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Lena Ashwell: Actress, Patriot, Pioneer

by Margaret Leask

Skillfully written and complemented with photos, this biography is the first to honor British actress-manager Lena Ashwell. In a rapidly changing world, Ashwell was crucial to the advancement of women in English...


Fragile: The True Story of My Lifelong Battle Against Anorexia

by Nikki Grahame

Say the name Nikki Grahame and most people will remember the bubby, highly strung and hugely entertaining Big Brother 7 contestant, famous for her diary room outbursts. Since leaving the Big Brother house, she...


A Dip in the Ocean: Rowing Solo Across the Indian

by Sarah Outen & Dame Ellen MacArthur

Four-thousand miles of unpredictable ocean, 500 chocolate bars, 124 days of physical exertion, three Guinness World Records, and one incredible journey

 On April 1, 2009, brave 23-year-old Sarah Outen embarked...


Once and Future Celt

by Bill Watkins

This witty true adventure of Celtic culture, language and history opens with 21-year-old Bill stranded in a Gypsy camp with an injured foot, cared for by the beautiful, unattainable Riena. Bill discovers that...


Thurgood Marshall: His Speeches, Writings, Arguments, Opinions, and Reminiscences

by Mark V. V. Tushnet & Randall Kennedy

Much has been written about Thurgood Marshall, but this is the first book to collect his own words. Here are briefs he filed as a lawyer, oral arguments for the landmark school desegregation cases, investigative...


Assata: An Autobiography

by Assata Shakur & Angela Davis

On May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local, state, and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout...


Ollie Tibbles: The Boy Who Became a Train

by Debi Tibbles

When 4-year-old Ollie Tibbles was asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, he answered, "I'm going to be a train!" Four years later at Union Station-Chicago, at Make-A-Wish Foundation's Grand Ball, Ollie's...


Home Girl: Building a Dream House on a Lawless Block

by Judith Matloff

After twenty years as a foreign correspondent in tumultuous locales including Rwanda, Chechnya, and Sudan, Judith Matloff is ready to put down roots and start a family. She leaves Moscow and returns to her native...


Ghost Light: A Memoir

by Frank Rich

There is a superstition that if an emptied theater is ever left completely dark, a ghost will take up residence. To prevent this, a single "ghost light" is left burning at center stage after the audience and...


A Chateau of One's Own: Restoration Misadventures In France

by Sam Juneau

Sam and Bud were ordinary first-time home buyers in their early thirties. Their intention, in moving to France, was to create a simple life in a place where they could spend time with their children. The home...


Special Agent Man: My Life in the FBI as a Terrorist Hunter, Helicopter Pilot, and Certified Sniper

by Steve Moore

For decades, movies and television shows have portrayed FBI agents as fearless heroes leading glamorous lives, but this refreshingly original memoir strips away the fantasy and glamour and describes the day-to-day...


Hiroshima in the Morning

by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto

In June 2001 Rahna Reiko Rizzuto went to Hiroshima in search of a deeper understanding of her war-torn heritage. She planned to spend six months there, interviewing the few remaining survivors of the atomic...


It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: My Adventures in Life and Food

by Moira Hodgson

The daughter of a British Foreign Service officer, Moira Hodgson spent her childhood in many a strange and exotic land. She discovered American food in Saigon, ate wild boar in Berlin, and learned how to prepare...


The Barrios of Manta

by Rhoda Brooks & Earle Brooks

In February 1962, Earle and Rhoda Brooks, a young sales engineer and his schoolteacher wife, left home and friends in Illinois to serve as members of the Peace Corps in Manta, Ecuador. This book is an account...


Laura Bush: An Intimate Portrait of the First Lady

by Ronald Kessler

When Laura Bush moved into the White House on January 20, 2001, everyone wanted to know what kind of first lady she would be. Would she be like Mamie Eisenhower? Would she follow in Barbara Bush’s footsteps?...


The Boys of Summer: The Unauthorized Biographies of Benjamin McKenzie and Adam Brody

by Elizabeth Zack

TWO HOT TO HANDLE

Thanks to the explosive popularity of Fox’s hit television show The O.C., actors Benjamin McKenzie and Adam Brody are men on the move. Their jaw-dropping good looks and impressive talent have...


The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved

by Judith Freeman

Raymond Chandler was among the most original and enduring crime novelists of the twentieth century. Yet much of his pre-writing life, including his unconventional marriage, has remained shrouded in mystery....


You Changed My Life

by Abdel Sellou

You Saved My Life tells the extraordinary true story of the charming Algerian con-man whose friendship with a disabled French aristocrat inspired the record-breaking hit film, The Intouchables.Sellou’s fictional...


The Men of the Last Frontier

by Grey Owl & James Polk

Part memoir, part history of the vanishing wilderness, and part compendium of animal and First Nations tales and lore, Grey Owl's first book was published in 1931. It is a passionate, compelling appeal for the...


Two Billion Trees and Counting: The Legacy of Edmund Zavitz

by John Bacher & Kenneth A. A. Armson

Edmund Zavitz (1875-1968) is recognized as Ontarios "Father of Reforestation." Due his knowledge of forestry, vision, diligence, and perseverance in the face of opposition, Ontario was rescued from the ravages...