Category: Biography


Devil in Deerskins

April 1, 2014 | 216 pages
Anahareo (1906-1985) was a Mohawk writer, environmentalist, and activist. She was also the wife of Grey Owl, aka Archie Belaney, the internationally celebrated writer and speaker who claimed to be of Scottish and Apache descent, but whose true ancestry as a white Englishman only became known after... More Info

Gandhi Before India

Random House Canada | April 15, 2014 | 528 pages
The first volume of a magisterial biography: the definitive portrait of the life and work of one of the most abidingly influential--and controversial--men in modern history. Here is a revelatory work of biography that takes us from Gandhi's birth in 1869 through his upbringing in Gujarat, his 2... More Info

The Danger Tree

HarperPerennial | April 15, 2014 | 320 pages
âeoeAbout the best prose to ever come out of this country, for my money.âe âe"ALICE MUNRO Emulating the circuitous tales told by his motherâe(tm)s relatives, the Goodyears of Newfoundland, David Macfarlane weaves the major events of the islandâe(tm)s twentieth centuryâe"the ravages of... More Info

Shining Star

Viking Adult | April 16, 2014 | 256 pages
A revealing personal account by the Grammy Award-winning music artist and lead singer of Earth, Wind & Fire traces his professional and spiritual journey against a backdrop of the group's meteoric rise to stardom, describing the diverse influences that shaped the band's style and the author's... More Info

A Broken Hallelujah

W W Norton & Company Incorporated | April 16, 2014 | 256 pages
This meditation on the life of the Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet and novelist discusses his performing career, which began despite his crippling stage fright, to his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 13,000 first printing.  More Info

Living with a Wild God

Twelve | April 8, 2014 | 256 pages
Part memoir, part philosophical and spiritual inquiry, a staunch atheist and rationalist, after coming across the journal she kept during her tumultuous adolescence, sets out to answer a young girl's uninhibited musings on the questions that, at one point or another, torment us all. 50,000 first... More Info

The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson

January 28, 2014 | 472 pages
Originally published: New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2005.  More Info

Eating Fire

April 16, 2014 | 256 pages
When Kelly Cogswell plunged into New York's East Village in 1992, she had just come out. An ex–Southern Baptist born in Kentucky, she was camping in an Avenue B loft, scribbling poems, and playing in an underground band, trying to figure out her next move. A couple of months later she was... More Info

Carrie and Me

April 8, 2014 | 224 pages
The celebrated comedienne and six-time Emmy Award-winning actress draws on diary entries, correspondence and family memories to present a tribute to her late daughter that traces Carrie's struggles with self-esteem and addiction before her cancer-related death, in an account that also shares the... More Info

Things I Should Have Told My Daughter

April 8, 2014 | 320 pages
The award-winning author of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day reminisces on the art of balancing family, politics and a writing career during her pre-fame years in the 1970s and 1980s, tracing her rise from a small-time columnist and her friendships with such notables as Richard Pryor, Avery... More Info

The Four Walls of My Freedom

December 19, 2013 | 262 pages
A riveting and redemptive family memoir, The Four Walls of My Freedom is Donna Thomson’s account of raising a son with cerebral palsy and a passionate appeal to change the way we think about “the good life.” Donna Thomson’s life was forever changed when her son Nicholas was born with... More Info

Nothin' to Lose

It Books | April 1, 2014 | 560 pages
Including original interviews with Paul, Gene, Ace and Peter, as well as producers, management, costume, stage and art designers, rock photographers and many others, this oral history of the legendary rock band offers a behind-the-scenes look at KISS's formative years. 100,000 first printing.  More Info

Writing with Grace

Douglas & McIntyre Limited | October 14, 2014 | 208 pages
When Judy McFarlane is asked if she will help Grace, a woman with Down syndrome who dreams of becoming a famous writer, she realizes she holds deep, unacknowledged fears — that Grace will be a dull-eyed young woman who can’t read, let alone write, or that she might become agitated, even lash... More Info

The Crusades of Cesar Chavez

Bloomsbury Press | March 25, 2014 | 560 pages
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Union of Their Dreams draws on thousands of documents and interviews to examine the myths and achievements marking the life of the iconic labor leader and civil rights activist, portraying him as a flawed but brilliant strategist who was often at odds with... More Info

Box Girl

Soft Skull Press | April 16, 2014 | 256 pages
When 22-year-old Lilibet Snellings moved to Los Angeles on a whim, she unintentionally became a “slash” to keep her head above water—a writer/waitress/actress/Box Girl. One night each week, Lilibet would go to The Standard Hotel in West Hollywood, don a pair of white boy shorts with a... More Info

A Man Called Destruction

Viking Adult | April 16, 2014 | 384 pages
Drawing on interviews with more than 100 close associates, a revelatory account of the late music artist's career traces his fame as a teen rock star in the 1960s and descent to humble jobs before his comeback as a solo artist, producer and innovator in the indie-rock genre.  More Info

Harley Loco

Penguin Group USA | March 25, 2014 | 320 pages
Documents the experiences of a Syrian immigrant who spent her formative years in Detroit, where she struggled with school bullies and her family traditions before becoming a New York City hair stylist at the height of the punk movement, succumbing to drug addiction and eventually embracing a clean... More Info


Feminist Press | February 11, 2014 | 320 pages
"What an amazing story. . . . I applaud you for staying honest with yourself and listening to your feelings and what you needed to do to love and grieve and remember your son."—comment on Elizabeth Heineman's Salon article, "My Stillborn Child's Life after Death" In our mother-blaming culture,... More Info

If Only You People Could Follow Directions

Counterpoint | December 31, 2013 | 256 pages
If Only You People Could Follow Directions is a spellbinding debut by Jessica Hendry Nelson. In linked autobiographical essays, Nelson has reimagined the memoir with her thoroughly original voice, fearless writing, and hypnotic storytelling. At its center, the book is the story of three people:... More Info

Call Me Burroughs

Twelve | January 28, 2014 | 736 pages
Fifty years ago, Norman Mailer asserted, "William Burroughs is the only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius." Few since have taken such literary risks, developed such individual political or spiritual ideas, or spanned such a wide range of media. Burroughs... More Info

I Forgot to Remember

Simon and Schuster | February 4, 2014 | 288 pages
Documents the story of an amnesia survivor who permanently lost all of her memories after a traumatic brain injury and who endured a more than 25-year effort to relearn basic skills and reclaim her life.  More Info

I'll Take You There

Scribner | January 21, 2014 | 320 pages
The untold story of living legend Mavis Staples—lead singer of The Staple Singers and a major figure in the music that shaped the Civil Rights era—researched and written by acclaimed music journalist and author Greg Kot. Now in her seventies, Mavis Staples has been a fixture in the music world... More Info

Let the People In

University of Texas Press | September 1, 2013 | 495 pages
When Ann Richards delivered the keynote of the 1988 Democratic National Convention and mocked President George H. W. Bush—"Poor George, he can't help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth"—she instantly became a media celebrity and triggered a rivalry that would alter the course of... More Info

An Impatient Life

Verso | August 6, 2013 | 336 pages
The turbulent story of the radical Left in the eloquent words of one of its foremost leaders  More Info

Body Counts

Scribner | January 14, 2014 | 368 pages
Sean Strub, founder of the groundbreaking POZ magazine, producer of the hit play “The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me,” and the first openly HIV-positive candidate for US Congress, charts his remarkable life—a story of politics and AIDS and a powerful testament to loss, hope, and survival. As a... More Info

Promise Land

Simon & Schuster | January 7, 2014 | 256 pages
A witty, original tour of the billion-dollar self-help industry that explores our uniquely American devotion to self-improvement—even as the author attempts some deeply personal improvements of her own. As Jessica Lamb-Shapiro points out in this powerful blend of memoir, journalism, and social... More Info

Fists Upon a Star

U of R Press | May 1, 2013 | 410 pages
At once heartbreaking and inspiring, this memoir of Florence James (1892-1988),is a snapshot of early twentieth-century American theatre that remains remarkably relevant in the twenty-first century.  More Info

Walter Benjamin

Belknap Press | January 20, 2014 | 704 pages
Walter Benjamin was perhaps the twentieth century's most elusive intellectual. His writings defy categorization, and his improvised existence has proven irresistible to mythologizers. In a major new biography, Howard Eiland and Michael Jennings present a comprehensive portrait of the man and his... More Info


Bison Books | September 1, 2013 | 336 pages
In Thomas Jefferson's day, 90 percent of the population worked on family farms. Today, in a world dominated by agribusiness, less than 1 percent of Americans claim farm-related occupations. What was lost along the way is something that Evelyn I. Funda experienced firsthand when, in 2001, her... More Info


HarperPress | April 16, 2014 | 708 pages
Over a decade after his presidency of South Africa, Nelson Mandela remains an inspirational figure to millions of people - both in his homeland and far beyond her borders. He is, without doubt, one of the most important figures in global history. Mandela's opposition to apartheid and his 27 year... More Info

Five Days in November

Simon and Schuster | November 19, 2013 | 256 pages
Marking the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, the retired United States Secret Service agent who will forever be remembered for his courageous actions in the presidential motorcade after JFK was shot shares his memories of the five days leading up to, and after, that tragic day in November... More Info

Edward Koiki Mabo

April 16, 2014 | 238 pages
Here, largely in his own words, is the incredible story of Edward Koiki Mabo, from his childhood on the Island of Mer through to his struggle within the union cause and the black rights movement. Tragically, Mabo died just months before the historic High Court native-title decision that destroyed... More Info

Twelve Years a Slave

Penguin Classics | July 31, 2012 | 240 pages
"Narrative of a citizen of New-York, Solomon Northup, kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana"--Cover.  More Info

Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left

New Press | October 1, 2013 | 400 pages
Howard Zinn was perhaps the best-known and most widely celebrated popular interpreter of American history in the twentieth century, renowned as a bestselling author, a political activist, a lecturer, and one of America's most recognizable and admired progressive voices.  More Info

Chanel Bonfire

Gallery Books | November 12, 2013 | 304 pages
With clear-eyed grace, refreshing honesty, and flashing wit, Wendy Lawless tells the true story of her unhinged upbringing in this New York Times bestselling memoir. By the time Wendy Lawless turned seventeen, she’d known for quite some time that she didn’t have a normal mother. But that... More Info

Coolie Woman

September 24, 2013 | 352 pages
"Published by arrangement with C. Hurst & Co. (Publishers) London"--Title page verso.  More Info


Simon and Schuster | October 29, 2013 | 784 pages
Draws on extensive, previously unavailable Russian documents to reveal surprising details about Mao Zedong's rise to power and leadership in China, providing coverage of such topics as his health, alleged affairs and controversial political decisions. Co-written by the author of The Bolsheviks and... More Info

Chuvalo - A Fighter's Life

May 7, 2013 | 432 pages
The inspirational memoir of the Canadian boxer who fought some of the greatest heavyweights in history, including Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, but lost everything outside the ring From a tough Toronto childhood as the only son of immigrant parents, through a twenty-three-year career that earned... More Info

A Stone in My Shoe

Signal Editions | September 1, 2013 | 160 pages
Poet George Ellenbogen’s memoir is more than a collection of anecdotes of his immigrant family and their journey from Franz Joseph’s Austro-Hungarian empire to Montreal in the 1920s. A Stone in My Shoe charts his discovery of how an immigrant Jewish neighborhood—a tight-knit shtetl with... More Info

A Free Man: A True Story of Life and Death in Delhi

W. W. Norton | October 28, 2013 | 240 pages
An intimate portrait of an invisible manDa powerful story of one man's life that contains multitudes.  More Info

40 Chances

Simon and Schuster | October 22, 2013 | 464 pages
The son of legendary investor Warren Buffet relates how he set out to help nearly a billion individuals who lack basic food security through his passion of farming, in forty stories of lessons learned.  More Info

Driving the Saudis

Simon and Schuster | October 22, 2013 | 224 pages
An ivy league-educated actress and film producer who worked as a chauffeur for members of the Saudi royal family during their visit to Beverly Hills describes her witness to their opulent lifestyle and the complications, contradictions and corruptions of their wealth. 35,000 first printing.  More Info

The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman

Belknap Press | November 15, 2013 | 690 pages
Anthropologist Bruce Albert captures the poetic voice of Davi Kopenawa, shaman and spokesman for the Yanomami of the Brazilian Amazon, in this unique reading experience--a coming-of-age story, historical account, and shamanic philosophy, but most of all an impassioned plea to respect native rights... More Info


Gotham | October 17, 2013 | 496 pages
A major new biography of Duke Ellington from the acclaimed author of Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong Edward Kennedy ?Duke” Ellington was the greatest jazz composer of the twentieth century?and an impenetrably enigmatic personality whom no one, not even his closest friends, claimed to understand.... More Info

Scandal: A Manual

Skyhorse Publishing Company Incorporated | September 3, 2013 | 256 pages
Over fifteen years of dirty secrets, shocking reveals, and all of the celebrity gossip that's unfit to print . . . but we're going to anyway.  More Info

Diary of a Combatant

Ocean Press | April 15, 2013 | 300 pages
Che Guevara's original, unpublished diaries from the guerrilla war in Cuba's Sierra Maestra.  More Info

Susan Sontag: The Complete Rolling Stone Interview

Yale University Press | October 22, 2013 | 176 pages
Published in its entirety for the first time, a candid conversation with Susan Sontag at the height of her brilliant career  More Info

Eye of the Hurricane

August 1, 2013 | 320 pages
A spiritual as well as a factual autobiography, this is a self-portrait of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a 20th-century icon and controversial victim of the U.S. justice system turned spokesperson for the wrongfully convicted. Exploring Carter's personal philosophy—born of the unimaginable duress of... More Info

Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary's Life

Yale University Press | September 10, 2013 | 240 pages
A clear-eyed exploration of the career of Leon Trotsky, the tragic hero who "dreamed of justice and then wreaked havoc," by a leading expert on human rights and the former Soviet Union  More Info

In the Heart of Life

HarperOne | September 24, 2013 | 384 pages
Relates how the death of the author's photojournalist son at the hands of an angry mob in Somalia led her to transform her grief into something positive by embracing the role of philanthropist and activist to preserve his legacy.  More Info