A meticulously researched account of the works and lasting influence of the prophet Muhammad discusses his life at the end of the sixth and beginning of the seventh centuries, offering insight into his establishment of a faith that was to have a profound impact on world history. 40,000 first printing.
A former bookseller celebrates the experiences of being in a bookstore, from the smell and touch of books to getting lost in between shelves and joining a silent reader community, in an account that is complemented by a history of the bookselling trade. By the author of After the Gold Rush.
The popular Colombian-American actor and comedian traces his childhood in Queens, early work on the New York comedy club circuit, relationships with fellow celebrities, and stage and screen successes. 50,000 first printing.
Recounts the tumultuous, decade-long love affair between Voltaire and Emilie du Chatelet, one of the most gifted and radical scientists of the eighteenth century, whose contributions to the world of science have been ignored by history, set against the backdrop of the Enlightenment. 50,000 first printing.
A lavishly illustrated account of the life of the Ziegfeld star discusses the social and cultural movements that shaped her career, in a portrait that discusses such topics as her entry into the Ziegfeld Follies at the age of fourteen, her interactions with numerous famous figures, and her non-theatrical achievements. 50,000 first printing.
Offers a stirring portrait of James Holman, a nineteenth-century adventurer renowned for his solo journey around the world, despite a blindness brought on by a mysterious shipboard illness during the Napoleonic Wars.
The best-selling author of An Invitation to Indian Cooking offers a charming memoir of growing up in Delhi, India, detailing life in a large family marked by dinners in which forty or more members of her extended family would enjoy the savory dishes of the region, recalling her childhood through the window of the food she experienced. 40,000 first printing.
In a thoughtful memoir, the wife of vice-presidential candidate John Edwards offers an inspirational account of the role and significance of community in her life, from growing up as the daughter of a Navy pilot and her experiences on the campaign trail with her husband, to the 1996 death of their teenage son and her own battle with breast cancer. 125,000 first printing.
The first definitive biography of the powerful soldier-statesman follow's Colin Powell's life from his Jamaican roots and youth in the Bronx, through his decorated career in the army and as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, to his role as secretary of state and abrupt departure from the post. 200,000 first printing. First serial, The Washington Post.
Incorporating information from previously unpublished letters, family records, and journals, a definitive portrait of the influential philosopher, educator, and psychologist follows William James from his youth and his relationship with other members of his brilliant family to his masterful contributions to the modernist movement, mysticism, education, and other fields.
Profiles the successful woman author who hid behind the male pen name of James Tiptree, Jr., to publish short works of science fiction in the 1970s, describing her work as an intelligence officer during World War II and her shocking suicide.
The self-proclaimed Sun King, Louis XIV ruled over the most glorious and extravagant court in seventeenth-century Europe. Now, Antonia Fraser goes behind the well-known tales of Louis's accomplishments and follies, exploring in detail his intimate relationships with women. The king's mother, Anne of Austria, had been in a childless marriage for 22 years before she gave birth to Louis XIV. A devout Catholic, she instilled in her son a strong sense of piety and fought successfully for his right to absolutepower. In 1660, Louis married his first cousin, Marie-ThGerßese, in a political arrangement. While unfailingly kind to the official "Queen of Versailles," Louis sought others to satisfy his romantic and sexual desires. Fraser weaves insights into the nature of women's religious lives—as well as such practical matters as contraception—into her sweeping portrait of the king, his court, and his ladies.—From publisher description.A study of the life and reign of King Louis XIV from the perspective of his intimate relationships with the women in his life, from his mother, Anne of Austria, and his official queen, Marie-ThGerßese, to his many mistresses.