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Sontag

by Benjamin Moser Ecco (September 17, 2019)

The definitive portrait of one of the American Century’s most towering intellectuals: her writing and her radical thought, her public activism and her hidden private face

No writer is as emblematic of the...


Girl on the Block

by Jessica Wragg Dey Street Books (August 06, 2019)

By top female butcher at London’s acclaimed Ginger Pig, a memoir of coming of age behind the counter, exploring butchery as an art form and taking an incisive look at an industry on the brink.

When sixteen-year-old...


The Wild Boy

by Paolo Cognetti Atria Books (July 02, 2019)

A young man escapes his painful past by retreating to the rustic comfort of the Italian Alps in this gorgeously wrought memoir from the internationally bestselling author of the “exquisite” (Annie Proulx)...


The Words of My Father

by Yousef Bashir Harper (May 07, 2019)

A Palestinian activist recalls his adolescence in Gaza during the Second Intifada, and how he made a strong commitment to peace in the face of devastating brutality in this moving, candid, and transformative...


Unbecoming

by Anuradha Bhagwati Atria Books (March 26, 2019)

A raw, unflinching memoir by a former US Marine Captain chronicling her journey from dutiful daughter of immigrants to radical activist effecting historic policy reform.

After a lifetime of buckling to the demands...


The Sun Is a Compass

by Caroline Van Hemert Little, Brown and Company (March 19, 2019)

For fans of Hope Jahren, Helen MacDonald, and Cheryl Strayed, the gripping story of a biologist's journey from Washington State to high above the Arctic Circle -- traveling across remote and rugged terrain solely...


The Wrong End of the Table

by Ayser Salman & Reza Aslan Skyhorse (March 05, 2019)

"[A] rare voice that is both relatable and unafraid to examine the complexities of her American identity.” —Reza Aslan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth...


Savage Feast

by Boris Fishman Harper (February 26, 2019)

One of Booklist's Must Read Nonfiction picks of 2019

The acclaimed author of A Replacement Life shifts between heartbreak and humor in this gorgeously told, recipe-filled memoir. A family story, an immigrant...


How to Cook Your Daughter

by Jessica Hendra Harper Perennial (February 19, 2019)

From the daughter of the bestselling author of Father Joe: the poignant and ultimately hopeful memoir of a young girl’s struggle to live a normal childhood in the chaotic seventies, and to overcome sexual...


Mother Winter

by Sophia Shalmiyev Simon & Schuster (February 12, 2019)

“Vividly awesome and truly great.” —Eileen Myles

“I love this gorgeous, gutting, unforgettable book.”—Leni Zumas

“A rich tapestry of autobiography and meditations on feminism, motherhood, art, and...


Prisoner

by Jason Rezaian Anthony Bourdain/Ecco (January 22, 2019)

“An important story. Harrowing, and suspenseful, yes—but it’s also a deep dive into a complex and egregiously misunderstood country with two very different faces. There is no better time to know more about...


The Female Gaze

by Alicia Malone Mango (November 15, 2018)

Inspiring biographies of women who make movies

With the success of Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman and the rise of the MeToo movement, women creators in film are more important than ever.

Movies with a female...


Seduction

by Karina Longworth Custom House (November 13, 2018)

In this riveting popular history, the creator of You Must Remember This probes the inner workings of Hollywood’s glamorous golden age through the stories of some of the dozens of actresses pursued by Howard...


Margaret Wise Brown

by Leonard S. Marcus William Morrow Paperbacks (October 16, 2018)

"Leonard S. Marcus... has masterfully written about a fascinating woman who in her short life changed literature for the very young. I was throroughly enchanted."--Eric Carle

Nearly fifty years after her sudden...


Heavy

by Kiese Laymon Scribner (October 16, 2018)

*Named a Best Book of 2018 by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, NPR, Broadly, Buzzfeed (Nonfiction), The Undefeated, Library Journal (Biography/Memoirs), The Washington Post (Nonfiction), Southern Living...


A Dream Called Home

by Reyna Grande Atria Books (October 02, 2018)

From bestselling author of the remarkable memoir, The Distance Between Us comes an inspiring account of one woman’s quest to find her place in America as a first-generation Latina university student and aspiring...


Dear America

by Jose Antonio Vargas Dey Street Books (September 18, 2018)

THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER

“This riveting, courageous memoir ought to be mandatory reading for every American.”  Michelle Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of The New Jim Crow

“l cried reading...


People Like Me

by Lynn Ruane Gill Books (September 14, 2018)

A force of nature from the day she was born, Lynn Ruane grew up in a loving home in Tallaght, West Dublin. But in her early teens things began to unravel, and she fell into a life of petty crime and chaotic...


The Real Lolita

by Sarah Weinman Ecco (September 11, 2018)

The Real Lolita is a tour de force of literary detective work. Not only does it shed new light on the terrifying true saga that influenced Nabokov’s masterpiece, it restores the forgotten victim to our...


Lands of Lost Borders

by Kate Harris Dey Street Books (August 21, 2018)

"Lands of Lost Borders is illuminating, heart-warming, and hopeful in its suggestion that we will explore not to conquer but to connect."Booklist (starred review)

"Lands of Lost Borders carried me up into...


Open Mic Night in Moscow

by Audrey Murray William Morrow (July 24, 2018)

The raucous and surprisingly poignant story of a young, Russia-obsessed American writer and comedian who embarked on a solo tour of the former Soviet Republics, never imagining that it would involve kidnappers,...


Fasten Your Seat Belts

by Lawrence J. Quirk William Morrow Paperbacks (June 19, 2018)

The illuminating, comprehensive biography of Bette Davis, one of the most electrifying Hollywood stars ever to grace the silver screen.

With a career spanning six decades and more than eighty films, Bette Davis...


Sick

by Porochista Khakpour Harper Perennial (June 05, 2018)

Time Magazine's Best Memoirs of 2018

Boston Globe's 25 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018

Buzzfeed's 33 Most Exciting New Books

GQ Best Non Fiction Book of 2018

Bustle’s 28 Most Anticipated Nonfiction Books of...


Pops

by Michael Chabon Harper (May 15, 2018)

“Magical prose stylist” Michael Chabon (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times) delivers a collection of essays—heartfelt, humorous, insightful, wise—on the meaning of fatherhood.

For the September 2016 issue...


The Gospel of Trees

by Apricot Irving Simon & Schuster (March 06, 2018)

In an “eye-opening memoir” (People) “as beautiful as it is discomfiting” (The New Yorker), award-winning writer Apricot Irving untangles her youth on a missionary compound in Haiti.

Apricot Irving grew...


Tinderbox

by Megan Dunn Galley Beggar Press (November 11, 2017)

Megan Dunn was in a hole. Her attempt to write a fictional tribute to Fahrenheit 451 wasn't going well. Borders, the bookseller she worked for, was going bust. Her marriage was failing. Her prospects were narrowing....


Mean

by Myriam Gurba Coffee House Press (November 07, 2017)

  • Gurba is an extraordinary performer with an enthusiastic spoken word fan base, and the Mean's voice-driven quality should appeal to them directly

  • Rather than a memoir, this is a nonfiction novel, a la How Should...

  • Leonardo da Vinci

    by Walter Isaacson Simon & Schuster (October 17, 2017)

    The #1 New York Times bestseller from Walter Isaacson brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography that is “a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it…Most important, it...


    Where the Past Begins

    by Amy Tan Ecco (October 17, 2017)

    From New York Times bestselling author Amy Tan, a memoir about finding meaning in life through acts of creativity and imagination

    In Where the Past Begins, bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The...


    Spies in the Family

    by Eva Dillon Harper (May 09, 2017)

    A riveting true-life thriller and revealing memoir from the daughter of an American intelligence officer—the astonishing true story of two spies and their families on opposite sides of the Cold War.

    In the...


    Between Them

    by Richard Ford Ecco (May 02, 2017)

    From American master Richard Ford, a memoir: his first work of nonfiction, a stirring narrative of memory and parental love

    How is it that we come to consider our parents as people with rich and intense lives...


    Guesswork

    by Martha Cooley Catapult (April 15, 2017)

    Having lost eight friends in ten years, Cooley retreats to a tiny medieval village in Italy with her husband to recover from la strage, or "the massacre." There, in this sun-drenched paradise where bumblebees...


    The Men in My Life

    by Patricia Bosworth Harper (January 31, 2017)

    Acclaimed biographer Patricia Bosworth recalls her emotional coming of age in 1950s New York in this profound and powerful memoir, a story of family, marriage, tragedy, Broadway, and art, featuring a rich cast...


    Set the Boy Free

    by Johnny Marr Dey Street Books (November 15, 2016)

    The long-awaited memoir from the legendary guitarist and cofounder of the seminal British band The Smiths.

    An artist who helped define a period in popular culture, Johnny Marr tells his story in a memoir as vivid...


    Labyrinths

    by Catrine Clay Harper (November 08, 2016)

     A sensational, eye-opening account of Emma Jung’s complex marriage to Carl Gustav Jung and the hitherto unknown role she played in the early years of the psychoanalytic movement.

    Clever and ambitious, Emma...


    The Nine of Us

    by Jean Kennedy Smith Harper (October 25, 2016)

    In this evocative and affectionate memoir, Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, the last surviving child of Joe and Rose Kennedy, offers an intimate and illuminating look at a time long ago when she and her siblings,...


    Not Just Jane

    by Shelley DeWees Harper Perennial (October 25, 2016)

    “Not Just Jane restores seven of England’s most fascinating and subversive literary voices to their rightful places in history. Shelley DeWees tells each woman writer’s story with wit, passion, and an...


    My Own Words

    by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mary Hartnett & Wendy W. Williams Simon & Schuster (October 04, 2016)

    The New York Times bestselling book from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—“a comprehensive look inside her brilliantly analytical, entertainingly wry mind, revealing the fascinating life of one...


    Darling Days

    by iO Tillett Wright Ecco (September 27, 2016)

    Born into the beautiful bedlam of downtown New York in the eighties, iO Tillett Wright came of age at the intersection of punk, poverty, heroin, and art. This was a world of self-invented characters, glamorous...


    How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything

    by Rosa Brooks Simon & Schuster (August 09, 2016)

    “A dynamic work of reportage” (The New York Times) written “with clarity and...wit” (The New York Times Book Review) about what happens when the ancient boundary between war and peace is erased.

    Once,...


    I'm Just a Person

    by Tig Notaro Ecco (June 14, 2016)

    One of America’s most original comedic voices delivers a darkly funny, wryly observed, and emotionally raw account of her year of death, cancer, and epiphany.

    In the span of four months in 2012, Tig Notaro...


    An Abbreviated Life

    by Ariel Leve Harper (June 14, 2016)

    “Sometimes, a child is born to a parent who can’t be a parent, and, like a seedling in the shade, has to grow toward a distant sun. Ariel Leve’s spare and powerful memoir will remind us that family isn’t...


    Beer Money

    by Frances Stroh Harper (May 03, 2016)

    In the tradition of Rich Cohen’s Sweet and Low and Sean Wilsey’s Oh the Glory of it All, a memoir of a city, an industry, and a dynasty in decline, and the story of a young artist’s struggle to find...


    Drawing Blood

    by Molly Crabapple Harper (December 01, 2015)

    Art was my dearest friend.

    To draw was trouble and safety, adventure and freedom.

    In that four-cornered kingdom of paper, I lived as I pleased.

    This is the story of a girl and her sketchbook.

    In language that is...


    The Lost Landscape

    by Joyce Carol Oates Ecco (September 08, 2015)

    Written with the raw honesty and poignant insight that were the hallmarks of her acclaimed bestseller A Widow’s Story, an affecting and observant memoir of growing up from one of our finest and most beloved...


    Spectacle

    by Pamela Newkirk Amistad (June 02, 2015)

    2016 NAACP Image Award Winner

    An award-winning journalist reveals a little-known and shameful episode in American history, when an African man was used as a human zoo exhibit—a shocking story of racial prejudice,...


    In a Dark Wood

    by Joseph Luzzi Harper Wave (June 02, 2015)

    When you lose your whole world in a moment, where do you turn?

    On a cold November morning, Joseph Luzzi, a Dante scholar and professor at Bard College, found himself racing to the hospital—his wife, Katherine,...


    Joan of Arc

    by Helen Castor Harper (May 19, 2015)

    From the author of the acclaimed She-Wolves, the complex, surprising, and engaging story of one of the most remarkable women of the medieval world—as never told before.

    Helen Castor tells afresh the gripping...


    Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs

    by Sally Mann Little, Brown and Company (May 12, 2015)

    NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

    ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEARThe New York Times, Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Vogue, NPR, Publishers Weekly, BookPage

    A revealing and beautifully written memoir...


    The Light of the World: A Memoir

    by Elizabeth Alexander Grand Central Publishing (April 21, 2015)

    "PULITZER PRIZE IN LETTERS: BIOGRAPHY FINALIST""NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRLE AWARDS AUTOBIOGRAPHY FINALIST"

    New York Times BestsellerFirst Lady Michelle Obama's Favorite Book of 2015A New Yorker, NPR, Boston Globe,...