1948: A HISTORY OF THE FIRST ARAB-ISRAELI WAR by Benny Morris An objective military and political examination of the conflict in Palestine that continues to this day. THE 33-YEAR-OLD ROOKIE: HOW I FINALLY MADE IT TO THE BIG LEAGUES AFTER ELEVEN YEARS IN THE MINORS by Chris Coste A inspiring “Rocky” story of a lifelong devotion to a game and a testament to the will of never surrendering your dream. THE AGE OF REAGAN: A HISTORY, 1974-2008 by Sean Wilentz An eloquent and provocative study of this momentous presidency which may be, the author indicates, the most important of modern times. ALWAYS BY MY SIDE: A FATHER’S GRACE AND A SPORTS JOURNEY UNLIKE ANY OTHER by Jim Nance America’s most visible sports commentator tells the story of some of the most dramatic moments of American sports and pays tribute to his father—the man who inspired him to pursue his dream. AMERICA’S HIDDEN HISTORY: UNTOLD STORIES OF THE FIRST PILGRIMS, FIGHTING WOMEN, AND THE FORGOTTEN FOUNDERS WHO SHAPED A NATION by Kenneth Davis Popular historian of the “Don’t Know Much About…” series offers a version of history probably not found in textbooks. AMERICAN EARTH: ENVIRONMENTAL WRITING SINCE THOREAU by Bill McKibben An eloquent anthology of over a hundred writings including Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, Edwin Way Teale, John Steinbeck and many others. AMERICAN HEROES: IN THE FIGHT AGAINST RADICAL ISLAM by Oliver North An inspiring, first-hand account of the extraordinary men and women defending America. AMERICAN NERD: THE STORY OF MY PEOPLE by Benjamin Nugent A funny, smart and controversial examination of those types portrayed with pencil holders and thick black glasses.
ARE YOU THERE VODKA? ITS ME CHELSEA by Chelsea Handler Comedian of MY HORIZONTAL LIFE fame offers more zany takes on her sex life, family and career. AROUND THE WORLD ON TWO WHEELS: ANNIE LONDONDERRY’S EXTRAORDINARY RIDE By Peter Zheutlin Follows the journey of a New York mother of three who bet she could ride a bicycle around the world in the 1890’s and she did. ATOMIC TRAGEDY: HENRY L. STIMSON AND THE DECISION TO USE THE BOMB AGAINST JAPAN by Sean Malloy Offers a unique perspective of the greatest strike in the history of warfare through the eyes of the Secretary of War who was opposed to war on civilians and who was aware of repercussions that would last forever. AUDITION: A MEMOIR by Barbara Walters The queen of interview tells her life story, both public and private. BAD MONEY: RECKLESS FINANCE, FAILED POLITICS, AND THE GLOBAL CRISIS OF AMERICAN CAPITALISM by Kevin Phillips Already having warned and predicted the housing and mortgage collapse the author describes how this is only the beginning of the end of America as the world’s superpower. BALANCE: IN SEARCH OF THE LOST SENSE by Scott McCredie A foray into the physiology of equilibrium, from ancient times, through barbaric experiments, human evolution and the implications to an aging population. BANG YOUR HEAD: THE RISE AND FALL OF HEAVY METAL by David Konow From its roots in anti-hippie Birmingham this chronicles the story of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, Motley Cru, Metallica and the list goes on… THE BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE: A FATHER, TWO SONS, AND AN UNLIKELY ROAD TO MANHOOD by Ta-Nehisi Coates A searing and soulful memoir of a black father raising his sons against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, the Black Panther movement and the rise of crack in the inner-city of Baltimore.
BLUEBERRY SUMMERS: GROWING UP AT THE LAKE by Curtiss Anderson Editor of Ladies Home Journal relates his fond memories of coming of age in northern Minnesota in the 1930’s and 1940’s. THE CHINA DIARY OF GEORGE H.W. BUSH: THE MAKING OF A GLOBAL PRESIDENT by Jeffrey Engel An intimate look at the formative years of a future President and an emerging Cold War superpower. DOWNHILL LIE: A HACKER’S RETURN TO A RUINOUS SPORT By Carl Hiaasen Written as a diary, the Miami Herald columnist known for his cynical wit describes his return to the game of golf thirty-two years after he gave it up. IN NIXON’S WEB: A YEAR IN THE CROSSHAIRS OF WATERGATE By Louis Patrick Gray L. Patrick Gray III’s fast-paced, sometimes chilling insider's account of the desperate attempt to save a corrupt administration, without regard to whose lives was destroyed. THE MONSTER OF FLORENCE by Douglas Preston Popular author tells the chilling tale of his investigation of a serial killer which takes a bizarre twist when he and his investigative partner are implicated in the same crime. ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS: MY JOURNEY THROUGH THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE By Kareem AbdulJabbar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s observations during the waning edge of Harlem’s cultural revolution are a combination of straight history and Abdul-Jabbar’s personal reflections of the events. PUPPY CHOW IS BETTER THAN PROZAC: THE TRUE STORY OF A MAN AND THE DOG WHO SAVED HIS LIFE By Bruce Goldstein A man suffering from manic depression focuses on the abilities of the dog that had the ability to give comfort and change his life for the better. UP TIL NOW: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY By William Shatner and David Fisher Beginning with his Montreal childhood, William Shatner describes his remarkable career with humor and candor.
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