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John Keats

by Nicholas Roe

This landmark biography of celebrated Romantic poet John Keats explodes entrenched conceptions of him as a delicate, overly sensitive, tragic figure. Instead, Nicholas Roe reveals the real flesh-and-blood poet:...


Macaulay and Son

by Catherine Hall

Thomas Babington Macaulay's History of England was a phenomenal Victorian best-seller which shaped much more than the literary culture of the times: it defined a nation's sense of self, charting the rise of...


The Great Charles Dickens Scandal

by Michael Slater

Charles Dickens was regarded as the great proponent of hearth and home in Victorian Britain, but in 1858 this image was nearly shattered. With the breakup of his marriage that year, rumors of a scandalous relationship...


Three Tough Chinamen

by Scott D. Seligman

Hemmed in by prejudice and restrictive laws, Chinese Americans lived in a defensive crouch at the turn of the 20th century. This is the true story of three scrappy and ambitious brothers who fought hard for...


Being Lucky: Reminiscences and Reflections

by Herman B Wells

In this absorbing autobiography, Herman B Wells, the legendary former president of Indiana University, recalls his small-town boyhood, the strong influence of his parents, his pioneering work with Indiana banks...


Cars, Energy, Nuclear Diplomacy and the Law: A Reflective Memoir of Three Generations

by John Thomas, II Smith

This multigenerational memoir sketches the lives of three generations of the author’s family that were involved with some of the most profound issues of the twentieth century. With a paternal grandfather present...


Superman is an Arab: On God, marriage, macho men and other disastrous inventions

by Joumanna Haddad

This is not a manifesto against men in general. Nor is it a manifesto against Arab men in particular. It is, however, a howl in the face of a particular species of men: the macho species, Supermen, as they like...


Tales of the Savoy: Stories from a Glasgow Cafe

by Joe Pieri

Joe Pieri used to be one of the Glasgow's best-known restaurateurs and ran the remarkable Savoy cafe. His cafe attracted the lowlife during the day but was cleared for theatre-goers in the early evening before...


Make Believe: A True Story

by Diana Athill & Patrick French

In Make Believe, Diana Athill, acclaimed author of Instead of a Letter and Stet, remembers her turbulent friendship with Hakim Jamal, a young black convert to the teachings of Malcolm X, whom she met in London...


Streetwise

by Mohamed Choukri & Ed Emery

In his early twenties Choukri takes the momentous decision to learn to read and write, and joins a children's class at the local state school in Tangier. When not at school he hangs out in cafés, drinking and...


The Summer My Father Died

by Yudit Kiss & Georges Szirtes

Yudit Kiss grew up a communist in Budapest, soaking up her father’s ideology unquestioningly. As a child she is puzzled when others refer to her as Jewish; she only knows that her family doesn’t believe...


Looking For Enid: The Mysterious And Inventive Life Of Enid Blyton

by Duncan McLaren

This is a strikingly inventive and unusual portrait of the most successful English writer for children (until J. K. Rowling), Enid Blyton, who entertained millions worldwide with her myriad adventure stories...


Giants On My Shoulders, The Untold Story Behind The Greatest Upset In Boxing History

by Ben Clement

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An extraordinary account of the life of unknown club boxer, Frank Steele, who sparred with legendary boxing greats like Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Joe Frazier and Ernie Shavers. Impoverished from...


I Closed My Eyes: Revelations of A Battered Woman

by Michele Weldon

Award-winning journalist and author Michele Weldon offers a distinctly honest and articulate portrayal of the domestic violence she experienced in a nine-year marriage to a man many considered to be the perfect...


Everglades Patrol

by Tom Shirley

As law enforcement officer and game manager for the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Lt. Tom Shirley was the law in one of the last true frontiers in the nation--the Florida Everglades.

In Everglades...


Letters to a Friend

by Diana Athill & Edward Field

“What a feast. Diana’s work compels me. . . . She’s got her teeth into life!”—Alice Munro Diana Athill is one of our great women of letters. The renowned editor of V. S. Naipaul, Jean Rhys, and many...


Memoir of a Debulked Woman: Enduring Ovarian Cancer

by Susan Gubar

A 2012 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

"Staggering, searing…Ms. Gubar deserves the highest admiration for her bravery and honesty."—New York Times Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008, Susan Gubar...


Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll

by Marc Dolan

A vibrant biography of one of the greatest rock 'n' rollers, the America that made him, and the America he made. This smart, incisive biography traces Bruce Springsteen’s evolution from a young artist who...


Sniper: A Novel

by Nicolai Lilin

Poised to stand among the great war novels, the harrowing chronicle of a sniper during the Chechen War. “The saboteurs? Holy Christ, what happened? What did you do to deserve that?” a fellow soldier responds...


Mozart at the Gateway to His Fortune: Serving the Emperor, 1788-1791

by Christoph Wolff

ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award winner

A fresh look at the life of Mozart during his imperial years by one of the world's leading Mozart scholars. "I now stand at the gateway to my fortune," Mozart wrote in a letter...