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Buck: A Memoir

by M.K. Asante

A coming-of-age story about navigating the wilds of urban America and the shrapnel of a self-destructing family, Buck shares the story of a generation through one original and riveting voice. MK Asante was born...


Walk on Water: The Miracle of Saving Children's Lives

by Michael Ruhlman

Described by one surgeon as “soul-crushing, diamond-making stress,” surgery on congenital heart defects is arguably the most difficult of all surgical specialties. Drawing back the hospital curtain for a...


Jefferson

by Samuel K. Padover

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


My Brother My Sister: Story of a Transformation

by Molly Haskell

A feminist film critic’s thoughtful, outspoken memoir about transgender and family

On a visit to New York, the brother of well-known film critic Molly Haskell dropped a bombshell: Nearing age sixty, and married,...


The Russian Word for Snow

by Janis Cooke Newman

Janis Cooke Newman first saw the baby who would become her son on a videotape. He was 10 months old and naked, lying on a metal changing table while a woman in a white lab coat and a babushka tried to make him...


Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story

by Shanna Hogan

A DEVOTED BACHELOR

Travis Alexander was a handsome, hard-working, practicing Mormon who lived in Mesa, Arizona. His good looks and easygoing manner made him popular with everyone, especially the ladies. So when...


The Kennedy Chronicles

by Kennedy

Kennedy's off-the-wall memoir reliving the pop music and the madness as an MTV VJ in the 1990s

"I am Kennedy from MTV, and no matter where I go someone has a story to tell me about the time we grew up together."...


Junipero Serra

by Steven W. Hackel

A portrait of the priest and colonialist who is one of the most important figures in California's history

In the 1770s, just as Britain's American subjects were freeing themselves from the burdens of colonial...


Janet and Jackie

by Jan Pottker

Despite hundreds of books and thousands of articles on Jackie Kennedy, surprisingly little is known about her mother's role in her life and achievements. Often dismissed as a social climber who faded into the...


Benjamin Britten

by Neil Powell

This spellbinding centenary biography by Neil Powell looks at the music, the life, and the legacy of the greatest British composer of the twentieth century

Benjamin Britten was born on November 22, 1913, in the...


The Secret Ministry of Ag. & Fish

by Noreen Riols

‘My mother thought I was working for the Ministry of Ag. and Fish.’ So begins Noreen Riols’ compelling memoir of her time as a member of Churchill’s ‘secret army’, the Special Operations Executive....


Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

by Chris Greenhalgh

Coco Chanel and Composer Igor Stravinsky.

Their love affair inspired their art.

Their art defined an era.

In 1913, at the premiere of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, the young couturiere Coco Chanel witnesses...


On Some Faraway Beach: The Life and Times of Brian Eno

by David Sheppard

From an idiosyncratic childhood in a sleepy British market town to the top of the international pop charts, this first critical examination of the life of Brian Eno charts a lengthy and colorful journey. Interviews...


Missionary Adventures in the South Pacific

by Leona Crawford & David Livingston Crawford

Besides providing a wealth of contemporary factual information, diligently researched and presented in a remarkably lucid manner, this book is full of human interest: the braving of incredible dangers, the enduring...


Personal Memoirs

by Ulysses S. Grant

"One of the most unflinching studies of war in our literature."  --William McFeeley

Among the autobiographies of great military figures, Ulysses S. Grant's is certainly one of the finest, and it is arguably...


Willy Brandt: Prisoner of His Past

by Viola Herms Drath

Originally published in 1975, this book chronicles the exciting and tragic rise and fall of Germany's first Social Democratic Chancellor, Willy Brandt.


Baby Bull: From Hardball to Hard Time and Back

by Orlando Cepeda & Herb Fagen

This book is Orlando Cepeda's story, told in his own words and with refreshing candor and great drama.


Almost Pioneers: One Couple's Homesteading Adventure in the West

by John J. Fry

In the fall of 1913, Laura and Earle Smith, a young Iowa couple, made the gutsy—some might say foolhardy—decision to homestead in Wyoming. There, they built their first house, a claim shanty half dug out...


Vinny Gorgeous: The Ugly Rise and Fall of a New York Mobster

by Anthony M. DeStefano

A vain man of good looks, small means, and no family links to the mob, Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano steadily worked his way up to acting boss of the Bonanno crime family, becoming its leader when official...


Three Things You Need to Know About Rockets: A Real-Life Scottish Fairy Tale

by Jessica A. Fox

In this inspiring, delightful memoir, a young woman decides to escape the daily grind and turn her “what if” fantasy into a reality, only to find work—and a man—she loves in one fell swoop, all in a...