Category: Unusual histories

A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming

September 10, 2013 | 288 pages
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The Black Rhinos of Namibia

August 20, 2013 | 288 pages
An award-winning author visits the Namib Desert with a group of former poachers, now conservationists, in search of endangered black rhinos that were saved from extinction by human intervention and cutting-edge conservation techniques. 20,000 first printing.  More Info

Why Community, Culture and Karma Matter in Business

September 17, 2013 | 288 pages
The award-winning CEO of G Adventures shares the dynamic business practices of the world’s leading adventure travel company In 2010, Bruce Poon Tip shut down his human resources department. After building G Adventures from his garage into the world’s largest adventure travel company with over... More Info

A Geography of Blood

Greystone Books | October 15, 2013 | 224 pages
When Candace Savage and her partner buy a house near the Saskatchewan-Montana border, her naturalist's instinct propels her to explore the area. She takes pleasure in the Wild West setting, discovering hidden back roads, dinosaur skeletons at the discovery center, and fossils in the dust-dry hills.... More Info

Harlem Nocturne

Basic Civitas Books | September 10, 2013 | 256 pages
"In Harlem Nocturne, eminent scholar Farah Jasmine Griffin tells the stories of three black female artists who emerged during this period of unprecedented openness, flourishing professionally while also making enormous political strides for their fellow women and African Americans. Novelist Ann... More Info

Miss Anne in Harlem

Harper | September 10, 2013 | 576 pages
Celebrated scholar Carla Kaplan’s cultural biography, Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance, focuses on white women, collectively called “Miss Anne,” who became Harlem Renaissance insiders. The 1920s in New York City was a time of freedom, experimentation, and... More Info

The Allure of the Archives

September 1, 2013 | 150 pages
Arlette Farge’s Le Goût de l’archive is widely regarded as a historiographical classic. While combing through two-hundred-year-old judicial records from the Archives of the Bastille, historian Farge was struck by the extraordinarily intimate portrayal they provided of the lives of the poor in... More Info

Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die

William Morrow Paperbacks | August 27, 2013 | 192 pages
In 1971 Nashville, Willie Nelson, after a life-changing experience, decides to do things his own way, reinventing himself and resurrecting his career, in this wonderful holiday tale that recounts Willie's colorful adventures and is told in his unique voice. 125,000 first printing.  More Info


Random House Digital, Inc. | March 29, 2017 | 690 pages
Reveals how the voyages of Columbus reintroduced plants and animals that had been separated millions of years earlier, documenting how the ensuing exchange of flora and fauna between Eurasia and the Americas fostered a European rise, decimated imperial China and rendered Manila and Mexico City the... More Info

The Noodle Narratives

August 30, 2013 | 212 pages
Tasty, convenient, and cheap, instant noodles are one of the most remarkable industrial foods ever. Consumed around the world by millions, they appeal to young and old, affluent and impoverished alike. The authors examine the history, manufacturing, marketing, and consumption of instant noodles. By... More Info

And Then There Were Nuns

Greystone Books | May 14, 2013 | 304 pages
With humor and opinions aplenty, a woman embarks on an unconventional quest to see if she is meant to be a nun. Just as Jane Christmas decides to enter a convent in mid-life to find out whether she is ?nun material”, her long-term partner Colin, suddenly springs a marriage proposal on her.... More Info

The United States of Paranoia

Harper | August 20, 2013 | 352 pages
Includes bibliographical references and index.  More Info

Fifty Railroads That Changed the Course of History

Firefly Books Limited | July 23, 2013 | 224 pages
Fifty Railroads that Changed the Course of History, is a handsome, illustrated survey of the most important historical and contemporary railway lines around the world.  More Info

Where the Heart Beats

Penguin Group USA | July 30, 2013 | 496 pages
A first book by a Zen Buddhist practitioner and leading art critic assesses the influence of Zen Buddhism on the work of composer John Cage, exploring the ways in which Zen transformed Cage's troubled psyche, his relationship with partner Merce Cunningham and his often indefinable music. 20,000... More Info

To Timbuktu for a Haircut

Dundurn PressLtd | July 27, 2013 | 256 pages
With the fabled city of Timbuktu as his goal, author Rick Antonson began a month-long trek. His initial plan? To get a haircut. The second edition of this important book outlines the volatile political situations in Timbuktu following the spring 2012 military coup in Mali and the subsequent capture... More Info

Ready for a Brand New Beat: How "Dancing in the Street" Became the Anthem for a Changing America

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | July 11, 2013 | 288 pages
Can a song change a nation? In 1964, Marvin Gaye, record producer William “Mickey” Stevenson, and Motown songwriter Ivy Jo Hunter wrote “Dancing in the Street.” The song was recorded at Motown's Hitsville USA Studio by Martha and the Vandellas, with lead singer Martha Reeves arranging her... More Info

Safar Voyage

Douglas & McIntyre | April 30, 2013 | 128 pages
Contemporary art is now inclusive of geographies that until recently had escaped the attention of Western art centres such as Paris and New York. A vast area commonly referred to as the Middle East constitutes part of an ?emerging geography” whose art has finally become globally visible. The... More Info

A Year of Living Generously

Douglas & McIntyre | April 1, 2011 | 360 pages
Can one person make a difference? When we write a cheque to a charity, or run in a fundraiser, or volunteer at a food bank, we're part of the solution, aren't we? Lawrence Scanlan went on a year long odyssey to discover the answers and uncover the true face of philanthropy ? its players, its... More Info

The House of All Sorts

Douglas & McIntyre Limited | March 29, 2017 | 196 pages
Before winning recognition as an artist and writer, Emily Carr served as landlady to an apartment building where she bred English sheep dogs to supplement a meager income. A collection of stories about those hard-working days, The House of All Sorts features vividly portrayed tenants who frequently... More Info

What to Eat?

Portobello Books | May 3, 2013 | 448 pages
Deciding what to eat is no longer a simple matter of instinct and appetite. Every choice we make about the food we put on our plates is complicated. Is meat good or bad for me? Is buying local always best? Is organic worth it? WHAT TO EAT? asks all these questions and more: some are specific, going... More Info

Ecologies of Affect

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | May 30, 2011 | 346 pages
This collection of essays actively and consistently engages the reader in understanding how place images, and the attempts to build communities, are fundamentally tied to and revolve around themselves.  More Info

Egg on Mao

Random House Digital, Inc. | March 29, 2017 | 249 pages
The eagerly-awaited new book by Denise Chong, author of the award-winning, national bestseller,The Concubine’s Children. In her first book in a decade, beloved author Denise Chong, tells the story of a man who humiliated a repressive regime in front of the entire world, and whose daring gesture... More Info

Trust Me, I'm Lying

Portfolio Trade | June 25, 2013 | 288 pages
An influential media strategist reveals how blogs are controlling the news in the digital age and exposes the ways in which today's marketers are manufacturing news stories, affecting stock prices and shaping elections through fake story planting and misleading marketing tactics. 20,000 first... More Info

Gifts of the Crow

Simon and Schuster | February 5, 2013 | 320 pages
A University of Washington professor of wildlife science taps the findings of his extraordinary research into crow intelligence to offer insight into their ability to make tools and respond to environmental challenges, explaining how they engage in human-like behaviors from giving gifts and seeking... More Info

Trans/Acting Culture, Writing, and Memory

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | March 1, 2013 | 315 pages
This is a collection of essays written in honour of Barbara Godard, one of the most original and wide-ranging literary critics, theorists, teachers, translators, and public intellectuals Canada has ever produced. The contributors, both established and emerging scholars, extend Godard's work through... More Info

Across the Pond

W. W. Norton | May 6, 2013 | 192 pages
An irreverant trip through American culture by a critic who “cracks jokes as easily as one would crack peanut shells” (Washington Post). Americans have long been fascinated with the oddness of the British, but the English, according to Terry Eagleton, find their transatlantic neighbors equally... More Info

Canada Rocks

Markham, Ont. : Fitzhenry & Whiteside | March 29, 2017 | 512 pages
A complete overview of the geological formation of Canada covering four billion years.  More Info

Second Suns: Two Doctors and Their Amazing Quest to Restore Sight and Save Lives

Random House | June 18, 2013 | 432 pages
"Documents the inspiring story of a partnership between an American and Nepali doctor to provide eyesight-saving treatments to tens of thousands of patients throughout the world, from cataract-stricken children and blind laborer to elderly patients who live near dangerous mountain trails. By the... More Info

America 1933

June 4, 2013 | 336 pages
Documents the 18-month journey of woman journalist Lorena Hickok during the height of the Great Depression, recounting her experiences and influence in some of the nation's worst-hit regions as documented in almost daily letters written to close friend Eleanor Roosevelt.  More Info

Too High to Fail

Gotham | July 2, 2013 | 388 pages
An in-depth assessment of the legal cannabis industry and its potential role in today's evolving economy cites the lucrative proceeds generated by a small number of registered users and the underground revenues of illegal uses, providing a concise history of hemp and insider perspectives on a... More Info

Basic Skills Caucasian Americans Workbook

Pm Press | June 1, 2013 | 128 pages
The “mysterious” world of Caucasian Americans comes alive through history lessons, puzzles, and word games for all ages in this humorous parody. Presented as a scholastic style educational workbook, it illuminates the history of Caucasian Americans in the United States from a Native American... More Info

The Cruel Way

April 22, 2013 | 240 pages
In 1939 Swiss travel writer and journalist Ella K. Maillart set off on an epic journey from Geneva to Kabul with fellow writer Annemarie Schwarzenbach in a brand new Ford. As the first European women to travel alone on Afghanistan's Northern Road, Maillart and Schwarzenbach had a rare glimpse of... More Info

Consider the Fork

Basic Books (AZ) | March 29, 2017 | 327 pages
Traces the history of cooking through a series of engaging cultural anecdotes while demonstrating how technological innovations ranging from the mortar and pestle to the microwave have shaped how and what humans eat.  More Info

The Times Reference Atlas Of The World

Times Books | August 1, 2013 | 272 pages
A new edition of this comprehensive atlas from the prestigious and authoritative Times Atlas range Containing the latest satellite images and fascinating historical images, this edition has been brought fully up-to-date to provide a detailed and attractive picture of today's world. The reference... More Info

Last Hours on Everest

Collins | June 25, 2013 | 320 pages
Dawn broke fine on that fatal day. A couple of thousand feet above the tiny canvas tent the summit of the world’s highest mountain stood impassively, waiting for someone to have the courage to approach.  More Info


October 21, 2011 | 247 pages
Warm, imaginative, and thoroughly original, this memoir intertwines the mysteries of trees with the defining moments in the life of novelist and essayist Theresa Kishkan. For Kishkan, trees are memory markers of life, and in this book she explores the presence of trees in nature, in culture and in... More Info


June 25, 2013 | 352 pages
A timely and illuminating history of Tibet, from the seventh century to what it means to be Tibetan today  More Info

Ghost Pine

Invisible Pub | April 15, 2010 | 225 pages
Ghost Pine: All Stories True offers thirteen years worth of sparkling true stories from the life of author Jeff Miller, compiling the best of his long-running zine. From his youth in suburban Ottawa in the late 1990s, to travels across Canada and North America and his current home in Montreal,... More Info

Brilliant Blunders

Simon & Schuster | May 14, 2013 | 352 pages
Drawing on the lives of five renowned scientists, Mario Livio shows how even these geniuses made major mistakes and how their errors were an essential part of the process of achieving scientific breakthroughs. We all make mistakes. Nobody is perfect. And that includes five of the greatest... More Info

Return from the Natives

Yale University Press | May 7, 2013 | 384 pages
DIV Celebrated anthropologist Margaret Mead, who studied sex in Samoa and child-rearing in New Guinea in the 1920s and '30s, was determined to show that anthropology could tackle the psychology of the most complex, modern societies in ways useful for waging the Second World War.  More Info

Power to the People

April 15, 2013 | 240 pages
Though we think of the 1960s and the early '70s as a time of radical social, cultural, and political upheaval, we tend to picture the action as happening on campuses and in the streets. Yet the rise of the underground newspaper was equally daring and original. Thanks to advances in cheap offset... More Info


June 17, 2013 | 312 pages
After living in San Francisco for 15 years, journalist Gordon Young found himself yearning for his Rust Belt hometown: Flint, Michigan, the birthplace of General Motors and "star" of the Michael Moore documentary Roger & Me. Hoping to rediscover and help a place that once boasted one of the... More Info

Lizz Free Or Die

Riverhead Trade (Paperbacks) | May 7, 2013 | 336 pages
Winstead, co-creator of "The Daily Show" and one of today's most hilarious comedians and insightful social critics, pens a brilliant account of how she discovered her comedic voice and how humor became her most powerful weapon in confronting life's challenges.  More Info

Looking for Transwonderland

February 1, 2013 | 320 pages
Noo Saro-Wiwa was brought up in England, but every summer she was dragged back to Nigeria - a country she viewed as an annoying parallel universe where she had to relinquish all her creature comforts. Then her father, activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, was murdered there, and she didn't return for 10 years.... More Info


HarperPress | November 29, 2012 | 320 pages
Adam Nicolson tells the story of England through the history of fourteen gentry families – from the 15th century to the present day. This sparkling work of history reads like a real-life Downton Abbey, as the loves, hatreds and many times of grief of his chosen cast illuminate the grand events of... More Info

This Is Portland

Microcosm Pub | May 1, 2013 | 64 pages
A firsthand look at one of the world's most livable cities, this fun take on the guidebook genre explores the atmosphere of Portland, Oregon, versus detailing its landmarks and restaurants. It both explains and embraces how beautiful and ridiculous Portland life can be, and includes essays on... More Info

The Spark

Random House Canada | April 2, 2013 | 288 pages
The extraordinary memoir of a mother's love, commitment and nurturing, which allowed her son, originally diagnosed with severe autism, to flourish into a universally recognized genius--and how any parent can help their child find their spark. Today, at 13, Jacob is a paid researcher in quantum... More Info

Can Onions Cure Ear-Ache?

February 15, 2013 | 208 pages
What common condition was once treated with cow dung? How might oyster shells relieve heartburn? Can eels really cure deafness? Is the secret to stopping a stubborn case of hiccups a simple ingredient found in most pantries? If you were struck by illness or injury in the late eighteenth century,... More Info

How to Fake a Moon Landing

Abrams ComicArts | April 2, 2013 | 176 pages
"Is hydro-fracking really safe? Is climate change real? Did the moon landing really happen? How about evolution: fact or fiction? Author-illustrator Darryl Cunningham looks at these and other hot-button science topics and presents a fact-based, visual assessment of current thinking and research on... More Info

Mapping Manhattan

April 2, 2013 | 120 pages
Armed with hundreds of blank maps she had painstakingly printed by hand, Becky Cooper walked Manhattan from end to end. Along her journey she met police officers, homeless people, fashion models, and senior citizens who had lived in Manhattan all their lives. She asked the strangers to “map their... More Info