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A Lucid Dreamer

by Neil Roberts, Dr Neil Roberts & Peter Redgrove

The work of the poet Peter Redgrove is one of the great unexplored treasures of late twentieth century literature. His prolific output presents an intriguing variety of personae: magician, scientist, lover,...


A Nurse and Mother

by Evelyn Prentis

'Matron smiled. It was the smile that one woman gives to another and not the chilly facial movement from Matrons of old. "Do you think you would be able to work 9 to 3.30?" For a moment I couldn't think at all....


Fritz Reiner, Maestro and Martinet

by Kenneth Morgan

This award-winning book, now available in paperback, is the first solid appraisal of the legendary career of the eminent Hungarian-born conductor Fritz Reiner (1888-1963). Personally enigmatic and often described...


The Nightinghouls of Paris

by Sanford J. Smoller

The Nightinghouls of Paris is a thinly fictionalized memoir of the darker side of expatriate life in Paris. Beginning in 1928, the story follows the changes undergone by Canadian youths John Glassco and his...


From Zero to Mastectomy: What I Learned and You Need to Know about Stage 0 Breast Cancer

by Jackie Fox

FROM ZERO TO MASTECTOMY: WHAT I LEARNED AND YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STAGE 0 BREAST CANCER, chronicles Jackie Fox's journey through the unique challenges of stage 0 DCIS breast cancer. Although not life-threatening,...


Maximum Clarity and Other Writings on Music

by Ben Johnston & Bob Gilmore

Described by New York Times critic John Rockwell as "one of the best non-famous composers this country has to offer," Ben Johnston reconceives familiar idioms--ranging from neoclassicism and serialism to jazz...


A Red Family: Junius, Gladys, and Barbara Scales

by Mickey Friedman

One of the few publicly known communists in the South, Junius Scales organized textile workers, fought segregation, and was the only American to be imprisoned under the membership clause of the Smith Act during...


Long Time, No See

by Beth Finke

With unflinching candor and acerbic wit, Finke chronicles the progress of the juvenile diabetes that left her blind at the age of twenty-six as well as the seemingly endless spiral of adversity that followed....


Follow Your Heart: Moving with the Giants of Jazz, Swing, and Rhythm and Blues

by Joe Evans & Christopher Brooks

Detailing the career of Joe Evans, Follow Your Heart chronicles the career of Joe Evans, an alto saxophonist who between 1939 and 1965 performed with some of America's greatest musicians, including Louis Armstrong,...


The Lincoln Assassination: The Evidence

by William C. Edwards & Edwards Steers Jr.

On April 22, 1865, Brevet Colonel H. L. Burnett was assigned to head the investigation into the murder of President Abraham Lincoln and the attempted murder of Secretary of State William H. Seward. Burnett orchestrated...


Rachel in the World: A Memoir

by Jane Bernstein

What happens when love is no longer enough? Jane Bernstein thought that learning to accept her daughters disabilities meant her struggles were over. But as Rachel grew up and needed more than a parents devotion,...


What's That Pig Outdoors?: A Memoir of Deafness

by Henry Kisor

Henry Kisor lost his hearing at age three to meningitis and encephalitis but went on to excel in the most verbal of professions as a literary journalist. This new and expanded edition of Kisor's engrossing memoir...


Elizabeth Packard: A Noble Fight

by Linda V. Carlisle

This biography details the life of Elizabeth Packard, who in 1860 was committed to an insane asylum by her husband, a strong-willed Calvinist minister. Upon her release three years later, Packard obtained a...


A. Philip Randolph and the Struggle for Civil Rights

by Cornelius L. Bynum

A. Philip Randolph's career as a trade unionist and civil rights activist fundamentally shaped the course of black protest in the mid-twentieth century. Standing alongside W. E. B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, and...


Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

by Celestino Deleyto & Maria del Mar Azcona

This in-depth study of Mexican film director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu explores his role in moving Mexican filmmaking from a traditional nationalist agenda toward a more global focus. Working in the United...


Christian Wolff

by Michael Hicks & Christian Asplund

In this first interpretive narrative of the life and work of Christian Wolff, Michael Hicks and Christian Asplund trace the influences and sensibilities of a contemporary composer's atypical career path and...


Sojourner Truth's America

by Margaret Washington

This fascinating biography tells the story of nineteenth-century America through the life of one of its most magnetic and influential characters: Sojourner Truth. In an in-depth account of this amazing activist,...


Archie Green: The Making of a Working-Class Hero

by Sean Burns

Archie Green: The Making of a Working-Class Hero celebrates one of the most revered folklorists and labor historians of the twentieth century. Devoted to understanding the diverse cultural customs of working...


Becoming Ray Bradbury

by Jonathan R. Eller

Becoming Ray Bradbury chronicles the making of an iconic American writer. Jonathan R. Eller measures the impact of the authors, artists, illustrators, and filmmakers who stimulated Ray Bradbury's imagination....


Locomotive to Aeromotive: Octave Chanute and the Transportation Revolution

by Simine Short

French-born and self-trained civil engineer Octave Chanute designed America's two largest stockyards, created structures such as the Kansas City Bridge over the previously "unbridgeable" Missouri River, and...