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  • The Jive Talkerby Samson Kambalu

    Random House 2008; US$ 23.96

    Samson Kambalu's father wore three-piece, London-made suits from the Sixties. He'd planned to be a doctor but settled for hospital administration and a peripatetic lifestyle with his ever expanding family in tow. He is 'the Jive Talker' of this extraordinary memoir - a man of thwarted ambition, boundless optimism and manic philosophising, he died... more...

  • The Jack Bankby Glen Retief

    St. Martin's Press 2011; US$ 6.79

    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...

  • The Arrogant Yearsby Lucette Lagnado

    HarperCollins 2011; US$ 11.24

    “[Lagnado writes] in crystalline yet melodious prose.” — New York Times Lucette Lagnado’s acclaimed, award-winning The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit (“[a] crushing, brilliant book” — New York Times Book Review ) told the powerfully moving story of her Jewish family’s exile from Egypt. In her extraordinary follow-up memoir, The Arrogant Years... more...

  • Epic Wandererby D'Arcy Jenish

    Doubleday Canada 2011; US$ 19.95

    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$ 6.79

    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$ 6.79

    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$ 6.79

    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. She... more...

  • One Man's Americaby Henry Grunwald

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 14.95

    A wise, witty, and humane autobiography filled with a passionate curiosity about the people--and meaning--of America. One Man's America is at once a stirring account of a young immigrant becoming an American, a personal history of the major milestones of the late twentieth century, a fascinating insider's view of the most widely read news magazine... more...