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Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography

by Jean Harvey Baker

"A complex and moving character study of a woman tragically out of step with her time and place."—Chicago Tribune This definitive biography of Mary Todd Lincoln beautifully conveys her tumultuous life and...

Lessons I Learned in the Dark: Steps to Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

by Jennifer Rothschild

At the age of fifteen, Jennifer Rothschild confronted two unshakable realities: Blindness is inevitable ... and God is enough. Now this popular author, speaker, and recording artist offers poignant lessons that...

Call Sign, White Lily (New, Enlarged Fourth Edition with Bonus Material)

by M.G. Crisci & Yelena Sivolap

When Mother Russia called, Lilia Litvyak traded her childhood for a YAK-1 fighter and shredded Hitler's vaunted all-male Luftwaffe on her way to becoming the world's first female ace.

With her country under siege,...

Love Is the Thread: A Knitting Friendship

by Leslie Moise

Love is the Thread centers on the friendship between Kristine -- an artist, knitter, and wise soul -- and the author. Each woman faces serious challenges as they meet. Leslie is reweaving her life after an abusive...

Lillian Gilbreth: Redefining Domesticity

by Julie Des Jardins

An accessible, engaging examination of Lillian Gilbreth, whose research in efficiency and human factors changed the way factories are run, how domestic tasks are completed, and how consumers are “sold” on...

A Writer's Diary

by Virginia Woolf

An invaluable guide to the art and mind of Virginia Woolf, drawn by her husband from the personal record she kept over a period of twenty-seven years. Included are entries that refer to her own writing, others...

The Sparkling-Eyed Boy: A Memoir of Love, Grown Up

by Amy Benson & Ted Conover

"The Sparkling-Eyed Boy is so full of color and light and life." -- Brad Land, author of Goat

The theme of summer love, in Amy Benson's hands, grows up: The Sparkling-Eyed Boy searches out the fault lines of...

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

Margaret Drabble weaves her own story into a history of games, in particular jigsaws, which have offered her and many others relief from melancholy and depression.

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...

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

In the tradition of Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential and Gelsey Kirkland’s Dancing on My Grave, Mozart in the Jungle delves into the lives of the musicians and conductors who inhabit the insular world...

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...

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...