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  1. Book ImageJonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel

    John Stubbs

    A rich and riveting portrait of the man behind Gulliver’s Travels, by a “vivid, ardent, and engaging” (New York Times Book Review) author.More

  2. Book ImagePontius Pilate: Deciphering a Memory

    Aldo Schiavone, Jeremy Carden

    A world-renowned classicist presents a groundbreaking biography of the man who sent Jesus of Nazareth to the Cross.More

  3. Book ImageA Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham

    Steve Kemper

    "Rich, detailed, and pitch-perfect, with the witty and wonderful skipping off every page." —Maxwell Carter, Wall Street JournalMore

  4. Book ImageLet the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary

    Geoffrey Cowan

    The exhilarating, prescient story of the four-month campaign that changed American politics forever.More

  5. Book ImageApproaching Ali: A Reclamation in Three Acts

    Davis Miller

    The single most intimate look at Muhammad Ali’s retirement, told through the story of an unexpected, powerful and life-changing friendshipMore

  6. Book ImageHank: The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams

    Mark Ribowsky

    A heartbreaking and unforgettable portrait of country music’s founding father.More

  7. Book ImageCast of Characters: Wolcott Gibbs, E. B. White, James Thurber, and the Golden Age of The New Yorker

    Thomas Vinciguerra

    “Exuberant . . . elegantly conjures an evocative group dynamic.” —Sam Roberts, New York TimesMore

  8. Book ImageDietrich & Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives

    Karin Wieland, Shelley Frisch

    A Boston Globe Best Book of 2015
    A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Pick of 2015

    Magisterial in scope, this dual biography examines two complex lives that began alike but ended on opposite sides of the century’s greatest conflict.More

  9. Book ImageMary Astor's Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936

    Edward Sorel

    In a hilarious send-up of sex, scandal, and the Golden Age of Hollywood, legendary cartoonist Edward Sorel brings us a story (literally) ripped from the headlines of a bygone era.More

  10. Book ImageSomething in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula

    David J. Skal

    A groundbreaking biography reveals the haunted origins of the man who created Dracula and traces the psychosexual contours of late Victorian society.More

  11. Book ImageShirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

    Ruth Franklin

    Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography
    Winner of the Edgar Award in Critical/Biographical
    Winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction

    A New York Times Notable Book of 2016
    A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Pick of 2016
    An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016
    A Time Magazine Top Nonfiction of 2016
    A Seattle Times Best Book of 2016
    A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016
    An NPR 2016's Great Read
    A Boston Globe Best Book of 2016
    A Nylon Best Book of 2016
    A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2016
    A Booklist 2016 Editors' Choice

    This "historically engaging and pressingly relevant" biography establishes Shirley Jackson as a towering figure in American literature and revives the life and work of a neglected master.More

  12. Book ImageThe Immortal Evening: A Legendary Dinner with Keats, Wordsworth, and Lamb

    Stanley Plumly

    A window onto the lives of the Romantic poets through the re-creation of one legendary night in 1817.More

  13. Book ImageBuckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship That Shaped the Sixties

    Kevin M. Schultz

    A lively chronicle of the 1960s through the surprisingly close and incredibly contentious friendship of its two most colorful characters.More

  14. Book ImageSonic Wind: The Story of John Paul Stapp and How a Renegade Doctor Became the Fastest Man on Earth

    Craig Ryan

    The untold story of an eccentric, scientific visionary whose death-defying research has saved millions of lives.More

  15. Book ImageThe Oracle of Oil: A Maverick Geologist's Quest for a Sustainable Future

    Mason Inman

    The first comprehensive biography of Marion King Hubbert, the "father of peak oil."More

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