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The History Buff's Guide to the Presidents: Top Ten Rankings of the Best, Worst, Largest, and Most Controversial Facets of the American Presidency

by Thomas R. Flagel

Did you know that Warren G. Harding played poker in the White House at least once a week? Or that Richard Nixon was a Quaker? The History Buff's Guide to the Presidents takes a peek behind the scenes, revealing...


Sweet Hell on Fire: A Memoir of the Prison I Worked in and the Prison I Lived in

by Sara Lunsford

"A gritty, raw, and engrossing voice."-Publishers Weekly

I was a bad mother,

a bad daughter,

a bad wife, a bad friend.

Boozed out and tired,

with no dreams

and no future.

But I was a good officer.

Sara Lunsford...


Dear Senator

by Essie Mae Washington-Williams & William Stadiem

Breaking nearly eight decades of silence, Essie Mae Washington–Williams comes forward with a story of unique historical magnitude and incredible human drama. Her father, the late Strom Thurmond, was once the...


That Book about Harvard: Surviving the World's Most Famous University, One Embarrassment at a Time

by Eric Kester

"Eric Kester has written the kind of book I wish I had the courage and insight to write. His illuminations on everything from Larry Summers to the Harvard football team to cheating, tourists, and competitiveness...


Enduring Grace: Living Portraits of Seven Women Mystics

by Carol L. Flinders

Astonishingly relevant portraits of the lives of seven women mystics

Known to more than a million readers as the coauthor of the classic vegetarian cookbook Laurel's Kitchen, Carol Lee Flinders looks to the...


A Million Years with You: A Memoir of Life Observed

by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

One of our greatest literary naturalists, now in her eighth decade, turns her famed observational eye on herself: how is it that an untrained, self-taught observer and writer could see things that anthropologists...


Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth

by John Garth

"Very much the best book about J.R.R. Tolkien that has yet been written." -- A.N. Wilson

"A highly intelligent book ... Garth displays impressive skills both as researcher and writer." -- Max Hastings

"It is a...


The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England¿s Most Notorious Queen

by Susan Bordo

A ground-breaking retelling and reclaiming of Anne Boleyn’s life and legacy from a preeminent cultural thinker puts old questions to rest and raises some surprising new ones.


World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements

by John Hunter

Award-winning teacher and high-profile public speaker John Hunter offers insights into conflict resolution and collective problem-solving gleaned from his many years teaching kids through the “world peace...


I Can't Complain: (All Too) Personal Essays

by Elinor Lipman

A winning collection of essays about home, love, cooking, politics, and the writing life from the acclaimed novelist.


Margaret Fuller: A New American Life

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2014

by Megan Marshall

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography   The award-winning author of The Peabody Sisters takes a fresh look at the trailblazing life of a great American heroine—Thoreau’s first editor, Emerson’s close...


Helping Me Help Myself

by Beth Lisick

Beth Lisick has had a lifelong phobia of anything slick, cheesy, or that remotely claims to provide self-empowerment. But on New Year's Day 2006, she wakes up finally able to admit that something has to change....


Breakfast at the Victory

by James P. Carse

"This was true mystical vision. This I could never have anticipated. But I knew that we were both on the same galactic journey into the great void that contains us all. I was standing before a boundlessness...


The Confession

by James McGreevey & James E. McGreevey

In August 2004, Governor James E. McGreevey of New Jersey made history when he stepped before microphones, declared "My truth is that I am a gay American," and announced his resignation. The story made international...


Fairy Tales Can Come True

by Peter Knobler & Rikki Klieman

The riveting memoir of Rikki Klieman--an enormously successful defence attorney and television personality--as she discovers the possibilities of love in middle age with Los Angeles' new police commissioner,...


George Washington

by Paul Johnson

By far the most important figure in the history of the United States, George Washington liberated the thirteen colonies from the superior forces of the British Empire against all military odds, and presided...


Everybody into the Pool

by Beth Lisick

Beth Lisick started out as a homecoming princess with a Crisco-aided tan and a bad perm. And then everything changed. Plunging headlong into America's deepest subcultures, while keeping both feet firmly planted...


Tantrika

by Asra Nomani

A Foreign Correspondent's Search for Her Cultural and Spiritual Identity

What began as an assignment from her editor at the Wall Street Journal to investigate "America's hottest new fad," the secrets of sexual...


Alek

by Alek Wek

Since the day she was scouted by a modeling agent while shopping at a London street fair when she was just nineteen, Alek Wek's life has been nothing short of a fantasy. When she's not the featured model in...


Chasing Grace: Reflections of a Catholic Girl, Grown Up

by Martha Manning

From the author of the "absolutely absorbing" (USA Today) memoir Undercurrents comes an unforgettable portrait of childhood, family and community. The eldest child of a devout Irish-American Catholic family,...