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Crave

by Christine S. O'Brien St. Martin's Press (November 13, 2018)

“Do you mind that I’m going to be writing a book about the fact that I was hungry?” I asked my mother. “Just tell a good story,” she replied.

Hunger comes in many forms. In her memoir, Crave, Christine...


The End of the End of the Earth

by Jonathan Franzen Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 13, 2018)

A sharp and provocative new essay collection from the award-winning author of Freedom and The Corrections

The essayist, Jonathan Franzen writes, is like “a fire-fighter, whose job, while everyone else is fleeing...


Handsome Johnny

by Lee Server St. Martin's Press (November 13, 2018)

A rich biography of the legendary figure at the center of the century’s darkest secrets: an untold story of golden age Hollywood, modern Las Vegas, JFK-era scandal and international intrigue from Lee Server,...


A Boy Without Hope: Part 2 of 3

by Casey Watson Harper Element (October 25, 2018)

A BOY WITHOUT HOPE is the heart-breaking story of a boy who didn’t know the meaning of love. A history of abuse and neglect has left Miller destined for life’s scrap heap. But in this turbulent story of...


I'll Be There For You: The ultimate book for Friends fans everywhere

by Kelsey Miller HQ (October 23, 2018)

‘Funny, enlightening and incredibly well-researched’ Emerald Street Over twenty years since its low-profile debut and Friends is the most streamed show on UK Netflix. But has it stood the test of time? Are...


Up: My Life’s Journey to the Top of Everest

by Ben Fogle & Marina Fogle William Collins (October 18, 2018)

My eyes lifted to the horizon and the unmistakable snowy outline of Everest.

Everest, the mountain of my childhood dreams. A mountain that has haunted me my whole life. A mountain I have seen hundreds of times...


A Boy Without Hope: Part 1 of 3

by Casey Watson Harper Element (October 18, 2018)

A BOY WITHOUT HOPE is the heart-breaking story of a boy who didn’t know the meaning of love. A history of abuse and neglect has left Miller destined for life’s scrap heap. But in this turbulent story of...


Eminent Victorians

by Lytton Strachey Standard Ebooks (September 12, 2018)

Eminent Victorians consists of four short biographies by Lytton Strachey of Victorians who were famous in their day: Cardinal Manning, a powerful cleric; Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing; Thomas...


When a Loved One Falls Ill

by Brian Monaghan & Gerri Monaghan Workman Publishing Company (June 26, 2018)

The much-needed book for anyone with a loved one facing a serious illness. It is the book that’s a bible for how to make the potentially life-or-death decisions that every medical advocate, and every patient,...


Ali on Ali

by Hana Ali & Danny Peary Workman Publishing Company (May 01, 2018)

Muhammad Ali was a champion, a poet, a prophet. Sports Illustrated called him “the greatest athlete of the twentieth century.” And yet he was even more than all of that, “a whole greater than the sum of...


Love and Death in the Sunshine State

by Cutter Wood Algonquin Books (April 17, 2018)

“I was convinced that somewhere in this pile of anecdotes and photographs and recollections was the vital clue, the detail that would make everything slide into place, and as I began to assemble all the information...


The Motherhood Affidavits

by Laura Jean Baker The Experiment (April 03, 2018)

“Laura Jean Baker has written a beautiful and brave memoir of motherhood and its discontents, which are indistinguishable from its joys. This is a warmly intimate yet intellectually provocative personal document...


Life On The Mississippi

by Mark Twain Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Life on the Mississippi is a memoir by Mark Twain detailing his days as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River before and after the American Civil War. The book begins with a brief history of the river....


Apologia Pro Vita Sua

by John Henry Newman Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Apologia Pro Vita Sua (Latin: A defence of one's life) is the classic defence of the religious opinions of John Henry Newman, published in 1864 in response to what he saw as an unwarranted attack on himself,...


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

by Frederick Douglass Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is a memoir and treatise on abolition written by famous orator and ex-slave, Frederick Douglass. It is generally held to be the most famous of a number of narratives...


The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African

by Olaudah Equiano Olaudah Equiano (March 25, 2018)

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa, the African. Written by Himself was the first work that influenced the nineteenth-century genre of slave narrative autobiographies....


Twelve Years a Slave

by Solomon Northup Derby and Miller, Auburn, New York (March 25, 2018)

Twelve Years a Slave, sub-title: Narrative of Solomon Northup, citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington city in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana, is a memoir...


The Confessions

by Jean-Jacques Rousseau Privately Printed for the Members of the Aldus Soc (March 25, 2018)

In his Confessions, written in 1903, Jean-Jacques Rousseau tells the story of his life, from the formative experience of his humble childhood in Geneva, through the achievement of international fame as novelist...


The Education of Henry Adams

by Henry Adams Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Education of Henry Adams records the struggle of Bostonian Henry Adams (1838-1918), in early old age, to come to terms with the dawning 20th century, so different from the world of his youth. It is also...


A Personal Record

by Joseph Conrad Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A Personal Record is an autobiographical work (or "fragment of biography") by Joseph Conrad, published in 1912. It has also been published under the titles A Personal Record: Some Reminiscences and Some Reminiscences....


Reed Anthony, Cowman

by Andy Adams Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

From the writer and genuine Western Trail cattle driver, responsible for some of the best and most realistic accounts of cowboy life in literature.


Great Astronomers:  Edmond Halley

by Robert Stawell Ball Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Edmond Halley,(1656–1742) was an English astronomer, geophysicist, mathematician, meteorologist, and physicist who is best known for computing the orbit of the eponymous Halley's Comet. He was the second Astronomer...


Great Astronomers: Galileo Galilei

by Robert Stawell Ball Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) was an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the Scientific Revolution. His achievements include improvements to the telescope and...


Great Astronomers: Isaac Newton

by Robert Stawell Ball Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1726) was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist and theologian who has been considered by many to be the greatest and most influential scientist...


Great Astronomers:  James Bradley

by Robert Stawell Ball Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

James Bradley (1693–1762) was the English astronomer who served as Astronomer Royal from 1742, succeeding Edmund Halley. He is best known for two fundamental discoveries in astronomy, the aberration of light...


Great Astronomers:  Johannes Kepler

by Robert Stawell Ball Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

German astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) derived his mathematical laws of planetary motion from astronomical data meticulously collected by Tycho Brahe, who, as he was dying, beseeched young Kepler to use...


Great Astronomers: Nicolaus Copernicus

by Robert Stawell Ball Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) was a mathematician and astronomer who formulated a comprehensive heliocentric model which placed the Sun, rather than the Earth, at the center of the universe, contrary to the...


Great Astronomers:  Pierre-Simon Laplace

by Robert Stawell Ball Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Pierre-Simon, Marquis de Laplace (1749-1827), was a French mathematician and astronomer, sometimes referred to as the French Newton. His work was pivotal to the mathematical development of astronomy, physics,...


Great Astronomers: Tycho Brahe

by Robert Stawell Ball Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

This is the chapter on 16th century Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe from Sir Robert S. Ball's Great Astronomers, second edition, which begins: "The most picturesque figure in the history of astronomy ... Tycho...


Great Astronomers:  William Herschel

by Robert Stawell Ball Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Sir Frederick William Herschel, (Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel) (1738–1822) was a German-born British astronomer, telescope maker, and composer. He became famous for the first discovery of a planet not visible...


Great Astronomers:  William Rowan Hamilton

by Robert Stawell Ball Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Sir William Rowan Hamilton (1805–1865) was an Irish physicist, astronomer, and mathematician who made important contributions to mechanics, optics, and algebra. As a teenager, he mastered parts of Newton's...


Sailing Alone Around the World

by Joshua Slocum Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Sailing Alone Around the World (1900) is a sailing memoir by Joshua Slocum about his single-handed global circumnavigation aboard the sloop Spray. Slocum was the first person to sail around the world alone....


St. Francis of Assisi

by Gilbert Keith Chesterton Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Chesterton was an orthodox religious person, eventually converting to Roman Catholicism. In 1923, he wrote this short biography of St. Francis of Assisi, after whom Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio chose his papal...


From The Caves And Jungles Of The Hindostan

by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The book "From the caves and jungles of Hindustan" in a literature style describes the travels of H. Blavatsky and her Teacher which she named Takhur Gulab-Singh. In spite of that the book was considered as...


My Bondage and My Freedom

by Frederick Douglass New York and Auburn: Miller, Orton, and Mulligan (March 25, 2018)

My Bondage and My Freedom is an autobiographical slave narrative written by Frederick Douglass and published in 1855. It is the second of three autobiographies written by Douglass, and is mainly an expansion...


Great Astronomers:  John Flamsteed

by Robert Stawell Ball Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

John Flamsteed (1646-1719) was an English astronomer, a contemporary of Isaac Newton, and the first Astronomer Royal in charge of the newly built observatory at Greenwich, England (1676). Although he made no...


Great Astronomers:  William Parsons (3rd Earl of Rosse)

by Robert Stawell Ball Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

William Parsons, the 3rd Earl of Rosse, (1800–1867) was an Anglo-Irish astronomer who made several large telescopes. His 72-inch telescope, the "Leviathan", built in 1845, was the world's largest telescope...


Narrative of Sojourner Truth

by Sojourner Truth Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Sojourner Truth was an African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, Ulster County, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826....


Walden

by Henry David Thoreau Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Walden (also known as Life in the Woods) by Henry David Thoreau is one of the best-known non-fiction books written by an American. Published in 1854, it details Thoreau's life for two years and two months in...


Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc

by Mark Twain Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Mark Twain's work on Joan of Arc is titled in full Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by the Sieur Louis de Conte who is identified further as Joan's page and secretary. The work is fictionally presented...


Your Story Is Your Power

by Elle Luna & Susie Herrick Workman Publishing Company (March 06, 2018)

HOW DO YOU DEFINE YOURSELF?

IN A VERY REAL SENSE, we define ourselves through our stories. If we can truly understand the stories that made us the women we are, including the motivations behind our actions and...


Saving Tarboo Creek

by Scott Freeman & Susan Leopold Freeman Timber Press (January 24, 2018)

“A moving account of a beautiful project. We need stories of healing in this tough moment; this is a particularly fine one.” —Bill McKibben, author of Radio Free Vermont

When the Freeman family decided...


The Milk Lady of Bangalore

by Shoba Narayan Algonquin Books (January 23, 2018)

The elevator door opens. A cow stands inside, angled diagonally to fit. It doesn’t look uncomfortable, merely impatient. “It is for the housewarming ceremony on the third floor,” explains the woman who...


The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder

by Marta McDowell Timber Press (September 20, 2017)

“For gardeners, botanists, and fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder, this book looks at the beloved Little House on the Prairie author’s relationship to nature.” —Publishers Weekly

The universal appeal of Laura...


In Vino Duplicitas

by Peter Hellman The Experiment (July 31, 2017)

“An engrossing account of wine fraud and forgery . . . Hellman clearly knows his stuff.”—The Wall Street Journal

“[Hellman] presents . . . the macho, competitive, one-upmanship world of the collectors,...


The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

by Paula Poundstone Algonquin Books (May 09, 2017)

“A remarkable journey. I laughed. I cried. I got another cat.”  —Lily Tomlin

“Paula Poundstone is the funniest human being I have ever known.” —Peter Sagal, host of Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell...


Cutting Back

by Leslie Buck Timber Press (May 03, 2017)

“An unusual and entertaining memoir.” —New York Times Book Review

At thirty-five, Leslie Buck made an impulsive decision to put her personal life on hold to pursue her passion. Leaving behind a full life...


Every Body Yoga

by Jessamyn Stanley Workman Publishing Company (April 04, 2017)

From the unforgettable teacher Jessamyn Stanley comes Every Body Yoga, a book that breaks all the stereotypes.

It’s a book of inspiration for beginners of all shapes and sizes: If Jessamyn could transcend...


The One-Cent Magenta

by James Barron Algonquin Books (March 07, 2017)

An inside look at the obsessive, secretive, and often bizarre world of high-profile stamp collecting, told through the journey of the world’s most sought-after stamp.

 

When it was issued in 1856, it cost...


The Chinese Kitchen Garden

by Wendy Kiang-Spray Timber Press (February 08, 2017)

Winner of the Garden Writers Association 2018 Silver Medal of Achievement 

 

Wendy Kiang-Spray’s family has strong culinary and gardening traditions. In The Chinese Kitchen Garden, she beautifully blends...