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When Hungry, Eat

by Joanne Fedler

The story of one woman's journey through the emotional minefield that is women's relationship to food - a celebration of small portions, unexpected spiritual wisdom and the gifts of hunger.


Comet's Tale: How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life

by Steven Wolf & Lynette Padwa

Comet's Tale is a story about a friendship between two former winners, both a little down on their luck, who together stage a remarkable comeback. A former hard-driving attorney, Steven Wolf has reluctantly...


Mattie C.'s Boy: The Shelley Stewart Story

by Don Keith

Shelley Stewart was five years old when he and his brothers watched in horror as their father murdered their mother with an ax. Homeless at the age of six, Stewart found what shelter he could, suffering physical...


The Judge: The Life and Opinions of Alabama's Frank M. Johnson, Jr.

by Frank Sikora

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., led the black drive for civil rights, but the changes he sought came largely in legal opinions issues by federal judges. Foremost of these was Frank Minis Johnson, Jr., of Montgomery,...


A Bushel's Worth: An Ecobiography

by Kayann Short

From her Colorado farm, Short explores the harvest of food and friendship reaped in this place-based narrative about sustainable communities.


Quarterly Essay 38 Power Trip: The Political Journey of Kevin Rudd

by David Marr

Power Trip shows the making of Kevin Rudd, prime minister. In Eumundi, where Rudd was born, David Marr investigates the formative tragedy of his life: the death of his father and what came after. He tracks the...


Quarterly Essay 34 Stop at Nothing: The Life and Adventures of Malcolm Turnbull

by Annabel Crabb

What does Malcolm Turnbull stand for? In Stop at Nothing Annabel Crabb tells the story of the man who would be prime minister.

Based on extensive interviews with Turnbull as well as those who have worked with...


Incredible Tretchikoff: Life of an Artist and Adventurer

by Boris Gorelik

For two decades he was one of the most famous painters in the world. Millions of people in Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa flocked to see and buy his exotic pictures....


Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama

by Yayoi Kusama & Ralph McCarthy

I am deeply terrified by the obsessions crawling over my body, whether they come from within me or from outside. I fluctuate between feelings of reality and unreality. I, myself, delight in my obsessions.'

Yayoi...


American Sideshow

by Marc Hartzman

A fascinating look into the history of the American sideshow and its performers. Learn what's real, what's fake, and what's just downright bizarre.

You've probably heard of Tom Thumb. The Elephant Man. Perhaps...


Ann the Word: The Story of Ann Lee, Female Messiah, Mother of the Shakers, The Woman Clothed with the Sun

by Richard Francis

Ann Lee was one of the most extraordinary and mysterious women in the history of Western culture. From humble origins in Manchester, England, this illiterate daughter of a blacksmith became a visionary religious...


May: The Hard-Rock Life of Pioneer May Arkwright Hutton

by Mary Barmeyer O'Brien

An adventurous single woman who knew how to cook, twenty-three-year-old May Arkwright moved — alone — to the remote valleys of northern Idaho in 1883. She opened a one-table restaurant for the silver prospectors...


Between Worlds: The Making of an American Life

by Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson, the governor of New Mexico, may be the most charismatic figure in the Democratic Party today and one of its best natural politicians whose name isn't Bill Clinton. He is the man Colin Powell...


Rowing Without Oars: A Memoir of Living and Dying

by Ulla-Carin Lindquist

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


A Field Guide to Getting Lost

by Rebecca Solnit

Whether she is contemplating the history of walking as a cultural and political experience over the past two hundred years (Wanderlust), or using the life of photographer Eadweard Muybridge as a lens to discuss...


John Quincy Adams: Policymaker for the Union

by James E., Jr. Lewis

This new book focuses on John Quincy Adams's extensive role in foreign policy, including his years as secretary of state and as president. Brief but thorough, John Quincy Adams: Policymaker for the Union analyzes...


A Very Private Woman: The Life and Unsolved Murder of Presidential Mistress Mary Meyer

by Nina Burleigh

In 1964, Mary Pinchot Meyer, the beautiful, rebellious, and intelligent ex-wife of a top CIA official, was killed on a quiet Georgetown towpath near her home. Mary Meyer was a secret mistress of President John...


My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student

by Rebekah Nathan

After fifteen years of teaching anthropology at a large university, Rebekah Nathan had become baffled by her own students. Their strange behavior—eating meals at their desks, not completing reading assignments,...


Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America's Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

by Boris Kachka

“Mad Men for the literary world.” —Junot Díaz

Farrar, Straus and Giroux is arguably the most influential publishing house of the modern era. Home to an unrivaled twenty-five Nobel Prize winners and generation-defining...


Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith

by Fred Bahnson

A POWERFUL, PERSONAL STORY OF HOW GROWING AND SHARING FOOD PULLS US CLOSER TO GOD

Like many seekers of the authentic life, Fred Bahnson sought answers to big questions like What does it mean to follow God? and...