Category: Biography

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

The Search for Anne Perry

October 1, 2012 | 352 pages
Until 1994, the world knew Anne Perry as the writer of bestselling crime fiction at the peak of her writing career. But following the release of Peter Jackson?s film Heavenly Creatures about the sensational 1954 Parker-Hulme murders, came the shocking revelation that Anne Perry started life as... More Info

In the Water They Can't See You Cry

Touchstone Books | April 3, 2012 | 256 pages
"A seven-time Olympic medalist describes her battles with depression, eating disorders and substance abuse in spite of her successful career, recounting how she hid her struggles from her loved ones before seeking help and finding renewal in the birth of her son. 75,000 first printing."  More Info

We Heard the Heavens Then

Free Pr | April 10, 2012 | 288 pages
A story of an extraordinary father/son relationship imperiled by a nation's ominous and drastically changing political climate, We Heard the Heavens Then is a piercing look at revolution through the wide-open eyes of a child.Aria Minu-Sepehr was raised in a sheltered world of extraordinary... More Info

A Fiery Soul

Vehicule Pr | April 1, 2012 | 328 pages
John Hirsch arrived in Winnipeg in 1947, a 17-year-old Hungarian orphan of the Holocaust, knowing no English. Ten years later, he co-founded the Manitoba Theatre Centre, establishing a model for regional theatres across North America. He went on to direct award-winning productions in Los Angeles,... More Info

The Golden Age of Liberalism

Lorimer | September 30, 2011 | 360 pages
Journalist, politician, cabinet minister, Governor-General, New Brunswicker Rom?o Leblanc was a leading Liberal politician in the Pearson-Trudeau-Chr?tien era when Liberals dominated Canadian politics. He was also an Acadian, proud of his heritage and always conscious of the impact of federal... More Info

Father Augustin Brabant

November 1, 2012 | 350 pages
Father Augustin Brabant (1845-1912) was the first Roman Catholic missionary to live and work among aboriginal people on the west coast of Vancouver Island during the colonial period. He endured long periods of isolation, built a number of log churches and undertook extraordinarily difficult trips... More Info

Vladimir Krajina

Ronsdale Press | October 1, 2012 | 250 pages
Literary Nonfiction. Biography. In 1939 the botanist Vladimir Krajina joined the Czech Resistance and quickly became one of its leaders. Incredible escapes from the Gestapo followed while some 20,000 radio messages were sent by his group to London, among them those about the pending invasion of the... More Info


Greystone Books | November 7, 2012 | 320 pages
Chronicles the life of the Canadian singer, delving into the art, philosophy, relationships, and personal triumphs and failures that have shaped her as a person and an artist.  More Info

The Unlikely Secret Agent

Monthly Review Pr | March 1, 2012 | 192 pages
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The Doper Next Door

Counterpoint | June 12, 2012 | 320 pages
What happens to a regular guy who dopes? Surprised to learn that pro athletes aren't the only ones taking performance-enhancing substances, journalist Andrew Tilin goes in search of the average juicing Joe, hoping to find a few things out: Why would normal people take these substances? Where do... More Info

Marshall McLuhan

Gingko Pr Inc | August 1, 2003 | 480 pages
More than just a detailed life story, this fine and carefully written biography actually does justice to McLuhan's ideas. Gordon evocatively portrays McLuhan's central place in the ferment of the 1960s and explains the formation of his brilliant insights into the media. Escape Into Understanding is... More Info


Penguin Press HC | September 4, 2012 | 383 pages
A former secretary-general of the United Nations shares his unique perspectives on the September 11; terrorist attacks the American invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan; the wars among Israel, Hezbollah and Lebanon; the humanitarian tragedies of Somalia, Rwanda and Bosnia; and the geopolitical... More Info


Gotham | September 4, 2012 | 320 pages
Drawing on first-hand recollections from artists who have been inspired by Mick Jagger's work, an examination of the life and accomplishments of the Rolling Stones' enigmatic front man is presented in an episodic format that combines biographical information with cultural history to offer insight... More Info

A Man of Misconceptions

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | November 8, 2012 | 352 pages
Exploring the unconventional life of Athanasius Kircher, the legendary 17th-century priest-scientist who was either a genius or raving lunatic, this fascinating portrait of a man who lived during an era of radical transformation traces the rise, success and eventual fall of this colorful character.... More Info

All Gone

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | September 27, 2012 | 224 pages
Recounts the author's poignant efforts to provide love and care for a beloved parent with increasing dementia, a journey marked by her decision to prepare comfort foods from childhood that occasionally triggered her mother's recall and helped the author to come to terms with an inevitable loss.... More Info

The Forgetting River

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | August 16, 2012 | 304 pages
Traces the author's research into her family story after discovering that her ancestors were forced to renounce their Jewish faith in Inquisition-era Spain, describing her visit to the centuries-old Andalucian down of Arcos de la Frontera, where modern locals remain haunted by memories of past... More Info

Babysitting George

Bloomsbury USA | November 27, 2012 | 272 pages
As a young reporter, Celia Walden receives an unusual assignment: track down a global superstar and keep him away from all other journalists. That man is soccer player George Best, who made his debut for Manchester United at age seventeen and was the star of a star team throughout the 1960s.... More Info

The Lady and the Peacock

Experiment Llc | March 29, 2012 | 448 pages
Examines the life of Aung San Suu Kyi, from her childhood in India to her 1991 Nobel Peace Prize for her role as an icon for democracy and nonviolent dissent in oppressed Burma.  More Info

A Wedding in Haiti

Algonquin Books | April 24, 2012 | 304 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... More Info

Citizen Lane

Lawrence Hill Books | June 1, 2012 | 400 pages
Freedom Rider, friend of Eleanor Roosevelt, Dick Gregory's vice-presidential running mate, legal defense at Wounded Knee, survivor of the Jonestown Massacre—Mark Lane has been inspiring social consciousness, influencing history makers, and inciting controversy for more than six decades. In... More Info

Young Thurgood

December 4, 2012 | 390 pages
The only biography of Thurgood Marshall endorsed by his immediate family covers his whole life, from his upbringing to his landmark work with the NAACP and his appointment as the first African-American justice of the Supreme Court.  More Info

Aretha Franklin

Skyhorse Publishing | April 1, 2012 | 428 pages
Traces the life of Aretha Franklin from deserted child to teenage mother to Grammy winner to inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Reprint.  More Info

God, Forgive These Bastards

Microcosm Pub | September 26, 2012 | 95 pages
The life of a complex soul is the subject of this book that is part biography and part companion for the Taxpayers' jazz-punk album of the same name. In the late 1970s, Henry Turner went from a local hero as star pitcher of the Georgia Tech Wildcats to an abusive, alcoholic drifter. After spending... More Info

Masters of Wisdom: Gandhi

Watkins Pub Limited | June 5, 2012 | 240 pages
Over 60 years after his death, Gandhi is more popular and relevant than ever. This inspiring anthology offers a judicious selection of his writings, from speeches, news articles, letters, and state documents to autobiography. Packed with all the rich incident and driving narrative of a novel, and... More Info

Charles Bukowski

September 15, 2012 | 221 pages
Poet, short-story writer, and novelist Charles Bukowski (1920–94) was once called by Time a “laureate of American lowlife.” In this new interpretation of his life and work, David Stephen Calonne examines the creation and originality of Bukowski's writings through the lens of his colorful... More Info

Allen Ginsberg

September 19, 2012 | 239 pages
Allen Ginsberg's epic poem “Howl,” written in 1955, is one of the defining works of the Beat Generation, despite having been labeled obscene when it was first published. A harsh denunciation of American capitalism and conformity, the poem drew scenes, characters, and situations from Ginsberg's... More Info

The Stone Thrower

Thomas Allen Pub | August 30, 2012 | 256 pages
A daughter discovers herself while uncovering her father's legendary past in football. At the age of thirty, Jael Ealey Richardson travelled with her father--former CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey--for the first time to a small town in southern Ohio for his fortieth high school reunion. Knowing very... More Info

It's All about Kindness

May 15, 2011 | 256 pages
As a writer, broadcaster, and social activist, June Callwood made other people her business. Despite personal tragedies, including the death of her youngest son, Casey, Callwood tried to better the lives of those in difficult situations. She founded many organizations, including Casey House, a... More Info

The Last Maasai Warriors

Douglas & McIntyre Limited | March 12, 2013 | 204 pages
How two young Maasai tribesmen became warriors, scholars, and leaders in their community and to the world. They are living testament to a vanishing way of life on the African savannah. Wilson and Jackson are two brave warriors of the Maasai, an intensely proud culture built on countless generations... More Info

Real Man Adventures

McSweeney's | December 11, 2012 | 272 pages
A compilation of brash, inventive and often comic explorations of the pleasures and paradoxes of masculinity is comprised of letters, essays, interviews and artwork that explore the author's transition into identifying as male before marrying and becoming a stepfather.  More Info

My Grandmother

Verso Books | July 4, 2012 | 128 pages
A passionate memoir of the author s discovery of her grandmother s true identity.  More Info

My First Coup D'Etat

Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA | July 3, 2012 | 336 pages
MY FIRST COUP D'ETAT is a literary nonfiction account that charts the coming of age of John Dramani Mahama in Ghana during the dismal post-independence "lost decades" of Africa. He was seven years old when rumors of that first coup reached his boarding school in Accra. His father was suddenly... More Info

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

Harper Perennial | March 20, 2012 | 256 pages
Delivers the story of a fearless young woman who became a dress-making entrepreneur in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, thus saving her family and bringing hope to the lives of dozens of women in her war-torn nation. Reprint.  More Info

The Billy Bob Tapes

William Morrow | May 15, 2012 | 288 pages
Drawing from the most colorful moments of his life, the Oscar-winning screenwriter, actor, musician and accidental Hollywood badass shares his insights on women, family, fatherhood, friends, movies and other occupations and hazards. 150,000 first printing.  More Info

Prague Winter

Harper | April 24, 2012 | 352 pages
Set against the backdrop of occupied Czechoslovakia and World War II, a former secretary of state paints a vivid portrait of her early life from 1937 to 1948 during which she witnessed the Nazi invasion of her native Prague, the Holocaust, the defeat of fascism, the rise of communism and the onset... More Info

A Widow's Story

Ecco | February 7, 2012 | 432 pages
The best-selling author of Sourland offers an intimate memoir about the unexpected death of her husband of 46 years from a hospital-acquired infection and its wrenching, surprising aftermath. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.  More Info

Jack's Book

Penguin (Non-Classics) | April 24, 2012 | 368 pages
"A fascinating literary and historical document, the most insightful look at the Beat Generation." —Dan Wakefield, author of New York in the Fifties and Going All the Way First published in 1978, Jack's Book gives us an intimate look into the life and times of the "King of the Beats." Through the... More Info

The Memory Chalet

Penguin Paperbacks | October 25, 2011 | 240 pages
One of our leading historians, Judt has written extensively about the 20th century. Now he delivers a memoir like no other--each essay charts some experience or remembrance of the past through the sieve of Judt's prodigious mind.  More Info

Backing Into Forward

April 10, 2012 | 456 pages
The award-winning cartoonist, playwright, and author delivers a witty, illustrated rendition of his life, from his childhood as a wimpy kid in the Bronx to his legendary career in the arts.  More Info

Leon Trotsky

October 15, 2011 | 240 pages
Offers new insights into the life of the Russian revolutionary, exploring the battle of personalities between Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin and examining examples of both brilliant and flawed thinking which lead to his political oblivion.  More Info

Great Soul

Vintage Books | April 3, 2012 | 448 pages
An analysis of the visionary leader's less-understood accomplishments as a politician and civil rights advocate reveals Gandhi's conflicted ideologies and feelings about his place in history, offering insight into his philosophies, social campaigns and private disappointments. By the Pulitzer... More Info

Your Voice in My Head

Vintage Canada | January 10, 2012 | 224 pages
A dazzling and devastating memoir - Girl Interruptedfor the Junogeneration. Talented, prolific and charming, Emma Forrest was settled in Manhattan at twenty-two and on contract to the Guardianwhen she realized that her quirks had gone beyond eccentricity, past the warm waters of weird and into... More Info

Blue Nights

Knopf Publishing Group | November 1, 2011 | 208 pages
From one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter. Richly textured with bits of her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion examines her thoughts, fears, and doubts... More Info

Ninety Days

Little, Brown | April 10, 2012 | 208 pages
The author of Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man tackles the memories of his first 90 days of sobriety and the supportive friends who stopped him from giving in to his urges to backslide into crack cocaine use. 60,000 first printing.  More Info

"Something Urgent I Have to Say to You"

Farrar Straus & Giroux | November 8, 2011 | 496 pages
The poet, doctor, and publisher William Carlos Williams lived one of the most interesting literary lives of the 20th century. Though initially an imagist poet like Ezra Pound, Williams broke with him and sought to invent an entirely fresh--and singularly American--poetic, whose subject matter was... More Info

Here Comes Trouble

Grand Central Pub | September 13, 2011 | 448 pages
The influential best-selling author and Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker of such productions as Bowling for Columbine presents a systematic analysis of such hot-button issues as big business, social security and the military to share his unconventional perspectives on why the nation may... More Info

Man Made

Grand Central Pub | May 15, 2012 | 320 pages
A popular Time magazine columnist recounts how fatherhood inspired panicked, haphazard activities designed to further his maturity, from a shift with Los Angeles firefighters and three days of basic training with the Marine Corps to a house rebuild and a ring fight with UFC Hall of Famer Randy... More Info

Notes on a Century

Viking Press | May 10, 2012 | 384 pages
Presents the life and career of the Middle East specialist, from his professional relationships with world leaders to his accomplishments in world politics, and offers the author's analysis of the political transformation of the region.  More Info

Writing Gordon Lightfoot

McClelland & Stewart Limited | October 18, 2011 | 288 pages
Uses a series of letters to contemplate the career of enigmatic Canadian folk singer Gordon Lightfoot and reconstruct the week leading up to the pivotal 1972 Mariposa Folk Festival in Toronto.  More Info