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GOD DOES NOT FORGET: The Story of a Boer War Commando

by Deneys Reitz

""One of the greatest war books ever written."" ""A vivid, unforgettable picture of mobile guerrilla warfare."" In 1899 a 17 year old boy by the name of Dennys Reitz volunteered to fight for his country, South...


The Corsican: The Virtual Diary of Napoleon Bonaparte

by R.M. Johnston

Napoleon's Diary? Napoleon didn't keep a diary-that's what makes this book so interesting We know that Napoleon Bonaparte did not keep a diary. But what if he had? What would it look like? American historian,...


Buried Alive: The Biography of Janis Joplin

by Myra Friedman

Electrifying, highly acclaimed, and intensely personal, this new and updated version of Myra Friedman's classic biography of Janis Joplin teems with dramatic insights into Joplin's genius and into the chaotic...


The Code of Love: An Astonishing True Tale of Secrets, Love, and War

by Andro Linklater

For fifty years, Pamela Kirrage longed to unlock the secrets of her husband’s encrypted war diary. She was on the verge of giving up when she at last found a mathematician who became as obsessed with learning...


Unlikely Brothers

by John Prendergast & Michael Mattocks

“You don’t look like brothers . . .”

Peace activist and cofounder of the Enough Project, John Prendergast is known as a champion of human rights in Africa. 

But the not-so-public face of J.P. is the life...


The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter: A Memoir

by Holly Robinson

“What kind of Navy officer sits on his ship in the middle of the Mediterranean dreaming of gerbils?”

That’s the question that Holly Robinson sets out to answer in this warm and rollicking memoir of life...


Strangers in the House: Life Stories

by Dorothy Gallagher

Dorothy Gallagher’s critically acclaimed memoir, How I Came Into My Inheritance, told of her childhood in 1940s New York as the daughter of left-wing Russian Jewish immigrants. Time magazine called it “a...


Lilla's Feast: One Woman's True Story of Love and War in the Orient

by Frances Osborne

At the end of her life, Frances Osborne’s one-hundred-year-old great-grandmother Lilla was as elegant as ever–all fitted black lace and sparkling-white diamonds. To her great-grandchildren, Lilla was both...


Conversations with John Schlesinger

by Ian Buruma

“I like the surprise of the curtain going up, revealing what’s behind it.”

–John Schlesinger

The British director John Schlesinger was one of the cinema’s most dynamic and influential artists. Now, in...


Ten Circles Upon the Pond

by Virginia Tranel

Ten Circles Upon the Pond is a book for anyone who’s ever lived in that unwieldy group called family—a story of passion, intimacy, work, religion, puberty, love and loss, and the struggle to be steadfast...


Southern Selves: From Mark Twain and Eudora Welty to Maya Angelou and Kaye Gibbons A Collection o f Autobiographical Writing

by James Watkins

  The memoirist seek to capture not just a self but an entire world, and in this marvelous anthology thirty-one of the South's finest writers—writers like Kaye Gibbons and Reynolds Price, Eudora Welty and...


Pushkin: A Biography

Samuel Johnson Prize 2003

by T.J. Binyon

In the course of his short, dramatic life, Aleksandr Pushkin gave Russia not only its greatest poetry–including the novel-in-verse Eugene Onegin–but a new literary language. He also gave it a figure of enduring...


My Detachment: A Memoir

by Tracy Kidder

My Detachment is a war story like none you have ever read before, an unromanticized portrait of a young man coming of age in the controversial war that defined a generation. In an astonishingly honest, comic,...


An Italian Affair

by Laura Fraser

When Laura Fraser's husband leaves her for his high school sweetheart, she takes off, on impulse, for Italy, hoping to leave some of her sadness behind. There, on the island of Ischia, she meets M., an aesthetics...


The Life of Captain Frederick Marryat

by David Hannay

The First Book of the Marryat Cycle ""If you seek to understand nautical fiction, you must start with Frederick Marryat."" People the world over have thrilled to the fictional exploits of Horatio Hornblower,...


How Private George W. Peck Single-handedly Won The Civil War

by George W. Peck

A humorous book about the Civil War? Most people would contend that there was very little about the Civil War that was funny. George W. Peck would disagree; and he should know-he was IN the Civil War. Who but...


OVERLOOKED HERO: A Portrait of Sir Sidney Smith

by Joseph Hepburn Parsons

Lost for almost 100 years. An engaging portrait of the man who is arguably the greatest Admiral of the Napoleonic Wars-Sir Sidney Smith. Everyone knows the two greatest heroes and the two greatest battles of...


The Lady Tars: The Autobiographies of Hannah Snell, Mary Lacy and Mary Talbot

by Hannah, Talbot, Mary Anne and Lac Snell

Out of Print for over 200 Years, the original text of three of the most remarkable naval biographies ever written. We know that women served as sailors in the Royal Navy as early as 1650. Unfortunately, what...


If a Place Can Make You Cry: Dispatches from an Anxious State

by Daniel Gordis

In the summer of 1998, Daniel Gordis and his family moved to Israel from Los Angeles. They planned to be there for a year, during which time Daniel would be a Fellow at the Mandel Institute in Jerusalem. This...


Each Branch, Each Needle: An Anecdotal Memoir

by H.A. Dorfman

This book is the story of Harvey Dorfman, who rose from a childhood sickbed to experience numerous successes in the world of sports. Dorfman has been a teacher, coach, counselor, and a consultant in sport psychology....