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Archie and Amelie: Love and Madness in the Gilded Age

by Donna M. Lucey

John Armstrong Chanler—known as Archie to his family—was an heir to the Astor fortune, an eccentric, dashing, and handsome millionaire. Amélie Rives, from a Southern family and the goddaughter of Robert...


Child Bride: The Untold Story of Priscilla Beaulieu Presley

by Suzanne Finstad

The myth-shattering account of the most famous and most taboo love story in rock-and-roll history

Child Bride reveals the hidden story of rock icon Elvis Presley’s love affair with fourteen-year-old Priscilla...


Wellington's Men

by W.H. Fitchett

Wellington's Peninsula Campaign as told by four soldiers who lived through it: John Kincaid - Adventures in the Rifle Brigade Benjamin Harris - Rifleman Harris James Anton - Military Life Cavalie Mercer - Waterloo...


Innocent Spouse

by Carol Ross Joynt

What would you do if, just weeks after your spouse's sudden death, you found out he was keeping secrets? Big secrets. Secrets that could cost you millions of dollars—and brand you as a criminal. Innocent Spouse...


Cooking for Gracie: The Making of a Parent from Scratch

by Keith Dixon

A touching, insightful and uplifting memoir, complete with more than 40 recipes, that recounts a year in the life of a new parent learning to cook for three.

Keith Dixon’s passion was cooking. For years, he...


Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi

by Dean Faulkner Wells

In Every Day by the Sun, Dean Faulkner Wells recounts the story of the Faulkners of Mississippi, whose legacy includes pioneers, noble and ignoble war veterans, three never-convicted mur­derers, the builder...


Some Memories of a Long Life, 1854-1911

by Malvina Shanklin Harlan, Linda Przybyszewski & Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Like Abigail Adams, Malvina Shanklin Harlan witnessed—and gently influenced—national history from the unique perspective of a political leader’s wife. Her husband, Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan...


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,...