A journalist and first-generation Chinese-American author returns to his family's Yangtze River hometown to investigate the fate of his ancestor's long-buried porcelain collection against a backdrop of a century of Chinese history.
Combining sage advice from Ovid and Mary Oliver with practical descriptions of tools and varieties of wood, the author, who quit her desk job to become a carpenter, shares the joys and frustrations of learning to make things by hand in an occupation that is 99 percent male.
James McGrath Morris describes the life and career of the journalist and network news commentator who publicly asked President Dwight D. Eisenhower to support desegregation, and covered such important civil rights events as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the desegregation crisis in Little Rock.
An account of the Boston criminal underworld's role in the infamous $500 million Gardner Museum art theft traces the contributions of master thief Louis Royce and gangster Ralph Rossetti while examining the FBI's controversial announcement that they had identified the responsible parties.
Gods and Kings analyzes the dramatic ends of two preeminent fashion designers to demonstrate how they were casualties of the war between art and commerce, chronicling their rise and achievements while sharing insights into how art has suffered at the hands of impossible economic demands.
The New York Times best-selling author of A Three Dog Life presents an uplifting memoir about her life after the devastating loss of her husband, changes in a once-platonic friendship, her daughter's illness and the death of a beloved dog.
An experienced falconer grieving the sudden death of her father recounts how she endeavored to train a dangerous goshawk predator as part of her personal recovery.
Traces the author's wrenching struggles with severe light sensitivities, which forced her into a cloistered existence, exploring the progression of her relationship with a man and her efforts not to limit his life.
B & Me is the story of J. C. Hallman discover and reading Nicholson Baker, and discovering himself in the process. But in reading Baker's work, Hallman discovers the key to overcoming the malaise that has been plaguing him, through the books themselves and what he finds and contemplates in his attempts to understand them and their enigmatic author.
Tracing back to Abraham Lincoln, the Quakers and a forgotten feminist named Lizzie Magie, and presenting a remarkable social history of corporate greed, a fascinating inside story of the world's most famous board game reveals how Monopoly came into existence.
In a tribute to New York and the transformative power of art, Robert Christgau, who chronicled many key cultural shifts of the last half century and revolutionized the cultural status of the music critic, takes readers on a rollicking ride through his life and times.