A personal account by the two-time finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award follows her response to a French friend's accusation that Americans seem indifferent to history and her discoveries about her long-time Midwestern family's complex pioneer heritage.
Aleksandar Hemon pays tribute to the two cities of his youth: Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he spent his time poking at the pretensions of the city's elders; and Chicago, where he started a new life after Sarajevo came under siege.
A lighthearted and inspiring dialogue between the Oscar-winning actor and his longtime spiritual guru explores the challenges of Jeff Bridges' Hollywood career, and the ways in which Zen teachings have informed his efforts to do good in the modern world.
In his memoir, the four-star general (and former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan) describes a culture gap between the military and civilian worlds. The lack of understanding, he says, complicated the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan and bred distrust between the White House and the Pentagon.
A New Yorker writer and author of One Perfect Day explores the themes and complex influence of George Eliot's Middlemarch, discussing how her own repeated readings of the literary classic shaped her education, career, relationships and family life.
Inviting readers into her personal life, the author of State of Wonder and Bel Canto shares the stories of the people, places, ideals and art to which she has remained indelibly committed.
Greg Kot recounts the life and achievements of the lead singer of the Staple Singers, revealing how her family fused diverse musical genres to transcend racism and oppression through song.
This humorous and informative examination of the billion-dollar-a-year self-help industry describes the author's experiences trying to cure herself of phobias, dating men by following "The Rules" and literally walking over hot coals.
In no time, Kelly Oxford went from being a housewife and mother of three to a Twitter and Internet celebrity known for her trademark blend of wit and self-deprecation. Her book is a series of outrageous vignettes about her life so far.
The professor of a popular class on the stages of dying, death and bereavement shows her students how to truly heal and live their lives through contemplating the end in this investigative report from an award-winning journalist.