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  • The Bicycle Runnerby G. Franco Romagnoli

    St. Martin's Press 2009; US$ 8.99

    Like all boys growing up in Rome during the 1930s and 1940s, the author was expected to join the Balilla --Italy's fascist Youth Organization. With political divisions running deep in the families within his palazzo , he and his motley group of friends were recruited into the underground Resistance. Racing around Rome on bicycles, they smuggled... more...

  • The Jack Bankby Glen Retief

    St. Martin's Press 2011; US$ 22.99

    An extraordinary, literary memoir from a gay white South African, coming of age at the end of apartheid in the late 1970s. Glen Retief's childhood was at once recognizably ordinary--and brutally unusual. Raised in the middle of a game preserve where his father worked, Retief's warm nuclear family was a preserve of its own, against chaotic forces... more...

  • Epic Wandererby D'Arcy Jenish

    Doubleday Canada 2011; US$ 22.95

    Popular historian D?Arcy Jenish recreates the adventure and sacrifice of mapmaker David Thompson?s fascinating life in the wilderness of North America. Epic Wanderer , the first full-length biography of David Thompson, is set in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries against a broad canvas of dramatic rivalries -- between the United States... more...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Coldest Winterby Paula Fox

    Henry Holt and Co. 2006; US$ 8.99

    In this elegant and affecting companion to her "extraordinary" memoir, Borrowed Finery, a young writer flings herself into a Europe ravaged by the Second World War (The Boston Globe) In 1946, Paula Fox walked up the gangplank of a partly reconverted Liberty with the classic American hope of finding experience--or perhaps salvation--in Europe.... 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...