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Factory Girls

A Kaleidescopic Account
by Christine Seifert
Coming in May!
A kaleidoscopic account of one of America’s most poignant workplace tragedies, focusing on six young women in particular to show wherethey came from and what they were hoping to achieve at the moment when their lives were cut short.Read More


Bleed, Blister, Puke, and Purge

The Dirty Secrets Behind Early American Medicine
by J. Marin Younker
Coming October!
Riots over the medical use of cadavers. Public access to institutions for the insane. And full-blown surgeries without the aid of anesthetics or painkillers. Welcome to the middle ages of American medicine.Read More


Worlds Apart

A History of American Utopias
by Abby McGanney Nolan
Coming December!
Spanning American history from the seventeenth century to the present, this book looks at the fascinating stories behind twenty communities that were created around principles and ideals that were somehow at odds with the rest of society.Read More



History’s Most Outrageous Lies and Liars
by Christine Seifert

Whoppers presents the fascinating stories of over fifty people who lied for money, fame, honor, and, sometimes, just for the heck of it.Read More



The Coloring Book
by Hallie Fryd, illustrated by Julia Gfrörer

This adult coloring book offers a lurid window into some of the most fascinating and shockingly violent stories in history—the lives of the saints.Read More


The Weird World of Words

A Guided Tour
by Mitchell Symons

This celebration of language is packed with truly oddball facts about words that will have you hooked from the very first page.Read More


Rockin’ the Boat

50 Iconic Revolutionaries – from Joan of Arc to Malcolm X
by Jeff Fleischer

Rockin’ the Boat tells the stories of fifty revolutionaries from an incredibly diverse set of places and times. Read More

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Interview with Alexis Coe, author of Alice + Freda Forever

In 1892, America was obsessed with a teenage murderess, but it wasn’t her crime that shocked the nation – it was her motivation. Nineteen-year-old Alice Mitchell planned to pass as a man and marry seventeen-year-old
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Count Down to Valentine’s Day with Historical Heartthrobs

Picture this: It’s high noon in the old west. The hot sun beats down on your shoulders as you walk down a dusty, saloon-lined street. A tumbleweed rolls past, calling your attention to the fact
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Alice + Freda Forever

A Murder in Memphis
by Alexis Coe

On a cold winter’s day in 1892, nineteen-year-old Alice Mitchell slashed the throat of her seventeen-year-old ex-fiancée, Freda Ward.Read More

Historical Heartthrobs

Historical Heartthrobs

50 Timeless Crushes—from Cleopatra to Camus
by Kelly Murphy with Hallie Fryd

Historical Heartthrobs lists 50 of the sexiest men and women from history and asks the essential question: Would you really want to date them?Read More


Scared Stiff

Everything You Need to Know About 50 Famous Phobias
by Sara Latta

Scared Stiff blends biology, psychology, history, and pop culture to provide a comprehensive account of fifty fears, from arachnophobia to zoophobia.Read More


The Next Big Thing

A History of the Boom-or-Bust Moments That Shaped the Modern World
by Richard Faulk

The Next Big Thing searches through 3,000 years of Western culture to find the colorful and key steps (and missteps) that led us to where we are today.Read More



50 Shocking Events You Should Know About (So You Can Impress Your Friends)
by Hallie Fryd

This book includes 50 juicy pop culture, political, and entertainment-related scandals from the 20th century. Each item has a photo, a synopsis of what happened… Read More

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Dead Strange

The Bizarre Truths Behind 50 World-Famous Mysteries
by Matt Lamy
This book tells some of history’s most astounding tales of the strange, spooky, and supernatural. Each entry includes photographs or illustrations…Read More

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Fashion 101

A Crash Course in Clothing
by Erika Stalder

Filled with intriguing facts about designers and celebrities, and boasting more than 300 illustrations, this first-ever fashion encyclopedia for teens… Read More


Scandalous! Playlist

Zest Books’ most recent book, Scandalous! 50 Shocking Events You Should Know About (So You Can Impress Your Friends) by Hallie Fryd, is all about the biggest scandals that rocked the 20th century. For your
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