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Alexander Hamilton

by Ron Chernow

Ron Chernow, the renowned author of Titan whom the New York Times has called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades," vividly re-creates the whole sweep of Alexander Hamilton's...

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

by Amy Chua

The New York Times Book Review

“[E]ntertaining, bracingly honest and, yes, thought-provoking.”

At once provocative and laugh-out-loud funny, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother ignited a global parenting debate...

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

by Joshua Foer

The blockbuster phenomenon that charts an amazing journey of the mind while revolutionizing our concept of memory.

An instant bestseller that is poised to become a classic, Moonwalking with Einstein recounts...

Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

by Jennifer Worth

The highest-rated drama in BBC history, Call the Midwife will delight fans of Downton Abbey

Viewers everywhere have fallen in love with this candid look at post-war London. In the 1950s, twenty-two-year-old Jenny...

Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search (Movie Tie-in)

by Martin Sixsmith & Judi Dench

New York Times Bestseller

The heartbreaking true story of an Irishwoman and the secret she kept for 50 years

When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be...

There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra

by Chinua Achebe

From the legendary author of Things Fall Apart—a long-awaited memoir of coming of age in a fragile new nation, and its destruction in a tragic civil war

For more than forty years, Chinua Achebe has maintained...

Runaway Girl: Escaping Life on the Streets

by Carissa Phelps & Larkin Warren

“Riveting . . . A genuinely important book that casts the problem of sex trafficking in America into stunning, heartbreaking relief.” (Kirkus Reviews)


A School Library Journal Best Adult Book for Teens...

Napoleon: A Life

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 2014

by Andrew Roberts

The definitive biography of the great soldier-statesman by the New York Times bestselling author of The Storm of War—winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography and the Grand Prix of the Fondation...

Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928

by Stephen Kotkin

A magnificent new biography that revolutionizes our understanding of Stalin and his world

It has the quality of myth: a poor cobbler’s son, a seminarian from an oppressed outer province of the Russian empire,...

A School for My Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka

by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri & Susan Urbanek Linville

The extraordinary story of one man's gift to orphaned children in need of hope

Can one person really make a difference in the world? Twesigye Jackson Kaguri overcame tremendous odds as he followed his dream...

An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography

by Paul Rusesabagina & Tom Zoellner

April 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide--Read more about the conflict and the amazing life story of the man who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda in this remarkable account

Readers who were...

Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

by Ruth Reichl

GARLIC AND SAPPHIRES is Ruth Reichl's riotous account of the many disguises she employs to dine anonymously. There is her stint as Molly Hollis, a frumpy blond with manicured nails and an off-beige Armani suit...

Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle

by Ingrid Betancourt

"Betancourt's riveting an unforgettable epic of moral courage and human endurance." -Los Angeles Times

In the midst of her campaign for the Colombian presidency in 2002, Ingrid Betancourt traveled...

Just Don't Fall: A Hilariously True Story of Childhood, Cancer, Amputation, Romantic Yearning, Truth, and Olympic Greatness

by Josh Sundquist

Read Josh Sundquist's posts on the Penguin Blog.

One moment Josh Sundquist was your typical energetic and inquisitive nine year- old boy. The next, his entire life changed when he was diagnosed with Ewing's...

Riding in Cars with Boys: Confessions of a Bad Girl Who Makes Good

by Beverly Donofrio

Denied college, Beverly Donofrio lost interest in everything but riding around town in cars, drinking and smoking, and rebelling against authority. She got married and divorced and finally ended up in an elite...

Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

by Sudhir Venkatesh

A New York Times Bestseller

Foreword by Stephen J. Dubner, coauthor of Freakonomics

When first-year graduate student Sudhir Venkatesh walked into an abandoned building in one of Chicago’s most notorious housing...

The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts

by Jr., Tom Farley

The New York Times bestselling biography of an American comedy legend

After three years of sobriety, Chris Farley's life was at its creative peak until a string of professional disappointments chased him back...

The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education

by Craig M. Mullaney

"One of the most thoughtful and honest accounts ever written by a young Army officer confronting all the tests of life." -Bob Woodward

In this surprise bestseller, West Point grad, Rhodes scholar, Airborne...

Lifesaving Lessons: Notes from an Accidental Mother

by Linda Greenlaw

New York Times–bestselling author Linda Greenlaw tells of her greatest challenge: adopting a teenage daughter

The only female swordfish boat captain in the country and a survivor of the real Perfect Storm,...

The Disaster Diaries: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse

by Sam Sheridan

Gain the basic skills you'd need to live through a cataclysmic event—one humbling and angst-filled lesson at a time


We're inundated daily with images of chaos and catastrophe from movies, books, and the nightly...