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The Adventures of James Capen Adams: Mountaineer and Grizzly Bear Hunter of California

by Theodore H. Hittell

James Capen Adams, a mountain man born in 1807, lived in the mountains with the grizzlies he tamed and trained. After his return to the city, with the grizzlies in tow for exhibition, he lived amongst his animals...


The Disastrous Mrs. Weldon: The Life, Loves and Lawsuits of a Legendary Victorian

by Brian Thompson

Born to fanatically snobbish Victorian parents, Georgina Weldon grew up to wreak havoc on almost everyone she met. She was supposed to marry well and restore the family fortune, but soon proved to have other...


Mandela: In Celebration of a Great Life

by Charlene Smith

Award-winning writer Charlene Smith traces the life of a great statesman and tells how Mandela repaired the torn heart of a wounded nation.


The Rabbi's Daughter

by Reva Mann

In this honest, daring, and compulsively readable memoir, Reva Mann paints a portrait of herself as a young woman on the edge—of either revelation or self-destruction. Ricocheting between extremes of rebellion...


Benjamin Disraeli

by Adam Kirsch

Part of the Jewish Encounter series

A dandy, a best-selling novelist, and a man of political and sexual intrigue, Benjamin Disraeli was one of the most captivating figures of the nineteenth century. His flirtation...


Girl Singer: A Memoir of the Girl Next Door

by Rosemary Clooney & Joan Barthel

At the top of her form and topping the charts, Rosemary Clooney looks back at a life of triumph and tragedy more dramatic than any work of fiction.

Rosemary Clooney made her first public appearance at the age...


13 Is the New 18: And Other Things My Children Taught Me--While I Was Having a Nervous Breakdown Being Their Mother

by Beth J. Harpaz

“I wonder sometimes if there’s something to the old superstition about the number thirteen. Maybe that superstition was originally created by the mothers in some tribe who noticed that in their children’s...


Love, Sex, Fleas, God

by Bruce Clark

A child-rearing father's hilarious, heart-rending confessions on parenthood and childhood.


Lamy of Santa Fe

by Paul Horgan

The extraordinary biography of a pioneer hero of the frontier Southwest.


Wrestling with Gravy: A Life, with Food

by Jonathan Reynolds

In this inviting feast of a memoir, former New York Times food columnist Jonathan Reynolds dishes up a life that is by turns hilarious and tender–and seasoned with the zest of cooking, family, eating, and...


The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death: Reflections on Revenge, Germophobia, and Laser Hair Removal

by Laurie Notaro

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Laurie Notaro has an uncanny ability to attract insanity—and leave readers doubled over with laughter. Need proof? Check out The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death and try...


Go Ask Your Father: One Man's Obsession with Finding His Origins Through DNA Testing

by Lennard J. Davis

Every family has a secret. But what if that secret makes you question your own place in the family? Mixing equal parts memoir, detective story, and popular-science narrative, this is the emotionally charged...


Farthest North

by Fridjtof Nansen

In 1893 Nansen set sail in the Fram, a ship specially designed and built to be frozen into the polar ice cap, withstand its crushing pressures, and travel with the sea's drift closer to the North Pole than anyone...


Design for Living: Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne

by Margot Peters

From the much-admired biographer of Charlotte Brontë, Mrs. Patrick Campbell, and the Barrymores (“Margot Peters is surely now . . . our foremost historian of stage make-believe”—Leon Edel), a new biography...


Before the Knife

by Carolyn Slaughter

In this unforgettable memoir, acclaimed novelist Carolyn Slaughter recalls her childhood in Africa and how the land itself released her from a rage that threatened to destroy her.

For Carolyn Slaughter, who grew...


Power Chord

by Thomas Scott McKenzie

When Scott McKenzie was a young man, he thought he saw God . . .

The deity was all in black with knee-high silver boots, a patent-leather breastplate, and full face makeup, clutching a beautiful, custom Les Paul...


The Man Who Sold the World

by Peter Doggett

The Man Who Sold the World is a critical study of David Bowie's most inventive and influential decade, from his first hit, "Space Oddity," in 1969, to the release of the LP Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)...


Love Is a Mix Tape: Life, Loss, and What I Listened To

by Rob Sheffield

What Is love? Great minds have been grappling with this question throughout the ages, and in the modern era, they have come up with many different answers. According to Western philosopher Pat Benatar, love...


Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed

by Leslie Maitland

   On a pier in Marseille in 1942, with desperate refugees pressing to board one of the last ships to escape France before the Nazis choked off its ports, an 18-year-old German Jewish girl was pried from...


The Turner Diaries

by Andrew MacDonald

At 9:02 am on Wednesday April 19, 1995, two tons of explosives ripped apart the federal office building in Oklahoma City and the psyche of America. The worst case of domestic terrorism in our history, this explosion...