Category: Biography

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

Che Wants to See You: The Untold History of Che Guevara

Verso | June 4, 2013 | 468 pages
Riveting memoir of revolution in South America by Che Guevara’s Argentine lieutenant Ciro Bustos was Che Guevara’s Argentinian lieutenant, fighting beside El Comandante in Bolivia. Here, for the first time, Bustos tells his story. As a young man, with plans for a career as an artist, he was... More Info

Soldier Box

Verso Books | June 4, 2013 | 320 pages
A brave, moving account of a soldier who refused to return to Afghanistan  More Info

The World Is a Carpet

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | May 30, 2013 | 288 pages
An unforgettable portrait of a place and a people shaped by centuries of art, trade, and war. In the middle of the salt-frosted Afghan desert, in a village so remote that Google can't find it, a woman squats on top of a loom, making flowers bloom in the thousand threads she knots by hand. Here,... More Info

Kissing the Sword

Feminist Press | March 19, 2013 | 240 pages
An internationally acclaimed writer's harrowing tale of imprisonment in Iran, and her gripping story of getting out.  More Info

Tale of Two Nazanins

HarperPerennial | May 21, 2013 | 272 pages
An inspiring story of the bonds of sisterhood, this extraordinary book speaks to the power of every individual to foster positive change in the world Nazanin Afshin-Jam was on top of the world. In 2006, she had just signed her first record deal and, after placing as first runner-up for Miss World,... More Info

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

It Books | May 21, 2013 | 336 pages
Wood, model and ex-rock wife, shares her incredible life story in this candid and deeply personal memoir, offering an all-access look into the lives of the Rolling Stones and her former husband, guitarist Ronnie Wood, as only an insider can.  More Info

Winter Journal

Emblem Editions | May 14, 2013 | 240 pages
Now in paperback, the highly acclaimed and haunting work from the bestselling, internationally acclaimed author of The Invention of Solitude and The New York Trilogy. Facing his sixty-forth winter, internationally acclaimed novelist Paul Auster decides to write a journal as he sees himself aging in... More Info


May 14, 2013 | 272 pages
Finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and an Best Book of 2012 In the 1960s, Kamal Al-Solaylee’s father was one of the wealthiest property owners in Aden, in the south of Yemen, but when the country shrugged off its colonial roots, his properties were... More Info

Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter

May 7, 2013 | 304 pages
A moving memoir about growing up with a gay father in the 1980s, and a tribute to the power of truth, humour, acceptance and familial love. Alison Wearing led a largely carefree childhood until she learned, at the age of 12, that her family was a little more complex than she had realized. Sure her... More Info

Ryszard Kapuscinski

Verso Books | May 7, 2013 | 472 pages
An assessment of the influential career of the 20th-century journalist places his achievements against a backdrop of the great revolutions of his age, offering insight into his resolute anti-colonialism, his creation of a new genre of creative reporting and his personal relationships. 10,000 first... More Info


May 26, 2013 | 520 pages
Nikola Tesla was a major contributor to the electrical revolution that transformed daily life at the turn of the twentieth century. His inventions, patents, and theoretical work formed the basis of modern AC electricity, and contributed to the development of radio and television. Like his... More Info

Stuck in the Middle With You

Crown Pub | April 23, 2013 | 304 pages
Filled with incredibly insightful interviews that examine the relationships with fathers and mothers, this extraordinary memoir about gender and parenting follows the author as she transitioned from a man to a woman and from a father to a mother. 30,000 first printing.  More Info

In the Body of the World

Random House Canada | April 30, 2013 | 240 pages
From the bestselling author ofThe Vagina Monologuesand one ofNewsweek's 150 Women Who Changed the World, a visionary memoir of separation and connection--to the body, the self and the world. Playwright, author, and activist Eve Ensler has devoted her life to the female body--how to talk about it,... More Info


Granta Books (UK) | June 26, 1979 | 219 pages
Jo Langer and her husband Oscar were committed communists; she Hungarian, he Slovakian. During the Second World War the couple, both Jewish, escaped to America. Most members of their extended family were murdered in the Holocaust. After the war, they returned to Czechoslovakia to help build... More Info

One Day I Will Write About This Place

October 1, 2012 | 256 pages
Binyavanga Wainaina tumbled through his middle-class Kenyan childhood out of kilter with the world around him.This world came to him as a chaos of loud and colourful sounds: the hair dryers at his mother's beauty parlour, black mamba bicycle bells, mechanics in Nairobi, the music of Michael Jackson... More Info

Am I Sane Yet?

Dundurn PressLtd | May 28, 2013 | 224 pages
Award-winning journalist John Scully has been committed to mental institutions five times. He has been locked up. He has attempted suicide. Am I Sane Yet? is essential reading for anyone interested in depression and mental illness. John Scully is getting better.  More Info


Phyllis Bruce Books | March 19, 2013 | 224 pages
Helen Humphreys? younger brother was gone before she could come to terms with the fact that he had terminal cancer. Diagnosed with stage 4B pancreatic cancer at the age of forty-five, he died four months later, leaving behind a grieving family. Martin was an extraordinary pianist who debuted at the... More Info

A Wedding in Haiti

Algonquin Books | March 19, 2013 | 208 pages
Julia Alvarez has been called a one-woman cultural collision by the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and that has never been truer than in this story about three of her most personal relationships—with her parents, with her husband, and with a young Haitian boy known as Piti. A teenager when Julia... More Info

We Heard the Heavens Then

Simon & Schuster | April 23, 2013 | 256 pages
A piercing look at revolution through the wide-open eyes of a child, this is the true story of an extraordinary father/son relationship imperiled by Iran’s ominous and drastically changing political climate. Aria Minu-Sepehr was raised in a sheltered world of extraordinary privilege as the son of... More Info

Margaret Fuller

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) | March 12, 2013 | 496 pages
Provides a portrait of Thoreau's editor and Emerson's friend, who was also a daring war correspondent and a crusader for women's rights who had a passion for her life's work, which was eclipsed by tragedy and scandal after her death at the age of forty.  More Info

Clearly Now, the Rain

E C W Press | May 1, 2013 | 280 pages
A deeply personal rumination on the existential explanations for the desperation and sadness experienced by those suffering from addiction and mental disorder, this nuanced memoir brings to life the troubled, decade-long relationship between Eli Hastings and his friend Serala. At family events,... More Info

Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont

Penguin Global | December 14, 2011 | 204 pages
Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-188).  More Info

Love and Capital

Back Bay Books | November 13, 2012 | 784 pages
One of the most spectacularly reviewed books of 2011, LOVE AND CAPITAL reveals the rarely glimpsed and heartbreakingly human side of the man whose works would redefine the world after his death. Drawing upon previously unpublished material, acclaimed biographer Mary Gabriel tells the story of Karl... More Info

Patrick Leigh Fermor

John Murray Publishers | November 13, 2012 | 448 pages
The authorized biography shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year, the National Book Awards and the Costa Biography Award  More Info


Princeton University Press | November 15, 2012 | 125 pages
This collection of quotes demonstrates the elegant simplicity of Ai Weiwei's thoughts on key aspects of his art, politics, and life. A master at communicating powerful ideas in astonishingly few words, Ai Weiwei is known for his innovative use of social media to disseminate his views. The short... More Info

Fidel Castro

March 15, 2013 | 224 pages
Fidel Castro had ruled the island of Cuba for fifty-two years when ill health forced him to step down in 2008. Over the course of that time, he changed Cuba from a republic to a communist state and became one of the most divisive leaders in the second half of the twentieth century. For some, he is... More Info

Keeping Hope Alive

Grand Central Publishing | April 2, 2013 | 272 pages
The moving memoir of one brave woman who, along with her daughters, has kept 90,000 of her fellow citizens safe, healthy, and educated for over 20 years in Somalia. Dr. Hawa Abdi, "the Mother Teresa of Somalia" and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is the founder of a massive camp for internally displaced... More Info


Simon & Schuster | April 9, 2013 | 624 pages
It is astonishing that Simón Bolívar, the great Liberator of South America, is not better known in the United States. He freed six countries from Spanish rule, traveled more than 75,000 miles on horseback to do so, and became the greatest figure in Latin American history.  More Info

Harley Loco

Viking Press | April 4, 2013 | 320 pages
“It is my honor to introduce these pages—so gravelly, so straggly, so hopeful, bright, and true.” —Elizabeth Gilbert When she was seven, Rayya Elias and her family fled the political conflict in their native Syria, settling in Detroit. Bullied in school and caught between the world of her... More Info

The Lost Daughter

April 9, 2013 | 320 pages
An extraordinary memoir about an unconventional life: born to militant Black Panthers and adopted by Jane Fonda, Mary Williams spent three decades traveling around the world before she was ready to embark on her final journey home.  More Info


March 5, 2013 | 240 pages
A brave, intimate, beautifully crafted memoir by a survivor of the tsunami that struck the Sri Lankan coast in 2004 and took her entire family. On December 26, Boxing Day, Sonali Deraniyagala, her English husband, her parents, her two young sons, and a close friend were ending Christmas vacation at... More Info

Franz Kafka

April 28, 2013 | 224 pages
A highly original and engaging appraisal of Kafka's life, work, legacy, and thought  More Info

An Archive of Hope

February 15, 2013 | 256 pages
Harvey Milk was one of the first openly and politically gay public officials in the United States, and his remarkable activism put him at the very heart of a pivotal civil rights movement reshaping America in the 1970s. An Archive of Hope is Milk in his own words, bringing together in one volume a... More Info

The Lives of Erich Fromm

Columbia University Press | February 24, 2013 | 410 pages
Looks at the life and works of Eric Fromm in the context of his many roles—political activist, psychologist, psychoanalyst, and philosopher.  More Info

Breathe Deeply

March 12, 2013 | 256 pages
In June 2011, Susan Spencer-Wendel was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It is a disease that systematically destroys nerves that power muscles; Susan, 45 years old and a mother of three, already walks with braces and is losing her... More Info

Lifesaving Lessons

Viking Press | March 21, 2013 | 272 pages
"Life was pretty good for Linda Greenlaw. Her job and her lifestyle gave her the independence and freedom she so craved, she had a good relationship, and a blissful quiet home. And then one day the peace she so craved and valued that was an integral part of life on her beloved island was shattered.... More Info

Bilingual Being

April 1, 2013 | 288 pages
An intimate memoir of a bilingual childhood in Quebec at mid-century that shows how language can reshape a life after trauma.  More Info

Once Upon a Flock

Atria Books | March 19, 2013 | 256 pages
This delightful memoir about life with a spirited, sometimes reckless flock of backyard chickens—inspired by the author’s popular blog, “Scratch and Peck”—includes color photographs and imaginative illustrations throughout. When longtime illustrator and lover of power tools Lauren Scheuer... More Info

Riding the Bus with My Sister

Grand Central Publishing | March 5, 2013 | 400 pages
Beth is a spirited woman with an intellectual disability who spends nearly every day riding the buses in her Pennsylvania city. The drivers, a lively group, are her mentors; her fellow passengers are her community. Beth, who lives independently and has a boyfriend, is a joyful, endearing, and... More Info

The Still Point of the Turning World

Penguin Press HC | March 7, 2013 | 272 pages
"Like all mothers, Emily Rapp had ambitious plans for her first and only child, Ronan. He would be smart, loyal, physically fearless, and level-headed, but fun. He would be good at crossword puzzles like his father. He would be an avid skier like his mother. Rapp would speak to him in foreign... More Info

Ascent of Women

Random House Canada | March 5, 2013 | 320 pages
This book is about the final frontier for women: having control over your own body, whether in zones of conflict, in rural villages, on university campuses or in your own kitchen. Recent studies by economists such as Jeffrey Sachs and social scientists such as Isobel Coleman claim that women who... More Info

I Never Had It Made

Harper Perennial | May 6, 2003 | 320 pages
Before Barry Bonds, before Reggie Jackson, before Hank Aaron, baseball's stars had one undeniable trait in common: they were all white. In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke that barrier, striking a crucial blow for racial equality and changing the world of sports forever. I Never Had It Made is... More Info

The Truth About Luck

House of Anansi Press | May 14, 2013 | 288 pages
In The Truth about Luck, Iain Reid, author of the highly popular coming-of-age memoir One Bird's Choice, accompanies his grandmother on a five-day vacation ? which turns out to be a "staycation" at his basement apartment in Kingston. While the twenty-eight-year-old writer is at the beginning of his... More Info

The Age of Wonder

HarperPress | January 19, 2012 | 380 pages
Charts the birth of modern science in the late 18th and early 19th centuries through the lives of several notable scientists in this magnificent book. Focuses on Botanist, Joseph Banks, Astronomers William and Caroline Herschel, and chemist Humphry Davy.  More Info

The Man Without a Face

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | March 5, 2013 | 320 pages
Documents the Russian prime minister's rapid ascent from a low-level KGB operative to the presidency, describing his selection by an ailing Boris Yeltsin's oligarchy and the ways in which the author believes that his views and ambitions have renewed Russia's threatening position to its citizens and... More Info


Gallery Books | March 5, 2013 | 384 pages
Is he Jumpin’ Jack Flash? A Street Fighting Man? A Man of Wealth and Taste? All this, it turns out, and far more. By any definition, Mick Jagger is a force of nature, a complete original—and undeniably one of the dominant cultural figures of our time. Swaggering, strutting, sometimes elusive,... More Info

Let's Pretend This Never Happened

Berkley Books | March 5, 2013 | 384 pages
Includes a new chapter! When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father and a morbidly eccentric childhood. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame-spiral that is her... More Info

The John Carlos Story

Haymarket Books | December 11, 2012 | 220 pages
John Carlos, the man behind the most iconic moment of the Black Power movement, tells his story.  More Info


Penguin Press HC | February 7, 2013 | 304 pages
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Work and Other Sins presents an exposé of bureaucratic corruption and systemic arson in his home city of Detroit, tracing his work with a local fire brigade and his investigations into the daily lives of politicians, police officials, businesspeople and... More Info