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Books of Adam: The Blunder Years

by Adam Ellis

Adam Ellis knew it was time to leave art school when a fellow student presented her final project to the class: "I put a condom on the Virgin Mary," she announced, unveiling a cheap figurine sheathed in latex....


Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations

by Ava Gardner & Peter Evans

The wickedly candid New York Times bestesller that Ava Gardner dared not publish during her lifetime—“the heartbreaking memoir of the ultimate heartbreaker” (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Ava Gardner was one...


Virginia Woolf

by Nigel Nicolson

An intimate portrait of one of our greatest and most fascinating writers is presented by Nicolson, the distinguished son of British writers Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West--one of Woolf's closest friends...


The Essential Edgar Cayce

by Mark Thurston

A complete guide to the work of the remarkable twentieth-century seer Edgar Cayce, featuring Cayce's most intriguing and influential readings, and a biographical introduction to his life.

Edgar Cayce is one...


The Miracle of St. Anthony: A Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball's Most Improbable Dynasty

by Adrian Wojnarowski

In a city mired in endless decay, where the youth suffer through all the horrors of urban blight, hope comes in a most unassuming form: a tiny brick schoolhouse run by two Felician nuns where a singular basketball...


Ali Pacha: Celebrated Crimes

by Alexandre Dumas

Can't get enough true crime? Love to hate history's miscreants? Dive into a juicy slice of early modern history with this gripping account of the life of Ali Pacha, a "remorseless tyrant" who ruled over part...


Life on the Mississippi

by Mark Twain

Before his literary career took off and he emerged as one of America's foremost men of letters, Mark Twain worked as a steamboat pilot in the antebellum South and Midwest. This fascinating account offers a brief...


Youth: A Narrative

by Joseph Conrad

Polish-born writer Joseph Conrad's novels and short stories usually involve grizzled sailors past their prime battling their inner demons. The story "Youth: A Narrative" represents something of a departure from...


Notes on Life and Letters

by Joseph Conrad

Polish-born author Joseph Conrad is best known as one of the finest prose stylists ever to have written in English. In addition to producing such masterpieces as Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim, Conrad also wrote...


Cambridge Pieces

by Samuel Butler

One of the leading critics and intellectuals of the Victorian era, Samuel Butler produced literary works in a wide range of genres, ranging from translations of ancient Greek texts to critical essays. This collection...


What to Do?

by Leo Tolstoy & Isabel Florence Hapgood

Today, Leo Graf Tolstoy is regarded as one of world's foremost masters of prose. In his lifetime, he was responsible for creating such works of genius as War and Peace and Anna Karenina. In addition to his keen...


The Life of Jonathan Wild the Great

by Henry Fielding

One of the masters of literary satire and humor writing, Henry Fielding takes on true crime in this novel, offering readers a wild ride as tumultuous and twisted as the book's original tongue-twister of a title:...


The Mirror of the Sea

by Joseph Conrad

Although Joseph Conrad achieved acclaim as one of the masters of English-language fiction, his own life story is as fascinating and engaging as Heart of Darkness or Lord Jim. The volume The Mirror of the Sea...


Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom: The Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery

by William Craft & Ellen Craft

Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom details the escape of Ellen and William Craft from slavery in Georgia in the United States. Well publicized at the time, the married couple became celebrities in the abolitionist...


The History of Pendennis

by William Makepeace Thackeray

With an unmatched wit and a keen appreciation for the inanity of social mores, William Makepeace Thackeray provides his own unique spin on the family history genre in The History of Pendennis. Following a young...


Hospital Sketches

by Louisa May Alcott

Although best known as a writer of fiction who produced such classics as Little Women, Louisa May Alcott lived a fascinating life that included a stint as a Civil War nurse. This collection includes several...


Dorothy Wordsworth: The Story of a Sister's Love

by Edmund Lee

William Wordsworth is regarded as one of the most significant figures in the Western literary canon -- but his sister, Dorothy, was a skilled poet and diarist in her own right, as well, though she never sought...


The Retrospect

by Ada Cambridge

Against all odds, English-born Ada Cambridge rose to prominence as a well-known writer and essayist during the 38 years she spent in Australia. This compelling memoir takes a look at her time in both countries;...


Walt Whitman in Mickle Street

by Elizabeth Leavitt Keller

Credited by some as the first truly American poet, Walt Whitman carved out a literary niche all his own with groundbreaking volumes such as Leaves of Grass. This richly detailed biography was written by a nurse,...


Thirty Years in Australia

by Ada Cambridge

Ada Cambridge had only been married for a few weeks when she set out for Australia with her new husband, a clergyman. Over the next several decades, the two lived and worked in a series of small, relatively...