January 2010 Nonfiction Titles

Hauntings of Pittsburgh and the Laurel Highlands

How to Change Someone Your Love: four steps for you to help them

This powerful book shows readers how to stop a loved one from engaging in self-destructive behavior. “Brad Lamm’s step-by-step approach empowers families and friends to change their loved ones through compassionate, caring and continuing support.”–Dr. Mehmet Oz.

The Ultimate Happiness Prescription: 7 keys to joy and enlightenment

Justice: what’s the right thing to do?

“Justice” invites readers of all political persuasions to consider familiar controversies in fresh and illuminating ways. From affirmative action to physician-assisted suicide, Sandel shows how even the most hotly contested issues can be illuminated by reasoned moral argument.

The Lost History of Christianity: the thousand-year golden age of the church in the Middle East, Asia and Africa–and how it died

Morbid Curiostiy: the disturbing demises of the famous and infamous

The strange, startling, disturbing, and utterly fascinating stories behind the world’s most notorious celebrity deaths.- Was Jayne Mansfield really decapitated?-White manly appendage of Napoleon’s was cut off during his autopsy? (And where did it go?)- What went to the grave (literally) with River Phoenix, Frank Sinatra, and Princess Diana?Death is fascinating. Just think about the last time you slowed down as you passed the scene of a car accident. When a public figure bites the dust, the curiosity only increases. From Attila the Hun to Marie Antoinette, from Heath Ledger to Anna Nicole Smith, the deaths of the rich and famous spark endless speculation and tabloid fodder. Their lives – and deaths – are grave matters.

The Audacity to Win: the inside story and lessons of Barack Obama’s historic victory

Plouffe not only led the effort that put Barack Obama in the White House, but he also helped to change the face of politics forever. “The Audacity to Win” tells his story of that groundbreaking achievement.

How Capitalism with Save Us: why free people and free markets are the best answers in today’s economy

Has capitalism failed? Is it fundamentally greedy and immoral, enabling the rich to get richer? Are free markets Darwinian places where the most ruthless crush smaller competitors, where vital products and services are priced beyond the ability of many people to afford them? Capitalism is the world’s greatest economic success story. It is the most effective way to provide for the needs of people and foster the democratic and moral values of a free society. Yet the worst recession in decades has widely–and understandably–shaken people’s faith in our system. Even before the current crisis, capitalism received a “bad rap” from a culture ambivalent about free markets and wealth creation. This crisis of confidence is preventing a full recognition of how we got into the mess we’re in today–and why capitalism continues to be the best route to prosperity. How Capitalism Will Save Us transcends labels such as “conservative” and “liberal” by showing how the economy really works. When free people in free markets have energy to solve problems and meet the needs and wants of others, they turn scarcity into abundance and develop the innovations that are the foremost drivers of economic growth. The freedom of democratic capitalism is, for example, what enabled Henry Ford to take a plaything of the rich–the car–and transform it into something affordable to working people. In the capitalist system, economic growth doesn’t mean more of the same–grinding out a few more widgets every year. It’s about change to increase overall wealth and give more people the chance for a better life.

Too Big to Fail: the inside story of how Wall Street and Washington fought to save the financial system from crisis–and themselves

A real-life thriller about the most tumultuous period in America’s financial history by an acclaimed New York TimesReporter Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers the first true behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression developed into a global tsunami. From inside the corner office at Lehman Brothers to secret meetings in South Korea, and the corridors of Washington, Too Big to Failis the definitive story of the most powerful men and women in finance and politics grappling with success and failure, ego and greed, and, ultimately, the fate of the world’s economy. “We’ve got to get some foam down on the runway!” a sleepless Timothy Geithner, the then-president of the Federal Reserve of New York, would tell Henry M. Paulson, the Treasury secretary, about the catastrophic crash the world’s financial system would experience. Through unprecedented access to the players involved, Too Big to Failre-creates all the drama and turmoil, revealing neverdisclosed details and elucidating how decisions made on Wall Street over the past decade sowed the seeds of the debacle. This true story is not just a look at banks that were “too big to fail,” it is a real-life thriller with a cast of bold-faced names who themselves thought they were too big to fail.

Philanthro-capitalism: how the rich can save the world

Half the Sky: turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide

Two Pulitzer Prize winners issue a call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women in the developing world.

Murder in Ohiopyle and other incidents

In the President’s Secret Service: behind the scenes with agents in the line of fire and the presidents they protect

Because Secret Service agents are sworn to secrecy, the American public rarely knows what presidents, vice presidents, presidential candidates, and Cabinet officers and their families are really like. If they did, says a former Secret Service agent, “They would scream.”

Our Choice: a plan to solve the climate crisis

The former vice president and author of such best-sellers as “An Inconvenient Truth” and “Earth in the Balance” presents a follow-up work to address key environmental issues while profiling and evaluating possible solutions.

The Climate Challenge: 101 solutions to global warming

The Climate Challenge lays out the world’s best solutions for students, scientists, mayors, mavericks, policy-makers, presidents, and, yes, just ordinary folk. Taken together, they represent an amazing blossoming of innovation that is changing the world and creating host of new green collar jobs.

But I Trusted You

THE MOST FATAL MISTAKE?Trust. It’s the foundation of any enduring relationship between friends, lovers, spouses, and families. But when trust is placed in those who are not what they seem, the results can be deadly. Ann Rule, who famously chronicled her own shocking experience of unknowingly befriending a sociopath inThe Stranger Beside Me, offers a riveting, all-new collection from her true-crime files, with the lethally shattered bonds of trust at the core of each bloodsoaked account. Whether driven to extreme violence by greed or jealousy, passion or rage, these calculating sociopaths targeted those closest to them — unwitting victims whose last disbelieving words could well have been “but I trusted you….” Headlining this page-turning anthology is the case of middle-school counselor Chuck Leonard, found shot to death outside his Washington State home on an icy February morning. A complicated mix of family man and wild man, Chuck played hard and loved many…but who crossed the line by murdering him in cold blood? And why? The revelation is as stunning as the shattering crime itself, powerfully illuminating how those we think we know can ingeniously hide their destructive and homicidal designs. Along with other shattering cases, immaculately detailed and sharply analyzed by America’s #1 true-crime writer, this fourteenth Crime Files volume is essential reading for getting inside the mind of the hidden killers among us.

Dreamworld: how your brain dreams and why

Live a Little!: breaking the rules won’t break your health

Establishes a redefinition of health and well-being that focuses on living a relaxed and full life while not suffering undue stress for alleged failures to follow strict health guidelines, and includes advice on nutrition, exercise, and preventive care.

Master Your Metabolism: the 3 diet secrets to naturally balancing your hormones for a hot and healthy body

Does it feel as if you’re fighting your body to lose even one pound—or just to maintain your current weight? Respected health and wellness expert and bestselling author Jillian Michaels has been there, too. So she consulted top experts in the field of metabolism and discovered that she’d inadvertently been abusing her endocrine system for years. After “fixing” her own metabolism, she decided to share what she learned by devising this simple, 3-phase plan that engages all the weight-loss hormones (including the friendly HGH, testosterone, DHEA; and the not-so-friendly: insulin, cortisol, and excess estrogen). InMaster Your Metabolism, discover how to: •REMOVE “anti-nutrients” from your diet •RESTORE foods that speak directly to fat-burning genes •REBALANCE energy and your hormones for effortless weight loss Michaels offers a wealth of information throughout, including: shopping lists and online shopping resources, hormone-trigger food charts, how to eat “power nutrient” foods on a budget, smart strategies for eating out, quick and easy recipes, as well as mini-programs for addressing PMS, andropause, metabolic syndrome, PCOS, and menopause.

Pox: genius, madness and the mysteries of syphilis

This well-researched account, which chronicles the debilitating effects of syphilis and its impact on many famous figures until its cure (penicillin) was discovered in 1943, makes a fascinating, if frequently repulsive, read. Following several chapters on the history, symptoms, and course of the disease are the stories of the disease’s impact on 13 sufferers, including Beethoven, Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde, Isak Dineson, and Hitler. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

You: Having a Baby: the owner’s manual to a happy and healthy pregnancy

The All-new Illustrated Guide to Gardening: planning, selection, propagation, organic solutions

“Reader’s Digest’s” bestselling gardening book has been totally revised and updated with hundreds of new plant varieties, more than 2,000 full-color photos and illustrations, and all-organic solutions and simple projects for eco-friendly gardening.

Beautiful Pigs: portraits of fine breeds

This little piggy went to market, and this little piggy went to the catwalk … And what wonderful models our porcine friends turned out to be! The result is this stunning collection of portraits of pigs strutting their stuff as only creatures weighing up to 500lb apiece can. Featuring commissioned studio photography of championship breeds styled to perfection prior to competition, the animals here just love to hog the limelight. The top breeds from around the world are represented – from the graceful Large Black to the aristocratic Tamworth and the much-travelled Kune-Kune – with graphic charts containing all the essential breed information. There’s also a potted history of pigs, plus reportage photography oif the behind-the-scenes primping and preening at the agricultural shows, to capture the care that is lavished on the prizewinning pigs and the nail-biting judging process. This is a book to gladden the hearts of pig-lovers, be they city dwellers with a trotter in the country or country dwellers with a dozen trotters in the farm yard. Packed with visual and textual breed information, it is a unique gift book to make every reader feel, well, happy as a pig in muck…

Home to Roost: a backyard farmer chases chickens through the ages

Each day, Bob Sheasley leaves Lilyfield Farm and heads into the city. And each day, he brings along a basket of eggs for his coworkers atThePhiladelphiaInquirer.Depending on the breed of hen, these eggs may be white, green, rose, blue, or as brown as chocolate. And they are all deliciously fresh, a taste of the rural way of life that people have enjoyed for millennia, one in which chickens have played a supporting role for nearly as long.InHome to Roost,Sheasley tells of the intertwined relationship between humans and chickens. He delves into where chickens came from, what their DNA tells us about our kinship, how we’ve treated our feathered fellow travelers, and the roads we’re crossing together. This is a story of agriculture and human migration, of folk medicine and technology, of how we dreamed of the good life, threw it away, and want it back.Modern farming has changed the lives of both bird and man over the past century. But backyard farmers like Sheasley offer hope for a return to the pleasures of locally grown food, as diverse as the chickens he’s raised on Lilyfield Farm. With wit and personal insight,Home to Roostexamines of how our lives can be changed for the better, with something as simple as a backyard coop.

Inside of a dog: what dogs see, smell and know

Containing up-to-the minute research and providing many moments of dog-behavior recognition, this lively and absorbing book helps dog owners to see their best friend’s behavior in a different, and revealing, light. bw illustrations throughout.

Secret Ingredients The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink

This volume of food writing from the New Yorker proves again that famous weekly?s reputation for literary and journalistic excellence. An anthology of reporting both recent and vintage, this book takes readers from the oyster beds of Long Island to the bistros of Paris, from artisanal tofu joints in Japan to a Miami restaurant serving Basque food to homesick Cubans. Along the way, lucky readers get to travel to fun food towns like San Francisco and New York, drink martinis with Roger Angell, make fun of menus with Steve Martin and reminisce about Julia Child?s winsome public television series. A particularly wonderful profile introduces a wild-foods forager capable of making a ten course meal from ingredients in the field near his house; he and the author dine on cattails and watercress while canoeing through an icy November river. Another winning profile explores the life and times of a cheese-making nun with a Ph.D. in microbiology. But perhaps the greatest pleasure here is the gorgeous prose of masters like M.F.K. Fisher and A.J. Liebling. Liebling, in particular, knows how to turn meals into stories; though he wrote of Paris before the war, his descriptions are so immediate and enticing a reader wants to run out and buy the first plane ticket to France. (Nov.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Eat, Memory: great writers at the table

Memorable moments with food — collected by ‘one of the best of the young food writers’ (according to Jeffrey Steingarten, Vogue food critic). In New York Times Magazine , food editor Amanda Hesser has showcases the food-inspired recollections of some of America’s leading writers — playwrights, screenwriters, novelists, poets, journalists. Eat, Memory collects the 26 best stories and recipes to accompany them.In this collection of essays, Ann Patchett confronts her stubbornness in a heated argument she once had with her then-boyfriend, now husband, over dinner at the famed Paris restaurant Taillevent. Tom Perrotta explains how his long list of food aversions almost landed him in an East German prison. Gabrielle Hamilton finds that hiring a blind cook leads her into ethical terrain she wasn’t prepared to navigate. And poet Billy Collins muses over his relationship with a fish he once ate. Also included are stories by Chang-rae Lee, Patricia Marx, John Burnham Schwartz, George Saunders, Colson Whitehead, Kiran Desai, Pico Iyer, and Heidi Julavits, among others.

The Hershey, Pennsylvania, Cookbook: fun treats and trivia from the chocolate capital of the world

This lavishly illustrated chocolate cookbook celebrates America’s century-long love affair with the iconic foil-wrapped confection fondly known as the Kiss. From Capuccino-Kissed Cheesecake to Kissables Crunch, Chunky Macadamia Bars to Chocolate and Cherries Fudge Torte, chocolate lovers everywhere will find dozens of irresistable recipes for brownies, bars, cookies, pies, cakes, muffins, and more, all of them using Hershey’s Kisses or Kiss-related products. Also included are special holiday offerings, such as Hugs and Kisses Valentine’s Cake and Witch’s Hat Cookies, as well as instructions for creating decorative craft items, such as Kiss wreaths, wedding favors, and Kiss butterflies, a favorite with kids. Handy ratings allow cooks to find just the sort of recipe they’re looking for, whether it’s a classic favorite, a quick and easy dessert, or a kid-friendly fun treat. Interesting history, trivia, and fun facts about the Hershey Kiss, chocolate making, and the Hershey Company are sprinkled liberally among the recipes, adding a charming note of nostalgia. Illustrated with dozens of great new and old photos–of vintage chocolate-factory workers, Hershey’s Kiss streetlamps, vintage ads, and much more–this book will delight chocolate lovers and chocolate-trivia buffs everywhere.

More Diners, Drive-ins, Dives: a drop-top culinary cruise through America’s finest and funkiest joints

Join New York Times bestselling author and Food Network star Guy Fieria for a second helping of the best diners, drive-ins, and dives across America! Guy Fieri strikes again with More Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, giving you a road map to road food that’s earned its culinary citizenship in “Flavortown.” Join Guy on a cross-country noshing parade, mapping out the best places you’ve never heard of-more than fifty establishments off the beaten path. Compete in a (no hands) apple-pie-eating contest at Bobo Drive-In in Topeka, Kansas, dip your taste buds in Sweet Spicy Love sauce at Uncle Lou’s Fried Chicken in Memphis, Tennessee, and get a load of the killer four-cheese mac-and-cheese at Gorilla Barbeque in Pacifica, California. Filled with Guy’s hilarious voice and rampant enthusiasm for these hidden culinary gems, More Diners, Drive-ins and Dives is the perfect book for lovers of the American food scene and fans of Triple D.

20 Things Adoptive Parents Need to Succeed

In her groundbreaking first book, Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew, Sherrie Eldridge gave voice to the very real concerns of adopted children, whose unique perspectives offered unprecedented insight. In this all-new companion volume, Eldridge shifts her focus to parents, offering practical wisdom and advice on creating a loving, nurturing environment for your adopted child.

Star Wars: 1,000 collectibles: memorabilia and stories from a galaxy far, far away

Drawn from the largest private “Star Wars” collection in the known universe, this stunning treasure trove of memorabilia and colorful anecdotes mixes fun with nostalgia, delighting both the casual fan and the serious collector.

Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and his leading ladies

“Fascinating . . . probes an even darker side of Hitchcock.” –Newsday It is remarkable how infrequently, over a period of more than fifty years, Alfred Hitchcock spoke about the legendary actresses he directed–including Ingrid Bergman, Kim Novak, and Grace Kelly. But his leading ladies greatly enriched his films, and many of them achieved international stardom precisely because of their work for Hitchcock. Rich with new material, anecdotes, and never-before-told personal observations, this explosive portrait details Hitchcock’s outbursts of cruelty, the shocking humor, and the odd amalgam of adoration and contempt that characterized Hitchcock’s obsessive relationships with women–and that also, paradoxically, fed his genius. Spellbound by Beautyoffers important insights into the life of a brilliant and tortured artist, and pays tribute to the memorable actresses who gave so much to his films. “[Spoto] informsSpellbound by Beautywith his profound knowledge of his subject, years of sound reporting, highly polished prose, and sensible analysis.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch “Expert insights into Hitchcock’s films.” —Oregonian(Portland) “You will never look at a Hitchcock movie the same.” —Tampa Tribune

Picture Yourself Dancing: a step by step instructions for ballroom, Latin, country and more

This guide for beginning dancers features a wealth of color photographs that clearly illustrate the basics of some popular social dances, including the waltz, two-step, salsa, and tango. Dance teachers Shawn and Joanna Trautman describe the fundamental positions and steps used in a wide variety of dance styles before providing specific instructions for individual dances. The DVD contains 75 minutes of instructional dance video. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

When the Game Was Ours

With intimate, fly-on-the-wall detail, “When the Game Was Ours” transports readers to an electric era of basketball and reveals for the first time the inner workings of two players dead set on besting one another.

The Book of Basketball: the NBA according to the sports guy

There is only one writer on the planet who possesses enough basketball knowledge and passion to write the definitive book on the NBA.* Bill Simmons, the from-the-womb hoops addict known to millions as ESPN.com’s Sports Guy, is that writer. And The Book of Basketball is that book. Nowhere in the roundball universe will you find another single volume that covers as much in such depth as this wildly opinionated and thoroughly entertaining look at the past, present, and future of pro basketball. From the age-old question of who actually won the rivalry between Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain to the one about which team was truly the best of all time, Simmons opens– and then closes, once and for all– every major pro basketball debate. Then he takes it further by completely reevaluating not only how NBA Hall of Fame inductees should be chosen but how the institution must be reshaped from the ground up, the result being the Pyramid: Simmons’s one-of-a-kind, five-level shrine to the ninety-six greatest players in the history of pro basketball. And ultimately he takes fans to the heart of it all, as he uses a conversation with one NBA great to uncover that coveted thing: The Secret of Basketball. Comprehensive, authoritative, controversial, hilarious, and impossible to put down (even for Celtic-haters), The Book of Basketball offers every hardwood fan a courtside seat beside the game’s finest, funniest, and fiercest chronicler. * More to the point, he’s the only one crazy enough to try to pull it off. From the Hardcover edition.

The Blind Side: evolution of a game

The young man at the center of this extraordinary and moving story will one day be among the most highly paid athletes in the National Football League. When we first meet him, he is one of thirteen children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or any of the things a child might learn in school – such as, say, how to read or write. Nor has he ever touched a football.What changes? He takes up football, and school, after a rich, Evangelical, Republican family plucks him from the mean streets. Their love is the first great force that alters the world\’s perception of the boy, whom they adopt. The second force is the evolution of professional football itself into a game where the quarterback must be protected at any cost. Our protagonist turns out to be the priceless combination of size, speed, and agility necessary to guard the quarterback\’s greatest vulnerability: his blind side.

Comeback 2.0: up close and personal

“Comeback 2.0” is Armstrong’s first-person photo-journal of his 2009 comeback season. Heavily illustrated with color photos, this work features journal-like entries that describe the cyclist’s training and racing regimen.

Best New American Voices 2010

Bestselling novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro brings her expertise to this year’s volume of Best New American Voices. Now in its eleventh year, this series gathers the best fiction from hundreds of nominations submitted by programs such as the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Johns Hopkins’ master’s program and from summer conferences such as those at Sewanee and Bread Loaf. Joshua Ferris, Julie Orringer, William Gay, Lauren Groff, Maile Meloy, Amanda Davis, and Nam Le are just some of the acclaimed authors whose early work has appeared in this series since its launch in 2000. Discover for yourself the dazzling variety of great fiction being produced in today’s top writers’ workshops.

What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures

What is the difference between choking and panicking? Why are there dozens of varieties of mustard-but only one variety of ketchup? What do football players teach us about how to hire teachers? What does hair dye tell us about the history of the 20 th century? In the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has written three books that have radically changed how we understand our world and ourselves: The Tipping Point; Blink; and Outliers. Now, in What the Dog Saw, he brings together, for the first time, the best of his writing from The New Yorker over the same period. Here is the bittersweet tale of the inventor of the birth control pill, and the dazzling inventions of the pasta sauce pioneer Howard Moscowitz. Gladwell sits with Ron Popeil, the king of the American kitchen, as he sells rotisserie ovens, and divines the secrets of Cesar Millan, the “dog whisperer” who can calm savage animals with the touch of his hand. He explores intelligence tests and ethnic profiling and “hindsight bias” and why it was that everyone in Silicon Valley once tripped over themselves to hire the same college graduate. “Good writing,” Gladwell says in his preface, “does not succeed or fail on the strength of its ability to persuade. It succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone else’s head. “What the Dog Saw is yet another example of the buoyant spirit and unflagging curiosity that have made Malcolm Gladwell our most brilliant investigator of the hidden extraordinary.

Nothing to be Frightened of

‘I don’t believe in God, but I miss him.’ Julian Barnes’ new book is, among many things, a family memoir, an exchange with his brother (a philosopher), a meditation on mortality and the fear of death, a celebration of art, an argument with and about God, and a homage to the French writer Jules Renard.

Somewhere Towards the End

One of the great editors in British publishing reflects candidly and with great humor on the condition of being old–the triumphs and tragedies, as well as the wisdom and fortitude required to face death.

Off the Tourist Trail: 1,000 unexpected travel alternatives

Written by a team of travel experts, “Off the Tourist Trail” brings vibrant cities, enchanting sights, breathtaking natural wonders, and unforgettable experiences to life with informative narrative and stunning photography.

Hiking Pennsylvania 55 of the state’s greatest hiking adventures

This newly updated guide contains five new hikes as wellas updated driving directions, restaurant listings, andlocal resource directories. Hike descriptions includelocal campgrounds, lodging, restaurants, and contacts forlocal hiking clubs and outfitters. Richly writtennarratives are punctuated with GPS-compatible maps, routeprofiles showing the ups and downs of each hike, anddetailed mile-by-mile directions. Sidebars includedetails on planning, packing, and travelling withchildren and pets. Whether beginner, intermediate, ormore advanced, hikers will find a full range of trailsfrom short strolls to overnight backpacks throughout the state.

A Simple Christmas: twelve stories that celebrate the true holiday spirit

“The first Christmas was a simple one. So simple that it had all the makings of a first-class disaster. It’s a miracle it turned out well at all. In fact, that’s the whole point. It really was, and remains, a miracle– the greatest miracle of all time. And it really was simple.” -Mike Huckabee Christmas has become synonymous with shopping, overindulging, competition, and stress. But according to Mike Huckabee (who was a pastor before getting into politics), that was never God’s intention. Going back to the Nativity, Christmas is supposed to be about simple things: faith, love, family, and hope. The hard part, in today’s crazy world, is remembering that those simple things are the most precious of all. Now Huckabee recounts twelve Christmas memories– often funny, sometimes deeply moving– that range from his childhood in Arkansas to his years as a young husband and father to his time as a governor and then a presidential candidate. These true stories will help you smile, take a deep breath, and maybe slow down your own holiday treadmill. For instance: As kids, Mike and his sister would sneak open their gifts before Christmas, play with them, then rewrap them so their parents wouldn’t notice. The plan worked great for several years until one Christmas morning when young Mike unwrapped a brand-new football…that was covered in mud. That led to a powerful lesson about patience. In 1966, like millions of preteens, Mike was obsessed with the Beatles. He dug in his heels, telling his parents that if they wouldn’t buy him a guitar for Christmas, he didn’t want anything at all. He was selfish, stubborn, and obnoxious, with no idea what it would take for working-class parents to find an extra $99. It took many years for him to understand the sacrifice they made for that life-changing gift– or how it connected to the Lord’s own sacrifice. Only a year after Mike and his wife, Janet, had gotten married, she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at the shocking age of twenty. That Christmas of 1975 was the most terrifying and upsetting they would ever know, as they wondered if they would ever get to share another one. But in retrospect, it’s a Christmas they will treasure forever. If you’re looking for a little clarity, sanity, and inspiration at this insane time of year, you’re sure to enjoy A Simple Christmas.

Notorious Royal Marriages: a juicy journey through nine centuries of dynasty, destiny and desire

Carroll presents a funny, raucous, and delightfully dirty 900-year history of the royal marriages of Europe’s most famous–and infamous–monarchs.

10 Big Lies About America: combating destructive distortions about our nation

In this bold and brilliantly argued book, an acclaimed author and talk-radio host zeroes in on 10 of the biggest fallacies that millions of Americans believe about our country–in spite of incontrovertible facts to the contrary.

The Rise of Barack Obama

Award-winning photojournalist, Pete Souza, documents the meteoric rise of the charismatic Barack Obama from his first day in the U.S. Senate right up to the Pennsylvania presidential primary. More than 80% of these candid and stunning photographs capturing private and political moments have not been seen before.

Now the Drum of War: Walt Whitman and his brothers in the Civil War

Drawing on the searing letters that Walt Whitman, his brother George, their mother Louisa, and their other brothers wrote to each other during the Civil War, this work chronicles the experience of an archetypal American family enduring its own long crisis alongside the anguish of the nation.

Brothers in Arms: the Kennedys, the Castros, and the politics of murder

A groundbreaking new reporting of the historical drama linking the Kennedys and the Castros that sheds new light on the JFK assassination.Using breakthrough reporting and interviews with long-silent sources, Russo and coauthor Stephen Molton have crafted a dramatic retelling of the time before, during, and after the Kennedy killing. The book centers on the two opposed sets of brothers—the Kennedys and the Castros—who collectively authored one of modern history’s most dangerous, and tragically ironic, chapters. Bobby Kennedy pushed for the murder of Fidel Castro and instead got the death of his beloved brother, a psychic blow from which he himself never recovered. Lee Harvey Oswald killed an admired president and traumatized a nation, but in so doing may have prevented a third world war.Built on thirty years of intense research—including discoveries so significant that they have rekindled CIA and State Department interest in the Kennedy assassination—Brothers in Armsis a vivid, character-driven, almost cinematic narration of a singularly fascinating time. For neophytes, it is the most accessible and informed single volume on the assassination. For the many readers fascinated by this story, it provides extraordinary new facts that will force a reconsideration of how and why the Kennedy murder came to pass.

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