Category: Unusual histories

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

Koretsky

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 | June 23, 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

Fidel and Gabo

October 12, 2011 | 340 pages
An exposé of the controversial friendship between Nobel-prize winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Fidel Castro.  More Info

Canadians

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

Zeitoun

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 | June 23, 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

Fordlandia

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

Frost/Nixon

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

Pages