Category: Biography

The Man Within My Head

Vintage Books | January 22, 2013 | 256 pages
Recounts the author's life-long obsession with Graham Greene's writings on the experiences of being an outsider, which informed both the author's travels and his private explorations of his relationship with his elusive father. By the author of Abandon.  More Info


Gallery Books | March 13, 2012 | 288 pages
“It felt like I was speeding on the Autobahn toward hell, trapped inside a DeLorean with no brakes. And even if I could somehow stop, I’d still be screwed, because there’s no way I’d ever be able to figure out how to open those insane, cocaine-designed doors.” The two-time Emmy... More Info

The Man Who Quit Money

Riverhead Books | March 6, 2012 | 272 pages
Traces the path and philosophy of Daniel Suelo, who left his entire life savings of $30 in a phone booth in 2000 and has lived a happy, fulfilled life in the caves of Utah without earning or spending money since that time. Original. 40,000 first printing.  More Info

Northern Light

Random House Digital, Inc. | September 6, 2011 | 400 pages
NATIONAL BESTSELLER FINALIST 2011 – Ottawa Book Award for Non-Fiction Roy MacGregor's lifelong fascination with Tom Thomson first led him to write Canoe Lake, a novel inspired by a distant relative's affair with one of Canada's greatest painters. Now, MacGregor breaks new ground, re-examining the... More Info

The Last Holiday

Grove Press | December 11, 2012 | 336 pages
A personal account by the late rap artist and poet best known for such iconic singles as "Home Is Where the Hatred Is" and "B Movie" traces the story of his life, career and history-making 1981 tour at the side of Stevie Wonder to raise support for the establishment of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  More Info

Declaring His Genius

Harvard University Press | January 7, 2013 | 274 pages
Arriving at the port of New York in 1882, a 27-year-old Oscar Wilde quipped he had “nothing to declare but my genius.” But as this sparkling narrative reveals, Wilde was, rarely for him, underselling himself. A chronicle of his sensational eleven-month speaking tour of America, Declaring His... More Info


Gotham | December 31, 2012 | 304 pages
The star of the international cult sensation "The Blair Witch Project" shares the high points of her post-Hollywood career. Determined to start a new life after her career stalled, she left most remnants of the old one in the desert, meditated on things for a few days, then followed her brand-new... More Info

Howard Zinn

The New Press | October 2, 2012 | 365 pages
A portrait of the life and achievements of the celebrated progressive activist, author and teacher draws on exclusive access to his family archives to commemorate his roles as an anti-war veteran, an iconic contributor to the Civil Rights movement and dedicated white professor at a historically... More Info

Howard Fast

November 5, 2012 | 472 pages
Howard Fast's life, from a rough-and-tumble Jewish New York street kid to the rich and famous author of close to 100 books, rivals the Horatio Alger myth. Author of bestsellers such as Citizen Tom Paine, Freedom Road, My Glorious Brothers, and Spartacus, Fast joined the American Communist Party in... More Info

I Suck at Girls

It Books | May 15, 2012 | 192 pages
The New York Times best-selling author of Sh*t My Dad Says presents a hilarious and heartwarming collection of stories about his relationships with the opposite sex, told chronologically, from his first kiss to getting engaged. 500,000 first printing.  More Info

The Seventeen Traditions

Harper Paperbacks | October 2, 2012 | 160 pages
"In these pages, I have tried to capture some of my family's traditions as I recall them today. . . . Such family traditions challenge the notion that the fads, technologies, how-to manuals, and addictions of modern life have somehow taken the place of the time-tested wisdom fashioned in the... More Info

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

ePenguin | April 26, 2001 | 272 pages
Stein's most famous work; one of the richest and most irreverent biographies ever written. "From the Trade Paperback edition.  More Info

Wendy and the Lost Boys

Penguin Group USA | July 31, 2012 | 460 pages
The best-selling author of The Christmas Tree presents an authorized portrait of the Pulitzer Prize- and first woman Tony Award-winning playwright that includes coverage of the private tragedies that overshadowed her high-achieving family, the premature birth of her fatherless daughter and her... More Info

I Feel So Good

University of Chicago Press | September 22, 2012 | 366 pages
A major figure in American blues and folk music, Big Bill Broonzy (1903–1958) left his Arkansas Delta home after World War I, headed north, and became the leading Chicago bluesman of the 1930s. His success came as he fused traditional rural blues with the electrified sound that was beginning to... More Info

And Bid Him Sing

University of Chicago Press | October 1, 2012 | 298 pages
While competing with Langston Hughes for the title of “Poet Laureate of Harlem,” Countée Cullen (1903–46) crafted poems that became touchstones for American readers, both black and white. Inspired by classic themes and working within traditional forms, Cullen shaped his poetry to address... More Info

In My Father's Arms

April 17, 2012 | 152 pages
To the outside world, Walter de Milly's father was a prominent businessman, a dignified Presbyterian, and a faithful husband; to Walter, he was an overwhelming, handsome monster. This paperback of In My Father's Arms: A True Story of Incest adds a reflective preface by the author and a foreword by... More Info


Knopf | August 7, 2012 | 557 pages
The best-selling author of The Beatles draws on the iconic culinary figure's personal diaries and letters to present a 100th-birthday commemoration that explores her private life to offer insight into her role in shaping women's views and influencing American approaches to cooking. 100,000 first... More Info

How I Became a Human Being

University of Wisconsin Press | October 30, 2012 | 280 pages
In September 1955 six-year-old Mark O’Brien moved his arms and legs for the last time. He came out of a coma to find himself enclosed from the neck down in an iron lung, the machine in which he would live for much of the rest of his life. For the first time in paperback, How I Became a Human... More Info


Vintage | April 24, 2012 | 432 pages
The powerful account of the remarkable peace activist kidnapped while leading a peace delegation and held for ransom by Iraqi insurgents until his paradoxical release by a crack unit of special forces commandos. In November 2005, James Loney and three other men — Canadian Harmeet Singh Sooden,... More Info

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Vintage Books Canada | July 31, 2012 | 240 pages
In 1985, at twenty-five, Jeanette publishedOranges,the story of a girl adopted by Pentecostal parents, supposed to grow up to be a missionary. Instead, she falls in love with a woman. Disaster. Orangesbecame an international bestseller, inspired an award-winning BBC adaptation, and was... More Info

The Queen of Katwe

Random House Canada | October 9, 2012 | 240 pages
Phiona Mutesi, is a 15-year-old girl born and raised in a miserable slum called Katwe in Kampala, Uganda. She sleeps in a decrepit mud hut with her mother and four siblings and struggles to find a single meal each day. Phiona has been in and out of school her whole life because her mother cannot... More Info

Notes from the Hyena's Belly

Picador USA | January 5, 2002 | 368 pages
The author recalls his childhood in Ethiopia, during the fall of Emperor Selassie, and his journey into manhood during the reign of the communist Junta, who slaughtered 100,000 Ethiopian youth, interspersed with information about the customs and everyday life in his hometown of Jijiga. Reprint.... More Info

Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So

Bantam | September 27, 2011 | 224 pages
More than thirty years after the publication of his acclaimed memoir The Eden Express, Mark Vonnegut continues his story in this searingly funny, iconoclastic account of coping with mental illness, finding his calling, and learning that willpower isn’t nearly enough. Here is Mark’s life... More Info

A Free Man

W. W. Norton | October 22, 2012 | 240 pages
An intimate portrait of an invisible man—a powerful story of one man’s life that contains multitudes. Like Dave Eggers’s Zeitoun and Alexander Masters’s Stuart, this is a tour de force of narrative reportage. Mohammed Ashraf studied biology, became a butcher, a tailor, and an... More Info

Karl Marx

W. W. Norton & Company | July 1, 2001 | 448 pages
Looks at the life of the father of Communism, focusing primarily on the human side of the man rather than his works.  More Info

Seriously...I'm Kidding

Grand Central Publishing | September 25, 2012 | 256 pages
I've experienced a whole lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you'll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I've put together for you in this book. I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no... More Info

Autobiography of Mark Twain

Univ of California Pr | March 26, 2012 | 440 pages
The year 2010 marked the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain's death. In celebration of this important milestone and in honor of the cherished tradition of publishing Mark Twain's works, UC Press published Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1, the first of a projected three-volume edition of the... More Info

Team of Rivals

Simon & Schuster | September 26, 2006 | 944 pages
This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.  More Info

Small Memories

Mariner Books | May 1, 2012 | 192 pages
"One of Mr. Saramago's last books, and one of his most touching," (New York Times), this posthumous memoir of his childhood, written with characteristic wit and honesty, traces the formation of an individual into an artist who emerged against all odds as one of the world's most respected writers.  More Info

My Mother Was Nuts

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | September 18, 2012 | 326 pages
"My mother said, 'One day you're going to jump off the roof of a building.' So, that gave me something to look forward to." —Penny MarshallAt the age of twenty-six, Penny Marshall was a divorced mother of one living in the Bronx. One year later she starred in a Head & Shoulders commercial... More Info

His Majesty's Opponent

Harvard University Press | November 12, 2012 | 448 pages
This definitive biography of Subhas Chandra Bose, the revered and controversial Indian nationalist who struggled to liberate his country from British rule before and during World War II, moves beyond the legend to reveal the impassioned life and times of the private and public man.  More Info

Runaway Girl

Viking Press | July 5, 2012 | 311 pages
A preadolescent runaway describes the violence and trauma that marked her early life before the unexpected kindness of a teacher helped her to get off the streets and pursue a master's degree, tracing her subsequent dedication to helping other at-risk youth. 20,000 first printing.  More Info

The Making and Unmaking of a Zionist

Pluto Press | August 15, 2012 | 288 pages
Antony Lerman traces his five-decade personal and political journey from idealistic socialist Zionist to controversial critic of Zionism and Israeli policies towards the Palestinians. As head of an influential UK Jewish think tank, he operated at the highest levels of international Jewish political... More Info

Eve Escapes

Polity | September 25, 2012 | 208 pages
"I get up every day with one day more," says Eve, the writer's 97-year-old mother. She is escaping into the New Life and the writer must race to catch up. As things slip away and fall into oblivion, as her mother's world and thus her own relentlessly shrinks, the writer is stunned to see for the... More Info

Fidel Castro

The History Press | October 25, 2006 | 160 pages
Fidel Castro is a dynamic and charismatic leader, who has led Cuba through success and failures since 1959. Son of a rich landowner, he became a radical revolutionary who attempted to overthrow the government in 1956 with a tiny band of followers. Using propaganda and subversion as much as sudden... More Info

The Measure of a Man

Emblem Editions | May 15, 2012 | 304 pages
Taking as its starting point a son's decision to alter his father's last remaining suit for himself, this is a deeply brilliantly crafted and universal story of fathers and sons, of fitting in and standing out. For years, journalist and amateur tailor JJ Lee tried to ignore the suit hanging at the... More Info

Writing Gordon Lightfoot

McClelland & Stewart Limited | July 3, 2012 | 256 pages
From acclaimed musician and author Dave Bidini comes a brilliantly original look at a folk-rock legend and the momentous week in 1972 that culminated in the Mariposa Folk Festival. July, 1972. As musicians across Canada prepare for the nation's biggest folk festival, held on Toronto Island, a... More Info

On the Outside Looking Indian

Emblem Editions | March 20, 2012 | 240 pages
"There's a phenomenon in Amish culture called Rumspringa, where Amish adolescents are permitted to break free from their modest and traditional lifestyles to indulge in normally taboo activities. They dress how they want, go out if and when they please, smoke, drink and generally party like it's... More Info


Emblem Editions | October 13, 2009 | 328 pages
Compulsively readable, this first social history of the opening up of the Canadian West is a triumph of historical detective work and gives us Siggins at the top of her game. While researching the biography of Louis Riel, Maggie Siggins became aware of a figure lurking in the background who had had... More Info

Oral Pleasures: Kosinski As Storyteller

Grove Press | December 4, 2012 | 432 pages
A collection of interviews with, lectures by and media appearance transcriptions of the legendary literary figure is compiled by his late widow and includes numerous previously unpublished entries, in a volume that offers insight into his erratic personality, the inspirations behind his famous... More Info

Love in Vain

October 28, 2012 | 272 pages
Robert Johnson was undoubtedly the most outstanding of the Mississippi Delta blues musicians and also one of the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but his short life remains steeped in mystery and wrapped in some of the most enduring legends of modern music. Love in Vain is Alan... More Info

Remembering Che

Ocean Pr | May 15, 2012 | 190 pages
Che Guevara's widow reveals the story of a great revolutionary romance, tragically cut short by Che’s assassination in Bolivia.  More Info

And So It Goes

St. Martin's Griffin | October 16, 2012 | 544 pages
From the author of Mockingbird—the first authoritative biography of Kurt Vonnegut Jr., a writer who forever altered American literature In 2006, Charles Shields reached out to Kurt Vonnegut in a letter asking for his endorsement for a planned biography. The first response was no ("A most... More Info


Free Press | February 8, 2011 | 320 pages
The activist and best-selling author of Infidel describes her experiences after moving to America to pursue a safer life, from her renewed contact with her family after her father's death to her struggles to embrace new principles in the face of Islamic attempts to prohibit her work. Reprint.... More Info

Faithful to the Task at Hand

SUNY Press | June 1, 2012 | 480 pages
The story of Lucy Diggs Slowe, a pioneering African American figure in sports and education  More Info

Sybil Exposed

Free Pr | June 12, 2012 | 320 pages
Now available in paperback, "Sybil Exposed" is the "New York Times" bestselling book that offers a new perspective on the smash hit book and film, "Sybil," and on multiple personality disorder itself. Journalist Debbie Nathan gives proof that the allegedly true story was largely fabricated.  More Info

Crazy Enough

Free Press | November 13, 2012 | 288 pages
Yes, Storm Large is her real name, though she’s been called many things. As a performer, the majority of descriptions have led with “Amazon,” “powerhouse,” “a six-foot Vargas pinup come to life.” Playboy called her a “punk goddess.” You’d never know she used to be called... More Info

Story of Che Guevara

HarperPerennial | September 10, 2012 | 400 pages
Che Guevara is a symbol in the West, a representative of ?60s counterculture and the face adorning the T-shirts of a million student radicals. But in the rest of the world, he is something else: a charismatic revolutionary who redrew the political map of Latin America and gave hope to those... More Info


Simon & Schuster | October 2, 2012 | 784 pages
This major new biography of Mao uses extensive Russian documents previously unavailable to biographers to reveal surprising details about Mao’s rise to power and his leadership in China. Mao Zedong was one of the most important figures of the twentieth century, the most important in the history... More Info

One Day It'll All Make Sense

By Common
Atria Books | September 18, 2012 | 336 pages
Common has earned a reputation in the hip-hop world as a conscious artist by embracing themes of love and struggle in his songs. His journey toward understanding is rooted in his relationship with a remarkable woman, his mother. Common holds nothing back in this gripping memoir, both provocative... More Info