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Naked in the Promised Land: A Memoir

by Lillian , Professor Faderman

Born in 1940, Lillian Faderman was the only child of an uneducated and unmarried immigrant Jewish woman. Her mother, whose family perished in the Holocaust, was racked by guilt at having come to America and...


The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws

by Margaret Drabble

The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws is an original and brilliant work. Margaret Drabble weaves her own story into a history of games, in particular jigsaws, which have offered her and...


Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature

by Linda Lear

Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, published in 1962, did more than any other single publication to alert the world to the hazards of environmental poisoning and to inspire a powerful social movement that would...


The Toyboy Diaries

by Wendy Salisbury

Girls just want to have fun ... and so does Wendy Salisbury. It doesn't matter that she's a twice-divorced mother of two with grandchildren pending. She is still vivacious, sexy and glamorous, and far more likely...


My Life in France

by Julia Child & Alex Prud'Homme

Julia Child singlehandedly created a new approach to American cuisine with her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her television show The French Chef, but as she reveals in this bestselling memoir,...


Split: A Counterculture Childhood

by Lisa Michaels

In Split, Lisa Michaels offers a strikingly textured portrait of her days of communes and road trips, of antiwar protests and rallies --- and of what came after, for her parents and herself --- as the radicalism...


The Complete Dusty Springfield

by Paul Howes & Petula Clark

Drawing on meticulous archive research and interviews with Dusty's friends and collaborators, Paul Howes details every song in Dusty's entire catalogue. 

This revised edition of The Complete Dusty Springfield...


A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution

by Samar Yazbek & Max Weiss

A devastating and personal first-hand account of the ongoing uprising in Syria from a prominent Syrian journalist now in hiding


Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music

by Blair Tindall

From her debut recital at Carnegie Hall to performing with the orchestras of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, oboist Blair Tindall has been playing classical music professionally for twenty-five years. She's...


Uphill Walkers: Portrait of a Family

by Madeleine Blais

In 1952, Madeleine Blais's father died suddenly, leaving his pregnant wife and their five young children to face their future alone. Uphill Walkers is the story of how the Blais family pulled together to survive...


Mrs. Astor Regrets: The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Reproach

by Meryl Gordon

The fate of Brooke Astor, the endearing philanthropist with the storied name, has generated worldwide headlines since her grandson Philip sued his father, Anthony Marshall, in 2006, alleging mistreatment of...


An Accidental Tragedy: The Life of Mary, Queen of Scots

by Roderick Graham

Based on contemporary documents and histories, this book paints a picture of Mary that sees her neither as a Catholic martyr, nor as a husband-murdering adulteress, but as a young girl adrift in the dangerous...


Dolley Madison: The Problem of National Unity

by Catherine Allgor

An accessible, engaging introduction to the life of first lady Dolley Madison and the pivotal role she played in establishing an atmosphere of unity and civility in the young nation


The Queen of the Ring: Sex, Muscles, Diamonds, and the Making of an American Legend

by Jeff Leen

The Queen of the Ring is the story of Mildred Burke, the longest reigning champion of female wrestling. In this in-depth account, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jeff Leen pulls back the curtain on a forgotten...


If the Creek Don't Rise: My Life Out West with the Last Black Widow of the Civil War

by Rita Williams

When Rita Williams was four, her mother died in a Denver boarding house. This death delivered Rita into the care of her aunt Daisy, the last surviving African American widow of a Union soldier and a maverick...


Daughter of the Queen of Sheba: A Memoir

by Jacki Lyden

As a foreign correspondent for NPR, Jacki Lyden has spent her adult life on the frontlines in some of the most dangerous war zones in the world. Her childhood was a war zone of a different kind. Her mother suffered...


Manhattan, When I Was Young

by Mary Cantwell

Mary Cantwell, who has been a writer and editor at Mademoiselle and Vogue and a writer at the New York Times, gives us an elegant and lyrical autobiographical account of a time and place that for some exists...


Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life

by Natalie Dykstra

A revelatory life of Clover Adams, casting a lens on her iconic marriage to historian Henry Adams and her fatal embrace of photography in her last months


The Tigress of Forli: Renaissance Italy's Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de' Medici

by Elizabeth Lev

A Rome-based American historian tells the extraordinary story of Caterina Sforza, perhaps the most prominent woman of Renaissance Italy, who was a wife, a mother, a leader, and a warrior with the courage to...


Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her

Agatha Award for Best Non-Fiction 2005

by Melanie Rehak

A plucky “titian-haired” sleuth solved her first mystery in 1930. Eighty million books later, Nancy Drew has survived the Depression, World War II, and the sixties (when she was taken up with a vengeance...