A revisionist portrait of the late-nineteenth-century social reformer draws on previously unexamined diaries and letters to trace his immigration to America, work as a police reporter for the New York Tribune, and pivotal contributions as a muckraker and progressive.
The author of the best-selling memoir Funny in Farsi continues the story of her Iranian-American family and their experiences at home and abroad, from dealing with her French husband's Christmas traditions, to consuming a variety of international "delicacies," to taking fifty-one Iranian family members on a cruise to Alaska. 50,000 first printing.
The Probably Insane Idea That I Could Swim My Way Through a Midlife Crisis--and Qualify for the Olympics
A lifelong swimming enthusiast who had always dreamed of Olympic glory describes how, despite his failure to qualify for the Olympic trials from 1976 through 2004, he took up his quest at the age of forty-two by preparing for the Masters Championships.
A compendium of true American life stories, drawn from an ambitious oral history project, features pieces representing every walk of life from all fifty states, in a nation-wide and thematically arranged celebration of the nation's shared humanity. 75,000 first printing.
An evocative memoir of family and growing up in the tough, violent world of Baltimore in the 1980s chronicles the relationship between the author and his father, a Vietnam vet and Black Panther affiliate, and his steadfast, if sometimes eccentric, campaign to keep his sons from falling victim to the seductive temptations of the streets. 40,000 first printing.
In honor of the bicentennial of the 1807 abolition of the Atlantic slave trade by the British Parliament, a definitive biography of William Wilberforce documents the political career of this staunch conservative and ardent abolitionist who tirelessly campaigned for some twenty years to outlaw the practice.
Traces the story of World War II soldier Herman Perry, an African-American G.I. assigned to a segregated labor battalion who sparked the war's most notorious manhunt when he fled into the Indo-Burmese jungle after shooting an unarmed white officer.
A prominent international lawyer and former advisor to JFK recounts their conversations during some of the most decisive moments of the thirty-fifth president's career, including the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the writing of Profiles in Courage. 150,000 first printing.
A memoir by the author of In the Cut and The Big Girls describes growing up in the tropical paradise of Hawai'i, interweaving her memories of childhood and adolescence with excerpts from some of her favorites pieces of literature, including Moby Dick, Robinson Crusoe, and Treasure Island, among others.
Love, Art, and Scandal in the Intersecting Worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade
Documents the interactions of many of the nation's most celebrated writers and artists during the Reconstruction Era, told through a metaphorical journey of a hummingbird that illuminates period beliefs about such topics as religion, sexuality, and family.