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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,...


As I See It: My View from the Inside Out

by Tom Sullivan

Bestselling author Tom Sullivan explores life without sight and finds it rich and rewarding. In fact, he’s gleaned a number of gifts from his “affliction,” including:

• I’ve never assessed my relationship...


Gandhi: A Memoir

by William l. William l. shirer

Recalling his friendship and conversations with the late Indian leader, William Shirer presents a portrait of Gandhi that spotlights his frailties as well as his accomplishments.

As a young foreign correspondent,...


The Courage to Hope: How I Stood Up to the Politics of Fear

by Shirley Sherrod & Catherine Whitney

In the summer of 2010, Shirley Sherrod was catapulted into a media storm that blew apart her life and her job doing what she’d done for decades: helping poor, hardworking people live the American dream. She...


Venetian Dreaming

by Paula Weideger

Who hasn't longed to escape to the enchanting canals and mysterious alleyways

of Venice? Globetrotting writer Paula Weideger not only dreamed the dream, she took the leap. In Venetian Dreaming, she charts the...


Midstream: An Unfinished Memoir

by Reynolds Price

The final book from Reynolds Price, “one of the most important voices in modern Southern fiction” (The New York Times)—with a foreword by Anne Tyler and an afterwordby William Price

WHEN REYNOLDS PRICE...


Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

by A. J. Jacobs

 From the bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically and The Know-It-All comes the true and truly hilarious story of one person’s quest to become the healthiest man in the world.

Hospitalized with...


Hello Goodbye Hello: A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings

by Craig Brown

Hello Goodbye Hello is a daisy chain of 101 fascinating true encounters, a book that has been hailed by reviewers in London as “howlingly funny” (The Spectator), “original and a complete delight” (The...


The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of an American Faith

by Joanna Brooks

From her days of feeling like “a root beer among the Cokes”—Coca-Cola being a forbidden fruit for Mormon girls like her—Joanna Brooks always understood that being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ...


A Mission from God: A Memoir and Challenge for America

by James Meredith & William Doyle

“I am not a civil rights hero. I am a warrior, and I am on a mission from God.” —James Meredith

 James Meredith engineered two of the most epic events of the American civil rights era: the desegregation...


The Voice Is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac

by Joyce Johnson

A groundbreaking new biography of Jack Kerouac from the author of the award-winning memoir Minor Characters

Joyce Johnson brilliantly peels away layers of the Kerouac legend in this compelling new book. Tracking...


Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, an Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work

by Jeanne Marie Laskas

An Oprah.com "Must-Read Book"

In Hidden America, award-winning journalist Jeanne Marie Laskas dives deep into her subjects and emerges with character-driven stories about the people who make our lives run every...


Making Friends with Hitler: Lord Londonderry, the Nazis, and the Road to War

by Ian Kershaw

Ian Kershaw’s biography of Adolf Hitler is widely regarded as the definitive work on the subject, as well as one of the most brilliant biographies of our time. In Making Friends with Hitler, the great scholar...


Falling in Love with Joseph Smith: My Search for the Real Prophet

by Jane Barnes

When award-winning documentary film writer Jane Barnes was working on the PBS Frontline/American Experience special series The Mormons, she was surprised to find herself passionately drawn to Joseph Smith. The...


Gil Hodges: The Brooklyn Bums, the Miracle Mets, and the Extraordinary Life of a Baseball Legend

by Tom Clavin & Danny Peary

Due to his achievements as a player and manager, as well as his sterling character, Gil Hodges deserves to be in the Hall of Fame as much as any player honored by the institution. A towering figure during the...


World's Best Memoir Writing

by Eve Claxton

Eve Claxton has taken the most intriguing portions of the world's most famous memoirs and compiled them in this volume. The reader experiences world history as the authors lived it and gains rare insight into...


Laughing Allegra

by Anne Ford & John-Richard Thompson

When Anne Ford, great-granddaughter of Henry Ford, learned that her four-year-old daughter Allegra’s “differences” were the result of severe learning disabilities, she faced a challenge that neither money...