Pamela Smith presents Laura Ingalls Wilder's unedited, and unpublished, draft of her autobiography that was written for an adult audience and eventually served as the foundation for her popular Little House on the Prairie series.
The author describes her journey visiting Zen priests and performing rituals after the death of her Japanese grandfather and her American father and her inability to bury them at her family's Buddhist temple near the Fukushima disaster site.
Journalist Jill Leovy explores the hundreds of murders that occur in Los Angeles every year through the story of a group of detectives who pursued justice at any cost in the killing of Bryant Tennelle.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Tattooed Soldier presents a firsthand, official account of the 2010 survival story involving 33 miners who were trapped for a record 69 days in a Chilean mine.
Traces the workings of the underground railroad in slave-dependent New York by three lesser-known heroes who coordinated with black dockworkers and counterparts in other states to help thousands of fugitive slaves between 1830 and 1860.
An expansive yet intimate memoir of modern Jewish identity, following the diaspora of the author's own family to assay the impact of memory, displacement and disquiet. His emotionally lucid prose relives the anomie of European Jews after the Holocaust, following their journey from Lithuania to South Africa, England, the United States and Israel. This tale of remembrance and repression, suicide, resilience, moral ambivalence and uneasily evolving loyalties (religious, ethnic, national) both tells an unflinching personal story and contributes an important chapter to the ongoing narrative of Jewish life.
Chronicles the life of the former high-ranking member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, a London-based Islamist group, who began a campaign to reverse extremism around the world after spending five years in an Egyptian prison.
John McQuaid investigates the mysteries of flavor, drawing on reportage from kitchens, markets, farms, labs and other sources to trace historical experiences while making predictions about how the sense of taste will evolve in coming decades.
A comedian discusses his addiction to film between 1995 and 1999, a time during which he absorbed classics and new releases three days a week and applied what he learned in these films to acting, writing, comedy and relationships.