Category: Unusual histories

The Necessary War

Penguin Books Canada | September 29, 2015 | 536 pages
The definitive account of Canadians fighting in the Second World War written by Canada's premier military historian Tim Cook, Canada's leading war historian, ventures deep into the Second World War in this epic two-volume story of heroism and horror, loss and longing, and sacrifice and endurance.... More Info

The End of Protest

March 15, 2016 | 336 pages
Is protest broken? Micah White, co-creator of Occupy Wall Street, thinks so. Recent years have witnessed the largest protests in human history. Yet these mass mobilizations no longer change society. Now activism is at a crossroads: innovation or irrelevance. In The End of Protest Micah White... More Info

Political Freud

October 20, 2015 | 240 pages
In this masterful psychological-intellectual history, Eli Zaretsky shows Freudianism to be something more than a method of psychotherapy. When considered alongside the major struggles of the twentieth century, Freudianism becomes a catalyst of the age. Political Freud is Zaretsky's account of the... More Info


September 29, 2015 | 464 pages
Racisms is the first comprehensive history of racism, from the Crusades to the twentieth century. Demonstrating that there is not one continuous tradition of racism, Francisco Bethencourt shows that racism preceded any theories of race and must be viewed within the prism and context of social... More Info

Revolutionary Ideas

September 22, 2015 | 888 pages
Historians of the French Revolution used to take for granted what was also obvious to its contemporary observers—that the Revolution was shaped by the radical ideas of the Enlightenment. Yet in recent decades, scholars have argued that the Revolution was brought about by social forces, politics,... More Info

The Firebrand and the First Lady

Knopf Publishing Group | February 2, 2016 | 480 pages
An important, groundbreaking book--two decades in work--that tells the story of the unlikely but history-changing twenty-eight-year bond forged between Pauli Murray (granddaughter of a mulatto slave, who, against all odds, as a lesbian black woman, became a lawyer, civil rights pioneer, Episcopal... More Info

Fight to the Finish: Canadians in the Second World War, 1944-1945

Allen Lane | September 29, 2015 | 576 pages
The magisterial second volume of Tim Cook's definitive account of Canadians fighting in the Second World War. Historian Tim Cook displays his trademark storytelling ability in the second volume of his masterful account of Canadians in World War II. Cook combines an extraordinary grasp of military... More Info

Empire of Cotton

Vintage | November 10, 2015 | 640 pages
WINNER OF THE BANCROFT PRIZE PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST The empire of cotton was, from the beginning, a fulcrum of constant global struggle between slaves and planters, merchants and statesmen, workers and factory owners. Sven Beckert makes clear how these forces ushered in the world of modern... More Info

Living on Paper

January 8, 2016 | 688 pages
Iris Murdoch was an acclaimed novelist and groundbreaking philosopher whose life reflected her unconventional beliefs and values. But what has been missing from biographical accounts has been Murdoch's own voice--her life in her own words. Living on Paper--the first major collection of Murdoch's... More Info

My Journey at the Nuclear Brink

Stanford University Press | November 11, 2015 | 276 pages
My Journey at the Nuclear Brink is a continuation of William J. Perry's efforts to keep the world safe from a nuclear catastrophe. It tells the story of his coming of age in the nuclear era, his role in trying to shape and contain it, and how his thinking has changed about the threat these weapons... More Info


Anchor Books | January 1, 2016 | 416 pages
In these pages, acclaimed journalist Jon Krakauer investigates a spate of campus rapes that occurred in Missoula over a four-year period. Taking the town as a case study for a crime that is sadly prevalent throughout the nation, Krakauer documents the experiences of five victims: their fear and... More Info

Mexican Journal

The Porcupine's Quill | September 21, 2015 | 288 pages
"Black, black, black is the colour of a Mexican night." From its first memorable lines, Mexican Journal hints at the shadows that plagued the mind and spirit of P. K. Page during her tenure as wife to the Canadian ambassador to Mexico in the early 1960s. In journal entries spanning the period of... More Info


October 30, 2015 | 80 pages
Nadia Sablin's lyrical and evocative photographs in "Aunties" capture the small details and daily rituals of her septuagenarian aunts in a small Russian village.  More Info

When Breath Becomes Air

Random House | January 12, 2016 | 256 pages
For readers of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Anne Lamott, a profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis who attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living? At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a... More Info

Primo Levi's Resistance

Macmillan | January 5, 2016 | 304 pages
"An investigation of Primo Levi's brief career as a fighter with the Italian Resistance in 1943, focusing particularly on an incident in which two young men sought to join his partisan group but were judged untrustworthy and summarily executed"--  More Info

Kill Chain

Picador | March 8, 2016 | 336 pages
An essential and page-turning narrative on the history of drone warfare by the acclaimed author of Rumsfeld, exploring how this practice emerged, who made it happen, and the real consequences of targeted killing Assassination by drone is a subject of deep and enduring fascination. Yet few... More Info

The Almost Nearly Perfect People

Picador | February 2, 2016 | 400 pages
A witty, informative, and popular travelogue about the Scandinavian countries and how they may not be as happy or as perfect as we assume, “The Almost Nearly Perfect People offers up the ideal mixture of intriguing and revealing facts” (Laura Miller, Salon). Journalist Michael Booth has lived... More Info

Murder at Camp Delta

Simon and Schuster | February 23, 2016 | 256 pages
Retired Army Staff Sergeant Hickman's full eyewitness account of the night of June 9, 2006, and his four-year investigation into the facts behind what happened at Guantanamo Bay.  More Info

Hell and Good Company

Simon and Schuster | February 23, 2016 | 320 pages
From the Pulitzer Prize–winning and bestselling author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, “The most extraordinary book about the Spanish Civil War ever encountered” (The Washington Post). The Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) inspired and haunted an extraordinary number of exceptional artists... More Info

The Color of Grace

Simon and Schuster | January 19, 2016 | 384 pages
A middle-class woman in rural America and war-affected children in Africa find common ground in their journeys from brokenness to redemption. Author and psychologist Bethany Haley Williams shares how her own emotional healing led her into treacherous war zones, where she provides care to former... More Info

The Caped Crusade

Simon and Schuster | March 22, 2016 | 336 pages
A witty, intelligent cultural history from NPR book critic Glen Weldon explains Batman’s rises and falls throughout the ages—and what his story tells us about ourselves. Since his creation, Batman has been many things: a two-fisted detective; a planet-hopping gadabout; a campy Pop-art... More Info

Double Double

Simon and Schuster | January 12, 2016 | 256 pages
A unique and honest dual memoir of alcoholism, a disease that affects nearly 45 million Americans each year. Award-winning mystery writer Martha Grimes and her son, Ken Grimes, offer two points of view on their struggles with alcoholism.  More Info


NYU Press | August 28, 2015 | 224 pages
Stella, first published in 1859, is an imaginative retelling of Haiti’s fight for independence from slavery and French colonialism. Set during the years of the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804), Stella tells the story of two brothers, Romulus and Remus, who help transform their homeland from the... More Info

Steve Jobs

Simon and Schuster | September 15, 2015 | 656 pages
Walter Isaacson’s “enthralling” (The New Yorker) worldwide bestselling biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs—the inspiration for the movie Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels, directed by Danny Boyle with a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin.  More Info


Simon and Schuster | October 13, 2015 | 304 pages
A new work of narrative nonfiction from bestselling author Bob Woodward.  More Info

Dear Mr. You

Simon and Schuster | November 10, 2015 | 240 pages
This book "renders the singular arc of a woman's life through letters Mary-Louise Parker composes to the men, real and hypothetical, who have informed the person she is today. Beginning with the grandfather she never knew, the letters range from a missive to the beloved priest from her childhood to... More Info

Fake Missed Connections

January 12, 2016 | 225 pages
Your wife is having an affair with my husband. It has caused some trouble in my marriage and I thought you should know. One phone call in December 2005 begins the compelling, unpredictable story ofFake Missed Connections. A child of divorce with an already fragile sense of trust, Lauer unravels at... More Info

The Face

Simon and Schuster | March 1, 2016 | 144 pages
What did your face look like before your parents were born? In The Face: A Time Code, bestselling author and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki recounts, in moment-to-moment detail, a profound encounter with memory and the mirror. Ozeki challenges herself to spend three hours gazing into her own... More Info

The Face

Simon and Schuster | March 1, 2016 | 80 pages
With his entry into Restless Book's The Face series, award-winning novelist Tash Aw explores the panoramic cultural vitality of modern Asia through his own complicated family story of migration and adaptation. From a taxi ride in present-day Bangkok, to eating Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1980s Kuala... More Info

The Face

Simon and Schuster | March 1, 2016 | 96 pages
In The Face: Cartography of The Void, Chris Abani has given us a brief memoir that is, in the best tradition of the genre, also an exploration of the very nature of identity. Abani meditates on his own face, beginning with his early childhood that was immersed in the Igbo culture of West Africa.... More Info

My Father's Son

Douglas & McIntyre | November 11, 2015 | 304 pages
A classic wartime memoir from one of Canada’s most treasured writers. The follow-up to And No Birds Sang, Farley Mowat’s memoir My Father’s Son charts the course of a family relationship in the midst of extreme trial. Taking place during Mowat’s years in the Italian Campaign, the memoir is... More Info

Once They Were Hats

E C W Press | October 1, 2015 | 256 pages
Discover deeper truths and quirky facts that cast new light on this keystone species Beavers, those icons of industriousness, have been gnawing down trees, building dams, shaping the land, and creating critical habitat in North America for at least a million years. Once one of the continent's most... More Info

Rogues, Rascals, and Scalawags Too

November 15, 2015 | 224 pages
Never before have as many outrageous and out-sized characters appeared in one place at the same time. Words like rogues, rascals, rapscallions, reprobates and rodomontades don't completely describe these individuals; they are more than each or any combination thereof. They are scalawags. People who... More Info

Great Soul of Siberia

Greystone Books Ltd | October 9, 2015 | 340 pages
In The Great Soul of Siberia, renowned tiger researcher Sooyong Park tracks three generations of Siberian tigers living in remote southeastern Russia. Reminiscent of the way Timothy Treadwell (the so-called Grizzly Man) immersed himself in the lives of bears, Park sets up underground bunkers to... More Info

Last Dance in Shediac

TouchWood Editions | November 10, 2015 | 192 pages
A vividly wrought memoir, "Last Dance in Shediac" is a collection of the author's personal memories of her mother--celebrated Canadian artist Molly Lamb Bobak--and a tender meditation on life and death."I had always assumed that neither of my parents would end up in an old folks' home. And yet here... More Info

The Beats Abroad

City Lights Books | October 1, 2015 | 262 pages
The international phase of the Beat Generation's story, documenting their travels and the tremendous influence it had on their writing.  More Info

The Ministry of Nostalgia

January 19, 2016 | 240 pages
Why should we have to Keep Calm and Carry On ? In this sharp, witty polemic, award-winning critic Owen Hatherley questions the many ways we have adopted the gospel of luxurious poverty: from ubiquitous Keep Calm and Carry On posters, the commercialization of thrift, the added value of the... More Info

What is Urban History

John Wiley & Sons | December 21, 2015 | 184 pages
Urban history is a well-established and flourishing field of historical research. This short introduction to the field, written by a leading scholar, demonstrates how urban history draws upon a wide variety of methodologies and sources, and has been integral to the rise of inter-disciplinary and... More Info

Being Caribou

August 7, 2007 | 256 pages
Since time immemorial, the Porcupine caribou herd has ranged the Arctic in a 2,800-mile annual trek between its winter feeding grounds inland and its summer calving grounds on the coastal plain of the Beaufort Sea. In 2003, the caribou were joined on their spring journey, possibly for the first... More Info

If I Could Write this in Fire

U of Minnesota Press | August 17, 2019 | 89 pages
In her first book-length collection of nonfiction, Cliff interweaves reflections on her life in Jamaica, England, and the United States with a powerful and sustained critique of racism, homophobia, and social injustice. If I Could Write This in Fire begins by tracing her transatlantic journey from... More Info

Voices of the Paris Commune

May 21, 2014 | 128 pages
The Paris Commune of 1871, the first instance of a working-class seizure of power, has been subject to countless interpretations; reviled by its enemies as a murderous bacchanalia of the unwashed while praised by supporters as an exemplar of proletarian anarchism in action. Only those who were... More Info

They All Love Jack

Harper | September 22, 2015 | 464 pages
The iconoclastic writer and director of the revered classic Withnail & I—"The funniest British film of all time" (Esquire)—returns to London in a decade-long examination of the most provocative murder investigation in British history, and finally solves the identity of the killer known as... More Info

Troublesome Young Men

Anchor Canada | May 13, 2008 | 448 pages
Acclaimed historian Lynne Olson’s collective biography explores one of the most important turning points in 20th-century history – the months leading up to Winston Churchill’s accession to Prime Minister and the decisive turning of the tide in Britain against the appeasement of Hitler. They... More Info

The Nixon Tapes

Mariner Books | October 6, 2015 | 792 pages
The famous--and infamous--Nixon White House tapes that reveal President Richard Nixon uncensored, unfiltered, and in his own words  More Info

Havel: A Life

Grove Press | October 13, 2015 | 560 pages
Examines the life of a man who rose from being an outcast and prisoner during Communist rule to becoming the last president of Czechoslovakia, the first president of the newly democratic Czech Republic and a human-rights activist.  More Info

White Dresses

William Morrow Paperbacks | September 15, 2015 | 352 pages
In this riveting, poignant memoir of three generations of women and the white dresses that adorned them—television producer Mary Pflum Peterson recounts a journey through loss and redemption, and her battle to rescue her mother, a former nun, from compulsive hoarding. As a successful television... More Info

The Art of Memoir

Harper | September 15, 2015 | 256 pages
Credited with sparking the current memoir explosion, Mary Karr's The Liars' Club spent more than a year at the top of the New York Times list. She followed with two other smash bestsellers: Cherry and Lit, which were critical hits as well. For thirty years Karr has also taught the form, winning... More Info

The Nixon Tapes: 1973

Houghton Mifflin | September 22, 2015 | 880 pages
The blueprint for Nixon's downfall, based on tapes released from 2010 to 2013, most of which have never been published. These are the very last Nixon tapes, and no president has recorded since. This book—combined withThe Nixon Tapes, 1971–1972—will stand as the go-to source on the Nixon... More Info

A Guest at the Shooters' Banquet

Bloomsbury USA | September 8, 2015 | 464 pages
Rita Gabis comes from a family of Eastern European Jews and Lithuanian Catholics. She was close to her Catholic grandfather as a child and knew one version of his past: prior to immigration he had fought the Russians, whose brutal occupation of Lithuania destroyed thousands of lives before Hitler's... More Info

Girl in the Woods

William Morrow | September 8, 2015 | 240 pages
Girl in the Woods is Aspen Matis's exhilarating true-life adventure of hiking from Mexico to Canada—a coming of age story, a survival story, and a triumphant story of overcoming emotional devastation. On her second night of college, Aspen was raped by a fellow student. Overprotected by her... More Info