Algonquin Books

Off the Deep End: From Midlife Crisis to Olympic Glory, One Man's Perspiring Story (June, $21.95) by Hodding Carter chronicles the author's attempt to swim his way into the 2008 Summer Olympics. 10-city author tour.


Not My Turn to Die: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia (Mar., $22) by Savo Heleta follows a traumatized child of the Bosnian war who grows up seeking peace.


Ida: A Sword Among Lions (Mar., $35) by Paula J. Giddings portrays the life of crusading journalist and black rights champion Ida B. Wells.

Applause Books

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Hiding in Plain Sight: The Secret Life of Raymond Burr (Apr., $24.95) by Michael Seth Starr delves into the film and TV star's homosexuality.


Max Factor: The Man Who Changed the Faces of the World (Aug., $26) by Fred E. Basten charts the life of the man who invented modern makeup.

Atlas & Co.

(dist. by W.W. Norton)

The Tremendous World I Have Inside My Head: Franz Kafka, a Biographical Essay (June, $22) by Louis Begley studies the famed writer.


The Dream: A Memoir (Apr., $23.95) by Harry Bernstein recalls the struggles of the author's family during the Great Depression.


The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life (Apr., $30) by Alice Schroeder recounts the work, opinions, triumphs, follies and wisdom of the world's most successful investor. 1 million first printing.

Beaufort Books

(dist. by Midpoint Trade)

It's Not All About Money (Apr., $29.95) by Hans J. Baer divulges the author's influential role in the wealthy Swiss banking community.

Black & White

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The Sky's the Limit: Vicky Jack and Her Quest to Climb the Seven Summits (May, $24.95) by Vicky Jack and Anna Magnusson describes Jack's ascent of Mt. Everest at age 51.

John Blake

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My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem (Apr., $34.95) by Debbie Nelson shares the author's story as the rapper's mother.

Victoria Beckham: Queen of America (Apr., $24.95) by Julie Aspinall chronicles the Spice Girl's rise to fame and the Beckhams' move to the U.S.

Borealis Books

The Lyncher in Me: A Search for Redemption in the Face of History (Mar., $24.95) by Warren Read records a shocking family discovery and the path to healing.

Center Street

A Heart to Serve: The Passion to Bring Health, Hope, and Healing (Aug., $24.99) by Bill Frist shares his experiences as a heart transplant surgeon and U.S. Senate majority leader.

Chicago Review Press

(dist. by IPG)

Lady Q: The Rise and Fall of a Latin Queen (July, $24.95) by Reymundo Sanchez and Sonia Rodriguez describes a woman's struggles to survive the streets and her ascent to the new mafia's top ranks.


Ernie (Aug., $24.95) by Ernest Borgnine. The Oscar-winning actor looks at his film and TV career and his turbulent off-screen life.

Collins Reference

Leonard Bernstein: American Original (Aug., $29.95) by Burton Bernstein, the maestro's brother, probes his life and times through rare photos, letters and memorabilia.

Columbia Univ. Press

Chronicles of My Life (May, $27.95) by Donald Keene portrays the author called by the New York Times “the leading expert on Japanese literature.”


Truman Capote, Enfant Terrible (July, $21.95) by Robert Emmet Long profiles the author's life and work.

Sarah Crichton Books

Fifty Miles from ToMorrow: A Memoir of Alaska and the Real People (Aug., $22) by William L. Iggiagruk Hensley probes the author's crusade for the rights of Alaska's native peoples.


Standing Tall: Lessons in Turning Adversity into Victory (Mar., $24.95) by C. Vivian Stringer and Laura Tucker tells the basketball coach's story of perseverance and victory in the face of personal losses. 100,000 first printing.

Cumberland House

River of No Return: Tennessee Ernie Ford and the Woman He Loved (May, $26.95) by Jeffrey Buckner Ford unearths the love story between the entertainer and his wife, Betty.

Ivan R. Dee

(dist. by NBN)

Notebooks 1951—1959 (June, $25) by Albert Camus, trans. by Ryan Bloom. The final volume of the writer's journals appears in English for the first time.


Open House (Aug., $26.95) by Nancy Pelosi. The first woman to be elected Speaker of the House shares her political and personal life story. 200,000 first printing.

Epicenter Press

Valley Girl: How Sarah Palin Turned Alaska's Political Establishment on Its Ear (Apr., $19.95) by Kaylene Johnson discusses the rise of Alaska's youngest and first female governor.

Faber and Faber

I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World (May, $25) by Mike Edison chronicles the life of the Ivy League dropout who became the publisher of High Times.

Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947—1964 (Aug., $24) by Susan Sontag, edited by David Rieff, is the first of three volumes from the iconic writer and intellectual.

Fordham Univ. Press

Victor Herbert: A Theatrical Life (Apr., $44.95) by Neil Gould delves into the life of the Irish composer and his tremendous impact on the American musical theater.

Free Press

Losing It: and Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time (Mar., $26) by Valerie Bertinelli. The actress traces her path to self-esteem. Ad/promo.

The Woman Who Can't Forget: The Extraordinary Story of Living with the Most Remarkable Memory Known to Science (May, $26) by Jill Price with Bart Davis profiles the remarkable woman who remembers each day of her life since age 14. Ad/promo.


Sex, Love and Fashion: A Memoir of a Male Model (Apr., $23.95) by Bruce Hulse and Wendy Holden. A former model dishes the dirt. Ad/promo.

American Prince (May, $25.95) by Tony Curtis and Peter Golenbock shares the story of the actor's life during the golden age of Hollywood and beyond. 200,000 first printing.


The Sum of Our Days (Apr., $26.95) by Isabel Allende. This sequel to Paula examines the life Allende created after her daughter's death. 150,000 first printing.

The Man Who Loved China (May, $27.95) by Simon Winchester looks at the eccentric scientist Joseph Needham, whose passion informed much of his work. 250,000 first printing.


Life Beyond Measure: Letters to My Great-Granddaughter (May, $24.95) by Sidney Poitier sets forthwisdom gained from his Bahamian boyhood to his years as an actor and humanitarian.

Harvard Univ. Press

Theodor W. Adorno: One Last Genius (Apr., $35) by Detlev Claussen, trans. by Rooney Livingstone, charts the life of the developer of critical theory and how his insights shaped the 20th century's intellectual landscape.

Haus Publishing

(dist. by IPM)

Captain John Smith & His Brave Adventures (Apr., $29.95) by R.E. Pritchard illuminates the life of the iconic British explorer.

Hay House

Led by Faith: Learning to Trust God in All Things (May, $24.95) by Immaculée Iligabiza with Steve Erwin chronicles one woman's struggle to survive the Rwandan genocide and find a new life in America. 100,000 first printing.


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Winning Is Not Enough (Apr., $27.95) by Sir Jackie Stewart unveils the life of the man ranked as one of the top five racing drivers of all time.

Lawrence Hill Press

(dist. by IPG)

The Lost Supreme: The Life of Dreamgirl Florence Ballard (Apr., $24.95) by Peter Benjaminson reveals Ballard's rise to and fall from fame.

Hodder & Stoughton

(dist. by Trafalgar Square/IPG)

The Fight for Fordhall Farm (July, $32.95) by Ben Hollins and Charlotte Hollins describes how two British siblings attracted worldwide attention when they set up a land initiative to save their family farm.

Henry Holt

Taking the Hill: From Philly to Baghdad to the United States Congress (Mar., $25) by Patrick J. Murphy with Adam Frankel celebrates the first Iraq war veteran to be elected to Congress.

House of Wits: An Intimate Portrait of the James Family (Mar., $30) by Paul Fisher details the complexities of one of America's most eccentric clans.

Houghton Mifflin

Madness: A Bipolar Life (Apr., $25) by Marya Hornbacher takes readers inside the author's struggle with bipolar disorder. 100,000 first printing. Author tour.


Home (Apr., $26.95) by Julie Andrews charts the star's life up to her career-making Broadway turn in My Fair Lady.

Inner Traditions

My Journey in Mystic China: Old Pu's Travel Diary (May, $22.95) by John Blofeld, trans. by Daniel Reid, is the only English translation of the author's memoir on living as a Westerner in pre-Communist China.


Things I Learned About My Dad in Therapy: Essays (May, $19) by Heather Armstrong collects insights on fatherhood.


Audition: A Memoir (May, $29.95) by Barbara Walters. The celebrated TV journalist takes a warts-and-all look at her life and career. 750,000 first printing. Author tour.

The Prince of Frogtown (May, $25) by Rick Bragg closes the author's story of coming to terms with his relationship with his father once he becomes a stepdad. 200,000 first printing. Author tour.

Frances Lincoln

(dist. by Antique Collectors' Club)

Churchill & Chartwell: The Untold Story of Churchill's Homes and Gardens (Mar., $40) by Stefan Baczacki recalls the British leader through the homes he lived in and gardens he created.

Louisiana State Univ. Press

A Summer of Birds: John James Audubon at Oakley House (Apr., $26.95) by Danny Heitman recounts the season spent by the ornithologist at a Louisiana plantation house.

Mainstream Publishing

(dist. by Trafalgar Square/IPG)

The Beautiful Machine: A Life in Cycling, from Tour de France to Cinder Hill (May, $29.95) by Graeme Fife celebrates the biker's adventurous life.

Max Press

(dist. by Trafalgar Square/IPG)

O Beloved Kids: Rudyard Kipling's Letters to His Children (Apr., $18.95) by Rudyard Kipling, edited by Elliot L. Gilbert, collects letters written between 1906 and 1915, many sprinkled with poems and sketches.

McClelland & Stewart

Memoirs (Mar., $50) by Brian Mulroney recalls his childhood growing up in rural Quebec and his 1993 retirement from parliamentary office. A Douglas Gibson Book.

McGill—Queen's Univ. Press

Mr. Charlotte Brontë: The Life of Arthur Bell Nichols (Apr., $24.95) by Alan H. Adamson amplifies the importance of the man best known for his 16-year association with the Brontës.

Mercer Univ. Press

Elie Wiesel: A Religious Biography (Mar., $29) by Frederick L. Downing considers Wiesel's religious faith as the driving force behind his moral authority.

Milkweed Editions

Shopping for Porcupine: A Life in Arctic Alaska (May, $28) by Seth Kantner. The author of the novel Ordinary Wolves presents a raucous account of Arctic living. Author tour.

Old Street Publishing

(dist. by Consortium)

Charlotte & Leopold: The True Story of the Original People's Princess (May, $24.95) by James Chambers spotlights the failed love story of Regency Britain's royal heroine.

Michael O'Mara

(dist. by Trafalgar Square/IPG)

Anything Goes (Apr., $29.95) by John Barrowman documents the life of the Scottish actor.

One World

Step by Step: A Memoir of Hope, Friendship, Perseverance, and Living the American Dream (Mar., $24.95) by Bertie Bowman charts the author's rise from rural South Carolina farm boy to hearing coordinator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Other Press

Hurry Down Sunshine (June, $25.95) by Michael Greenberg reveals how the author's daughter found a life of beauty after being dominated by hallucinatory madness. Author tour.

Palgrave MacMillan

Pure Goldwater (Apr., $27.95) by Barry Goldwater Jr. and John Dean sheds new light on the founder of modern conservatism.

Penguin Press

The Legend of Colton H. Bryant: The Story of a Wyoming Boy (July, $23.95) by Alexandra Fuller paints the life of a boy who came of age in the Wyoming oilfields.

Potomac Books

Ruse: Undercover with FBI Counterintelligence (June, $24.95) by Robert Eringer sheds light on famous espionage cases and the planning of spy stings.

powerHouse Books

Callas Kissed Me... Lenny Too! A Critic's Memoir (Apr., $29.95) by John Gruen illustrates how the author's New York social life from the 1950s on revolved around the glitterati.

Princeton Univ. Press

The China Diary of George H.W. Bush: The Making of a Global President (June, $26.95), edited by Jeffrey A. Engel, outlines Bush senior's daily doings during his 1974—1975 gig as head of special envoy to that country.

Public Affairs

By His Own Rules: The Story of Donald Rumsfeld (June, $27.95) by Bradley Graham illuminates the life of the controversial defense secretary.


The Good Fight: Hard Lessons from Searchlight to Washington (May, $24.95) by Harry Reid with Mark Warren traces the life of the U.S. senator who overcame his impoverished Nevada background. 100,000 first printing.

Random House

The Translator (Mar., $23.95) by Daoud Hari provides a firsthand glimpse into the atrocities spreading in Darfur.

Franklin and Lucy: President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherford, and the Other Remarkable Women in His Life (Apr., $27.95) by Joseph Persico details Roosevelt's clandestine relationship with his wife's private secretary.

The Wishing Year (July, $24) by Noelle Oxenhandler explores the “timeless art of wishing” through the author's own fulfilled wishes.

Reynolds & Hearn

(dist. by Trafalgar Square/IPG)

Alias Bob Dylan (Apr., $24.95) by Jeff Bench provides a pictorial biography of the folk rock icon.


Please Excuse My Daughter (Apr., $22.95) by Julie Klam describes the author's tribulations growing up in a family of career-shunning, pre-feminist women. 30,000 first printing.

Me of Little Faith (June, $23.95) by Lewis Black. The Daily Show regular takes a comical look at religion and faith. 200,000 first printing.

Rowman & Littlefield

(dist. by NBN)

Founding Father: How C-SPAN's Brian Lamb Changed Politics in America (Apr., $24.95) by Stephen E. Frantzich explores the career trajectory of the C-SPAN founder.

Santa Monica Press

Mark Spitz: Seven Golds (June, $24.95) by Richard J. Foster centers on the swimming legend who snagged seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympics.

Sasquatch Books

The Accidental Explorer: Wayfinding in Alaska (Mar., $21.95) by Sherry Simpson compiles essays of ordinary women confronting uncharted Alaskan land.

Simon Spotlight Entertainment

sTori Telling (Mar., $24.95) by Tori Spelling muses on the pop culture icon's life and times.

Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea (Apr., $24.95) by Chelsea Handler presents essays from the star of E!'s Chelsea Lately.

SoHo Press

Chosen Forever (June, $22) by Susan Richards explains how her first memoir allowed her to reconnect with family and friends and find a new love. 30,000 first printing.

State Univ. of New York Press

William Cullen Bryant: Author of America (May, $30) by Gilbert H. Muller studies the life of one of 19th-century America's foremost poets.

St. Martin's

A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father (May, $24.95) by Augusten Burroughs. The Running with Scissors author delivers another family saga.

St. Martin's/Thomas Dunne

Up Til Now (May, $24.95) by William Shatner recalls the noted actor's life, from Star Trek to Boston Legal and beyond. 300,000 first printing.

Syracuse Univ. Press

Kate Field: The Many Lives of a Nineteenth-Century American Journalist (Apr., $27.95) by Gary Scharnhorst discusses this independent writer's contributions to the social milieu.


Dead Lucky: Life After Death on Mount Everest (May, $24.95) by Lincoln Hall tells of the Mt. Everest climber left for dead who miraculously survived a night in “the death zone.” Author tour.

Taylor Trade Publishing

Candy Barr: The Small Town Texas Runaway Who Became a Darling of the Mob and Queen of Las Vegas Burlesque (May, $24.95) by Ted Schwarz tells the often troubled story of the star who started life as Juanita Slusher.

Temple Univ. Press

Wheelchair Warrior: Gangs, Disability, and Basketball (Mar., $25) by Ronald J. Berger and Melvin Juette describes how being paralyzed after a gang-related shooting led Juette to participate in the National Wheelchair Basketball team.

Texas Christian Univ. Press

Notes from Texas: On Writing in the Lone Star State (Apr., $24.50), edited by W.C. Jameson. Essays by 14 Texas authors consider how the state affects their work.

Times Books UK

(dist. by Trafalgar Square/IPG)

TheTimesGreat Victorian Lives: An Era in Obituaries (Apr., $24.95) by Ian Brunskill gathers obituaries of influential Victorians as profiled by the Times.


The Film Club (May, $21.99) by David Gilmour tells of a dad who let his son drop out of school—and how their lives were changed by watching weekly films together.

Tyndale House

Two Wars (May, $22.99) by Nate Self depicts the experiences of a former army ranger in Afghanistan afflicted with posttraumatic stress disorder.

Union Square Press

(dist. by Sterling)

Dark Genius: The Influential Career of Legendary Political Operative and Fox News Founder, Roger Ailes (June, $24.95) by Kerwin Swint tracks the rise of political TV through the Kennedy and Nixon debates.

Univ. of Alabama Press

If It Takes All Summer: Martin Luther King, the KKK, and States' Rights in St. Augustine, 1964 (Aug., $29.95) by Dan R. Warren describes the struggle against segregation in 1960s St. Augustine, Fla.

Univ. of California Press

Asylum Denied: A Refugee's Struggle for Safety in America (May, $24.95) by David Ngaruri Kenney and Philip G. Schrag chronicles Kenney's journey to safety in America following his arrest in Kenya.

Univ. of Illinois Press

Follow Your Heart: Moving with the Giants of Jazz, Swing and Rhythm and Blues (Mar., $24.95) by Joe Evans with Christopher Brooks tells the life story of the African-American performer and producer.

Univ. of Iowa Press

Family Bible (Apr., $23.95) by Melissa J. Delbridge recounts her upbringing in 1960s Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Univ. of Massachusetts Press

Through an Uncommon Lens: The Life and Photography of F. Holland Day (Aug., $40) by Patricia J. Fanning sheds light on the Bostonian best known for his controversial photography.

Univ. of Missouri Press

Explorer: The Life of Richard E. Byrd (Mar., $34.95) by Lisle A. Rose traces Byrd's adventures in Greenland, his flights to the North and South Poles and more.

Univ. of Notre Dame Press

Abroad for Her Country: Tales of a Pioneer Woman Ambassador in the U.S. Foreign Service (Apr., $30) by Jean M. Wilkowski recalls the author's 35-year career, including assignments to nine countries on three continents.

Univ. of Wisconsin Press

Univ. of Wisconsin Press

With Honor: Melvin Laird in War, Peace, and Politics (Apr., $35) by Dale Van Atta scrutinizes the legacy of Nixon's secretary of defense.

Univ. Press of Colorado

Arthur Carhart: Wilderness Prophet (June, $34.95) by Tom Wolf illuminates the life of the conservation activist and outdoor writer.

Univ. Press of Florida

Remembering Nureyev: The Trail of a Comet (Apr., $24.95) by Rudi van Dantzig, trans. by Katie de Haan, describes the complexities of the famed Russian ballet star's life.

Univ. Press of Mississippi

Carole Landis: A Most Beautiful Girl (June, $30) by Eric Gans delves into the tragically short life of the actress and pinup girl.


The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts (May, $26.95) by Tom Farley Jr. and Tanner Colby takes a candid look at the Saturday Night Live star, whose life was tragically cut short.


Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of an Iranian-American, at Home and Abroad (Apr., $22.95) by Firoozeh Dumas shares insights on universal human conditions through tales of her funny Iranian family.

Virgin Books

Doris Day: The Untold Story of the Girl Next Door (June, $29.95) by David Kaufman celebrates this quintessential American actress and singer. 75,000 first printing.