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What Matters in Medicine: Lessons from a Life in Primary Care

by David Loxterkamp

Primary care has come into the limelight with the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the unchecked and unsustainable rise in American health care expenditures, and the crest of Baby Boomers...


A World Ago: A Navy Man's Letters Home (1954-1956)

by Dorien Grey

It's not often one has the chance to become 20 again... A World Ago chronicles, through one young man's journal and vivid letters to his parents, his life, adventures, and experiences at a magical time. It follows...


Tripping with Allah: Islam, Drugs, and Writing

by Michael Muhammad Knight

If Tripping with Allah is a road book, it’s a road book in the tradition of 2001: A Space Odyssey, rather than On the Road. Amazonian shamanism meets Christianity meets West African religion meets Islam in...


The Ethical Butcher: How Thoughtful Eating Can Change Your World

by Berlin Reed

America is in the midst of a meat zeitgeist. Butchers have emerged as the rock stars of the culinary world, and cozy gastropubs serving up pork belly, lamb burgers, and sweetbreads rule the restaurant scene....


The Ballad of Jacob Peck

by Debra Komar

On a frigid February evening in 1805, Amos Babcock brutally murdered Mercy Hall. Believing that he was being instructed by God, Babcock stabbed and disembowelled his own sister, before dumping her lifeless body...


Beauty In Disarray

by Harumi Setouchi, Sanford Goldstein & Kazuji Ninomiya

Setouchi was eminently qualified to write this historical novel on women's liberation in Japan, which had its roots in sexual politics, socialism, and anarchism, movements in decline following the famous massacre...


Thomas More

by Richard Marius

Most previous biographers of Thomas More have sought to prove him a saint; in this, the first full-scale biography of More in half a century, Richard Marius, a leading Reformation historian, seeks to restore...


My Animals and Other Family

by Clare Balding

"I had spent most of my childhood thinking I was a dog, and suspect I had aged in dog years. By the time I was ten I had discovered the pain of unbearable loss. I had felt joy and jealousy. Most important of...


The Shape of the Eye: A Memoir

by George Estreich

"[An] elegantly written, unsentimental memoir."-PEOPLE MAGAZINE [PEOPLE's Pick of the Week]

Winner of the 2014 Nautilus Award represents "Better Books for a Better World"-the Silver Award in the category of...


Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall: How I Learned to Love My Body by Not Looking at It for a Year

by Kjerstin Gruys

A scholar, fashionista, and bride-to-be spends a year without mirrors to get a better view of herself, her life, and what's really important.

When Kjerstin Gruys became engaged to the love of her life, she...


America's Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

by Sarah Bradford

Acclaimed biographer Sarah Bradford explores the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the woman who has captivated the public for more than five decades, in a definitive portrait that is both sympathetic and...


William Desmond Taylor: A Dossier

by Bruce Long

By reprinting over 400 items from contemporary newspapers, magazines, and trade journals, this book reveals Taylor's life in Hollywood-from his arrival as a minor actor in 1912 until his death in 1922 as one...


Musically Speaking: A Life Through Song

by Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer

"Music, I have come to realize, is for me a kind of golden thread running through my life. It has helped maintain my connection with the past that otherwise might have been severed by catastrophe and time. I...


The Most Beautiful Man in Existence: The Scandalous Life of Alexander Lesassier

by Lisa Rosner

"Reading this book is a bit like stumbling across a new Pepys, or discovering the journals of James Boswell."—Roy Porter, author of London: A Social History


Charles Spurgeon: The Prince of Preachers

by Dan Harmon

For challenge and encouragement in your Christian life, read the life stories of Charles Spurgeon, Jim Elliot, Sojourner Truth, and Watchman Nee.

 

 


Striking Out ALS: A Hero's Tale

by Ethan D. Bryan

When author Ethan D. Bryan sent an email to W. P. Kinsella (author of Shoeless Joe and the basis for the film Field of Dreams) describing the scope and vision of his latest project, Kinsella replied in short...


Paris France

by Gertrude Stein & Adam Gopnik

Matched only by Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, Paris France is a "fresh and sagacious" (The New Yorker) classic of prewar France and its unforgettable literary eminences. Celebrated for her innovative...


The Last Marlin: The Story of a Father and Son

by Fred Waitzkin

Young Fred Waitzkin is a Jewish boy stretched between the divergent values of parents who cannot tolerate one another. Fred's father, Abe, is a brilliantly talented salesman whose relentless will drives him...


Odd Tom Coryate: The English Marco Polo

by R E Prtichard

Thomas Coryate (1576-1617) was one of the great early travellers, opening up Europe, the eastern Mediterranean, the Holy Land and Mogul India to his amazed - and sometimes disgusted - readers. In 1608 he set...


High Price

by Carl Hart

A pioneering neuroscientist shares his story of growing up in one of Miami's toughest neighborhoods and how it led him to his groundbreaking work in drug addiction.

As a youth, Carl Hart didn't realize the value...