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Here be Lions: a memoir, not suitable for children

by Helen Brain & Glynis Lloyd

Helen Brain is an award winning children's book author. Here Be Lions, her first memoir, tells the story of her childhood, and the journey towards recovery from the trauma of sexual abuse. Helen is six when...

Crawling: A Father's First Year

by Elisha Cooper

From an award-winning illustrator and children’s book author comes a touching, honest, and laugh-out-loud funny memoir about parenting, love, and the wonder of new life."I would have sooner been handed a bomb...

Never Tell Our Business to Strangers: A Memoir

by Jennifer Mascia

When Jennifer Mascia is five years old, the FBI comes for her father. At that moment Jenny realizes that her family isn’t exactly normal. What follows are months of confusion marked by visits with her father...

John Gielgud: Matinee Idol to Movie Star

by Jonathan Croall

The definitive life of arguably the greatest classical actor of the twentieth century, Croall's brilliantly written and exhaustively researched biography of Gielgud provides a captivating account of both his...

Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life: A Book by and for the Fanatics Among Us

by Steve Almond

Drooling fanatic, n. 1. One who drools in the presence of beloved rock stars. 2. Any of a genus of rock-and-roll wannabes/geeks who walk around with songs constantly ringing in their ears, own more than 3,000...

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: A Love Story . . . with Wings

by Mark Bittner

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is the inspiring story of how one man found his life’s work—and true love—among a gang of wild parrots roosting in one of America’s most picturesque urban settings....

The Music of Pythagoras: How an Ancient Brotherhood Cracked the Code of the Universe and Lit the Path from Antiquity to Oute

by Kitty Ferguson

The enthralling story of Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans, whose insights transformed the ancient world and still inspire the realms of science, mathematics, philosophy, and the arts.

The Accidental Feminist: How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted by Her Beauty to Notice

by M G Lord

From the brilliant cultural historian M. G. Lord, an intimate examination of the unexpected feminist content in Elizabeth Taylor's iconic roles.

The Story of Charlotte's Web: E. B. White's Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic

by Michael Sims

The compelling story behind the making of the most beloved children's book of the 20th century.

We Look Like the Enemy: The Hidden Story of Israel's Jews from Arab Lands

by Rachel Shabi

The untold sata of the descrimination against Arab Jews in Israel, by a brilliant journalist of Iraqi Jewish descent.

Free for All: Joe Papp, The Public, and the Greatest Theater Story Ever Told

by Joseph Papp & Kenneth Turan

Free for All is an irresistible behind-the-scenes look at one of America’s most beloved and important cultural institutions.

Under the inspired leadership of founder Joseph Papp, the Public Theater and the...

Comrade Rockstar: The Life and Mystery of Dean Reed, the All-American Boy Who Brought Rock 'n' Roll to the Soviet Unio

by Reggie Nadelson

Part biography, part memoir and personal journey, Comrade Rockstar is an unforgettable chronicle of an utterly improbable life

Let Me Go

by Helga Schneider

The extraordinary memoir, praised across Europe, of a daughter's final encounter with her mother, a former SS guard at Auschwitz.

The World of Gerard Mercator: The Mapmaker Who Revolutionized Geography

by Andrew Taylor

A biography of the mapmaker who revolutionized geography

For a Queen's Love: The Stories of the Royal Wives of Philip II

by Jean Plaidy

Power-hungry monarch, cold-blooded murderer, obsessive monster—who could love such a man?       


Set against the glittering courts of sixteenth-century Europe, the Spain of the dreaded Inquisition,...

A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould's Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano

by Katie Hafner

A fascinating look at Glenn Gould's obsession with a Steinway concert grand that offers new insight into one of the most complex and celebrated pianists of the 20th century, by a New York Times reporter who...

My Wounded Heart

by Martin Doerry

An international sensation already sold in fifteen languages, this heartbreaking collection of recently discovered letters captures the destruction not only of a life but also of an entire nation.

Born in 1900...

Beside the Rio Hondo: A Memoir of Rural New Mexico

by Phaedra Greenwood

How can a lone female of "a certain age" take her last stand on a stony wedge of land in the mountains of Northern New Mexico? Will she find a job, learn to chop wood, be eaten by a bear or give it up and fall...

The Healer: The Story of Francis Schlatter

by Norman Cleaveland

In most generations there appears a person, usually a man, who has authenticated powers of healing and who acts, often, as a kind of messiah. This is a person who by his or her charisma and personal magnetism...

Breath: A Lifetime in the Rhythm of an Iron Lung: A Memoir

by Martha Mason

The remarkable, inspiring story of one of the most extraordinary women you'll ever meet- the irresistible memoir of a joyful, generous, and spirited life lived from within an iron lung.