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Escape from Bellevue: A Memoir of Rock 'n' Roll, Recovery, and Redemption

by Christopher John Campion

Read Christopher John Campion's posts on the Penguin Blog.

Indie rock raconteur Chris Campion-one of the few patients ever to escape from Bellevue's locked ward-recalls his band's tumultuous ride, his plummet...


More Poachers Caught!: Further Adventures of a Northwoods Game Warden

by Tom Chapin & Hal Rime

A collection of true stories about some of the more memorable poachers who were caught by a Northwoods Game Warden.


Don't Shoot! I'm the Guitar Man

by Buzzy Martin

This is the story of lifelong musician Buzzy Martin, music teacher to the hardened criminals inside the walls of San Quentin Prison-and what he learned, note by incredible note.


Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin

by Jill Lepore

National Book Award Finalist

From one of our most accomplished and widely admired historians, a revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin’s youngest sister and a history of history itself. Like her brother,...


Tuxedo Park: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos

by Jennet Conant

The untold story of an eccentric Wall Street tycoon and the circle of scientific geniuses he assembled before World War II to develop the science for radar and the atomic bomb. Together they changed the course...


Chris Matthews Complete Library E-book Box Set: Tip and the Gipper, Jack Kennedy, Hardball, Kennedy & Nixon, Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think,

by Chris Matthews

The complete works of Chris Matthews, from his penetrating biographies—Jack Kennedy; Kennedy and Nixon; & Tip and the Gipper— to the trenchant political analysis of American; Hardball; & Now, Let Me Tell...


It's Probably Nothing...*: *Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Implants

by Micki Myers

WHAT TO DO WHEN CANCER STRIKES? As a vibrant woman in her late thirties, a mother of two, poet, artist, and teacher, Micki Myers decided to confront her diagnosis head on with the sharpest tools in her arsenal:...


Dogged Pursuit: How a Rescue Dog Rescued Me

by Robert Rodi

Read Robert Rodi's posts on the Penguin Blog.

"A charming, hilarious look at a little-documented world." -- People

In dog years, Robert Rodi is 350. Age, however, couldn't possibly have prepared him for his...


The Golden Road: Notes on My Gentrification

by Caille Millner

The true story of a remarkable young woman's struggle to find a home in the world

Caille Millner is a rising star on the literary scene. A graduate of Harvard University, she was first published at age sixteen...


Forever Young: My Friendship with John F. Kennedy, Jr.

by William Sylvester Noonan & Robert Huber

An intimate portrait of John F. Kennedy, Jr., from his closest friend with 16 pages of color photos 

From the iconic image of a little boy saluting his father’s casket to his tragic death at age thirty- eight,...


Murdoch's World: The Last of the Old Media Empires

by David Folkenflik

Rupert Murdoch is the most significant media tycoon the English-speaking world has ever known. No one before him has trafficked in media influence across those nations so effectively, nor has anyone else so...


Rula: My Colourful Life

by Rula Lenska

Rula Lenska’s is an extraordinary life. Born in Britain to Polish aristocrats, refugees from the Nazis and then the Soviets, Rula found fame in the 1970s as ‘Q’ in the TV series Rock Follies. Shortly afterwards,...


Saving Gary McKinnon: A Mother's Story

by Janis Sharp

The ordinary lives of Gary McKinnon and his mother Janis changed dramatically one morning in 2002 when police interviewed Gary about hacking into US government computers. Three years later, on 7 June 2005, he...


Power Trip: A Decade of Policy, Plots and Spin

by Damian McBride

The must-read political book of the year, Power Trip is the explosive new memoir from one of Westminster’s most controversial figures. From 1999 to 2009, Damian McBride worked at the heart of the Treasury...


Shirley Williams: The Biography

by Mark Peel

For fifty years Shirley Williams has been one of Britain’s best-known and best-loved politicians, admired for her warmth, sincerity, integrity and compassion. Hailing from an impeccable intellectual background,...


COOP: The Life of Davie Cooper - Scottish Football Hero

by Neil Drysdale

Davie Cooper was without doubt one of Scotland’s greatestever footballers, a man who excited and entertained crowds across the globe, whether with Rangers or Scotland, or later in his career, as part of Motherwell’s...


Cowbells Down the Zambezi

by David Lemon

Mistaken for Jesus, shunned as a Satanist, identified as the spirit of a long dead explorer and repeatedly asked to run for the presidency of Zambia, David Lemon walked eighteen hundred kilometres along the...


Scandal: A Manual

by George Rush

When the world first learned of Pam Anderson and Tommy Lee’s impromptu wedding, when Sarah Jessica Parker had an explosive falling-out with her Sex and the City castmates, or when Ruth Madoff discovered the...


The Autobiography and Other Writings

by Benjamin Franklin & Kenneth Silverman

This authoritative Bantam Classic edition presents readers with a wide-ranging selection of Benjamin Franklin’s most important writings, illuminating the complex and appealing character of this quintessential...


Murderers, Robbers & Highwaymen: True Tales of Crime and Punishment in Eighteenth-Century England

by Stephen Brennan

Despite the frequency with which criminals were sentenced to death, crime was still on the rise in England in the mid-1700s. Men were thrown in jail daily for everything from associating with gypsies to cutting...