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The World in an Orange: Creating Theatre with Barney Simon

by Irene Stephanou, Leila Henriques & Lionel Abrahams

Barney Simon (1932–1995) was the legendary artistic director, writer, and co-creator ofthe Market Theatre in Johannesburg, one of the most influential and distinguished theatres in South Africa and the world....

Fidel: An Illustrated Biography of Fidel Castro

by Nestor Kohan, Nahuel Scherma & Elise Buchman

In the United States, ninety miles from Cuban shores, tempers flare on the subject of Fidel Castro: some say he is a liberator, some say a dictator. In Fidel, Nestor Kohan and Nahuel Scherma present one of the...

Talk Softly: A Memoir

by Cynthia O'Neal

Actress and model Cynthia O'Neal was living her dream life—married to the famous stage and screen actor Patrick O’Neal, the mother of two young sons, resident of the Dakota downstairs from John Lennon, owner...

Towers of Stone: The Battle of Wills in Chechnya

by Wojciech Jagielski & Soren A. Gauger

In Towers of Stone, award-winning Polish reporter Wojciech Jagielski brings into focus the tragedy of Chechnya, its inhabitants, and the war being waged there by a handful of desperate warriors against a powerful...

Flying Close to the Sun: My Life and Times as a Weatherman

by Cathy Wilkerson

Flying Close to the Sun is the stunning memoir of a white middle-class girl from Connecticut who became a member of the Weather Underground, one of the most notorious groups of the 1960s. Cathy Wilkerson, who...

Algerian White: A Narrative

by Assia Djebar, David Kelley & Marjolijn De Jager

In Algerian White, Assia Djebar weaves a tapestry of the epic and bloody ongoing struggle in her country between Islamic fundamentalism and the post-colonial civil society. Many Algerian writers and intellectuals...

Hearts and Hands: Creating Community in Violent Times

by Luis Rodriguez

Hearts and Hands deals with many of the difficult issues addressed in Luis Rodríguez’s memoir of gang life, Always Running, but with a focus on healing through community building. Empowered by his experiences...

I Had to Say Something: The Art of Ted Haggard's Fall

by Mike Jones & Sam Gallegos

This is the story of the sexual relationship between Michael Forest Jones, a Denver man who worked as an escort, and the Reverend Ted Haggard, founder and pastor of the New Life Church of Colorado Springs.


Souvenirs of a Blown World: Sketches for the Sixties, Writings about America, 1966-1973

by Gregory Mcdonald

Bestselling author of the Fletch series Gregory Mcdonald presents firsthand accounts of major events during the sixties and interviews with Joan Baez, Abbie Hoffman, Krishnamurti, Phil Ochs, Andy Warhol, and...

The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity

by Mark Vonnegut & Kurt Vonnegut

The Eden Express describes from the inside Mark Vonnegut’s experience in the late ’60s and early ’70s—a recent college grad; in love; living communally on a farm, with a famous and doting father, cherished...

Bakunin: The Creative Passion-A Biography

by Mark Leier

The spellbinding story of both the man and the theory, Bakunin chronicles one of the most notorious radicals in history: Mikhail Bakunin, the founder of anarchism, here revealed as a practical moral philosophy...

Lieutenant Nun: Memoir of a Basque Transvestite in the New World

by Catalina De Erauso

One of the earliest known autobiographies by a woman, this is the extraordinary tale of Catalina de Erauso, who in 1599 escaped from a Basque convent dressed as a man and went on to live one of the most wildly...

Ruined By Reading: A Life in Books

by Lynne Sharon Schwartz

A Los Angeles Times Book Review Best Book of 1996

'Without books how could I have become myself?' In this wonderfully written meditation, Lynne Sharon Schwartz offers deeply felt insight into why we read and...

The House With the Broken Two: A Birthmother Remembers

by Myrl Coulter

Unmarried and pregnant in 1968 Winnipeg, teenager Myrl Coulter found herself at a loss. Unable (and perhaps unwilling) to support her child, Myrl's parents forced her to give the baby up for adoption. After...

To War with God

by Peter Fiennes

To War With God is the moving account of Anglican chaplain Edward Montmorency 'Monty' Guilford's service in the First World War. Written by his grandson, it draws on first-hand material, including Monty's diaries,...

Accelerated Paces: Travels Across Borders and Other Imaginary Boundaries

by Jim Oaten

Accelerated Paces hurdles that uneasy terrain between creative fact and honest fiction. These short stories and pieces ignore borders as they jaunt thorough external trips and internal voyages. This is both...

The Billy Boy

by Chris Anderson

A cult figure among loyalists, despised and feared by nationalists, Billy 'King Rat' Wright is reputed to have been involved in a number of sectarian murders before he himself was shot dead by republican gunmen...

Christy Brown

by Georgina Louise Hambleton

Christy Brown was severely disabled with cerebral palsy, unable to use any part of his body other than his left foot. Doctors said he was a 'mental defective' and that he would never be able to lead any kind...

Giants Of Scottish Rugby

by Jeff Connor

From the heights of the Grand Slams to a near whitewash in the 2000 Six Nations championship, one factor has remained constant in Scottish rugby - its huge resource of characters.

Early in the year 2000, Jeff...

Hunting People

by Hunter Davies

Hunter Davies's first major interview was with John Masefield for The Sunday Times in 1963. In the years since, he has interviewed many of the most famous people that the late twentieth century has to offer,...