Is There No Place On Earth for Me?
Is There No Place On Earth for Me?

by Susan Sheehan
Vintage

“The classic case study of schizophrenia that set the stage for reform. . . . Its insight, compassion, and humanity have much to teach us."
—Andrew Solomon

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Playing Through the Whistle
Playing Through the Whistle

by S. L. Price
Grove Atlantic

“[A] masterwork . . . Engrossing, and heartbreaking.”
—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Mickey and Willie
Mickey and Willie

by Allen Barra
Crown Archetype

Barra produces a compelling and deeply affecting portrait of two superior athletes who shared the terrible burden of being heroes. 
—Bill Ott

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Trump Nation
Trump Nation

by Timothy L. O'Brien
Hachette/Open Road

“A meticulous investigative biography.” 
—Jane Mayer, The New Yorker

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Only in New York
Only in New York

by Sam Roberts
St. Martin's Press

"Currently the Urban Affairs reporter for the New York Times, Roberts has covered the city for 40 years. So as we locals say, he knows from, and it shows in this fabulous collection of essays. With wit and grace, he tells stories of its citizens — some illustrious, others not; some living, others long dead. But the story he's really telling is that of New York, and he nails it."
New York Daily News

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Casting Lots
Casting Lots

by Susan Silverman
De Capo Press

“Though the title may sound solemn, Silverman’s writing is anything but; like her sister, comedian Sarah Silverman, the author has a keen sense of humor and embellishes her narrative with laughs…Devoted to family, faith, and her partnership with God, Silverman paints an honest portrait of an imperfect but loving household. Readers of many traditions will enjoy Silverman’s tender adoption story.”
—Publishers Weekly

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Girl in the Woods
Girl in the Woods

by Aspen Matis
William Morrow

“Matis writes with a rawness that refuses to hold back...filled with small moments of awe...I was struck by how far she had come…she seemed years more mature than the young woman at the start of the journey. Girl in the Woods is a touching memoir that...unleashes clarity.”
—Ms. Magazine

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When They Come For Us, We’ll Be Gone
When They Come For Us, We’ll Be Gone

Mariner Books
by Gal Beckerman

“Fresh, surprising and exceedingly well-researched.”
—Anne Applebaum, Washington Post Best Nonfiction 2010 

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You Can Observe a Lot by Watching
You Can Observe a Lot by Watching

by Yogi Berra, with Dave Kaplan
Wiley

What does it take to be a real team player, especially in a society that glorifies selfishness and a corporate culture that often uses "team player" as a buzzword but rewards only the showboaters and prima donnas? In this happy and hilarious guide to teamwork, sportsmanship, and winning, Yogi Berra draws on the timeless wisdom handed down by example from ballplayers who came before him to inspire you to make the right choices and become not only a better team player—at sports, at work, and in life—but a better person.

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Thirty-Eight Witnesses
Thirty-Eight Witnesses

by A. M. Rosenthal
Open Road/Skyhorse

“This is a most important book by perhaps the most important newspaper editor of the last half century.”
—Gay Talese

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A Bright Shining Lie
A Bright Shining Lie

by Neil Sheehan
Vintage

In this magisterial book, a monument of history and biography that was awarded the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction, a renowned journalist tells the story of John Vann—"the one irreplaceable American in Vietnam"—and of the tragedy that destroyed a country and squandered so much of America's young manhood and resources.

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The Facebook Book
The Facebook Book

by Greg Atwan, Evan Lushing, and Aurora Andrews
Abrams

Harvard alums and early Booksters Atwan and Lushing, follow in the fine satirical tradition of The Official Preppy Handbook and The Hipster Handbook with a parody full of anecdotes (true and semi-true), tips (useful and useless), and other insights. 

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The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting
The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting

by Anne Trubek
Bloomsbury

“Thoroughly enjoyable. . . delightful history [ending] with the conclusion that handwriting will not vanish but perhaps, like letterpress printing, become a fine art.”
—Publishers Weekly

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Shots in the Dark
Shots in the Dark

by Jonathan Baumbach
The Critical Press

Novelist and critic Jonathan Baumbach was a contributor to Film Culture in the late 1950s, and then was the film critic for the Partisan Review from the 1970s through the early 1980s. His essays touched on a range of interests, including the legacy of French New Wave, the rise of New Hollywood, and the critical reputation of Pauline Kael. Though he was a contemporary of Kael, Andrew Sarris and others in the "Golden Age" of film criticism, Baumbach's writing on cinema has never before been collected in one place. Shots in the Dark brings this significant body of work together for the first time.

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Stealing Your Life
Stealing Your Life

by Frank W. Abagnale
Broadway Books

The charismatic forger immortalized in the film Catch Me If You Can exposes the astonishing tactics of today’s identity theft criminals and offers powerful strategies to thwart them based on his second career as an acclaimed fraud-fighting consultant.

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Lasting Impact
Lasting Impact

by Kostya Kennedy
Time Inc. Books
 

"This riveting story about a high school football team is more than just the intriguing tale of a season. It's also the crucial examination of America's passion for our true national pastime, football."
―Christine BrennanUSA Today

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My Father’s Paradise
My Father’s Paradise

by Ariel Sabar
Algonquin Books

"Sabar offers something rare and precious—a tale of hope and continuity that can be passed on for generations."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Suitable Accommodations
Suitable Accommodations

by J. F. Powers  (Author), Katherine A. Powers (Editor)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


“These vibrant letters… reveal a restless, promising writer and family man with a wry sense of humor and a hunger for literary camaraderie…this collection serves as a touching portrait of one writer's struggle.”
―Publishers Weekly

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Like Any Normal Day: A Story of Devotion
Like Any Normal Day: A Story of Devotion

by Mark Kram
St. Martin's Press

Winner of the 2013 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing, Like Any Normal Day is a profound, powerful narrative of a golden boy's tragedy, a woman's unlived life, and a brother's complicated devotion.

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Little People
Little People

by Dan Kennedy
Rodale Press

“So much for us to consider as we go through this extraordinary book—how fate and chance determine the circumstances of our lives—all told in wonderfully affecting and summoning language by a thoughtful and introspectively energetic father and writer who shares with us a family's life and in so doing helps us to become his companions in human understanding.”
―Robert Coles, author Pulitzer Prize-winning Children of Crisis

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Outside the Limelight
Outside the Limelight

by Kathy Orton
Rutgers University Press

Outside the Limelight is the first book to look inside Ivy League basketball and at the boundless enthusiasm that defines it. With painstaking reportage, Kathy Orton weaves together the stories of coaches and players as they move from fall practice through an entire season and ahead to the NCAA tournament. vividly capturing the internal fervor of the personalities who champion their game—all the triumphs and disappointments of an Ivy hoop season.

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The Road Less Taken
The Road Less Taken

by Kathryn Bertine
Triumph Books


Kathryn Bertine takes readers through her journey of striving to become a professional cyclist in her mid-30s. Her essays explore the twists and turns on life’s unexpected roads via bicycle, but also the larger meaning of what it means to heed one’s inner compass and search for a personal true north. With her signature wit and humor Bertine’s essays travel far beyond the bike lane, resonating with anyone who has ever dared to try and turn their dreams into a reality.

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To the New Owners
To the New Owners

by Madeleine Blais
Grove Atlantic

“Madeleine Blais knows the secret of a superb memoir: a wry sense of humor and an honest sense of gratitude leaven the inevitable pain of To the New Owners. Anyone who has lived in a house and had to leave it will laugh and be moved by this brilliantly written book.”
―Anita Shreve, author of The Stars are Fire

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Life for Me Ain’t Been No Crystal Star
Life for Me Ain’t Been No Crystal Star

by Susan Sheehan
Vintage Books

"Sheehan eloquently and unflinchingly describes the structured waste of human potential that systematically deprives our society of honor and harmony. No reader with a conscience, no reader with a heart, will come away from this complicated, infuriating and unforgettable book untouched or unmotivated to instill long-overdue change."
—Michael Dorris, author of The Broken Chord

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An Endless Search
An Endless Search

by David Ray
Soft Skull Press

I've always been touched by David Ray's work...he speaks eloquently of the depth possible in private life.
—Robert Bly

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The Candle Cafe Cookbook
The Candle Cafe Cookbook

by Joy Pierson and Bart Potenza
Clarkson Potter / Random House

It's hard enough to satisfy choosy diners at a hot New York restaurant—imagine having to do it without using meat, fish, dairy, or eggs! The Candle Cafe has been doing just that for years, offering vegan food that has earned the praise of food critics, celebrities, and countless New Yorkers.

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Undertaker’s Son
Undertaker’s Son

by Richard "Digger" Phelps
Lyons Press

“Digger always has something to say and is worth listening to or even reading with pleasure.”
(Rev.) Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame

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The Starter Marriage
The Starter Marriage

by Pamela Paul
Villard/Random House

A pioneering look at first marriages lasting five years or less and ending without children, Paul’s book “will be a lesson to those contemplating marriage and a comfort to those who falter”
—The Economist

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The Cult of Personality Testing
The Cult of Personality Testing

by Annie Murphy Paul
Free Press

Millions of people worldwide take personality tests each year to direct their education, to decide on a career, to determine if they'll be hired, to join the armed forces, and to settle legal disputes. Yet, according to award-winning psychology writer Annie Murphy Paul, the sheer number of tests administered obscures a simple fact: they don't work. Most personality tests are seriously flawed, and sometimes unequivocally wrong.

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In Sam We Trust
In Sam We Trust

by Bob Ortega
Random House

"Bob Ortega has a storyteller's rich ear for detail. . . . His deft description of Walton's amazing rise to power and wealth is so delicious that it is hard to believe this is a business book. It roars with incisive, powerful writing."
—Chicago Tribune

 

How I Became a Human Being
How I Became a Human Being

by Mark O'Brien
University of Wisconsin Press

“O’Brien conveys his pain, his suffering, his depression, his anomie—without resorting to tugging at our heartstrings.”
—Felice Picano, author of Like People in History

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Memphis Beat
Memphis Beat

by Larry Nager
St. Martin's Press

This book fills in what isn't so familiar: Memphis, it reveals, is our great cultural mixing board, where all the black and white folk have met and done musical business for two centuries or more. Larry Nager, former music editor of the "Memphis Commercial Appeal," offers more than a casual history. His chronicle reaches back into the nineteenth century, when Memphis was a wild frontier town full of whiskey, fiddle players, and minstrelsy.

Supreme Discomfort
Supreme Discomfort

by Kevin Merida and Michael Fletcher
Doubleday

Merida and Fletcher present a lucid, well-researched account of Thomas's controversial life and jurisprudence, including evidence supporting Anita Hill's sexual harassment allegations, and a nuanced discussion of the politics of black authenticity. They portray Thomas as a conflicted man: a committed conservative with an ethos of self-reliance, who took advantage of affirmative action only to have his achievements tarnished by his own insecurities and others' suspicions of incompetence or hypocrisy.
—from Publishers Weekly

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Obama
Obama

by Kevin Merida and Deborah Willis
Amistad/HarperCollins

Through 150 striking color photographs, Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs charts the road to Barack Obama's nomination as the first African American to lead the presidential ticket of a major party. This amazing collection of photographs captures the public and private moments of his journey, and offers a unique window into one of the great triumphs in American politics.

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The Blessing
The Blessing

by Gregory Orr
Council Oak Press

An astounding memoir saturated with themes of death, shame, and guilt, The Blessing focuses on the six years in Orr's life that most affected him and his evolution as a poet. From the earliest chapters, which detail the author's 12th year and the events leading to his accidental shooting of his younger brother, to his later search for meaning and his participation in the Civil Rights Movement, Orr's psychological and emotional honesty is moving.
—from Library Journal

 

 

Five Fires
Five Fires

by David Wyatt
Addison-Wesley/Oxford

A big-picture view of California's history, told with verve and considerable learning. Wyatt, a native Californian and professor of English at the University of Maryland, ranges freely among several disciplines, including history, literature, linguistics, and natural history, to shape a panoptic account of California history.

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Baseball in the Garden of Eden
Baseball in the Garden of Eden

by John Thorn
Simon & Schuster

"No one, absolutely no one, knows more about the history of our national pastime than John Thorn, and this new book ought to settle once and for all many of the questions fans have about baseball's origins. Superb.”
—Ken Burns

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Court Vision
Court Vision

by Ira Berkow
University of Nebraska Press

A sports columnist for the New York Times and a noted author, Berkow has interviewed people notable in various fields who share an abiding love for basketball. Those interviewed run the gamut from movie stars to astronauts, from government officials to novelists, and each of the contributors gives a different, nuanced, and intriguing look at the game.

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Beyond the Dream
Beyond the Dream

by Ira Berkow
University of Nebraska Press

"Very few columnists have the genius to produce a timely piece that is also timeless. Ira Berkow has that ability in spades."
—George Plimpton

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Metallica
Metallica

by Joe Berlinger
St. Martin's Press

“A fascinating look at the logistics of making an album and the dysfunctional family that bands can become.”
―Chicago Tribune

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Just Kids From the Bronx
Just Kids From the Bronx

by Arlene Alda
Henry Holt

"A down-to-earth, inspiring book about the American promise fulfilled."
—President Bill Clinton

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When the Garden Was Eden
When the Garden Was Eden

by Harvey Araton
HarperCollins

“Brilliant . . . smartly written, featuring tons of interviews with the Knicks of the Phil Jackson-Clyde-Reed era.”
—New York Magazine

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Black Lives, White Lives
Black Lives, White Lives

by Bob Blauner
University of California Press

This revealing document mirrors the white backlash of the late '60s, the worsening crisis of urban ghetto youth, growing black concern for the Afro-American family and the bitterness of those trapped in the so-called underclass.

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Our Mothers’ Spirits
Our Mothers’ Spirits

by Bob Blauner
Harper Collins

An anthology of poetry and short stories about men's mothers. Subtitled Great Writers on the Death of Mothers and the Grief of Men, contributors include John Updike, Russell Baker, Kirk Douglas, Art Buchwald, Martin Duberman, John Cheever and Henry Miller.

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Paddy on the Hardwood
Paddy on the Hardwood

by Rus Bradburd
University of New Mexico Press

"No reader will come away from this irresistible, honest, and deeply human account without a profound appreciation for Ireland and the beguiling power of its people and culture. Paddy on the Hardwood is a basketball book, to be sure, but also one about questing and, ultimately, finding. And it's all the richer for how it engages things that seem distant from sports, but in the end aren't so unrelated at all.”
—Alexander Wolff, Sports Illustrated senior writer

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Driving Mr. Yogi
Driving Mr. Yogi

by Harvey Araton
Houghton Mifflin

"In Driving Mr. Yogi, one of America's finest sportswriters writes about the magical relationship. Any baseball fan would love to be at spring training, sun shining, smell of mowed grass in the air, and just listen to the stories of those two wonderful men. Harvey Araton lets us do just that."
—Joe Posnanski, author of The Machine and The Soul of Baseball

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Red
Red

by Ira Berkow
University of Nebraska Press

In Red, the personality, career, and world of one of America's best writers and most honored sports journalists are brought warmly to life. From Red Smith’s first story for the Milwaukee Sentinel in 1927 to his last column for the New York Times five days before his death in 1982, his inimitable style graced the country’s sports pages for over half a century. Even in his earliest column, his writing showed evidence of the wit, clarity, and eloquence that would become his hallmarks. In 1976 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism.

 

Summers in the Bronx
Summers in the Bronx

by Ira Berkow
Triumph Books

Ira Berkow takes the reader with him into the clubhouse and onto the field as he observes, interviews and comments on the Bronx Bombers over his long and distinguished career writing and reporting on them.

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The Patient’s Checklist
The Patient’s Checklist

by Elizabeth Bailey
Sterling Books

"Elizabeth Bailey's book could save your life.  I've been pushing for people to understand how checklists work and can be made to empower them. Bailey has done precisely this for patients - that is, for all of us."
-Atul Gawande, New York Times bestselling author of The Checklist Manifesto

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Willie’s Time
Willie’s Time

by Charles Einstein
Southern Illinois University

"Einstein uses history and Willie Mays interchangeably, and it works. . . . He cares, has a rich memory, and can write up a storm.”  
—New York Times Book Review
 

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Better Than Well
Better Than Well

by Carl Elliott
Norton

"Elliott's absorbing account will make readers think again about the ways that science shapes our personal identities."
―American Scientist

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Move the Crowd
Move the Crowd

by Dimitri Ehrlich
MTV Books

I feel that once the black man gets himself better situated, the pyramids will be nothing compared to what this generation is gonna do." 
—Lord Jamar, Brand Nubian

 

White Coat Black Hat
White Coat Black Hat

by Carl Elliott
Beacon Press

Any physician knows that the careless mingling of certain medical interventions can lead to unwanted—even fatal—consequences for the patient. That explains why physician-philosopher Elliott decided to pen this cautionary book, exposing example after example of the adverse effects of mixing capitalism with the practice of medicine. Elliott’s dim view ought to be a real eye-opener for health-care patients-cum-consumers.
—Booklist (starred review)

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Play Their Hearts Out
Play Their Hearts Out

by George Doorman
Random House

• Winner of the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting
• Winner of the Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Youth Sports
• Named one of the best sports books of the year by the Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and Kirkus Reviews

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The First Look
The First Look

by Amelia Davis
University of Illinois Press

This essential book also provides companions-in-arms for newcomers to the battle against cancer. Behind each photograph, behind each story is a woman who triumphed. Their "battle wounds" serve as reminders of the resilience of the female spirit and as symbols of survival, perseverance, and strength. A diverse portrait of renewal, regeneration, and most of all reality.

My Story
My Story

by Angela Davis
Demos Health

"In creating her book, My Story: A Photographic Essay of Life With Multiple Sclerosis, Davis learned a lot more about MS and the people who have it. Thirty-one of them join her to trash stereotypes, confront fears, offer hope, tell the truth and put 32 faces on a mysterious illness that is often misunderstood." 
—San Francisco Chronicle

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The Bud Collins History of Tennis
The Bud Collins History of Tennis

by Bud Collins
New Chapter Press

Compiled by the world’s foremost tennis historian and journalist, this book is the ultimate collection of historical tennis information, including year-by-year recaps of every tennis season and biographical sketches of every major tennis personality, as well as stats, records, and championship rolls for all of the major events.

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Striking Silver
Striking Silver

by Tom and Jerry Caraccioli
Sports Publishing

"Striking Silver offers a fascinating portrait of one of the great, untold success stories in American hockey—the 1972 Olympic team. The recognition for what this unforgettable cast of characters had to overcome is welcome, and long overdue."
—E. M. Swift, Sports Illustrated

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Boycott
Boycott

by Tom and Jerry Caraccioli
New Chapter Press

"Uniquely and poignantly captures the impact of American athletes denied the opportunity to compete in the Olympic Games. This book . . . becomes their belated, but deserved, Olympic salute." 
—Dick Enberg, CBS Sports

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Tunny
Tunny

by Jack Cavanaugh
Random House

Tunney offers a unique perspective on sports, celebrity, and popular culture in the 1920s. But more than an exciting and insightful real-life tale, replete with heads of state, irrepressible showmen, mobsters, Hollywood luminaries, and the cream of New York society, Tunney is an irresistible story of an American underdog who forever changed the way fans look at their heroes.

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The Gipper
The Gipper

by Jack Cavanaugh
Skyhorse Publishing

Like Cavanaugh’s other critically acclaimed books, The Gipper is also a period piece, with a considerable focus on the era before, during, and immediately after WWI. It details the changes that the country underwent during that time, including the onset of Prohibition and the gangs that it spawned in the Midwest such as those active in the South Bend area and in nearby Chicago, headed by the notorious Al Capone.

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Season of ‘42
Season of ‘42

by Jack Cavanaugh
Skyhorse

“With his exploration of how the U.S.'s involvement in WWII impacted the 1942 Major League Baseball season, Pulitzer Prize-nominee Cavanaugh (Tunney) executes a winning double play—intertwining baseball history with progress reports from the front lines of battle, his newest will please Sport fans and military buffs alike.”
—Publishers Weekly

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Giants Among Men
Giants Among Men

by Jack Cavanaugh
Random House

In Giants Among Men, Jack Cavanaugh, the acclaimed author of Tunney, transports us to the NFL’s golden age to introduce the close-knit and diverse group that won the heart of a city, helped spread the gospel of pro football across the nation, and recast the NFL as a media colossus. 

Becoming a Doctor
Becoming a Doctor

Edited by Lee Gutkind
Norton

In this inspired anthology, doctors relate true stories from their professional lives, capturing disillusionments and triumphs encountered along the way. Essays by such distinguished writers as Peter D. Kramer, Kay Redfield Jamison, Danielle Ofri, Robert Coles, Lauren Slater, Sandeep Jauhar, and Perri Klass create a vivid mural of the medical world, from a student’s uneasy first encounter with a cadaver to a veteran doctor’s memories of the emotionally charged days and nights of residency.

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In Fact
In Fact

Edited by Lee Gutkind
Norton

Creative nonfiction, also known as narrative nonfiction, liberated journalism by inviting writers to dramatize, interpret, speculate, and even re-create their subjects. Lee Gutkind collects twenty-five essays that flourished in this new turf, all originally published in the groundbreaking journal he founded, Creative Nonfiction, now in its tenth anniversary year.

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The Best Creative Nonfiction
The Best Creative Nonfiction

Edited by Lee Gutkind
Norton

“Intelligent but accessible, and often poignant . . . [by] the biggest talents on the essay and blog beat.”
―Publishers Weekly

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Our Roots are Deep with Passion
Our Roots are Deep with Passion

Edited by Lee Gutkind
Other Press

Lee Gutkind, founding editor of Creative Nonfiction, the nation’s premier nonfiction prose literary journal, and Joanna Clapps Herman have brought together artful essays by novelists, scholars, critics, and memoirists from across the country. The pieces are as varied as their authors, but all explore the unique intersections of language, tradition, cuisine, and culture that characterize the diverse experience of Americans of Italian heritage.

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Reclaiming Our Children
Reclaiming Our Children

by Peter Breggin, MD
Perseus Books

From recasting our attitudes as parents to restructuring class sizes, limiting homework and fostering honest dialog about the pressures in our society, Reclaiming Our Children shows us the way to profound and lasting peace with and among our children. Beginning with a dramatic shift in adult priorities that places children at the center of our lives, Peter Breggin demonstrates how we can dedicate ourselves to creating meaningful, loving, disciplined, and inspiring relationships with all of our children.

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Talking Back to Ritalin
Talking Back to Ritalin

by Peter Breggin, MD
Perseus Books

"Every child needs a hero—a champion who will speak truth to power. That hero is Peter Breggin. When he writes on behalf of children and caring parents, the world should stand up and take notice. This book is packed with information needed by anyone who is considering prescribing psychiatric drugs to children."
—Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Ph.D.

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The Heartmath Solution
The Heartmath Solution

by Doc Lew Childre
HarperCollins

A celebration of the intelligence of the heart and a practical guide to living it."
—Gary Zukav, author of The Seat of the Soul

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Forty Minutes of Hell
Forty Minutes of Hell

by Rus Bradburd
Amistad/Harper

“Nolan Richardson’s extraordinary life and success as the University of Arkansas’ coach are an important chapter in the history of our country’s struggle for racial equality, with all the excitement of the Final Four. What an incredible journey!”
—President Bill Clinton

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The Ritalin Fact Book
The Ritalin Fact Book

by Peter Breggin, MD
Perseus Books

From how these drugs work in the brain to documented side and withdrawal effects, The Ritalin Fact Book is up-to-the-minute and easy-to-access. With its suggestions for non-prescriptive ways to treat ADD and ADHD, it is essential reading for every parent whose child is on or who has been recommended psychoactive medication.

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Until It Hurts
Until It Hurts

by Mark Hyman
Beacon Press

"A hair-raising look at everything that is wrong with youth sports today. Every parent and every coach who has ever been involved in youth sports and cares about kids has an obligation to read it."
—Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights

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The Private Journals of Edvard Munch
The Private Journals of Edvard Munch

Edited by J. Gill Holland
University of Wisconsin Press

This English translation of Edvard Munch's private diaries, the most extensive edition to appear in any language, captures the eloquent lyricism of the original Norwegian text. The journal entries in this volume span the period from the 1880s, when Munch was in his twenties, until the 1930s, reflecting the changes in his life and his work. The book is illustrated with fifteen of Munch's drawings, many of them rarely seen before. While these diaries have been excerpted before, no translation has captured the real passion and poetry of Munch's voice. This is a translation that lets Munch speak for himself and evokes the primal passion of his diaries.

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The Top of His Game
The Top of His Game

by W. C. Heinz
The Library of America

"Heinz could make sentences sing, but his special gift was somehow to sound the chord of music that was the man. The subjects of his profiles lived and breathed and laughed and wept with unforgettable vitality."
— Roger Kahn

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The Gashouse Gang
The Gashouse Gang

by John Heidenry
Public Affairs

Based on original research and told in entertaining narrative style, The Gashouse Gang brings a bygone era and a cast full of vivid personalities to life and unearths a treasure trove of baseball lore that will delight any fan of the great American pastime.

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Zero at the Bone
Zero at the Bone

by John Heidenry
St. Martin's Press

“Heidenry delivers a lean, mean account of an infamous 1953 kidnapping and murder. . . .  Harsh, chilling, lurid, and gripping.”
—Kirkus Reviews

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Dematerializing
Dematerializing

by Jane Hammerslough
Perseus Books

"Getting what you want" today is increasingly linked to buying something. But is the purchase always enough? Picking up where "simplifying" may not satisfy, Dematerializing acknowledges the pleasures, along with the pitfalls, of living in a material world. With a sharp reporter's eye and a wry sensibility, Jane Hammerslough encourages readers to explore how a consumption-crazed culture affects their own relationships with objects.

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Without a Map
Without a Map

by Meredith Hall
Beacon Press

It was 1965 when Hall was expelled from her New Hampshire high school, shunned by all her friends, made to leave her mother's home, and kept hidden from sight in her father's house—all because she was a sexually naïve 16-year-old, pregnant by a college boy who wasn't all that interested in her anyway. And in this memoir, chapters of which have been published in magazines, Hall narrates this bittersweet tale of loss.

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A Good War is Hard to Find
A Good War is Hard to Find

by David Griffith
Soft Skull Press

In the wake of Abu Ghraib, Americans have struggled to understand what happened in the notorious prison and why. In this elegant series of essays, inflected with a radical Catholic philosophy, David Griffith contends that society's shift from language to image has changed the way people think about violence and cruelty, and that a disconnect exists between images and reality.

Eye of My Heart
Eye of My Heart

by Barbara Graham
HarperCollins

“Spry and unsentimental. . . . Truth telling with dollops of love.” 
—O Magazine

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The Late Starters Orchestra
The Late Starters Orchestra

by Ari L. Goldman
Algonquin Books

“Goldman employs a light touch in The Late Starters Orchestra as he regales us with his quest to master the cello . . . He finds a camaraderie and shared spirit that allows him to accept his limitations as a less-than-perfect cellist whose friends and family will love him, no matter how many notes he misses.” 
—The Wall Street Journal

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In Search of the Divine Mother
In Search of the Divine Mother

by Martin Goodman
HarperCollins

For the thousands who have visited her, and the thousands more who have wondered at her power and widespread appeal, In Search of the Divine Mother offers a riveting inside account of one man's search to discover the truth about Mother Meera. Through his beautifully written and richly textured work, celebrated novelist Martin Goodman creates both a magnificent tale of spiritual transformation and a fascinating profile of a true mystic living in our time.

The Longest Fight
The Longest Fight

by William Gildea
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

“A gem of a book . . . In lean prose, Gildea gives us a blow-by-blow account of Gans’s career. He pivots from describing the fight to exploring his subject’s life to examining the racism of the age and the contradictions of ‘sportsmanship’ that belittled blacks while making money off them.” 
—The Washington Post Book World

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The Glory Game
The Glory Game

by Frank Gifford with Peter Richmond
HarperCollins

“Frank Gifford brings the contest so alive that you find yourself almost wondering, 50 years later, how it will turn out in the end.”
—New York Times Book Review

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Something I Said?
Something I Said?

by Michael Feldman
University of Wisconsin Press

"Michael Feldman dispenses a rare brand of humor absurd enough to shovel a glimpse at the truth. In Something I Said, he has frisbeed his soul into hell in the hope that some three-headed, flatulent dog will catch it. Funny enough to make you dump standing."
—Kinky Friedman, author of Scuse Me While I Whip This Out

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Woody
Woody

by David Evanier
St. Martin's Press

In this first biography of Woody Allen in over a decade, David Evanier discusses key movies, plays and prose as well as Allen's personal life. Evanier tackles the themes that Allen has spent a lifetime sorting through in art: morality, sexuality, Judaism, the eternal struggle of head and heart. Woody will be the definitive word on a major American talent as he begins his ninth decade, and his sixth decade of making movies.

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Roman Candle
Roman Candle

by David Evanier
Excelsior Editions

"This biography percolates with cool ... [Evanier has] written a book so charged with intimacy, so heartbreakingly ebullient with life, that you feel that any moment the pages are about to snap their fingers and break into song."
—Caroline LeavittThe Boston Globe

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Making the Wiseguys Weep
Making the Wiseguys Weep

by David Evanier
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Hoboken's unsung singer feuded with Sinatra, stood up to shakedown artists, befriended godfathers, and now has thirty-six recordings in print. A captivating story of a brilliant entertainer, Making the Wiseguys Weep is also a colorful portrait of Italian American culture from the 240 saloons that lined Hoboken's streets to the bright lights of New York City.

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All the Things You Are
All the Things You Are

by David Evanier
Wiley

"David Evanier's All the Things You Are is a work of profound empathy and musical understanding. Tony Bennett lives in these pages as a matchlessly joyous singer whose brilliance refracts from a deep and subtle soul."
—James Kaplan, author of Frank: The Voice

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Forever Fat
Forever Fat

by Lee Gutkind
University of Nebraska Press

“This collection of beautifully crafted personal essays . . . demonstrates the author’s mastery over his chosen genre. Always engrossing, the pieces convey emotional pain leavened with humor and are written with piercing honesty.”
—Publishers Weekly

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Many Sleepless Nights
Many Sleepless Nights

by Lee Gutkind
Open Road

Although organ transplantation is the preeminent medical miracle of the last quarter of a century, Many Sleepless Nights is the first book to go beyond the headlines and describe the patients who have embraced this last chance to hold on to life, the intricate medical procedures that can save them, the surgeons and nurses who work in this emotionally charged world, and the ethics which complicate this “miracle” high-tech therapy.

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Truckin’ with Sam
Truckin’ with Sam

by Lee Gutkind
SUNY Press

“…a frank, funny, quasi-religious memoir of one graying Boomer’s attempt to redefine fatherhood.” 
—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up
You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

by Lee Gutkind
Da Capo Books

“Students and teachers of writing will find You Can’t Make This Stuff Up instructive and inspiring…Those leery of yet another writer’s manual will likely find they enjoy reading this engaging book for the way the author weaves together true stories well told.”
—Milwaukee Shepherd Express

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Almost Human
Almost Human

by Lee Gutkind
Norton

“A crazy suspense story about these kids at Carnegie Mellon and their leader making robots . . . fascinating stuff.” 
―Jon Stewart

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An Unspoken Art
An Unspoken Art

by Lee Gutkind
Open Road

Ever since James Herriot captivated readers with his stories of veterinary medicine in England, we have been fascinated with the lives of veterinarians. Gutkind explores a community that most people know little about, profiling a broad range of practitioners and documenting how the profession has changed since Herriot's day.

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Bloodland
Bloodland

by Dennis McAuliffe, Jr.
Council Oak Books

 

What It Takes to Pull Me Through
What It Takes to Pull Me Through

by David L. Marcus
Houghton Mifflin

The Academy at Swift River specializes in one of the toughest tasks a school can undertake: helping teenagers in crisis regain their bearings. During a fourteen-month academic term at the school, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David L. Marcus witnesses the intense process that turns these kids around.

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Only A Game
Only A Game

by Bill LIttlefield
University of Nebraska Press

“For me, the problem with sports is sports commentary, which so often combines jingoism, sanctimoniousness, and stupidity. Bill Littlefield is a shining exception, a person I can read and listen to with pleasure. He talks about games with a sense of proportion and an adult’s sense of humor.”
—Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Soul of a New Machine 

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In the Country of Illness
In the Country of Illness

by Robert Lipsyte
Knopf

Into the Country of Illness is an unconventional read, juxtaposing cancer and humor, or, more appropriately, what Lipsyte terms "tumor humor." Although this is an uncomfortable concept, Lipsyte regards humor as a "chemotherapy for the spirit," necessary to deal with the awfulness of this horrible disease. This is an enlightening book on the darkest of subjects.

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Fifty Acres
Fifty Acres

by Jeanne Marie Laskas
Bantam

Against a backdrop of brambles, a satellite dish, and sheep, Fifty Acres and a Poodle tells a tender, touching, and hilarious tale about life, love, and the unexpected complications of having your dream come true.

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Hidden America
Hidden America

by Jeanne Marie Laskas
Putnam

“At a time when American workers seem most prized for their ability to serve as campaign props, Hidden America comes as a breath of fresh air with no political slant, no hidden motive.”
—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Growing Girls
Growing Girls

by Jeanne Marie Laskas
Bantam

A good mother, writes Jeanne Marie Laskas in her latest report from Sweetwater Farm, would have bought a house in the suburbs with a cul-de-sac for her kids to ride bikes around instead of a ramshackle house in the middle of nowhere with a rooster. With the wryly observed self-doubt all mothers and mothers-to-be will instantly recognize, Laskas offers a poignant and laugh-out-loud-funny meditation on that greatest–and most impossible–of all life’s journeys: motherhood.

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The Exact Same Moon
The Exact Same Moon

by Jeanne Marie Laskas
Bantam

With warmth, wisdom, and unfailing humor, Laskas tells the poignant story of her search for motherhood—and what happens when a woman risks happily-ever-after for something even more precious. As she tends to her own ailing mother, Jeanne Marie discovers that the challenges and rewards of living with Mother Nature pale in comparison to those awakened by the nature of mothering.

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Path Without Destination
Path Without Destination

by Satish Kumar
William Morrow

Written with elegance and penetrating simplicity, Path Without Destination is the exhilarating account of the extraordinary life of Satish Kumar. At nine years of age, Satish renounced the world, left his home in rural India, and joined a wandering brotherhood of beggar monks until an inner voice guided him to Gandhi's vision of a peaceful world.

The Buddha and the Terrorist
The Buddha and the Terrorist

by Satish Kumar
Algonquin Books

“A challenging story, beautifully written, most pertinent and relevant to our time.”
—Deepak Chopra

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Eddie & the Gun Girl
Eddie & the Gun Girl

by Mark Kram Jr.
Kindle Single

Eddie and the Gun Girl is the true story of the shooting of Philadelphia Phillies All-Star first baseman Eddie Waitkus by a deranged female admirer in 1949. While such incidents would become commonplace in ensuing years, as stars of every persuasion would surround themselves with bodyguards and live in increasing fear of unannounced assailants, the events of that June 14 at the elegant Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago were unprecedented. A study of the phenomenon of celebrity stalking by the United States Secret Service years later cited the unprovoked assault on Eddie by young Ruth Steinhagen as ground zero in the age of the obsessed fan.

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Great Men Die Twice
Great Men Die Twice

by Mark Kram
St. Martin's Griffin

“[Kram] understood the history and the strategy of the ring, and he could describe a jab or a roundhouse right with the precision that made you feel it...his prose was energetic, inventive...and enormously fun to read.”
―New York Times

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The Hotel
The Hotel

by Sonny Kleinfield
Open Road

The author takes us on a guided tour of one of the most distinctive social phenomena of our time—the luxury hotel. Kleinfield describes with detail some of the personal loyalties, conflicts, skirmishes, and sacrifices that bubble away beneath that great containing vessel of luxury—the Plaza in New York City. From the laundry room, through the kitchens, to the dining rooms, to the suites, we are led in turn and given the inside view. We meet the managers, the chambermaids, the doormen, some of the guests, and the new owner, Donald Trump. 
—A.J. Anderson

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His Oldest Friend
His Oldest Friend

by Sonny Kleinfield
Times Books

The complexities and contradictions of the friendship between a 93-year-old wheelchair-bound woman living in a New York City nursing home and a poor, 20-year-old Hispanic volunteer charged with visiting her on afternoons is the subject of this inspirational book. Pulitzer-winning New York Times reporter Kleinfield quickly points out the cultural and generational differences between the improbable pair, as Miss Margaret Oliver and Elvis Checo, who has been hired by the woman's daughter as her companion, seek to make sense of what life and time have dealt them. 

Love and Fatigue in America
Love and Fatigue in America

by Roger King
University of Wisconsin Press

“This moving autobiographical novel . . . brings into relief many of America’s follies and excesses, most notably our health-care system. . . . After more than fifteen years, America brings the narrator ‘not aspiration realized, nor a largeness of life fitting to its open spaces, but the nascent ability to be satisfied with less.’”
—The New Yorker

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56: The Last Magic Number
56: The Last Magic Number

by Kostya Kennedy
Sports Illustrated Books

"A wonderful book. And what may be the last word on a record that may last forever." 
—Gay Talese

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Pete Rose
Pete Rose

by Kostya Kennedy
Sports Illustrated Books

"Kennedy's book on the tarnished and enigmatic Rose is exceptional. Like the best writing about sport—Liebling, Angell—it qualifies as stirring literature. I'd read Kennedy no matter what he writes about."
—Richard Ford

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Almost Home
Almost Home

by Tina Kelley and Kevin Ryan
Wiley

"The moving stories here offer a sense of promise, a belief that with guidance, empathy, and some semblance of home even the most wounded teens can thrive."
—Alex Kotlowitz, bestselling author of There Are No Children Here

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Bad Girls and Sick Boys
Bad Girls and Sick Boys

Linda Kauffman
University of California Press

"Linda Kauffman is the perfect guide through the troubling, erotically charged cultural environment she maps in Bad Girls and Sick Boys. She handles popular culture with sophistication and intelligence and addresses academic subjects with an engaging flair. Kauffman is alert, informed, clear-eyed, and most of all, entirely free of cant."
—Anthony De Curtis

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The Most Expensive Game in Town
The Most Expensive Game in Town

by Mark Hyman
Beacon Press

"Hyman—a recovering sports dad himself—adopts a refreshingly nonjudgmental attitude toward the parents who started out pacing the sidelines and ended up walking off the deep end."
—Gordon Marino, New York Times Book Review

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House Lust
House Lust

by Daniel McGinn
Doubleday / Currency

"[House Lust] is a witty survey of the world of buying, selling, and gossiping about homes."
—The Wall Street Journal

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Hello, I’m Special
Hello, I’m Special

by Hal Niedzviecki
City Lights

Hal Niedzviecki has a blunt message for the army of tattoo and piercing enthusiasts, bloggers, skateboard warriors, and anyone else walking around with the smug certainty that they are one of a kind: Individuality is the new conformity.

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The Peep Diaries
The Peep Diaries

by Hal Niedzviecki
City Lights

“It’s a great read; it mixes frank interviews with people pushing the boundaries of voyeurism and exhibitionism, alongside a bracing critique of the social context that got us into peep culture and the forces that now exploit our participation in it.”
—The Globe and Mail

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Poetry as Survival
Poetry as Survival

by Gregory Orr
University of Georgia Press

As a poet who has experienced considerable trauma―especially as a child―Orr refers to the damaging experiences of his past and to the role poetry played in his ability to recover and survive. His personal narrative makes all the more poignant and vivid Orr's claims for lyric poetry's power as a tool for healing. Poetry as Survival is a memorable and inspiring introduction to lyric poetry's capacity to help us find safety and comfort in a threatening world.

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Far Afield
Far Afield

by S. L. Price
Ecco

“One of the year’s five best reads.” 
—Esquire

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Heart of the Game
Heart of the Game

by S. L. Price
Ecco

“Genuine and raw…a heartfelt work of despair, triumph, and redemption.”
 —Boston Globe

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Pitching Around Fidel
Pitching Around Fidel

by S. L. Price
University of Florida Press

"Offers a rare and provocative tour of the world's most remarkable sports culture. It's an unforgettable story of supremely gifted athletes, the utter madness of politics, and the scent of big money across the sea."
—Carl Hiaasen

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Lay the Favorite
Lay the Favorite

by Beth Raymer
Spiegel & Grau

“Strange as hell, wildly affectionate and very, very funny.  It is a world filled with scoundrels, thieves, and gamblers.  It is a world we all recognize, where everyone is looking to somehow come out on top while doing what they love.  The book is wise and has a relish for life that is a treat.”
—Stephen Frears

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A Race Like No Other
A Race Like No Other

by Liz Robbins
HarperCollins

The New York City Marathon is considered one of the nation’s—and the world's—premier sporting events. A reporter for the New York Times, Liz Robbins brings the color, the history, the electricity of this remarkable annual competition alive in A Race Like No Other. Centering her narrative around the fabled 2007 running, Robbins captures all the intensity of the grand event, following the runners—both professional and amateur—along 26.2 grueling miles through the streets of New York, from the starting line at the Verrazano Narrows Bridge to the finish line in Central Park.

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A History of New York in 101 Objects
A History of New York in 101 Objects

by Sam Roberts
Simon & Schuster

“A must-have gift for anyone who loves New York, who loves to hate it, or who thinks they already know everything about it.” 
—Gay Talese

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The Brother
The Brother

by Sam Roberts
Simon & Schuster

“An absorbing account of the Rosenberg atomic spy drama seen through the eyes of [David] Greenglass . . . whose testimony helped send his sister, Ethel Rosenberg, and her husband, Julius, to the electric chair in 1953.”
—The New York Times Book Review

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Grand Central
Grand Central

by Sam Roberts
Grand Central Publishing

In the winter of 1913, Grand Central Station was officially opened and immediately became one of the most beautiful and recognizable Manhattan landmarks. In this celebration of the one hundred-year-old terminal, Sam Roberts of the New York Times looks back at Grand Central's conception, amazing history, and the far-reaching cultural effects of the station that continues to amaze tourists and shuttle busy commuters. 

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Habitats
Habitats

by Constance Rosenblum
NYU Press

"...a must-read for all of us New Yorkers who are forever obsessed with the never-boring topic of New York real estate and who are forever curious about how our New York neighbors, from across the street to across the river, live their domestic lives behind their curtains, blinds, and wrought iron gates."
—Yukie Ohta, New York Bound Books

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Scribe
Scribe

by Bob Ryan
Bloomsbury

"Over nearly half a century, Bob Ryan has seen so much, covered so much, and been a part of so much of what mattered in American sports. It would take at least a trilogy to touch on all of it. But for now, this is a damn good start." 
―Bob Costas

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The Outsider
The Outsider

by Ariel Sabar
A Kindle Single

"The old research station, like the psychologist who created it, was unassuming in appearance yet pioneering in the most peculiar ways" 
—Kansas City Star, in a front-page story featuring The Outsider

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Heart of the City
Heart of the City

by Ariel Sabar
Da Capo Press

"The couples in this book hail from across America and the world. Most don't live in New York City. Some never did. What mattered to me was that they met there, in one of its iconic public places. Each of the nine stories begins just before that chance meeting—when they are strangers, oblivious to how, in moments, their lives will irrevocably change."
—from the Introduction

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The Pride of the Yankees
The Pride of the Yankees

by Richard Sandomir
Hachette

On July 4, 1939, Gehrig delivered what has been called "baseball's Gettysburg Address" at Yankee Stadium. There is, for now, no known, intact film of Gehrig's speech, but instead, just a swatch of the newsreel footage has survived, incorporating his opening and closing remarks: "For the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth," the last line, of course, having become one of the most famous, invoked, and inspiring, ever, anywhere.

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The Match
The Match

by Bruce Shoenfeld
HarperCollins

“Schoenfeld captures the not-so-good-old days of...tennis that are virtually forgotten in these affluent times.” 
—Bud Collins

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In the Mind Fields
In the Mind Fields

by Casey Schwartz
Pantheon

“Fascinating. . . . Refreshingly honest. . . . Both a smart exploration of a complicated subject and an excellent read.”
—Chicago Tribune

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A Fiery Peace in a Cold War
A Fiery Peace in a Cold War

by Neil Sheehan
Vintage

In this sweeping narrative, Sheehan brings to life a huge cast of some of the most intriguing characters of the cold war, including the brilliant physicist John Von Neumann, and the hawkish Air Force general, Curtis LeMay. Melding biography, history, world affairs, and science, A Fiery Peace in a Cold War transports the reader back and forth from individual drama to world stage.

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A World of Light
A World of Light

by Floyd Skloot
University of Nebraska Press

In his award-winning memoir In the Shadow of Memory, Floyd Skloot told the hard story of coming to terms with a brain-ravaging virus. A World of Light, written with the same insight, passion, and humor that distinguished the earlier volume, moves Skloot’s story from the reassembly of a self after neurological calamity to the reconstruction of a shattered life. 

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The Wink of the Zenith
The Wink of the Zenith

by Floyd Skloot
University of Nebraska Press

Among the influences of family and close friendship, experience and popular culture, Floyd Skloot uncovers a unique and telling perspective on the forging of a writer’s individual sensibility. At the same time, his book explores fundamental questions about how life shapes the creative spirit—and how, in turn, the writer makes sense of it all and gives life a new and meaningful shape in the form of literature.

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Revirtigo
Revirtigo

by Floyd Skloot
University of Wisconsin Press

“A beautifully written, moving account. Who would have imagined that a memoir exploring months of extreme vertigo and decades of neurological turbulence would be filled with so much joy and optimism? This gentle, wise, and perceptive memoir never fails to surprise.”
—Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic & Desire

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Liberty’s First Crisis
Liberty’s First Crisis

by Charles Slack
Grove Press

“Artfully tells the story of the rise and eventual fall of the Sedition Act. . . . Slack’s delightful narrative focuses not on Adams and Jefferson but on the vast and eccentric group of printers, orators, politicians, amateur philosophers and visionaries who fought against the Sedition Act. . . . [He] shows us how citizens . . . gave the First Amendment its defining role in American politics.”
—Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Hetty
Hetty

by Charles Slack
Ecco Press

“[A] page-turning portrait of an important and complicated woman.” 
—Richmond Times-Dispatch

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Nobel Obsession
Nobel Obsession

by Charles Slack
Hyperion

Noble Obsession follows the life of Charles Goodyear, a single-minded genius who risked his own life and that of his family in a quest to unlock the secrets of rubber. In rich, historical detail, it chronicles the personal price Goodyear paid in pursuit of his dream and his bitter rivalry with Thomas Hancock, the scholarly English inventor who ultimately robbed Goodyear of fame and fortune.

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Blue Fairways
Blue Fairways

by Charles Slack
Henry Holt

A golfing everyman takes us on a pilgrimage, playing public golf courses along Route 1 down the east coast of the United States. From his first round with French-Canadian partners amidst the potato fields of northern Maine to his final round against a setting tropical sun in Key West, Charlie Slack chronicles the best and worst of the public-golf experience.

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The Prince of Providence
The Prince of Providence

by Mike Stanton
Random House

Welcome to Providence, Rhode Island, where corruption is entertainment and Mayor Buddy Cianci presided over the longest-running lounge act in American politics. In The Prince of Providence, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Mike Stanton tells a classic story of wiseguys, feds, and politicians on a carousel of crime and redemption.

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Opening Up
Opening Up

by Tristan Taormino
Cleis Press

"A luscious smorgasbord of non-monogamy as an opportunity for breaking free of one-way models of sex and love. Taormino's discussion is remarkably nuanced and balanced--and encourages readers to proceed with their eyes wide open." 
—Jack Morin, PhD, author of The Erotic Mind

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Pucker Up
Pucker Up

by Tristan Taormino
Regan Books / HarperCollins

A veritable buffet of human sexuality . . . . No matter how good you think your sex life is, this book is bound to give you a few ideas on how to make it even better.

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This I Believe: Life Lessons
This I Believe: Life Lessons

Dan Gediman
Wiley Books

"Each writer in the book lets us into his or her life for a brief moment, and this openness gives the message added weight, to the point that even the most curmudgeonly reader cannot help but be affected."
—Scott Coffman, The Courier-Journal

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This I Believe: On Motherhood
This I Believe: On Motherhood

by Dan Gediman
Wiley

“These heartwarming and heart-rending essays will all but wrench the knowing tears from a mother’s eyes, and from quite a few children as well... Throughout, the authors tell fascinating stories to illuminate the importance of their own mothers in ways to which we can all relate.”
—Scott Coffman, Louisville Courier-Journal

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This I Believe: On Fatherhood
This I Believe: On Fatherhood

by Dan Gediman
Wiley

From the popular radio series This I Believe comes this touching and thought-provoking compilation of original essays on one of the most fundamental of human relationships—fatherhood. It is a relationship filled with joy and heartbreak, love and anger, lessons learned, and opportunities missed.

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This I Believe: On Love
This I Believe: On Love

by Dan Gediman
Wiley

In these 60 short essays, men and women of all ages and backgrounds write about love: of a teacher, house, step family, the poor or needy, mountains, and even growing old.

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Killed Cartoons
Killed Cartoons

by David Wallis
W. W. Norton

One hundred political cartoons you wanted to see, but weren’t allowed to: all were banned for being too hot to handle. Think you live in a society with a free press? These celebrated cartoonists and illustrators found out otherwise. Whether blasting Bush for his “Bring ’em on!” speech, spanking pedophile priests, questioning capital punishment, debating the disputed 2000 election, or just mocking baseball mascots, they learned that newspapers and magazines increasingly play it safe by suppressing satire.

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Rebels on the Backlot
Rebels on the Backlot

by Sharon Waxman
HarperCollins

New York Times Hollywood correspondent Waxman has written a gritty, truthful study of six boundary-breaking young directors who revolutionized 1990s filmmaking and still represent a refreshing alternative to "cookie cutter scripts and cheap MTV imagery." Her full-blooded profiles introduce Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights), David Fincher (Fight Club), Steven Soderbergh (Traffic), David O. Russell (Three Kings) and Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich).

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Loot
Loot

by Sharon Waxman
Times Books

"Fast-paced and compelling . . . Waxman has an array of wondrous tales to tell . . . Considerable, admirable, and totally absorbing."
―The Boston Globe

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The Audacity of Hoop
The Audacity of Hoop

by Alexander Wolff
Temple University Press

"The cool, the flow, the edge, the drive, the individual and the team, the black and white—all of that is Barack Obama, playing basketball, the American game. To those who consider the president a mystery, The Audacity of Hoop offers a key to understanding him, through Alex Wolff's fluid prose and Pete Souza's evocative photographs."
—David Maraniss, author of Barack Obama: The Story

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And the War Came
And the War Came

by David Wyatt
University of Wisconsin Press

"Instinctively finding moments in which people are revealed for their true essence, Wyatt places the September 11 events on a human, domestic level, and shows how they touch everybody’s lives."
—Brian Bouldrey, author of The Boom Economy

 

In the Best Interest of Baseball
In the Best Interest of Baseball

by Andrew Zimbalist
Wiley

"A tour de force. It's an incredibly interesting read that ends with a vision for the sport that is squarely on target and a clarion call to our industry." 
—John Henry, principal owner of the Boston Red Sox and member of the MLB Executive Committee

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Twitch and Shout
Twitch and Shout

by Lowell Handler
University of Minnesota Press

Lowell Handler, who has Tourette’s syndrome, sets out on a journey through less than savory parts of America. From a transvestite bar in Tampa to a flophouse in New Orleans, he meets people who, like himself, don’t conform to the standards of conventional society. With a keen eye for detail and an acute sense of humor, this memoir captures the unforgettable life of a Touretter. 

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Whad’Ya Know?
Whad’Ya Know?

by Michael Feldman
Sourcebooks

If your answer to "Whad'Ya Know?" is "not much," get ready to become the smartest person on the block… or at least the one that knows the most stuff.

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Your Drug May Be Your Problem
Your Drug May Be Your Problem

by Peter Breggin, M.D.
Da Capo Press

Fully updated to include study results and new medications that have come to market, Your Drug May Be Your Problem will help countless readers exert control over their own psychiatric treatment.

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Is There No Place On Earth for Me?
Playing Through the Whistle
Mickey and Willie
Trump Nation
Only in New York
Casting Lots
Girl in the Woods
When They Come For Us, We’ll Be Gone
You Can Observe a Lot by Watching
Thirty-Eight Witnesses
A Bright Shining Lie
The Facebook Book
The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting
Shots in the Dark
Stealing Your Life
Lasting Impact
My Father’s Paradise
Suitable Accommodations
Like Any Normal Day: A Story of Devotion
Little People
Outside the Limelight
The Road Less Taken
To the New Owners
Life for Me Ain’t Been No Crystal Star
An Endless Search
The Candle Cafe Cookbook
Undertaker’s Son
The Starter Marriage
The Cult of Personality Testing
In Sam We Trust
How I Became a Human Being
Memphis Beat
Supreme Discomfort
Obama
The Blessing
Five Fires
Baseball in the Garden of Eden
Court Vision
Beyond the Dream
Metallica
Just Kids From the Bronx
When the Garden Was Eden
Black Lives, White Lives
Our Mothers’ Spirits
Paddy on the Hardwood
Driving Mr. Yogi
Red
Summers in the Bronx
The Patient’s Checklist
Willie’s Time
Better Than Well
Move the Crowd
White Coat Black Hat
Play Their Hearts Out
The First Look
My Story
The Bud Collins History of Tennis
Striking Silver
Boycott
Tunny
The Gipper
Season of ‘42
Giants Among Men
Becoming a Doctor
In Fact
The Best Creative Nonfiction
Our Roots are Deep with Passion
Reclaiming Our Children
Talking Back to Ritalin
The Heartmath Solution
Forty Minutes of Hell
The Ritalin Fact Book
Until It Hurts
The Private Journals of Edvard Munch
The Top of His Game
The Gashouse Gang
Zero at the Bone
Dematerializing
Without a Map
A Good War is Hard to Find
Eye of My Heart
The Late Starters Orchestra
In Search of the Divine Mother
The Longest Fight
The Glory Game
Something I Said?
Woody
Roman Candle
Making the Wiseguys Weep
All the Things You Are
Forever Fat
Many Sleepless Nights
Truckin’ with Sam
You Can’t Make This Stuff Up
Almost Human
An Unspoken Art
Bloodland
What It Takes to Pull Me Through
Only A Game
In the Country of Illness
Fifty Acres
Hidden America
Growing Girls
The Exact Same Moon
Path Without Destination
The Buddha and the Terrorist
Eddie & the Gun Girl
Great Men Die Twice
The Hotel
His Oldest Friend
Love and Fatigue in America
56: The Last Magic Number
Pete Rose
Almost Home
Bad Girls and Sick Boys
The Most Expensive Game in Town
House Lust
Hello, I’m Special
The Peep Diaries
Poetry as Survival
Far Afield
Heart of the Game
Pitching Around Fidel
Lay the Favorite
A Race Like No Other
A History of New York in 101 Objects
The Brother
Grand Central
Habitats
Scribe
The Outsider
Heart of the City
The Pride of the Yankees
The Match
In the Mind Fields
A Fiery Peace in a Cold War
A World of Light
The Wink of the Zenith
Revirtigo
Liberty’s First Crisis
Hetty
Nobel Obsession
Blue Fairways
The Prince of Providence
Opening Up
Pucker Up
This I Believe: Life Lessons
This I Believe: On Motherhood
This I Believe: On Fatherhood
This I Believe: On Love
Killed Cartoons
Rebels on the Backlot
Loot
The Audacity of Hoop
And the War Came
In the Best Interest of Baseball
Twitch and Shout
Whad’Ya Know?
Your Drug May Be Your Problem
Is There No Place On Earth for Me?

by Susan Sheehan
Vintage

“The classic case study of schizophrenia that set the stage for reform. . . . Its insight, compassion, and humanity have much to teach us."
—Andrew Solomon

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Playing Through the Whistle

by S. L. Price
Grove Atlantic

“[A] masterwork . . . Engrossing, and heartbreaking.”
—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Mickey and Willie

by Allen Barra
Crown Archetype

Barra produces a compelling and deeply affecting portrait of two superior athletes who shared the terrible burden of being heroes. 
—Bill Ott

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Trump Nation

by Timothy L. O'Brien
Hachette/Open Road

“A meticulous investigative biography.” 
—Jane Mayer, The New Yorker

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Only in New York

by Sam Roberts
St. Martin's Press

"Currently the Urban Affairs reporter for the New York Times, Roberts has covered the city for 40 years. So as we locals say, he knows from, and it shows in this fabulous collection of essays. With wit and grace, he tells stories of its citizens — some illustrious, others not; some living, others long dead. But the story he's really telling is that of New York, and he nails it."
New York Daily News

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Casting Lots

by Susan Silverman
De Capo Press

“Though the title may sound solemn, Silverman’s writing is anything but; like her sister, comedian Sarah Silverman, the author has a keen sense of humor and embellishes her narrative with laughs…Devoted to family, faith, and her partnership with God, Silverman paints an honest portrait of an imperfect but loving household. Readers of many traditions will enjoy Silverman’s tender adoption story.”
—Publishers Weekly

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Girl in the Woods

by Aspen Matis
William Morrow

“Matis writes with a rawness that refuses to hold back...filled with small moments of awe...I was struck by how far she had come…she seemed years more mature than the young woman at the start of the journey. Girl in the Woods is a touching memoir that...unleashes clarity.”
—Ms. Magazine

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When They Come For Us, We’ll Be Gone

Mariner Books
by Gal Beckerman

“Fresh, surprising and exceedingly well-researched.”
—Anne Applebaum, Washington Post Best Nonfiction 2010 

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You Can Observe a Lot by Watching

by Yogi Berra, with Dave Kaplan
Wiley

What does it take to be a real team player, especially in a society that glorifies selfishness and a corporate culture that often uses "team player" as a buzzword but rewards only the showboaters and prima donnas? In this happy and hilarious guide to teamwork, sportsmanship, and winning, Yogi Berra draws on the timeless wisdom handed down by example from ballplayers who came before him to inspire you to make the right choices and become not only a better team player—at sports, at work, and in life—but a better person.

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Thirty-Eight Witnesses

by A. M. Rosenthal
Open Road/Skyhorse

“This is a most important book by perhaps the most important newspaper editor of the last half century.”
—Gay Talese

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A Bright Shining Lie

by Neil Sheehan
Vintage

In this magisterial book, a monument of history and biography that was awarded the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction, a renowned journalist tells the story of John Vann—"the one irreplaceable American in Vietnam"—and of the tragedy that destroyed a country and squandered so much of America's young manhood and resources.

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The Facebook Book

by Greg Atwan, Evan Lushing, and Aurora Andrews
Abrams

Harvard alums and early Booksters Atwan and Lushing, follow in the fine satirical tradition of The Official Preppy Handbook and The Hipster Handbook with a parody full of anecdotes (true and semi-true), tips (useful and useless), and other insights. 

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The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting

by Anne Trubek
Bloomsbury

“Thoroughly enjoyable. . . delightful history [ending] with the conclusion that handwriting will not vanish but perhaps, like letterpress printing, become a fine art.”
—Publishers Weekly

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Shots in the Dark

by Jonathan Baumbach
The Critical Press

Novelist and critic Jonathan Baumbach was a contributor to Film Culture in the late 1950s, and then was the film critic for the Partisan Review from the 1970s through the early 1980s. His essays touched on a range of interests, including the legacy of French New Wave, the rise of New Hollywood, and the critical reputation of Pauline Kael. Though he was a contemporary of Kael, Andrew Sarris and others in the "Golden Age" of film criticism, Baumbach's writing on cinema has never before been collected in one place. Shots in the Dark brings this significant body of work together for the first time.

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Stealing Your Life

by Frank W. Abagnale
Broadway Books

The charismatic forger immortalized in the film Catch Me If You Can exposes the astonishing tactics of today’s identity theft criminals and offers powerful strategies to thwart them based on his second career as an acclaimed fraud-fighting consultant.

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Lasting Impact

by Kostya Kennedy
Time Inc. Books
 

"This riveting story about a high school football team is more than just the intriguing tale of a season. It's also the crucial examination of America's passion for our true national pastime, football."
―Christine BrennanUSA Today

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My Father’s Paradise

by Ariel Sabar
Algonquin Books

"Sabar offers something rare and precious—a tale of hope and continuity that can be passed on for generations."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Suitable Accommodations

by J. F. Powers  (Author), Katherine A. Powers (Editor)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


“These vibrant letters… reveal a restless, promising writer and family man with a wry sense of humor and a hunger for literary camaraderie…this collection serves as a touching portrait of one writer's struggle.”
―Publishers Weekly

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Like Any Normal Day: A Story of Devotion

by Mark Kram
St. Martin's Press

Winner of the 2013 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing, Like Any Normal Day is a profound, powerful narrative of a golden boy's tragedy, a woman's unlived life, and a brother's complicated devotion.

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Little People

by Dan Kennedy
Rodale Press

“So much for us to consider as we go through this extraordinary book—how fate and chance determine the circumstances of our lives—all told in wonderfully affecting and summoning language by a thoughtful and introspectively energetic father and writer who shares with us a family's life and in so doing helps us to become his companions in human understanding.”
―Robert Coles, author Pulitzer Prize-winning Children of Crisis

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Outside the Limelight

by Kathy Orton
Rutgers University Press

Outside the Limelight is the first book to look inside Ivy League basketball and at the boundless enthusiasm that defines it. With painstaking reportage, Kathy Orton weaves together the stories of coaches and players as they move from fall practice through an entire season and ahead to the NCAA tournament. vividly capturing the internal fervor of the personalities who champion their game—all the triumphs and disappointments of an Ivy hoop season.

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The Road Less Taken

by Kathryn Bertine
Triumph Books


Kathryn Bertine takes readers through her journey of striving to become a professional cyclist in her mid-30s. Her essays explore the twists and turns on life’s unexpected roads via bicycle, but also the larger meaning of what it means to heed one’s inner compass and search for a personal true north. With her signature wit and humor Bertine’s essays travel far beyond the bike lane, resonating with anyone who has ever dared to try and turn their dreams into a reality.

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To the New Owners

by Madeleine Blais
Grove Atlantic

“Madeleine Blais knows the secret of a superb memoir: a wry sense of humor and an honest sense of gratitude leaven the inevitable pain of To the New Owners. Anyone who has lived in a house and had to leave it will laugh and be moved by this brilliantly written book.”
―Anita Shreve, author of The Stars are Fire

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Life for Me Ain’t Been No Crystal Star

by Susan Sheehan
Vintage Books

"Sheehan eloquently and unflinchingly describes the structured waste of human potential that systematically deprives our society of honor and harmony. No reader with a conscience, no reader with a heart, will come away from this complicated, infuriating and unforgettable book untouched or unmotivated to instill long-overdue change."
—Michael Dorris, author of The Broken Chord

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An Endless Search

by David Ray
Soft Skull Press

I've always been touched by David Ray's work...he speaks eloquently of the depth possible in private life.
—Robert Bly

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The Candle Cafe Cookbook

by Joy Pierson and Bart Potenza
Clarkson Potter / Random House

It's hard enough to satisfy choosy diners at a hot New York restaurant—imagine having to do it without using meat, fish, dairy, or eggs! The Candle Cafe has been doing just that for years, offering vegan food that has earned the praise of food critics, celebrities, and countless New Yorkers.

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Undertaker’s Son

by Richard "Digger" Phelps
Lyons Press

“Digger always has something to say and is worth listening to or even reading with pleasure.”
(Rev.) Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame

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The Starter Marriage

by Pamela Paul
Villard/Random House

A pioneering look at first marriages lasting five years or less and ending without children, Paul’s book “will be a lesson to those contemplating marriage and a comfort to those who falter”
—The Economist

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The Cult of Personality Testing

by Annie Murphy Paul
Free Press

Millions of people worldwide take personality tests each year to direct their education, to decide on a career, to determine if they'll be hired, to join the armed forces, and to settle legal disputes. Yet, according to award-winning psychology writer Annie Murphy Paul, the sheer number of tests administered obscures a simple fact: they don't work. Most personality tests are seriously flawed, and sometimes unequivocally wrong.

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In Sam We Trust

by Bob Ortega
Random House

"Bob Ortega has a storyteller's rich ear for detail. . . . His deft description of Walton's amazing rise to power and wealth is so delicious that it is hard to believe this is a business book. It roars with incisive, powerful writing."
—Chicago Tribune

 

How I Became a Human Being

by Mark O'Brien
University of Wisconsin Press

“O’Brien conveys his pain, his suffering, his depression, his anomie—without resorting to tugging at our heartstrings.”
—Felice Picano, author of Like People in History

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Memphis Beat

by Larry Nager
St. Martin's Press

This book fills in what isn't so familiar: Memphis, it reveals, is our great cultural mixing board, where all the black and white folk have met and done musical business for two centuries or more. Larry Nager, former music editor of the "Memphis Commercial Appeal," offers more than a casual history. His chronicle reaches back into the nineteenth century, when Memphis was a wild frontier town full of whiskey, fiddle players, and minstrelsy.

Supreme Discomfort

by Kevin Merida and Michael Fletcher
Doubleday

Merida and Fletcher present a lucid, well-researched account of Thomas's controversial life and jurisprudence, including evidence supporting Anita Hill's sexual harassment allegations, and a nuanced discussion of the politics of black authenticity. They portray Thomas as a conflicted man: a committed conservative with an ethos of self-reliance, who took advantage of affirmative action only to have his achievements tarnished by his own insecurities and others' suspicions of incompetence or hypocrisy.
—from Publishers Weekly

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Obama

by Kevin Merida and Deborah Willis
Amistad/HarperCollins

Through 150 striking color photographs, Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs charts the road to Barack Obama's nomination as the first African American to lead the presidential ticket of a major party. This amazing collection of photographs captures the public and private moments of his journey, and offers a unique window into one of the great triumphs in American politics.

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The Blessing

by Gregory Orr
Council Oak Press

An astounding memoir saturated with themes of death, shame, and guilt, The Blessing focuses on the six years in Orr's life that most affected him and his evolution as a poet. From the earliest chapters, which detail the author's 12th year and the events leading to his accidental shooting of his younger brother, to his later search for meaning and his participation in the Civil Rights Movement, Orr's psychological and emotional honesty is moving.
—from Library Journal

 

 

Five Fires

by David Wyatt
Addison-Wesley/Oxford

A big-picture view of California's history, told with verve and considerable learning. Wyatt, a native Californian and professor of English at the University of Maryland, ranges freely among several disciplines, including history, literature, linguistics, and natural history, to shape a panoptic account of California history.

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Baseball in the Garden of Eden

by John Thorn
Simon & Schuster

"No one, absolutely no one, knows more about the history of our national pastime than John Thorn, and this new book ought to settle once and for all many of the questions fans have about baseball's origins. Superb.”
—Ken Burns

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Court Vision

by Ira Berkow
University of Nebraska Press

A sports columnist for the New York Times and a noted author, Berkow has interviewed people notable in various fields who share an abiding love for basketball. Those interviewed run the gamut from movie stars to astronauts, from government officials to novelists, and each of the contributors gives a different, nuanced, and intriguing look at the game.

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Beyond the Dream

by Ira Berkow
University of Nebraska Press

"Very few columnists have the genius to produce a timely piece that is also timeless. Ira Berkow has that ability in spades."
—George Plimpton

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Metallica

by Joe Berlinger
St. Martin's Press

“A fascinating look at the logistics of making an album and the dysfunctional family that bands can become.”
―Chicago Tribune

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Just Kids From the Bronx

by Arlene Alda
Henry Holt

"A down-to-earth, inspiring book about the American promise fulfilled."
—President Bill Clinton

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When the Garden Was Eden

by Harvey Araton
HarperCollins

“Brilliant . . . smartly written, featuring tons of interviews with the Knicks of the Phil Jackson-Clyde-Reed era.”
—New York Magazine

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Black Lives, White Lives

by Bob Blauner
University of California Press

This revealing document mirrors the white backlash of the late '60s, the worsening crisis of urban ghetto youth, growing black concern for the Afro-American family and the bitterness of those trapped in the so-called underclass.

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Our Mothers’ Spirits

by Bob Blauner
Harper Collins

An anthology of poetry and short stories about men's mothers. Subtitled Great Writers on the Death of Mothers and the Grief of Men, contributors include John Updike, Russell Baker, Kirk Douglas, Art Buchwald, Martin Duberman, John Cheever and Henry Miller.

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Paddy on the Hardwood

by Rus Bradburd
University of New Mexico Press

"No reader will come away from this irresistible, honest, and deeply human account without a profound appreciation for Ireland and the beguiling power of its people and culture. Paddy on the Hardwood is a basketball book, to be sure, but also one about questing and, ultimately, finding. And it's all the richer for how it engages things that seem distant from sports, but in the end aren't so unrelated at all.”
—Alexander Wolff, Sports Illustrated senior writer

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Driving Mr. Yogi

by Harvey Araton
Houghton Mifflin

"In Driving Mr. Yogi, one of America's finest sportswriters writes about the magical relationship. Any baseball fan would love to be at spring training, sun shining, smell of mowed grass in the air, and just listen to the stories of those two wonderful men. Harvey Araton lets us do just that."
—Joe Posnanski, author of The Machine and The Soul of Baseball

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Red

by Ira Berkow
University of Nebraska Press

In Red, the personality, career, and world of one of America's best writers and most honored sports journalists are brought warmly to life. From Red Smith’s first story for the Milwaukee Sentinel in 1927 to his last column for the New York Times five days before his death in 1982, his inimitable style graced the country’s sports pages for over half a century. Even in his earliest column, his writing showed evidence of the wit, clarity, and eloquence that would become his hallmarks. In 1976 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism.

 

Summers in the Bronx

by Ira Berkow
Triumph Books

Ira Berkow takes the reader with him into the clubhouse and onto the field as he observes, interviews and comments on the Bronx Bombers over his long and distinguished career writing and reporting on them.

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The Patient’s Checklist

by Elizabeth Bailey
Sterling Books

"Elizabeth Bailey's book could save your life.  I've been pushing for people to understand how checklists work and can be made to empower them. Bailey has done precisely this for patients - that is, for all of us."
-Atul Gawande, New York Times bestselling author of The Checklist Manifesto

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Willie’s Time

by Charles Einstein
Southern Illinois University

"Einstein uses history and Willie Mays interchangeably, and it works. . . . He cares, has a rich memory, and can write up a storm.”  
—New York Times Book Review
 

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Better Than Well

by Carl Elliott
Norton

"Elliott's absorbing account will make readers think again about the ways that science shapes our personal identities."
―American Scientist

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Move the Crowd

by Dimitri Ehrlich
MTV Books

I feel that once the black man gets himself better situated, the pyramids will be nothing compared to what this generation is gonna do." 
—Lord Jamar, Brand Nubian

 

White Coat Black Hat

by Carl Elliott
Beacon Press

Any physician knows that the careless mingling of certain medical interventions can lead to unwanted—even fatal—consequences for the patient. That explains why physician-philosopher Elliott decided to pen this cautionary book, exposing example after example of the adverse effects of mixing capitalism with the practice of medicine. Elliott’s dim view ought to be a real eye-opener for health-care patients-cum-consumers.
—Booklist (starred review)

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Play Their Hearts Out

by George Doorman
Random House

• Winner of the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting
• Winner of the Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Youth Sports
• Named one of the best sports books of the year by the Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and Kirkus Reviews

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The First Look

by Amelia Davis
University of Illinois Press

This essential book also provides companions-in-arms for newcomers to the battle against cancer. Behind each photograph, behind each story is a woman who triumphed. Their "battle wounds" serve as reminders of the resilience of the female spirit and as symbols of survival, perseverance, and strength. A diverse portrait of renewal, regeneration, and most of all reality.

My Story

by Angela Davis
Demos Health

"In creating her book, My Story: A Photographic Essay of Life With Multiple Sclerosis, Davis learned a lot more about MS and the people who have it. Thirty-one of them join her to trash stereotypes, confront fears, offer hope, tell the truth and put 32 faces on a mysterious illness that is often misunderstood." 
—San Francisco Chronicle

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The Bud Collins History of Tennis

by Bud Collins
New Chapter Press

Compiled by the world’s foremost tennis historian and journalist, this book is the ultimate collection of historical tennis information, including year-by-year recaps of every tennis season and biographical sketches of every major tennis personality, as well as stats, records, and championship rolls for all of the major events.

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Striking Silver

by Tom and Jerry Caraccioli
Sports Publishing

"Striking Silver offers a fascinating portrait of one of the great, untold success stories in American hockey—the 1972 Olympic team. The recognition for what this unforgettable cast of characters had to overcome is welcome, and long overdue."
—E. M. Swift, Sports Illustrated

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Boycott

by Tom and Jerry Caraccioli
New Chapter Press

"Uniquely and poignantly captures the impact of American athletes denied the opportunity to compete in the Olympic Games. This book . . . becomes their belated, but deserved, Olympic salute." 
—Dick Enberg, CBS Sports

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Tunny

by Jack Cavanaugh
Random House

Tunney offers a unique perspective on sports, celebrity, and popular culture in the 1920s. But more than an exciting and insightful real-life tale, replete with heads of state, irrepressible showmen, mobsters, Hollywood luminaries, and the cream of New York society, Tunney is an irresistible story of an American underdog who forever changed the way fans look at their heroes.

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The Gipper

by Jack Cavanaugh
Skyhorse Publishing

Like Cavanaugh’s other critically acclaimed books, The Gipper is also a period piece, with a considerable focus on the era before, during, and immediately after WWI. It details the changes that the country underwent during that time, including the onset of Prohibition and the gangs that it spawned in the Midwest such as those active in the South Bend area and in nearby Chicago, headed by the notorious Al Capone.

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Season of ‘42

by Jack Cavanaugh
Skyhorse

“With his exploration of how the U.S.'s involvement in WWII impacted the 1942 Major League Baseball season, Pulitzer Prize-nominee Cavanaugh (Tunney) executes a winning double play—intertwining baseball history with progress reports from the front lines of battle, his newest will please Sport fans and military buffs alike.”
—Publishers Weekly

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Giants Among Men

by Jack Cavanaugh
Random House

In Giants Among Men, Jack Cavanaugh, the acclaimed author of Tunney, transports us to the NFL’s golden age to introduce the close-knit and diverse group that won the heart of a city, helped spread the gospel of pro football across the nation, and recast the NFL as a media colossus. 

Becoming a Doctor

Edited by Lee Gutkind
Norton

In this inspired anthology, doctors relate true stories from their professional lives, capturing disillusionments and triumphs encountered along the way. Essays by such distinguished writers as Peter D. Kramer, Kay Redfield Jamison, Danielle Ofri, Robert Coles, Lauren Slater, Sandeep Jauhar, and Perri Klass create a vivid mural of the medical world, from a student’s uneasy first encounter with a cadaver to a veteran doctor’s memories of the emotionally charged days and nights of residency.

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In Fact

Edited by Lee Gutkind
Norton

Creative nonfiction, also known as narrative nonfiction, liberated journalism by inviting writers to dramatize, interpret, speculate, and even re-create their subjects. Lee Gutkind collects twenty-five essays that flourished in this new turf, all originally published in the groundbreaking journal he founded, Creative Nonfiction, now in its tenth anniversary year.

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The Best Creative Nonfiction

Edited by Lee Gutkind
Norton

“Intelligent but accessible, and often poignant . . . [by] the biggest talents on the essay and blog beat.”
―Publishers Weekly

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Our Roots are Deep with Passion

Edited by Lee Gutkind
Other Press

Lee Gutkind, founding editor of Creative Nonfiction, the nation’s premier nonfiction prose literary journal, and Joanna Clapps Herman have brought together artful essays by novelists, scholars, critics, and memoirists from across the country. The pieces are as varied as their authors, but all explore the unique intersections of language, tradition, cuisine, and culture that characterize the diverse experience of Americans of Italian heritage.

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Reclaiming Our Children

by Peter Breggin, MD
Perseus Books

From recasting our attitudes as parents to restructuring class sizes, limiting homework and fostering honest dialog about the pressures in our society, Reclaiming Our Children shows us the way to profound and lasting peace with and among our children. Beginning with a dramatic shift in adult priorities that places children at the center of our lives, Peter Breggin demonstrates how we can dedicate ourselves to creating meaningful, loving, disciplined, and inspiring relationships with all of our children.

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Talking Back to Ritalin

by Peter Breggin, MD
Perseus Books

"Every child needs a hero—a champion who will speak truth to power. That hero is Peter Breggin. When he writes on behalf of children and caring parents, the world should stand up and take notice. This book is packed with information needed by anyone who is considering prescribing psychiatric drugs to children."
—Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Ph.D.

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The Heartmath Solution

by Doc Lew Childre
HarperCollins

A celebration of the intelligence of the heart and a practical guide to living it."
—Gary Zukav, author of The Seat of the Soul

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Forty Minutes of Hell

by Rus Bradburd
Amistad/Harper

“Nolan Richardson’s extraordinary life and success as the University of Arkansas’ coach are an important chapter in the history of our country’s struggle for racial equality, with all the excitement of the Final Four. What an incredible journey!”
—President Bill Clinton

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The Ritalin Fact Book

by Peter Breggin, MD
Perseus Books

From how these drugs work in the brain to documented side and withdrawal effects, The Ritalin Fact Book is up-to-the-minute and easy-to-access. With its suggestions for non-prescriptive ways to treat ADD and ADHD, it is essential reading for every parent whose child is on or who has been recommended psychoactive medication.

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Until It Hurts

by Mark Hyman
Beacon Press

"A hair-raising look at everything that is wrong with youth sports today. Every parent and every coach who has ever been involved in youth sports and cares about kids has an obligation to read it."
—Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights

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The Private Journals of Edvard Munch

Edited by J. Gill Holland
University of Wisconsin Press

This English translation of Edvard Munch's private diaries, the most extensive edition to appear in any language, captures the eloquent lyricism of the original Norwegian text. The journal entries in this volume span the period from the 1880s, when Munch was in his twenties, until the 1930s, reflecting the changes in his life and his work. The book is illustrated with fifteen of Munch's drawings, many of them rarely seen before. While these diaries have been excerpted before, no translation has captured the real passion and poetry of Munch's voice. This is a translation that lets Munch speak for himself and evokes the primal passion of his diaries.

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The Top of His Game

by W. C. Heinz
The Library of America

"Heinz could make sentences sing, but his special gift was somehow to sound the chord of music that was the man. The subjects of his profiles lived and breathed and laughed and wept with unforgettable vitality."
— Roger Kahn

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The Gashouse Gang

by John Heidenry
Public Affairs

Based on original research and told in entertaining narrative style, The Gashouse Gang brings a bygone era and a cast full of vivid personalities to life and unearths a treasure trove of baseball lore that will delight any fan of the great American pastime.

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Zero at the Bone

by John Heidenry
St. Martin's Press

“Heidenry delivers a lean, mean account of an infamous 1953 kidnapping and murder. . . .  Harsh, chilling, lurid, and gripping.”
—Kirkus Reviews

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Dematerializing

by Jane Hammerslough
Perseus Books

"Getting what you want" today is increasingly linked to buying something. But is the purchase always enough? Picking up where "simplifying" may not satisfy, Dematerializing acknowledges the pleasures, along with the pitfalls, of living in a material world. With a sharp reporter's eye and a wry sensibility, Jane Hammerslough encourages readers to explore how a consumption-crazed culture affects their own relationships with objects.

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Without a Map

by Meredith Hall
Beacon Press

It was 1965 when Hall was expelled from her New Hampshire high school, shunned by all her friends, made to leave her mother's home, and kept hidden from sight in her father's house—all because she was a sexually naïve 16-year-old, pregnant by a college boy who wasn't all that interested in her anyway. And in this memoir, chapters of which have been published in magazines, Hall narrates this bittersweet tale of loss.

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A Good War is Hard to Find

by David Griffith
Soft Skull Press

In the wake of Abu Ghraib, Americans have struggled to understand what happened in the notorious prison and why. In this elegant series of essays, inflected with a radical Catholic philosophy, David Griffith contends that society's shift from language to image has changed the way people think about violence and cruelty, and that a disconnect exists between images and reality.

Eye of My Heart

by Barbara Graham
HarperCollins

“Spry and unsentimental. . . . Truth telling with dollops of love.” 
—O Magazine

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The Late Starters Orchestra

by Ari L. Goldman
Algonquin Books

“Goldman employs a light touch in The Late Starters Orchestra as he regales us with his quest to master the cello . . . He finds a camaraderie and shared spirit that allows him to accept his limitations as a less-than-perfect cellist whose friends and family will love him, no matter how many notes he misses.” 
—The Wall Street Journal

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In Search of the Divine Mother

by Martin Goodman
HarperCollins

For the thousands who have visited her, and the thousands more who have wondered at her power and widespread appeal, In Search of the Divine Mother offers a riveting inside account of one man's search to discover the truth about Mother Meera. Through his beautifully written and richly textured work, celebrated novelist Martin Goodman creates both a magnificent tale of spiritual transformation and a fascinating profile of a true mystic living in our time.

The Longest Fight

by William Gildea
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

“A gem of a book . . . In lean prose, Gildea gives us a blow-by-blow account of Gans’s career. He pivots from describing the fight to exploring his subject’s life to examining the racism of the age and the contradictions of ‘sportsmanship’ that belittled blacks while making money off them.” 
—The Washington Post Book World

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The Glory Game

by Frank Gifford with Peter Richmond
HarperCollins

“Frank Gifford brings the contest so alive that you find yourself almost wondering, 50 years later, how it will turn out in the end.”
—New York Times Book Review

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Something I Said?

by Michael Feldman
University of Wisconsin Press

"Michael Feldman dispenses a rare brand of humor absurd enough to shovel a glimpse at the truth. In Something I Said, he has frisbeed his soul into hell in the hope that some three-headed, flatulent dog will catch it. Funny enough to make you dump standing."
—Kinky Friedman, author of Scuse Me While I Whip This Out

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Woody

by David Evanier
St. Martin's Press

In this first biography of Woody Allen in over a decade, David Evanier discusses key movies, plays and prose as well as Allen's personal life. Evanier tackles the themes that Allen has spent a lifetime sorting through in art: morality, sexuality, Judaism, the eternal struggle of head and heart. Woody will be the definitive word on a major American talent as he begins his ninth decade, and his sixth decade of making movies.

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Roman Candle

by David Evanier
Excelsior Editions

"This biography percolates with cool ... [Evanier has] written a book so charged with intimacy, so heartbreakingly ebullient with life, that you feel that any moment the pages are about to snap their fingers and break into song."
—Caroline LeavittThe Boston Globe

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Making the Wiseguys Weep

by David Evanier
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Hoboken's unsung singer feuded with Sinatra, stood up to shakedown artists, befriended godfathers, and now has thirty-six recordings in print. A captivating story of a brilliant entertainer, Making the Wiseguys Weep is also a colorful portrait of Italian American culture from the 240 saloons that lined Hoboken's streets to the bright lights of New York City.

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All the Things You Are

by David Evanier
Wiley

"David Evanier's All the Things You Are is a work of profound empathy and musical understanding. Tony Bennett lives in these pages as a matchlessly joyous singer whose brilliance refracts from a deep and subtle soul."
—James Kaplan, author of Frank: The Voice

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Forever Fat

by Lee Gutkind
University of Nebraska Press

“This collection of beautifully crafted personal essays . . . demonstrates the author’s mastery over his chosen genre. Always engrossing, the pieces convey emotional pain leavened with humor and are written with piercing honesty.”
—Publishers Weekly

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Many Sleepless Nights

by Lee Gutkind
Open Road

Although organ transplantation is the preeminent medical miracle of the last quarter of a century, Many Sleepless Nights is the first book to go beyond the headlines and describe the patients who have embraced this last chance to hold on to life, the intricate medical procedures that can save them, the surgeons and nurses who work in this emotionally charged world, and the ethics which complicate this “miracle” high-tech therapy.

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Truckin’ with Sam

by Lee Gutkind
SUNY Press

“…a frank, funny, quasi-religious memoir of one graying Boomer’s attempt to redefine fatherhood.” 
—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

by Lee Gutkind
Da Capo Books

“Students and teachers of writing will find You Can’t Make This Stuff Up instructive and inspiring…Those leery of yet another writer’s manual will likely find they enjoy reading this engaging book for the way the author weaves together true stories well told.”
—Milwaukee Shepherd Express

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Almost Human

by Lee Gutkind
Norton

“A crazy suspense story about these kids at Carnegie Mellon and their leader making robots . . . fascinating stuff.” 
―Jon Stewart

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An Unspoken Art

by Lee Gutkind
Open Road

Ever since James Herriot captivated readers with his stories of veterinary medicine in England, we have been fascinated with the lives of veterinarians. Gutkind explores a community that most people know little about, profiling a broad range of practitioners and documenting how the profession has changed since Herriot's day.

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Bloodland

by Dennis McAuliffe, Jr.
Council Oak Books

 

What It Takes to Pull Me Through

by David L. Marcus
Houghton Mifflin

The Academy at Swift River specializes in one of the toughest tasks a school can undertake: helping teenagers in crisis regain their bearings. During a fourteen-month academic term at the school, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David L. Marcus witnesses the intense process that turns these kids around.

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Only A Game

by Bill LIttlefield
University of Nebraska Press

“For me, the problem with sports is sports commentary, which so often combines jingoism, sanctimoniousness, and stupidity. Bill Littlefield is a shining exception, a person I can read and listen to with pleasure. He talks about games with a sense of proportion and an adult’s sense of humor.”
—Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Soul of a New Machine 

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In the Country of Illness

by Robert Lipsyte
Knopf

Into the Country of Illness is an unconventional read, juxtaposing cancer and humor, or, more appropriately, what Lipsyte terms "tumor humor." Although this is an uncomfortable concept, Lipsyte regards humor as a "chemotherapy for the spirit," necessary to deal with the awfulness of this horrible disease. This is an enlightening book on the darkest of subjects.

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Fifty Acres

by Jeanne Marie Laskas
Bantam

Against a backdrop of brambles, a satellite dish, and sheep, Fifty Acres and a Poodle tells a tender, touching, and hilarious tale about life, love, and the unexpected complications of having your dream come true.

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Hidden America

by Jeanne Marie Laskas
Putnam

“At a time when American workers seem most prized for their ability to serve as campaign props, Hidden America comes as a breath of fresh air with no political slant, no hidden motive.”
—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Growing Girls

by Jeanne Marie Laskas
Bantam

A good mother, writes Jeanne Marie Laskas in her latest report from Sweetwater Farm, would have bought a house in the suburbs with a cul-de-sac for her kids to ride bikes around instead of a ramshackle house in the middle of nowhere with a rooster. With the wryly observed self-doubt all mothers and mothers-to-be will instantly recognize, Laskas offers a poignant and laugh-out-loud-funny meditation on that greatest–and most impossible–of all life’s journeys: motherhood.

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The Exact Same Moon

by Jeanne Marie Laskas
Bantam

With warmth, wisdom, and unfailing humor, Laskas tells the poignant story of her search for motherhood—and what happens when a woman risks happily-ever-after for something even more precious. As she tends to her own ailing mother, Jeanne Marie discovers that the challenges and rewards of living with Mother Nature pale in comparison to those awakened by the nature of mothering.

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Path Without Destination

by Satish Kumar
William Morrow

Written with elegance and penetrating simplicity, Path Without Destination is the exhilarating account of the extraordinary life of Satish Kumar. At nine years of age, Satish renounced the world, left his home in rural India, and joined a wandering brotherhood of beggar monks until an inner voice guided him to Gandhi's vision of a peaceful world.

The Buddha and the Terrorist

by Satish Kumar
Algonquin Books

“A challenging story, beautifully written, most pertinent and relevant to our time.”
—Deepak Chopra

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Eddie & the Gun Girl

by Mark Kram Jr.
Kindle Single

Eddie and the Gun Girl is the true story of the shooting of Philadelphia Phillies All-Star first baseman Eddie Waitkus by a deranged female admirer in 1949. While such incidents would become commonplace in ensuing years, as stars of every persuasion would surround themselves with bodyguards and live in increasing fear of unannounced assailants, the events of that June 14 at the elegant Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago were unprecedented. A study of the phenomenon of celebrity stalking by the United States Secret Service years later cited the unprovoked assault on Eddie by young Ruth Steinhagen as ground zero in the age of the obsessed fan.

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Great Men Die Twice

by Mark Kram
St. Martin's Griffin

“[Kram] understood the history and the strategy of the ring, and he could describe a jab or a roundhouse right with the precision that made you feel it...his prose was energetic, inventive...and enormously fun to read.”
―New York Times

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The Hotel

by Sonny Kleinfield
Open Road

The author takes us on a guided tour of one of the most distinctive social phenomena of our time—the luxury hotel. Kleinfield describes with detail some of the personal loyalties, conflicts, skirmishes, and sacrifices that bubble away beneath that great containing vessel of luxury—the Plaza in New York City. From the laundry room, through the kitchens, to the dining rooms, to the suites, we are led in turn and given the inside view. We meet the managers, the chambermaids, the doormen, some of the guests, and the new owner, Donald Trump. 
—A.J. Anderson

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His Oldest Friend

by Sonny Kleinfield
Times Books

The complexities and contradictions of the friendship between a 93-year-old wheelchair-bound woman living in a New York City nursing home and a poor, 20-year-old Hispanic volunteer charged with visiting her on afternoons is the subject of this inspirational book. Pulitzer-winning New York Times reporter Kleinfield quickly points out the cultural and generational differences between the improbable pair, as Miss Margaret Oliver and Elvis Checo, who has been hired by the woman's daughter as her companion, seek to make sense of what life and time have dealt them. 

Love and Fatigue in America

by Roger King
University of Wisconsin Press

“This moving autobiographical novel . . . brings into relief many of America’s follies and excesses, most notably our health-care system. . . . After more than fifteen years, America brings the narrator ‘not aspiration realized, nor a largeness of life fitting to its open spaces, but the nascent ability to be satisfied with less.’”
—The New Yorker

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56: The Last Magic Number

by Kostya Kennedy
Sports Illustrated Books

"A wonderful book. And what may be the last word on a record that may last forever." 
—Gay Talese

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Pete Rose

by Kostya Kennedy
Sports Illustrated Books

"Kennedy's book on the tarnished and enigmatic Rose is exceptional. Like the best writing about sport—Liebling, Angell—it qualifies as stirring literature. I'd read Kennedy no matter what he writes about."
—Richard Ford

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Almost Home

by Tina Kelley and Kevin Ryan
Wiley

"The moving stories here offer a sense of promise, a belief that with guidance, empathy, and some semblance of home even the most wounded teens can thrive."
—Alex Kotlowitz, bestselling author of There Are No Children Here

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Bad Girls and Sick Boys

Linda Kauffman
University of California Press

"Linda Kauffman is the perfect guide through the troubling, erotically charged cultural environment she maps in Bad Girls and Sick Boys. She handles popular culture with sophistication and intelligence and addresses academic subjects with an engaging flair. Kauffman is alert, informed, clear-eyed, and most of all, entirely free of cant."
—Anthony De Curtis

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The Most Expensive Game in Town

by Mark Hyman
Beacon Press

"Hyman—a recovering sports dad himself—adopts a refreshingly nonjudgmental attitude toward the parents who started out pacing the sidelines and ended up walking off the deep end."
—Gordon Marino, New York Times Book Review

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House Lust

by Daniel McGinn
Doubleday / Currency

"[House Lust] is a witty survey of the world of buying, selling, and gossiping about homes."
—The Wall Street Journal

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Hello, I’m Special

by Hal Niedzviecki
City Lights

Hal Niedzviecki has a blunt message for the army of tattoo and piercing enthusiasts, bloggers, skateboard warriors, and anyone else walking around with the smug certainty that they are one of a kind: Individuality is the new conformity.

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The Peep Diaries

by Hal Niedzviecki
City Lights

“It’s a great read; it mixes frank interviews with people pushing the boundaries of voyeurism and exhibitionism, alongside a bracing critique of the social context that got us into peep culture and the forces that now exploit our participation in it.”
—The Globe and Mail

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Poetry as Survival

by Gregory Orr
University of Georgia Press

As a poet who has experienced considerable trauma―especially as a child―Orr refers to the damaging experiences of his past and to the role poetry played in his ability to recover and survive. His personal narrative makes all the more poignant and vivid Orr's claims for lyric poetry's power as a tool for healing. Poetry as Survival is a memorable and inspiring introduction to lyric poetry's capacity to help us find safety and comfort in a threatening world.

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Far Afield

by S. L. Price
Ecco

“One of the year’s five best reads.” 
—Esquire

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Heart of the Game

by S. L. Price
Ecco

“Genuine and raw…a heartfelt work of despair, triumph, and redemption.”
 —Boston Globe

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Pitching Around Fidel

by S. L. Price
University of Florida Press

"Offers a rare and provocative tour of the world's most remarkable sports culture. It's an unforgettable story of supremely gifted athletes, the utter madness of politics, and the scent of big money across the sea."
—Carl Hiaasen

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Lay the Favorite

by Beth Raymer
Spiegel & Grau

“Strange as hell, wildly affectionate and very, very funny.  It is a world filled with scoundrels, thieves, and gamblers.  It is a world we all recognize, where everyone is looking to somehow come out on top while doing what they love.  The book is wise and has a relish for life that is a treat.”
—Stephen Frears

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A Race Like No Other

by Liz Robbins
HarperCollins

The New York City Marathon is considered one of the nation’s—and the world's—premier sporting events. A reporter for the New York Times, Liz Robbins brings the color, the history, the electricity of this remarkable annual competition alive in A Race Like No Other. Centering her narrative around the fabled 2007 running, Robbins captures all the intensity of the grand event, following the runners—both professional and amateur—along 26.2 grueling miles through the streets of New York, from the starting line at the Verrazano Narrows Bridge to the finish line in Central Park.

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A History of New York in 101 Objects

by Sam Roberts
Simon & Schuster

“A must-have gift for anyone who loves New York, who loves to hate it, or who thinks they already know everything about it.” 
—Gay Talese

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The Brother

by Sam Roberts
Simon & Schuster

“An absorbing account of the Rosenberg atomic spy drama seen through the eyes of [David] Greenglass . . . whose testimony helped send his sister, Ethel Rosenberg, and her husband, Julius, to the electric chair in 1953.”
—The New York Times Book Review

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Grand Central

by Sam Roberts
Grand Central Publishing

In the winter of 1913, Grand Central Station was officially opened and immediately became one of the most beautiful and recognizable Manhattan landmarks. In this celebration of the one hundred-year-old terminal, Sam Roberts of the New York Times looks back at Grand Central's conception, amazing history, and the far-reaching cultural effects of the station that continues to amaze tourists and shuttle busy commuters. 

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Habitats

by Constance Rosenblum
NYU Press

"...a must-read for all of us New Yorkers who are forever obsessed with the never-boring topic of New York real estate and who are forever curious about how our New York neighbors, from across the street to across the river, live their domestic lives behind their curtains, blinds, and wrought iron gates."
—Yukie Ohta, New York Bound Books

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Scribe

by Bob Ryan
Bloomsbury

"Over nearly half a century, Bob Ryan has seen so much, covered so much, and been a part of so much of what mattered in American sports. It would take at least a trilogy to touch on all of it. But for now, this is a damn good start." 
―Bob Costas

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The Outsider

by Ariel Sabar
A Kindle Single

"The old research station, like the psychologist who created it, was unassuming in appearance yet pioneering in the most peculiar ways" 
—Kansas City Star, in a front-page story featuring The Outsider

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Heart of the City

by Ariel Sabar
Da Capo Press

"The couples in this book hail from across America and the world. Most don't live in New York City. Some never did. What mattered to me was that they met there, in one of its iconic public places. Each of the nine stories begins just before that chance meeting—when they are strangers, oblivious to how, in moments, their lives will irrevocably change."
—from the Introduction

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The Pride of the Yankees

by Richard Sandomir
Hachette

On July 4, 1939, Gehrig delivered what has been called "baseball's Gettysburg Address" at Yankee Stadium. There is, for now, no known, intact film of Gehrig's speech, but instead, just a swatch of the newsreel footage has survived, incorporating his opening and closing remarks: "For the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth," the last line, of course, having become one of the most famous, invoked, and inspiring, ever, anywhere.

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The Match

by Bruce Shoenfeld
HarperCollins

“Schoenfeld captures the not-so-good-old days of...tennis that are virtually forgotten in these affluent times.” 
—Bud Collins

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In the Mind Fields

by Casey Schwartz
Pantheon

“Fascinating. . . . Refreshingly honest. . . . Both a smart exploration of a complicated subject and an excellent read.”
—Chicago Tribune

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A Fiery Peace in a Cold War

by Neil Sheehan
Vintage

In this sweeping narrative, Sheehan brings to life a huge cast of some of the most intriguing characters of the cold war, including the brilliant physicist John Von Neumann, and the hawkish Air Force general, Curtis LeMay. Melding biography, history, world affairs, and science, A Fiery Peace in a Cold War transports the reader back and forth from individual drama to world stage.

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A World of Light

by Floyd Skloot
University of Nebraska Press

In his award-winning memoir In the Shadow of Memory, Floyd Skloot told the hard story of coming to terms with a brain-ravaging virus. A World of Light, written with the same insight, passion, and humor that distinguished the earlier volume, moves Skloot’s story from the reassembly of a self after neurological calamity to the reconstruction of a shattered life. 

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The Wink of the Zenith

by Floyd Skloot
University of Nebraska Press

Among the influences of family and close friendship, experience and popular culture, Floyd Skloot uncovers a unique and telling perspective on the forging of a writer’s individual sensibility. At the same time, his book explores fundamental questions about how life shapes the creative spirit—and how, in turn, the writer makes sense of it all and gives life a new and meaningful shape in the form of literature.

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Revirtigo

by Floyd Skloot
University of Wisconsin Press

“A beautifully written, moving account. Who would have imagined that a memoir exploring months of extreme vertigo and decades of neurological turbulence would be filled with so much joy and optimism? This gentle, wise, and perceptive memoir never fails to surprise.”
—Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic & Desire

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Liberty’s First Crisis

by Charles Slack
Grove Press

“Artfully tells the story of the rise and eventual fall of the Sedition Act. . . . Slack’s delightful narrative focuses not on Adams and Jefferson but on the vast and eccentric group of printers, orators, politicians, amateur philosophers and visionaries who fought against the Sedition Act. . . . [He] shows us how citizens . . . gave the First Amendment its defining role in American politics.”
—Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Hetty

by Charles Slack
Ecco Press

“[A] page-turning portrait of an important and complicated woman.” 
—Richmond Times-Dispatch

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Nobel Obsession

by Charles Slack
Hyperion

Noble Obsession follows the life of Charles Goodyear, a single-minded genius who risked his own life and that of his family in a quest to unlock the secrets of rubber. In rich, historical detail, it chronicles the personal price Goodyear paid in pursuit of his dream and his bitter rivalry with Thomas Hancock, the scholarly English inventor who ultimately robbed Goodyear of fame and fortune.

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Blue Fairways

by Charles Slack
Henry Holt

A golfing everyman takes us on a pilgrimage, playing public golf courses along Route 1 down the east coast of the United States. From his first round with French-Canadian partners amidst the potato fields of northern Maine to his final round against a setting tropical sun in Key West, Charlie Slack chronicles the best and worst of the public-golf experience.

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The Prince of Providence

by Mike Stanton
Random House

Welcome to Providence, Rhode Island, where corruption is entertainment and Mayor Buddy Cianci presided over the longest-running lounge act in American politics. In The Prince of Providence, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Mike Stanton tells a classic story of wiseguys, feds, and politicians on a carousel of crime and redemption.

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Opening Up

by Tristan Taormino
Cleis Press

"A luscious smorgasbord of non-monogamy as an opportunity for breaking free of one-way models of sex and love. Taormino's discussion is remarkably nuanced and balanced--and encourages readers to proceed with their eyes wide open." 
—Jack Morin, PhD, author of The Erotic Mind

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Pucker Up

by Tristan Taormino
Regan Books / HarperCollins

A veritable buffet of human sexuality . . . . No matter how good you think your sex life is, this book is bound to give you a few ideas on how to make it even better.

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This I Believe: Life Lessons

Dan Gediman
Wiley Books

"Each writer in the book lets us into his or her life for a brief moment, and this openness gives the message added weight, to the point that even the most curmudgeonly reader cannot help but be affected."
—Scott Coffman, The Courier-Journal

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This I Believe: On Motherhood

by Dan Gediman
Wiley

“These heartwarming and heart-rending essays will all but wrench the knowing tears from a mother’s eyes, and from quite a few children as well... Throughout, the authors tell fascinating stories to illuminate the importance of their own mothers in ways to which we can all relate.”
—Scott Coffman, Louisville Courier-Journal

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This I Believe: On Fatherhood

by Dan Gediman
Wiley

From the popular radio series This I Believe comes this touching and thought-provoking compilation of original essays on one of the most fundamental of human relationships—fatherhood. It is a relationship filled with joy and heartbreak, love and anger, lessons learned, and opportunities missed.

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This I Believe: On Love

by Dan Gediman
Wiley

In these 60 short essays, men and women of all ages and backgrounds write about love: of a teacher, house, step family, the poor or needy, mountains, and even growing old.

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Killed Cartoons

by David Wallis
W. W. Norton

One hundred political cartoons you wanted to see, but weren’t allowed to: all were banned for being too hot to handle. Think you live in a society with a free press? These celebrated cartoonists and illustrators found out otherwise. Whether blasting Bush for his “Bring ’em on!” speech, spanking pedophile priests, questioning capital punishment, debating the disputed 2000 election, or just mocking baseball mascots, they learned that newspapers and magazines increasingly play it safe by suppressing satire.

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Rebels on the Backlot

by Sharon Waxman
HarperCollins

New York Times Hollywood correspondent Waxman has written a gritty, truthful study of six boundary-breaking young directors who revolutionized 1990s filmmaking and still represent a refreshing alternative to "cookie cutter scripts and cheap MTV imagery." Her full-blooded profiles introduce Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights), David Fincher (Fight Club), Steven Soderbergh (Traffic), David O. Russell (Three Kings) and Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich).

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Loot

by Sharon Waxman
Times Books

"Fast-paced and compelling . . . Waxman has an array of wondrous tales to tell . . . Considerable, admirable, and totally absorbing."
―The Boston Globe

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The Audacity of Hoop

by Alexander Wolff
Temple University Press

"The cool, the flow, the edge, the drive, the individual and the team, the black and white—all of that is Barack Obama, playing basketball, the American game. To those who consider the president a mystery, The Audacity of Hoop offers a key to understanding him, through Alex Wolff's fluid prose and Pete Souza's evocative photographs."
—David Maraniss, author of Barack Obama: The Story

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And the War Came

by David Wyatt
University of Wisconsin Press

"Instinctively finding moments in which people are revealed for their true essence, Wyatt places the September 11 events on a human, domestic level, and shows how they touch everybody’s lives."
—Brian Bouldrey, author of The Boom Economy

 

In the Best Interest of Baseball

by Andrew Zimbalist
Wiley

"A tour de force. It's an incredibly interesting read that ends with a vision for the sport that is squarely on target and a clarion call to our industry." 
—John Henry, principal owner of the Boston Red Sox and member of the MLB Executive Committee

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Twitch and Shout

by Lowell Handler
University of Minnesota Press

Lowell Handler, who has Tourette’s syndrome, sets out on a journey through less than savory parts of America. From a transvestite bar in Tampa to a flophouse in New Orleans, he meets people who, like himself, don’t conform to the standards of conventional society. With a keen eye for detail and an acute sense of humor, this memoir captures the unforgettable life of a Touretter. 

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Whad’Ya Know?

by Michael Feldman
Sourcebooks

If your answer to "Whad'Ya Know?" is "not much," get ready to become the smartest person on the block… or at least the one that knows the most stuff.

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Your Drug May Be Your Problem

by Peter Breggin, M.D.
Da Capo Press

Fully updated to include study results and new medications that have come to market, Your Drug May Be Your Problem will help countless readers exert control over their own psychiatric treatment.

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