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  • The Imprisoned Guestby Elisabeth Gitter

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 8.99

    The resurrected story of a deaf-blind girl and the man who brought her out of silence. In 1837, Samuel Gridley Howe, director of Boston's Perkins Institution for the Blind, heard about a bright, deaf-blind seven-year-old, the daughter of New Hampshire farmers. At once he resolved to rescue her from the "darkness and silence of the tomb." And indeed,... more...

  • Crossing the Borders of Timeby Leslie Maitland

    Other Press 2012; US$ 16.99

       On a pier in Marseille in 1942, with desperate refugees pressing to board one of the last ships to escape France before the Nazis choked off its ports, an 18-year-old German Jewish girl was pried from the arms of the Catholic Frenchman she loved and promised to marry.  As the Lipari carried Janine and her family to Casablanca on the first leg... more...

  • The Devil's Doctorby Philip Ball

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2006; US$ 8.99

    Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombast von Hohenheim, who called himself Paracelsus, stands at the cusp of medieval and modern times. A contemporary of Luther, an enemy of the medical establishment, a scourge of the universities, an alchemist, an army surgeon, and a radical theologian, he attracted myths even before he died. His fantastic journeys... more...

  • The Diaries of Ethel Turnerby Philippa Poole

    New Holland Publishers (Australia) 2011; US$ 9.99

    Many of her early stories first appeared in The Bulletin. Here, her granddaughter, Philippa Poole, has selected the most interesting sequence of events from the author's diaries, from 1889, at the start of her outstanding literary career, to 1930, when with the tragic death of her daughter, Jean, she ceased writing children's books altogether. ... more...

  • Autobiographies Iby Sean O'Casey

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 16.03

    'I thought that no man liveth and dieth to himself, so I put behind what I thought and what I did the panorama of the world I lived in - the things that made me.' Sean O'Casey, 1948 Sean O'Casey's six-part Autobiographies , originally published between 1939 and 1955, is an eloquently comprehensive self-portrait of an artist's life and times,... more...

  • Samuel Johnsonby David Nokes

    Henry Holt and Co. 2009; US$ 8.99

    A modern biography of Samuel Johnson that will serve as the definitive work on the legendary British man of letters In this groundbreaking portrait of Samuel Johnson, David Nokes positions the great thinker in his rightful place as an active force in the Enlightenment, not a mere recorder or performer, and demonstrates how his interaction with... more...

  • Ex-Friendsby Norman Podhoretz

    Free Press 2001; Not Available

    Allen Ginsberg, Lionel and Diana Trilling, Lillian Hellman, Hannah Arendt, and Norman Mailer -- all are ex-friends of Norman Podhoretz, the renowned editor and critic and leading member of the group of New York intellectuals who came to be known as "the Family." As only a family member could, Podhoretz tells the story of these friendships, once central... more...

  • The Life of Cesare Borgiaby Rafael Sabatini

    The Floating Press 2011; US$ 4.99

    Though best known for sweeping historical epics such as Scaramouche and the Captain Blood series, Rafael Sabatini also dabbled in nonfiction from time to time, usually with wonderful results. This biography of Italian aristocrat and clergyman Cesare Borgia is packed with the kind of vivid descriptive detail that you don't usually find in musty... more...

  • Not Just the Levees Brokeby Phyllis Montana-Leblanc; Spike Lee

    Atria Books 2008; Not Available

    Called "one of the rawest specimens of classic Nawlins spitfire you'll ever find" by Newsweek , and featured in Spike Lee's HBO documentary When the Levees Broke , Phyllis Montana-Leblanc gives an astounding and poignant account of how she and her husband lived through one of our nation's worst disasters, and continue to put their lives back together.... more...

  • The Legendary Miznersby Alva Johnston; Reginald Marsh

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2003; US$ 8.99

    The real-life adventures of Addison and Wilson Mizner, the subjects of the Stephen Sondheim musical Gold! Alva Johnston's joint biography of Addison and Wilson Mizner is a delightful portrait of two of the early twentieth century's most clever and infamous rascals. Born in the 1870s in California, the brothers quickly rose to prominence during... more...