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Eisenhower

by Geoffrey Perret

This new, in-depth life of Eisenhower offers fresh perspectives, not only on World War II and the Korean War but also on the Cold War, the civil rights movement, McCarthyism, the U-2 crisis and Vietnam.

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The Boy Who Loved Apples: A Mother's Battle with Her Son's Anorexia

by Amanda Webster

Brave, honest and ultimately uplifting, The Boy Who Loved Apples is a compelling and beautifully written account of life with an eating disorder, and a gritty, moving testament to a mother's love. As Amanda...


Genet: A Biography

National Book Critics Circle for Biography/Autobiography 1993

by Edmund White

In this revelatory biography of Jean Genet, we have the first full-scale life of one of the great -- and controversial -- figures of twentieth-century literature. Edmund White shows us the writer in all his...


Newton: Ackroyd's Brief Lives

by Peter Ackroyd

When Newton was not yet twenty-five years old, he formulated calculus, hit upon the idea of gravity, and discovered that white light was made up of all the colors of the spectrum. By 1678, Newton designed a...


Twelve Years a Slave

by Solomon Northup & Ira Berlin

Now the major motion picture that won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong'o, and directed by Steve McQueen

Perhaps the best written of all...


The Forgetting River: A Modern Tale of Survival, Identity, and the Inquisition

by Doreen Carvajal

The unexpected and moving story of an American journalist who works to uncover her family’s long-buried Jewish ancestry in Spain.

Raised a Catholic in California, New York Times journalist Doreen Carvajal is...


Law Man: My Story of Robbing Banks, Winning Supreme Court Cases, and Finding Redemption

by Dennis Burke & Shon Hopwood

Law Man is an improbable-but-true memoir of redemption -- the story of a young bank robber who became the greatest jailhouse lawyer in American history, and who changed not just his own life, but the lives of...


Motherhood Exaggerated

by Judith Hannan, Alan M. M. M. M. Dershowitz & Leonard D. D. Wexler M., M.D. Wexler

When eight-year-old Nadia cracks her jaw on a piece of Halloween candy unmasking a rare bone cancer, mother and daughter are launched on a revelatory journey of treatment, recovery and survival


The Reagan Persuasion: Charm, Inspire, and Deliver a Winning Message

by James Humes

Persuade, mentor, and motivate like the Great Communicator


Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

by David Kushner

“To my taste, the greatest American myth of cosmogenesis features the maladjusted, antisocial, genius teenage boy who, in the insular laboratory of his own bedroom, invents the universe from scratch. Masters...


The Dogs of Bedlam Farm: An Adventure with Sixten Sheep, Three Dogs, Two Donkeys, and Me

by Jon Katz

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Jon Katz's Going Home.

“Dogs are blameless, devoid of calculation, neither blessed nor cursed with human motives. They can’t really be held responsible for what...


General George Washington: A Military Life

by Edward G. Lengel

Much has been written in the past two centuries about George Washington the statesman and “father of his country.” Less often discussed is Washington’s military career, including his exploits as a young...


The Outsider: A Journey Into My Father's Struggle With Madness

by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer

The Outsider is an unsentimental yet profoundly moving look at one family’s experience with mental illness. In 1978, Charles Lachenmeyer was a happily married professor of sociology who lived in the New York...


The Whitney I Knew

by BeBe Winans & Timothy Willard

A rare glimpse into the inner world of Whitney Houston, offering never-before revealed information-written by one of her closest family friends, Grammy award-winning gospel recording artist BeBe Winans in cooperation...


Lads: A Memoir of Manhood

by Dave Itzkoff

"What I wanted after college was a job and my own apartment, but what I needed was a good comeuppance, and that’s what I got."

When Dave Itzkoff graduated from Princeton in 1998–the first member of his family...


Le Corbusier

by Nicholas Fox Weber

From acclaimed biographer and cultural historian, author of Balthus and Patron Saints—the first full-scale life of le Corbusier, one of the most influential, admired, and maligned architects of the twentieth...


Bat Boy: My True Life Adventures Coming of Age with the New York Yankees

by Matthew Mcgough

Most of us have dreamed of sitting in the dugout with our favorite baseball team, and at sixteen Matt McGough was no different. A few months after sending a blind application letter to George Steinbrenner, on...


Soul of the Age: A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare

by Jonathan Bate

“One man in his time plays many parts,

His acts being seven ages.”

In this illuminating, innovative biography, Jonathan Bate, one of today’s most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, has found a fascinating...


Try to Tell the Story

by David Thomson

David Thomson, one of our most celebrated film writers, gives us a haunting, fascinating memoir about growing up as an only child in wartime England.  He was born in London in the aftermath of the war, where...


Rattled!: A Memoir

by Christine Coppa

Warm, honest, funny, and empowering, Rattled! is an unforgettable memoir of a life that takes an unexpected turn—and a brave young woman who decides to follow where the road leads. Everything in twenty-six-year-old...