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Bolt Of Fate: Benjamin Franklin And His Fabulous Kite

by Tom Tucker

Was Benjamin Franklin's famous electric kite experiment a fraud? And did it determine the course of the American Revolution?


The Turkish Lover: A Memoir

by Esmeralda Santiago

Esmeralda's relationship with "the Turk" is told with expansive humanity, earthy humor, and psychological courage.


The Pleasures All Mine: A Sexual Memoir of a Submissive

by Joan Kelly

When Joan Kelly took a weekend job as a professional submissive in a private dungeon, it seemed she’d finally found a perfect outlet for her pent-up desires. Suddenly, Joan was being paid to do things she’d...


When I Was a Child I Read Books

by Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson has built a sterling reputation as a writer of sharp, subtly moving prose, not only as a major American novelist, but also as a rigorous thinker and incisive essayist. In When I Was a Child...


A Great Feast of Light: Growing Up Irish in the Television Age

by John Doyle

Celebrated TV critic John Doyle has penned an Irish memoir that gives a portrait of a boy and his country transformed by television. Funny, insightful, and engaging, A Great Feast of Light begins in the small...


Joan Crawford: Hollywood Martyr

by David Bret

The major biography of the star who, according to the New York Times, “personified the dreams and disappointments of millions of American women”


The Socialite Who Killed a Nazi with Her Bare Hands and 143 Other Fascinating People Who Died This Past Year: The Best of the New York Times Obituarie

by William McDonald

Returning for its second year but reimagined in a new impulse format, with a new title, new cover, new mission, and new sensibility, here is The Socialite Who Killed a Nazi with Her Bare Hands, a pithier, quirkier...


About Time: Surviving Ireland's Death Row

by Peter Pringle

Law and justice are not always one and the same. On the 27 November 1980, Peter Pringle waited in an Irish court to hear the following words: 'Peter Pringle, for the crime of capital murder … the law prescribes...


The Watchmaker's Daughter: A Memoir

by Sonia Taitz

The Watchmaker's Daughter tells the story of a child of two refugees: a watchmaker who saved lives within Dachau prison, and his wife, a gifted concert pianist about to make her debut when the Nazis seized power....


James Joyce

by Gordon Bowker

A revealing new biography—the first in more than fifty years—of one of the twentieth-century’s towering literary figures

James Joyce is one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, his novels and...


Oblivion

by Hector Abad, Anne McLean & Rosalind Harvey

Oblivion is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written memorial to the author’s father, Héctor Abad Gómez, whose criticism of the Colombian regime led to his murder by paramilitaries in 1987. Twenty years in the...


Just Send Me Word

by Orlando Figes

A heroic love story and an unprecedented inside view of one of Stalin's most notorious labor camps, based on a remarkable cache of letters smuggled in and out of the Gulag

"I went to get the letters for our friends,...


The Fish That Ate the Whale

by Rich Cohen

A legendary tale, both true and astonishing, from the author of Israel is Real and Sweet and Low

When Samuel Zemurray arrived in America in 1891, he was tall, gangly, and penniless. When he died in the grandest...


American Gypsy

by Oksana Marafioti

A vivid and funny memoir about growing up Gypsy and becoming American

Fifteen-year-old Oksana Marafioti is a Gypsy. This means touring with the family band from the Mongolian deserts to the Siberian tundra. It...


Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down

by Rosecrans Baldwin

A self-described Francophile from when he was little, Rosecrans Baldwin always dreamed of living in Paris—drinking le café, eating les croissants, walking in les jardins—so when an opportunity presented...


John F. Kennedy

by Alan Brinkley, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. & Sean Wilentz

The young president who brought vigor and glamour to the White House while he confronted cold war crises abroad and calls for social change at home

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was a new kind of president. He redefined...


Madam Prime Minister

by Gro Harlem Brundtland

One of the world's leading woman politicians tells her inspiring story

At forty-one, Gro Harlem Brundtland, physician and mother of four, was appointed prime minister of Norway-the youngest person and the first...


Bob Dylan in America

by Sean Wilentz

One of America’s finest historians shows us how Bob Dylan, one of the country’s greatest and most enduring artists, still surprises and moves us after all these years.

Growing up in Greenwich Village, Sean...


Marilyn Monroe

by Keith Badman

Published for the fiftieth anniversary of her tragic death, this definitive account dispels the rumors and sets the record straight on her last two years

Marilyn Monroe passed away at the age of thirty-six under...


The Myth of "Bloody Mary"

by Linda Porter

In this groundbreaking new biography of “Bloody Mary,” Linda Porter brings to life a queen best remembered for burning hundreds of Protestant heretics at the stake, but whose passion, will, and sophistication...