Category: Unusual histories

Companion to an Untold Story

September 15, 2012 | 262 pages
When Marcia Aldrich's friend took his own life at the age of forty-six, they had known each other many years. As part of his preparations for death, he gave her many of his possessions, concealing his purposes in doing so, and when he committed his long-contemplated act, he was alone in a bare... More Info

The assassination of Theo Van Gogh

Duke University Press Books | August 7, 2008 | 219 pages
Explores the motives, mass media attention and narrative interpretation of the November 2004 murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh.  More Info


House of Anansi Press | September 30, 2011 | 288 pages
"This year's CBC Massey Lectures celebrates fifty years with bestselling author, essayist, cultural observer, and famed New Yorker contributor Adam Gopnik, whose subject is winter -- the season, the space, the cycle. Gopnik takes us on an intimate tour of the artists, poets, composers, writers,... More Info

Where There's an Inheritance...

Continental Atlantic Pub Inc | April 1, 2009 | 212 pages
Step into the world of two Wills lawyers. A world very few get to see. Long time Wills lawyers Barry Fish and Les Kotzer share dozens upon dozens of inheritance related stories that may shock you, touch your heart and even make you laugh.  More Info

A People's History of Quebec

July 1, 2009 | 210 pages
Revealing a little-known part of North American history, this lively guide tells the fascinating tale of the settlement of the St. Lawrence Valley.  More Info

Clerks of the Passage

September 8, 2012 | 136 pages
The roots of this book are real and full of characters and heroic stories of the sort one might expect from migration tales, , evoking border crossings past and present.In Abou Farman’s hands the stories turn into a larger meditation on movement, conveyed with humour and a subtle irony.  More Info

Before Forgiveness

Cambridge University Press | May 31, 2012 | 206 pages
In this book, David Konstan argues that the modern concept of interpersonal forgiveness, in the full sense of the term, did not exist in ancient Greece and Rome. Even more startlingly, it is not fully present in the Hebrew Bible, nor again in the New Testament, or in the early Jewish and Christian... More Info

Across Many Mountains

St. Martin's Griffin | October 30, 2012 | 320 pages
A powerful, emotional memoir and an extraordinary portrait of three generations of Tibetan women whose lives are forever changed when Chairman Mao’s Red Army crushes Tibetan independence, sending a young mother and her six-year-old daughter on a treacherous journey across the snowy Himalayas... More Info

The Story of English in 100 Words

St. Martin's Press | March 27, 2012 | 288 pages
The world's foremost expert on the English language takes us on an entertaining and eye-opening tour of the history of our vernacular through the ages. In The Story of English in 100 Words, an entertaining history of the world’s most ubiquitous language, David Crystal draws on one hundred words... More Info

Day of Honey: A Mem

Free Press | February 14, 2012 | 416 pages
American Book Award Winner Winner of Books for a Better Life Award (First Book) James Beard Foundation Award Nominee BNN Discover Awards, second place nonfiction IN THE FALL OF 2003, AS IRAQ DESCENDED INTO CIVIL WAR, Annia Ciezadlo spent her honeymoon in Baghdad. For the next six years, she lived... More Info

A Thousand Lives

Free Press | November 13, 2012 | 336 pages
In 1954, a past or named Jim Jones opened a church in Indianapolis called Peoples Temple Full Gospel Church. He was a charismatic preacher with idealistic beliefs, and he quickly filled his pews with an audience eager to hear his sermons on social justice. As Jones’s behavior became erratic and... More Info

The Dark Side of Innocence

Beyond Words/Atria Books | March 13, 2012 | 288 pages
From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Manic: A Memoir" comes a gripping and eloquent account of the awakening and unfolding of Cheney's bipolar disorder.  More Info

The Source of All Things

Free Pr | February 21, 2012 | 320 pages
Tracy Ross never knew her biological father, who died after a brain aneurysm when she was still an infant. So when her mother married Donnie, a gregarious man with an all-wheel-drive jeep and a love of hiking, four-year-old Tracy was ecstatic to have a father figure in her life. A loving and... More Info

The American Way of Eating

Scribner | October 2, 2012 | 352 pages
When award-winning (and working-class) journalist Tracie McMillan saw foodies swooning over $9 organic tomatoes, she couldn’t help but wonder: What about the rest of us? Why do working Americans eat the way we do? And what can we do to change it? To find out, McMillan went undercover in three... More Info

Sex Press

Harry N. Abrams | October 1, 2012 | 240 pages
From 1965 to 1975, an array of journals, magazines, fanzines, and underground presses were the voice of a dramatic sexual revolution. In Europe and the United States, this “sex press” consisted of publications such as Other Scenes, Yellow Dog, Actuel, Suck, The Body, and Screw—some of which... More Info

Sybil Exposed

October 18, 2011 | 320 pages
Documents the stories of the three women behind the famous multiple-personality-disorder case, contending that a large portion of the story was fabricated by a willing patient, her psychiatrist and an ambitious journalist who took advantage of a public that was psychologically primed to believe... More Info


April 17, 2012 | 320 pages
A witty, provocative, story-filled inquiry into the indispensable virtue of loyalty—a tricky ideal that gets tangled and compromised when loyalties collide (as they inevitably do), but a virtue the author, a prizewinning columnist for The Wall Street Journal, says is as essential as it is... More Info

Mentors, Muses & Monsters

Excelsior Editions | February 1, 2012 | 288 pages
Thirty writers look back at the the people, events, and books that launched their literary lives.  More Info

An Invisible Thread

Howard Books | August 7, 2012 | 272 pages
Stopping was never part of the plan . . . She was a successful ad sales rep in Manhattan. He was a homeless, eleven-year-old panhandler on the street. He asked for spare change; she kept walking. But then something stopped her in her tracks, and she went back. And she continued to go back, again... More Info

The Fiddler on Pantico Run

Free Press | October 2, 2012 | 320 pages
“My dad’s family was a mystery,” writes prize-winning journalist Joe Mozingo. Growing up, he knew that his mother’s ancestors were from France and Sweden, but he heard only suspiciously vague stories about where his father’s family was from—Italy, Portugal, the Basque country. Then one... More Info

Oliver Stone's Untold History of America

Gallery | March 1, 2011 | 400 pages
This companion to the documentary will unearth the truth behind historical events, using recently-discovered archives and newly declassified material.  More Info

Hey Malarek!

Lorimer | March 30, 2012 | 244 pages
A big-city street kid remembers hit-and-run violence and hit-and-run sex  More Info

Here Comes Trouble

Grand Central Publishing | September 18, 2012 | 448 pages
Michael Moore-Oscar-winning filmmaker, bestselling author, and the nation's official provocateur laureate-is back, this time taking on an entirely new role, that of his own meta-Forrest Gump. Smashing the autobiographical mold, Moore presents twenty-four far-ranging, irreverent, and... More Info

The Book of Mormon Girl

Free Press | August 7, 2012 | 240 pages
From her days of feeling like “a root beer among the Cokes”—Coca-Cola being a forbidden fruit for Mormon girls like her—Joanna Brooks always understood that being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints set her apart from others. But, in her eyes, that made her special;... More Info

An American Demon

Ecw Press | May 1, 2011 | 360 pages
An American Demon is Jack Grisham's story of depravity and redemption, terror and spiritual deliverance. While Grisham is best known as the caterwauling front man of the pioneer hardcore punk band TSOL (True Sounds of Liberty), his writings and true life experiences are physically and... More Info

Ginty's Ghost

Harbour Publishing Company Limited | October 15, 2012 | 292 pages
Bestselling author Chris Czajkowski returns with more revelations of life in the far reaches of the Chilcotin. After nearly three decades of wilderness dwelling far from neighbours and roads, Czajkowski purchases a derelict homestead with rough road access at Ginty Creek.  More Info

With a Closed Fist

Vehicule Pr | April 1, 2012 | 224 pages
Offering a glimpse into the culture of extreme poverty, this memoir is an insider's view into a neighborhood then described as the toughest in Canada. Point St. Charles is an industrial slum in Montreal which is now in the process of gentrification, but during Kathy Dobson's childhood, people moved... More Info

Comfort Food for Breakups

Arsenal Pulp Pr Ltd | April 1, 2007 | 176 pages
A moving and sensual food memoir combining family, lesbian identity, and desire.  More Info

The Yellow Pear

arsenal pulp press | July 1, 2002 | 80 pages
The Yellow Pearis a brave and moving document, using words and art, of what it means to be Canadian. Co-published with the Burnaby Art Gallery, this is a collection of deeply moving narratives (in both English and Mandarin) and illustrations about the artist's transition to a new life in a new... More Info


October 18, 2011 | 111 pages
The story of the 100,000 British children who came to Canada as child immigrants between 1870 and 1938 is not well known. Yet the descendants of these "Home Children" number over four million people in Canada today. The author is one of them. Charlie was her father. Charlie is a compelling account... More Info

Fifty Plants That Changed the Course of History

Firefly Books Limited | January 25, 2011 | 223 pages
The fascinating stories of the plants that changed civilizations.  More Info

Fifty Minerals That Changed the Course of History

Firefly Books Limited | July 19, 2012 | 223 pages
A guide to fifty metals, alloys, rocks, and organic minerals that have impacted history discusses the use of plutonium to power the Voyager space probes and the possiblity that Napoleon was poisoned by wallpaper containing arsenic.  More Info

Fifty Animals That Changed the Course of History

Firefly Books Limited | August 11, 2011 | 223 pages
The fascinating stories of the animals that changed civilizations.  More Info

The Natural World Close-Up

Firefly Books Ltd | August 11, 2011 | 319 pages
A unique view of the natural world in stunning close-up.  More Info

Honour on Trial

Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited | March 30, 2013 | 212 pages
A black car is pulled from the Rideau Canal near Kingston, Ontario, containing the bodies of three girls— sisters Zainab, Sahar, and Geeti Shafia— along with their presumed aunt, Rona Amir Mohammad. Later in the day, after family members report the women missing, Kingston police become... More Info

Dog on the Bed

Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited | May 15, 2012 | 248 pages
Short essays cover facts, philosophies, and personal stories about dogs, focusing on the relationship between people and their pets and covering topics from every letter of the alphabet including identity, obedience, and veterinarians.  More Info

Burying the Typewriter

Graywolf Press | July 3, 2012 | 256 pages
Winner of the Bakeless Prize for Nonfiction, a childhood memoir of political oppression and persecution during Romania's Ceausescu years Carmen Bugan grew up amid the bounty of the Romanian countryside on her grandparent's farm where food and laughter were plentiful. But eventually her father's... More Info

Every Wolf's Howl

Freehand Books | October 1, 2012 | 240 pages
This is the story of Barry and Lupus. Barry, an exhausted newspaper owner physically and economically on the ropes, meets Lupus, a wolf-German Shepherd cross, at an animal shelter. Despite a nagging belief that he cannot take responsibility for anything or anyone else, Barry rescues Lupus and takes... More Info

The Interrogator

Nation Books | October 2, 2012 | 321 pages
To his friends and neighbors, Glenn L. Carle was a wholesome, stereotypical New England Yankee, a former athlete struggling against incipient middle age, someone always with his nose in an abstruse book. But for two decades Carle broke laws, stole, and lied on a daily basis about nearly everything.... More Info

Genius of Common Sense

David R Godine Pub | April 1, 2009 | 127 pages
This is the first book to introduce young people, ages 10 - 100, to author and activist Jane Jacobs. In words and pictures, Genius of Common Sense follows Jacobs from her childhood in Seranton, Pennsylvania, through her groundbreaking work, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, and her... More Info

Hot & Heavy

Seal Press | October 30, 2012 | 256 pages
In this fun, fresh, fat-positive anthology, fat activist and sex educator Virgie Tovar brings together voices from an often-marginalized community to talk about and celebrate their lives. Hot & Heavy rejects the idea that being thin is best, instead embracing the many fabulous aspects of being... More Info

We Hope You Like This Song

Seal Press | October 30, 2012 | 242 pages
From fourth grade onward, shy, nervous Bree Housley and fearless, outgoing Shelly were an inseparable, albeit unlikely, pair. Their friendship survived everything from the awkward years of junior high to the transformative upheavals of early adulthood?until, at the young age of 25, Shelly lost her... More Info

The Devil's Milk

Monthly Review Pr | February 1, 2011 | 416 pages
"A wonderfully fascinating social history of rubber's terrors (including slavery and Nazi extermination camps) and pleasures (condoms, among others).  More Info

Just My Type

Gotham | September 4, 2012 | 356 pages
A North American edition of an internationally best-selling work by the award-winning author of The Cheese Monkeys documents the history of typefaces from the early days of Gutenberg to the modern applications of digital fonts, tracing the impact of font usage in business and pop culture while... More Info

The Book of Harold

April 24, 2012 | 240 pages
A middle aged suburbanite announces during a boring office party that he is the Second Coming of Christ and embarks on a 200-mile walk to Austin with a group of misfit and mismatched disciples. Original.  More Info

You Are Not So Smart

Gotham | November 6, 2012 | 303 pages
Explains how self-delusion is part of a person's psychological defense system, identifying common misconceptions people have on topics such as caffeine withdrawal, hindsight, and brand loyalty.  More Info

Pot Stories for the Soul

June 12, 2012 | 240 pages
The pieces in Pot Stories for the Soul are funny, whimsical, bizarre, poignant, informational, shocking, and, yeah, soulful. They are about love, hate, escape, reality, the paranormal, Allen Ginsberg, Ken Kesey, Michelle Phillips, Hunter Thompson, Abbie Hoffman, Wavy Gravy and peanut butter.... More Info

Tangled Webs

Penguin Press HC | April 19, 2011 | 473 pages
Martha Stewart, convicted of false statements and conspiracy, still maintains her innocence and claims she was prosecuted because she was a successful woman:  More Info

The Signal and the Noise

Penguin Press HC | September 27, 2012 | 534 pages
The founder of challenges myths about predictions in subjects ranging from the financial market and weather to sports and politics, profiling the world of prediction to explain how readers can distinguish true signals from hype, in a report that also reveals the sources and... More Info

The Cia's Greatest Hits

April 17, 2012 | 112 pages
The CIA's Greatest Hits details how the CIA: ? hired top Nazi war criminals, shielded them from justice and learned?and used?their techniques ? has been involved in assassinations, bombings, massacres, wars, death squads, drug trafficking, and rigged elections all over the world ?  More Info