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America Rediscovered

book cover image 1491

Most of us think we know what Christopher Columbus encountered when he came to the New World. That may be about to change.

Antiques Roadshow

book cover image Classic Cars

Want to take a test drive down the highways and byways of automotive history? This one handles really well.

Weird Willie, PM

book cover image Unbuttoned

Whatever happened to Prime Minister Mackenzie King? Twenty-five years after his death in 1950, his diaries became publicly available. His reputation hasn't been the same since.

Food For Thought

book cover image Gastrophysics

Did you know we eat 35 percent more when eating with one other person, yet 75 percent more when eating with three? An Oxford professor explains why.

Mummies & Daddies

book cover image The Story of Egypt

From the earliest sun god — the great “He-She”— the Ancient Egyptian universe brought together two halves of a complete whole. Joann Fletcher explores.

Starting Point

book cover image City of Dreams

"Huddled masses" arrived; some singular personalities emerged. New York City has been America's defining port of entry for nearly four centuries.

So There!

book cover image Winning Arguments

In 2011, Stanley Fish's short book How to Write a Sentence became an instant New York Times Bestseller. His Winning Arguments may become a classic, too.

Centennial Year

book cover image The Year Canadians Lost Their Minds

1967 was a big deal. In The Year Canadians Lost Their Minds, take a trip down memory lane and learn how Canada marked 100 years of confederation.

Clarity Rules!

book cover image Do I Make Myself Clear?

Harold Evans has edited everyone from battlefield reporters to Henry Kissinger. In Do I Make Myself Clear?, he provides an "indispensable guide to writing well".

One Year, 749 Species

book cover image Lost Among The Birds

Neil Hayward was at a crossroads in 2013. He didn't want to open a bakery or whatever else executives do when they quit their jobs. So he went birding.