Across the Pond: An Englishman’s View of America
By Terry Eagleton
A native Briton describes America and its citizens through his English eyes, humorously questioning their choices in bumper stickers, use of adjectives and superlatives and their overall lack of appreciation for the teapot.
Act of Congress: How America’s Essential Institution Works, and How It Doesn’t
By Robert G. Kaiser
Revealing the inner workings of congress, a longtime Washington Post reporter documents the dramatic journey of a financial reform bill in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis by focusing on two of the major players behind the legislation – Rep. Barney Frank and Sen. Christopher Dodd.
America 1933: Lorena Hickok, Eleanor Roosevelt and the Shaping of the New Deal
By Michael Golay
Golay documents the 18-month journey of female journalist Lorena Hickok during the height of the Great Depression, recounting her experiences and influence in some of the nation’s worst-hit regions as documented in almost daily letters to her close friend, Eleanor Roosevelt.
American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love and Politics
By Dan Savage
The sex-advice columnist for “Savage Love” and author of the best-selling Skipping Towards Gomorrah draws on his experience with the Emmy Award-winning “It Gets Better” campaign to share pithy insights into a range of topics including health care, gun control, and marriage equality.
America’s Longest Siege: Charleston, Slavery, and the Slow March Toward Civil War
By Joseph Kelly
An account of the 200-year practice of slavery in Charleston, South Carolina, examines its hotly contested debates and early slave rebellions through the Nullification crisis and secession that sparked the Civil War, offering insight into how Charleston became a focal point for nationwide slavery disputes while examining the roles of key contributors.
An Atheist in the Foxhole: A Liberal’s Eight-Year Odyssey Inside the Heart of the Right-Wing Media
By Joe Muto
A riotous memoir of the author’s experiences as an atheist, liberal, and fired “Fox Mole” employee at Fox News Channel recounts his deliberate decision to reveal unflattering information through Gawker and his witness to the network’s right-wing ideologies, which involve skewed reportage that favors specific personalities and biased interpretations of the news.
Big Daddy’s Rules: Raising Daughters Is Tougher Than I Look
By Steve Schirripa
The breakout star from The Sopranos and best-selling author of A Goomba’s Guide to Life shares his misadventures in parenting two daughters, a journey that pitted his over-the-top personality against such challenges as boyfriends, birth control, and inappropriate teachers.
A Call to Arms: Mobilizing America for World War II
By Maury Klein
An epic narrative history of the American mobilization for World War II explores how the war’s considerable requirements prompted a massive economic effort that changed the course of history and transformed the nation, citing the pivotal roles of American productivity, industry, and labor.
A Chance to Win: Boyhood, Baseball and the Struggle for Redemption in the Inner City
By Jonathan Schuppe
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist follows a struggling Little League team in Newark, New Jersey, founded by a paralyzed ex-con drug dealer who tries to give the impoverished players with unstable family lives a place to thrive and grow.
The Deserters: A Hidden History of World War II
By Charles Glass
A fast-paced narrative history of World War II from the perspective of deserters challenges popular assumptions to reveal how desertion was often experienced as a natural part of conflict and was not regarded with shame, sharing the stories of a decorated soldier-turned-gangster and a three-time deserter who eventually lost his legs in combat.
By Nathaniel E. Dubin
A new translation to the French answer to The Canterbury Tales contains 69 bawdy, humorous and satirical poems written between the 12th and 14th centuries that feature lascivious priests, lustful wives and cuckolded husbands.
The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys
By Dean King
King describes the little-known truths behind the well-known feud between two Appalachian families that ultimately killed 13 members in a dispute that became newspaper fodder and ultimately went to the United States Supreme Court.
The Garments of Court and Palace: Machiavelli and the World That He Made
By Philip Bobbitt
Exploring the often misunderstood work of Florentine public servant and political theorist Niccolo Machiavelli, the author positions Machiavelli’s writings as a turning point in our understanding of the relation between war and law as these create and maintain the State.
God’s Other Children: Personal Encounters with Faith, Love, and Holiness in Sacred India
By Bradley Malkovsky
Weaving together spiritual and theological reflections, a Catholic religion scholar shares his experiences in India where he studied Hinduism and married into a Muslim family, a situation that allowed him to engage in the spiritual practices of Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists.
Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel
By Max Blumenthal
An award-winning journalist recounts his devastating journey through Israel, presenting an anatomy of the extremist takeover of a nation as he investigates the roots of these cultural and political shifts as well as the malign American right-wing funders who are bankrolling Israeli extremism.
The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945
By Rick Atkinson
The final volume of Atkinson’s World War II trilogy brings to life the Allies’ brutal struggles in Normandy and at the Battle of the Bulge to the freeing of Paris as experienced by participants from every level of the military.
Image Craft: Define Who You Are to Get What You Want
Drawing from her 14 years spent working with the biggest celebrities in Hollywood, the star of the Bravo reality series Double Exposure provides detailed instructions for presenting your authentic self to achieve success in career development, relationship building, and creating one’s own place in the world.
It’s Hard to Fight Naked
By Niecy Nash
Based on the author’s weekly web series, “Let’s Talk About Love,” this lighthearted guide to finding and maintaining a healthy, committed and satisfying relationship offers non-intimidating insights into such topics as online dating, the reasons women are attracted to “bad boys” and the sources of male infidelity.
The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari
By Paul Theroux
The acclaimed travel writer and novelist describes his journey across Africa, from Cape Town to Cape Province and into Namibia, during which he rode elephants, met Bushmen, and discussed the changes that have taken place since his first visit 50 years ago.
Lincoln Unbound: How an Ambitious Young Rail-Splitter Saved the American Dream—and How We Can Do It Again
By Richard Lowry
Lowry traces Abraham Lincoln’s ambitious climb from a provincial upstart to political powerhouse, demonstrating how Lincoln’s life story reflected the American dream and succeeded in opening it for others, and arguing that these lessons must be applied today to preserve a fluid economy in which individuals can thrive.
Loudmouth: Tales (and Fantasies) of Sports, Sex, and Salvation from Behind the Microphone
By Craig Carton
The co-host of the Boomer and Carton Sports Radio Show and host of Spike’s MMA Uncensored Live traces the story of his career while sharing his views on manhood and fandom, covering such topics as his suburban youth, long-held affection for the New York Jets and encounters with celebrated athletes.
The Price of Justice: A True Story of Two Lawyers’ Epic Battles Against Corruption and Greed in Coal Country
By Laurence Leamer
A best-selling author and award-winning journalist describes how the tyrannical head of a large energy conglomerate continued to purchase the influence of judges, disregard safety standards for mine workers and pollute the local drinking water supply until he was challenge about these behaviors by two lawyers who ultimately brought him to justice.
Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence
By Joseph J. Ellis
The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of First Family presents a revelatory account of America’s declaration of independence and the political and military responses on both sides throughout the summer of 1776 that influenced key decisions and outcomes.
Roosevelt’s Centurions: FDR and the Commanders He Led to Victory in World War II
By Joseph E. Persico
A timely reexamination of FDR’s personal involvement in World War II offers insights into his considerable achievements as a war leader and strategist who hand-picked those who would direct America’s armed forces, providing coverage of the leadership qualities of both the 32nd President and his military commanders.
Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasure from the Nazis
By Robert M. Edsel
Edsel describes two Americans in Italy – one an artist, the other a scholar – who tracked down and protected historic artwork worth billions of dollars created by Michelangelo, Donatello, Titian, Caravaggio and Botticelli, in advance of the approaching Nazi army in 1943.
The Society for Useful Knowledge: How Benjamin Franklin and Friends Brought the Enlightenment to America
By Jonathan Lyons
Lyons’ sumptuous history of the American Enlightenment documents the intellectual revolution invoked by Benjamin Franklin and his contemporaries, exploring how their views about the value of knowledge have left a profound mark on American society and culture.
Spell It Out: The Curious, Enthralling and Extraordinary Story of English Spelling
By David Crystal
A lesser-known history of English spelling by the award-winning author of The Story of English in 100 Words is presented through engaging, pithy chapters that cover such topics as the introduction of the Roman alphabet, the origin of each letter, and the development of short and long vowels.
Straight Flush: The True Story of Six College Kids Who Dealt Their Way to a Billion-Dollar Empire and How It All Came Crashing Down
By Ben Mezrich
Mezrich follows a group of hard-partying frat brothers who turned a weekly poker game in the basement of a local Missoula, Montana, bar into one of the largest online poker companies in the world – and who became fugitives on the run after the Feds shut down their operation.
Ten Things to Know Before You Go: How the Secrets of the Afterlife Can Transform Your Life Now
By Dannion Brinkley
Drawing from his own near-death experiences, the best-selling author, speaker, and hospice pioneer provides the 10 secrets everyone needs to know in order to feel the peace, happiness and joy of heaven while still alive.
That’s Not Funny, That’s Sick: The National Lampoon and the Comedy Insurgents Who Captured the Mainstream
By Ellin Stein
Stein goes behind the scenes at the start-up of the humor magazine, The National Lampoon, and travels through the publication’s growth as it captured and transformed American culture with its unique, biting brand of subversive humor.
The Time Traveler’s Guide to Elizabethan England
By Ian Mortimer
A popular history of daily life in Elizabeth I’s England is presented as a historical tour of the experiences of luminaries and everyday citizens to offer insight into topics ranging from class and violence to sex and religion.
Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV
By Brian Stelter
A staff writer at the New York Times uncovers the behind-the-scenes dirt on America’s favorite morning television shows, featuring well-sourced gossip about Ann Curry, Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, Charlie Gibson, and Matt Lauer.
Untangling the Mind: Why We Behave the Way We Do
By David Theodore George
Combing the most cutting edge methods of medical research to present a new model of the brain, a psychiatrist and associate clinical director at the NIH presents a practical guide for releasing ourselves from extreme emotion, exhibiting more reasonable behavior and achieving a peaceful life.
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
By George Packer
Packer paints a picture of the last 30 years of life in America by following several citizens, including the son of tobacco farmers in the rural South; a Washington insider who denies his idealism for riches; and a Silicon Valley billionaire.
The War Below: The Story of Three Submarines That Battled Japan
By James Scott
An award-winning journalist and author of The Attack on Liberty traces the dramatic story of the submarine force that changed the course of World War II through strategic campaigns involving Japan’s merchant fleet and economy, revealing the formidable obstacles faced by the crews of three submarines through access to previously unpublished letters, diaries, and other personal writings.
Whisperers: The Secret History of the Spirit World
By J. H. Brennan
An investigation into the role of the spirit world in directing the course of human events details the occult practices of world leaders from King Nebuchadnezzar to Adolf Hitler, while examining the impact of visions and unearthly voices in influencing the choices of native cultures, prophets, and military figures.
Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America
By Jon Mooallem
A Pop Up writer and contributor to several prestigious magazines tracks the dynamic relevance of America’s animals throughout history to illuminate the current world’s extinction threats, tracing his tour of environmental regions with his young daughter to chronicle the conservation efforts for such species as the polar bear and whooping crane.