Category: Unusual histories

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
$47.00

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
$38.00

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

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

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

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
$24.50

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great Expeditions

October 6, 2016 |
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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

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

Twenty-Six Seconds

Twelve | November 15, 2016 | 480 pages
The moving, untold family story behind Abraham Zapruder's film footage of the Kennedy assassination and its lasting impact on our world. Abraham Zapruder didn't know when he began filming President Kennedy's motorcade on November 22, 1963 that his home movie would change not only his family's life... More Info

Born a Crime

November 15, 2016 | 304 pages
The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man's coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed Trevor Noah's unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor... More Info

Absolutely on Music

Bond Street Books | November 15, 2016 | 352 pages
A deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing between the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author and his close friend, the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Haruki Murakami's passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz... More Info

A Gentleman in Moscow

Penguin | September 6, 2016 | 480 pages
"In all ways a great novel, a nonstop pleasure brimming with charm, personal wisdom, and philosophic insight . .  More Info

Writing to Save a Life

Scribner | November 15, 2016 | 208 pages
An award–winning writer traces the life of the father of iconic Civil Rights martyr Emmett Till—a man who was executed by the Army ten years before Emmett’s murder. An evocative and personal exploration of individual and collective memory in America by one of the most formidable Black... More Info
$19.50

Keep Moving

Weinstein Publishing | October 11, 2016 | 264 pages
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What is the History of Knowledge

John Wiley & Sons | January 19, 2016 | 160 pages
What is the history of knowledge? This engaging and accessible introduction explains what is distinctive about the new field of the history of knowledge (or, as some scholars say, ‘knowledges in the plural’) and how it differs from the history of science, intellectual history, the sociology of... More Info

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
$29.95

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
$39.95

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

Bandit

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

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