Category: Unusual histories


What is Urban History

John Wiley & Sons | December 21, 2015 | 184 pages
Urban history is a well-established and flourishing field of historical research. This short introduction to the field, written by a leading scholar, demonstrates how urban history draws upon a wide variety of methodologies and sources, and has been integral to the rise of inter-disciplinary and... More Info

Being Caribou

August 7, 2007 | 256 pages
Since time immemorial, the Porcupine caribou herd has ranged the Arctic in a 2,800-mile annual trek between its winter feeding grounds inland and its summer calving grounds on the coastal plain of the Beaufort Sea. In 2003, the caribou were joined on their spring journey, possibly for the first... More Info

If I Could Write this in Fire

U of Minnesota Press | November 28, 2015 | 89 pages
In her first book-length collection of nonfiction, Cliff interweaves reflections on her life in Jamaica, England, and the United States with a powerful and sustained critique of racism, homophobia, and social injustice. If I Could Write This in Fire begins by tracing her transatlantic journey from... More Info

Voices of the Paris Commune

May 21, 2014 | 128 pages
The Paris Commune of 1871, the first instance of a working-class seizure of power, has been subject to countless interpretations; reviled by its enemies as a murderous bacchanalia of the unwashed while praised by supporters as an exemplar of proletarian anarchism in action. Only those who were... More Info

They All Love Jack

Harper | September 22, 2015 | 464 pages
The iconoclastic writer and director of the revered classic Withnail & I—"The funniest British film of all time" (Esquire)—returns to London in a decade-long examination of the most provocative murder investigation in British history, and finally solves the identity of the killer known as... More Info

Troublesome Young Men

Anchor Canada | May 13, 2008 | 448 pages
Acclaimed historian Lynne Olson’s collective biography explores one of the most important turning points in 20th-century history – the months leading up to Winston Churchill’s accession to Prime Minister and the decisive turning of the tide in Britain against the appeasement of Hitler. They... More Info

The Nixon Tapes

Mariner Books | October 6, 2015 | 792 pages
The famous--and infamous--Nixon White House tapes that reveal President Richard Nixon uncensored, unfiltered, and in his own words  More Info

Havel: A Life

Grove Press | October 13, 2015 | 560 pages
Examines the life of a man who rose from being an outcast and prisoner during Communist rule to becoming the last president of Czechoslovakia, the first president of the newly democratic Czech Republic and a human-rights activist.  More Info

White Dresses

William Morrow Paperbacks | September 15, 2015 | 352 pages
In this riveting, poignant memoir of three generations of women and the white dresses that adorned them—television producer Mary Pflum Peterson recounts a journey through loss and redemption, and her battle to rescue her mother, a former nun, from compulsive hoarding. As a successful television... More Info

The Art of Memoir

Harper | September 15, 2015 | 256 pages
Credited with sparking the current memoir explosion, Mary Karr's The Liars' Club spent more than a year at the top of the New York Times list. She followed with two other smash bestsellers: Cherry and Lit, which were critical hits as well. For thirty years Karr has also taught the form, winning... More Info

The Nixon Tapes: 1973

Houghton Mifflin | September 22, 2015 | 880 pages
The blueprint for Nixon's downfall, based on tapes released from 2010 to 2013, most of which have never been published. These are the very last Nixon tapes, and no president has recorded since. This book—combined withThe Nixon Tapes, 1971–1972—will stand as the go-to source on the Nixon... More Info

A Guest at the Shooters' Banquet

Bloomsbury USA | September 8, 2015 | 464 pages
Rita Gabis comes from a family of Eastern European Jews and Lithuanian Catholics. She was close to her Catholic grandfather as a child and knew one version of his past: prior to immigration he had fought the Russians, whose brutal occupation of Lithuania destroyed thousands of lives before Hitler's... More Info

Girl in the Woods

William Morrow | September 8, 2015 | 240 pages
Girl in the Woods is Aspen Matis's exhilarating true-life adventure of hiking from Mexico to Canada—a coming of age story, a survival story, and a triumphant story of overcoming emotional devastation. On her second night of college, Aspen was raped by a fellow student. Overprotected by her... More Info


Lifetree Media Limited | September 15, 2015 | 236 pages
Michelle Stewart always knew in her heart that her eating disorder would kill her. What she didn’t expect in its early stages was that she would continue to function - albeit far from optimally - for decades before succumbing to its deadly effects. A conscientious and ambitious woman driven by a... More Info

The Great Prince Died

University of Chicago Press | May 13, 2015 | 416 pages
On August 20, 1940, Marxist philosopher, politician, and revolutionary Leon Trotsky was attacked with an ice axe in his home in Coyoacán, Mexico. He died the next day. In The Great Prince Died, Bernard Wolfe offers his lyrical, fictionalized account of Trotsky’s assassination as witnessed... More Info

The Gay Revolution

Simon & Schuster | September 8, 2015 | 816 pages
The sweeping story of the modern struggle for gay, lesbian, and trans rights—from the 1950s to the present—based on amazing interviews with politicians, military figures, legal activists, and members of the entire LGBT community who face these challenges every day. The fight for gay, lesbian,... More Info


Collins | July 30, 2015 | 448 pages
Adam Zamoyski first wrote his history of Poland two years before the collapse of the Soviet Union. This substantially revised and updated edition sets the Soviet era in the context of the rise, fall and remarkable rebirth of an indomitable nation. In 1797, Russia, Prussia and Austria divided Poland... More Info

The End of Tsarist Russia

Viking Adult | August 18, 2015 | 448 pages
One of the world’s leading scholars offers a fresh interpretation of the linked origins of World War I and the Russian Revolution World War I and the Russian Revolution together shaped the twentieth century in profound ways. In The End of Tsarist Russia, acclaimed scholar Dominic Lieven connects... More Info

The Orpheus Clock

Scribner | August 25, 2015 | 368 pages
The passionate, gripping, true story of one man’s single-minded quest to reclaim what the Nazis stole from his family, their beloved art collection, and to restore their legacy. Simon Goodman’s grandparents came from German-Jewish banking dynasties and perished in concentration camps. And... More Info

The Irish Brotherhood

Counterpoint | March 1, 2015 | 364 pages
Describes the inner circle of friends, family and supporters of John F. Kennedy during his improbable run for the presidency during the 1960 election, including Bobby Kennedy, Kenny O'Donnell, Larry O'Brien and Dave Powers.  More Info

The Churchill Factor

July 2, 2015 | 416 pages
'The must-read biography of the year.' Evening Standard 'He writes with gusto... the result is a book that is never boring, genuinely clever ... this book sizzles.' The Times 'The point of the Churchill Factor is that one man can make all the difference.' On the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of... More Info

Sir John's Table

August 18, 2015 | 172 pages
Commemorating the two-hundredth anniversary of Sir John A. Macdonald's birth, Sir John's Table is a refreshing look at Canada's first prime minister. Sir John's Table traverses the colourful life of Macdonald, from his passage as a young Scottish boy in the steerage compartment aboard the Earl of... More Info

Forgetting to Be Afraid

Plume | August 18, 2015 | 320 pages
A deeply personal memoir by the 2014 Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate traces her upbringing by a single-mom high school dropout, her early divorce, her Harvard Law School education and the early political achievements that led to her successful 2008 election to the Texas Senate. 150,000... More Info

Writing History in the Global Era

W. W. Norton | August 10, 2015 | 208 pages
Leading historian Lynn Hunt rethinks why history matters in today s global world and how it should be written."  More Info

Becoming Maria

Scholastic Press | August 25, 2015 | 272 pages
Pura Belpre Honor winner for The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano and one of America's most influential Hispanics--'Maria' on Sesame Street--delivers a beautifully wrought coming-of-age memoir. Set in the 1950s in the Bronx, this is the story of a girl with a dream. Emmy award-winning actress and... More Info

Hannah Arendt

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | August 18, 2015 | 144 pages
A biography of one of the leading intellectuals in postwar America, author of the controversialEichmann in Jerusalem, which introduced the concept of banality of evil, changing in a single phrase our view of humanity.  More Info

Introducing Islam

Icon Books | November 28, 2015 | 173 pages
Islamic culture has produced some of the finest achievements of humanity. "Introducing Islam" is a fascinating look into a sometimes misunderstood faith.  More Info

The Landscapes of Communism

Allen Lane | May 26, 2015 | 624 pages
What do we think of when we think about Eastern Europe? Stalinism and the Stasi, maybe, or the grey and chilling landscape of cold-war espionage. Contemporary accounts focus on the sex industry, stag parties, and immigration. Our views of its architecture and cities can be similarly unflattering:... More Info

Born Translated

June 21, 2015 | 352 pages
As a growing number of contemporary novelists write explicitly for publication in multiple languages, the genre's form and aims are shifting. Born-translated novels include passages that appear to be written in different tongues, narrators who speak to foreign audiences, and other visual and formal... More Info

A Full Life

Simon & Schuster | July 7, 2015 | 272 pages
Jimmy Carter, thirty-ninth President, Nobel Peace Prize winner, international humanitarian, fisherman, reflects on his full and happy life with pride, humor, and a few second thoughts. At ninety, Jimmy Carter reflects on his public and private life with a frankness that is disarming. He adds detail... More Info

The Trip

Atria Books | July 28, 2015 | 336 pages
From the author of Strapless and Guest of Honor, a book about a little-known road trip Andy Warhol took from New York to LA in 1963, and how that journey—and the numerous artists and celebrities he encountered—profoundly influenced his life and art. In 1963, up-and-coming artist Andy Warhol... More Info

Muhammad Ali

Ap Editions | March 3, 2015 | 158 pages
Born in January of 1942, Cassius Clay Jr. would go on to win the world heavyweight championship, join the Nation of Islam, change his name and captivate the world with his political stance on Vietnam, social justice and race. His decorated career is only matched by his controversial and polarizing... More Info

A Long Way Home

Wits University Press | November 1, 2014 | 320 pages
In no other society in the world have urbanization and industrialization been as comprehensively based on migrant labor as in South Africa. Rather than focusing on the well-documented narrative of displacement and oppression, A Long Way Home captures the humanity, agency, and creative modes of... More Info

The Complete Muhammad Ali

July 1, 2015 | 400 pages
Including material and photographs not included in most of the 100 other books about the champion, Ishmael Reed'sThe Complete Muhammad Ali is more than just a biography—it is a fascinating portrait of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st. An honest, balanced portrayal of Ali, the book... More Info

Then and Now

Playwrights Canada Press | June 1, 2014 | 350 pages
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Preparing the Ghost

June 29, 2015 | 320 pages
An account detailing the achievements of the first man to photograph a giant squid profile Moses Harvey as an eccentric Newfoundland reverend and obsessive amateur naturalist while describing the author's research trip to Harvey's home. 10,000 first printing.  More Info

Green Hills of Africa

Scribner | July 21, 2015 | 304 pages
The most intimate and elaborately enhanced addition to the Hemingway Library series: Hemingway’s memoir of his safari across the Serengeti—presented with archival material from the Hemingway Collection at the John F. Kennedy Library, and with the never-before-published safari journal of... More Info

A Walk in the Woods

Anchor Canada | November 28, 2015 | 289 pages
God only knows what possessed Bill Bryson, a reluctant adventurer if ever there was one, to undertake a gruelling hike along the world's longest continuous footpath—The Appalachian Trail. The 2,000-plus-mile trail winds through 14 states, stretching along the east coast of the United States, from... More Info

The Girl With Seven Names

William Collins | September 1, 2014 | 320 pages
An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships and the story of one woman s terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom. As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a... More Info

The Forest of Bourg-Marie

Wilfrid Laurier University Press | September 15, 2014 | 150 pages
In The Forest of Bourg-Marie, originally published in 1898, Toronto author and musician S. Frances Harrison draws together a highly mythologized image of Quebec society and the forms of Gothic literature that were already familiar to her English-speaking audience. It tells the story of a... More Info

No Country

Simon & Schuster | June 30, 2015 | 560 pages
“A novel as easy to read as the latest bestseller, No Country is a rousing adventure made up out of the blood and guts and dreams of people on three continents and nearly 150 years of troubled history” (Alan Cheuse, NPR). In the poverty of rural Ireland in 1843, Padraig Aherne and Brendan... More Info

Voices of Time

Macmillan | May 2, 2006 | 341 pages
One of South America's leading authors shares a kaleidoscopic collection of reflections, memories, observations, and folklore that chronicles the author's own life story, from his family's immigration to Uruguay in the early twentieth century to his own literary endeavors and encounters with the... More Info

Meetings with Remarkable Men

Penguin Classics | February 5, 2015 | 334 pages
'You must learn not what people round you consider good or bad, but to act in life as your conscience bids you' For twenty years, the spiritual teacher Gurdjieff journeyed through Central Asia and the Middle East.  More Info


Simon and Schuster | April 21, 2015 | 224 pages
From YouTube star vlogger Connor Franta comes an illustrated book that grows out of his massive social media outreach--filled with annotated postcards, notes, texts, tweets, journal entries, emails, and letters that chart his coming of age. The front of the postcards feature his photos, both of... More Info

Gun, Needle, Spoon

May 29, 2015 | 300 pages
During punk rocks heyday in the late '80s and early '90s O'Neil worked at the legendary Mabuhay Gardens, San Francisco's premier punk venue. He then went on to become a roadie and eventually the tour manager for Dead Kennedy's and Flipper. That was before his life got totally out of control: O'Neil... More Info

We're Still Here Ya Bastards

June 9, 2015 | 432 pages
The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is one of the darkest chapters is American history. A toxic combination of government neglect and socioeconomic inequality turned a crisis into a tragedy. The storm completely transformed one of the most beloved cities in America, leaving nearly 80 percent of New... More Info

Biko's Ghost

May 1, 2015 | 392 pages
“When you say, 'Black is Beautiful,' what in fact you are saying . . . is: Man, you are okay as you are; begin to look upon yourself as a human being.” With such statements, Stephen Biko became the voice of Black Consciousness. And with Biko's brutal death in the custody of the South African... More Info

The Lords of Human Kind

Zed Books | February 12, 2015 | 384 pages
When European explorers went out into the world to open up trade routes and establish colonies, they brought back much more than silks and spices, cotton and tea. Inevitably, they came into contact with the peoples of other parts of the world and formed views of them occasionally admiring, more... More Info

The Retreat

HarperCollins Publishers | April 1, 2015 | 416 pages
From the award-winning co-author of I Am Malala, this book asks just how the might of NATO, with 48 countries and 140,000 troops on the ground, failed to defeat a group of religious students and farmers? How did it go so wrong? War Not Peace tells how the West turned success into defeat in the... More Info

Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County

Harper | June 9, 2015 | 336 pages
In the wake of the Supreme Court's unanimous Brown v. Board of Education decision, Virginia's Prince Edward County refused to obey the law. Rather than desegregate, the county closed its public schools, locking and chaining the doors. The community's white leaders quickly established a private... More Info