Category: Unusual histories

Explorers' Botanical Notebook

Firefly Books | September 15, 2016 | 176 pages
"This book follows the journey of over 80 pioneering botanists and the important findings and collections they have made. It includes each journey and routes taken with the help of maps and personal notes. Each story explains the complications and difficulties that each botanist had to overcome but... More Info

Fifty Ships That Changed the Course of History

Firefly Books | September 15, 2016 | 224 pages
From an ancient funeral ship to the Rainbow Warrior -- war, trade, science and pleasure on the open seas.  More Info

The World Atlas of Coffee

Firefly Books Limited | October 23, 2014 | 256 pages
Provides an all-encompassing guide to coffee, presenting its origins and cultural impact, detailing where it is grown around the world, and chronicling the modern fascination with it.  More Info

Cat Tales for Mariette

Namaste Publishing | October 11, 2016 | 120 pages
Michael Brown narrates the story of a solitary author (Michael) who is coerced by a friend to visit a mutual acquaintance dying of cancer in the local hospital. Michael reluctantly agrees to visit one time. Set in the dusty Karoo desert town of Aberdeen, South Africa,Tales for Mariette tells of the... More Info


Grove Press, Black Cat | October 4, 2016 | 240 pages
Raw, poetic and compulsively readable. In Molly Brodak s dazzling memoir, "Bandit," her eye is so honest, I found myself nodding like I was agreeing with her, sometimes cringing at what she sustained, and laughingoften. I can t wait to buy a copy for everyone I know. Kathryn Stockett, author of... More Info

Vital Little Plans

Random House Canada | October 11, 2016 | 544 pages
A new book by influential urbanist Jane Jacobs, released in Jacobs' centenary, and showing her evolution as a writer and thinker. Vital Little Plans will bring together for the first time a selection of essays, articles, speeches and interviews by the late Jane Jacobs. These works shed light on the... More Info

Nonstop Metropolis

October 19, 2016 | 232 pages
"Nonstop Metropolis, "the culminating volume in a trilogy of atlases, conveys innumerable unbound experiences of New York City through twenty-six imaginative maps and informative essays. Bringing together the insights of dozens of experts from linguists to music historians, ethnographers,... More Info

Forty Autumns

William Morrow | October 4, 2016 | 416 pages
In this illuminating and deeply moving memoir, a former American military intelligence officer goes beyond traditional Cold War espionage tales to tell the true story of her family—of five women separated by the Iron Curtain for more than forty years, and their miraculous reunion after the fall... More Info

Above the Line

Atria Books | October 4, 2016 | 224 pages
A funny, fierce, imaginative memoir chronicling New York Times bestselling author and Academy Award winner Shirley MacLaine’s remarkable experiences filming Wild Oats in the Canary Islands and the extraordinary memories her time there brought forth of a past life on the lost continent of... More Info

Life Sentence

Doubleday of Canada | October 21, 2014 | 352 pages
A beloved crime reporter revisits some of her biggest assignments and passes judgement on our judicial system and especially its judges. When Christie Blatchford wandered into a Toronto courtroom in 1978 for the start of the first criminal trial she would cover as a newspaper reporter, little did... More Info

Last Woman Hanged

HarperCollins | September 20, 2016 | 400 pages
One woman. Two husbands. Four trials. One bloody execution. The last woman hanged in NSW. In January 1889, Louisa Collins, a 41-year-old mother of ten children, became the first woman hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol and the last woman hanged in New South Wales. Both of Louisa's husbands died suddenly.... More Info

Atlas Obscura

Workman Publishing | August 31, 2016 | 480 pages
A one-of-a-kind gift book celebrating the world's most wondrous and unusual places - from macabre museums to magical natural phenomena - in all corners of the globe.  More Info

Six Days in Leningrad

HarperCollins | September 20, 2016 | 432 pages
The never-before-told story of the journey behind THE BRONZE HORSEMAN, now in print for the first time. From the author of the celebrated, internationally bestselling BRONZE HORSEMAN saga comes a glimpse into the private life of its much loved creator, and the real story behind the epic novels.... More Info

Once in a Great City

September 20, 2016 | 512 pages
“A fascinating political, racial, economic, and cultural tapestry” (Detroit Free Press), a tour de force from David Maraniss about the quintessential American city at the top of its game: Detroit in 1963. Detroit in 1963 is on top of the world. The city’s leaders are among the most visionary... More Info

Studs Terkel

NYU Press | August 26, 2016 | 240 pages
Studs Terkel was an American icon who had no use for America’s cult of celebrity. He was a leftist who valued human beings over political dogma. In scores of books and thousands of radio and television broadcasts, Studs paid attention – and respect – to “ordinary” human beings of all... More Info

No Way to Run

Caitlin Press | September 1, 2016 | 264 pages
On September 3, 2010, the RCMP in Grande Prairie, Alberta, received a 911 call from Mat Crichton about a shooting on a local farm. Seconds later, miles from home, Holly Crichton got a shocking call from her son. I just shot Dad, Mat told her. The violent end to a violent situation came as no... More Info

This Is Happy

Anchor Canada | September 6, 2016 | 288 pages
'"All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them,' Isak Dinesen once said. Sorrows are all pain otherwise, pain without sense or meaning. But joys, too, it seems to me, need their context. And sometimes their coexistence needs to be borne. The coexistence or... More Info

Unlikely Friendships: Dogs

Workman Publishing | August 23, 2016 | 248 pages
A new book from the New York Times bestselling series. Enhanced with beautiful full-color photographs, these true stories of camaraderie, affection, and remarkable bravery are from the author of the New York Times bestsellers Unlikely Friendships, Unlikely Loves, and Unlikely Heroes, as well as... More Info

No Greater Love, Commemorative Edition

New World Library | July 15, 2016 | 232 pages
One of the world’s most recognized and beloved spiritual leaders, Mother Teresa inspired millions with her extraordinary example of compassionate and selfless work for the poor, the ill, and the outcast. Until her death in 1997, she was a steadfast voice of love and faith, providing immeasurable... More Info

The Fires of Jubilee

Harper Perennial | April 11, 1990 | 208 pages
The bloody slave rebellion led by Nat Turner in Virginia in 1831, and the savage reprisals that followed, shattered beyond repair the myth of the contented slave and the benign master and intensified the forces of change that would plunge America into the bloodbath of the Civil War.  More Info


HarperCollins | June 1, 2015 | 304 pages
An inspirational and uplifting memoir, this is the story of an optimistic man and his journey of struggle, hardship and survival against the odds. Abdi's world fell apart when he was only thirteen and his home was destroyed in Somalia's vicious civil war. Effectively an orphan, he fled Mogadishu... More Info

Staking Claims to a Continent

June 11, 2016 | 352 pages
Three political leaders presided over the reshaping of the North American continent during the fiery 1860s. Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln were both born in Kentucky, Davis in June 1808 and Lincoln the following February. John A. Macdonald was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in January 1815. All... More Info

Yoko's Diary

ABC Childrens Books | October 21, 2016 | 224 pages
The diary of Yoko, a 13-year-old Japanese girl who lived near Hiroshima during the war Ages: 8-12 1945 was a hard time to be a child in Japan. Many had seen their cities destroyed by US bombers. Food, fuel and materials were in short supply. Yet spirits remained high. In April 1945, Yoko Moriwaki... More Info


May 1, 2016 | 288 pages
This ambitious historical novel is a follow-up to Amanda West Lewis's very successful novel, September 17, published in 2013. Peter Gruber is a ten year old German boy who, in May of 1939, is dealing with the drowning death of his closest friend, living with his mother in Hamburg. The novel follows... More Info

And the Sea is Never Full

Random House LLC | October 21, 2016 | 429 pages
Continues the author's memoirs from 1968, when he was forty years old, and focuses on a wide range of topics, including divisions within Israel and Reagan's visit to the cemetery at Bitburg.  More Info

On Writing

Ecco | July 26, 2016 | 224 pages
Sharp and moving reflections and ruminations on the artistry and craft of writing from one of our most iconoclastic, riveting, and celebrated masters. Charles Bukowski’s stories, poems, and novels have left an enduring mark on our culture. In this collection of correspondence—letters to... More Info

Angela's Ashes

Simon and Schuster | May 25, 1999 | 363 pages
The author recounts his childhood in Depression-era Brooklyn as the child of Irish immigrants who decide to return to worse poverty in Ireland when his infant sister dies  More Info

Look at You Now

Random House | June 28, 2016 | 272 pages
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Photographs of My Father

January 12, 2016 | 256 pages
A son tries to understand the violent murder of his fathercivil-rights leader Rev. Robert Spikein 1966."  More Info

The Shed That Fed a Million Children

William Collins | March 24, 2016 | 320 pages
In 1992, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow was enjoying a pint with his brother when he got an idea that would change his life and radically change the lives of others. After watching a news bulletin about war-torn Bosnia, the two brothers agreed to take a week s hiatus from work to help. What neither of... More Info

The Girl in the Red Shoes

William Collins | May 12, 2016 | 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

Jungle of Stone

William Morrow | February 9, 2016 | 464 pages
The extraordinary true story of the rediscovery of the Mayan civilization: In the tradition of The Lost City of Z and Empire of Ice, comes the forgotten tale of 19th century American John Lloyd Stephens’s quest to uncover and understand the ancient world’s most advanced civilization amid the... More Info

Twenty Letters to a Friend

Harper Perennial | June 21, 2016 | 304 pages
In this riveting, New York Times-bestselling memoir—first published by Harper in 1967—Svetlana Alliluyeva, subject of Rosemary Sullivan’s critically acclaimed biography, Stalin’s Daughter, describes the surreal experience of growing up in the Kremlin in the shadow of her father, Joseph... More Info

The Goddess Pose

Vintage | May 17, 2016 | 336 pages
"The incredible story of the woman--actress, dancer, yogi, globetrotter--who brought yoga to America and to much of the rest of the western world. Born Eugenia Peterson in early 20th century Russia, Indra Devi was a rebel from earliest childhood. In the 1930s she fled to Berlin, and then--driven by... More Info

All Tomorrow's Parties

Grove Press | April 5, 2016 | 400 pages
Rob Spillman--the award-winning, charismatic cofounding editor of the legendary Tin House magazine--has devoted his life to the rebellious pursuit of artistic authenticity. Born in Germany to two driven musicians, his childhood was spent among the West Berlin cognoscenti, in a city two hundred... More Info

I Will Find You

Atlantic Monthly Press | April 5, 2016 | 272 pages
"This is it. My rape. I knew it was coming. Every woman knows. And now here it is. My turn.” When Joanna Connors was thirty years old on assignment for theCleveland Plain Dealer to review a play at a college theater, she was held at knife point and raped by a stranger who had grown up five miles... More Info

The Brontë Cabinet

W. W. Norton | April 1, 2016 | 352 pages
An intimate portrait of the lives and writings of the Bronte sisters, drawn from the objects they possessed."  More Info

East West Street

Knopf Publishing Group | May 24, 2016 | 448 pages
A profound and profoundly important book--a moving personal detective story, an uncovering of secret pasts, and a book that explores the creation and development of world-changing legal concepts that came about as a result of the unprecedented atrocities of Hitler's Third Reich.  More Info

The Tears of the Rajas

February 11, 2016 | 784 pages
The Tears of the Rajas is a sweeping history of the British in India, seen through the experiences of a single Scottish family. For a century the Lows of Clatto survived mutiny, siege, debt and disease, everywhere from the heat of Madras to the Afghan snows. They lived through the most appalling... More Info

The Education of Kevin Powell

June 7, 2016 | 304 pages
In the spirit of Piri Thomas’s Down These Mean Streets and Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, writer and activist Kevin Powell’s memoir—“illuminating…an education for us all” (USA Today)—vividly recounts the horrific poverty of his youth and his struggles to overcome a... More Info

Tomas Young's War

April 12, 2016 | 225 pages
An Iraq war veteran's powerful testament to the true cost of war.  More Info

Tabasco the Saucy Raccoon

Winlaw, BC : Sono Nis Press | October 21, 2016 | 168 pages
The author describes life with her pet raccoon, Tabasco, from flying to Toronto with the week-old animal, through her search for a home for her pet in the wild, to Tabasco's death.  More Info

Operating Instructions

Anchor | October 21, 1993 | 251 pages
A single mother and writer grappling alone with the problems of a newborn baby presents a vivid account of the confusion, joys, sorrows, and struggles of the first year in her son's life. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.  More Info


Cormorant Books | May 11, 2015 | 288 pages
Loaded with grit, heart, murder, and desire, Griffintown harnesses the style of a Spaghetti Western to tell the exhilarating story of the coachmen of Old Montreal, the city's urban cowboys.  More Info

The Rainbow Comes and Goes

Harper | April 26, 2016 | 224 pages
A charming and intimate collection of correspondence between #1 New York Times bestselling author Anderson Cooper and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, that offers timeless wisdom and a revealing glimpse into their lives. Anderson Cooper’s intensely busy career as a journalist for CNN and CBS’ 60... More Info

The Curse of Beauty

Regan Arts. | May 17, 2016 | 256 pages
A riveting, scandal-filled biography of the most famous nude model in America, Audrey Munson (1891–1996) whose beauty brought her extraordinary success and great tragedy. This is a book about a naked woman, once the most famous nude in America. It is a story of the extraordinary success her... More Info

The World Beyond Your Head

Penguin Books Canada | April 5, 2016 | 320 pages
In this brilliant follow-up, Matthew Crawford, author of the bestselling Shop Class As Soulcraft, investigates the challenge of mastering one's own mind We often complain about our fractured mental lives and feel beset by outside forces that destroy our focus and disrupt our peace of mind. Any... More Info

The Time Of Your Life

Harper Perennial | April 5, 2016 | 320 pages
In this candid and engaging book, Margaret Trudeau, author of the #1 bestselling memoir Changing My Mind, offers women an inspirational and practical approach to creating a healthy, happy, secure and satisfying future life. From dating and online romance to health practices and financial planning,... More Info

The Devil's Diary

Harper | March 29, 2016 | 416 pages
This exploration of the private wartime diary of Alfred Rosenberg—Hitler’s “chief philosopher” and architect of Nazi ideology—interweaves the story of its recent discovery with the revelation of its never-before-published contents, which are contextualized by the authors: The result is a... More Info

Our Kids

Simon & Schuster | March 29, 2016 | 400 pages
A New York Times bestseller and “a passionate, urgent” (The New Yorker) examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone: why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility. Central to the very idea of America is the principle that we are a... More Info