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Mountains Beyond Mountains

by Tracy Kidder

Tracy Kidder is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the author of the bestsellers The Soul of a New Machine, House, Among Schoolchildren, and Home Town. He has been described by the Baltimore Sun as the “master...


The Warrior: A Mother's Story of a Son at War

by Frances Richey

A "heart-rending"(Anna Quindlen, Newsweek) memoir-in-verse that speaks to a mother's love for her son

When Frances Richey's only child, Ben, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and...


Karl Marx: The Story of His Life

by Franz Mehring

Containing footnotes and an extensive bibliography, this edition of Franz Mehring's classic biography is designed to assist the English-speaking reader towards a better understanding of Marx, his work and Marxism...


Lost in North America: The Imaginary Canadian in the American Dream

by John Gray

A personal, idiosyncratic tour of the collective work of art we call Canada.


Jane Means Appleton Pierce: U.S. First Lady (1853-1857): Her Family, Life and Times

by Ann Covell

This book offers insight into the life of Jane Appleton, wife of President Franklin Pierce. Through family letters and anecdotes, it details Jane’s complex life and family history. This book also reveals the...


Ernst Toller and German Society: Intellectuals as Leaders and Critics, 1914-1939

by Robert Ellis

Between 1918 and 1939 Ernst Toller was one of Germany’s prominent left-wing intellectuals, He was a leader of the German Revolution of 1918-1919, famous playwright of the 1920s and best known spokesman against...


Willin': The Story of Little Feat

by Ben Fong-Torres

The first biography of the legendary, beloved, long-running band Little Feat, by veteran music journalist Ben Fong-Torres


The Kravchenko Case: One Man's War on Stalin

by Gary Kern

Victor Kravchenko--the most discussed Soviet defector at the height of the Cold War.


The K2 Man (and His Molluscs): The Extraordinary life of Haversham Godwin-Austen

by Catherine Moorehead & Rob Burns

Probably the greatest mountaineer of his day,' claimed Kenneth Mason in his definitive mountaineering history, Abode of Snow. Haversham Godwin-Austen (1834-1923), from an ancient and interesting Surrey aristocratic...


J.M.W. Turner: Standing in the Sun

by Anthony Bailey

Joseph Mallord William Turner is arguably Britain's greatest and most mysterious painter, whose range of work encompasses seascape and landscape, immensely powerful oil painting and intimate watercolour. His...


Weirwolf: My Story

by David Weir

David Weir was born without the use of his legs, and not only learned from an early age to cope with his disability, but defied his limitations to become a great wheelchair racer and national hero. Here he sheds...


The Silence of Mohammed

by Salim Bachi & Sue Rose

Before becoming the Prophet of Islam, Mohammed was a simple man of flesh and blood who started life as a poor orphan in the Arabian city of Mecca. Through his union with Khadija, he became a prosperous merchant...


Victorian Secrets: What a Corset Taught Me about the Past, the Present, and Myself

by Sarah A. Chrisman

On Sarah A. Chrisman’s twenty-ninth birthday, her husband, Gabriel, presented her with a corset. The material and the design were breathtakingly beautiful, but her mind immediately filled with unwelcome views....


Thomas Paine: Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Birth of Modern Nations

by Craig Nelson

A fresh new look at the Enlightenment intellectual who became the most controversial of America's founding fathers

Despite his being a founder of both the United States and the French Republic, the creator...


My Path Leads to Tibet: The Inspiring Story of the Blind Woman Who Brought Hope to the Children of Tibet

by Sabriye Tenberken

She was twenty-six, blonde and beautiful, sensitive and intelligent . . . and blind. Alone, she set off to help the blind of Tibet. Here is the incredible story of a woman many have called a contemporary Mother...


Ghosts by Daylight: A Modern-Day War Correspondent's Memoir of Love, Loss, and Redemption

by Janine Di Giovanni

Janine di Giovanni has spent most of her career—more than twenty years—in war zones recording events on behalf of the voiceless. From Sarajevo to East Timor, from Sierra Leone to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia,...


Too Close to the Falls

by Catherine Gildiner

Welcome to the childhood of Catherine McClure Gildiner. It is the mid-1950s in Lewiston, New York, a sleepy town near Niagara Falls. Divorce is unheard of, mothers wear high heels to the beauty salon, and television...


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...


Fear Up Harsh: An Army Interrogator's Dark Journey Through Iraq

by Tony Lagouranis & Allen Mikaelian

"Something really bad happened here." So begins Army interrogator Tony Lagouranis's first briefing at Abu Ghraib. While Lagouranis's training stressed the rules of the Geneva Conventions, once in Iraq, he discovered...


Young Stalin

Costa Book Award for Biography 2007, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 2007

by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Based on ten years' astonishing new research, here is the thrilling story of how a charismatic, dangerous boy became a student priest, romantic poet, gangster mastermind, prolific lover, murderous revolutionary,...