Mary Roberts Rinehart

The average writer, especially if he is experienced, is a humble creature, ready to wag his tail at a kind word. It is usually the dilettante who has the superiority complex.

A contemporary of Agatha Christie, Rinehart was as prolific and well-known in her day as “the …

 Kent Kiehl, Ph.D.

Kiehl’s strikes an excellent balance in his book on psychopath research. Packed with stories of his encounters with the psychopaths he studied in prisons and hospitals, he also explains the science and reasoning in his research. His findings are incredible. Kiehl is clearly fascinated and dedicated …

Candacy A. Taylor

Taylor became fascinated with waitresses and diner culture when waiting tables to pay for her graduate school education. Her thesis, this book, focused on the “lifer” waitress – women who have waited tables for decades. With a combination of research and interviews, Taylor soon dispels the notion …

Zac Bissonnette

Selected wisdom from murderers, stock swindlers, and Lance Armstrong

Here are some of the sounds you will likely make while reading this book: Pppft! WHA? Unnnggh! Ha! ….ohhhhhhh. Bissonnette has hand-picked some of the most delightfully un-selfaware bits of advice for some really lousy people. Bernie Madoff’s investment …

flawlessScott Andrew Selby
Greg Campbell

There is something to strangely romantic about large thefts. From Colonel Blood to the Ocean’s movies, we just can’t help but say “Oh, good show.” Perhaps it is the immense amount of planning and sheer brains needed to pull off some of these major heists.  …

Timpson's Country ChurchesJohn Timpson

Any of my fellow Anglophiles will love this collection of country churches, collected by former BBC news reporter John Timpson. Each church is featured with a short description of the most unique features and a photo or two. The tidbits of fascinating history Timpson ferreted out are not …

Adrienne Salinger

Despite one in seven Americans living alone, being single is still viewed with a combination of suspicion and pity. Yet many people love and choose to live along.  Salinger’s subjects run the gamut from those forced into singlehood by the death of family or a spouse to those …

MalledCaitlin Kelly

Caitlin Kelly’s tell-all working retail behind the cash register is both shocking and unsurprising.  Everyone knows that retail is a dead-end and most would work almost anywhere else.  However, the total blind-eye that management and the average shopper turns to those working sales is both a sad, sickening …

Money for NothingEdward Ugel

It is a bit sad how many Americans use the phrase “when I win the lottery…” before expressing a dream or desire. What is surprising is how many people do win the lottery – and what a lousy deal it often is. Many states don’t allow lump-sum payments. …

The Harvard Psychedelic ClubDon Lattin

What we now associate with Timothy Leary – LSD, Grateful Dead concerts, hippies, tuning in and dropping out, first started out as psychological experiments at Harvard University. Leary, a charismatic and well-liked professor, hoped to help inmates rehabilitate by giving them mystical experiences via LSD. His early partners, …