Category: Unusual histories

Two Lives

September 16, 2008 | 229 pages
"How had the pair of elderly Jewish lesbians survived the Nazis?” Janet Malcolm asks at the beginning of this extraordinary work of literary biography and investigative journalism. The pair, of course, is Gertrude Stein, the modernist master “whose charm was as conspicuous as her fatness” and... More Info

Guest of Honor

Atria Books | February 5, 2013 | 320 pages
In this revealing social history, one remarkable White House dinner becomes a lens through which to examine race, politics, and the lives and legacies of two of America’s most iconic figures. In 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to have dinner at the executive... More Info

Stories from Jonestown

February 1, 2013 | 312 pages
Survivors of the 1978 Jonestown massacre discuss what drew them to the People's Temple cult and the lasting effects of that fateful November day on their lives.  More Info

The Red Indians

Arbeiter Ring Publishing | April 1, 2008 | 158 pages
In the manner of Eduardo Galeano's famous trilogy Memories of Fire, the book uncovers a critical, living history of conflict. The book, The Red Indians, with its polyvalent title that points to the many issues covered in the text, introduces readers to the history of colonial oppression in Canada,... More Info

Hiking Trails of Ottawa, the National Capital Region, and Beyond

May 28, 2010 | 292 pages
Collected here, for the first time, are the best hiking routes in the National Capital Region, including Gatineau Park, Ottawa's Greenbelt, brand new trails at Manitou Mountain, and Eastern Ontario's most outstanding provincial parks (Frontenac, Charleston, and Murphy's Point), as well as gems... More Info

Game Over

The New Press | January 29, 2013 | 240 pages
"Sportscaster Howard Cosell dubbed it "rule number one of the jockocracy": sports and politics just don't mix. But in Game Over, celebrated alt-sportswriter Dave Zirin proves once and for all that politics has breached the modern sports arena with a vengeance.  More Info

Chanel Bonfire

Gallery Books | January 8, 2013 | 304 pages
WITH CLEAR-EYED GRACE, REFRESHING HONESTY, AND FLASHING WIT, WENDY LAWLESS TELLS THE TRUE STORY OF HER UNHINGED UPBRINGING— A DISJOINTED FAIRY TALE OF A CHILDHOOD IN CHAOS By the time Wendy Lawless turned seventeen, she’d known for quite some time that she didn’t have a normal mother. But... More Info

The Magic of Reality

Free Press | September 11, 2012 | 272 pages
Richard Dawkins, bestselling author and the world’s most celebrated evolutionary biologist, has spent his career elucidating the many wonders of science. Here, he takes a broader approach and uses his unrivaled explanatory powers to illuminate the ways in which the world really works. Filled with... More Info

All Standing

Free Press | January 8, 2013 | 256 pages
All Standing The Remarkable Story of the Jeanie Johnston, the Legendary Irish Famine Ship recounts the journeys of this famous ship, her heroic crew, and the immigrants who were ferried between Ireland and North America. Spurred by a complex web of motivations—shame, familial obligation, and... More Info

Why We Write

Plume | January 29, 2013 | 256 pages
A group of popular, successful authors offer encouragement and guidance to aspiring writers by explaining why and how they work at writing, including Jennifer Egan, Sue Grafton, Ricky Moody, Susan Orlean and Jodi Picoult. Original. 30,000 first printing.  More Info

The Heroin Chronicles

Akashic Books | January 1, 2013 | 240 pages
Eric Bogosian, Lydia Lunch, and others join Stahl in mining the hazards of this deadly narcotic via original short fiction.  More Info

Metals, Culture and Capitalism

Cambridge University Press | November 15, 2012 | 366 pages
Metals, Culture and Capitalism is an ambitious, broad-ranging account of the search for metals in Europe and the Near East from the Bronze Age to the Industrial Revolution and the relationship between this and economic activity, socio-political structures and the development of capitalism.... More Info


Counterpoint | December 11, 2012 | 80 pages
?Behind my right eye hangs a burlap cloth; behind my left eye there's a mirror. . . Before the burlap the visible remains indifferent; before the mirror it begins to play.” What happens when an art critic loses some of his sight to cataracts? What wonders are glimpsed once vision is restored? In... More Info

Spectacular Wineries of Ontario

Panache Partners Llc | January 1, 2013 | 324 pages
Presenting the majesty and wonder of Canadian wine country, this book is filled with large color images and detailed commentary on more than 60 fabulous wineries and vineyards. Profiling the province's verdant appellations of Lake Erie North Shore, Niagara Peninsula, Pelee Island, and Prince Edward... More Info


Nation Books | May 1, 2012 | 448 pages
Draws on analogies from a range of disciplines to examine why soccer teams win or lose World Cup competitions, offering insight into the playing styles of leading national teams as well as factors that influence how the game is played.  More Info

We Are Children Just the Same

Jewish Publication Society of America | January 1, 2013 | 208 pages
Terezín survivor George (Jirí) Brady recalls: “In the tragic struggle for survival, the Nazi-imposed Terezín 'self-administration' tried to help the imprisoned children. They were placed in buildings where living conditions were better than in the many barracks that were inside the fortress. .... More Info

The Wisdom of Compassion

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | December 27, 2012 | 272 pages
A private-world discussion of how the Dalai Lama draws on his personal compassion to connect with others shares insight into his human frustrations and joyful approach to the world and describes his peace-promoting encounters with people ranging from a sick child to world leaders.  More Info

The World Until Yesterday

Viking Press | December 31, 2012 | 512 pages
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Collapse draws on decades of field work in the Pacific islands and other world regions to illuminate the degree to which modern society reflects traditional cultures from earlier and ancient time periods, offering insight into how historical approaches to... More Info

The New Granta Book of Travel

April 1, 2012 | 448 pages
Granta has long been known for the quality of its travel writing. The 1980s were the culmination of a golden age, when writers including Paul Theroux and Bruce Chatwin, James Hamilton-Paterson and James Fenton set out to document life in largely unfamiliar territory, bringing back tales of the... More Info

Phantom Sanatorium

November 30, 2012 | 80 pages
Built in 1898 to treat victims of tuberculosis from the fast-expanding and overcrowded German capital, the vast sanatorium-turned-military hospital of Beelitz Heilstäetten outside of Berlin is now a site of compulsive, obsessive pilgrimage for urban explorers and photographers, ghost hunters, and... More Info

Four Strong Winds

Random House Digital, Inc. | September 4, 2012 | 330 pages
Their classic "Four Strong Winds" is widely considered to be one of the greatest songs of all time. Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, and Joni Mitchell count among their admirers. Their music, including hits like "You Were On My Mind" and "Someday Soon," has been recorded by... More Info

New Modernist Type

October 1, 2012 | 272 pages
A rich sourcebook of ideasfor the most functional oftypographic styles  More Info


Anchor Canada | October 23, 2012 | 384 pages
Written with the trademark wit and verve that has earned MacLean a devoted international following as well as myriad awards for her wine writing,Unquenchableis much more than a shopping list for the thrifty tippler.  More Info

The Table Comes First

Vintage Books Canada | August 21, 2012 | 336 pages
Never before have we cared so much about food. With inimitable charm and learning, Adam Gopnik charts America's recent and rapid evolution from commendably aware eaters to manic, compulsive gastronomes. It is a journey that begins in eighteenth-century France and carries us to the kitchens of the... More Info

Into the Abyss

Random House Canada | October 16, 2012 | 336 pages
On an icy night in October 1984, a Piper Navajo commuter plane carrying 9 passengers crashed in the remote wilderness of northern Alberta, killing 6 people. Four survived: the rookie pilot, a prominent politician, a cop, and the criminal he was escorting to face charges. Despite the poor weather,... More Info


Bloomsbury Press | June 19, 2012 | 400 pages
A sumptuously illustrated tribute to city dwelling surveys thousands of years of history to trace urban languages, customs, economies and more, comparing examples from ancient through modern times while providing mini essays on such topics as the Tower of Babel and SimCity. By the author of... More Info

Opa Nobody

University of Nebraska Press | January 1, 2013 | 380 pages
It had come to this: breast-feeding her screaming three-month-old while sitting on the cigarette-scarred floor of a union hall, lying to her husband so she could attend yet another activist meeting, and otherwise actively self-destructing. Then Sonya Huber turned to her long-dead grandfather, the... More Info

All Citizens

October 15, 2012 | 160 pages
In 2006, two artists fled the high cost of living in Vancouver and moved to a place where they knew absolutely nobody, Bruno, Saskatchewan, population 500. They set up a storefront building in which they housed their own unique brand of café / art shop / community centre / music venue called All... More Info

Anne Frank Unbound

October 25, 2012 | 434 pages
"This volume of essays was developed from ... a colloquium convened in 2005 by the Working Group on Jews, Media, and Religion of the Center for Religion and Media at New York University"--Intr.  More Info


Fourth Estate Classic House | June 1, 2012 | 532 pages
A fully updated edition of the first major biography of David Cameron, now covering his first year as Prime Minister and leader of the coalition government David Cameron emerged as the first Tory leader in years to come across as a man of the people, an ordinary man in a traditionally reviled... More Info

Johnson's Life of London

HarperPress | August 1, 2012 | 304 pages
London is special. For centuries, it has been amongst the greatest cities of the world. But a city is nothing without its people. This sparkling new history of London, told through a relay-race of great Londoners shows in one personality-packed book that the ingenuity, diversity, creativity and... More Info

The Fix

Collins | May 1, 2012 | 356 pages
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The Honest Truth About Dishonesty

Harper | June 5, 2012 | 304 pages
Explores the question of dishonesty from Washington to Wall Street, and the classroom to the workplace, to examine why cheating is so prevalent and what can be done to prevent it.  More Info

Love Times Three

HarperOne | September 4, 2012 | 304 pages
He runs his own business and coaches Little League. She drives a minivan, and she'd be lost without her trusty BlackBerry. They go on date nights. Their kids attend public schools, play sports, and take music lessons. They live in a roomy house in the ‘burbs. They're about as mainstream as... More Info

Following Atticus

William Morrow Paperbacks | August 7, 2012 | 304 pages
After a close friend died of cancer, middle-aged, overweight, acrophobic newspaperman Tom Ryan decided to pay tribute to her in a most unorthodox manner. Ryan and his friend, miniature schnauzer Atticus M. Finch, would attempt to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire's four thousand- foot peaks... More Info

Life Is So Good

Penguin | June 1, 2001 | 260 pages
A man who learned to read when he was ninety-eight recalls the early hardships of his life, shares his memories of segregation, and discusses his philosophical observations on life. Reprint.  More Info

Visual Miscellaneum: The Bestselling Classic, Revised and Updated

Harper Design | October 23, 2012 | 256 pages
The bestselling classic has been revised and updated! A colorful guide to the world's most consequential trivia, The Visual Miscellaneum now includes 18 all new graphs and 23 updated ones. It is a reference book like no other helping us make sense of our world by putting the data we are bombarded... More Info

Instant City

Penguin Group USA | September 25, 2012 | 284 pages
A host of NPR's Morning Edition analyzes the rapidly growing metropolis of Karachi, Pakistan, providing coverage of such topics as the importance of regional stability to American security interests, the 2009 terrorist bombing of a Shia religious procession and the city's challenging religious,... More Info

The Steal

Penguin (Non-Classics) | May 29, 2012 | 272 pages
Shteir's "The Steal" is the first serious study of shoplifting, tracking the fascinating history of this ancient crime.  More Info

A Field Guide to Radiation

Penguin Group USA | July 31, 2012 | 258 pages
An accessible explanation of how radiation affects everyday life illuminates the history, meaning and health implications of radiation through 100 lighthearted essays that cover everything from x-rays and cell phones to nuclear energy and exposure risks. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A... More Info

Beauty and the Beast

University of Chicago Press | July 30, 2012 | 192 pages
Beauty and the Beast begins with the question: Is beauty destined to end in tragedy? Drawing on extensive fieldwork in Colombia, Michael Taussig scrutinizes the anxious, audacious, and sometimes destructive attempts people make to transform their bodies through cosmetic surgery and liposuction. He... More Info

Great American City

January 30, 2012 | 512 pages
For over fifty years numerous public intellectuals and social theorists have insisted that community is dead. Some would have us believe that we act solely as individuals choosing our own fates regardless of our surroundings, while other theories place us at the mercy of global forces beyond our... More Info

Book Was There

University of Chicago Press | October 18, 2012 | 200 pages
Andrew Piper grew up liking books and loving computers. While occasionally burying his nose in books, he was going to computer camp, programming his Radio Shack TRS-80, and playing Pong. His eventual love of reading made him a historian of the book and a connoisseur of print, but as a card-carrying... More Info

The Making of Lee Boyd Malvo

September 30, 2012 | 257 pages
Examines Lee Boyd Malvo's psychology and the circumstances of his youth that led to his becoming the protâegâe of Gulf War veteran John Muhammad and going on to carry out sniper attacks in the D.C. area in October 2002.  More Info

Through the Door of Life

March 15, 2012 | 255 pages
"Professor Jay Ladin made headlines around the world when, after years of teaching literature at Yeshiva University, he returned after a year of "involuntary research leave" to the Orthodox Jewish campus as a woman-Joy Ladin."--Dust jacket.  More Info

Love and Fatigue in America

Terrace Books | March 26, 2012 | 254 pages
Love and Fatigue in America records an Englishman's decade-long journey through his newly adopted country in the company of a mystifying illness and a charismatic dog. When he receives an unexpected invitation from an unfamiliar American university, he embraces it as a triumphant new beginning.... More Info

Wayne Gretzky's Ghost

Vintage Books Canada | November 6, 2012 | 400 pages
For nearly 40 years, Roy MacGregor has brought our national sport alive on the pages of Canada's newspapers and magazines, and now the best of this writing is available in a volume that's a must-read for any hockey fan. He covers a list of hockey legends--players like Borje Salming, Jean Beliveau,... More Info

Losing It

August 29, 2012 | 328 pages
A thoughtful and humorous look at the horrors of old age enlists the wisdom of the ancients to explore the myriad ways to be in decline, the fear of losing mental faculties, and the inevitable advent of sags, aches, pains, and failing joints and organs.  More Info

The Richard Burton Diaries

Yale University Press | October 23, 2012 | 704 pages
Irresistibly magnetic on stage, mesmerizing in movies, seven times an Academy Award nominee, Richard Burton rose from humble beginnings in Wales to become Hollywood's most highly paid actor and one of England's most admired Shakespearean performers. His epic romance with Elizabeth Taylor, his... More Info

Letters from America

March 13, 2012 | 304 pages
Contains the correspondence of Alexis de Tocqueville on his first trip to America in 1831.  More Info