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A Scholar's Tale: Intellectual Journey of a Displaced Child of Europe

by Geoffrey Hartman

For more than fifty years, Geoffrey Hartman has been a pivotal figure in the humanities. In his first book, in 1954, he helped establish the study of Romanticism as key to the problems of modernity. Later, his...


Black Sheep One: The Life of Gregory Pappy Boyington

by Bruce Gamble

Black Sheep One is the first biography of legendary warrior and World War II hero Gregory Boyington. In 1936, Boyington became an aviation cadet and earned the “wings of gold” of a naval aviator. After only...


Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage, a Chicana Punk Story

by Alice Bag

The birth of the 1970's punk movement as seen through the eyes of Chicana feminist and punk musician Alice Bag.


The Poet of Baghdad: A True Story of Love and Defiance

by Jo Tatchell

In the winter of 1979 Nabeel Yasin, Iraq's most famous young poet, gathered together a handful of belongings and fled Iraq with his wife and son. Life in Baghdad had become intolerable. Silenced by a series...


Whole Lotta Led: Our Flight With Led Zeppelin

by Ralph Hulett & Jerry Prochnicky

In September 1968, four English lads gathered together for the first time in a small, stuffy London rehearsal room in a basement filled with wall-to-wall amplifiers. It was their first big tryout as musicians,...


Wife of the Chef

by Courtney Febbroriello

Wife of the Chef is at once a no-holds-barred memoir of restaurant life and a revealing look at married life. For Courtney Febbroriello, the two are intertwined. She and her husband own an American bistro in...


She: The Old Woman Who Took Over My Life

by Kathryn Tucker Windham

This slender book, the last of twenty-nine written by Kathryn Tucker Windham over her long and productive life, will be an exquisitely bittersweet read for the many fans of the late storyteller and author from...


The Publisher

by Alan Brinkley

Acclaimed historian Alan Brinkley gives us a sharply realized portrait of Henry Luce, arguably the most important publisher of the twentieth century.

As the founder of Time, Fortune, and Life magazines, Luce...


Age Is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life

by Dara Torres & Elizabeth Weil

From legendary Olympic gold medalist Dara Torres comes a motivational, inspirational memoir about staying fit, aging gracefully, and pursuing your dreams.

Dara Torres captured the hearts and minds of Americans...


The Importance of Being Ernie:

by Barry Livingston

"I SPENT MY ENTIRE LIFE PLAYING NERDS. . ."-Barry Livingston

A true Hollywood survivor, Barry Livingston is one of the few child stars who turned early success into a lifelong career. As "Ernie" on the 1960s...


Shakespeare: The Biography

by Peter Ackroyd

Drawing on an exceptional combination of skills as literary biographer, novelist, and chronicler of London history, Peter Ackroyd surely re-creates the world that shaped Shakespeare--and brings the playwright...


The Rules of Inheritance: A Memoir

by Claire Bidwell Smith

A powerful and searingly honest memoir about a young woman who loses her family but finds herself in the process.

In this astonishing debut, Claire Bidwell Smith, an only child, is just fourteen years old when...


The End of Normal: A Wife's Anguish, A Widow's New Life

by Stephanie Madoff Mack

A New York Times bestseller, the explosive and heartbreaking memoir from the widow of Mark Madoff and the daughter-in-law of Bernard Madoff

When the news of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme broke, no one was...


Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo

by Betty White

America's sweetheart, impassioned lifelong animal welfare advocate, and New York Times bestselling author Betty White shares intimate, funny, and enlightening stories about her very best friends in the world…...


Tapped Out: Rear Naked Chokes, the Octagon, and the Last Emperor: An Odyssey in Mixed Martial Arts

by Matthew Polly

An aging amateur takes his shot at glory in the world of mixed martial arts.

 

As a younger man, Matthew Polly traveled to the Shaolin Temple in China and spent two years training with the monks who had invented...


Marconi My Beloved

by Maria C. Elettra Marconi Marconi & Adolph Caso

When in 1895 twenty-one-year old Guglielmo Marconi made his first wireless transmission over land, he became the boy wonder of the world. When subsequently, he made similar transmissions across the Atlantic...


Andalucia

by Richard W Hardwick

When someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, every second you have left with them is precious.

Richard W Hardwick wrote about his partner's breast cancer to help him cope, and then he wrote about their past...


Surprise was my Teacher: Memories and Confessions of a Television Producer/Director Who Came of Age During Television's Adolescence

by Merrill Brockway

As both a producer and director, Merrill Brockway pioneered dance on television on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series, "Dance in America." Through this series and CBS' "Camera 3," Brockway brought the performing...


Circular Breathing: Meditations from a Musical Life

by Ann McCutchan

In this collection of personal essays, clarinetist Ann McCutchan uses the metaphor of circular breathing to animate her understanding of her own life as a woman, musician, and writer. Circular breathing is a...


Georgia O'Keeffe, A Private Friendship, Part II: Walking the Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch Land

by Nancy Hopkins Reily

The time is 1946. From Georgia O'Keeffe's old hacienda sitting on a bluff in Abiquiu, New Mexico, she could see my aunt and uncle, Helen and Winfield Morten's property across the Chama River. Georgia had begun...