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John Clare: Voice of Freedom

The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives

by Ted Gup

In the entrance of the CIA headquarters looms a huge marble wall into which seventy-one stars are carved-each representing an agent who has died in the line of duty. Official CIA records only name thirty-five...


Teacher: The One Who Made the Difference

by Mark Edmundson

In 1969, Mark Edmundson was a typical high school senior in working-class Medford, Massachusetts. He loved football, disdained schoolwork, and seemed headed for a factory job in his hometown—until a maverick...


Hamba Gashle

by Ian Hassall

Hamba Gashle is the inside story of white society in colonial Southern Africa during the 1950s and 1960s. Ian Hassall's edgy memoir provides a vivid and disturbing depiction of childhood and family life against...


The Smile on the Face of the Pig: Confessions of the Last Cub Reporter

by John Bull

1950s Britain - when life was great if you had the guts to live it. Murder, lurid courtroom dramas, gypsy horse fairs, eccentric admirals, child brides, and falling in love - it's all in a day's work for cub...


Spinach Soup for the Walls: Finding My Spirit in Africa

by Lynne Harkes

The author has lived in wonderful places, from Nigeria to South America, Oman to the Gabon jungle.She describes the hospitality and resilience of the natives and the magnificence of landscape and animals. But...


It Made You Think of Home: The Haunting Journal of Deward Barnes, CEF: 1916-1919

by Bruce Cane

In this diary we hear something that is otherwise gone forever: the authentic voice of the First World War soldier, Everyman in khaki. Fully annotated to enhance the nuance of each entry, Barnes' diary takes...


101 Amazing Abraham Lincoln Facts

by Jack Goldstein

Do you want to know the important facts about Abraham Lincoln's Life? Amongst many other things, the 16th US President abolished slavery, made the Gettysburg Address and was assassinated whilst in office. This...


A French Restoration: La Maison d'Etre

by Clive Kristen & David Johnson

When David and Doris Johnson restored a French mini-chateau, they learnt new skills, solved the mysteries of septic drainage, and excavated not only the ancient foundations, but the chequered history of the...


Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens

by Jane Dunn

The political and religious conflicts between Queen Elizabeth I and the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots, have for centuries captured our imagination and inspired memorable dramas played out on stage, screen, and...


Dancing with Cuba: A Memoir of the Revolution

by Alma Guillermoprieto

In 1970 a young dancer named Alma Guillermoprieto left New York to take a job teaching at Cuba’s National School of Dance. For six months, she worked in mirrorless studios (it was considered more revolutionary);...


Black Gold of the Sun: Searching for Home in Africa and Beyond

by Ekow Eshun

At the age of thirty-three, Ekow Eshun—born in London to African-born parents—travels to Ghana in search of his roots. He goes from Accra, Ghana’s cosmopolitan capital city, to the storied slave forts...


Anna of All the Russias: A Life of Anna Akhmatova

by Elaine Feinstein

In this definitive biography of the legendary Russian poet, Elaine Feinstein draws on a wealth of newly available material–including memoirs, letters, journals, and interviews with surviving friends and family–to...


The Smoking Diaries Volume 1

by Simon Gray

When he turned sixty-five, the playwright Simon Gray began to keep a diary: not a careful honing of the day's events with a view to posterity but an account of his thoughts as he had them, honestly, turbulently,...


Robert Altman

by Mitchell Zuckoff

Robert Altman—visionary director, hard-partying hedonist, eccentric family man, Hollywood legend—comes roaring to life in this rollicking oral biography.  After an all-American boyhood in Kansas City, a...


Suleiman the Magnificent 1520-1566

by , Roger Merriman

This early work on Suleiman the Magnificent is both expensive and hard to find in its first edition. It details the life of a sixteenth century Sultan and is a fascinating work thoroughly recommended anyone...


The Real Winnie: A One-of-a-Kind Bear

by Val Shushkewich

The story of Winnie, the real Canadian bear that captured the heart of Christopher, son of A.A. Milne, is told against the backdrop of the First World War.


The Slippery Year

by Melanie Gideon

Melanie Gideon’s hilarious memoir is a disarmingly honest take on marriage and motherhood by a woman who realized she was sleepwalking through life and decided she needed to do something about it.

The Slippery...


Pauline Bonaparte: Venus of Empire

by Flora Fraser

From acclaimed biographer Flora Fraser, the brilliant life of Napoleon's favorite sister, with color photos, paintings, and illustrations.

 

Considered by many in Europe to be the most beautiful woman at the...


Hole: Kidnapped in Georgia

by Peter Shaw

The true story of the kidnap of Peter Shaw, a Welsh banker and his ordeal of being held in an underground hole for 141 days.