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Confessions of a Hero-Worshiper

by Stephen J. Dubner

As a boy, Stephen J. Dubner's hero was Franco Harris, the famed and mysterious running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers. When Dubner's father died, he became obsessed—he dreamed of his hero every night; he...


Nellie Taft

by Carl Sferrazza Anthony & Carl Sferrazza Anthony

On the morning of William Howard Taft's inauguration, Nellie Taft publicly expressed that theirs would be a joint presidency by shattering precedent and demanding that she ride alongside her husband down Pennsylvania...


Abraham Lincoln

by Stephen B. Oates

Stephen B. Oates discerns the historical truth from the mythical legend that surrounds Lincoln in this original and fascinating portrait of America's 16th president.


Tallulah!

by Joel Lobenthal

Outrageous, outspoken, and uninhibited, Tallulah Bankhead was an actress known as much for her vices -- cocaine, alcohol, hysterical tirades, and scandalous affairs with both men and women -- as she was for...


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 Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt Volume 1: The Venetian Years

by Giacomo Casanova

Casanova was an Italian adventurer and author from the Republic of Venice. His autobiography, is regarded as one of the most authentic sources of the customs and norms of European social life during the 18th...


The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt Volume 2: To Paris and Prison

by Giacomo Casanova

Casanova was an Italian adventurer and author from the Republic of Venice. His autobiography, is regarded as one of the most authentic sources of the customs and norms of European social life during the 18th...


The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt Volume 3: The Eternal Quest

by Giacomo Casanova

Casanova was an Italian adventurer and author from the Republic of Venice. His autobiography, is regarded as one of the most authentic sources of the customs and norms of European social life during the 18th...


The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt Volume 6: Spanish Passions

by Giacomo Casanova

Casanova was an Italian adventurer and author from the Republic of Venice. His autobiography, is regarded as one of the most authentic sources of the customs and norms of European social life during the 18th...


The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt: Complete

by Giacomo Casanova

Casanova was an Venetian adventurer and author (1725 - 1798). His Memoirs provide an intimate insight into the life of European society in the eighteenth century. These Memoirs are the history of a unique life,...


The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt Volume 4: Adventures in the South

by Giacomo Casanova

Casanova was an Italian adventurer and author from the Republic of Venice. His autobiography, is regarded as one of the most authentic sources of the customs and norms of European social life during the 18th...


The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt Volume 5: In London and Moscow

by Giacomo Casanova

Casanova was an Italian adventurer and author from the Republic of Venice. His autobiography, is regarded as one of the most authentic sources of the customs and norms of European social life during the 18th...


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...