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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 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

“Family? Secrets? Sometimes I think they are the same thing.” So writes Michael Hainey in this unforgettable story of a son’s search to discover the decades-old truth about his father’s mysterious death....


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....


Crossing Over

by Ruth Irene Garrett & Rick Farrant

A work Booklist called ଯving and life–affirming, Crossing Over is the true story of one woman's extraordinary flight from the protected world of the Amish people to the chaos of contemporary life.

Ruth Irene...


Death in Slow Motion

by Eleanor Cooney

When her once-glamorous and witty novelist-mother got Alzheimer's, Eleanor Cooney moved her from her beloved Connecticut home to California in order to care for her. In tense, searing prose, punctuated with...


Take a Good Look Around

by James C. Wofford

Take a Good Look Around by James C. Wofford, is a book about life in the outdoors. Readers who are used to his books on training horses will find a new side of the author, a side that has rarely surfaced until...


My Foreign Cities: A Memoir

by Elizabeth Scarboro

“Uplifting . . . it’s about savoring the present, not allowing sadness to dominate and surrendering yourself to love, for better or worse.”—San Francisco Chronicle When she was just seventeen, independent...


Nixland: My Wild Ride in the Inner City Check Cashing Industry

by John Nix

This book tells a great story through a series of true tales that are sometimes funny and sometimes gripping and shares the many lessons he learned along the way.


Alanson B. Houghton: Ambassador of the New Era

by Jeffrey J. Matthews

Alanson B. Houghton—American industrialist, politician, and diplomat—was the world's most influential diplomat during the "New Era" of the 1920s. Houghton, who served as ambassador to both Germany (1922–1925)...


Band on the Run: A History of Paul McCartney and Wings

by Garry McGee

The author traces the history of Wings and delves into the inner dynamics of the group, its commercial and artistic success, and its demise.