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The Scientist as Rebel

by Freeman J. Dyson

From Galileo to today’s amateur astronomers, scientists have been rebels, writes Freeman J. Dyson. Like artists and poets, they are free spirits who resist the restrictions their cultures impose on them. In...


Magnificent Obesity: My Search for Wellness, Voice and Meaning in the Second Half of Life

by Martha Moravec

The voice of a generation, speaking on issues of mortality, body image, health and dreams deferred, Magnificent Obesity recounts one woman’s effort to look honestly and compassionately at her obesity through...


Three-Quarter Man: Pranks, Passion and Paralympics

by Sam Bramham

Sam Bramham doesn't let a disability slow him down, or quell his larrikin streak. He's a force of nature, as famous for making mischief as for winning Paralympic medals in the pool.


Drug Muled: Sixteen years in a Thai prison: The Vanessa Goosen Story

by Joanne Joseph

“I realise what they did to me in there. How they turned me into a savage, only half human, bathing in a trough and eating food fit for animals and locking me in a cage every night.” – Vanessa Goosen, Drug...


The Kelly Khumalo Story

by Melinda Ferguson & Sarah Setlaelo

Kelly Khumalo is an award-winning kwaito star who rose to national fame at the age of 21: the shining star who, after a string of bad decisions and relationships, soon lost her shine. The book tracks the life...


Walking Back to Happiness

by Christine Palmer

The inspirational story of one woman's journey along the ancient and beautiful Camino De Santiago, in search of some peace of mind, a fitter body, and a great tan As a 50-something woman whose children had...


Baghdad Business School: The Challenges of a War Zone Start Up

by Heyrick Bond Gunning

The realities of a business start-up in a war-torn Iraq—it's not like this at Harvard Heyrick was on the first civilian plane into Baghdad after the airport had been secured. Armed with a camp bed, some baked...


Riding the Outlaw Trail: An Eye Classic

by Richard Adamson, Simon Casson & Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Two men retrace the notorious pair's footsteps, covering thousands of miles of hazardous country on horseback and discovering how little has changed from the saddle in the last 100 years Butch Cassidy and...


Touching Tibet: An Eye Classic

by Niema Ash & The Dalai Lama

An affectionate travelogue that conveys not only impressions of everyday life and descriptions of unique Tibetan customs and traditions but brings us Tibetan history, politics, and religion from a fresh, unstudied...


Riding with Ghosts

by Gwen Maka

Frank and often outrageous, this is an account of a 40-something Englishwoman's epic 4,000 mile cycle ride from Seattle to Mexico, via the snow-covered Rockies, mostly alone and camping in the wild. She runs...


Frigid Women

by Victoria Riches, Sue Riches & Dawn French

"Men like to conquer, fight, or subdue the Arctic, while we had a different attitude. We felt that we had to go along with what we were faced with. . . . We tried to have the Arctic on our side instead of confronting...


The Colour of Food: A Memoir of Life, Love and Dinner

by Anne Else

When Anne Else married at the age of 19, she had never cooked a meal, despite having grown up above a grocery shop. That shaky start notwithstanding, she went on to become an enthusiastic cook—with a bit of...


Sarah Vaughan Is Not My Mother: A Memoir of Madness

by MaryJane Thomson

At nineteen MaryJane Thomson seemed to have it all. Intelligent, creative and beautiful, she was destined for a bright future. But a nightmare of delusions and hallucinations was unfolding. She dropped out of...


Embracing the Dragon: A Woman's Remarkable Journey Along the Great Wall of China

by Polly Greeks

This vivid recollection follows one woman's remarkable journey walking the Great Wall of China. Polly Greels walked further than any European woman to date—over jagged mountain passes, into villages which...


Old Bucky & Me: Dispatches from the Christchurch Earthquake

by Jane Bowron & Pauline O'Regan

On February 22, 2011, journalist Jane Bowron had been living in her hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand, when the city was struck by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake, only five months after a 7.1 earthquake. While...


An Afternoon in Summer: My Year on a South Sea Island, Doing Nothing, Gaining Everything, and Finally Falling in Love

by Kathy Giuffre

In an attempt to escape from her stressful life as a single working mother of two young boys, Kathy Giuffre books a year-long trip for four in a tropical paradise. At the last minute, her boyfriend announces...


This Piece of Earth: A Life in My New Zealand Garden

by Harvey McQueen

In this captivating autobiography, the author magically weaves the story of his life—from a Banks Peninsula boyhood to the Executive Wing of Parliament—with the seasons of his Wellington garden and mouth-watering...


Five Chimneys: A Woman Survivor's True Story of Auschwitz

by Olga Lengyel

Olga Lengyel tells, frankly and without compromise, one of the most horrifying stories of all time. This true, documented chronicle is the intimate, day-to-day record of a beautiful woman who survived the nightmare...


Son of Italy

by Pascal D'Angelo

In the original introduction to Pascal D'Angelo's Son of Italy, the renowned literary critic Carl Van Doren praised D'Angelo's autobiography as an impassioned story of his "enormous struggles against every disadvantage."...


American Mafia: Chicago: True Stories of Families Who Made Windy City History

by William Griffith

Everyone knows stories about the American Mafia and its varied forms of crime, from racketeering to stock manipulation to murder.  American Mafia: Chicago explores the Windy City, strolling through its neighborhoods...