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Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation

by John Phillip Santos

Finalist for the National Book Award!In this beautifully wrought memoir, award-winning writer John Philip Santos weaves together dream fragments, family remembrances, and Chicano mythology, reaching back into...


The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness, and the Creation of Roget's Thesaurus

by Joshua Kendall

In the tradition of The Professor and the Madman, a "brisk and vivid"( Los Angeles Times) account of an obsessive scholar.

Polymath, eccentric, and synonym aficionado, Peter Mark Roget had a host of female admirers,...


Swamp Robin, a Memoir

by Rosemarie Nervelle

Swamp Robin is a stunning and disturbing true story narrated by the daughter of a wealthy Canadian businessman and his beautiful, mixed-race housekeeper, Lizzie Cromwell. From Halifax to Harlem and places in...


Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project

by Dave Isay

As heard on NPR?a wondrous nationwide celebration of our shared humanity

StoryCorps founder and legendary radio producer Dave Isay selects the most memorable stories from StoryCorps? collection, creating a moving...


Motherland: Beyond the Holocaust: A Mother-Daughter Journey to Reclaim the Past

by Fern Chapman

One woman's moving story of her journey with her mother to find their past and the tragedy that haunts itIn 1937, Edith Westerfeld's parents--before being killed by the Nazis--sent her from Germany to live with...


Out of the Whirlpool: A Memoir of Remorse and Reconciliation

by Sue Wiygul Martin

Sue Wiygul Martin has written a deeply honest and moving account of the rebuilding of her life after a desperate, impetuous act in her youth ended in traumatic blindness. Since that day, she has greeted the...


Closing Time: A Memoir

by Joe Queenan

An affecting memoir from one of America's most provocative humorists

Over the past two decades, Joe Queenan has established himself as a scourge of everything that is half-baked, half-witted, and halfhearted...


Ten Minutes from Normal

by Karen Hughes

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


703: How I Lost More than a Quarter Ton and Gained a Life

by Nancy Makin

A moving, funny, tongue-in-cheek memoir about a woman who lost and found herself online.

Nancy Makin weighed an astounding 703 pounds in May 2000. She was forty-five and suffered from obesity-related maladies....


Black Postcards: A Memoir

by Dean Wareham

A bewitching memoir about the lures, torments, and rewards of making and performing music in the indie rock world

Dean Wareham's seminal bands Galaxie 500 and Luna have long been adored by a devoted cult following...


Andrew Carnegie

by David Nasaw

In this magnificent biography, celebrated historian David Nasaw brings to life the fascinating rags- to-riches story of one of our most iconic business legends-Andrew Carnegie, America's first modern titan....


Whitey: The Life of America's Most Notorious Mob Boss

by Dick Lehr & Gerard O'Neill

From the bestselling authors of Black Mass comes the definitive biography of Whitey Bulger, the most brutal and sadistic crime boss since Al Capone.

 

Drawing on a trove of sealed files and previously classified...


Brave Genius: A Scientist, a Philosopher, and Their Daring Adventures from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize

by Sean B. Carroll

The never-before-told account of the intersection of some of the most insightful minds of the 20th century, and a fascinating look at how war, resistance, and friendship can catalyze genius.

 

In the spring...


Life on the Mississippi: (A Modern Library E-Book)

by Mark Twain

'I am a person who would quit authorizing in a minute to go to piloting,' Mark Twain once remarked. 'I would rather sink a steamboat than eat, any time.' And in 1882, Twain did just that: he returned to the...


Waiting For The Morning Train

by Bruce Catton

Bruce Catton, whose name is identified with Civil War history, grew up in Benzonia, Michigan, probably the only town within two hundred miles, he says, not founded to cash in on the lumber boom. In this memoir,...


HEALING THE WOUNDS: A Physician Looks at His Work

by David Md Hilfiker

Healing the Wounds is the most revealing book ever written by a doctor about his own profession. In it, David Hilfiker breaks the code of silence surrounding the everyday practice of medicine and gives is a...


Newspaper Days

by H.L. Mencken

The period covered is that of his professional nonage—from his entry into journalism as a reporter for the Baltimore Morning Herald in 1899 to 1906. It was not all Baltimore, however, for he went into brief...


Heathen Days

by H.L. Mencken

In the third volume of his autobiography, H. L. Mencken looks back on his life and declares it "very busy and excessively pleasant." He imparts the impressive education he received from Hoggie Unglebower, the...


Happy Days

by H.L. Mencken

Though best known for his caustic newspaper columns, H. L. Mencken's most enduring contribution to American literature may be his autobiographical writings, most of which first appeared in the New Yorker. In...


Seventeen Famous Operas

by Ernest Newman

“The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working.” –Ernest Newman

 

In Seventeen Famous Operas, renowned musicologist and music critic Ernest Newman...