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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...


Stalin and His Hangmen: The Tyrant and Those Who Killed for Him

by Donald Rayfield

Stalin did not act alone. The mass executions, the mock trials, the betrayals and purges, the jailings and secret torture that ravaged the Soviet Union during the three decades of Stalin’s dictatorship, were...


A Coach's Life: My Forty Years in College Basketball

by John Kilgo, Sally Jenkins & Dean E. Smith

Legendary University of North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith tells the full story of his fabled career, and shares the life lessons taught and learned over forty years of unparalleled success as a coach...


Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue

by Jane Pauley

“Truth arrives in microscopic increments, and when enough has accumulated–in a moment of recognition, you just know. You know because the truth fits. I was the only member of my family to lack the gene for...


What I Know For Sure

by Tavis Smiley

From the man who catapulted the Covenant with Black America to number one on the New York Times bestseller list comes a searing memoir of poverty, ambition, pain and atonment.

Tavis Smiley grew up in a family...


Pontius Pilate

by Ann Wroe

Pontius Pilate arrived in Judaea in the year 26, sent to collect taxes and oversee the firm establishment of Roman law. His ten-year term was a time of relative peace in this fractious new outpost of the Roman...


Sexless in the City: A Memoir of Reluctant Chastity

by Anna Broadway

Anna Broadway’s “Sexless in the City” blog has become a popular Internet destination, attracting readers with its amusing tales of romantic misadventures and candid, far-from-prissy reports on the difficulties...


Louis Armstrong

by Laurence Bergreen

Louis Armstrong was the founding father of jazz and one of this century's towering cultural figures, yet the full story of his extravagant life has never been told.

Born in 1901 to the sixteen-year-old daughter...