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Wilkie Collins's American Tour, 1873-4

by Susan R Hanes

In the autumn of 1873, Wilkie Collins followed the example of fellow literary celebrities Dickens and Thackeray, and began a six-month reading tour of America. This book places this tour within the American...


Gilbert Imlay: Citizen of the World

by Wil Verhoeven

A biography of the American Gilbert Imlay (c 1754 - c 1828), revolutionary war veteran - and infamous lover of Mary Wollstonecraft. It also highlights how Imlay unwittingly acted as an intermediary between figures...


Chasing the Flame: One Man's Fight to Save the World

by Samantha Power

In this perfect match of author and subject, Pulitzer Prize-winner Samantha Power tackles the life of Sergio Vieira de Mello, whose work for the U.N. before his 2003 death in Iraq was emblematic of moral struggle...


A Wider Patriotism: Alfred Milner and the British Empire

by J Lee Thompson

When Alfred Milner was knighted, he took as his motto Communis Patria, 'patriotism for our common country'. This is the study of Milner, which takes his politics, or 'constructive' imperialism as its primary...


Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, Twentieth-Century Actress

by Helen Grime

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies is a paradox; a famous actress whose career spanned most of the twentieth century she is now largely forgotten. Drawing on material held in Ffrangcon-Davies's personal archive, Grime argues...


Between Empire and Revolution: A Life of Sidney Bunting, 1873-1936

by Allison Drew

Sidney Bunting's life offers a unique perspective on the British Empire, illustrating the complex social networks and values that were carried across the world in the name of empire. Drawing on archival material,...


The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship

by Jeffrey Zaslow

The instant New York Times bestseller, now in paperback: a moving tribute to female friendships, with the inspiring story of eleven girls and the ten women they became, from the coauthor of the million-copy...


The Seer: Volume One of The O Manuscript: The Scandinavian Bestseller

by Lars Muhl

The Seer is a compelling account of one man's spiritual awakening, written with extraordinary energy, candour and humility. The first of three books that together comprise 'The O Manuscript', it is the beginning...


Q&A Shakespeare: ... Off the Record

by Stanley Wells & Joseph Fiennes

Wordsmith. Poet. Genius.Shakespeare's iconic status as a poet and dramatist has come to represent what it means to be a genius, and his words have given us a means of expressing every emotion.


Aleister Crowley: The Biography: Spiritual Revolutionary, Romantic Explorer, Occult Master - and Spy

by Tobias Churton

In early 20th-century England, Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was considered "the wickedest man in the world." Today he's seen as a prophet, a master of the occult, and a spiritual pioneer—and his reputation...


How to Do a Liver Transplant: Stories from My Surgical Life

by Kellee Slater

As a female surgeon, Dr. Kellee Slater works in one of the most demanding areas of medical operations, liver transplantation. In this inspiring, heartbreaking, and darkly humorous memoir, she opens up the fast-paced...


Lost in Love Grass: The Fragmented Tale of an Alzheimer's Afflicted Lifetime Duffer

by Steve Rogers

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For the Golfer in All of Us

If you love golf, or even if you hate golf, you will have a "ball" reading Lost in Love Grass. Author Steve Rogers has been playing golf since he was 11 years old and,...


Memoirs of a Saudi Pilot: In the Beautiful State of Alabama (USA)

by Muhammad Al Hassan Ali Al Neami

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Memoirs of a Saudi Pilot: In the Beautiful State of Alabama (USA) is an exciting and revealing book about the wonders and culture shock experienced by a traditional, conservative Islamic Arab coming...


Bill France Jr.: The Man Who Made NASCAR

by H. A. Branham & Tom Brokaw

Former NASCAR president, chairman, and CEO William Clifton France—known to most people at Bill France Jr.—is remembered and revered as the man who followed his visionary father at the helm of NASCAR, in...


Spiced: A Pastry Chef's True Stories of Trails by Fire, After-HoursExploits, and What Really Goes on in the Kitchen

by Dalia Jurgensen

Read Dahlia Jurgensen's posts on the Penguin Blog.

A clever and affectionate glimpse at the truth about what goes on behind that swinging door, full of "great insider stuff" (Anthony Bourdain)

Life in a restaurant...


The Arrogance of Power: The Secret World of Richard Nixon

by Anthony Summers

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


John J. Gilligan: The Politics of Principle

by Mark Bernstein

This first full-length biography of John Joyce Gilligan argues that Ohio's sixty-second governor was the most significant Democrat in the state's postwar years. But it is more than the story of a governor. Through...


Ida McKinley: The Turn-Of-The-Century First Lady Through War, Assassination, and Secret Disability

by Carl Sferrazza Anthony

This is the first full-length biography of Ida Saxton McKinley (1847- 1907), the wife of William McKinley, president of the United States from 1897 to his assassination in 1901. Long demeaned by history because...


One-Woman Farm: My Life Shared with Sheep, Pigs, Chickens, Goats, and a Fine Fiddle

by Jenna Woginrich

Jenna Woginrich's inspiring journey from city cubicle to rural homestead has captivated readers of her blog and previous books. Now, in One-Woman Farm, Woginrich shares the joys, sorrows, trials, epiphanies,...


Margaret Sanger: An Autobiography

by Kathryn Cullen-DuPont

Story of a remarkable life and the history of a movement.