Biography & Autobiography - Historical

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The Pope's Daughter: The Extraordinar...

Caroline P. Murphy

The illegitimate daughter of Pope Julius II, Felice della Rovere became one of the most powerful and accomplished women of the Italian Renaissance. Now, Caroline Murphy vividly captures the untold story of a rare woman who moved with ...

Published: Nov 2006

A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains' is one of the many accounts of Isabella L. Bird's amazing travels and adventures. At the age of twenty-two in 1854 Isabella left a comfortable life in England for a life of adventurous travel. 'A ...

Published: Apr 2003

The Women of the Cousins' War: The Du...

Philippa Gregory

Elizabeth Woodville, The White Queen (2009), Margaret Beaufort, The Red Queen (2010), and Jacquetta, Lady Rivers, The Rivers Woman (2011) are the subjects of the first three novels in Philippa Gregory's Cousins' War series, and of the...

Published: Sep 2012

Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father ...

Art Spiegelman

A story of a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe and his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father's story and history itself.

Published: Aug 1986

Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings

Alison Weir

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE brNew York Times bestselling author and noted British historian Alison Weir gives us the first full-scale, in-depth biography of Mary Boleyn, sist...

Published: Sep 2012

And the Band Played On . . .: The Tit...

Christopher Ward

The amazing true story of one of the band members who famously played as the Titanic sank, written by his grandson On April 14, 1912, when the Titanic struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage and sank, 1,500 passengers and crew lost t...

Published: Apr 2012

Marie-Therese: The Fate of Marie Anto...

Susan Nagel

The first major biography of one of France's most mysterious women—Marie Antoinette's only child to survive the revolution.Susan Nagel, author of the critically acclaimed biography Mistress of the Elgin Marbles, turns her attention ...

Published: Aug 2009

The Dark Side of Camelot

Seymour M. Hersh

If the Kennedys are America's royal family, then John F. Kennedy wasthe nation's crown prince. Magnetic, handsome, and charismatic, his perfectlycoifed image overshadowed the successes and failures of his presidency, and hisassassinat...

Published: Sep 1998

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale ...

Simon Winchester

The shocking story of the single greatest contributor to the first Oxford English Dictionary in 1857 reveals that the man who contributed 10,000 definitions to the book was in fact a patient in an asylum for the criminally insane. Rep...

Published: Jul 2005

Mistress Anne

Carolly Erickson

As Maureen Quilligan wrote in the New York Times Book Review of The First Elizabeth, Anne Boleyn 'was a real victim of the sexual scandals her brilliant daughter escaped, and a subject Ms. Erickson's sensitivity to sexual and politica...

Published: Sep 1998

Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Set in the suburbs of New York in the 1950s, Wait Till Next Year is Doris Kearns Goodwin's touching memoir of growing up in love with her family and baseball. She re-creates the postwar era, when the corner store was a place to share ...

Published: Jun 1998

Elizabeth & Leicester

Elizabeth Jenkins

An absorbing and illuminating account of the relationship between Robert Dudley and Queen Elizabeth I-a dramatic romance that has inspired countless films. Leicester's influence on the Queen was constant and incalculable, though he wa...

Published: Oct 2002


Derek Wilson

“Every country has its heroes; men and women, part fact, part legend, who exist to explain and reinforce elements of the national psyche. None has been as powerful and influential as Charles the Great.... While the Charlemagne s...

Published: Jun 2007

The Emperor Charlemagne

Russell Chamberlin

Few men have exerted such a lasting influence on the course of Western history as Charlemagne (742-814). At the height of his power in the early ninth century Charlemagne, King of the Franks and Lombards and Emperor of the Romans, rul...

Published: Aug 2004

Man's Search for Meaning

Viktor E. Frankl

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including A...

Published: Jan 2006

Code Name: Lise: The True Story of th...

Larry Loftis

NATIONAL BESTSELLER Featured in TheNew York Times, TheAtlantic, Time, New York Newsday, and on Today!Best Nonfiction Books to Read in 2019—Woman’s DayThe Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out This Year—BookBub“A nonfiction thriller...

Published: Nov 2019

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raise...

Cokie Roberts

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Cokie Roberts comes New York Times bestseller Founding Mothers, an intimate and illuminating look at the fervently patriotic and passionate women whose tireless pursuits on behalf of their fam...

Published: Mar 2005

The 23rd Psalm: A Holocaust Memoir

George Lucius Salton

In September, 1939, George Lucius Salton's boyhood in Tyczyn, Poland, was shattered by escalating violence and terror under German occupation. His father, a lawyer, was forbidden to work, but eleven-year-old George dug potatoes, split...

Published: Mar 2004

The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, a...

Myra MacPherson

A fresh look at the life and times of Victoria Woodhull and Tennie Claflin, two sisters whose radical views on sex, love, politics, and business threatened the white male power structure of the nineteenth century and shocked the world...

Published: Mar 2015

Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchi...

Gretchen Rubin

A WALL STREET JOURNAL SUMMER PICKA WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLERWarrior and writer, genius and crank, rider in the British cavalry's last great charge and inventor of the tank, Winston Churchill led Britain to fight alone against Nazi Ge...

Published: May 2004

Mr. Capone

Robert J. Schoengerg

    All I ever did was to sell beer and whiskey to our best people. All I ever did was to supply a demand that was pretty popular.    Why, the very guys that make my trade good are the ones that yell the loudest about me. Some...

Published: Sep 1993

The Diary of a Young Girl: The Defini...

Anne Frank

Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl is among the most enduring documents of the twentieth century. Since its publication in 1947, it has been read by tens of millions of people all over the world. It remains a beloved and deeply ad...

Published: Feb 1997

All But My Life

Gerda Weissmann Klein

All But My Life is the unforgettable story of Gerda Weissmann Klein's six-year ordeal as a victim of Nazi cruelty. From her comfortable home in Bielitz (present-day Bielsko) in Poland to her miraculous survival and her liberation by A...

Published: Mar 1995

On Gold Mountain

Lisa See

Out of the stories heard in her childhood in Los Angeles's Chinatown and years of research, See has constructed this sweeping chronicle of her Chinese-American family, a work that takes in stories of racism and romance, entrepreneuria...

Published: Feb 2012

Clara's War: One Girl's Story of Surv...

Clara Kramer

This heart-stopping story of a young girl hiding from the Nazis is based on Clara Kramer's diary of her years surviving in an underground bunker with seventeen other people. Clara Kramer was a typical Polish-Jewish teenager from a s...

Published: May 2010

The Pianist: The Extraordinary True S...

Wladyslaw Szpilman

Named one of the Best Books of 1999 by the Los Angeles Times, The Pianist is now a major motion picture directed by Roman Polanski and starring Adrien Brody (Son of Sam). The Pianist won the Cannes Film Festival's most prestigious pri...

Published: Sep 2000

The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewi...

Edith Hahn Beer

Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman and went underground. With the help ...

Published: Nov 2000

Anne Boleyn: A New Life of England's ...

Joanna Denny

A new biography that reveals the truth about Anne Boleyn- intelligent, literate, and devout-as well as the truth about her king and his court-violent, scheming, and profane No English queen has enjoyed such notoriety as Anne Boleyn, ...

Published: Oct 2007

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbe...

The Countess of Carnarvon

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration for the hit PBS show Downton Abbey, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants, Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarv...

Published: Dec 2011

The Night Trilogy: Night, Dawn, Day

Elie Wiesel

Night is one of the masterpieces of Holocaust literature. First published in 1960, it is the autobiographical account of an adolescent boy and his father in Auschwitz. Elie Wiesel writes of their battle for survival, and of his battle...

Published: Apr 2008
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