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Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life

by Jonathan Sperber

“Absorbing, meticulously researched. . . . [Sperber] succeeds in the primary task of all biography, re-creating a man who leaps off the page.” —Jonathan Freedland, New York Times Book Review In this magisterial...


Be Sweet: A Conditional Love Story

by Roy Jr Blount

In the book his laughing and loving readers have been waiting for, our generation's master of full-hearted humor lays open the soul of his life story.

Roy Blount Jr.--Georgia boy turned New York wit, lover of...


Diary of a Man in Despair

by Friedrich Reck, Paul Rubens & Richard Evans

Friedrich Reck might seem an unlikely rebel against Nazism. Not just a conservative but a rock-ribbed reactionary, he played the part of a landed gentleman, deplored democracy, and rejected the modern world...


Graven With Diamonds: The Many Lives of Thomas Wyatt: Poet, Lover, Statesman, and Spy in the Court of Henry VIII

by Nicola Shulman

In this thrillingly entertaining book, Nicola Shulman interweaves the bloody events of Henry VIII's reign with the story of English love poetry and the life of its first master, Henry VIII's most glamorous...


Ghosts in the Garden: Reflections on Endings, Beginnings, and the Unearthing of Self

by Beth Kephart & William Sulit

On the morning of her forty-?rst birthday, Kephart - a mother, a wife, and a writer pressured by deadlines - finds herself at Chanticleer, one of the world's most celebrated pleasure gardens. She knows little...


The Bamboo Cage: The True Story of American P.O.W.'s in Vietnam

by Nigel Cawthorne

After the Vietnam War ground to a bloody halt, long after the boys were officially sent home, evidence remained that over 2,000 American soldiers were still missing in Southeast Asia. In this shocking expose,...


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King: A Biography

by David Levering Lewis

The essential biography of Martin Luther King Jr., back in print in a new edition


Buster Keaton's Silent Shorts: 1920-1923

by James L. Neibaur & Terri Niemi

In Buster Keaton’s Silent Shorts: 1920-1923, James L. Neibaur and Terri Niemi provide a film-by-film assessment of Buster Keaton’s short films produced in the early 1920s. The authors discuss the significance...


Living the Artist's Life, Updated and Revised: A Guide to Growing, Persevering, and Succeeding in the Art World

by Robert Paul Dorrell

Dorrell opened his gallery in 1991, and has been advancing artists careers on a national level ever since. This is an updated edition of his original book, covering critical subjects that he didn't before and...


Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley: African Princess, Florida Slave, Plantation Slaveowner

by Daniel L Schafer

Anna Kingsley's life story adds a dramatic chapter to histories of the South, the state of Florida, and the African diaspora. Working from surprisingly extensive records, including information and photographs...


Reluctant Republican: My Fight for the Moderate Majority

by Barbara F. Olschner

Barbara Olschner believes in her party's founding principles: lower taxes, less regulation, limited government, and individual accountability. But she also believes in governing through compromise, in respectfully...


Shopping, Seduction & Mr. Selfridge

by Lindy Woodhead

If you lived at Downton Abbey, you shopped at Selfridge’s.

Harry Gordon Selfridge was a charismatic American who, in twenty-five years working at Marshall Field’s in Chicago, rose from lowly stockboy to a...


Saul Steinberg: A Biography

by Deirdre Bair

From National Book Award winner Deirdre Bair, the definitive biography of Saul Steinberg, one of The New Yorker's most iconic artists.

 

The issue date was March 29, 1976. The New Yorker cost 75 cents. And on...


The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures

by Edward Ball

From the National Book Award-winning author of Slaves in the Family, a riveting true life/true crime narrative of the partnership between the murderer who invented the movies and the robber baron who built the...


Days That I'll Remember: Spending Time with John Lennon and Yoko Ono

by Jonathan Cott

Jonathan Cott met John Lennon in 1968 and was friends with him and Yoko Ono until John's death in 1980. He has kept in touch with Yoko since that time, and is one of the small group of writers who understands...


Tillie the Terrible Swede: How One Woman, a Sewing Needle, and a Bicycle Changed History

by Sue Stauffacher & Sarah Mcmenemy

When Tillie Anderson came to America, all she had was a needle. So she got herself a job in a tailor shop and waited for a dream to find her. One day, a man sped by on a bicycle. She was told "bicycles aren't...


night thoughts: 70 dream poems & notes from an analysis

by Sarah Arvio

In this remarkable and unique work, award-winning poet Sarah Arvio gives us a memoir about coming to terms with a life in crisis through the study of dreams.

As a young woman, threatened by disturbing visions,...


Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami

by Gretel Ehrlich

**Kirkus Best Books of the Year (2013)**

**Kansas City Star Best Books of the Year (2013)**

A passionate student of Japanese poetry, theater, and art for much of her life, Gretel Ehrlich felt compelled to return...


Moanin' at Midnight: The Life and Times of Howlin' Wolf

by James Segrest & Mark Hoffman

Howlin’ Wolf was a musical giant in every way. He stood six foot three, weighed almost three hundred pounds, wore size sixteen shoes, and poured out his darkest sorrows onstage in a voice like a raging chainsaw....