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Until the Sea Shall Free Them: Life, Death and Survival in the Merchant Marine

by Robert Frump

A devastating disaster at sea . . . an officer who refuses to hide the truth. . . a courtroom confrontation with far-reaching implications . . . The Perfect Storm meets A Civil Action in a gripping account of...


Hell in the Pacific: A Marine Rifleman's Journey From Guadalcanal to Peleliu

by Jim McEnery & Bill Sloan

In what may be the last memoir to be published by a living veteran of the pivotal invasion of Guadalcanal, which occurred almost seventy years ago, Marine Jim McEnery has teamed up with author Bill Sloan to...


Finding Iris Chang: Friendship, Ambition, and the Loss of an Extraordinary Mind

by Paula Kamen

A friend and confidante reveals the private Iris Chang-the woman behind the international celebrity and bold personality-and attempts to understand Chang’s terrible psychological decline


Growing Up in Italy in a Time of War

by Gioietta Vitale

The wonderful reality is that there is no escape. It is our maturity which keeps us linked to our past like prisoners. Sometimes we tend not to remember, and we lock up our memories in the most remote place...


My Predicament: A Struggle with HIV

by Jibrin Idris Inuwa

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There are various modes of contracting HIV, but the most common one is through sex. People judge HIV carriers differently, most thinking that those who are HIV positive are promiscuous. This way of...


So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star: How I Machine-Gunned a Roomful Of Record Executives and Other True Tales from a Drummer's Life

by Jacob Slichter

A hilarious inside look at the real business of popular music by the drummer of Semisonic that does for rock and roll what Jim Bouton's Ball Four did for baseball.

After years of working day jobs and making music...


Almost a Woman: A Memoir

by Esmeralda Santiago

“A courageous memoir.... One witnesses the blessings, contradictions, and restraints of Puerto Rican culture.”--Washington Post Book World 


Chasin the Trane

by J.C. Thomas

He was always elusive, on and off the stand; like his music, he was constantly moving, incessantly changing. Just as Charlie Parker stood astride the jazz world of the late 40s and 50s, so did John Coltrane...


The Shaping of a Life: A Spiritual Landscape

by Phyllis Tickle

Lively, entertaining, and inspiring, THE SHAPING OF A LIFE is in the tradition of the beloved bestsellers by Kathleen Norris and Anne Lamott, an intimate, lyrical, and thought-provoking memoir from one of the...


Carryin' On: And Other Strange Things Southerners Do

by R. Scott Brunner

Pat Conroy said that R. Scott Brunner’s Due South “delivers the goods and delivers them Southern fried”; Rick Bragg said that Brunner “writes like people down here talk, with beauty.” Carryin’ On...


The Bush Tragedy

by Jacob Weisberg

This is the book that cracks the code of the Bush presidency. Unstintingly yet compassionately, and with no political ax to grind, Slate editor in chief Jacob Weisberg methodically and objectively examines the...


Mystery of Ma's Ugly Pickle

by Martin Michael Neveroski

if it didn't make you laugh. MYSTERY OF MA'S UGLY PICKLE is the adventures of a fatherless Polish boy growing up during the Great Depression with a fanatically religious mother. At a tender young age and wrestling...


Black Sabbath FAQ: All That's Left to Know on the First Name in Metal

by Martin Popoff

(Book). Unlike any Sabbath book thus far, Black Sabbath FAQ digs deep into quirks, obscure anecdotes, and burning questions surrounding the Sabs. In a fast-moving, topical format, this book covers a tremendous...


The Doors FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Kings of Acid Rock

by Rich Weidman

(Book). It has been over 40 years since the untimely death of L.A.'s mystic and rock's Dionysus, Jim Morrison, yet the Doors have consistently inspired new generations of fans worldwide ever since. Highlighting...


Family Tradition - Three Generations of Hank Williams

by Susan Masino

(Book). Covering three generations of Hank Williams, Family Tradition is both unique and vast in scope. Beginning in the present day with Hank III who gave the author unprecedented access and time-traveling...


The Wonderful Room: The Making of a Texas Newspaperman

by Bryan Woolley

Following the life of journalist Bryan Woolley, this lively account paints a colorful and accurate picture of newspaper reporting on the Mexican border 50 years ago. From Woolley’s initiation at the El Paso...


Three Stooges FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Eye-Poking, Face-Slapping, Head-Thumping Geniuses

by David J. Hogan

(Applause Books). This entertaining and informative study of the Three Stooges focuses on the nearly 190 two-reel short comedies the boys made at Columbia Pictures during the years 1934-59. Violent slapstick?...


Exit Music: The Radiohead Story Updated Edition

by Mac Randall

(Book). Radiohead doesn't play by the rules of rock stardom. When conventional wisdom urges a turn to the right, Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Colin Greenwood, and Phil Selway unfailingly turn left....


Fab Four FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Beatles ... and More!

by Stuart Shea & Robert Rodriguez

(Book). 50 years after their appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," the Beatles continue to captivate music fans of all ages. There's something always more to discuss about the Fab Four. What were their greatest...


Personal Memoirs: (A Modern Library E-Book)

by Ulysses S. Grant

Mark Twain had known many of the great men of the Civil War and the Gilded Age, and esteemed none more highly than Ulysses S. Grant, who was modest, sensitive, generous, honest, and superlatively intelligent....