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Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair)

by Rosie Perez

Oscar-nominated actress Rosie Perez’s never-before-told story of surviving a harrowing childhood and of how she found success—both in and out of the Hollywood limelight.

 

Rosie Perez first caught our attention...


Abigail Adams

by Woody Holton

Winner of the Bancroft Prize

The New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice

American Heritage, Best of 2009

In this vivid new biography of Abigail Adams, the most illustrious woman of the founding era, Bancroft...


Game Over: The Rise and Transformation of a Harlem Hustler

by Azie Faison & Agyei Tyehimba

A cautionary tale about the life of former kingpin Azie Faison, who has become the fabric of street legend

Faison was a ninth grade dropout who earned more than $100,000 a week selling cocaine in Harlem, New...


Seeking Peace: Chronicles of the Worst Buddhist in the World

by Mary Pipher

"An absorbing chronicle of discovery" (Booklist) from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Reviving Ophelia and The Shelter of Each Other

Like most lives, Mary Pipher's is filled with glory and tragedy,...


Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen: Reflections on Sixty and Beyond

by Larry Mcmurtry

In a lucid, brilliant work of nonfiction -- as close to an autobiography as his readers are likely to get -- Larry McMurtry has written a family portrait that also serves as a larger portrait of Texas itself,...


Tiki: My Life in the Game and Beyond

by Tiki Barber & Gil Reavill

Tiki Barber, former running back for the New York Giants and current Today show correspondent, has seemingly led a charmed life. Whether on the field or in front of the camera, the Smiling Giant makes everything...


The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man

by Luke Harding

IT BEGAN WITH A TANTALIZING, ANONYMOUS EMAIL: “I AM A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY.”

 

What followed was the most spectacular intelligence breach ever, brought about by one extraordinary man....


Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero

by Douglas Perry

The true story of Eliot Ness, the legendary lawman who led the Untouchables, took on Al Capone, and saved a city's soul

Eliot Ness is famous for leading the Untouchables against the notorious mobster Al Capone....


California Dreaming

by Lawrence Donegan

Lured by a six-figure salary in Silicon Valley and fond memories of his low-rent North American rock 'n' roll tour, U.K. journalist, bass player, and adventure seeker Lawrence Donegan lands in California to...


Reflections: Life After the White House

by Barbara Bush

"There is a myth in the United States -- you've heard it many times. It says that all American mothers hope that their child will grow up to be President of the United States. In my case that certainly is a...


The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life's Journey

by Muhammad Ali & Hana Yasmeen Ali

"During my boxing career, you did not see the real Muhammad Ali. You just saw a little boxing. You saw only a part of me. After I retired from boxing my true work began. I have embarked on a journey of love."...


History's Daughter: A Memoir from the only child of Terence MacSwiney

by Maire MacSwiney Brugha

Máire MacSwiney Brugha is the only child of Terence MacSwiney, one of the greatest figures in Ireland's history, who died after seventy-three days on hunger strike in Brixton Prison on 25 October 1920. His...


John Hunt: The Man, The Medievalist, The Connoisseur

by Brian O'Connell

The book tells for the first time the remarkable life story of John Hunt, one of the world’s greatest medievalists and someone whose legacy to Ireland lives on today with most of the major cultural attractions...


It's Good to Be the King...Sometimes

by Jerry Lawler

Jerry Lawler is hailed as one of sports-entertainment's most enduring and colorful characters. His life has been filled with hilarious, never-been-told stories...until now! His reign consists of thirteen championships...


The Mob and Me: Wiseguys and the Witness Protection Program

by John Partington & Arlene Violet

This revealing first-person narrative, by one of the founders of the Witness Protection Program and a personal protector to more than five hundred informants, offers an eye-opening, dead-on authentic perspective...


Vows: The Story of a Priest, a Nun, and Their Son

by Peter Manseau

The 1950s was a boom time for the Catholic Church in America, with large families of devout members providing at least one son or daughter for a life of religious service. Boston was at the epicenter of this...


Self Abuse: Love, Loss and Fatherhood

by Jonathan Self

From the age of three Jonathan Self had only one ambition: not to be like his father. Despite his determination to be a better man -- and a better parent than his own had been -- Jonathan was a twice-divorced...


Tales from the Bed

by Valerie Estess, Jenifer Estess & Katie Couric

Jenifer Estess is a beautiful, successful, thirtysomething New Yorker with dreams of starting her own family when she is diagnosed with ALS, a fatal disease. Doctors tell her to max out her credit cards and...


On Her Trail: My Mother, Nancy Dickerson, TV News'

by John Dickerson

Before Barbara Walters, before Katie Couric, there was Nancy Dickerson. The first female member of the Washington TV news corps, Nancy was the only woman covering many of the most iconic events of the sixties....


The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait

by Blake Bailey

The renowned biographer’s unforgettable portrait of a family in ruins—his own. Meet the Baileys: Burck, a prosperous lawyer once voted the American Legion’s “Citizen of the Year” in his tiny hometown...