Category: Biography

Edward Koiki Mabo

August 22, 2019 | 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

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

Kansas City Lightning

Harper | September 24, 2013 | 448 pages
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There Was a Country

Penguin Group USA | September 24, 2013 | 352 pages
From the legendary author of Things Fall Apart?a long-awaited memoir of coming of age in a fragile new nation, and its destruction in a tragic civil war For more than forty years, Chinua Achebe has maintained a considered silence on the events of the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran... More Info

Beyond Belief

William Morrow Paperbacks | August 27, 2013 | 416 pages
With unprecedented insider access into its inner world, the niece of the Church of Scientology's commander-in-chief tells the story of her bizarre and traumatic childhood as a member of the secretive organization, her dramatic escape, and her struggle to integrate into mainstream society... More Info

Arthur Erickson

Douglas & McIntyre | May 14, 2013 | 448 pages
An intimate portrait of the brilliant and controversial architect who put Canada on the world stage. Arthur Erickson, Canada's preeminent philosopher-architect, was renowned for his innovative approach to landscape, his genius for spatial composition and his epic vision of architecture for people.... More Info

The Memory of Water

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | January 1, 2013 | 272 pages
Over the last forty years, Canadian adventurer, writer, and artist Allen Smutylo has experienced some of the wildest and most captivating waters imaginable in all corners of the globe. The stories in The Memory of Waterall of them accompanied by the author's own stunning artwork describe his... More Info

Walk in Their Shoes

Free Press | September 17, 2013 | 256 pages
The powerful, personal story of Jim Ziolkowski, the man behind the organization buildOn—which turns inner city teens into community leaders at home and abroad—and his inspiring mission to change the world one community at a time. Jim Ziolkowski gave up his career in corporate finance to create... More Info

No Better Time

Da Capo Press | August 6, 2013 | 264 pages
An account of the story of internet genius Danny Lewin presents coverage of his love for Israel, the mathematic algorithm that rendered him an instant billionaire, his contributions as an anti-terrorism soldier and his tragic death during the September 11 attacks. 30,000 first printing.  More Info

The Private War of J. D. Salinger

September 3, 2013 | 704 pages
Based on eight years of exhaustive research and exclusive interviews with more than 200 people—and published in coordination with the international theatrical release of a major documentary film from the Weinstein Company—The Private War of J.D. Salinger is a global cultural event: the... More Info

Steve Jobs

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Touchstone | September 17, 2013 | 512 pages
The New York Times bestselling biography of Bruce Springsteen is an “exhaustively researched portrait of rock and roll’s working-class hero that delivers everything a fan could wish for” (People magazine). This sweeping biography of one of America’s greatest musicians is the first in... More Info

She Matters

Scribner | September 10, 2013 | 288 pages
From the bestselling “immensely gifted” (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times) author of Her Last Death comes a fearless, compulsively readable, intensely provocative book about female friendships. “She Matters is a dazzling, poetic love letter to what women share, an unforgettable memoir... More Info

The Wrong Dog Dream

Counterpoint | April 9, 2013 | 384 pages
The author calls this ?a true romance,” saying, it's the part of her personal history she, being superstitious, was almost afraid to write. She'd grown up accustomed to bad luck, but had ? by accident or miracle ? survived her own circumstances: being orphaned, her own misspent youth, the chaos... More Info

My Brother My Sister: Story of a Transformation

Viking Adult | September 5, 2013 | 224 pages
A feminist film critic's thoughtful, outspoken memoir about transgender and family On a visit to New York, the brother of well-known film critic Molly Haskell dropped a bombshell: Nearing age sixty, and married, he had decided to become a woman. In the vein of Jan Morris's classic Conundrum and... More Info

Emma Goldman

Yale University Press | September 10, 2013 | 160 pages
A vibrant, deeply human portrait of a woman dedicated to fierce protest against the tyranny of institutions over individuals, by the celebrated author  More Info


Penguin Group USA | August 27, 2013 | 400 pages
A ?candid, courageous, and unsparing memoir” (The New York Review of Books) of post?Cold War politics and global statecraft Written with eloquence and unprecedented candor, Interventions is the story of Kofi Annan's remarkable time at the center of the world stage.  More Info

Coming Clean

July 23, 2013 | 272 pages
A memoir about growing up in a family of extreme hoarders describes how the author's childhood home in Long Island hid rat-infested stacks of her father's collections and how the family's emotional burden led to the author's suicide attempt and her against-all-odds bond with her parents. 30,000... More Info

Who I Am

August 6, 2013 | 544 pages
Mr. Townshend’s self-portrait is raw and unsparing . . .as intimate and as painful as a therapy session. —MICHIKO KAKUTANI, THE NEW YORK TIMES Long acknowledged as one of rock music’s most intelligent and literary performers, Pete Townshend—guitarist, songwriter, singer and founding member... More Info

The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg

Verso Books | August 6, 2013 | 656 pages
Collects 190 letters by a socialist revolutionary and founder of the German Communist Party to those who shared her ideals and to her friends and lovers.  More Info

Looking for Palestine

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | August 1, 2013 | 304 pages
A frank and entertaining memoir, from the daughter of Edward Said, about growing up second-generation Arab American and struggling with that identity. The daughter of a prominent Palestinian father and a sophisticated Lebanese mother, Najla Said grew up in New York City, confused and conflicted... More Info

Brain on Fire

Simon & Schuster | August 6, 2013 | 288 pages
The New York Times bestseller that NPR calls “stunningly brave…a kind of anti-memoir, an out-of-body personal account of a young woman’s fight to survive one of the cruelest diseases imaginable…An unexpected gift of a book from one of America’s most courageous young journalists.” One... More Info


Verso Books | July 9, 2013 | 400 pages
A major reinterpretation of Gandhi's life, politics, religion and nation  More Info


McClelland & Stewart | May 14, 2013 | 370 pages
The entertainer and author reflects on his acting career, explaining his need to keep performing, and details his enlistment in the army, his first appearances on stage and television, and the challenges of being an absentee father.  More Info

Richard Burton Diaries

Yale University Press | July 9, 2013 | 704 pages
The irresistible, candid diaries of Richard Burton, published in their entirety for the first time  More Info

Mojo Hand

University of Texas Press | April 1, 2013 | 294 pages
In a career that took him from the cotton fields of East Texas to the concert stage at Carnegie Hall and beyond, Lightnin’ Hopkins became one of America’s greatest bluesmen, renowned for songs whose topics effortlessly ranged from his African American roots to space exploration, the Vietnam... More Info

An Exclusive Love

Vintage Canada | January 31, 2012 | 192 pages
Two people who have grown old together decide to take their own lives. He is terminally ill; she doesn't want to be without him. One Sunday in autumn 1991, they carry out their plan. Vera and IstvÁn go to their deaths holding hands. It is the logical end of a love that shut out the entire rest of... More Info

An American in the Basement

July 1, 2013 | 200 pages
The incredible story of denial, deceit, and deception that ultimately cost Navy pilot Captain Michael Scott Speicher his life is exposed in this military tell-all. Asserting that years of information has been intentionally kept from an American public, the book reveals that, contrary to reports,... More Info

Still Hunting

E C W Press | June 1, 2013 | 240 pages
In the 1960s, Toronto was a city of shifting societal dynamics, and this engrossing memoir perfectly captures the essence of this exhilarating and tumultuous time. It begins with Martin Hunter returning to his birthplace, where he marries his teenage sweetheart, goes to work for the family paper... More Info

Secret Historian

Farrar, Straus and Giroux | July 19, 2011 | 496 pages
Drawn from the secret, never-before-seen diaries, journals, and sexual records of the novelist, poet, and university professor Samuel M. Steward, Secret Historian is a sensational reconstruction of one of the more extraordinary hidden lives of the twentieth century. An intimate friend of Gertrude... More Info

Harvest pilgrims

Between the Lines(CA) | September 15, 2009 | 129 pages
A renowned photographer tells the little-known story of Canada's migrant workers  More Info

For a Song and a Hundred Songs

New Harvest | June 4, 2013 | 432 pages
In the spring of 1989, news of the Tiananmen Square protests and their bloody resolution reverberated throughout the world.  More Info

The End of Your Life Book Club

Vintage Canada | June 4, 2013 | 352 pages
An inspiring memoir for fans of Joan Didion, Annie Lamott, and Mitch Albom, The End of Your Life Book Club is a beautiful celebration of literature and a profound testament to the ways we remember our loved ones. Mary Anne Schwalbe was a renowned educator who filled such august positions as... More Info

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Three Rivers Press | March 8, 2011 | 384 pages
Documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization and gene mapping. Includes reading-group guide.... More Info