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Hemingway & Bailey's Bartending Guide to Great American Writers

by Edward Hemingway & Mark Bailey

In this entertaining homage to the golden age of the cocktail, illustrator Edward Hemingway and writer Mark Bailey present the best (and thirstiest) American writers, their favorite cocktails, true stories...


I Hike: Mostly True Stories from 10,000 Miles of Hiking

by Lawton Grinter

"I never set out to hike 10,000 miles. It just sort of happened over the course of a decade." And so goes Lawton Grinter's compelling collection of short stories that have been over ten years and 10,000 trail...


Home Truths: A Deep East Texas Memory

by Gerald Duff

Novelist Gerald Duff grew up both in Polk County, in Deep East Texas, and in Nederland, near the Gulf Coast, two drastically different areas in terms of social and economic status, and the way they interact....


Elmer Kelton: : Essays and Memories

by Judy Alter & James Ward Lee

Editors Judy Alter and James Ward Lee gathered together a group of Kelton aficionados who had either published or taught or sold his books, or were simply friends. In several meetings, they divided up the main...


Edge of Taos Desert: An Escape to Reality

by Mabel Luhan, Lois Palken Rudnick & John Collier

Autobiographical account describing Luhan's first months in New Mexico.


The Sons of Adam

by Alan Mackie

A diary kept by journalist Alan Mackie in Cairo in 1973 during the 7 Day War with Israel and the effect it has had on present Egyptian politics and attitudes to the West


Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission

by Hampton Sides

On January 28, 1945, 121 hand-selected U.S. troops slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines. Their mission: March thirty rugged miles to rescue 513 POWs languishing in a hellish camp, among them the last...


Chiang Kai Shek: China's Generalissimo and the Nation He Lost

by Jonathan Fenby

With a narrative as briskly paced and vividly detailed as an international thriller, this definitive biography of Chiang Kai-shek masterfully maps the tumultuous political career of Nationalist China’s generalissimo...


Dark Genius of Wall Street: The Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould, King of the Robber Barons

by Jr., Edward J., Jr. Renehan

Acclaimed biographer Edward J. Renehan, Jr., combines lively anecdotes with the rich social tapestry of the Gilded Age to paint the portrait of the most talented financial buccaneer of his generation.


King Kong Theory

by Virginie Despentes & Stephánie Benson

King Kong Theory is Despentes' candid account of how she became notorious: reviled and admired in equal measure for her rape-revenge novel turned film, Baise-Moi, she is the poster girl for modern female rebellion....


The Life and Times of the Code Talker

by Chester Nez & Judith Schiess Avila

Chester Nez’s memoir was just the beginning. Here are more stories and photos from the last remaining Navajo Code Talker of World War II.

After the publication of his book, Code Talker, Chester Nez reflects...


Companero: The Life and Death of Che Guevara

by Jorge G. Castaneda

Cuando llegó el momento en que fue muerto en las selvas de Bolivia, donde su cuerpo fue exhibido como un Cristo destronado, Ernesto "Che  Guevara se había convertido en sinónimo de revolución en todas...


Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest

by Beck Weathers

I am neither churchly nor a particularly spiritual person, but I can tell you that some force within me rejected death at the last moment and then guided me, blind and stumbling—quite literally a dead man...


The Burn Journals

by Brent Runyon

I don’t want to get out of bed.I’m so stupid.I did so many things wrong.I don’t know what to do.I’m going to be in so much trouble.What am I going to do?I’m completely screwed.In 1991, fourteen-year-old...


Nella Last's Peace: The Post-War Diaries of Housewife 49

by Trustees of the Mass Observati Archives

Outwardly Nella's life was probably seen as ordinary; but behind this mask were a lively mind and a persistent pen - a pen that never gave up over almost three decades, reporting, describing, pondering, and...


The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time

by Jeff Deck & Benjamin D. Herson

The signs of the times are missing apostrophes.

 

The world needed a hero, but how would an editor with no off-switch answer the call? For Jeff Deck, the writing was literally on the wall: “NO TRESSPASSING.”...


Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

by Atul Gawande

This is a stunningly well-written account of the life of a surgeon: what it is like to cut into people's bodies and the terrifying - literally life and death - decisions that have to be made.There are accounts...


Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

by Atul Gawande

The struggle to perform well is universal, but nowhere is this drive to do better more important than in medicine. In his new book, Atul Gawande explores how doctors strive to close the gap between best intentions...


Spielberg: The Man, the Movies, the Mythology

by Frank Sanello

This unauthorized biography recounts Speilberg's childhood, education, career, philanthropic endeavors and his latest filmmaking efforts.


Cosmopolitan Europe: A Strasbourg Self-Portrait

by Western

Based on in-depth, lively interviews with 80 men and 80 women ranging from 101 to 20 years, and from all over the world (France, Germany, Alsace-Lorraine, Portugal, Italy, ex-Yugoslavia, Albania, Algeria, Morocco,...