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The Jane Austen Miscellany

by Harry Berry

Jane Austen is the world's bestselling novelist - 200 years after her death. We seem to have a never-ending appetite for the swooning of Sense & Sensibility; smouldering passion of Pride & Prejudice - resulting...


Richard III's 'Beloved Cousyn': John Howard and the House of York

by John Ashdown-Hill

In 1455 John Howard was an untitled and relatively obscure Suffolk gentleman. At the time of his death at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 he was Earl Marshal, Duke of Norfolk, Lord Admiral and a very rich...


The Myopia and Other Plays by David Greenspan

by David Greenspan & Marc Robinson

Playwright and actor David Greenspan has been a leading figure in Manhattan's downtown performance scene for over twenty years. His numerous accolades include a Guggenheim fellowship and four Obie Awards for...


The Dangerous Animals Club

by Stephen Stephen Tobolowsky

From legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky, comes a collection of memoiristic pieces about life, love, acting, and adventure, told with a beguiling voice and an uncommon talent for storytelling.

The Dangerous...


Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels

Macavity Best Mystery-Related Nonfiction 2013, Agatha Award for Best Non-Fiction 2012

by John Connolly & Declan Burke

The world’s greatest mystery writers on the world’s greatest mystery novels:

Michael Connelly on The Little Sister . . .

Kathy Reichs on The Silence of the Lambs . . .

Mark Billingham on The Maltese Falcon...


The Fiddler on Pantico Run: An African Warrior, His White Descendants, A Search for Family

by Joe Mozingo

In this gorgeously written and “vividly fascinating” (Elle) account, a prize-winning journalist digs deep into his ancestry looking for the origins of his unusual last name and discovers that he comes from...


Zumwalt

by Larry Berman

Admiral Elmo Russell Zumwalt, Jr., the charismatic chief of naval operations (CNO) and "the navy's most popular leader since WWII" (Time), was a man who embodied honor, courage, and commitment. In a career spanning...


Praying to the Goddess: A Memoir of Mood Swings

by Mahita Vas

When Mahita was 15, a teacher at her Catholic school in Singapore said she could see the devil in her eyes. While growing up, then raising a family of her own, she constantly fought to understand and control...


Polygraphies: Francophone Women Writing Algeria

by Alison Rice

Coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of Algeria's independence, Polygraphies is significant and timely in its focus on autobiographical writings by seven of the most prominent francophone women writers from...


Race Man: The Rise and Fall of the "Fighting Editor," John Mitchell Jr

by Ann Field Alexander

Although he has largely receded from the public consciousness, John Mitchell Jr., the editor and publisher of the Richmond Planet, was well known to many black, and not a few white, Americans in his day. A contemporary...


Emily Davies: Collected Letters, 1861-1875

by Ann B. Murphy, Jerome J. McGann & Deirdre Raftery

Sarah Emily Davies (1830-1921) lived and crusaded during a time of profound change for education and women's rights in England. At the time of her birth, women's suffrage was scarcely open to discussion, and...


Vernon Lee: A Literary Biography

by Vineta Colby

Vernon Lee, born Violet Paget in 1856 to English parents who lived on the Continent, bridged two worlds and many cultures. She was a Victorian by birth but lived into the second quarter of the twentieth century....


Paw Tracks: A Childhood Memoir

by Denis O'Connor

Scarred by the rejection and humiliation which he suffers at the hands of his unloving father, the young Denis O'Connor finds solace in the woods and riverbanks of his native Northumberland.Nevertheless, his...


Forever Is Still a Long, Long Time

by Jean Summit-Riker

While the circumstances of our lives may not be the same, we are much more alike than different. Most of us are not celebrities living the lifestyle of the rich and famous; instead, we go to work each day, seek...


One Family, One Heart

by L Ann Eynon

The book is an openly honest, very personal, inspirational memoir of change within a family beginning with a thought in late summer 1981.. I do not want to slap and scream at my young daughters. I do not want...


Opening Windows: Confessions of a Canadian Vocal Coach

by Stuart Hamilton & Lotfi Mansouri

Stuart Hamilton, a well-known Canadian musician, has been in the forefront of music in Canada for more than 60 years. Along the way, he has encountered, as a vocal coach and accompanist, most of the great Canadian...


Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 2009

by Linda Gordon

Winner of the 2010 Bancroft Prize and finalist for the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography: The definitive biography of a heroic chronicler of America's Depression and one of the twentieth century's...


A Free Man: A True Story of Life and Death in Delhi

by Aman Sethi

“A deeply moving, funny, and brilliantly written account from one of India’s most original new voices.”—Katherine Boo Like Dave Eggers’s Zeitoun and Alexander Masters’s Stuart, this is a tour de...


Commander: The Life and Exploits of Britain's Greatest Frigate Captain

by Stephen Taylor

"Nobody describes a naval battle better than Taylor…a flawless demonstration of the biographer’s craft." —Jan Morris, The Guardian Edward Pellew, captain of the legendary Indefatigable, was quite simply...


The SPCK Introduction to Karl Barth

by D. Densil Morgan

A short, accessible and engaging introduction to Karl Barth. Densil Morgan makes Barth's often complex, rich and provocative thinking accessible to a wide audience. He provides an introduction to the daunting,...