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Never Die Easy: The Autobiography of Walter Payton

by Don Yaeger & Walter Payton

"Never die easy. Why run out of bounds and die easy? Make that linebacker pay. It carries into all facets of your life. It's okay to lose, to die, but don't die without trying, without giving it your best."...


A Song Flung Up to Heaven

by Maya Angelou

The culmination of a unique achievement in modern American literature: the six volumes of autobiography that began more than thirty years ago with the appearance of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

A Song Flung...


Patton, Montgomery, Rommel: Masters of War

by Terry Brighton

In Patton, Montgomery, Rommel, one of Britain's most accomplished military scholars presents an unprecedented study of the land war in the North African and European theaters, as well as their chief commanders—three...


Adieux: A Farewell to Sartre

by Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir’s account of the last ten years of Jean-Paul Sartre’s life provides a focus for understanding one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century. But the book, consisting of both a...


Melville: His World and Work

by Andrew Delbanco

If Dickens was nineteenth-century London personified, Herman Melville was the quintessential American. With a historian’s perspective and a critic’s insight, award-winning author Andrew Delbanco marvelously...


A Very Easy Death

by Simone de Beauvoir

A Very Easy Death has long been considered one of Simone de Beauvoir’s masterpieces. The profoundly moving, day-by-day recounting of her mother’s death “shows the power of compassion when it is allied...


Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India

by Madhur Jaffrey

Whether acclaimed food writer Madhur Jaffrey was climbing the mango trees in her grandparents' orchard in Delhi or picnicking in the Himalayan foothills on meatballs stuffed with raisins and mint, tucked into...


Running in the Family

by Michael Ondaatje

In the late 1970s Ondaatje returned to his native island of Sri Lanka. As he records his journey through the drug-like heat and intoxicating fragrances of that "pendant off the ear of India, " Ondaatje simultaneously...


Younger Than That Now: A Shared Passage from the Sixties

by Jeff Durstewitz & Ruth Williams

He was a rabble-rousing New York high school senior.  She was a fiercely proud daughter of the Deep South.  In 1969 these two strangers exchanged angry letters, igniting a lifetime friendship and an extraordinary...


The Princes in the Tower

by Alison Weir

"Comprehensive and insightful, THE PRINCES IN THE TOWER offers a unique perspective on a profound mystery." Faye Kellerman

Despite five centuries of investigation by historians, the sinister deaths of the boy...


Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story

by Timothy B. Tyson

"Daddy and Roger and 'em shot 'em a nigger."

Those words, whispered to ten-year-old Tim Tyson by one of his playmates in the late spring of 1970, heralded a firestorm that would forever transform the small tobacco...


740 Park: The Story of the World's Richest Apartment Building

by Michael Gross

For seventy-five years, it’s been Manhattan’s richest apartment building, and one of the most lusted-after addresses in the world. One apartment had 37 rooms, 14 bathrooms, 43 closets, 11 working fireplaces,...


Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes -- the Yanomamo and the Anthropologists

by Napoleon A. Chagnon

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SCIENTIFIC MEMOIRS OF OUR TIME

When Napoleon Chagnon arrived in Venezuela’s Amazon region in 1964 to study the Yanomamö Indians, one of the last large tribal groups still living...


Chicken Soup for the Soul: Billy Graham & Me: 101 Inspiring Personal Stories from Presidents, Pastors, Performers, and Other People Who Know Him Well

by Steve Posner

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Billy Graham & Me contains 101 fascinating stories from all the living U.S. presidents, well-known pastors, country singers and other celebrities, and world leaders, relating their...


After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story

by Michael Hainey

This haunting story of a son’s quest to understand the mystery of his father’s death is “searing and unforgettable…memoir writing at its best” (San Francisco Chronicle)—a “powerfully affecting”...


Pigeon in a Crosswalk: Tales of Anxiety and Accidental Glamour

by Jack Gray

From television producer Jack Gray comes a generational account of finding one’s way at work, at home, and even across the street.

There are a lot of unforgettable characters in these pages: a loveable if...


A Grand Complication: The Race to Build the World's Most Legendary Watch

by Stacy Perman

Two wealthy, powerful men engage in a decades-long contest to create and possess the most remarkable watch in history.

James Ward Packard of Warren, Ohio, was an entrepreneur and a talented engineer of infinite...


Rosalind Franklin

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2002

by Brenda Maddox

In 1962, Maurice Wilkins, Francis Crick, and James Watson received the Nobel Prize, but it was Rosalind Franklin's data and photographs of DNA that led to their discovery.

Brenda Maddox tells a powerful story...


Houseboat on the Seine

by William Wharton

The title brings to mind a luxury vessel on the most glamorous river in the world, but readers expecting to learn about the high life in France will be in for a surprise. In this charming memoir, painter and...


Ever After

by William Wharton

In August of 1988, heavy black smoke engulfed an Oregon highway, causing a massive 23-car pileup that claimed the lives of novelist William Wharton's 36-year-old daughter, her husband, and their two infant daughters....