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In Extremis

by Lindsey Hilsum Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 06, 2018)

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. Long-listed for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. Named a Best Book of 2018 by Esquire and Foreign Policy. An Amazon Best Book of November, the Guardian...


Welcome Home

by Lucia Berlin Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 06, 2018)

"As the case with her fiction, Berlin's pieces here are as faceted as the brightest diamond." --Kristin Iversen, NYLON

NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE. Named a Fall Read by Buzzfeed, Vulture, Newsday...


The Mamba Mentality

by Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson, Pau Gasol & Andrew D. Bernstein Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 23, 2018)

The first book from the basketball superstar Kobe Bryant—a lavish, deep dive inside the mind of one of the most revered athletes of all time

In the wake of his retirement from professional basketball, Kobe...


Hiking with Nietzsche

by John Kaag Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 25, 2018)

"A stimulating book about combating despair and complacency with searching reflection." --Heller McAlpin, NPR.org

Named a Best Book of 2018 by NPR. One of Lit Hub's 15 Books You Should Read in September and...


Heart: A History

by Sandeep Jauhar Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 18, 2018)

The bestselling author of Intern and Doctored tells the story of the thing that makes us tick

For centuries, the human heart seemed beyond our understanding: an inscrutable shuddering mass that was somehow the...


Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret

by Craig Brown Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 07, 2018)

“Rollicking, irresistible, un-put-downable . . . For anyone . . . who swooned to Netflix’s The Crown, this book will be manna from heaven.” —Hamish Bowles, Vogue

Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret...


The Electric Woman

by Tessa Fontaine Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 01, 2018)

A New York Times Editors' Choice; A Southern Living Best Book of 2018; An Amazon Editors' Best Book of 2018; A Refinery29 Best Book of 2018; A New York Post Most Unforgettable Book of 2018

"Fascinating." Vogue...


Mr. Lear

by Jenny Uglow Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 17, 2018)

A sparkling biography of the poet and artist Edward Lear by the award-winning biographer Jenny Uglow

Edward Lear, the renowned English artist, musician, author, and poet, lived a vivid, fascinating life, but...


Renaissance Woman

by Ramie Targoff Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 17, 2018)

A biography of Vittoria Colonna, confidante of Michelangelo, scion of one of the most powerful families of her era, and a pivotal figure in the Italian Renaissance

Ramie Targoff’s Renaissance Woman tells of...


Things That Helped

by Jessica Friedmann Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 10, 2018)

Jessica Friedmann navigates her recovery from postpartum depression in a wide-ranging collection of personal essays

Things That Helped is a memoir in essays, detailing the Australian writer Jessica Friedmann’s...


An Uncommon Reader

by Helen Smith Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 12, 2017)

One of The Sunday Times' (U.K.) Books of the Year

"Garnett's life will not need to be written again." —Andrew Morton, Times Literary Supplement

A penetrating biography of the most important English-language...


The Wine Lover's Daughter

by Anne Fadiman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 07, 2017)

In The Wine Lover’s Daughter, Anne Fadiman examines—with all her characteristic wit and feeling—her relationship with her father, Clifton Fadiman, a renowned literary critic, editor, and radio host whose...


The Bughouse

by Daniel Swift Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 07, 2017)

A captivating biography of Ezra Pound told via the stories of his visitors at St. Elizabeths Hospital

In 1945, the great American poet Ezra Pound was deemed insane. He was due to stand trial for treason for his...


Dare Not Linger

by Mandla Langa, Nelson Mandela & Graça Machel Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 24, 2017)

The long-awaited second volume of Nelson Mandela’s memoirs, left unfinished at his death and never before available, are here completed and expanded with notes and speeches written by Mandela during his historic...


James Wright

by Jonathan Blunk Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 17, 2017)

The authorized and sweeping biography of one of America’s most complex, influential, and enduring poets

In the extraordinary generation of American poets who came of age in the middle of the twentieth century,...


Reckless Daughter

by David Yaffe Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 17, 2017)

"She was like a storm." —Leonard Cohen

Joni Mitchell may be the most influential female recording artist and composer of the late twentieth century. In Reckless Daughter, the music critic David Yaffe tells...


Hirschfeld

by Ellen Stern Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 10, 2018)

Al Hirschfeld knew everybody and drew everybody. He occupied the twentieth century, and illustrated it. Hirschfeld: The Biography is the first portrait of his life—as spirited as his distinctive pen-and-ink...


Unstoppable

by Maria Sharapova Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 12, 2017)

From Maria Sharapova, one of our fiercest female athletes, the captivating—and candid—story of her rise from nowhere to tennis stardom, and the unending fight to stay on top.

In 2004, in a stunning upset...


Gene Smith's Sink

by Sam Stephenson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 22, 2017)

An incisive biography of the prolific photo-essayist W. Eugene Smith

Famously unabashed, W. Eugene Smith was photography’s most celebrated humanist. As a photo essayist at Life magazine in the 1940s and ’50s,...


Arbitrary Stupid Goal

by Tamara Shopsin Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 18, 2017)

One of The New Yorker's "Books We Loved in 2017"

Arbitrary Stupid Goal is a completely riveting world—when I looked up from its pages regular life seemed boring and safe and modern like one big iPhone. This...


Notes on a Foreign Country

by Suzy Hansen Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 15, 2017)

Winner of the Overseas Press Club of America's Cornelius Ryan AwardFinalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction

A New York Times Book Review Notable BookNamed a Best Book of the Year by New York Magazine...


1944 Diary

by Hans Keilson & Damion Searls Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 06, 2017)

[1944 Diary] is a deeply personal account, made even more remarkable that it was written during World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust . . . A moving and fascinating read." —Library Journal

In 2010,...


The Mighty Franks

by Michael Frank Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 16, 2017)

WINNER OF THE 2018 JG-WINGATE PRIZE

A psychologically acute memoir about an unusual Hollywood family by Michael Frank, who "brings Proustian acuity and razor-sharp prose to family dramas as primal, and eccentrically...


The Draw

by Lee Siegel Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 04, 2017)

A "What We're Reading This Summer" Pick by The Atlantic

The Draw is a "spellbinding, coming-of-age tour de force" (New York Times Book Review) about a boy striving to make his way up through society and out of...


Romanian Notebook

by Cyrus Console Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 21, 2017)

A diaristic exploration of procrastination, pregnancy, and art

The day before Cyrus Console and his pregnant wife leave for a monthlong visit to Romania, they receive troubling news—the fetus she’s carrying...


You Say to Brick

by Wendy Lesser Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 14, 2017)

Born in Estonia 1901 and brought to America in 1906, the architect Louis Kahn grew up in poverty in Philadelphia. By the time of his mysterious death in 1974, he was widely recognized as one of the greatest...


Flâneuse

by Lauren Elkin Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 28, 2017)

FINALIST FOR THE PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY

A New York Times Notable Book of 2017

The flâneur is the quintessentially masculine figure of privilege and leisure who strides the capitals...


This Close to Happy

by Daphne Merkin Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 07, 2017)

A New York Times Book Review Favorite Read of 2016

“Despair is always described as dull,” writes Daphne Merkin, “when the truth is that despair has a light all its own, a lunar glow, the color of mottled...


A House Full of Daughters

by Juliet Nicolson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 14, 2016)

A family memoir that traces the myths, legends, and secrets of seven generations of remarkable women

All families have their myths and legends. For many years Juliet Nicolson accepted hers--the dangerous beauty...


The Man Who Couldn't Stop

by David Adam Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 20, 2015)

An intimate look at the power of intrusive thoughts, how our brains can turn against us, and living with obsessive compulsive disorder

Have you ever had a strange urge to jump from a tall building or steer your...


The Brothers Vonnegut

by Ginger Strand Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 17, 2015)

Worlds collide in this true story of weather control in the Cold War era and the making of Kurt Vonnegut

In the mid-1950s, Kurt Vonnegut takes a job in the PR department at General Electric in Schenectady, where...


A Book of Secrets

by Michael Holroyd Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 02, 2011)

A Time Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction book of 2011

A Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction title for 2011

On a hill above the Italian village of Ravello sits the Villa Cimbrone, a place of fantasy and make-believe. The...


False Papers

by André Aciman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 01, 2011)

Essays on memory by the author of Our of Egypt

"We remember not because we have something we wish to go back to, nor because memories are all we have. We remember because memory is our most intimate, most familiar...


Lucia Joyce

by Carol Loeb Shloss Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 01, 2005)

"Whatever spark or gift I possess has been transmitted to Lucia and it has kindled a fire in her brain." —James Joyce, 1934

Most accounts of James Joyce's family portray Lucia Joyce as the mad daughter of...


My Poets

by Maureen N. McLane Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 01, 2014)

A thrillingly original exploration of a life lived under poetry's uniquely seductive spell

"Oh! there are spirits of the air," wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley. In this stunningly original book Maureen N. McLane channels...


Shouting Won't Help

by Katherine Bouton Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 19, 2013)

For twenty-two years, Katherine Bouton had a secret that grew harder to keep every day. An editor at The New York Times, at daily editorial meetings she couldn't hear what her colleagues were saying. She had...


Mourning Diary

by Roland Barthes & Richard Howard Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 12, 2010)

A major discovery: The lost diary of a great mind—and an intimate, deeply moving study of grief

The day after his mother's death in October 1977, the influential philosopher Roland Barthes began a diary of...


I've Got a Home in Glory Land

Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction 2007

by Karolyn Smardz Frost Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 24, 2008)

It was the day before Independence Day, 1831. As his bride, Lucie, was about to be "sold down the river" to the slave markets of New Orleans, young Thornton Blackburn planned a daring—and successful—daylight...


American Gypsy

by Oksana Marafioti Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 03, 2012)

A vivid and funny memoir about growing up Gypsy and becoming American

Fifteen-year-old Oksana Marafioti is a Gypsy. This means touring with the family band from the Mongolian deserts to the Siberian tundra. It...


The Big Sea

by Langston Hughes & Arnold Rampersad Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 02, 2015)

Introduction by Arnold Rampersad.

Langston Hughes, born in 1902, came of age early in the 1920s. In The Big Sea he recounts those memorable years in the two great playgrounds of the decade--Harlem and Paris....


Reflections of a Wine Merchant

by Neal I. Rosenthal Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 29, 2008)

A leading importer of limited-production wines of character and quality takes us on an intimate tour through family-owned vineyards in France and Italy and reflects upon the last three decades of controversy,...


The End of My Addiction

by Olivier Ameisen, M.D. & Jeffrey S. Borer, MD Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 23, 2008)

"After years of battling uncontrollable addiction, I have achieved the supposedly impossible: complete freedom from craving."

Dr. Olivier Ameisen was a brilliant cardiologist on the staff at one of America's...


Bill and Hillary

by William H. Chafe Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 04, 2012)

In Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal, the distinguished historian William H. Chafe boldly argues that the trajectory of the Clintons' political lives can be understood only through the prism of...


Sometimes There Is a Void

by Zakes Mda Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 03, 2012)

Zakes Mda is the most acclaimed South African writer of the independence era. His eight novels tell stories that venture far beyond the conventional narratives of a people's struggle against apartheid. In this...


Fortunate Son

by Charles L. Ponce de Leon Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 07, 2007)

Elvis Presley was celebrity's perfect storm. His sole but substantial contribution was talent, a fact Charles L. Ponce de Leon is careful to demonstrate throughout his wonderfully contextual Fortunate Son. Even...


Heading South, Looking North

by Ariel Dorfman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 01, 1998)

Ariel dorfman has been hailed as one of the "greatest living Latin American novelists" (Newsweek) and a "storyteller of almost mythic intensity" (The Financial Times). In his brilliant memoir, Heading South,...


Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down

by Rosecrans Baldwin Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 24, 2012)

A self-described Francophile from when he was little, Rosecrans Baldwin always dreamed of living in Paris—drinking le café, eating les croissants, walking in les jardins—so when an opportunity presented...


Einstein

by Jürgen Neffe & Shelley Frisch Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 17, 2007)

Albert Einstein is an icon of the twentieth century. Born in Ulm, Germany, in 1879, he is most famous for his theory of relativity. He also made enormous contributions to quantum mechanics and cosmology, and...


The Other Side of the Couch

by Gail Albert Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 01, 2011)

The Other Side of the Couch is a book by Gail Albert, who received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University.


The Old Way

by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 30, 2007)

One of our most influential anthropologists reevaluates her long and illustrious career by returning to her roots—and the roots of life as we know it

When Elizabeth Marshall Thomas first arrived in Africa to...