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The Zen of Being Grumpy

by Mark Lawson

Are you proud to be politically incorrect, loathing alternate therapies and green activists, then this irreverent send-up of our modern culture's fashionable obsessions is for you. Mark Lawson, whose heroes...


The Billings Enigma

by Tess Livingstone

This dynamic book, with a Foreword by His Eminence, George Cardinal Pell, tells the story of two remarkable Melbourne doctors who developed a method of natural fertility regulation in response to the needs of...


Enid Blyton at Old Thatch

by Tess Livingstone

Includes 23 colour and black and white photographs. For Enid Blyton, Old Thatch was "a wonderful place to write stories in." From her 400 year old home to the surrounding Thames Valley, where she set her most...


The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker

by Janet Groth

In 1957, when a young Midwestern woman landed a job at The New Yorker, she didn't expect to stay long at the reception desk. But stay she did, and for twenty-one years she had the best seat in the house. In...


The Difficulty of Being

by Jean Cocteau & Elizabeth Sprigge

Reflections on life and art from the legendary filmmaker-novelist-poet-genius.

By the time he published The Difficulty of Being in 1947, Jean Cocteau had produced some of the most respected films and literature...


John A. Macdonald: Canada's First Prime Minister

by Ged Martin

Shocked by Canada's 1837 rebellions, John A. Macdonald sought to build alliances to avoid future conflicts. Thanks to financial worries and an alcohol problem, he almost quit politics in 1864. The challenge...


Learning to Bow: An American Teacher in a Japanese School

by Bruce Feiler

Learning to Bow has been heralded as one of the funniest, liveliest, and most insightful books ever written about the clash of cultures between America and Japan. With warmth and candor, Bruce Feiler recounts...


Hammarskjöld: A Life

by Roger Lipsey

After his mysterious death, Dag Hammarskjöld was described by John F. Kennedy as the "greatest statesman of our century." Second secretary-general of the United Nations (1953 - 61), he is the only person to...


Noel Coward: A Biography of Noel Coward

by Philip Hoare

The definitive biography of one of the twentieth century’s most celebrated and controversial dramatists.

To several generations, actor, playwright, songwriter, and filmmaker Noël Coward (1899-1973) was the...


Capone: The Man and the Era

by Laurence Bergreen

In this brilliant history of Prohibition and its most notorious gangster, acclaimed biographer Laurence Bergreen takes us to the gritty streets of Chicago where Al Capone forged his sinister empire. Bergreen...


A Tuscan Childhood

by Kinta Beevor

"Wonderful...I fell immediately into her world, and was sorry when I reached the end." --Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun

The sparkling memoir of an idyllic, bohemian childhood in an enchanted Tuscan...


Desert Flower

by Waris Dirie & Cathleen Miller

Waris Dirie leads a double life -- by day, she is an international supermodel and human rights ambassador for the United Nations; by night, she dreams of the simplicity of life in her native Somalia and the...


Mr. Capone

by Robert Schoenberg

    All I ever did was to sell beer and whiskey to our best people. All I ever did was to supply a demand that was pretty popular.

    Why, the very guys that make my trade good are the ones that yell...


Native American in the Land of the Shogun: Ranald MacDonald and the Opening of Japan

by Frederik L. Schodt

A wide-ranging, readable account of an eccentric and exceptional man who crossed cultures and changed history.


Warlord

by Carlo D'Este

Carlo D'Este's brilliant new biography examines Winston Churchill through the prism of his military service as both a soldier and a warlord: a descendant of Marlborough who, despite never having risen above...


Coming of Age in Utopia: The Odyssey of an Idea

by Paul M. Gaston

In this exquisitely wrought memoir of a committed life, historian and civil rights activist Paul Gaston reveals his deep roots in the unique Alabama town founded in 1894 by his grandfather and later led by his...


A Short Life of Kierkegaard

by Walter Lowrie & Alastair Hannay

A small, insignificant-looking intellectual with absurdly long legs, Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) was a veritable Hans Christian Andersen caricature of a man. A strange combination of witty cosmopolite and...


Owsley and Me: My LSD Family

by Rhoney Gissen Stanley & Tom Davis

Owsley and Me is an insider's account of sixties counterculture, told by the partner of Owsley "Bear" Stanley.


A Thriver's Journey

by Daniel Himmel

Born on the slopes of the Carpathian Mountains in 1929, author Dan Himmel’s father soon joined the line of the condemned at the Birkenau death camp at the tender age of 15. He survived transfer to several...


Favorite Wife: Escape from Polygamy

by Susan Ray Schmidt

She had no choice in the matter—none of the girls did. Her mission was to give birth to and raise many children in devoted service to a shared husband. Susan was fifteen years old when she became the sixth...