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Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy's Journey to Becoming a Big Kid

by Simon Pegg

The unique life story of one of the most talented and inventive comedians, star of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul, Spaced, and Star Trek.

Zombies in North London, death cults in the West Country, the engineering...


Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones

by Hill Harper

A compelling, important addition to Hill Harper's bestselling series, inspired by young inmates who write to him seeking guidance

After the publication of the bestselling Letters to a Young Brother, accomplished...


Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper

by Diablo Cody

Decreed by David Letterman (tongue in cheek) on CBS TV’s The Late Show to be the pick of “Dave’s Book Club 2006,” Candy Girl is the story of a young writer who dared to bare it all as a stripper. At the...


Headhunters on My Doorstep: A True Treasure Island Ghost Story

by J. Maarten Troost

Follow in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson with J. Maarten Troost, the bestselling author of The Sex Lives of Cannibals.

Readers and critics alike adore J. Maarten Troost for his signature wry and witty...


The Dark Art: My Undercover Life in Global Narco-terrorism

by Edward Follis & Douglas Century

A highly decorated veteran DEA agent recounts his incredible undercover career and reveals the shocking links between narcotics trafficking and terrorism

What exactly is undercover? From a law-enforcement perspective,...


Thoughts without Cigarettes: A Memoir

by Oscar Hijuelos

A beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist turns his pen to the real people and places that have influenced his life and literature.  A comprehensive look into the mind of a writer.

Born in Manhattan’s Morningside...


Zero to Breakthrough: The 7-Step, Battle-Tested Method for Accomplishing Goals that Matter

by Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour

"Hang on and watch your life take flight with FlyGirl!"

-Marcia Wieder, CEO and Founder of Dream University

Before she was thirty years old, Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour had become a decorated naval aviator, Camp...


Then Came Life: Living with Courage, Spirit, and Gratitude After Breast Cancer

by Geralyn Lucas

The author of Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy dares all women who have had a stumble in life to harness their fighting spirit and stand back up with courage and optimism.

One mastectomy, two C-sections,...


Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found

by Rebecca Alexander & Sascha Alper

Even a darkening world can be brilliantly lit from within.

Born with a rare genetic mutation called Usher Syndrome type III, Rebecca Alexander has been simultaneously losing both her sight and hearing since she...


Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo

by Vanessa Woods

A young woman follows her fiancé to war-torn Congo to study extremely endangered bonobo apes-who teach her a new truth about love.

In 2005 Vanessa Woods accepted a marriage proposal from a man she barely...


Dr. Mutter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine

by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

A mesmerizing biography of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country's most famous museum of medical oddities

Imagine undergoing an operation without...


Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow: My Life as a Country Vet

by Dr. Jan Pol & David Fisher

The star of The Incredible Dr. Pol shares his amusing, and often poignant, tales from his four decades as a vet in rural Michigan.

Dr. Jan Pol is not your typical veterinarian. Born and raised the in Netherlands...


The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps

by Michael Blanding

The story of an infamous crime, a revered map dealer with an unsavory secret, and the ruthless subculture that consumed him

Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers-both as beautiful works of art...


Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults

by Jessica Pan & Rachel Kapelke-Dale

Two best friends document their post-college lives in a hilarious, relatable, and powerfully honest epistolary memoir.

Fast friends since they met at Brown University during their freshman year, Jessica Pan...


The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Heads of Basketball's Best Players

by Idan Ravin

Basketball's most unlikely-and most sought-after-training guru offers an inside look at his career, his methods, and the all-star players whose games he's helped transform.

Where do the best basketball players...


Jim Morrison: LIfe, Death, Legend

by Stephen Davis

As the lead singer of the Doors, Jim Morrison’s searing poetic vision and voracious appetite for sexual, spiritual, and psychedelic experience inflamed the spirit and psyche of a generation. Since his mysterious...


Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam

by Zainab Salbi & Laurie Becklund

Zainab Salbi was eleven years old when her father was chosen to be Saddam Hussein's personal pilot and her family's life was grafted onto his. Her mother, the beautiful Alia, taught her daughter the skills she...


LZ-'75: The Lost Chronicles of Led Zeppelin's 1975 American Tour

by Stephen Davis

A revealing insider's account of Led Zeppelin's 1975 North American tour from the bestselling author of Hammer of the Gods.

As a young music journalist in 1975, Stephen Davis got the opportunity of a lifetime:...


A Gift from Brittany

by Marjorie Price

The enchanting memoir of an artist?s liberating sojourn in France during the sixties?and the friendship that transformed her life

While in her late twenties, Marjorie Price leaves the comfort of her Chicago...


Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley

by Jerry Schilling & Chuck Crisafulli

Commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of Elvis?s death, an intimate memoir of a friendship with the greatest artist in rock and roll history, taking you from late-night parties at Graceland to the bright lights...