Category: Biography


Who We Are

September 5, 2014 | 224 pages
In this marriage of memoir and manifesto, Elizabeth May reflects on her extraordinary life and the people and experiences that have formed her and informed her beliefs. The book traces her development from daughter of activist parents, to waitress and cook on Cape Breton Island, to law student,... More Info

The Last Stalinist

William Collins | August 14, 2014 | 448 pages
The life of the complex, ruthless adversary of General Franco, whose life spanned much of Spain's turbulence in the 20th century. From 1939 to 1975, the Spanish Communist Party, effectively lead for two decades by Santiago Carrillo, was the most determined opponent of General Franco's Nationalist... More Info

Not Fade Away

Gotham | September 11, 2014 | 320 pages
A woman who is slowly losing her sight and hearing chronicles her amazing life—from trying to hide her disability as a teenager to fully embracing life as an adult with humor and gratitude, completing a 600-mile bike race and hiking the Inca Trail—in a book where the author reflects not just on... More Info

People I Want to Punch in the Throat

Ballantine Books | September 9, 2014 | 224 pages
A debut collection by the creator of a popular blog is comprised of biting essays on topics ranging from parenting and gift giving to celebrity behavior and politics. Original. 20,000 first printing.  More Info

Dr. Mütter's Marvels

Gotham | September 4, 2014 | 384 pages
A portrait of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country's famous medical oddities museum describes his advocacy for clean and compassionate patient care in spite of his numerous detractors. By the award-winning author of Words in Your... More Info


Simon & Schuster | September 9, 2014 | 720 pages
An instant New York Times bestseller, this “explosive biography” (People) of one of the most beloved and mysterious figures of the twentieth century is “as close as we’ll ever get to being inside J.D. Salinger’s head” (Entertainment Weekly). This “revealing” (The New York Times) and... More Info

Lady Parts

September 2, 2014 | 272 pages
Whether lighting up the small screen, stealing scenes on the big screen or starring on the stage, Andrea Martin has long entertained Canadians with her hilarious characterizations and heartwarming performances. An important player in SCTV, the funniest show ever to come out of Canada, Martin helped... More Info


Simon & Schuster | September 2, 2014 | 288 pages
The first book of its kind, this compelling and moving memoir about what it’s like to be a child with ADHD also explains the history of the diagnosis and how we have come to medicate more than four million children today. Among the first generation of boys prescribed medication for hyperactivity... More Info


September 6, 2014 | 256 pages
The long-awaited follow up to Annabel and Kathleen Winter's first work of narrative nonfiction. In 2010, bestselling author Kathleen Winter took a journey across the storied Northwest Passage, among marine scientists, historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, and curious passengers.  More Info

Hack Attack

August 12, 2014 | 380 pages
Since 2006, award-winning investigative journalist Nick Davies has worked tirelessly -- determined, driven, brilliant -- to uncover the truth about the goings on behind the scenes at the News of the World and News International. This book brings us the definitive, inside story of the whole scandal.  More Info


HarperCollins | August 26, 2014 | 288 pages
An astonishing memoir for the untold number of children whose lives have been touched by bullying. Positive is a must-read for teens, their parents, educators, and administrators—a brave, visceral work that will save lives and resonate deeply. Paige Rawl has been HIV positive since birth, but... More Info

An Appetite for Wonder

Ecco | August 26, 2014 | 320 pages
An Appetite for Wonder is a disarming account of world-famous evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins's early life, from his childhood in colonial East Africa to the writing of one of the twentieth century's seminal works, The Selfish Gene.  More Info

Harry's Last Stand

Icon Books | June 5, 2014 | 224 pages
‘As one of the last remaining survivors of the Great Depression and the Second World War, I will not go gently into that good night.  More Info

Impossible Odds

Atria Books | August 19, 2014 | 320 pages
The New York Times bestselling memoir of humanitarian aid worker Jessica Buchanan’s kidnapping by Somali land pirates, praised as “spellbinding.…written with clarity and compassion” (The New York Journal of Books). On October 25, 2011, thirty-two year-old Jessica Buchanan was working as a... More Info

Hot, Wet, and Shaking

Invisible Pub | August 1, 2014 | 144 pages
This is a sex book. It’s a book about having sex by yourself, with one person, or with twenty people if everyone is down. It’s about saying words like cunt, fuck, and come. But it’s also about the things we don’t talk about—the mystery, the expectations, and the bullshit that can go along... More Info

The Long Ride Home

Viking | June 19, 2014 | 352 pages
Heart-breaking, uplifting and full of adventure, The Long Ride Home is the long-awaited sequel to the international bestseller The Horse Boy. Rowan came back from the shamans in Mongolia a changed boy. The three most debilitating effects of his autism - his incontinence, his endless tantruming, and... More Info

White Beech

Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA | July 15, 2014 | 384 pages
One bright day in December 2001, sixty-two-year-old Germaine Greer found herself confronted by an irresistible challenge in the shape of sixty hectares of dairy farm, one of many in southeast Queensland, Australia, which, after a century of logging, clearing, and downright devastation, had been... More Info

The Emperor Far Away

Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA | July 15, 2014 | 336 pages
In 1949, Mao Zedong announced the birth of the People’s Republic of China, a proclamation to the world that, after centuries of war and social conflict, China had emerged as one nation. Since then, this idea has been propagated by broadcasts of marches and mass demonstrations of unity, designed... More Info

Thinking In Numbers

Back Bay Books | July 15, 2014 | 304 pages
The irresistibly engaging book that "enlarges one's wonder at Tammet's mind and his all-embracing vision of the world as grounded in numbers." --Oliver Sacks, MD THINKING IN NUMBERS is the book that Daniel Tammet, mathematical savant and bestselling author, was born to write. In Tammet's world,... More Info

Madiba A to Z

September 20, 2014 | 272 pages
Draws from conversations with family members, former presidents and cabinet ministers, adversaries, and Mandela's Robben Island cellmates and guards to offer new insights into the life of the freedom fighter.  More Info

The Mockingbird Next Door

Penguin Press | September 20, 2014 | 288 pages
"One journalist's memoir of her personal friendship with Harper Lee and her sister, drawing on the extraordinary access they gave her to share the story of their lives. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the best loved novels of the twentieth century. But for the last fifty years, the... More Info

Hard Choices

Simon and Schuster | June 10, 2014 | 635 pages
The former Secretary of State, senator, and First Lady shares candid reflections about the key moments of her service in the Obama Administration as well as her thoughts about how to navigate the challenges of the twenty-first century.  More Info

Brando's Smile

W W Norton & Company Incorporated | June 23, 2014 | 432 pages
When people think about Marlon Brando they think of the movie star; the hunk; the scandals. Susan L. Mizruchi finds the Brando others have missed: the man who collected four thousand books; the man who rewrote scripts, trimming his lines to make them sharper; the man who consciously used his body... More Info

The Girl

August 26, 2014 | 272 pages
Breaking a thirty-five year silence, the girl at the center of the infamous Roman Polanski sexual assault case reflects on the events of that day and tells how her life was irrevocably altered by the rape and subsequent media attention.  More Info

Margarita Wednesdays

June 10, 2014 | 288 pages
In answer to the question of what happened following her New York Times bestseller Kabul Beauty School, Deborah Rodriquez is back with a new memoir. Irreverent, insightful, and blatantly honest, Deborah takes us along on her inspiring journey of self-discovery and renewal after she is forced to... More Info

Knocking on Heaven's Door

Scribner Book Company | June 10, 2014 | 352 pages
“A thoroughly researched and compelling mix of personal narrative and hard-nosed reporting that captures just how flawed care at the end of life has become” (Abraham Verghese, The New York Times Book Review). This bestselling memoir—hailed a “triumph” by The New York Times—ponders the... More Info

My Accidental Jihad

Algonquin Books | September 20, 2014 | 304 pages
Fifteen years ago, Krista Bremer would not have been able to imagine her life today: married to a Libyan-born Muslim, raising two children with Arabic names in the American South. Nor could she have imagined the prejudice she would encounter or the profound ways her marriage would change her... More Info

My Salinger Year

Knopf | September 20, 2014 | 272 pages
Poignant, keenly observed, and irresistible: a memoir about literary New York in the late '90s, a pre-digital world on the cusp of vanishing, where a young woman finds herself swept into one of the last great stories and entangled with one of the last great figures of the century. At 23, after... More Info

The Autistic Brain

April 1, 2014 | 256 pages
A cutting-edge account of the latest science of autism, from the best-selling author and advocate  More Info

Peter Orlovsky, a Life in Words

Paradigm Pub | September 20, 2014 | 352 pages
âeoeThe Peter Orlovsky you will meet in this book has only a slight resemblance to the wacky kid immortalized in Kerouacâe(tm)s sunny pages as âe~the greatest man in San Franciscoâe(tm) or the silent companion in Ginsbergâe(tm)s tender poetry. Here, for the first time, Bill Morgan has used... More Info

Derrida - a Biography

February 14, 2014 | 700 pages
This biography of Jacques Derrida (1930–2004) tells the story of a Jewish boy from Algiers, excluded from school at the age of twelve, who went on to become the most widely translated French philosopher in the world – a vulnerable, tormented man who, throughout his life, continued to see... More Info

Visible Man

University of Georgia Press | September 20, 2014 | 195 pages
Henry Dumas (1934–1968) was a writer who did not live to see most of his fiction and poetry in print. A son of Sweet Home, Arkansas, and Harlem, he devoted himself to the creation of a black literary cosmos, one in which black literature and culture were windows into the human condition. While he... More Info

The Nearness of Others

September 20, 2014 | 336 pages
“Funny how a gay man's hand resting heavily on your shoulder used to say let's fuck but now means let's not. Funny how ostensible nearness really betrays distance sometimes.” —from The Nearness of Others In this radical, genre-bending narrative, David Caron tells the story of his 2006 HIV... More Info

Wasted Updated Edition

Harper Perennial | May 27, 2014 | 336 pages
A reissue of the highly acclaimed, bestselling memoir--a classic of the genre--with an important, and perhaps controversial, new Afterword by the author. Why would a talented young woman enter into a torrid affair with hunger, drugs, sex, and death? Through five lengthy hospital stays, endless... More Info

Tibetan Peach Pie

Ecco | May 27, 2014 | 28 pages
Legendary novelist, American icon, and author of the international bestseller Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Tom Robbins's zany romp through his wild life and times. Tom Robbins is an American institution. For over forty years, his warm, wise, and wonderfully weird novels such as Even Cowgirls Get the... More Info

The Faraway Nearby

Penguin Group USA | April 29, 2014 | 272 pages
This personal, lyrical narrative about storytelling and empathy from award winner Rebecca Solnit is a fitting companion to her beloved A Field Guide for Getting Lost In this exquisitely written new book by the author of A Paradise Built in Hell, Rebecca Solnit explores the ways we make our lives... More Info

How to Catch a Frog

Stewart, Tabori, & Chang | May 20, 2014 | 176 pages
Much of Heather Ross’s creative work has been inspired by her being born into an eccentric family of artists and idealists in a rural corner of Vermont during the 1970s. According to Heather, that environment was defined by stunning natural beauty, creative and innovative living, and daily... More Info

Hold Tight Gently

September 20, 2014 | 368 pages
Meticulously researched and evocatively told, The Battlefield of AIDS is historian Martin Duberman's poignant memorial to those lost to AIDS and to two of the great unsung heroes of the early years of the epidemic. Composer Michael Callen became a leading figure in the movement to increase... More Info

The Liars' Club

Penguin (Non-Classics) | September 20, 2014 | 320 pages
The author, a poet, recounts her difficult childhood growing up in a Texas oil town.  More Info

Sculptor's Daughter

William Morrow Paperbacks | January 28, 2014 | 192 pages
Tove Jansson’s memoirs of her early years, filled with joy, exuberance, and the satisfaction of being—with an abundance of photographic illustrations. The excitement of being alive and savoring the good things that are life pervades all the writing of Tove Jansson. The beloved nine volumes of... More Info

One Hour in Paris

Broadview Press | April 22, 2014 | 208 pages
In this powerful memoir, philosopher Karyn L. Freedman travels back to a Paris night in 1990 when she was twenty-two and, in one violent hour, her life was changed forever by a brutal rape. At once deeply intimate and terrifyingly universal, One Hour in Paris takes the reader on a harrowing yet... More Info

Eating Wildly

May 13, 2014 | 256 pages
In this touching and informative memoir about foraging for food in New York City, Ava Chin finds sustenance…and so much more. Urban foraging is the new frontier of foraging for foods, and it’s all about eating better, healthier, and more sustainably, no matter where you live. Time named... More Info

Country Girl

Back Bay Books | May 6, 2014 | 384 pages
"Country Girl is Edna O'Brien's exquisite account of her dashing, barrier-busting, up-and-down life."--National Public Radio When Edna O'Brien's first novel, The Country Girls, was published in 1960, it so scandalized the O'Briens' local parish that the book was burned by its priest. O'Brien was... More Info

Pray Standing

July 1, 2013 | 332 pages
A fascinating account of a life begun in Hong Kong, rooted in a family influenced equally by ancient Chinese tradition and modern Western perspective. Frank Ling survived the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, went on to flirt with a career in show business, overcame college and career challenges in... More Info

The Broken Road

New York Review of Books | September 20, 2014 | 384 pages
A prize-winning biographer pieces together the unfinished manuscript of the last leg of the trip taken by Patrick Leigh Fermor as he traveled on foot across Europe in 1933, completing the trilogy that began with A Time of Gifts.  More Info

North of Normal

April 29, 2014 | 256 pages
Sex, drugs and . . . bug stew? An utterly compelling tale of survivalâe"of nature, family and genetics In the late 1960s, riding the crest of the counterculture movement, Ceaâe(tm)s family left a comfortable existence in California to live off the land in northern Alberta. But unlike most commune... More Info

Bethune in Spain

April 1, 2014 | 200 pages
The Spanish experience of a dedicated "doctor without borders."  More Info

Birding with Yeats

May 3, 2014 | 288 pages
A delicately rendered memoir on motherhood, family, and the beauty of the natural world. In fall 2007, Lynn Thomson experiences a huge life shift. Her teenage son, Yeats, is just beginning high school. Yeats has always struggled against the system, against the pressure to conform. He is a poet at... More Info

In the Slender Margin

Patrick Crean Books | April 22, 2014 | 200 pages
A journey into the land of death and dying seen through the lens of art and the imagination Part memoir, part meditation on death itself, In the Slender Margin is an exploration of death from an âeoeinsiderâe(tm)sâe point of view. Using the threads of her brotherâe(tm)s early death and her... More Info

The End of the Point

Harper Perennial | April 22, 2014 | 368 pages
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