Biography & History

The End Is Always Near: Apocalyptic Moments, from the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near Misses

Author: Dan Carlin

ISBN: 9780062868046

The creator of the wildly popular award-winning podcast Hardcore History looks at some of the apocalyptic moments from the past as a way to frame the challenges of the future.Do tough times create tougher people? Can humanity handle the power of its weapons without destroying itself? Will human technology or...

Check the Catalog

God Save the Queens: The Essential History of Women in Hip-Hop

Author: Kathy Iandoli

ISBN: 9780062878502

Can't Stop Won't Stop meets Girls to the Front in this essential and long overdue history of hip-hop's female pioneers and its enduring stars.Every history of hip-hop previously published, from Jeff Chang's Can't Stop Won't Stop to Shea Serrano's The Rap Yearbook, focuses primarily on men, glaringly omitting a thorough...

Check the Catalog

Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy

Author: Cassandra King Conroy

ISBN: 9780062905628

Bestselling author Cassandra King Conroy considers her life and the man she shared it with, paying tribute to her husband, Pat Conroy, the legendary figures of modern Southern literature.Cassandra King was leading a quiet life as a professor, divorced "Sunday wife" of a preacher, and debut novelist when she met...

Check the Catalog

Three Days at the Brink: FDR's Daring Gamble to Win World War II

Author: Bret Baier

ISBN: 9780062905680

From the #1 bestselling author of Three Days in Moscow and anchor of Fox News Channel's Special Report with Bret Baier, a gripping history of the secret meeting that set the stage for victory in World War II - the now-forgotten 1943 Tehran Conference, where Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill...

Check the Catalog

Blood: A Memoir

Author: Allison Moorer

ISBN: 9780306922688

The Grammy- and Academy Award- nominated singer-songwriter's haunting, lyrical memoir, sharing the story of an unthinkable act of violence and ultimate healing through artMobile, Alabama, 1986. A fourteen-year-old girl is awakened by the unmistakable sound of gunfire. On the front lawn, her father has shot and killed her mother before...

Check the Catalog

No Stopping Us Now: The Adventures of Older Women in American History

Author: Gail Collins

ISBN: 9780316286541

A lively, fascinating, eye-opening look at women and aging in America, by the beloved New York Times columnist."You're not getting older, you're getting better," or so promised the famous 1970's ad--for women's hair dye. Americans have always had a complicated relationship with aging: embrace it, deny it, defer it--and women...

Check the Catalog

The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History

Author: Nathalia Holt

ISBN: 9780316439152

From the bestselling author of Rise of the Rocket Girls, the untold story of the women of Walt Disney Studios, who shaped the iconic films that have enthralled generations Behind the beloved animated films of Walt Disney Studios, which have moved and entertained millions of viewers, was an incredibly influential...

Check the Catalog

Time Is Tight: An Autobiography

Author: Booker T. Jones

ISBN: 9780316485609

The long-awaited memoir of Booker T. Jones, leader of the famed Stax Records house band, architect of the Memphis soul sound, and one of the most legendary figures in music. From Booker T. Jones's earliest years in segregated Memphis, music was the driving force in his life. While he worked...

Check the Catalog

How to Be a Family: The Year I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be Together


ISBN: 9780316552622

In this "funny and honest" (Pamela Druckerman) memoir, Slate editor Dan Kois sets out with his family on a journey around the world to change their lives together.What happens when one frustrated dad turns his kids' lives upside down in search of a new way to be a family?Dan Kois...

Check the Catalog

One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America

Author: Gene Weingarten

ISBN: 9780399166662

On New Year's Day 2013, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Gene Weingarten asked three strangers to, literally, pluck a day, month, and year from a hat. That day - chosen completely at random - turned out to be Sunday, December 28, 1986, by any conventional measure a most ordinary day. Weingarten spent...

Check the Catalog

The Beautiful Ones

Author: Prince

ISBN: 9780399589652

From Prince himself comes the brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time - featuring never-before-seen photos, original scrapbooks and lyric sheets, and the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death. Prince was a musical genius, one of the most talented, beloved, accomplished, popular...

Check the Catalog

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China

Author: Jung Chang

ISBN: 9780451493507

From the author of the international best seller, Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, a brilliantly researched and evocative account of the lives of three other daughters of China: the Soong sisters, whose connections to Sun Yat-sen and Chiang Kai-shek kept them at the very center of Chinese history over...

Check the Catalog

Leadership in War: Essential Lessons from Those Who Made History

Author: Andrew Roberts

ISBN: 9780525522386

A comparison of nine leaders who led their nations through the greatest wars the world has ever seen and whose unique strengths--and weaknesses--shaped the course of human history, from the bestselling, award-winning author of Churchill and NapoleonTaking us from the French Revolution to the Cold War, Andrew Roberts presents us...

Check the Catalog

A Castle in Wartime: One Family, Their Missing Sons, and the Fight to Defeat the Nazis

Author: Catherine Bailey

ISBN: 9780525559290

"I was gripped by A Castle in Wartime--it contained more tension, more plot in fact--than any thriller."--Kate Atkinson, author of Big Sky and Case HistoriesAn enthralling story of one family's extraordinary courage and resistance amidst the horrors of war from the New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Rooms.As...

Check the Catalog

The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off!: Thoughts on Life, Love, and Rebellion

Author: Gloria Steinem

ISBN: 9780593132685

A beautifully illustrated collection of Gloria Steinem's most inspirational and outrageous quotes, with an introduction and essays by the feminist activist herself For decades - and especially now, in these times of crisis - people around the world have found guidance, humor, and unity in Gloria Steinem's gift for creating...

Check the Catalog

Dad's Maybe Book

Author: Tim O'Brien

ISBN: 9780618039708

Best-selling author Tim O'Brien shares wisdom from a life in letters, lessons learned in wartime, and the challenges, humor, and rewards of raising two sons."We are all writing our maybe books full of maybe tomorrows, and each maybe tomorrow brings another maybe tomorrow, and then another, until the last line...

Check the Catalog

Janis: Her Life and Music

Author: Holly George-Warren

ISBN: 9781476793108

Longlisted for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence This blazingly intimate biography of Janis Joplin establishes the Queen of Rock & Roll as the rule-breaking musical trailblazer and complicated, gender-bending rebel she was.Janis Joplin's first transgressive act was to be a white girl who gained an early sense of...

Check the Catalog

Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War

Author: S. C. Gwynne

ISBN: 9781501116223

From the New York Times bestselling, celebrated, and award-winning author of Empire of the Summer Moon and Rebel Yell comes the spellbinding, epic account of the dramatic conclusion of the Civil War.The fourth and final year of the Civil War offers one of that era's most compelling narratives, defining the...

Check the Catalog

Atlas Obscura, 2nd Edition: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

Author: Joshua Foer

ISBN: 9781523506484

"A wanderlust-whetting cabinet of curiosities on paper." - New York Times Praised as the "bestest travel guide ever" (Mary Roach) and "a joy to read and reread" (Neil Gaiman) , Atlas Obscura is a phenomenon of travel books: "Odds are you won't get past three pages without being amazed" (San...

Check the Catalog

The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity

Author: Axton Betz-Hamilton

ISBN: 9781538730287

In this powerful true crime memoir, an award-winning identity theft expert tells the shocking story of the duplicity and betrayal that inspired her career and nearly destroyed her family.Axton Betz-Hamilton grew up in small-town Indiana in the early '90s. When she was 11 years old, her parents both had their...

Check the Catalog

Initiated: Memoir of a Witch

Author: Amanda Yates Garcia

ISBN: 9781538763056

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes meets Women Who Run With The Wolves in this haunting, mystical memoir about finding meaning, beauty, and power through a life in witchcraft.An initiation signals a beginning: a door opens and you step through. Traditional Wiccan initiates are usually brought into the craft through a...

Check the Catalog

Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West

Author: H. W. Brands

ISBN: 9781541672529

From a New York Times-bestselling author, a sweeping history of the American West In Dreams of El Dorado, H. W. Brands tells the thrilling, panoramic story of the settling of the American West. He takes us from John Jacob Astor's fur trading outpost in Oregon to the Texas Revolution, from...

Check the Catalog

Ordinary Girls

Author: Jaquira Diaz

ISBN: 9781616209131

"There is more life packed on each page of Ordinary Girls than some lives hold in a lifetime." - Julia Alvarez Ordinary Girls is a fierce, beautiful, and unflinching memoir from a wildly talented debut author. While growing up in housing projects in Puerto Rico and Miami Beach, Jaquira Díaz...

Check the Catalog

Passing: A Memoir of Love and Death

Author: Michael Korda

ISBN: 9781631494642

In the tradition of The Year of Magical Thinking comes a legendary editor's unflinching love song about his radiant wife, Margaret, and her battle with cancer.It was a warm April in Pleasant Valley when Margaret Korda, normally a fearless horsewoman, dropped her horsewhip while she was riding. Such a mild...

Check the Catalog

The Unique States of America

Author: Lonely Planet

ISBN: 9781788686419

From the tiny gold-rush town of Chicken, Alaska to Las Vegas' dazzling Neon Museum and Maryland's famous blue crab, Lonely Planet's Unique States of America takes you on a journey across the 50 states to discover the country's most iconic - and unique - destinations and experiences. Travel off the...

Check the Catalog

Keep It Moving: Lessons for the Rest of Your Life

Author: Twyla Tharp

ISBN: 9781982101305

One of the world's leading artists - a living legend - and bestselling author of The Creative Habit shares her secrets for harnessing vitality and finding purpose as you age. From insight to action, Keep It Moving is a guidebook for expanding one's possibilities over the course of a lifetime...

Check the Catalog

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: A Visual History

Author: Fred Rogers Productions

ISBN: 9781984826213

A visual celebration of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, America's most beloved children's television show, including a foreword by Tom Hanks and a peek at the making of the feature film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, in theaters Thanksgiving weekend. Go behind the scenes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood with this unprecedented...

Check the Catalog