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A Bloody Picnic: Tommy's Humour 1914-18

by Alan Weeks

One of the crucial factors that kept Tommy going on the Western Front was his ability to see what was comic in the horror, deprivation and discomfort of trench warfare - an attitude which blossomed further in...


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

by Frederick Douglass

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is the moving autobiography by the former slave and prominent abolitionist. With unabashed honesty Douglass recounts his early years on a Maryland plantation, his...


Guantanamo's Child

by Michelle Shephard

A prize-winning journalist tells the troubling story of Canadian Omar Khadr, who has spent a quarter of his life growing up in Guantanamo Bay. Khadr was captured in Afghanistan in July 2002 at the age of 15....


The Life of Stonewall Jackson

by John Esten Cooke

From Bull Run (Manassas), where Thomas Jackson earned his famous nickname, to tragedy at Chancellorsville, The Life of Stonewall Jackson is the story of how the unassuming Virginian became General Robert E....


GI Brides: June

by Duncan Barrett & Nuala Calvi

She left everything behind to follow her heart …

The enthralling true story of a British war bride after World War II.

June Baker saw the American soldier walking toward her. In the gray of wartime England,...


Booky Wook Collection

Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and his Revolutionary Comic Strip

by Nevin Martell

An affectionate and revealing book about uncovering the story�behind this most uncommon trio - a man, a boy and his tiger.


Little Richard: The Birth of Rock 'n' Roll

by David Kirby

A brilliant new biography of the extraordinary, outrageous performer who helped open the floodgates of Rock 'n' Roll. In June, 2007, Little Richard's 1955 Specialty Records single, "Tutti Frutti," topped Mojo...


Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Found

by Joe Bonomo

A superb new study of Jerry Lee Lewis that's as intense and fast paced as the life of "The Killer" himself, from the height of fame to the bumpy road that followed

"The category in which Jerry Lee Lewis truly...


Song and Circumstance: The Work of David Byrne from Talking Heads to the Present

by Sytze Steenstra

This is the first book to offer a full account of Byrne's sprawling artistic portfolio.


Goin' Crazy with Sam Peckinpah and All Our Friends

by Max Evans & Robert Nott

In this enthralling memoir we follow Evans and Peckinpah through conversations in bars, family gatherings, binges on drugs and alcohol, struggles with film producers and executives, and Peckinpah's abusive behavior-sometimes...


The Early Diary of Anais Nin, Vol. 3 (1923-1927)

by Anaïs| Nin

A bridge between the early life of Nin and the first volume of her Diary. In pages more candid than in the preceding diaries, Nin tells how she exorcised the obsession that threatened her marriage and nearly...


The Conquest of New Spain

by Bernal Diaz del Castillo

Conquest of New Spain is the first-person narrative of Bernal Díaz del Castillo (1492-1581), the 16th-century military adventurer, conquistador, and colonist settler. It is a vivid, military account that establishes...


Ten Days in a Mad-House

by Nellie Bly

Nellie Bly took an undercover journalist assignment to pretend to be insane to investigate reports of brutality and neglect at mental asylums. After a night of practicing deranged expressions in front of a mirror,...


Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph

by T. E. Lawrence

Seven Pillars of Wisdom - A Triumph is the autobiographical account of the experiences of British soldier T. E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia") while serving with rebel forces during the Arabian Revolt against...


Glory, Glory: My Life

by John Sattler

The story of a rugby league legend.

A gentleman off the field and a brute on it, John Sattler was one of the most feared players of his era. He was equally renowned for his toughness and courage: famously,...


My Tale of Woe

by Patricia Hastings

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My Tale of Woe is the tell-all true story of an ex-cult member, raped into submission, tortured, and left to fend in a world of craziness.

In her own words:

"I didn't know what I was getting myself...


Ma

by Martha Long

After numerous arrests for shoplifting, Martha is sent to the convent where, the judge rules, she is to get an education. Martha is relieved to be out of the clutches of her horrible drunken stepfather, Jackser,...


The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

by Geoffrey C. Ward & Ken Burns

New York Times Bestseller 

A vivid and personal portrait of America’s greatest political family and its enormous impact on our nation—the companion volume to the seven-part PBS documentary series

 

With...


The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan

by Jenny Nordberg

An investigative journalist uncovers a hidden custom that will transform your understanding of what it means to grow up as a girl

In Afghanistan, a culture ruled almost entirely by men, the birth of a son is...