Much of what we know and feel about the First World War we owe to Vera Brittain's elegiac yet unsparing book, which set a standard for memoirists from Martha Gellhorn to Lillian Hellman. Abandoning her studies at Oxford in 1915 to enlist as a nurse in the armed services, Brittain served in London, i..
Originally published in 1868--when it was attacked as an "indecent book" authored by a "traitorous eavesdropper"--Behind the Scenes is the story of Elizabeth Keckley, who began her life as a slave and became a privileged witness to the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Keckley bought her freedom at the..
Now the major motion picture that won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong'o, and directed by Steve McQueen Perhaps the best written of all the slave narratives, "Twelve Years a Slave" is a harrowing memoir about one of the darkest ..
A collectible 50th anniversary deluxe edition featuring an updated introduction by Jay Parini and first edition cover art and illustrated maps of Steinbeck's route by Don Freeman In September 1960, John Steinbeck embarked on a journey across America. He felt that he might have lost touch with the c..
Details the life of the abolitionist Frederick Douglass from his birth into slavery in 1818 to his escape to the North in 1838. This title shows how he endured the daily physical and spiritual brutalities of his owners and drivers, how he learned to read and write, and how he grew into a man who cou..
In this newly revised 10th anniversary
edition, Yvon Chouinard--legendary climber, businessman,
environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc.--shares the persistence
and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected
and environmentally responsible companies on earth...
Unlike some popular memoirs that have fictionalized and romanticized the degradations of drug addiction, "Broken" is a true-life tale of recovery that stuns and inspires with virtually every page. The eldest son of journalist Bill Moyers, William Cope Moyers relates with unforgettable clarity the st..
Sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh spent a decade living with the Black Kings gang in Chicago's south side. His research later became famous in 'Freakonomics.' This is his account of his time with the gang...
A heartrending story of the human spirit from the author of the bestselling "Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight" Alexandra Fuller returns with the unforgettable true story of Colton H. Bryant, a soulful boy with a mustang-taming heart who comes of age in the oil fields and open plains of Wyoming. A..
The "New York Times"-bestselling memoir of pilgrimage and metamorphosis by the author of "The Secret Life of Bees "and "The Invention of Wings" (Viking, January 2014) and her daughter Sue Monk Kidd has touched the hearts of millions of readers with her beloved novels and acclaimed nonfiction. Now, ..
It's 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She's in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue..
The definitive life of Jesus from the bestselling author of "A History of Christianity." Few figures have had such an influence on the world as Jesus of Nazareth. Paul Johnson's brilliant and powerful reading of Jesus' life at once captures his transfiguring message and his historical complexity. W..
"A wonderful book...it should be read by anyone who has ever contemplated going to law school. Or anyone who has ever worried about being human." -"The New York Times" It was a year of terrors and triumphs, of depressions and elations, of compulsive work, pitiless competition, and, finally, mass hy..
Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography Celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation and the first president of the United States. With a breadth and depth matched by no other one volume biography of George Washington, this crisply paced na..
Profound reflections on family and the natural world-from the legendary Native American author. With the publication of "Ceremony" in 1978, Leslie Marmon Silko established herself as a storyteller of unique power and brilliance. Now, in her first work of nonfiction, Silko combines memoir with family..
Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for History Hailed as "a masterpiece" ("San Francisco Chronicle"), the late Manning Marable's acclaimed biography of Malcolm X finally does justice to one of the most influential and controversial figures of twentieth-century American history. Filled with startling ..
The controversial story of Chanel, the twentieth century's foremost fashion iconRevolutionizing women's dress, Gabrielle "Coco' Chanel was the twentieth century's most influential designer. Her extraordinary and unconventional journey—from abject poverty to a new kind of glamour—helped forge th..
A revelatory look at the separation of church and state in America--from the "New York Times "bestselling author of "The Great Influenza" For four hundred years, Americans have fought over the proper relationships between church and state and between a free individual and the state. This is the stor..
From the legendary author of "Things Fall Apart"--a long-awaited memoir of coming of age in a fragile new nation, and its destruction in a tragic civil war For more than forty years, Chinua Achebe has maintained a considered silence on the events of the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran..
A "New York Times "bestseller During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. Even more important, he succeeded in never wavering from coaching his way, from a place of dee..
This personal, lyrical narrative about storytelling and empathy from award winner Rebecca Solnit is a fitting companion to her beloved "A Field Guide for Getting Lost" In this exquisitely written new book by the author of "A Paradise Built in Hell," Rebecca Solnit explores the ways we make our live..
The definitive biography of the great soldier-statesman by the acclaimed author of The Storm of War—winner of the LA Times Book prize, finalist for the Plutarch prize, winner of the Fondation Napoleon prize and a New York Times bestseller “A thrilling tale of military and politic..