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A Fine Brother: The Life of Captain Flora Sandes

by Louise Miller

A fascinating character of her times and an inspiration to women the world over, Flora Sandes is brought to life and restored to her rightful place in history by this authorized biography, compiled with the...


Mud, Sweat & Gears: Cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats (Via the Pub)

by Ellie Bennett

The tale of a scenic cycling trip—including an index of the 50 finest beers tasted on the trip

"One more wouldn't hurt," said Mick. I looked at him doubtfully. "I'm not sure. It's gone three o'clock already....


The Italian Girl

by Rebecca Huntley

A true story of love, loss, and the mother-daughter relationship across generations, this biography describes Rebecca Huntley’s search for her maternal grandmother’s story. Following the death of her Italian...


Travels In Tandem

by Susanna Hoe

'The book grew out of the habit, early adopted when on her travels ... of writing ... an unpretending narrative of the previous day's proceedings to be sent home to her father.' Thus wrote Thomas Brassey of...


The Hallelujah Lass: A Story Based on the Life of Salvation Army Pioneer Eliza Shirley

by Wendy G. Lawton

A fascinating true-life story of 16-year-old Eliza Shirley, who traveled from England to the United States to pioneer the work of the Salvation Army.


Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War

by Hal Vaughan

“From this century, in France, three names will remain: de Gaulle, Picasso, and Chanel.” –André Malraux

Coco Chanel created the look of the modern woman and was the high priestess of couture.

She believed...


American Lady: The Life of Susan Mary Alsop

by Caroline De Margerie & Frances FitzGerald

The fascinating story of one of the grand dames of Georgetown society and a true Washington insider

Henry Kissinger once remarked that more agreements were concluded in the living room of Susan Mary Alsop than...


Baroness of Hobcaw: The Life of Belle W. Baruch

by Mary E. Miller

The riveting biography of an heiress, equestrienne, spy-hunter, and patron of ecology


Truth: Four Stories I Am Finally Old Enough to Tell

by Ellen Douglas

In four haunting family stories, Ellen Douglas seeks to track down the truth--about herself, about her white Mississippi forebears, about their relationships to black Mississippians, and ultimately about their...


MENNONITE MEETS MR. RIGHT: A Memoir of Faith, Hope, and Love

by Rhoda Janzen

What does it mean to give church a try when you haven't really tried since you were twelve? At the end of her bestselling memoir Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, Rhoda Janzen had reconnected with her family...


Doreen Kartinyeri: My Ngarrindjeri Calling

by Doreen Kartinyeri & Sue Anderson

An Aboriginal insider's view into Australia's Hindmarsh Island Affair, this remarkable record tells the personal narrative of key Ngarrindjeri spokeswoman, the late Doreen Kartinyeri. Chronicling her victorious...


Leaving Home: A Hollywood Blacklisted Writer's Years Abroad

by Anne Edwards

In this new memoir, Anne Edwards—bestselling author of biographies on Judy Garland, Vivien Leigh, Margaret Mitchell, and Ronald Reagan—turns the spotlight on herself, chronicling her 20-year exile from the...


The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age

by Janet Wallach

A captivating biography of America's first female tycoon, Hetty Green, the iconoclast who forged one of the greatest fortunes of her time.

 

    No woman in the Gilded Age made as much money as Hetty Green....


Anna Wickham: A Poet's Daring Life

by Jennifer Vaughan Jones

Poet Anna Wickham, a neglected figure in early 20th-century literature, is the subject of this biography. The book details her flight from her husband and sons to live with Natalie Clifford Barney in Paris,...


My Arctic Journal: A Year Among Ice-Fields and Eskimos

by Josephine Peary

Peary, the wife of celebrated arctic explorer Robert E. Peary, joined her husband on his 1891-92 expedition to the Arctic Circle.


Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood

by Anne Enright

A San Francisco Chronicle Lit Pick

"Much of the book is astonishingly funny; the rest would break your heart." —Colm Tóibín Anne Enright is one of the most acclaimed novelists of her generation. The Gathering...


The Lives of Margaret Fuller: A Biography

by John Matteson

“Psychologically rich. . . . Matteson’s book restores the heroism of [Fuller’s] life and work.”—The New Yorker A brilliant writer and a fiery social critic, Margaret Fuller (1810–1850) was perhaps...


Jane Addams: Spirit in Action

by Louise W. Knight

In this landmark biography, Jane Addams becomes America's most admired and most hated woman—and wins the Nobel Peace Prize. Jane Addams (1860-1935) was a leading statesperson in an era when few imagined such...


The Sea Captain's Wife: A True Story of Love, Race, and War in the Nineteenth Century

by Martha Hodes

A finalist for the Lincoln Prize, The Sea Captain's Wife "comes surprisingly, and movingly, alive" (Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly). Award-winning historian Martha Hodes brings us into the extraordinary world...


Bess of Hardwick: Empire Builder

by Mary S. Lovell

"The best account yet available of this shrewd, enigmatic and remarkable woman."-Sunday Times [London]

From the author of The Sisters, a chronicle of the most brutal, turbulent, and exuberant period of England's...