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Sick

by Porochista Khakpour Harper Perennial (June 05, 2018)

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

Buzzfeed's 33 Most Exciting New Books

Bustle’s 28 Most Anticipated Nonfiction Books of 2018 list

Nylon’s 50 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018

Electric...


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 Trauma Cleaner

by Sarah Krasnostein St. Martin's Press (April 10, 2018)

Winner of the Victorian Prize for Literature, Sarah Krasnostein’s The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster is the fascinating biography of one of the...


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...


The Gospel of Trees

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

In this compelling, beautiful memoir, award-winning writer Apricot Irving recounts her childhood as a missionary’s daughter in Haiti during a time of upheaval—both in the country and in her home.

Apricot...


A Dangerous Woman

by Susan Ronald St. Martin's Press (February 20, 2018)

A revealing biography of Florence Gould, fabulously wealthy socialite and patron of the arts, who hid a dark past as a Nazi collaborator in 1940’s Paris.

Born in turn-of-the-century San Francisco to French...


The Kings of Big Spring

by Bryan Mealer Flatiron Books (February 06, 2018)

"Think of it as a Texas version of Hillbilly Elegy."

— Bryan Burrough, New York Times bestselling author of THE BIG RICH and BARBARIANS AT THE GATE

"Bryan Mealer has given us a brilliant, and brilliantly entertaining,...


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 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...


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...

  • 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...


    Leonardo da Vinci

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

    The #1 New York Times bestseller

    “A powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life...a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it.” —The New Yorker

    “Vigorous, insightful.” —The Washington...


    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...


    A Disappearance in Damascus

    by Deborah Campbell Picador (September 05, 2017)

    Winner of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction

    Winner of the Freedom to Read Award

    Winner of the Hubert Evans Prize

    In the midst of an unfolding international crisis, renowned journalist Deborah...


    If All the Seas Were Ink

    by Ilana Kurshan St. Martin's Press (September 05, 2017)

    **WINNER of the 2018 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the 2018 Sophie Brody Medal for achievement in Jewish literature**

    **2018 Natan Book Award Finalist**

    **Finalist for the 2017 National Jewish Book...


    Some Bright Morning, I'll Fly Away

    by Alice Anderson St. Martin's Press (August 29, 2017)

    The incredible true story of one woman's journey to relocate the place inside herself where strength, hope, and personal truth reside.

    After Hurricane Katrina, Alice Anderson has returned home to assess the damage...


    Notes on a Foreign Country

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

    A New York Times Book Review Notable BookNamed a Best Book of the Year by New York Magazine and The Progressive

    "A deeply honest and brave portrait of of an individual sensibility reckoning with her country's...


    The Women Who Flew for Hitler

    by Clare Mulley St. Martin's Press (July 18, 2017)

    Biographers' Club Prize-winner Clare Mulley’s The Women Who Flew for Hitler—a dual biography of Nazi Germany's most highly decorated women pilots.

    Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg were talented,...


    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...


    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,...


    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 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...


    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...


    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...


    In the Great Green Room

    by Amy Gary Flatiron Books (January 10, 2017)

    The extraordinary life of the woman behind the beloved children’s classics Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny comes alive in this fascinating biography of Margaret Wise Brown. Margaret’s books have sold...


    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...


    The Shepherd's View

    by James Rebanks Flatiron Books (October 18, 2016)

    From The New York Times bestselling author of The Shepherd’s Life, a breathtaking book of photography and wisdom that chronicles an ancient way of living that deeply resonates in our modern world. With over...


    Evelyn Waugh

    by Philip Eade Henry Holt and Co. (October 11, 2016)

    NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE GUARDIAN, SUNDAY TIMES AND FINANCIAL TIMES

    Fifty years after Evelyn Waugh’s death, here is a completely fresh view of one of the most gifted -- and fascinating -- writers...


    My Own Words

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

    The first book from Ruth Bader Ginsburg since becoming a Supreme Court Justice in 1993—a witty, engaging, serious, and playful collection of writings and speeches from the woman who has had a powerful and...


    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...


    When in French: Love in a Second Language

    by Lauren Collins Fourth Estate (September 22, 2016)

    A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR

    ‘Talking to you in English’, he said, ‘is like touching you with gloves.’

    A language barrier is no match for love. New Yorker journalist Lauren Collins discovers this...


    Uproot

    by Jace Clayton Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 16, 2016)

    In 2001, Jace Clayton was an amateur DJ who recorded a three-turntable, sixty-minute mix called Gold Teeth Thiefand put it online to share with his friends. Within months, the mix became an international calling...


    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,...


    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...


    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...


    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...


    My Mad Fat Diary

    by Rae Earl St. Martin's Press (April 19, 2016)

    It's 1989 and Rae Earl is a fat, boy-mad 17-year-old girl, living in Stamford, Lincolnshire with her mum and their deaf white cat in a council house with a mint green bathroom and a refrigerator Rae can't keep...


    The Narrow Door

    by Paul Lisicky Graywolf Press (January 19, 2016)

    In The Narrow Door, Paul Lisicky creates a compelling collage of scenes and images drawn from two long-term relationships, one with a woman novelist and the other with his ex-husband, a poet. The contours of...


    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 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...


    Gamelife

    by Michael W. Clune Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 15, 2015)

    You have been awakened.

    Floppy disk inserted, computer turned on, a whirring, and then this sentence, followed by a blinking cursor. So begins Suspended, the first computer game to obsess seven-year-old Michael,...


    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...


    The Last Love Song

    by Tracy Daugherty St. Martin's Press (August 25, 2015)

    In The Last Love Song, Tracy Daugherty, the critically acclaimed author of Hiding Man (a New Yorker and New York Times Notable book) and Just One Catch, and subject of the hit documentary The Center Will Not...