Category: Unusual histories

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. | July 20, 2019 | 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

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

Canada Rocks

Markham, Ont. : Fitzhenry & Whiteside | July 20, 2019 | 512 pages
A complete overview of the geological formation of Canada covering four billion years.  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) | July 20, 2019 | 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

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


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


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

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

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

The Church of Scientology

February 24, 2013 | 280 pages
Scientology is one of the wealthiest and most powerful new religions to emerge in the past century. To its detractors, L. Ron Hubbard's space-age mysticism is a moneymaking scam and sinister brainwashing cult. But to its adherents, it is humanity's brightest hope. Few religious movements have been... More Info

Among Murderers

Univ of California Press | March 18, 2013 | 256 pages
The author follows three convicted murderers after they are released from prison into the outside world.  More Info

The Tibetan History Reader

January 13, 2013 | 752 pages
Answering a critical need for an accurate, in-depth history of Tibet, this single-volume resource reproduces essential, hard-to-find essays from the past fifty years of Tibetan studies. Covering the social, cultural, and political development of Tibet from the seventh century to the modern period,... More Info

Legalizing Prostitution

December 21, 2012 | 296 pages
“One of the more intelligent, measured, and comprehensive looks at alternatives to criminalizing the [prostitution] trade.” –Salon “Weitzer provides an erudite overview of sex work and detailed case studies of three cities with red-light districts: Antwerp, Belgium; Frankfurt, Germany; and... More Info

Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace

March 18, 2013 | 272 pages
Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace explores the social and political activism of American Jewish women from approximately 1890 to the beginnings of World War II. Written in an engaging style, the book demonstrates that no history of the birth control, suffrage, or peace movements in the United... More Info


Abrams Image | April 2, 2013 | 272 pages
Alfred Ryan Nerz is a Yale-educated author, journalist, and TV producer. He’s also a longtime marijuana enthusiast who has made it his mission to better understand America’s long-standing love-hate relationship with our favorite (sometimes) illegal drug. His cross-country investigation started... More Info

My Arab Spring My C

Createspace Independent Pub | October 8, 2012 | 174 pages
A book by Arab Canadians about Arab Canadians written for Arab Canadians, as well as Canadians at large, describing the current situation of immigration into Canada, and speculating on how the Arab Spring might influence the place and role of future generations of Arab Canadians in Canadian... More Info


Belknap Press | April 1, 2013 | 290 pages
Napalm, incendiary gel that sticks to skin and burns to the bone, came into the world on Valentine's Day 1942 at a secret Harvard war research laboratory. On March 9, 1945, it created an inferno that killed over 87,500 people in Tokyo—more than died in the atomic explosions at Hiroshima or... More Info

Escape from Camp 14

Penguin Group USA | March 26, 2013 | 224 pages
The heartwrenching New York Times bestseller about the only known person born inside a North Korean prison camp to have escaped North Korea's political prison camps have existed twice as long as Stalin's Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. No one born and raised... More Info

The Modern Book of the Dead

Atria Books | March 19, 2013 | 304 pages
What happens to us after we die? It remains perhaps the single most important question we can ask, one that still inspires thousands to turn to the Tibetan and Egyptian Books of the Dead for hope and comfort. But we can no longer rely solely on ancient wisdom for truly useful answers about our own... More Info

Maps to the Other Side

Microcosm Pub | March 30, 2013 | 160 pages
Part mad manifesto, part revolutionary love letter, and part freight train adventure story, this personal tale is a twist on the classic punk rock travel narrative that searches for authenticity and connection in the lives of strangers and the solidarity and limitations of underground community.  More Info

10 Plants That Shook the World

January 22, 2013 | 132 pages
Dig up the amazing stories of the plants that have transformed our lives. Plants might start out as leafy things growing in the earth, but they can come into our lives in unexpected ways. And believe it or not, some have even played an exciting role in our world's history.  More Info

Doomed to Repeat

William Morrow Paperbacks | March 12, 2013 | 320 pages
“Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.” And so we have. Time and again, mankind has faced down problems, but have often failed to take the hard-earned knowledge into the next battle. Doomed to Repeat is a collection of essays, edited by Bill Fawcett, that illuminates some of the... More Info

India Becoming

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | March 5, 2013 | 320 pages
"A portrait of incredible change and economic development, of social and national transformation told through individual lives. The son of an Indian father and an American mother, Akash Kapur spent his formative years in India and his early adulthood in the United States. In 2003, he returned to... More Info

Moving the Mountain

Free Press | March 5, 2013 | 240 pages
Now in paperback, an open and honest clarion call inviting readers to a deeper understanding of the role of moderate Muslims in America and in the world. Many know Imam Feisal as the man behind the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque,” an interfaith community center he is trying to build near the... More Info

Little White Houses

U of Minnesota Press | February 19, 2013 | 392 pages
"A rare exploration of the racial and class politics of architecture, Little White Houses examines how postwar media representations associated the ordinary single-family house with middle-class whites to the exclusion of others, creating a powerful and invidious cultural iconography that continues... More Info

Booze for Free

Plume | February 26, 2013 | 352 pages
Your bar tab doesn't have to break the bank. Learn how to grow, forage, and brew your way to good spirits! A single cocktail can cost you $15 in a bar or restaurant. But home brewer and self-sufficiency expert Andy Hamilton can show you how easy and economical it can be to make simple hop brews,... More Info

Wind Wizard

November 25, 2012 | 288 pages
With Wind Wizard, Siobhan Roberts brings us the story of Alan Davenport (1932-2009), the father of modern wind engineering, who investigated how wind navigates the obstacle course of the earth's natural and built environments--and how, when not properly heeded, wind causes buildings and bridges to... More Info

Noble Savages

Simon & Schuster | February 19, 2013 | 544 pages
The most controversial and famous anthropologist of our time describes his seminal lifelong research among the YanomamÖ Indians of the Amazon basin and how his startling observations provoked admiration among many fellow anthropologists and outrage among others. Napoleon Chagnon began his research... More Info