Biography

JELL-O GIRLS: A FAMILY HISTORY

In 1899, Allie Rowbottom's great-great-great-uncle bought the patent to Jell-O from its inventor for $450. The sale would turn out to be one of the most profitable business deals in American history, and the generations that followed enjoyed immense privilege - but they were also haunted by suicides, cancer, alcoholism, and mysterious ailments. More than 100 years after that deal was struck, Allie's mother Mary was diagnosed with the same incurable cancer, a disease that had also claimed her own mother's life. Determined to combat what she had come to consider the "Jell-O curse" and her looming mortality, Mary began obsessively researching her family's past, determined to understand the origins of her illness and the impact on her life of Jell-O and the traditional American values the company championed. Before she died in 2015, Mary began to send Allie boxes of her research and notes, in the hope that her daughter might write what she could not. JELL-O GIRLS is the liberation of that story. A gripping examination of the dark side of an iconic American product and a moving portrait of the women who lived in the shadow of its fractured fortune, JELL-O GIRLS is a family history, a feminist history, and a story of motherhood, love and loss. In crystalline prose Rowbottom considers the roots of trauma not only in her own family, but in the American psyche as well, ultimately weaving a story that is deeply personal, as well as deeply connected to the collective female experience.A "gorgeous" (New York Times) memoir that braids the evolution of one of America's most iconic branding campaigns with the stirring tales of the women who lived behind its facade - told by the inheritor of their stories.A New York Times Editors' ChoiceOne of People Magazine's Best Books of Summer An Amazon Best Book of the Month
July 1, 2019 | Paperback |
$17.99

BECOMING BEAUVOIR: A LIFE

A symbol of liberated womanhood, Simone de Beauvoir's unconventional relationships inspired and scandalised her generation. A philosopher, writer, and feminist icon, she won prestigious literary prizes and transformed the way we think about gender with The Second Sex. But despite her successes, she wondered if she had sold herself short. Her liaison with Jean-Paul Sartre has been billed as one of the most legendary love affairs of the twentieth century. But for Beauvoir it came at a cost: for decades she was dismissed as an unoriginal thinker who 'applied' Sartre's ideas. In recent years new material has come to light revealing the ingenuity of Beauvoir's own philosophy and the importance of other lovers in her life. This ground-breaking biography draws on never-before-published diaries and letters to tell the fascinating story of how Simone de Beauvoir became herself.'One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman', wrote Simone de Beauvoir.
August 1, 2019 | Hardcover |
$28.00

STATE AT ANY COST: THE LIFE OF DAVID BEN-GURION

As the founder of Israel, David Ben-Gurion long ago secured his reputation as a leading figure of the twentieth century. Determined from an early age to create a Jewish state, he thereupon took control of the Zionist movement, declared Israel’s independence, and navigated his country through wars, controversies and remarkable achievements. And yet Ben-Gurion remains an enigma―he could be driven and imperious, or quizzical and confounding. In this definitive biography, Israel’s leading journalist-historian Tom Segev uses large amounts of previously unreleased archival material to give an original, nuanced account, transcending the myths and legends that have accreted around the man. Segev’s probing biography ranges from the villages of Poland to Manhattan libraries, London hotels, and the hills of Palestine, and shows us Ben-Gurion’s relentless activity across six decades. Along the way, Segev reveals for the first time Ben-Gurion’s secret negotiations with the British on the eve of Israel’s independence, his willingness to countenance the forced transfer of Arab neighbors, his relative indifference to Jerusalem, and his occasional “nutty moments”―from UFO sightings to plans for Israel to acquire territory in South America. Segev also reveals that Ben-Gurion first heard about the Holocaust from a Palestinian Arab acquaintance, and explores his tempestuous private life, including the testimony of four former lovers. The result is a full and startling portrait of a man who sought a state “at any cost”―at times through risk-taking, violence, and unpredictability, and at other times through compromise, moderation, and reason. Segev’s Ben-Gurion is neither a saint nor a villain but rather a historical actor who belongs in the company of Lenin or Churchill―a twentieth-century leader whose iron will and complex temperament left.
August 1, 2019 | Hardcover |
$40.00
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SHE CAME TO SLAY: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HARRIET TUBMAN

Written by Dunbar, Erica Armstrong
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November 5, 2019 | Hardcover | 37 Ink | 176 Pages |
$23.99
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BOOKSHOP IN BERLIN: A MEMOIR

Written by Frenkel, Francoise
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December 3, 2019 | Hardcover | Atria Books | 288 Pages |
$26.00
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PRINCE PHILIP: DUKE OF EDINBURGH

Written by Bullen, Annie
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February 1, 2018 | Paperback | Pitkin | 64 Pages |
$12.95
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ELIZABETH: THE QUEEN AND THE CROWN

Written by Gristwood, Sarah
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May 1, 2018 | Hardcover | Pavilion Books | 160 Pages |
$23.95
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CHARLES: PRINCE OF WALES

Written by Knappett, Gill
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June 1, 2018 | Paperback | Pitkin | 64 Pages |
$12.95
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PRINCESS ELIZABETH'S WEDDING DAY

Written by Pitkin Classics
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June 1, 2018 | Paperback | Pitkin | 12 Pages |
$7.95
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VITA & VIRGINIA: THE LIVES AND LOVE OF VIRGINIA WOOLF AND VITA SACKVILLE-WEST

Written by Gristwood, Sarah
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September 1, 2018 | Hardcover | National Trust | 176 Pages |
$26.95

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