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Cigar Box Banjo: Notes on Music and Life

by Paul Quarrington & Roddy Doyle

In Paul Quarrington's favorite childhood recording, a boy fashions a banjo from a cigar box, pluckily sets off for a contest in the next town, and wins with a song that weaves in the sounds he hears along the...

The Veil of Fear

by Samia Shariff, Robert Marion & Jennifer Makarewicz

There is nothing peaceful about Samia Shariff’s account. Life has not been easy for this Algerian woman, who was born in France. The third child in a Muslim family whose father is a prosperous and respected...

We Were Invincible

by Denis Morisset & Claude Coulombe

Nobody really knows who these men are- men in black dropped off by a helicopter on the outskirts of a small Afghan village; wading through swamps in Croatia, intent on killing a war criminal; who ensure the...

Eisenhower in War and Peace

by Jean Edward Smith


The Christian Science Monitor • St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Magisterial.”—The New York Times


In this extraordinary volume, Jean Edward Smith presents a portrait...

King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village

by Peggielene Bartels & Eleanor Herman

The charming real-life fairy tale of an American secretary who discovers she has been chosen king of an impoverished fishing village on the west coast of Africa. King Peggy has the sweetness and quirkiness of...

Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room

by Geoff Dyer

From a writer whose mastery encompasses fiction, criticism, and the fertile realm between the two, comes a new book that confirms his reputation for the unexpected.

In Zona, Geoff Dyer attempts to unlock the...

Peter the Great: His Life and World

by Robert K. Massie

"Enthralling...As fascinating as any novel and more so than most!"


Against the monumental canvas of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia, unfolds the magnificent...

Nothing If Not Critical: Essays on Art and Artists

by Robert Hughes

From Holbein to Hockney, from Norman Rockwell to Pablo Picasso, from sixteenth-century Rome to 1980s SoHo, Robert Hughes looks with love, loathing, warmth, wit and authority at a wide range of art and artists,...

In All His Glory: The Life and Times of William S. Paley and the Birth of Modern Broadcasting

by Sally Bedell Smith

The Life and Times of William S. Paley and the Birth of Modern Broadcasting

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Robert Cormier: Daring to Disturb the Universe

by Patty Campbell

Beginning with the publication of The Chocolate War in 1974, and continuing throughout the entirety of his career, Robert Cormier dared to disturb the universe. The moment Jerry Renault refused to sell his first...

The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image

by Daniel B. Schwartz

Pioneering biblical critic, theorist of democracy, and legendary conflater of God and nature, Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) was excommunicated by the Sephardic Jews of Amsterdam in 1656 for his...

Emancipation of Robert Sadler, The: The Powerful True Story of a Twentieth-Century Plantation Slave

by Marie Chapian & R. Sadler

At age 5, Robert Sadler was sold into slavery. This is his story of his quest for freedom and his determination to serve others, updated edition.

Journey Home

by Theivandran

This is a fictional story mingled with historical facts and religious philosophies of the Eastern Indian World. Certain Indian religious teachers-gurus believe that the human soul is an entity that is in its...

Balti Britain: A Provocative Journey Through Asian Britain

by Ziauddin Sardar

Sardar travels to Asian communities throughout the UK to tell the history of Asians in Britain - from the arrival of the first Indian in 1614, to the young extremists in Walthamstow mosque in 2006. He interweaves...

Desperately Seeking Paradise: Journeys Of A Sceptical Muslim

by Ziauddin Sardar

Ziauddin Sardar, one of the foremost Muslim intellectuals in Britain, learned the Koran at his mother's knee in Pakistan. As a young student in London he set out to grasp the meaning of his religion, and, hopefully,...

Lessons in Simply Being: Finding the Peace Within Tumult

by Carol O. Eckerman

Lessons in Simply Being is the memoir of a recovering control addict who finds meaning in life after the collapse of all she had clung to. Plunged into despair, she calls upon the skills honed in her thirty-four...

Low Budget Hell Making Underground Movies with John Waters

by Robert G. Maier

Low Budget Hell is an unauthorized insider's story of outrageous 70s and 80s low budget filmmaking where every rule was broken in a crazy world of sex, drugs, and rock & roll. In his journey through the underground,...

Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child

by Noel Riley Fitch

Julia Child became a household name when she entered the lives of millions of Americans through our hearts and kitchens. Yet few know the richly varied private life that lies behind this icon, whose statuesque...

J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson: Investigating the Sexual Secrets of America's Most Famous Men and Women

by Darwin Porter

Darwin Porter's saga of power and corruption has a revelation on every page-cross dressing, gay parties, sexual indiscretions, hustlers for sale, alliances with the Mafia, criminal activity by the FBI, and an...

Book of Days: Personal Essays

by Emily Fox Gordon & Phillip Lopate

The sexual politics of a faculty wives dinner. The psychological gamesmanship of an inappropriate therapist. The emotional minefield of an extended family wedding . . .


Whatever the subject, Emily Fox Gordon’s...