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Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life

by Richard Ben Cramer

Joe DiMaggio was, at every turn, one man we could look at who made us feel good.

In the hard-knuckled thirties, he was the immigrant boy who made it big—and spurred the New York Yankees to a new era of dynasty....


Data, A Love Story: How I Gamed Online Dating to Meet My Match

by Amy Webb

"Amy Webb found her true love after a search that's both charmingly romantic and relentlessly data-driven. Anyone who uses online dating sites must read her funny, fascinating book."-Gretchen Rubin, #1 New York...


How Literature Saved My Life

by David Shields

“Reading How Literature Saved My Life is like getting to listen in on a really great, smart, provocative conversation. The book is not straightforward, it resists any single interpretation, and it seems to...


Clear Springs: A Memoir

by Bobbie Ann Mason

In this superb memoir, the bestselling author of In Country and other award-winning books tells her own story, and the story of a Kentucky farm family, the Masons of Clear Springs. Like Russell Baker's Growing...


Congressman Lincoln

by Chris DeRose

The “gifted young historian” (Richard Norton Smith) who gave us Founding Rivals, Chris DeRose delivers the first fully realized portrait of Abraham Lincoln’s ambitious and controversial early political...


Photo by Sammy Davis, Jr.

by Burt Boyar

Sammy Davis, Jr. will forever be remembered as one of America's finest entertainers. An all–around performer who could sing, dance, and act, Davis broke racial barriers in the entertainment world and became...


Coco Chanel

by Justine Picardie

Sleek. Chic. Notoriously guarded. Welcome to the secret world of Gabrielle Chanel.

The story of Chanel begins with an abandoned child, as lost as a girl in a dark fairy tale. Unveiling remarkable new details...


Beyond the Possible

by Cecil Williams, Janice Mirikitani & Dave Eggers

Love

Acceptance

Community

With admirers ranging from Harvey Milk and Huey Newton to Warren Buffett, Maya Angelou, and Dianne Feinstein, Glide Memorial Methodist Church in San Francisco has been inspiring, infuriating,...


Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws

by Charles Falco & Kerrie Droban

The gripping account from an ex-con who went undercover to help the ATF infiltrate three of America’s most violent biker gangs

Despite lacking any experience with motorcycle gangs, Charles Falco infiltrated...


Chuck Amuck

by Chuck Jones

The illustrated classic, complete with a new preface by Matt Groening.

Winner of three Academy Awards and numerous other prizes for his animated films, Chuck Jones is the director of scores of famous Warner Bros....


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.,...