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Dead Reckoning

A poet and essayist attempt to find their bearings in a civilization lost at sea.

The Death of Fred Astaire

When, in the late eighties, the author chooses to raise a child with her lesbian partner, she embraces a life outside the lines—one full of curious adventures as well as the usual catastrophes and everyday pleasures.

Creating Nonfiction

A diverse collection of essays and companion interviews that offer insight into the inspiration, drafting, and revision process.

The Heroic Age of Diving

By Jerry Kuntz
Subjects: History
Series: Excelsior Editions

A comprehensive history of the first three decades of underwater exploration in antebellum America.

Preaching in My Yes Dress

The frank and funny story of a church-geek girl who spent twenty years in the ecclesiastical trenches as a Lutheran pastor, preaching weekly words of hope she wasn’t sure she even believed.

Flight Paths

How a small group of New York biologists brought the peregrine falcon and bald eagle back from the brink of extinction.

Shipwrecked on a Traffic Island

By Colette
Translated by Zack Rogow & Renée Morel
Subjects: Literature
Series: Excelsior Editions

A collection of Colette's best writings that have never before appeared in English.

Yonkers in the Twentieth Century

Traces the economic, political, and social evolution of New York State’s fourth largest city during the twentieth century.

Forgetting Fathers

An eloquent personal reflection on the fascination of family history and the desire to both discover and escape origins.

From Loyalists to Loyal Citizens

Challenges the traditional perception that Loyalists were ostracized as traitors to the United States, after the American Revolution.

Nearer to Never

A poetic examination of what’s waiting just beneath everyday experience.

Reality Crumbs

By Raquel Chalfi
Translated by Tsipi Keller
Afterword by Dan Miron
Subjects: General Interest
Series: Excelsior Editions

First book-length collection of the work of the celebrated Israeli poet.

Swimming

Compelling stories of intercultural contact and emotional survival in a complex world.

In the Hamptons 4Ever

More stories of the outsized and the ordinary from the editor and publisher of Dan’s Papers.

Grain Dust Dreams

Explores the history and present-day reality of grain elevators on the Great Lakes.

The Senator from New England

Chronicles JFK’s growing confidence and ambition while a member of the US Senate.

Letters to a Best Friend

A lively and intimate selection of letters on life, literature, and art from one of America’s finest prose stylists.

Frank

The first full-length biography of America’s youngest, and perhaps most underrated, First Lady.

Southern Life, Northern City

The inspirational story of an African American community that migrated from the Deep South to Albany, New York, in the 1930s.

Stairway to Empire

The story of the Erie Canal’s completion and its place in the larger narrative of American modernity and progress.

The Affair of the Veiled Murderess

An account of a mysterious murder committed in nineteenth-century Troy, New York, and the sensational trial that ensued.

Breaching Jericho's Walls

An award-winning African-American historian and novelist takes the reader on an exciting journey from a segregated Philadephia childhood in the 1930's to mid-century Paris, Moscow, Cambridge, and Manhattan.

Truckin' with Sam

A father and son travel across North America in a pick-up truck--talking, laughing, fighting, and bonding.

Delicious December

Food and history combine in this exploration of the Dutch influence on American holiday traditions. Includes more than one hundred easy-to-make holiday recipes.

Feathers of Hope

A joyful journey through Pete Dubacher’s Berkshire Bird Paradise, and a thoughtful contemplation of our relationship to birds and nature.

The Journal of Ann McMath

By Ann McMath
Edited by C. Stewart Doty
Introduction by C. Stewart Doty
Subjects: New York/regional
Series: Excelsior Editions

An account of an ordinary young woman coming of age in the "Burned-Over District" of Western New York during the Second Great Awakening.

River of Words

By Nina Shengold
Photographs by Jennifer May
Foreword by Dennis Stock
Subjects: New York/regional
Series: Excelsior Editions

An intimate group portrait of contemporary Hudson Valley writers.

Forgotten Borough

Twenty-four contemporary writers reflect on life in New York City’s biggest underdog, the “forgotten borough” of Queens.

The Spirit of New York

Presents New York history in a fresh way through sixteen dramatic events.

Creating Sustainable Communities

Explores efforts aimed at creating sustainable communities throughout the Hudson River region.

Freedom Journey

The story of thirty-six African American men who drew upon their shared community of The Hills for support as they fought in the Civil War.

The Three Graces of Raymond Street

A compelling story about three murders in Brooklyn between 1872 and 1873 and the young women charged with the crimes.

An Iceberg in Paradise

Offers a healing and insightful examination of the issues involved in Alzheimer’s for family and caregivers.

The City That Never Sleeps

An eclectic collection of poems about New York City.

Fifty Years in Sing Sing

A fascinating personal account of life at this infamous prison during a bygone era.

The Worlds of the Seventeenth-Century Hudson Valley

Essays by eleven prominent scholars provide the latest insights into the seventeenth-century history of the Hudson Valley and its environs.

Six Weeks in Saratoga

The inside story of how a three-year old filly captured the hearts of racing fans and cemented her bid to be named Horse of the Year.

Capitol Story, Third Edition

A lavishly illustrated history of New York's Capitol and its recent renovation.

Stop at the Red Apple

An entertaining inside story of how Reuben Freed's roadside eatery became the famous Red Apple Rest.

Ingenious Machinists

Uses the stories of two inventors who took different paths to examine the early industrial revolution in New York and New England.

An Irrepressible Conflict

Examines the pivotal role New York State played in the Civil War.

From Kristallnacht to Watergate

An insider’s account of how the Washington Post broke the Watergate story, depicting the tensions, challenges, and personal conflicts that were overcome as it laid bare the criminal wrongdoings of the Nixon administration.

How to Escape

Passionate and rollicking personal and intellectual essays by philosopher Crispin Sartwell.

Circle of Vines

Traces the history of the New York wine industry as it evolved across the state.

The Last Amateur

The authoritative biography of a nineteenth-century polymath.

Polio Boulevard

A unique chronicle of childhood polio told with a remarkable blend of provocative reflection, humor, and pluck.

Vanished by the Danube

A story of loss and survival.

Inside Ocean Hill–Brownsville

The story of an Ocean Hill–Brownsville teacher who crossed picket lines during the racially charged New York City teachers’ strike of 1968.

Twenty West

Traces the route, history, and geography of US 20, America’s longest road.

Farms, Factories, and Families

Documents the rich history of Italian American working women in Connecticut, including the crucial role they played in union organizing.

Adirondack

Probes deeply into Adirondack Mountain lives, both human and otherwise, bringing the area to vivid and colorful life.

Casual Affairs

Follows the life and career of Sally Benson, acclaimed writer of New Yorker fiction and Hollywood screenplays.

Jamestown, New York

A comprehensive guide to the architectural history of Jamestown, New York.

Clear Skies, Deep Water

A memoir about loss, restoration, and finding home on a lake in western New York.

The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale

The Adirondack hamlet of Winslow Station is transformed by the unexpected return of its solitary prodigal child.

No Longer and Not Yet

Stories of small-town life on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

College Girl

The inspirational memoir of a woman who survived a brutal sexual assault and went on to become a university professor.

Oreos and Dubonnet

A behind-the-scenes look at one of New York's most colorful and influential governors.

Endtimes?

A groundbreaking study of ten difficult years in the life of America's most important newspaper.

America's First Crisis

Engaging and accessible account of the war that helped forge the American nation.

Lost Orchard

Edited by Jo Pitkin
Subjects: General Interest
Series: Excelsior Editions

A unique literary anthology with contributions from former members of Kirkland College, the last established women’s college in the United States.

Mr. New York

The life and times of an instrumental figure in New York City’s recovery from the fiscal and social crises of the 1970s and 1980s, and in the general revitalization of the city over two generations.

Enough Blame to Go Around

Veteran labor journalist Richard Steier explores the tensions between New York City's public employee unions, their critics, and city and state politicians.

Nature of the Beast

While searching for a missing pit bull, private investigator Easy Taylor explores the unsavory worlds of animal laboratory testing and dog fighting, uncovering bizarre genetic testing that alters the nature of beasts.

Smugglers, Bootleggers, and Scofflaws

Uses previously unstudied Coast Guard records for New York City and environs to examine the development of Rum Row and smuggling in New York City during Prohibition.

William Almon Wheeler

An American success story about the life of William Almon Wheeler, a poor boy from northern New York who became the nineteenth vice president of the United States.

Unruly Catholic Women Writers

A literary anthology exploring contemporary Catholic women’s experiences.

Going the Distance

His major league baseball dreams dashed, a former pitcher returns home to make a life or death family decision.

Up on a Hill and Thereabouts

Childhood recollections of life in the Adirondack Mountains during the Great Depression.

Pardee Holler

Follows hapless private eye Easy Taylor as he investigates an eco-terrorist plot to stop development in the Catskill Mountains.

The Kingdom of the Kid

Recalls a childhood on Long Island as the counterculture sixties were sliding into the seventies and the Hamptons were still a middle-class sanctuary.

Opening Statements

Explores the influence of Dutch law and jurisprudence in colonial America.

Running on Empty

Explores how Southampton College went from “the jewel in the university crown” to an “albatross around the university neck. ”

Integral Leadership

A groundbreaking book that brings the insights of Integral Theory to business and organizational development.

20,000 Leagues Under the Seas

The deep-sea exploits of secretive Captain Nemo, embarking on the world's first global vendetta.

Around the World in 80 Days

Literature's classic race against the clock.

Saving Eagle Mitch

When a Navy SEAL and former Army Ranger rescue a wounded eagle in war-torn Afghanistan, a writer learns what it can take to do one good deed in a seemingly wicked world.

Integral Recovery

Brings Integral Theory to addiction treatment, offering a more holistic vision of recovery and powerful practices for achieving it.

Sustained by Eating, Consumed by Eating Right

Returning to his hometown after a fifteen-year absence, a northern New Yorker confronts his unlikely Mediterranean past.

Here, Everything Is Dreaming

Poems and stories that stream directly from dreams and shamanic adventures in the world-behind-the-world.

Life on a Rocky Farm

A folksy look at farm life in rugged Putnam Valley just as it was being transformed by industrialization and mechanization.

The Untold Story of Champ

The definitive account of a Lake Champlain legend.

Fight All Day, March All Night

By Wayne Mahood
Subjects: History
Series: Excelsior Editions

An inspiring narrative of a young Civil War soldier, as told though his letters from the battlefield.

The Middle of Everywhere

A young man’s quest to keep his hometown’s paper mill from closing turns into an odyssey across a rural upstate New York county.

The Gambler's Daughter

In exploring her father's own gambling addiction, the author uncovers a hidden history of gambling in the Jewish community.

An Uncommon Cape

Three mysteries precipitate an investigation into an otherwise ordinary suburban property, revealing a past inextricably woven into four centuries of American history.

John Emmett Connors

An artist’s appreciation of the Collar City, Troy, New York.

Liberty Street

By Peter Josyph
Subjects: History
Series: Excelsior Editions

A haunting record of the destruction and rebirth of the neighborhood surrounding Ground Zero.

Farmingdale State College

Fascinating history of the oldest public college on Long Island.

Water Drops

An introduction to our most precious natural resource.

Still in the Hamptons

More encounters with sometimes rich, sometimes famous, but always quirky residents of the Hamptons, by the editor and publishers of Dan's Papers.

The Sphinx of the Ice Realm

The first complete English translation of Jules Verne's epic fantasy novel.

Tax Cheating

An examination of the ethical issues surrounding tax cheating and implications for public policy.

Dead Woman Hollow

Three generations of Northern Appalachian women confront poverty, violence, and isolation.

Grand Isle

A tragedy in early June sets off a cascade of deception for the summer people from Manhattan and the local teens on Grand Isle.

Hiding Places

A daughter struggles to get her mother to talk about her Holocaust experiences, and tries to understand how those experiences have shaped her own life.

Borderland

Provocative essays on the distinct history and culture of Buffalo and the Canadian border region.

The Interpreter

A visionary journey into the crucible in which America was born, a tale of love and war and of a master shaman who folds time to seek the key to the survival of his people.

Mentors, Muses & Monsters

Thirty writers look back at the the people, events, and books that launched their literary lives.