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Oh the Glory of It All

by Sean Wilsey

"In the beginning we were happy. And we were always excessive. So in the beginning we were happy to excess." With these opening lines Sean Wilsey takes us on an exhilarating tour of life in the strangest, wealthiest,...


Secret Daughter: A Mixed-Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away

by June Cross

June Cross was born in 1954 to Norma Booth, a glamorous, aspiring white actress, and James “Stump” Cross, a well-known black comedian. Sent by her mother to be raised by black friends when she was four years...


The Cracker Queen: A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life

by Lauretta Hannon

A poignant memoir of life on the wrong side of the tracks-which was a SIBA bestseller in hardcover-with a colorful cast of misfits, plenty of belly laughs, and lessons for finding joy in spite of hardship ...


Four Seasons: The Story of a Business Philosophy

by Isadore Sharp

How did a child of immigrants, starting with no background in the hotel business, create the world’s most admired and successful hotel brand? And how has Four Seasons grown so dramatically, over nearly half...


The Portable John Adams

by John Adams & Jack Diggins

In addition to being an uncompromising defender of liberty, esteemed diplomat, and successor to George Washington, John Adams was a passionate and prolific writer. Adams biographer John Patrick Diggins gathers...


Target Underwear and a Vera Wang Gown: Notes from a Single Girl's Closet

by Adena Halpern

The story of a young woman's life, one outfit at a time.

Tucked inside the fibers and buttons and pockets of the clothing in our closets are the stories of our lives, the lessons we've learned, the people we've...


117 Days: An Account of Confinement and Interrogation Under the SouthAfrican 90-Day Detention Law

by Ruth First & Angela Davis

An unforgettable account of defiance against political terror by one of South Africa's pioneering anti-apartheid activists

An invaluable testimonial of the excesses of the apartheid system, 117 Days presents...


Haunted Empire

by Yukari Iwatani Kane

Former Wall Street Journal technology reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane delves deep inside Apple in the two years since Steve Jobs's death, revealing the tensions and challenges CEO Tim Cook and his team face as...


Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

by Karen Abbott

An Amazon Best Book of 2014

A Library Journal Best Book of 2014

A Christian Science Monitor Best Book of 2014

Belle Boyd

Emma Edmonds

Rose O'Neal Greenhow

Elizabeth Van Lew

In Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, bestselling...


Shakespeare Unbound

by René Weis

At last--a key that unlocks the secrets of Shakespeare's life Intimacies with Southampton and Marlowe, entanglements in London with the elusive dark lady, the probable fathering of an illegitimate son--these...


Melissa Explains It All

by Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart explained it all—from dating to bullies—in her groundbreaking role as Clarissa Darling on Clarissa Explains It All. She cast a spell on millions more viewers as  Sabrina, the Teenage Witch...


The King's Grave

by Philippa Langley & Michael Jones

The first full-length book about the discover of Richard III's remains by the person who led the archeology team and the historian whose book spurred her on

The mystery of who Richard III really was has fascinated...


Jack London

by Alex Kershaw

Raised in poverty as an illegitimate child, Jack London dropped out of school to support his mother, working in mind-deadening jobs that would foster a lifelong interest in socialism. Brilliant and self-taught,...


The Greatest Traitor

by Ian Mortimer

One night in August 1323, a captive rebel baron, Sir Roger Mortimer, drugged his guards and escaped from the Tower of London. With the king's men-at-arms in pursuit he fled to the south coast and sailed to France....


The Gatekeeper

by Terry Eagleton

Oxford professor, best-selling author, preeminent literary critic, playwright, screenwriter, and novelist, Terry Eagleton knows all about the claims of competing worlds. One of his earliest roles growing up...


The Fabulous Sylvester

by Joshua Gamson

A journey back through the music, madness, and unparalleled freedom of an era of change-the '70s-as told through the life of ultra-fabulous superstar Sylvester

Imagine a pied piper singing in a dazzling falsetto,...


Extremely Pale Rosé

by Jamie Ivey

On a sunny day in the South of France, over a typically langorous French lunch, Jamie Ivey, his wife, Tanya, and their friend, Peter, discover the distinct pleasures of drinking a bottle of cool, pale rosé...


A Cruel and Shocking Act

by Philip Shenon

A groundbreaking, explosive account of the Kennedy assassination that will rewrite the history of the 20th century's most controversial murder investigation

The questions have haunted our nation for half a century:...


Borrowed Finery

by Paula Fox

An exotic, heartbreaking memoir that should finally earn Paula Fox, a distinguished novelist and children's book writer, the audience she has for decades deserved

Paula Fox has long been acclaimed as one of America's...


Boogie Man

by Charles Shaar Murray

Acclaimed writer Charles Shaar Murray's Boogie Man is the authorized and authoritative biography of an extraordinary musician. Murray was given unparalleled access to Hooker, and he lets the man from Clarksdale,...