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The Fact of a Body

Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir/Biography 2018, Chautauqua Prize 2018

by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich Flatiron Books (May 16, 2017)

"Complex and challenging... push[es] the boundaries of writing about trauma." —The New York Times

“A True Crime Masterpiece” – Vogue

Entertainment Weekly "Must" List and Best Books of the Year So Far

Real...


Hunger

Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Non-Fiction 2018

by Roxane Gay Harper (June 13, 2017)

From the New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist: a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself.

“I ate and ate and ate...


Prairie Fires

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2018, National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography 2017

by Caroline Fraser Henry Holt and Co. (November 21, 2017)

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD

ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

The first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder,...


Irrepressible

Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Literature 2016

by Emily Bingham Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 16, 2015)

Raised like a princess in one of the most powerful families in the American South, Henrietta Bingham was offered the helm of a publishing empire. Instead, she ripped through the Jazz Age like an F. Scott Fitzgerald...


In the Darkroom

Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction 2016

by Susan Faludi Henry Holt and Co. (June 14, 2016)

PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST

ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author of Backlash, comes In the Darkroom...


The Argonauts

National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism 2015

by Maggie Nelson Graywolf Press (May 05, 2015)

An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language, and family

Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of "autotheory" offering fresh, fierce, and timely...


The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 2014

by Jeff Hobbs Scribner (September 23, 2014)

An instant New York Times bestseller, named a best book of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Amazon, and Entertainment Weekly, among others, this celebrated account of a young African-American man...


Bolivar: American Liberator

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 2013

by Marie Arana Simon & Schuster (April 09, 2013)

It is astonishing that Simón Bolívar, the great Liberator of South America, is not better known in the United States. He freed six countries from Spanish rule, traveled more than 75,000 miles on horseback...


Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad

Thurber Prize for American Humor 2013

by Dan Zevin Scribner (May 22, 2012)

A coming-of-middle-age tale told with warmth and wit, Dan Gets a Minivan provides the one thing every parent really needs: comic relief. Whether you’re a dude, a dad, or someone who’s married to either,...


Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2013

by Gilbert King Harper (March 06, 2012)

Devil in the Grove, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, is a gripping true story of racism, murder, rape, and the law. It brings to light one of the most dramatic court cases in American history,...


Country Girl: A Memoir

Irish Book Award for Best Non-Fiction 2012

by Edna O'Brien Little, Brown and Company (April 30, 2013)

"Country Girl is Edna O'Brien's exquisite account of her dashing, barrier-busting, up-and-down life."--National Public Radio

When Edna O'Brien's first novel, The Country Girls, was published in 1960, it so scandalized...


Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels

Macavity Best Mystery-Related Nonfiction 2013, Agatha Award for Best Non-Fiction 2012

by John Connolly & Declan Burke Washington Square Press (October 02, 2012)

The world’s most beloved mystery writers celebrate their favorite mystery novels in this gorgeously wrought collection, featuring essays by Michael Connelly, Kathy Reichs, Ian Rankin, and more.

In the most...


My Father's Fortune

PEN/Ackerley Prize 2011

by Michael Frayn Henry Holt and Co. (February 15, 2011)

For the first time, Michael Frayn, the "master of what is seriously funny,"* turns his humor and narrative genius on his own family's story, to re-create the world that made him who he is

Whether he is deliriously...


Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2011

by Sylvia Nasar Simon & Schuster (September 13, 2011)

In a sweeping narrative, the author of the megabestseller A Beautiful Mind takes us on a journey through modern history with the men and women who changed the lives of every single person on the planet. It’s...


The Hare with Amber Eyes

Ondaatje Prize 2011

by Edmund De Waal Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 31, 2010)

The Ephrussis were a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who "burned like a comet" in nineteenth-century Paris and Vienna society. Yet by the end of World War II, almost the only...


The Memory Palace

National Book Critics Circle Award for Memoir/Autobiography 2011

by Mira Bartok Free Press (January 11, 2011)

In the tradition of The Glass Castle, two sisters confront schizophrenia in this poignant literary memoir about family and mental illness. Through stunning prose and original art, The Memory Palace captures...


Direct Red: A Surgeon's View of Her Life-or-Death Profession

PEN/Ackerley Prize 2010

by Gabriel Weston HarperCollins e-books (December 08, 2009)

“What a terrific book….[Weston] leaves you feeling that if push came to shove you’d want to be operated on by her.”

—Nicholas Shakespeare, author of Bruce Chatwin: A Biography

 

The continuing popularity...


Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks

Macavity Best Mystery-Related Nonfiction 2011, Agatha Award for Best Non-Fiction 2010

by John Curran HarperCollins (March 30, 2010)

Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks is the fascinating exploration of the contents of Agatha Christie’s long hidden notebooks, including illustrations, analyses, and two previously unpublished Hercule Poirot...


Just Kids

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2010

by Patti Smith HarperCollins e-books (April 20, 2010)

In Just Kids, Patti Smith’s first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of...


William Golding: The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies

James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography 2009

by John Carey Free Press (June 01, 2010)

In 1953, William Golding was a provincial schoolteacher writing books on his breaks, lunch hours and holidays. His work had been rejected by every major publisher—until an editor at Faber and Faber pulled...


A Strange Eventful History

James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography 2008

by Michael Holroyd Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 02, 2010)

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EBOOK DOES NOT CONTAIN PHOTOS INCLUDED IN THE PRINT EDITION.

Deemed "a prodigy among biographers" by The New York Times Book Review, Michael Holroyd transformed biography into an art. Now he...


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...


Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase to Catch Lincoln's Killer

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Fact Crime 2007

by James L. Swanson HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin, John Wilkes Booth, led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild twelve-day chase through...


James Tiptree, Jr.

National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography 2006

by Julie Phillips St. Martin's Press (January 06, 2015)

James Tiptree, Jr. burst onto the science fiction scene in the 1970s with a series of hard-edged, provocative short stories. Hailed as a brilliant masculine writer with a deep sympathy for his female characters,...


A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

Baillie Gifford Prize 2006

by James Shapiro HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

What accounts for Shakespeare’s transformation from talented poet and playwright to one of the greatest writers who ever lived? In this gripping account, James Shapiro sets out to answer this question, "succeed[ing]...


De Kooning's Bicycle

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 2004

by Robert Long Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 16, 2005)

Some of the twentieth century's most important artists and writers--from Jackson Pollock to Saul Steinberg, Frank O'Hara to Jean Stafford--lived and worked on the East End of Long Island years before it assumed...


Waiting for Snow in Havana

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2003

by Carlos Eire Free Press (February 05, 2003)

“Have mercy on me, Lord, I am Cuban.” In 1962, Carlos Eire was one of 14,000 children airlifted out of Havana—exiled from his family, his country, and his own childhood by Fidel Castro’s revolution....


Rosalind Franklin

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2002

by Brenda Maddox Harper Perennial (February 26, 2013)

In 1962, Maurice Wilkins, Francis Crick, and James Watson received the Nobel Prize, but it was Rosalind Franklin's data and photographs of DNA that led to their discovery.

Brenda Maddox tells a powerful story...


John Adams

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2002

by David McCullough Simon & Schuster (May 22, 2001)

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling biography of America’s founding father and second president that was the basis for the acclaimed HBO series, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough....


Seldom Disappointed

Agatha Award for Best Non-Fiction 2001

by Tony Hillerman Harper Perennial (May 21, 2013)

When Tony Hillerman looks back at seventy-six years spent getting from hardtimes farm boy to bestselling author, he sees lots of evidence that Providence was poking him along. For example, when an absentminded...


Bad Blood

PEN/Ackerley Prize 2001, Whitbread Book Award for Biography 2000

by Lorna Sage HarperCollins (March 17, 2009)

Bestselling author Lorna Sage delivers the tragicomic memoirof her escape from a claustrophobic childhood in post-WWII Britain—and thestory of the weddings and relationships that defined three generations...


Way Out There In the Blue

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 2000

by Frances FitzGerald Simon & Schuster (February 21, 2001)

Way Out There in the Blue is a major work of history by the Pulitzer Prize­winning author of Fire in the Lake. Using the Star Wars missile defense program as a magnifying glass on his presidency, Frances FitzGerald...


A Beautiful Mind

National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography/Autobiography 1998

by Sylvia Nasar Simon & Schuster (July 12, 2011)

In this powerful and dramatic biography Sylvia Nasar vividly recreates the life of a mathematical genius whose career was cut short by schizophrenia and who, after three decades of devastating mental illness,...


Ernie Pyles War

National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography/Autobiography 1997

by James Tobin Free Press (January 15, 1999)

When a machine-gun bullet ended the life of war correspondent Ernie Pyle in the final days of World War II, Americans mourned him in the same breath as they mourned Franklin Roosevelt. To millions, the loss...


Angela's Ashes

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1997, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 1996, National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography/Autobiography 1996

by Frank McCourt Scribner (December 17, 1998)

A Pulitzer Prize–winning, #1 New York Times bestseller, Angela’s Ashes is Frank McCourt’s masterful memoir of his childhood in Ireland.

“When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive...


No Ordinary Time

Pulitzer Prize for History 1995

by Doris Kearns Goodwin Simon & Schuster (June 30, 2008)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

No Ordinary Time is a monumental work, a brilliantly conceived chronicle of one of the most vibrant and revolutionary periods in the history of the United States. With an extraordinary...


Truman

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1993, Lionel Gelber Prize 1992

by David McCullough Simon & Schuster (August 20, 2003)

The Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Harry S. Truman, whose presidency included momentous events from the atomic bombing of Japan to the outbreak of the Cold War and the Korean War, told by America’s...


Parting the Waters

Pulitzer Prize for History 1989, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 1989, National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 1988

by Taylor Branch Simon & Schuster (April 16, 2007)

In volume one of his America in the King Years, Pulitzer Prize winner Taylor Branch gives a masterly account of the American civil rights movement.

Hailed as the most masterful story ever told of the American...


Savage Grace

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Fact Crime 1986

by Steven M.L Aronson & Natalie Robins Touchstone (December 18, 2007)

A spellbinding tale of money and madness, incest and matricide, Savage Grace is the saga of Brooks and Barbara Baekeland -- beautiful, rich, worldly -- and their handsome, gentle son, Tony. Alternately neglected...


The Nightmare of Reason

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 1984

by Ernst Pawel Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 01, 2011)

A comprehensive and interpretative biography of Franz Kafka that is both a monumental work of scholarship and a vivid, lively evocation of Kafka's world.


Very Much a Lady

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Fact Crime 1984

by Shana Alexander Pocket Books (February 21, 2006)

A classic tale of true crime, now an HBO film titled Mrs. Harris starring Annette Bening as Jean Harris and Sir Ben Kingsley as the Scarsdale Diet doctor!

Jean Harris belonged to the last generation of Americans...


Mornings on Horseback

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 1981

by David McCullough Simon & Schuster (May 31, 2007)

The National Book Award–winning biography that tells the story of how young Teddy Roosevelt transformed himself from a sickly boy into the vigorous man who would become a war hero and ultimately president...


Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1967

by Justin Kaplan Simon & Schuster (June 30, 2008)

Mark Twain, the American comic genius who portrayed, named, and in part exemplified America’s “Gilded Age,” comes alive in Justin Kaplan’s extraordinary biography.

With brilliant immediacy, Mr. Clemens...


Washington

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1958

by Douglas Southall Freeman Scribner (February 15, 2011)

"Freeman's treatment of Washington as a Commander in Chief is virtually definitive" (The New York Times Book Review).

Washington is the most complete, definitive one-volume biography of George Washington ever...