Category: Unusual histories

Piecing the Puzzle

May 1, 2012 | 220 pages
In 1979, Dr. Allan Ronald, a specialist in infectious diseases from Canada, and Dr. Herbert Nsanze, head of medical microbiology at University of Nairobi, met through the World Health Organization. Ronald had just completed a successful project that cured a chancroid (genital ulcer) epidemic in... More Info

Caput Nili

West End Pr | May 15, 2011 | 144 pages
Caput Nili: How I Won the War and Lost My Taste for Oranges recounts the true story of what happened when award-winning poet Lisa Gill threatened to hold up an MRI clinic in 2003. Using poetry, prose, and art, this memoir takes a powerful look at both personal and institutionalized violence and... More Info


Picador USA | January 3, 2012 | 368 pages
National Bestseller Ten years ago, Claire Dederer put her back out while breastfeeding her baby daughter. Told to try yoga by everyone from the woman behind the counter at the co-op to the homeless guy on the corner, she signed up for her first class. She fell madly in love. Over the next decade,... More Info

Pot of Gold

Sterling Pub Co Inc | April 3, 2012 | 240 pages
Greg Campbell, coauthor of the best-selling Flawless and Blood Diamonds, presents a compelling, close-up investigation of a hot-button topic: America's schizophrenic attitude to the legalization of pot. Campbell, a suburban father whose biggest vice is a cold beer, seems like the last person who... More Info

A Thousand Lives

Free Pr | October 11, 2011 | 320 pages
Documents the tragic story of the 1978 mass murder-suicide at Jonestown, drawing on such newly released sources as diaries, unsent letters and audiotapes of charismatic leader Jim Jones to identify the beliefs that inspired his followers and the addiction and mental illness that influenced Jones's... More Info

The Last of the Tribe

Scribner Book Company | June 15, 2010 | 288 pages
Explains how an effort to save a Brazilian Indian, the last of his tribe, was marred by businessmen and politicians; hostile, territorial farmers; and the Indian himself.  More Info

History of a Suicide

Washington Square Pr | February 7, 2012 | 272 pages
From acclaimed poet and novelist Bialosky comes an exploration of her sister's suicide and its lifelong impact on those left behind.  More Info

Henry's Demons

Scribner Book Company | February 14, 2012 | 256 pages
On a cold February day two months after his twentieth birthday, Henry Cockburn waded into the Newhaven estuaryoutside Brighton, England, and nearly drowned. Voices, he said, had urged him to do it. Nearly halfway around the world in Afghanistan, journalist Patrick Cockburn learned from his wife,... More Info

A People's History of Environmentalism in the United States

Continuum International Pub Group | November 17, 2011 | 187 pages
A fresh look at the history of environmentalism in the United States, challenging current thinking and presenting an innovative perspective.  More Info

Gonzo Republic

Continuum International Pub Group | November 17, 2011 | 190 pages
The first academic book on Thompson in twenty years, designed for both students and scholars. >  More Info

George Orwell the Essayist

Continuum International Pub Group | January 19, 2012 | 208 pages
George Orwell ranked his essays among his greatest literary achievements. In modern English literature they are praised as the finest accomplishments of the form. More than half a century after his death, Peter Marks gives them the scholarly attention they merit. We gain a better understanding of... More Info


March 13, 2012 | 400 pages
Documents the experiences of Americans living in Germany at the time of Hitler's rise to power including journalists, officials and historians, describing their growing realization or denial of the horrors that were unfolding and how they were responsible for helping both Germans and Americans to... More Info

The American Way of Eating

Scribner Book Company | February 21, 2012 | 336 pages
An award-winning journalist traces her 2009 immersion into the national food system to explore issues about how working-class Americans can afford to eat as they should, describing how she worked as a farm laborer, Wal-Mart grocery clerk and Applebee's expediter while living within the means of... More Info

Dominion and Agency

October 30, 2011 | 224 pages
The 1867 Canadian confederation brought with it expectations of a national literature, which a rising class of local printers hoped to supply. Reforming copyright law in the imperial context proved impossible, and Canada became a prime market for foreign publishers instead. The subsequent... More Info

100 Days That Changed Canada

October 7, 2011 | 256 pages
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Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother

By Xinran
Scribner Book Company | March 6, 2012 | 272 pages
Following her internationally bestselling book The Good Women of China, Xinran has written one of the most powerful accounts of the lives of Chinese women. She has gained entrance to the most pained, secret chambers in the hearts of Chinese mothers—students, successful businesswomen, midwives,... More Info

An Invisible Thread

Howard Publishing Company | November 1, 2011 | 272 pages
This inspirational true story of a friendship that has spanned three decades recounts how the author, a harried sales executive, befriended an 11-year-old panhandler, changing both of their lives forever.  More Info

Capital Rambles: Exploring National Capit

Trifolium Books Inc | May 25, 2004 | 210 pages
Capital Rambles: Exploring National Capit is published by Fitzhenry and Whiteside.  More Info

Tibetans in exile

Ronsdale Pr | September 15, 2009 | 271 pages
George and ingeborg Woodcock (above) met the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India, in 1961, and founded a humanitarian aid society that is still going strong, after more than 300 projects in the Himalayas and southern India. Alan Twigg Reveals the hitherto unknown private lives of this extraordinary... More Info


Greystone Books | July 26, 2011 | 272 pages
In this wry, sensual, and entertaining journey into the greatest lake country on earth, Allan Caseyencounters cottagers, boat captains, marathon swimmers, Aboriginal fishery managers, hermits, and tourists. Through his sharply drawn characters, lively storytelling, and intimate evocation of wild... More Info

Why I Didn't Say Anything

October 21, 2011 | 234 pages
In 1996, Sheldon Kennedy rocked the insular world of Canadian hockey by announcing that his former minor-league coach, Graham James -- the Hockey News 1989 Man of the Year -- had sexually abused him more than 300 times. The media portrayed Kennedy as a hero for breaking the code of silence in... More Info

Walking Palestine

Interlink Publishing Group Incorporated | April 10, 2012 | 224 pages
With the images of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict so dominant in our minds, walking for leisure is the one activity probably least associated with the West Bank region. But Stefan Szepesi's book wanders well off the beaten track of Palestine as only a synonym for occupation and strife, exploring... More Info

Wine to Water

Avery Pub Group | January 5, 2012 | 288 pages
The founder of the non-profit organization dedicated to bringing clean water to people in need throughout the world traces how a local fundraising effort led to an unlikely visit to Darfur, where his witness to regional tribal warfare, genocide and terrorism inspired his efforts to build and retain... More Info

Made by Hand

Portfolio | October 25, 2011 | 247 pages
The editor-in-chief of Make magazine and co-founder of the popular BoingBoing blog reveals how a resurgence of "do-it-yourself" culture is renewing human creativity and improving modern life, sharing stories of individuals at the forefront of various handcraft movements. Reprint.  More Info

The Price of Everything

Portfolio | February 28, 2012 | 296 pages
An assessment of the role of value in every aspect of life explains that a price is incurred for every choice, and assesses the inherent costs of such controversial topics as joining a church, promoting longevity, and organ donation.  More Info

You Had Me at Woof

Riverhead Books | October 4, 2011 | 228 pages
Recounts the many ways the author's life changed when she allowed her first Boston terrier, Otto, into her home, describing how her growing brood of canine companions made her a better person and taught her unexpected lessons in love and happiness.  More Info

Out of the Classroom and Into the World

New Pr | November 1, 2011 | 272 pages
"Bank Street College of Education professor Salvatore Vascellaro is a leading advocate of taking children and teachers into a wider world as the key to improving our struggling schools.  More Info

Vision and Communism

New Pressess Review Press | September 27, 2011 | 176 pages
In the last 30 years of the Soviet Communism project, Viktor Koretsky's art struggled to solve an enduring riddle: how to ensure or restore Communism's moral health through the production of a distinctively Communist vision. This exquisite new volume offers the first glimpse into the full body of... More Info


New Pr | January 10, 2012 | 448 pages
This exquisite new volume offers the first glimpse into the full body of Viktor Koretsky's poster artwork, with extensive reproductions from a private collection that is being made available here for the first time. Koretsky's propaganda posters were among the most innovative and celebrated works... More Info

The Muses Go to School

The New Press | January 3, 2012 | 200 pages
What do Whoopi Goldberg, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Rosie Perez, and Phylicia Rashad have in common? A transformative encounter with the arts during their school years. Whether attending a play for the first time, playing in the school orchestra, painting a mural under the direction of an art... More Info

Framing Innocence

New Pr | September 6, 2011 | 320 pages
10 years ago, amateur photographer and school bus driver Cynthia Stewart was arrested for trying to develop photographs of her eight-year-old daughter, Nora - in two of which she was in the shower. This heart wrenching story brilliantly probes the many questions raised about when a photograph of a... More Info

Stayin' Alive

January 3, 2012 | 488 pages
Asserts that the 1970s were the last stand of the American working class, a time when the goals of the New Deal finally faded away to make room for Reaganomics and a widen of the gap between classes.  More Info

The World Has Changed

November 1, 2011 | 368 pages
A series of conversations between writer Alice Walker and other literary and cultural figures, including Gloria Steinem, Howard Zinn, Pema Chodron and Claudia Tate is arranged chronologically from 1973 through 2009. Reprint.  More Info

A Book of Migrations

Verso Books | September 5, 2011 | 208 pages
"A brilliant meditation on travel."-The New York Times  More Info

This Love Is Not For Cowards

Bloomsbury USA | February 28, 2012 | 272 pages
Traces a season in the infamous Mexican border city where in spite of brutal violence its citizens are held together by a shared love for its hard-luck soccer team, providing coverage of such topics as local drug and human trafficking issues and the contributions of such figures as midfielder Marco... More Info

Dogs Make Us Human

Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA | September 27, 2011 | 176 pages
The best-selling author of When Elephants Weep and the award-winning photographer of Vanishing Act present a sumptuously illustrated tribute to the universal bond between dogs and humans that explores the universal ways people and their canine friends connect in all cultures. 50,000 first printing.  More Info

Don't Shoot

Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA | September 27, 2011 | 320 pages
Traces the story of the "Boston Miracle" criminologist who rose from obscurity to a leading figure in the fight against gang- and drug-related inner-city violence, explaining how his methods involve large-scale interventions that promote cooperative efforts between gangs, law enforcement and... More Info

London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction

Pm Press | March 1, 2012 | 300 pages
Voted by the London Times as one of the best writers since 1945, Michael Moorcock has long been considered one of the top names in science fiction and fantasy. Here, Moorcock has personally selected his best published and unpublished essays, articles, reviews, and opinions—all uncensored.... More Info

Letters to My Daughters

Greystone Books | February 18, 2012 | 288 pages
Now available in paperback, in this courageous memoir, Fawzia Koofi, Afghanistan's most popular female politician, gives us her first-hand account of Afghan history through the rule of the Mujahedeen and Taliban, her experiences of the Afghanistan War, and the effects of these events on the lives... More Info

One Hundred Years of Social Work: A History of the Profession in English Canada, 1900–2000

Wilfred Laurier Univeristy Press | March 29, 2017 | 398 pages

A Woman Among Warlords

Scribner Book Company | October 20, 2009 | 231 pages
In the tradition of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's "Infidel," and also the subject of an award-winning documentary, this impassioned, first-person account tells of a courageous young Afghani woman who risks her life by denouncing the powerful warlords in her country.  More Info


Penguin Global | September 2, 2008 | 344 pages
Who are we? In Canadians, one of Canada's most intelligent and beloved writers maps our national psyche in a wonderful and ambitious work. Canadians is an entertaining portrait of this country and its people, through its history, popular culture, literature, sport, landscape, and weather. In his... More Info

Burmese Lessons

Random House Canada | September 29, 2009 | 480 pages
Burmese Lessons is a love story. Unlike conventional love stories, this one takes the reader into a world as dangerous and heartbreaking as it is enchanting. When Karen Connelly finds herself in Burma in the late 1990s, she is immersed in a world of students staging mass demonstrations in... More Info


Vintage Canada | June 8, 2010 | 368 pages
A riveting account of Hurricane Katrina and a shocking tale of wrongful arrest and racism,Zeitounis the true story of one Syrian-American, plucked from his home and accused of terrorism, written by one of America's most high-profile literary writers, now available for the first time in paperback... More Info

The cosmic time of empire

Univ of California Pr | March 29, 2017 | 211 pages
Combining original historical research with literary analysis, Adam Barrows takes a provocative look at the creation of world standard time in 1884 and rethinks the significance of this remarkable moment in modernism for both the processes of imperialism and for modern literature. As... More Info

Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So

Delacorte Press | October 5, 2010 | 224 pages
The son of Kurt Vonnegut picks up where his previous memoir--The Eden Express, in which he discussed the onset of his schizophrenia-- left off, chronicling his battles with alcoholism, his calling to practice medicine, another psychotic break, marriage and fatherhood and the passing of his father.  More Info

Anarchist Voices

A K Pr Distribution | June 1, 2005 | 574 pages
In Anarchist Voices, Avrich lets anarchists speak for themselves.  More Info


Macmillan | June 9, 2009 | 416 pages
This never-before-told story of the auto magnate's attempt to recreate small-town America, along with a rubber plantation, in the heart of the Amazon details the epic clash between Ford and the jungle and its inhabitants, as the tycoon attempted to force his will on the natural world. By the... More Info


HarperPerennial | October 23, 2007 | 368 pages
The English broadcaster describes how he pursued and conducted his historic interview of President Richard Nixon, with excerpts from the program in which Nixon discusses the country's involvement in Vietnam and his role in Watergate.  More Info