The acclaimed poet reflects with gratitude on her life after the sudden death of her husband, discussing her personal quest for meaning and understanding, her renewed devotion to her teenage sons, and meditating on the blessings of love and family.
A celebration of the pleasures and possibilities of unmarried womanhood celebrates the examples of such figures as Edna St. Vincent Millay, Edith Wharton and Ganna Walska while charting the slowly changing society attitudes toward women and marriage.
Recounting his move to Vietnam, a journalist takes travelers along for the ride as he searches for authentic Vietnamese food, which leads him all over the country and introduces him to a remarkable populace, including his wife.
A personal account by the sight-impaired Chinese activist who defected to America in 2012 describes his disadvantaged childhood, the illness that cost him his sight and his advocacy of the poor.
Traces the lives of the two immigrant brothers responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing, describing the tension between assimilation and alienation that resulted in a split in identity and gave them a deadly sense of mission.
Johnny Dwyer tells the story of Chucky Taylor, the American son of infamous African dictator Charles Taylor, who led a murderous militia at the age of 17 and became the only American ever convicted of torture.
The world-renowned composer traces the story of his life and career and his professional collaborations with such peers as Allen Ginsberg and Martin Scorsese while sharing evocative insights into his creative process.
A moving meditation on the NPR host's relationship with his mother, inspired by the popular tweets he shared during her final days, traces their shared love of family while profiling his mother's heroic work as a dedicated single parent.
A journalist and first-generation Chinese-American author returns to his family's Yangtze River hometown to investigate the fate of his ancestor's long-buried porcelain collection against a backdrop of a century of Chinese history.
Combining sage advice from Ovid and Mary Oliver with practical descriptions of tools and varieties of wood, the author, who quit her desk job to become a carpenter, shares the joys and frustrations of learning to make things by hand in an occupation that is 99 percent male.
James McGrath Morris describes the life and career of the journalist and network news commentator who publicly asked President Dwight D. Eisenhower to support desegregation, and covered such important civil rights events as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the desegregation crisis in Little Rock.
An account of the Boston criminal underworld's role in the infamous $500 million Gardner Museum art theft traces the contributions of master thief Louis Royce and gangster Ralph Rossetti while examining the FBI's controversial announcement that they had identified the responsible parties.
Gods and Kings analyzes the dramatic ends of two preeminent fashion designers to demonstrate how they were casualties of the war between art and commerce, chronicling their rise and achievements while sharing insights into how art has suffered at the hands of impossible economic demands.
The New York Times best-selling author of A Three Dog Life presents an uplifting memoir about her life after the devastating loss of her husband, changes in a once-platonic friendship, her daughter's illness and the death of a beloved dog.
Traces the author's wrenching struggles with severe light sensitivities, which forced her into a cloistered existence, exploring the progression of her relationship with a man and her efforts not to limit his life.