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Dead Janitors Club

by Jeff Klima

It had been well over a month since I had seen or heard from Dirk, and it was showing in my bank account...I was tempted to start searching for another job. I still had faith, though, that somehow, someway,...


The Springs of Namje: A Ten-Year Journey from the Villages of Nepal to the Halls of Congress

by Rajeev Goyal

A Peace Corps volunteer’s inspirational story about the power of small change

In 2001, Peace Corps volunteer Rajeev Goyal was sent to Namje, a remote village in the eastern hills of Nepal. Brimming with idealism,...


The Playbook for Dads: Parenting Your Kids In the Game of Life

by Ted Kluck, Jim Kelly & Dan Marino

On the football field NFL great Jim Kelly was a strong-armed passer, leading his team to victory after victory. In THE PLAYBOOK FOR DADS he passes principles instead of footballs, still using his talent to lead...


Reaching for the Stars: The Inspiring Story of a Migrant Farmworker Turned Astronaut

by José M. Hernández

Born into a family of migrant workers, toiling in the fields by the age of six, Jose M. Hernàndez dreamed of traveling through the night skies on a rocket ship. REACHING FOR THE STARS is the inspiring story...


Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World

by Jill Jonnes

In the final decades of the nineteenth century, three brilliant and visionary titans of America’s Gilded Age—Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse—battled bitterly as each vied to create...


Resistance and Betrayal: The Death and Life of the Greatest Hero of the French Resistance

by Patrick Marnham

“Enthralling and intelligent, a masterly exploration of

the sinister labyrinth that was wartime France . . .

It is a remarkable book, utterly fascinating.”

—Allan Massie

Not long after 2:00 p.m. on June...


Letters

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Michael Rose & Peter Washington

Mozart's remarkable life was well and richly documented in letters: his own and those concerning him written by others. This volume brings together a fascinating selection, giving us a detailed portrait of the...


The Story of Rose: A Man and His Dog

by Jon Katz

From the acclaimed author of A Good Dog, Dog Days, and Going Home comes this eBook original—a poignant memoir that celebrates Jon Katz’s beloved border collie, Rose, and their transformative years together...


Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a Scientist

by John Brockman

What makes a child decide to become a scientist?

•For Robert Sapolsky–Stanford professor of biology–it was an argument with a rabbi over a passage in the Bible.

•Physicist Lee Smolin traces his inspiration...


The Factory of Facts

by Luc Sante

The acclaimed author of Low Life reinvents the memoir in a cunning, lyrical book that is at once a personal history and a meditation on the construction of identity.

Born in Belgium but raised in New Jersey,...


George, Thomas, and Abe!: The Step into Reading Presidents Story Collection

by Frank Murphy, Martha Brenner & Richard Walz

This collection features three of our most popular biographies: Washington, the stoic general with a soft spot for animals; Jefferson, the brilliant statesman who was a foodie at heart, and Lincoln, the absentminded...


Messi: A Biography

by Leonardo Faccio

For soccer enthusiasts and sports fans in general, an in-depth look at the life of the beautiful game’s greatest star, Argentine footballer Lionel Messi.

Whether you call it soccer, football, fútbol, or the...


Slow Motion: A True Story

by Dani Shapiro

From one of the most gifted writers of her  generation comes the harrowing and exqui-sitely written true story of how a family tragedy saved her life. Dani Shapiro was a young girl from a deeply religious...


The Travels of Marco Polo

by Marco Polo, Manuel Komroff & Jason Goodwin

Marco Polo’s account of his journey throughout the East in the thirteenth century was one of the earliest European travel narratives, and it remains the most important. The merchant-traveler from Venice, the...


The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens

by Claire Tomalin

Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan met in 1857; she was 18, a hard-working actress performing in his production of The Frozen Deep, and he was 45, the most lionized writer in England. Out of their meeting came...


Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other Experiments in Everyday Life

by Gretchen Rubin

In the spirit of her blockbuster #1 New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin embarks on a new project to make home a happier place.

 

One Sunday afternoon, as she unloaded the dishwasher,...


On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson, Author of Silent Spring

by William Souder

Published on the fiftieth anniversary of her seminal book, Silent Spring, here is an indelible new portrait of Rachel Carson, founder of the environmental movement

She loved the ocean and wrote three books about...


Bellow: A Biography

by James Atlas

With this masterly and original work, Bellow: A Biography, National Book Award nominee James Atlas gives the first definitive account of the Nobel Prize–winning author’s turbulent personal and professional...


Stalking the Vietcong: Inside Operation Phoenix: A Personal Account

by Stuart Herrington

In a gripping memoir that reads like a spy novel, one man recounts his personal experience with Operation Phoenix, the program created to destroy the Vietcong’s shadow government, which thrived in the rural...


To the Last Breath: A Memoir of Going to Extremes

by Francis Slakey

A journey to the most extreme points on Earth and deep inside the human spirit

Before Georgetown physics professor Francis Slakey decided to climb the highest mountain on every continent and surf every ocean,...