Category: Unusual histories

Jane Austen, the Secret Radical

Knopf | May 29, 2017 | 336 pages
A brilliant, illuminating reassessment of the life and work of Jane Austen that makes clear how Austen has been misread for the past two centuries and that shows us how she intended her books to be read, revealing, as well, how subversive and daring--how truly radical--a writer she was.  More Info

Turning

Hamish Hamilton | May 2, 2017 | 304 pages
Through the heat of summer to the frozen depths of winter, Lee traces her journey swimming through 52 lakes in a single year, swimming through fear and heartbreak to find her place in the world The water slips over me like cool silk. The intimacy of touch uninhibited, rising around my legs, over my... More Info

Driving Miss Norma

HarperOne | May 2, 2017 | 256 pages
When Miss Norma was diagnosed with uterine cancer, she was advised to undergo surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. But instead of confining herself to a hospital bed for what could be her last stay, Norma—newly widowed after nearly seven decades of marriage—rose to her full height of five feet... More Info

Mockingbird Songs

Harper | May 2, 2017 | 224 pages
"A memoir of Wayne Flynt's friendship with Harper Lee, centered on a collection of letters between Harper Lee, her sisters, ... Wayne Flynt, and his wife"--  More Info

My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward

Harper Wave | May 2, 2017 | 288 pages
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The Bridge Ladies

Harper Perennial | May 2, 2017 | 320 pages
A fifty-year-old Bridge game provides an unexpected way to cross the generational divide between a daughter and her mother. Betsy Lerner takes us on a powerfully personal literary journey, where we learn a little about Bridge and a lot about life. After a lifetime defining herself in contrast to... More Info

This Is Not My Life

Harper Perennial | May 2, 2017 | 368 pages
“Never once in my life had I dreamed of being in bed with a convicted killer.” For almost six turbulent years, award-winning writer Diane Schoemperlen was involved with a prison inmate serving a life sentence for second-degree murder. The relationship surprised no one more than her. How do you... More Info

A Stitch of Time

Simon & Schuster | May 2, 2017 | 384 pages
For fans of Brain on Fire and My Stroke of Insight, an incredible first-person account of one woman’s journey to regaining her language and identity after a brain aneurysm affects her ability to communicate. Lauren Marks was twenty-seven, touring a show in Scotland with her friends, when an... More Info

Finding Fibonacci

March 14, 2017 | 296 pages
In 2000, Keith Devlin set out to research the life and legacy of the medieval mathematician Leonardo of Pisa, popularly known as Fibonacci, whose book Liber abbaci has quite literally affected the lives of everyone alive today. Although he is most famous for the Fibonacci numbers--which, it so... More Info

There Is No F*cking Secret

Penguin | April 25, 2017 | 256 pages
People ask Kelly Osbourne all the time: "What's your secret?" Kelly Osbourne may not always have been a typical role model, but no one can say that her perspective isn't hard won after spending three decades in the spotlight: from growing up completely exposed to the heavy metal scene--replete with... More Info

The Stranger in the Woods

Knopf Publishing Group | March 7, 2017 | 224 pages
Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality--not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own. In 1986, a shy and... More Info

Option B

Knopf | April 25, 2017 | 240 pages
From the Facebook COO and #1 New York Times best-selling author of Lean In, and the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Originals: a powerful, inspiring and practical book about finding resilience and moving forward after life's inevitable setbacks. In 2015 Sheryl Sandberg's husband, Dave... More Info

James Baldwin

Arcade Publishing | February 1, 2015 | 464 pages
James Baldwin was one of the great writers of the last century. In works that have become part of the American canon—Go Tell It on a Mountain, Giovanni’s Room, Another Country, The Fire Next Time, and The Evidence of Things Not Seen—he explored issues of race and racism in America, class... More Info

Killers of the Flower Moon

Doubleday Books | April 18, 2017 | 352 pages
From "New Yorker" staff writer David Grann, #1 "New York Times" best-selling author of "The Lost City of Z, " a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage... More Info

Pumpkinflowers

Signal Books | April 18, 2017 | 256 pages
"It was small hilltop in a small, unnamed war in the late 1990s, but it would send out ripples that continue to emanate worldwide today. The hill was called the Pumpkin; flowers was the military code word for "casualties." Friedman's visceral narrative recreates harrowing wartime experiences in a... More Info

The Marriage Bureau

HarperCollins Publishers | April 18, 2017 | 368 pages
In the spring of 1939, with the Second World War looming, two determined twenty-four-year-olds, Heather Jenner and Mary Oliver, decided to open a marriage bureau. They found a tiny office on London’s Bond Street and set about the delicate business of matchmaking. Drawing on the bureau’s... More Info

Size Zero

Collins | February 9, 2017 | 208 pages
A memoir of a brief career as a top model - and the brutally honest account of what goes on behind the scenes in a fascinating, closed industry. Scouted in the street when she is 17, Victoire Dauxerre's story started like a teenager's dream: within months she was on the catwalks of New York's major... More Info

Three Minutes to Doomsday

Scribner | April 18, 2017 | 352 pages
This edge-of-your-seat memoir from former FBI agent Joe Navarro reveals the shocking, inside details of how he spearheaded a 1980s investigation into a colossal espionage breach that would have left the US defenseless in a Soviet attack. In 1988 FBI Agent Joe Navarro divides his time among SWAT... More Info

My Father, the Pornographer

Washington Square Press | April 11, 2017 | 272 pages
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR In “one of the most sensitive, nuanced examinations of father and son relationships” (The Boston Globe), award-winning writer Chris Offutt struggles to understand his recently deceased father, based on his reading of the 400-plus novels his father—a... More Info

A People's History of the Russian Revolution

Pluto Press (UK) | January 11, 2017 | 304 pages
The Russian Revolution may well be the most misunderstood event in modern history. In A People's History of the Russian Revolution, Neil Faulkner sets out to debunk the myths. In this fast-paced introduction to the tumultuous events, the Russian people are the heroes. Faulkner shows how a mass... More Info

Delta Lady

Harper Paperbacks | April 11, 2017 | 256 pages
The two-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter bares her heart and soul in this intimate memoir, a story of music, stardom, love, family, heritage, and resilience. She inspired songs—Leon Russell wrote “A Song for You” and “Delta Lady” for her, Stephen Stills wrote... More Info

Redemption Songs

September 9, 2016 | 240 pages
Redemption Songs tells the extraordinary story of how one of Bob Marley's greatest songs was born in Nova Scotia. It opens with Marley's live acoustic performance of Redemption Song at the end of his life, and reveals that the core lyric comes from a speech Marcus Garvey delivered in Sydney, Nova... More Info

The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts

Scribner | April 11, 2017 | 256 pages
“A haunted, haunting examination of mental illness and murder in a more or less ordinary American city…Mature and thoughtful…A Helter Skelter for our time, though without a hint of sensationalism—unsettling in the extreme but written with confidence and deep empathy” (Kirkus Reviews,... More Info

The Road to Jonestown

Simon & Schuster | April 11, 2017 | 608 pages
By the New York Times bestselling author of Manson, the comprehensive, authoritative, and tragic story of preacher Jim Jones, who was responsible for the Jonestown Massacre—the largest murder-suicide in American history. In the 1950s, a young Indianapolis minister named Jim Jones preached a... More Info

The Home That Was Our Country

January 24, 2017 | 304 pages
InThe Home that Was My Country, Syrian-American journalist Alia Malek chronicles her return to her family home in Damascus and the history of the Jabban apartment building. Here, generations of Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Armenians lived, worked, loved, and suffered in close quarters. In telling... More Info

Where I Live Now

Simon & Schuster | April 4, 2017 | 208 pages
An intimate and uplifting book about finding renewal and hope through grief and loss. “It was a terrible life; it was an enchanted life; it was a blessed life. And, of course, one day it ended.” —Sharon Butala In the tradition of Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, Diana Athill’s... More Info

When Heaven and Earth Changed Places

Anchor Books | April 4, 2017 | 464 pages
"Originally published in hardcover in the United States by Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc., New York, in 1989, and in paperback by Plume, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., New York, in 1990"--Title page verso.  More Info

Fifty Bicycles That Changed the World

Conran | April 4, 2017 | 112 pages
The bicycle is the world's most popular form of transport, and its design has evolved over the decades both in terms of style and technology. From high-performance cycles to practical run- arounds, conceptual bikes to commercial models, the Design Museum explores the fifty most innovative and... More Info

Ten Days That Shook the World

Penguin Books | November 3, 2016 | 368 pages
'It flashed upon me suddenly: they were going to shoot me!' This electrifying eyewitness account of the Russian Revolution, written by an American journalist in St Petersburg as the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917, is an unsurpassed record of history in the making.  More Info

Penguin the Magpie

Simon and Schuster | April 4, 2017 | 208 pages
Penguin the Magpie is the extraordinary true story of recovery, hope, and courage as one injured bird and her human family learn to heal and celebrate life, featuring the gorgeous photography of Cameron Bloom and a captivating narrative by New York Times bestselling author of The Blue Day Book... More Info

Rebel Mother

Simon & Schuster | April 4, 2017 | 336 pages
The adventure tale and intimate true story of a boy on the run with his mother, a housewife turned radical who kidnapped her son and set off for South America in search of the revolution. Carol Andreas was a traditional 1950s housewife from a small Mennonite town in central Kansas who became a... More Info

Strange Fruit

Harper Collins | January 23, 2001 | 168 pages
Recorded by jazz legend Billie Holiday in 1939, "Strange Fruit" is considered to be the first significant song of the civil rights movement and the first direct musical assault upon racial lynchings in the South. Originally sung in New York's Cafe Society, these revolutionary lyrics take on a life... More Info

History of a Disappearance

Restless Books | April 4, 2017 | 272 pages
History of a Disappearance is the fascinating true story of Miedzianka, a mining town in the southwest of Poland that, after seven centuries of history, disappeared in the decades after World War II. Lying at the crucible of Central Europe, the Silesian village of Kupferberg suffered the violence... More Info

It's Okay to Laugh

Dey Street Books | April 4, 2017 | 320 pages
“This story will compel you to both laugh and cry, just as the title promises. May we all bring Nora’s honesty, passion and hope to our lives.” — Lena Dunham comedy = tragedy + time/rosé Twenty-seven-year-old Nora McInerny Purmort bounced from boyfriend to dopey “boyfriend” until she... More Info

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

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