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Beyond Global Crisis: Remedies and Road Maps by Daisaku Ikeda and His Contemporaries

by Terrence Edward Paupp & Olivier Urbain

In this volume, Terrence Paupp argues that much human conflict and environmental degradation is the direct consequence of poverty and inequality. Until these issues are addressed, many of the worlds problems...


Hannah Arendt: Radical Conservative

by Irving Louis Horowitz

This book paints a broad picture of the personal traits and professional achievements in the work of an extremely complex iconographic figure in twentieth-century intellectual life, Hannah Arendt. This volume...


Love, Fiercely: A Gilded Age Romance

by Jean Zimmerman

The Gilded Age New York love story of a beautiful heiress who fought for  women's rights and a wealthy young architect, who were captured in the John Singer Sargent painting Mr. and Mrs. I.N. Phelps Stokes...


Pity for the Guy: A Biography of Guy Fawkes

by John Paul Davis

The first fully-rounded portrait of the man behind the Gunpowder Plot For hundreds of years Guy Fawkes has been portrayed as perhaps too extreme a figure—a rabid, bloodthirsty Catholic who not only tried to...


Pulse of My Heart: One Couple Survives a Wife's Failing Heart

by Brian O'Mara-Croft & Patricia O'Mara-Croft

Unforgettable memoir: part medical mystery, part comedy of errors, part family drama and, most of all, an enduring love story.


Touched by Fire: Igniting a Passion for Ministry to Others

by Larry Yeagley

Larry Yeagley lays bare the soul of a pastor as he shares the joy and pain of "the most exciting and rewarding work in the whole world." He writes of pulpit pounders, dog funerals, fund-raising, and frigid baptisms....


Triumvirate: McKim, Mead & White: Art, Architecture, Scandal, and Class in America's Gilded Age

by Mosette Broderick

A rich, fascinating saga of the most influential, far-reaching architectural firm of their time and of the dazzling triumvirate—Charles McKim, William Mead, and Stanford White—who came together, bound by...


Playing with Trains: A Passion Beyond Scale

by Sam Posey

Why do grown men play with trains? Is it a primal attachment to childhood, nostalgia for the lost age of rail travel, or the stuff of flat-out obsession? In this delightful and unprecedented book, Grand Prix...


Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self

Whitbread Book Award for Biography 2002

by Claire Tomalin

For a decade, beginning in 1660, an ambitious young London civil servant kept an astonishingly candid account of his life during one of the most defining periods in British history. In Samuel Pepys, Claire Tomalin...


Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe

by Kate Buford

The first comprehensive biography of the legendary figure who defined excellence in American sports: Jim Thorpe, arguably the greatest all-around athlete the United States has ever seen.

With clarity and a fine...


Escape

by Carolyn Jessop & Laura Palmer

The dramatic first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist American religious sect, and one woman’s courageous flight to freedom with her eight children.

When she was eighteen years old, Carolyn...


The Life of David

by Robert Pinsky

Part of the Jewish Encounter series

Poet, warrior, and king, David has loomed large in myth and legend through the centuries, and he continues to haunt our collective imagination, his flaws and inconsistencies...


On the Road with Francis of Assisi: A Timeless Journey Through Umbria and Tuscany, and Beyond

by Linda Bird Francke

On the Road with Francis of Assisi offers a unique and lively travelogue of parallel journeys: that of Francis of Assisi on his way to sainthood in the thirteenth century, and that of author Linda Bird Francke,...


Churched: One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess

by Matthew Paul Turner

He spent his childhood trapped within the confines of countless bizarre, strict rules. And lived to tell about it.

In this first-hand account, author Matthew Paul Turner shares amusing–sometimes cringe-worthy–and...


Why Not Say What Happened?: A Memoir

by Ivana Lowell

An astonishing and at times outright comic memoir that marks the brilliant debut of a writer raised in a creative, bohemian household characterized by extreme privilege tinged with neglect.

Born into one of the...


Imperial Life in the Emerald City

Samuel Johnson Prize 2007

by Rajiv Chandrasekaran

The Green Zone, Baghdad, 2003: in this walled-off compound of swimming pools and luxurious amenities, Paul Bremer and his Coalition Provisional Authority set out to fashion a new, democratic Iraq. Staffed by...


Yesteryears of Henry M. King: Recollections and Poems

by Philip L. Carroll & Henry M. King (dec.)

Synopsis:

Philip L. Carroll brings to life the recollections, memories and poems of his late uncle Henry M. King in this unique and fascinating collection.

Henry M. King was born in India in 1911 in the Garrison...


For the Sins of My Father: A Mafia Killer, His Son, and the Legacy of a Mob Life

by Albert Demeo

A suspenseful, emotionally charged real-life Sopranos: The son of New York's most notorious Mafia killer reveals the conflicted life he led being raised by a cold-blooded murderer, who was also a devoted family...


Cheever

National Book Critics Circle for Biography 2009

by Blake Bailey

John Cheever spent much of his career impersonating a perfect suburban gentleman, the better to become one of the foremost chroniclers of postwar America. Written with unprecedented access to essential sources—including...


Bowie: A Biography

by Marc Spitz

Finally an expansive biography of one of the twentieth century’s greatest music and cultural icons

From noted author and rock ’n’ roll journalist Marc Spitz comes a major David Bowie biography to rival...