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Walt Whitman

by Walt Whitman & Gary Schmidgall

A fully unexpurgated collection that restores the sexual vitality and subversive flair suppressed by Whitman himself in later editions of Leaves of Grass.

A century after his death, Whitman is still celebrated...


Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut

by Rob Sheffield

From the bestselling author of Love Is a Mix Tape and Turn Around Bright Eyes, "a funny, insightful look at the sublime torture of adolescence".-Entertainment Weekly

The 1980s meant MTV and John Hughes movies,...


Dracula's Bloodline: A Florescu Family Saga

by Radu R. Florescu & Matei Cazacu

This book tells the story of the Florescu family, from its feudal blood ties, to notorious 15th century figure Vlad Tepes (Count Dracula), right up to present day. The authors drew on research that had mostly...


Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds

by Lyndall Gordon

"Lives Like Loaded Guns...reads like a fabulous detective story...[Gordon] takes us into undiscovered territory." --The Washington Post

In 1882, Emily Dickinson's brother, Austin, began an adulterous love...


James Monroe: Oberlin's Christian Statesman and Reformer, 1821-1900

by Catherine M. Rokicky

Guided to Oberlin College by Charles G. Finney, the most prominent evangelical reformer in the nation, James Monroe attended the college when Oberlin served as the center of abolition and reform in the West....


Kathryn Kuhlman: A Spiritual Biography

by Roberts Liardon

Kathryn Kuhlman, one of the most fascinating women of the 20th century, is revealed here in all her vitality and victory, her tragedy and triumph, in this riveting journey through a miraculous healing ministry...


Pianists on Playing: Interviews with Twelve Concert Pianists

by Linda J. Noyle

Twelve internationally-known keyboard artists discuss their daily lives of practicing and performing.


More Than Words Can Say: The Ink Spots and Their Music

by Marv Goldberg

The story of the Ink Spots is a rags-to-riches story beloved in American mythology. Goldberg gets behind the glitter of the Ink Spots and the publicity machines of record labels, and provides the story of the...


Muckrakers: A Biographical Dictionary of Writers and Editors

by Edd Applegate

Professor Edd Applegate profiles the men and women who either wrote muckraking journalism or edited publications that featured muckraking articles. Some of the most important figures of journalism are here,...


Seaworthy: A Swordboat Captain Returns to the Sea

by Linda Greenlaw

America's only female swordfish boat captain returns with this long- awaited follow-up to the bestselling The Hungry Ocean.

After the exploits recounted in The Perfect Storm and The Hungry Ocean that made...


A Full Cup: Sir Thomas Lipton's Extraordinary Life and His Quest for the America's Cup

by Michael D'Antonio

Today Lipton means tea. However, in his time Sir Thomas Lipton was known for much more than the Lipton tea empire. Raised in desperate poverty, he would build a global empire of markets, factories, plantations,...


Alive Again: Recovering from Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

by Howard C. Samuels & Jane O'Boyle

A powerful book on addiction recovery by a doctor who overcame addiction himself, the renowned founder and president of The Hills Treatment Center in Los Angeles

Howard Samuels is one of the world's leading drug...


The Musical World of Halim El-Dabh

by Denise Seachrist

Egyptian-born composer Halim El-Dabh has studied with the giants of 20th-century musical composition and conducting, including Leopold Stokowski, Irving Fine, Leonard Bernstein, and Aaron Copland. El-Dabh?s...


John L. O'Sullivan and His Times

by Robert D Sampson

The life of nineteenth-century journalist, diplomat, adventurer, and enthusiast for lost causes John Louis O'Sullivan is usually glimpsed only in brief episodes, perhaps because the components of his life are...


Death Throes of a Dynasty

by E. G.(Jay) Ruoff

The letters of Charles and Bessie Ewing provide eyewitness accounts of the social upheaval and warfare that shook turn-of-the-century China. In addition to discussing their missionary activities in the villages...


A Name on a Wall

by Mark Byford

An unusual coincidence occurred early one morning at the most visited war memorial in the United States as a shaft of sunlight hit one of the 58,282 names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The name was Larry...


The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy

by Pellom III McDaniels

Isaac Burns Murphy (1861--1896) was one of the most dynamic jockeys of his era. Still considered one of the finest riders of all time, Murphy was the first jockey to win the Kentucky Derby three times, and his...


Medicine S Michelangelo: The Life & Art of Frank H. Netter, MD

by Francine Mary Netter

Medicine's Michelangelo is a remarkable and first major biography of Frank H. Netter, MD, written by his daughter, Francine Mary Netter. She captures the character of the man and tells his life story using not...


Balthus: A Biography

by Nicholas Fox Weber

The first full-scale biography of one of the most elusive and enigmatic painters of our time -- the self-proclaimed Count Balthus Klossowski de Rola -- whose brilliantly rendered, markedly sexualized portraits,...


Jim Henson: The Biography

by Brian Jay Jones

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BOOKPAGE

For the first time ever—a comprehensive biography of one of the twentieth century’s most innovative creative artists: the incomparable,...