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Herculine Barbin

by Michel Foucault

With an eye for the sensual bloom of young schoolgirls, and the torrid style of the romantic novels of her day, Herculine Barbin tells the story of her life as a hermaphrodite. Herculine was designated female...


Lucky Me: My Life With--and Without--My Mom, Shirley MacLaine

by Sachi Parker

Sachi Parker opens up about her unconventional childhood and shares stories from her past as the only child of famed actress Shirley MacLaine.

Shirley MacLaine has graced Hollywood with her talent for decades....


Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde: A True Story

by Rebecca Dana

"For a generation of women who grew up watching Sex and the City, Manhattan is the Promised Land-or as Rebecca Dana puts it in her hilarious, self-deprecating new memoir, it's 'my Jerusalem-the shining city...


The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad

by Lesley Hazleton

The extraordinary life of the man who founded Islam, and the world he inhabited-and remade.

Muhammad's was a life of almost unparalleled historical importance; yet for all the iconic power of his name, the intensely...


Heart Earth

by Ivan Doig

Ivan Doig grew up with only a vague memory of his mother, Berneta, who died on his sixth birthday. Then he discovered a cache of her letters that revealed her true character. Through her missives, Doig found...


Hitmaker: The Man and His Music

by Tommy Mottola & Cal Fussman

Much has been written about Tommy Mottola, one of the most powerful, visionary, and successful executives in the history of the music industry. He discovered, developed and launched the careers of many superstars,...


Face the Nation: My Favorite Stories from the First 50 Years of the Award-Winning News Broadcast

by Bob Schieffer

In this engaging memoir of television news and its unique place in history, New York Times bestselling author and Face the Nation anchor Bob Schieffer takes us behind the scenes of the Sunday morning institution...


American Isis

by Carl Rollyson

On the fiftieth anniversary of her death, a startling new vision of Plath—the first to draw from the recently-opened Ted Hughes archive

The life and work of Sylvia Plath has taken on the proportions of myth. Educated...


A Random Act

by Cindi Broaddus & Kimberly Lohman Suiters

Cindi Broaddus didn't realize that her life was about to be forever altered as she sat in the passenger seat of a car on a lonely highway, speeding toward the airport in the early morning hours of June 5, 2001....


Unknown Pleasures

by Peter Hook

Joy Division changed the face of music. Godfathers of alternative rock, they reinvented music in the post-punk era, creating a new sound—dark, hypnotic, and intense—that would influence U2, Morrissey, R.E.M.,...


The Real Jane Austen

by Paula Byrne

The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things offers a startlingly original look at the revered writer through a variety of key moments, scenes, and objects in her life and work. Going beyond previous traditional...


The Things They Cannot Say

by Kevin Sites

What is it like to kill? What is it like to be under fire? How do you know what's right? What can you never forget?

In The Things They Cannot Say, award-winning journalist and author Kevin Sites asks these difficult...


Royal Tours 1786-2010: Home to Canada

by Arthur Bousfield & Garry Toffoli

Royal Tours explores the visitations of 11 royals who were or would be monarchs, viceroys, and commanders in-chief of Canada. This full-colour volume is a captivating look at how these tours shaped Canada and...


Much to Be Done: Private Life in Ontario From Victorian Diaries

by Frances Hoffman & Ryan Taylor

Much To Be Done provides accounts of everyday life and special occasions in Victorian Ontario, drawn from diary accounts of both the gentry and the ordinary individual.


Frederick Banting

by Stephen Eaton Hume

When Frederick Banting, a decorated war hero, developed insulin in 1920, he earned the 1923 Nobel Prize for medicine, a knighthood, and the gratitude of diabetics around the world.


Road to Ekaterinburg: Nicholas and Alexandra's Daughters 1913-1918

by ECS Banks

This is a story that has long needed to be told - an account of the tragic lives of the last crowned Tsar of Russia's four daughters: the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Marie and Anastasia. Set in the years...


Walter Rathenau: His Life and Work

by , Count Kessler

This early work on Walter Rathenau is both expensive and hard to find in its first edition. It details the life and work of the German industrialist and politician Walter Rathenau. This fascinating work is thoroughly...


Between Tears and Laughter

by , Lin Yutang

Written during the second world war as a bitter plea for the west to change its perspective of the world order. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely...


Larson - Duke of Mongolia

by , Frans Larson

Frans August Larson was a Swedish missionary to Mongolia, this is the account of his travels around central Asia. Larson would go on to become a trusted diplomat well versed in the politics and tribal functions...


Memoirs of the Countess Cosel

by , Joseph Kraszewski

Originally published in 1902, the story of the Countess has all the air of a dramatic romance carefully planned by an ingenious novelist; yet it is a faithful narrative of events, illumined by the light of Kraszewsk's...