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I Kiss Your Hands Many Times: Hearts, Souls, and Wars in Hungary

by Marianne Szegedy-Maszak

A magnificent wartime love story about the forces that brought the author’s parents together and those that nearly drove them apart

 

Marianne Szegedy-Maszák’s parents, Hanna and Aladár, met and fell...


Gabriele D'Annunzio: Poet, Seducer, and Preacher of War

Samuel Johnson Prize 2013, Costa Book Award for Biography 2013

by Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Godfather to Mussolini, national hero of Italy and the WWI irredentist movement, literary icon of Joyce and Pound, lover of actress Eleonora Duse: here is Lucy Hughes-Hallett’s extraordinary biography of Gabriele...


Queen of the Air: A True Story of Love and Tragedy at the Circus

by Dean N. Jensen

A true life Water for Elephants, Queen of the Air brings the circus world to life through the gorgeously written, true story of renowned trapeze artist and circus performer Leitzel, Queen of the Air, the most...


Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son

by Lori Duron, David Burtka & Neil Patrick Harris

Raising My Rainbow is Lori Duron’s frank, heartfelt, and brutally funny account of her and her family's adventures of distress and happiness raising a gender-creative son. Whereas her older son, Chase, is...


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


Rebel to Realist

by Mark Kennedy

Stephen Harper began as a conservative renegade with explicit principles advocating a fiscal and democratic revolution. But over time, he appeared to bend those principles to the demands of political power....


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...


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...


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

Faced with failing health and financial ruin, the Civil War's greatest general and former president wrote his personal memoirs to secure his family's future - and won himself a unique place in American letters....


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.