radio legend Carol Miller, from her rise to success in a male dominated world, to the rockstars she's know along the way, to, for the first time, the private story of her quietly...


Everything is Possible

by S. Daniel Abraham

In Everything Is Possible, Dan Abraham, the legendary founder of Slim-Fast, recounts the story of his personal and business life, starting from his childhood and army years and his purchase of Thompson Medical...


Traveling with Che Guevara

by Alberto Granado & Lucia Alvarez de Toledo

Published for the first time in the U.S.—one of the two diaries on which the movie The Motorcycle Diaries is based—the moving and at times hilarious account of Che Guevara and Alberto Granado's eight-month...


Visiting Tom

by Michael Perry

What can we learn about life, love, and artillery from an eighty-two-year-old man whose favorite hobby is firing his homemade cannons? Visit by visit—often with his young daughters in tow—author Michael...


Sharp

by David Fitzpatrick

"Endorphins sped through me. I spun around, growing dizzy, frantic, and silly. I wasn't drunk, but I felt a nice stoned feeling, sans paranoia, and I thought, 'I believe I've found my new pharmaceutical deep...


Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times

by H.W. Brands

National Bestseller 

In this, the first major single-volume biography of Andrew Jackson in decades, H.W. Brands reshapes our understanding of this fascinating man, and of the Age of Democracy that he ushered...


The Locust and the Bird: My Mother's Story

by Hanan Al-Shaykh

In a masterly act of literary transformation, celebrated novelist Hanan al-Shaykh re-creates the dramatic life and times of her mother, Kamila.

 

Married at a young age against her will, Kamila soon fell head-over-heels...


Lee Miller: A Life

by Carolyn Burke

A trenchant yet sympathetic portrait of Lee Miller, one of the iconic faces and careers of the twentieth century. Carolyn Burke reveals Miller as a multifaceted woman: both model and photographer, muse and reporter,...


Toussaint Louverture

by Madison Smartt Bell

At the end of the 1700s, French Saint Domingue was the richest and most brutal colony in the Western Hemisphere. A mere twelve years later, however, Haitian rebels had defeated the Spanish, British, and French...


Joseph P. Kennedy Presents

by Cari Beauchamp

Joseph P. Kennedy’s reputation as a savvy businessman, diplomat, and sly political patriarch is well-documented.  But his years as a Hollywood mogul have never been fully explored until now. 

In Joseph P....