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Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter

by James S. Hirsch

In 1967, the black boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and a young acquaintance, John Artis, were wrongly convicted of triple murder by an all-white jury in Paterson, New Jersey. Over the next decade, Carter gradually...


Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis

by Kim Todd

Today, an entomologist in a laboratory can gaze at a butterfly pupa with a microscope so powerful that the swirling cells on the pupa’s skin look like a galaxy. She can activate a single gene or knock it out....


I.Asimov: A Memoir

by Isaac Asimov

Arguably the greatest science fiction writer who ever lived, Isaac Asimov also possessed one of the most brilliant and original minds of our time. His accessible style and far-reaching interests in subjects...


Che Guevara: A Manga Biography

by Chie Shimano

An extraordinary illustrated graphic novel about the legendary political figure Che Guevara.

His name is equated with rebellion, revolution, and socialism. His face is on tee-shirts all over the world. Che...


Kate Remembered

by Scott A. Berg

For seven decades Katharine Hepburn played a leading role in the popular culture of the twentieth century - reigning as an admired actress, a beloved movie star, and a treasured icon of the modern American woman....


Goldwyn: A Biography

by A. Berg

Samuel Goldwyn was the premier dream-maker of his era, and in this lavishly-praised biography, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of Lindbergh and Max Perkins: Editor of Genius offers...


Twin: A Memoir

by Allen Shawn

"Extraordinary...An unsparing but deeply compassionate inquiry into [family] life."

-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

As Allen Shawn probed the sources of his anxieties while writing the acclaimed Wish I...


Rita Will: Memoir of a Literary Rabble-Rouser

by Rita Mae Brown

When Rita Mae Brown writes, people often end up laughing out loud.  So naturally, when the bestselling author of Rubyfruit Jungle, Venus Envy, and the Mrs. Murphy mystery series writes about her own life,...


Hoop Crazy: The Lives of Clair Bee and Chip Hilton

by Dennis Gildea

A winning coach and his fictional creation


Edmund Wilson: A Biography

by Jeffrey Meyers

This comprehensive biography of prolific critic, essayist, historian and novelist Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) posits, quite successfully that the subject lived a life as romantic and chaotic as his friend F. Scott...


The Winter of Our Disconnect: How Three Totally Wired Teenagers (and a Mother Who Slept with Her iPhone)Pulled the Plug on Their Technology and Lived

by Susan Maushart

The wise and hilarious story of a family who discovered that having fewer tools to communicate with led them to actually communicate more.

When Susan Maushart first announced her intention to pull the plug...


A Stone for Benjamin

by Fiona Gold Kroll

Since childhood, author Fiona Gold Kroll has been drawn to a photograph of her great-uncle, Benjamin Albaum, a Jewish man who disappeared from Paris at the beginning of World War II. A Stone for Benjamin is...


Fosse

by Sam Wasson

The authoritative and endlessly revealing biography of renowned dancer, choreographer, screenwriter, and director Bob Fosse, written by a bestselling pop culture historian.


Mama Rose's Turn: The True Story of America's Most Notorious Stage Mother

by Carolyn Quinn

Hers is the show business saga you think you already know--but you ain't seen nothin' yet. Rose Thompson Hovick, mother of June Havoc and Gypsy Rose Lee, went down in theatrical history as "The Stage Mother...


1941: The Year That Keeps Returning

by Slavko Goldstein, Michael Gable & Charles Simic

A New York Review Books Original

The distinguished Croatian journalist and publisher Slavko Goldstein says, “Writing this book about my family, I have tried not to separate what happened to us from the fates...


The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight

by Winston Groom

Written by gifted storyteller Winston Groom (author of Forrest Gump), The Aviators tells the saga of three extraordinary aviators--Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Jimmy Doolittle--and how they...


Rings: On the Life and Family of a Southern Fighter

by Randy Bates

In this momentous debut, Randy Bates finds in the daily lives of one American family the pathos and drama we usually associate with the finest fiction. Rings is strict, however, in presenting only actual people...


Surrender on Demand

by Varian Fry & Warren Christopher

Like Oskar Schindler and Raoul Wallenberg, Varian Fry risked his life to rescue those targeted by the Gestapo in "the most gigantic man-trap in history." Now, more than fifty years later, the story of this neglected...


That Irishman: The Life and Times of John O'Conner Power

by Jane Stanford

The story of John O'Conner Power is the story of Ireland's struggle for nationhood itself. Born into poverty in Ballinasloe in 1846, O'Conner Power spent much of his childhood in the workhouse. From here he...


A House in the Sunflowers

by Ruth Silvestre

In the late 1970s in the south-west of France, Ruth Silvestre and her family found Bel-Air de Grèzelongue, a house that had been deserted and uninhabited for ten years. They fell in love with it.

A House in...