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Time Bring About a Change

by Tony Carr

In 1969, when Tony Carr was in the fourth grade, he was taken from his mixed-race school and transferred to a different, predominantly-white school. He didn't realize it at the time, but he was on the front...

A Writer's Life

by Gay Talese

The inner workings of a writer’s life, the interplay between experience and writing, are brilliantly recounted by a master of the art. Gay Talese now focuses on his own life—the zeal for the truth, the narrative...

Bedside Manners: One Doctor's Reflections on the Oddly Intimate Encounters Between Patient and He aler

by David Md Watts

In beautifully crafted vignettes, physician and NPR commentator David Watts explores the world of modern-day medicine and reveals the emotional truths and practical realities at the heart of the doctor-patient...

Every Night's a Saturday Night: The Rock 'n' Roll Life of Legendary Sax Man Bobby Keys

by Bill Ditenhafer & Bobby Keys

Born in Slaton, Texas, Bobby Keys has lived the kind of life that qualifies as a rock 'n' roll folktale. In his early teens, Keys bribed his way into Buddy Holly’s garage band rehearsals. He took up the saxophone...

The Accidental Office Lady: An American Woman in Corporate Japan

by Laura Kriska

A young woman with a new degree in Japanese studies and plenty of youthful idealism and can-do spirit accepts a job as the first American trainee at Honda's headquarters in Tokyo. Her image of Japanese corporate...

No Excuses: The True Story of a Congenital Amputee Who Became a Champion in Wrestling and in Life

by Kyle Maynard

He was born a congenital amputee, his arms ending at his elbows and his legs at his knees. But that didn’t stop Kyle Maynard from becoming a champion, on the wrestling mat and in his life.

No Excuses is the...

Let Them Paddle: Coming of Age on the Water

by Alan Kesselheim

A beautiful collection of essays describing the different river adventures one family undertook for each child's coming of age celebration.

Interesting Times: A Twentieth-Century Life

by Eric Hobsbawm

Eric Hobsbawm is considered by many to be our greatest living historian. Robert Heilbroner, writing about Hobsbawm’s The Age of Extremes 1914-1991 said, “I know of no other account that sheds as much light...

Isaac Newton

by James Gleick

Isaac Newton was born in a stone farmhouse in 1642, fatherless and unwanted by his mother. When he died in London in 1727 he was so renowned he was given a state funeral—an unheard-of honor for a subject whose...

Small Fires: Essays

by Julie Wade

Wade's self-aware, grief-inflected essays attempt to answer the question—what have you given up in order to become who you are?

An Ace of the Eighth: An American Fighter Pilot's Air War in Europe

by Norman J. Fortier


When the skies of Europe blazed with the fiercest air battles in history, fighter pilots like Norman “Bud” Fortier were in the...

Polar Wives: The Remarkable Women behind the World's Most Daring Explorers

by Kari Herbert & Jon Bowermaster

Polar explorers were the superstars of the “heroic age” of exploration, a period spanning the Victorian and Edwardian eras. In this engaging book, author Kari Herbert explores the unpredictable, often heartbreaking...

All the Way to Berlin: A Paratrooper at War in Europe

by James Megellas

In mid-1943 James Megellas, known as “Maggie” to his fellow paratroopers, joined the 82d Airborne Division, his new “home” for the duration. His first taste of combat was in the rugged mountains outside...

An Extravagant Hunger: The Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher

by Anne Zimmerman

In An Extravagant Hunger, time slows and is relished, and the turning points and casual strolls of M.F.K. Fisher’s life are unwrapped and savored. From the Berengaria that washed her across the sea to France...

A Ranger Born: A Memoir of Combat and Valor from Korea to Vietnam

by Robert W. Black

Even as a boy growing up amid the green hills of rural Pennsylvania, Robert W. Black knew he was destined to become a Ranger. With their three-hundred-year history of peerless courage and independence of spirit,...

From the Far Side of the River: Chest-Deep in Little Fish and Big Ideas

by Paul Quarrington

As he braves rills, rivers, and ocean waters in search of his elusive quarry, Paul Quarrington’s casts are as likely to call up thoughts of his troubled marriage, his father’s death, or one of midlife’s...

Latin America Diaries: The Sequel to The Motorcycle Diaries

by Ernesto Guevara

Ernesto Guevara’s journal of his second trip through Latin America, revealing the emergence of a revolutionary icon now called “Che.”

Dean and Me: (A Love Story)

by Jerry Lewis & James Kaplan

They were the unlikeliest of pairs—a handsome crooner and a skinny monkey, an Italian from Steubenville, Ohio, and a Jew from Newark, N.J.. Before they teamed up, Dean Martin seemed destined for a mediocre...

Soldiers Made Me Look Good: A Life in the Shadow of War

by Lewis MacKenzie

Since retiring from the Armed Forces, Major-General Lewis MacKenzie has not stayed out of the spotlight but continues to speak his mind. In this straight-talking memoir, he traces his post-military career as...

The Scandal of Susan Sontag

by Barbara Ching & Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor

Susan Sontag (1933-2004) spoke of the promiscuity of art and literature& mdash;the willingness of great artists and writers to scandalize their spectators through critical frankness, complexity, and beauty....