Category: Unusual histories


Lifetree Media Limited | September 15, 2015 | 236 pages
Michelle Stewart always knew in her heart that her eating disorder would kill her. What she didn’t expect in its early stages was that she would continue to function - albeit far from optimally - for decades before succumbing to its deadly effects. A conscientious and ambitious woman driven by a... More Info

The Great Prince Died

University of Chicago Press | May 13, 2015 | 416 pages
On August 20, 1940, Marxist philosopher, politician, and revolutionary Leon Trotsky was attacked with an ice axe in his home in Coyoacán, Mexico. He died the next day. In The Great Prince Died, Bernard Wolfe offers his lyrical, fictionalized account of Trotsky’s assassination as witnessed... More Info

The Gay Revolution

Simon & Schuster | September 8, 2015 | 816 pages
The sweeping story of the modern struggle for gay, lesbian, and trans rights—from the 1950s to the present—based on amazing interviews with politicians, military figures, legal activists, and members of the entire LGBT community who face these challenges every day. The fight for gay, lesbian,... More Info


Collins | July 30, 2015 | 448 pages
Adam Zamoyski first wrote his history of Poland two years before the collapse of the Soviet Union. This substantially revised and updated edition sets the Soviet era in the context of the rise, fall and remarkable rebirth of an indomitable nation. In 1797, Russia, Prussia and Austria divided Poland... More Info

The End of Tsarist Russia

Viking Adult | August 18, 2015 | 448 pages
One of the world’s leading scholars offers a fresh interpretation of the linked origins of World War I and the Russian Revolution World War I and the Russian Revolution together shaped the twentieth century in profound ways. In The End of Tsarist Russia, acclaimed scholar Dominic Lieven connects... More Info

The Orpheus Clock

Scribner | August 25, 2015 | 368 pages
The passionate, gripping, true story of one man’s single-minded quest to reclaim what the Nazis stole from his family, their beloved art collection, and to restore their legacy. Simon Goodman’s grandparents came from German-Jewish banking dynasties and perished in concentration camps. And... More Info

The Irish Brotherhood

Counterpoint | March 1, 2015 | 364 pages
Describes the inner circle of friends, family and supporters of John F. Kennedy during his improbable run for the presidency during the 1960 election, including Bobby Kennedy, Kenny O'Donnell, Larry O'Brien and Dave Powers.  More Info

The Churchill Factor

July 2, 2015 | 416 pages
'The must-read biography of the year.' Evening Standard 'He writes with gusto... the result is a book that is never boring, genuinely clever ... this book sizzles.' The Times 'The point of the Churchill Factor is that one man can make all the difference.' On the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of... More Info

Sir John's Table

August 18, 2015 | 172 pages
Commemorating the two-hundredth anniversary of Sir John A. Macdonald's birth, Sir John's Table is a refreshing look at Canada's first prime minister. Sir John's Table traverses the colourful life of Macdonald, from his passage as a young Scottish boy in the steerage compartment aboard the Earl of... More Info

Forgetting to Be Afraid

Plume | August 18, 2015 | 320 pages
A deeply personal memoir by the 2014 Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate traces her upbringing by a single-mom high school dropout, her early divorce, her Harvard Law School education and the early political achievements that led to her successful 2008 election to the Texas Senate. 150,000... More Info

Writing History in the Global Era

W. W. Norton | August 10, 2015 | 208 pages
Leading historian Lynn Hunt rethinks why history matters in today s global world and how it should be written."  More Info

Becoming Maria

Scholastic Press | August 25, 2015 | 272 pages
Pura Belpre Honor winner for The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano and one of America's most influential Hispanics--'Maria' on Sesame Street--delivers a beautifully wrought coming-of-age memoir. Set in the 1950s in the Bronx, this is the story of a girl with a dream. Emmy award-winning actress and... More Info

Hannah Arendt

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | August 18, 2015 | 144 pages
A biography of one of the leading intellectuals in postwar America, author of the controversialEichmann in Jerusalem, which introduced the concept of banality of evil, changing in a single phrase our view of humanity.  More Info

Introducing Islam

Icon Books | August 18, 2019 | 173 pages
Islamic culture has produced some of the finest achievements of humanity. "Introducing Islam" is a fascinating look into a sometimes misunderstood faith.  More Info

The Landscapes of Communism

Allen Lane | May 26, 2015 | 624 pages
What do we think of when we think about Eastern Europe? Stalinism and the Stasi, maybe, or the grey and chilling landscape of cold-war espionage. Contemporary accounts focus on the sex industry, stag parties, and immigration. Our views of its architecture and cities can be similarly unflattering:... More Info

Born Translated

June 21, 2015 | 352 pages
As a growing number of contemporary novelists write explicitly for publication in multiple languages, the genre's form and aims are shifting. Born-translated novels include passages that appear to be written in different tongues, narrators who speak to foreign audiences, and other visual and formal... More Info

A Full Life

Simon & Schuster | July 7, 2015 | 272 pages
Jimmy Carter, thirty-ninth President, Nobel Peace Prize winner, international humanitarian, fisherman, reflects on his full and happy life with pride, humor, and a few second thoughts. At ninety, Jimmy Carter reflects on his public and private life with a frankness that is disarming. He adds detail... More Info

The Trip

Atria Books | July 28, 2015 | 336 pages
From the author of Strapless and Guest of Honor, a book about a little-known road trip Andy Warhol took from New York to LA in 1963, and how that journey—and the numerous artists and celebrities he encountered—profoundly influenced his life and art. In 1963, up-and-coming artist Andy Warhol... More Info

Muhammad Ali

Ap Editions | March 3, 2015 | 158 pages
Born in January of 1942, Cassius Clay Jr. would go on to win the world heavyweight championship, join the Nation of Islam, change his name and captivate the world with his political stance on Vietnam, social justice and race. His decorated career is only matched by his controversial and polarizing... More Info

A Long Way Home

Wits University Press | November 1, 2014 | 320 pages
In no other society in the world have urbanization and industrialization been as comprehensively based on migrant labor as in South Africa. Rather than focusing on the well-documented narrative of displacement and oppression, A Long Way Home captures the humanity, agency, and creative modes of... More Info

The Complete Muhammad Ali

July 1, 2015 | 400 pages
Including material and photographs not included in most of the 100 other books about the champion, Ishmael Reed'sThe Complete Muhammad Ali is more than just a biography—it is a fascinating portrait of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st. An honest, balanced portrayal of Ali, the book... More Info

Then and Now

Playwrights Canada Press | June 1, 2014 | 350 pages
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Preparing the Ghost

June 29, 2015 | 320 pages
An account detailing the achievements of the first man to photograph a giant squid profile Moses Harvey as an eccentric Newfoundland reverend and obsessive amateur naturalist while describing the author's research trip to Harvey's home. 10,000 first printing.  More Info

Green Hills of Africa

Scribner | July 21, 2015 | 304 pages
The most intimate and elaborately enhanced addition to the Hemingway Library series: Hemingway’s memoir of his safari across the Serengeti—presented with archival material from the Hemingway Collection at the John F. Kennedy Library, and with the never-before-published safari journal of... More Info

A Walk in the Woods

Anchor Canada | August 18, 2019 | 289 pages
God only knows what possessed Bill Bryson, a reluctant adventurer if ever there was one, to undertake a gruelling hike along the world's longest continuous footpath—The Appalachian Trail. The 2,000-plus-mile trail winds through 14 states, stretching along the east coast of the United States, from... More Info

The Girl With Seven Names

William Collins | September 1, 2014 | 320 pages
An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships and the story of one woman s terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom. As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a... More Info

The Forest of Bourg-Marie

Wilfrid Laurier University Press | September 15, 2014 | 150 pages
In The Forest of Bourg-Marie, originally published in 1898, Toronto author and musician S. Frances Harrison draws together a highly mythologized image of Quebec society and the forms of Gothic literature that were already familiar to her English-speaking audience. It tells the story of a... More Info

No Country

Simon & Schuster | June 30, 2015 | 560 pages
“A novel as easy to read as the latest bestseller, No Country is a rousing adventure made up out of the blood and guts and dreams of people on three continents and nearly 150 years of troubled history” (Alan Cheuse, NPR). In the poverty of rural Ireland in 1843, Padraig Aherne and Brendan... More Info

Voices of Time

Macmillan | May 2, 2006 | 341 pages
One of South America's leading authors shares a kaleidoscopic collection of reflections, memories, observations, and folklore that chronicles the author's own life story, from his family's immigration to Uruguay in the early twentieth century to his own literary endeavors and encounters with the... More Info

Meetings with Remarkable Men

Penguin Classics | February 5, 2015 | 334 pages
'You must learn not what people round you consider good or bad, but to act in life as your conscience bids you' For twenty years, the spiritual teacher Gurdjieff journeyed through Central Asia and the Middle East.  More Info


Simon and Schuster | April 21, 2015 | 224 pages
From YouTube star vlogger Connor Franta comes an illustrated book that grows out of his massive social media outreach--filled with annotated postcards, notes, texts, tweets, journal entries, emails, and letters that chart his coming of age. The front of the postcards feature his photos, both of... More Info

Gun, Needle, Spoon

May 29, 2015 | 300 pages
During punk rocks heyday in the late '80s and early '90s O'Neil worked at the legendary Mabuhay Gardens, San Francisco's premier punk venue. He then went on to become a roadie and eventually the tour manager for Dead Kennedy's and Flipper. That was before his life got totally out of control: O'Neil... More Info

We're Still Here Ya Bastards

June 9, 2015 | 432 pages
The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is one of the darkest chapters is American history. A toxic combination of government neglect and socioeconomic inequality turned a crisis into a tragedy. The storm completely transformed one of the most beloved cities in America, leaving nearly 80 percent of New... More Info

Biko's Ghost

May 1, 2015 | 392 pages
“When you say, 'Black is Beautiful,' what in fact you are saying . . . is: Man, you are okay as you are; begin to look upon yourself as a human being.” With such statements, Stephen Biko became the voice of Black Consciousness. And with Biko's brutal death in the custody of the South African... More Info

The Lords of Human Kind

Zed Books | February 12, 2015 | 384 pages
When European explorers went out into the world to open up trade routes and establish colonies, they brought back much more than silks and spices, cotton and tea. Inevitably, they came into contact with the peoples of other parts of the world and formed views of them occasionally admiring, more... More Info

The Retreat

HarperCollins Publishers | April 1, 2015 | 416 pages
From the award-winning co-author of I Am Malala, this book asks just how the might of NATO, with 48 countries and 140,000 troops on the ground, failed to defeat a group of religious students and farmers? How did it go so wrong? War Not Peace tells how the West turned success into defeat in the... More Info

Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County

Harper | June 9, 2015 | 336 pages
In the wake of the Supreme Court's unanimous Brown v. Board of Education decision, Virginia's Prince Edward County refused to obey the law. Rather than desegregate, the county closed its public schools, locking and chaining the doors. The community's white leaders quickly established a private... More Info

Stalin's Daughter

June 2, 2015 | 352 pages
Stalin's Daughter is a work of narrative non-fiction on a grand scale, combining popular history and biography to tell the incredible story of a woman fated to live her life in the shadow of one of history's most monstrous dictators. Svetlana Stalina, who died on November 22, 2011, at the age of... More Info

What's Your Story?

Harper Design | May 26, 2015 | 240 pages
Everyone has a story to share. What's yours? In 2009, Brandon Doman, who has always been curious about the people with whom we share our world, sat at a local coffeehouse and decided to ask passersby a simple question: "What's your story?" Providing only paper and pens, Doman created an exploratory... More Info

Conflict, Time, Photography

Tate | May 5, 2015 | 224 pages
Conflict Time Photography explores the relationship between photography and sites of conflict over time, highlighting the fact that time itself is a fundamental aspect of the photographic medium. This lavishly illustrated book reveals the different perspectives which artists using cameras have... More Info


May 15, 2015 | 400 pages
From prohibition to immigration, the birth of jazz, the rise of expatriate literature and the original Ponzi scheme, an Emmy award-winning media critic investigates the year of 1920, a critical 12-month period of its own that foretold the future. By the author of Infamous Scribblers. 15,000 first... More Info

Empire of Cotton

Knopf | August 18, 2019 | 640 pages
Details the rise and fall of the empire of cotton, its centrality in the world economy and its making and remaking of global capitalism.  More Info

Out of Ashes

May 25, 2015 | 744 pages
A sweeping history of 20th-century Europe tells the story of an era of unparalleled violence and barbarity yet also of humanity, prosperity, and promise.  More Info

Flames of the Tiger

Heritage House Publishing Co | April 1, 2015 | 176 pages
An honest portrayal of the complexities of World War II and the impact of propaganda on the young.  More Info

The Great Fire

Ecco | May 12, 2015 | 512 pages
A bribe, a lie and an empty threat—these were the tools Reverend Asa K. Jennings used to rescue hundreds of thousands of helpless refugees following the 1922 burning of Smyrna, the richest and most cosmopolitan city of the Ottoman Empire. A minister from upstate New York, Jennings had arrived in... More Info


May 19, 2015 | 424 pages
The most authoritative and engrossing biography of the notorious dictator ever written  More Info

Empire's Crossroads

Pan Macmillan Adult | March 26, 2015 | 456 pages
A brilliant new history of the Caribbean In October 1492, an Italian-born, Spanish-funded navigator discovered a new world, thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean. In Empire's Crossroads, Carrie Gibson, unfolds the story of the Caribbean from Christopher Columbus's first landing, to the... More Info

The Professor in the Cage

Penguin Press | April 14, 2015 | 304 pages
An English professor begins training in the sport of mixed martial arts and explores the science and history behind the violence of men When a mixed martial arts (MMA) gym moves in across the street from his office, Jonathan Gottschall sees a challenge, and an opportunity. Pushing forty, out of... More Info

Time on Two Crosses

March 24, 2015 | 256 pages
The writings of the openly gay advisor to Martin Luther King cover five decades of important insights into Gandhi's influence on African-Americans, white supremacists in Congress, the anti-war movement, and the assassination of MLK. Original.  More Info

The Perfection of the Paper Clip

Touchstone | April 21, 2015 | 304 pages
This wonderfully quirky book will change the way you look at your desk forever with stories of accidental genius, bitter rivalries, and an appreciation for everyday objects, like the humble but perfectly designed paper clip and the utilitarian, irreplaceable pencil. How many of humanity’s... More Info