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Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir

by Nick Flynn

"A stunningly beautiful new memoir . . . a near-perfect work of literature." —Stephen Elliot, San Francisco Chronicle Nick Flynn met his father when he was working as a caseworker in a homeless shelter in...


One Hundred Names for Love: A Memoir

by Diane Ackerman

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

Finalist for the National Book Circle Critics Award

"A testament to the power of creativity in language, life—and love." —Heller McAlpin, Washington Post No other writer can...


Townie: A Memoir

by Andre , III Dubus III

Won Book of the Year Adult Non-Fiction—2012 Indie Choice Awards

Amazon Best Book of the Month February 2011

"Dubus relives, absent self-pity or blame, a life shaped by bouts of violence and flurries of tenderness."—...


Khrushchev: The Man and His Era

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2004

by William Taubman

Shortlisted for the National Books Critics Circle Award: "The book is a gift, as fascinating as it is important."—Robert Legvold, Foreign Affairs

The definitive biography of the mercurial Soviet leader who...


David Crockett: The Lion of the West

by Michael Wallis

"Vivid, Comprehensible . . . cuts through decades of mythmaking." —Texas Monthly Popular culture transformed his memory into “Davy Crockett,” and Hollywood gave him a raccoon hat he hardly ever wore. In...


The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

Pulitzer Prize for History 2011

by Eric Foner

“A masterwork [by] the preeminent historian of the Civil War era.”—Boston Globe Selected as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, this landmark work gives us a definitive account...


An Exclusive Love: A Memoir

by Johanna Adorján & Anthea Bell

"A powerful and affecting memoir––reminiscent of Sebald." —Phlipp Meyer, author of American Rust Chain-smoking, peculiarly stylish, stubborn, and eccentric—Vera and István were anything but ordinary...


Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet on Everything

by Kevin Cook

Capturing the spirit of a freewheeling era, this rollicking biography brings to life the gambler-hero who inspired Guys and Dolls. Born in a log cabin in the Ozarks, Alvin "Titanic" Thompson (1892-1974) traveled...


Loud in the House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl

by Stacy Pershall

“An utterly unique journey down some of the mind’s more mysterious byways . . . ranges from the shocking to the simply lovely.”—Marya Hornbacher Stacy Pershall grew up as an overly intelligent, depressed,...


Jane Addams: Spirit in Action

by Louise W. Knight

In this landmark biography, Jane Addams becomes America's most admired and most hated woman—and wins the Nobel Peace Prize. Jane Addams (1860-1935) was a leading statesperson in an era when few imagined such...


Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

by Stephen Greenblatt

"Greenblatt knows more about [Shakespeare] than Ben Jonson or the Dark Lady did."—John Leonard, ?Harper's A young man from a small provincial town moves to London in the late 1580s and, in a remarkably short...


"What Do You Care What Other People Think?": Further Adventures of a Curious Character

by Richard P. Feynman

The New York Times best-selling sequel to "Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!" One of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century, Richard Feynman possessed an unquenchable thirst for adventure...


Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie (Great Discoveries)

by Barbara Goldsmith

Through family interviews, diaries, letters, and workbooks that had been sealed for over sixty years, Barbara Goldsmith reveals the Marie Curie behind the myth—an all-too-human woman struggling to balance...


American Jennie: The Remarkable Life of Lady Randolph Churchill

by Anne Sebba

A frank account of the tempestuous life of the American mother of Britain’s most important twentieth-century politician. Brooklyn-born Jennie Jerome married into the British aristocracy in 1874, after a three-day...


Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics

by Kenneth Ford & John Archibald Wheeler

The autobiography of one of the preeminent figures in twentieth-century physics. He studied with Niels Bohr, taught Richard Feynman, and boned up on relativity with his friend and colleague Albert Einstein....


The Blue Hour: A Life of Jean Rhys

by Lilian Pizzichini

A groundbreaking biography of a psychologically traumatized novelist who forever changed the way we look at women in fiction. Jean Rhys (1890–1979) is best known for her 1966 novel Wide Sargasso Sea. A prequel...


Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History

by Yunte Huang

Shortlisted for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography and the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical Book: “An ingenious and absorbing book. . . . It will permanently change the...


The Last Mrs. Astor: A New York Story

by Frances Kiernan

"Kiernan's sharp-eyed biography brings back a woman who, far into her 90s, relished the dance of life."—O Magazine The fabulous life of Brooke Astor, a pioneer of philanthropy and for decades a luminary of...


The Sea Captain's Wife: A True Story of Love, Race, and War in the Nineteenth Century

by Martha Hodes

A finalist for the Lincoln Prize, The Sea Captain's Wife "comes surprisingly, and movingly, alive" (Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly). Award-winning historian Martha Hodes brings us into the extraordinary world...


Love Sick: One Woman's Journey through Sexual Addiction

by Sue William Silverman

Now a Lifetime Television original movie airing April 2008 with Sally Pressman, star of Army Wives. In this powerful memoir, a woman learns to value herself—as a whole person rather than as a sexual object....