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An unparalleled story of the composer's life and works, written by a renowned conductor and scholar of Beethoven's music…

Ida B. the Queen

A historical portrait of the boundary-breaking civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells.

The Doctors Blackwell

"The vivid biography of two pioneering sisters who became America's first female doctors.


The survival tale of 16th-century Dutch explorer William Barents and his crew of sixteen, who ventured farther north than…

The Unquiet Englishman

A deeply researched account of the life of one of the twentieth century's greatest novelists.


A bold reimagining of the life of James Joyce's wife, muse, and the model for Molly Bloom in Ulysses.

His Very Best

The story of an enigmatic man of faith and his improbable journey from barefoot boy to global icon.

The Butterfly Effect

A cultural portrait of the Pulitzer Prize-winning rap superstar documents his coming-of-age as an artist, his genius as a…

Venus and Aphrodite

A cultural history of the goddess of love.

Everything She Touched

Recounts the incredible life of the American sculptor Ruth Asawa.

The Man Who Ate Too Much

The definitive biography of America's best-known and least-understood food personality.

This Thing Called Life

A warm and surprisingly real-life biography, featuring never-before-seen photos.

Wild Thing

A shattering new biography of rock music's most outrageous and tragic genius.


A lively and detailed portrait of California congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.


A profile of one of Canada's foremost novelists, playwrights, and short-story writers.

Time of the Magicians

A narrative of the lives of major philosophers Walter Benjamin, Martin Heidegger, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Ernst Cassirer…

Lady Romeo

A brisk, beautifully crafted life of a pioneering actor.

The Life of William Faulkner

A significant challenge and an essential contribution to Faulkner scholarship.

The Lady of Sing Sing

Chronicles the first campaign against the death penalty waged in 1895 by American activist Cora Slocomb.


The definitive biography of a fascinating and paradoxical figure, one of the most influential artists of his age.

The Compton Cowboys

The compelling story of a group of African-American men and women who continue the tradition of black cowboys in the…

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