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Favorite Wife: Escape from Polygamy

by Susan Ray Schmidt

She had no choice in the matter—none of the girls did. Her mission was to give birth to and raise many children in devoted service to a shared husband. Susan was fifteen years old when she became the sixth...


Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

by Doris Garimara Pilkington

This extraordinary story of courage and faith is based on the actual experiences of three girls who fled from the repressive life of Moore River Native Settlement, following along the rabbit-proof fence back...


Permanent Present Tense: The Unforgettable Life of the Amnesic Patient, H. M.

by Suzanne Corkin

In 1953, 27-year-old Henry Gustave Molaison underwent an experimental “psychosurgical” procedure—a targeted lobotomy—in an effort to alleviate his debilitating epilepsy. The outcome was unexpected—when...


Lytton Strachey: The New Biography

by Michael Holroyd

"A triumphant success. . . . His prose is confident, clear . . . occasionally perfect." -Dennis Potter, The Times (London)"It is impossible to suppose that this 'Life' will ever be superseded . . . the best...


Last of His Kind

by David Roberts

American Brad Washburn had an impact on his protégés and imitators as profound as that of any other adventurer in the twentieth century. Unquestionably regarded as the greatest mountaineer in Alaskan history...


The Jewel Hunter

by Chris Gooddie

A tale of one man's obsession with rainforest jewels, this is the story of an impossible dream: a quest to see every one of the world's most elusive avian gems--a group of birds known as pittas--in a single...


The Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic

by Nora Gallagher

This taut yet lyrical memoir tells of the author’s experience with a baffling illness poised to take her sight, and gives a deeply felt meditation on vulnerability and on what it means to lose the faith you...


Citizen McCain

by Elizabeth Drew

The most original, the most sought-after politician in America today, Senator John McCain is at the front of a large movement -- people who are dissatisfied with the way politics is conducted in this country....


Ghosts of Manila

by Mark Kram

When Muhammad Ali met Joe Frazier in Manila for their third fight, their rivalry had spun out of control. The Ali-Frazier matchup had become a madness, inflamed by the media and the politics of race. When the...


Reading Mahler: German Culture and Jewish Identity in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna

by Carl Niekerk

Gustav Mahler's music is more popular than ever, yet few are aware of its roots in German literary and cultural history in general, and in fin-de-siècle Viennese culture in particular. Taking as its point of...


A Storm Within

by Esther Vance

Life was anything but idyllic for Esther as a child. She grew up in Honduras in a small home built from driftwood collected along the beach from shipwrecks. With ten children in the house, food was scarce. But...


God Leads in Perplexities, Joys and Sorrows

by Iris Hayden Stober

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me" (Ps. 23:4). This verse quickly became a resounding theme in Iris...


Book Business: Publishing Past, Present, and Future

by Jason Epstein

"An irresistible book about Grub Street, authorship and the literary marketplace."—Washington Post Book World  Jason Epstein has led arguably the most creative career in book publishing during the past...


Tide, Feather, Snow: A Life in Alaska

by Miranda Weiss

Alaska is a place where know-how is currency and a novice's mistakes can kill you. An extreme landscape in both its beauty and challenges, the state is nicknamed "The Last Frontier" with good reason: Here is...


My Dark Places

by James Ellroy

"Astonishing . . . original, daring, brilliant."

--Philadelphia Inquirer

In 1958 Jean Ellroy was murdered, her body dumped on a roadway in a seedy L.A. suburb.  Her killer was never found, and the police dismissed...


Generation J

by Lisa Schiffman

"I'm not alone. I am part of a generation of fragmented Jews. We're in a kind of limbo. We're suspended between young adulthood and middle age, between Judaism and atheism, between a desire to believe in religion...


Step by Step

by Lawrence Block

From the revered New York Times bestselling author comes a touching, insightful, and humorous memoir of an unlikely racewalker and world traveler

Before Lawrence Block was the author of bestselling novels featuring...


The Rare and the Beautiful

by Cressida Connolly

Like the better-known Mitfords, the Garman sisters took center stage in Bohemian London during the first half of the twentieth century. Beautiful, flamboyant, and headstrong, they broke away from middle-class...


Madame Tussaud

by Kate Berridge

Millions have visited the museums that bear her name, yet few know much about Madame Tussaud. A celebrated artist, she had both a ringside seat at and a cameo role in the French Revolution. A victim and survivor...


Writing Places

by William Zinsser & William K. Zinsser

William Zinsser's journey to all the places where he has done his writing and his teaching begins in 1946, with his first job at the New York Herald Tribune, a community of legendary journalists and oddballs,...