Category: Unusual histories

Ice Ghosts

Signal Books | March 21, 2017 | 416 pages
The true story of the greatest mystery of Arctic exploration-and the rare mix of marine science and Inuit knowledge that led to the shipwreck's recent discovery. Ice Ghosts weaves together the epic story of the Franklin Expedition-whose two ships and crew of 129 were lost to the Arctic ice-with the... More Info

VIJ

Penguin Books Canada | March 21, 2017 | 256 pages
At Vij's, one of North America's most innovative Indian restaurants, owner Vikram Vij and his wife Meeru use the freshest local ingredients and original ideas to create exciting new takes on the cuisines of India. Though far from traditional, the dishes remain true to one glorious hallmark of... More Info

Barney

Arcade Publishing | March 7, 2017 | 232 pages
An incisive, compulsively readable biography of the man the Guardian called "the most influential avant-garde publisher of the twentieth century." An impetuous outsider who delighted in confronting American hypocrisy and prudery, Barney Rosset liberated American culture from the constraints of... More Info

Revolution for Dummies

Dey Street Books | March 21, 2017 | 288 pages
"The Jon Stewart of the Arabic World"—the creator of The Program, the most popular television show in Egypt’s history—chronicles his transformation from heart surgeon to political satirist, and offers crucial insight into the Arab Spring, the Egyptian Revolution, and the turmoil roiling the... More Info

Scared Selfless

Penguin | March 21, 2017 | 304 pages
"A riveting memoir that takes readers on a roller coaster ride from the depths of hell to triumphant success." --Dave Pelzer, author of A Child Called "It" Michelle Stevens has a photo of the exact moment her childhood was stolen from her. In it, she's only eight years old and posing for her... More Info

Alligator Candy

Simon & Schuster | March 21, 2017 | 256 pages
From award-winning journalist David Kushner, a regular contributor to Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, and Vanity Fair, Alligator Candy is “a raw story about courage, survival, and most certainly about love” (Tampa Bay Times). David Kushner grew up in the suburbs of Florida in the early 1970s,... More Info

Revolution

March 1, 2017 | 64 pages
The twentieth century was an age of revolutions. As the pace of social and economic change quickened and the savagery of technological warfare destabilized societies, intolerable pressures were created which exploded into violent political movements. These overthrew long-standing regimes and... More Info

Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy

William Morrow | March 14, 2017 | 336 pages
A former CIA officer and curator of the CIA Museum unveils the shocking, untold story of Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway’s secret life as a spy for both the Americans and the Soviets before and during World War II. While he was the curator of the CIA Museum, Nicholas Reynolds, a... More Info

Printer's Error

Harper | March 14, 2017 | 368 pages
A funny and entertaining history of printed books as told through absurd moments in the lives of authors and printers, collected by television’s favorite rare-book expert from HISTORY’s hit series Pawn Stars. Since the Gutenberg Bible first went on sale in 1455, printing has been viewed as one... More Info

Diane Arbus

Ecco | March 14, 2017 | 752 pages
The definitive biography of the beguiling Diane Arbus, one of the most influential and important photographers of the twentieth century, a brilliant and absorbing exposition that links the extraordinary arc of her life to her iconic photographs. Diane Arbus brings to life the full story of one of... More Info

Rightful Heritage

Harper Perennial | March 14, 2017 | 784 pages
The acclaimed, award-winning historian—“America’s new past master” (Chicago Tribune)—examines the environmental legacy of FDR and the New Deal. Douglas Brinkley’s The Wilderness Warrior celebrated Theodore Roosevelt’s spirit of outdoor exploration and bold vision to protect 234... More Info

Spain in Our Hearts

Mariner Books | March 7, 2017 | 480 pages
From acclaimed, best-selling author Adam Hochschild, a sweeping history of the Spanish Civil War told through a dozen unforgettable characters: a tale of idealism, suffering, and a tragically doomed yet noble cause.  More Info

A Soldier's Sketchbook

Tundra Books (NY) | March 7, 2017 | 112 pages
Russell Rabjohn was just eighteen years old when he joined up to fight in the First World War. In his three years of soldiering, he experienced the highs and lows of army life, from a carefree leave in Paris to the anguish of seeing friends die around him. Like many soldiers, he defied army... More Info

The One-Cent Magenta

Algonquin Books | March 7, 2017 | 224 pages
An inside look at the obsessive, secretive, and often bizarre world of high-profile stamp collecting, told through the journey of the world's most sought-after stamp. When it was issued in 1856, it cost a penny. In 2014, this tiny square of faded red paper sold at Sotheby's for nearly $9.5 million,... More Info

They Left Us Everything

Penguin Canada | October 4, 2016 | 288 pages
A warm, heartfelt memoir of family, loss, and a house jam-packed with decades of memories. After almost twenty years of caring for elderly parents--first for their senile father, and then for their cantankerous ninety-three-year old mother--author Plum Johnson and her three younger brothers have... More Info

Gizelle's Bucket List

Simon & Schuster | March 7, 2017 | 240 pages
The playful, epic adventure of a 160-pound English Mastiff and the twentysomething girl who grew up alongside her—Marley & Me for a whole new generation. Lauren Watt took her 160-pound English Mastiff to college—so of course after graduation, Gizelle followed Lauren to her first, tiny... More Info

Illusion of Justice

Harper | February 28, 2017 | 352 pages
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High Noon

Bloomsbury USA | February 21, 2017 | 384 pages
It's one of the most revered movies of Hollywood's golden era. Starring screen legend Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly in her first significant film role, High Noon was shot on a lean budget over just thirty-two days but achieved instant box-office and critical success. It won four Academy Awards in... More Info

Jack and Norman

Macmillan | February 21, 2017 | 256 pages
This is the story of an author and his apprentice. It is the story of literary influence and tragedy. It is also the story of incarceration in America. Norman Mailer was writing The Executioner’s Song, his novel about condemned killer Gary Gilmore, when he struck up a correspondence with Jack... More Info

Identity Unknown

Bloomsbury USA | February 14, 2017 | 480 pages
Who hasn't wondered where--aside from Georgia O'Keeffe and Frida Kahlo--all the women artists are? In many art books, they've been marginalized with cold efficiency, summarily dismissed in the captions of group photographs with the phrase "identity unknown" while each male is named.  More Info

Age of Anger

Macmillan | February 7, 2017 | 400 pages
One of our most important public intellectuals reveals the hidden history of our current global crisis How can we explain the origins of the great wave of paranoid hatreds that seem inescapable in our close-knit world - from American 'shooters' and ISIS to Trump, from a rise in vengeful nationalism... More Info

Pretend I'm Not Here

William Morrow | February 7, 2017 | 320 pages
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Innocent Heroes

Tundra Books (NY) | February 14, 2017 | 208 pages
A unique celebration of the important role animals play in war, and an insightful look at the taking of Vimy Ridge from the perspective of 3 men in a Canadian platoon. Never before have the stories of animal war heroes been collected in such a special way. This book consists of eight connected... More Info

Writing Hard Stories

February 7, 2017 | 248 pages
Acclaimed memoirists describe the process of writing their most painful memories In her attempt to write a memoir about her father's death from a secret AIDS infection in 1985, Melanie Brooks was left with some painful questions: What does it take to write an honest memoir? And what happens to us... More Info

On My Own

Vintage | February 7, 2017 | 176 pages
In a deeply personal and moving book, the beloved NPR radio host speaks out about the long drawn-out death (from Parkinson s) of her husband of fifty-four years, and of her struggle to reconstruct her life without him. With John gone, Diane was indeed on her own, coping with the inevitable... More Info

Switched on

Spiegel & Grau | February 7, 2017 | 320 pages
An extraordinary memoir about the cutting-edge brain therapy that dramatically changed the life and mind of John Elder Robison, the New York Times bestselling author of Look Me in the Eye Imagine spending the first forty years of your life in darkness, blind to the emotions and social signals of... More Info

Nearly Normal

HarperCollins Publishers | January 31, 2017 | 304 pages
In her bestselling memoir North of Normal, Cea wrote with grace and candour about her unconventional childhood—her early years living in a tipi in Alberta with her pot-smoking, free-loving counterculture family; the numerous misadventures she survived with her mother and her mother’s... More Info

Eye On the Struggle

Amistad | February 7, 2017 | 496 pages
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God's Generals

Skyhorse Publishing | August 2, 2016 | 176 pages
Examines how the military experience of three religious founders shaped their spiritual legacy. It is one of the more startling facts of military history that the founders of three of the four "great religions”--Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam--were also accomplished field generals with extensive... More Info

100 Million Years of Food

Harper Perennial | January 31, 2017 | 320 pages
In the vein of Jared Diamond and Michael Pollan, a fascinating new exploration of what we eat and how we live, and the health consequences of denying our complicated evolutionary history with food There are few areas of modern life that offer as much contradictory information and prescriptive... More Info

How to Murder Your Life

Simon & Schuster | January 31, 2017 | 384 pages
From Cat Marnell, “New York’s enfant terrible” (The Telegraph), a candid and darkly humorous memoir of prescription drug addiction and self-sabotage, set in the glamorous world of fashion magazines and downtown nightclubs. At twenty-six, Cat Marnell was an associate beauty editor at Lucky,... More Info

Frederick Douglass in Brooklyn

January 3, 2017 | 192 pages
"A fascinating collection of Frederick Douglass's controversial speeches in Brooklyn, N.Y., this volume compiles original source material that illustrates the relationship between the abolitionist and the then city of Brooklyn." --Publishers Weekly, Fall 2016 Announcements "A collection of rousing... More Info

All Out

Vintage Canada | January 3, 2017 | 320 pages
How having a gay child challenged a prominent anchorman and changed his family - for the better. Bracingly honest, All Out is a touching and disarmingly funny memoir that will resonate with any parents and children, gay or not, who have ever struggled to understand each other (or themselves).  More Info

The Three Battles of Wanat

Grove Press | January 10, 2017 | 496 pages
"The Three Battles of Wanat" features the best long-form pieces on war, profiles, sports reporting, and essays on culture from one of the nation s top journalists, "New York Times" bestselling author Mark Bowden. The title storywhich begins on one of the bloodiest days in the war in Afghanistan and... More Info

Unbound

HarperCollins Publishers | January 24, 2017 | 304 pages
In the tradition of Wild and Eat, Pray, Love comes an epic new story about one woman’s triumph of spirit Steph Jagger had seen the ski-lift sign thousands of times—“Raise Restraining Device,” it read—but one day she took it personally as a rallying cry to shake off the life she had for... More Info

Only One Year

Harper Perennial | January 24, 2017 | 304 pages
After the success of her New York Times-bestselling childhood memoir Twenty Letters to a Friend, Josef Stalin’s daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva—subject of Rosemary Sullivan’s critically acclaimed biography Stalin’s Daughter—penned this riveting account of her year-long journey to defect from... More Info

The Old King in His Exile

Restless Books | January 17, 2017 | 224 pages
"How do we keep one another’s company? How might our lives unfold alongside those of our parents with Alzheimer’s nearby? In Arno Geiger’s exquisite memoir, he lets us into the private and sometimes sacred space he found in the company of his father—a relationship nurtured by his own... More Info

Francis Bacon in Your Blood

Bloomsbury Paperbacks | January 3, 2017 | 416 pages
In June of 1963, when Michael Peppiatt first met Francis Bacon, the former was a college boy at Cambridge, the latter already a famous painter, more than thirty years his senior. And yet, Peppiatt was welcomed into the volatile artist's world; Bacon, considered by many to be "mad, bad, and... More Info

Really Good Day,A:

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$39.95

The Book

W. W. Norton | August 22, 2016 | 400 pages
A lavish material history of the world s most popular and most powerful medium."  More Info
$19.99

The Lightless Sky

HarperOne | January 3, 2017 | 368 pages
A gripping, inspiring, and eye-opening memoir of fortitude and survival—of a twelve-year-old boy’s traumatic flight from Afghanistan to the West—that puts a face to one of the most shocking and devastating humanitarian crises of our time. “To risk my life had to mean something. Otherwise... More Info
$22.00

How Can I Help?

Touchstone | January 3, 2017 | 400 pages
A humane behind-the-scenes account of a week in the life of a psychiatrist at one of Canada’s leading mental health hospitals. How Can I Help? takes us to the frontlines of modern psychiatric care. How Can I Help? portrays a week in the life of Dr. David Goldbloom as he treats patients,... More Info
$34.95

Books for Living

Knopf | December 27, 2016 | 268 pages
From the author of the best-selling and beloved "The End of Your Life Book Club"--a wonderfully engaging new book: both a celebration of reading in general and an impassioned recommendation of specific books that can help guide us through our daily lives. "I've always believed that everything you... More Info
$29.95

Speaking in Cod Tongues

January 15, 2017 | 288 pages
Think there's "no such thing" as Canadian cuisine? Think again! In Speaking in Cod Tongues, food scholar Lenore Newman takes readers on a journey through Canada's rich and evolving culinary landscape.  More Info
$26.95

Ordinary Organisations

Polity | November 21, 2016 | 300 pages
99% of all Jewish killings during the Holocaust were carried out by members of state organizations. In this groundbreaking book, Stefan Kühl offers a new analysis of the integral role that membership of organizations played in facilitating the annihilation of European Jews under the Nazis. Drawing... More Info
$34.99

Stand Tall

Ecco | December 6, 2016 | 256 pages
In this inspiring memoir, Dewey Bozella recounts his life and the twenty-six years he spent behind bars for a murder he did not commit—a stirring tale of courage, strength, faith, and perseverance. In the late 1970s, Dewey Bozella was wrongfully accused of murdering Emma Crapser, a... More Info
$43.50

Krazy

Harper | December 6, 2016 | 560 pages
In the tradition of Schulz and Peanuts, an epic and revelatory biography of Krazy Kat creator George Herriman that explores the turbulent time and place from which he emerged—and the deep secret he explored through his art. The creator of the greatest comic strip in history finally gets his... More Info

Superficial

Henry Holt and Company | November 15, 2016 | 368 pages
The star-studded and sidesplitting follow up to The Andy Cohen Diaries The megapopular host of Watch What Happens: Live and executive producer of The Real Housewives franchise is back, better than ever, and telling stories that will keep his publicist up at night.  More Info
$39.99

Great Expeditions

October 6, 2016 |
No summary available.
$29.95

Should I Still Wish

University of Nebraska Press | January 1, 2017 | 160 pages
In this candid and moving memoir, John W. Evans articulates the complicated joys of falling in love again as a young widower. Though heartbroken after his wife s violent death, Evans realizes that he cannot remain inconsolable and adrift, living with hisin-laws in Indiana. Motivated by a small red... More Info

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