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Poets in Their Youth

by Eileen Simpson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 21, 2014)

In 1942, Eileen Simpson—then Eileen Mulligan—married John Berryman. Both were in their twenties; Eileen had just graduated from Hunter College and John had but one slim volume of poetry to his name. They...


Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice

by Joan Biskupic Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 07, 2014)

"I knew she'd be trouble."

So quipped Antonin Scalia about Sonia Sotomayor at the Supreme Court's annual end-of-term party in 2010. It's usually the sort of event one would expect from such a grand institution,...


My Grandfather's Gallery

by Anne Sinclair & Shaun Whiteside Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 16, 2014)

A singular man in the history of modern art, betrayed by Vichy, is the subject of this riveting family memoir

On September 20, 1940, one of the most famous European art dealers disembarked in New York, one of...


Misgivings

by C. K. Williams Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 09, 2014)

An intense, refractory memoir by a major poet

Misgivings is C. K. Williams's searing recollection of his family's extreme dynamics and of his parents' deaths after years of struggle, bitterness, and inner conflict....


Father and Son

by Marcos Giralt Torrente & Natasha Wimmer Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 09, 2014)

"This is a story about two people, but I'm the only one telling it."

Many authors have wrestled with the death of a father in their writing, but few have grappled with the subject as fiercely, or as powerfully,...


Timeless

by Lucinda Franks Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 19, 2014)

"Words by the millions have been printed about you, but none have revealed your real life, your secret life--which is that you belong to me."

In this beautifully rendered literary memoir, Lucinda Franks, a Pulitzer...


My Two Italies

by Joseph Luzzi Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 15, 2014)

A poignant personal account from a child of Calabrian peasants whose lifelong study of Italy unveils the mysteries of this Bel Paese, "Beautiful Land," where artistic genius and political corruption have gone...


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...


Out of Sheer Rage

by Geoff Dyer Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 24, 2014)

FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD

"In the spirit of Julian Barnes's Flaubert's Parrot and Alain de Botton's How Proust Can Change Your Life, Mr. Dyer's Out of Sheer Rage keeps circling its subject...


Passage to Ararat

by Michael J. Arlen Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 17, 2014)

In Passage to Ararat, which received the National Book Award in 1976, Michael J. Arlen goes beyond the portrait of his father, the famous Anglo-Armenian novelist of the 1920s, that he created in Exiles to try...


Exiles

by Michael J. Arlen Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 17, 2014)

Back in print, "a wry and moving . . . rare and minute accounting of growing up." (Time)

Exiles is the story of two glamorous peopleone, a beautiful aristocrat; the other, a self-made man, one of the most...


Bulletproof Vest

by Maria Venegas Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 17, 2014)

A New York Times Editors' Choice book

The haunting story of a daughter's struggle to confront her father's turbulent-and often violent-legacy

After a fourteen-year estrangement, Maria Venegas returns to Mexico...


The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar

by Martin Windrow Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 10, 2014)

The story of an odd couple-a British military historian and the Tawny Owl with whom he lived for fifteen years

Martin Windrow was a war historian with little experience with pets when he adopted an owl the size...


Good Hunting

by Jack Devine & Vernon Loeb Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 03, 2014)

"A sophisticated, deeply informed account of real life in the real CIA that adds immeasurably to the public understanding of the espionage culture—the good and the bad." —Bob Woodward

Jack Devine ran Charlie...


Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War

by Amanda Vaill Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 22, 2014)

A spellbinding story of love amid the devastation of the Spanish Civil War

Madrid, 1936. In a city blasted by a civil war that many fear will cross borders and engulf Europe—a conflict one writer will call...


Bob Marley

by Chris Salewicz Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 08, 2014)

What was it about Bob Marley that made him so popular in a world dominated by rock 'n' roll? How is it that he not only has remained the single most successful reggae artist ever, but also has become a shining...


Haussmann, or the Distinction

by Paul La Farge Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 18, 2014)

A stunning, imaginative novel about the great architect of Paris

Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann, who demolished and rebuilt Paris in the middle of the nineteenth century, was the first urbanist of the modern...


The Tastemaker

by Edward White Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 18, 2014)

A revealing biography of the influential and controversial cultural titan who embodied an era

The Tastemaker explores the many lives of Carl Van Vechten, the most influential cultural impresario of the early...


Godard

by Colin MacCabe Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 18, 2014)

Jean-Luc Godard's early films revolutionized the language of cinema. Hugely prolific in his first decade--Breathless, Contempt, Pierrot le Fou, Alphaville, and Made in USA are just a handful of the seminal works...


More Than Conquerors

by Megan Hustad Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 11, 2014)

Megan Hustad and her family try to reconcile an evangelical upbringing in a post-Christian America

When Megan Hustad was a child, her father uprooted their family from Minneapolis to embark on a cross-cultural...


Why I Read

by Wendy Lesser Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 07, 2014)

"Wendy Lesser's extraordinary alertness, intelligence, and curiosity have made her one of America's most significant cultural critics," writes Stephen Greenblatt. In Why I Read, Lesser draws on a lifetime of...


Stranger in My Own Country

by Yascha Mounk Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 07, 2014)

A moving and unsettling exploration of a young man's formative years in a country still struggling with its past

As a Jew in postwar Germany, Yascha Mounk felt like a foreigner in his own country. When he mentioned...


Jack London: An American Life

by Earle Labor Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 24, 2013)

A revelatory look at the life of the great American author—and how it shaped his most beloved works

Jack London was born a working class, fatherless Californian in 1876. In his youth, he was a boundlessly energetic...


My Guru and His Disciple

by Christopher Isherwood Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 19, 2013)

My Guru and His Disciple is a sweetly modest and honest portrait of Isherwood's spiritual instructor, Swami Prabhavananda, the Hindu priest who guided Isherwood for some thirty years. It is also a book about...


An Imperfect God

by Henry Wiencek Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 12, 2013)

An Imperfect God is a major new biography of Washington, and the first to explore his engagement with American slavery

When George Washington wrote his will, he made the startling decision to set his slaves free;...


Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution

by Fred Vogelstein Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 12, 2013)

Behind the bitter rivalry between Apple and Google—and how it's reshaping the way we think about technology

The rise of smartphones and tablets has altered the industry of making computers. At the center of...


American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell

by Deborah Solomon Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 05, 2013)

A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

A FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE IN BIOGRAPHY AND SHORTLISTED FOR THE PEN/JACQUELINE BOGRAD WELD AWARD FOR BIOGRAPHY

"Welcome to Rockwell Land,"...


Roth Unbound

by Claudia Roth Pierpont Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 22, 2013)

A critical evaluation of Philip Roth—the first of its kind—that takes on the man, the myth, and the work

Philip Roth is one of the most renowned writers of our time. From his debut, Goodbye, Columbus, which...


Holding On Upside Down

by Linda Leavell Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 22, 2013)

Winner of the Plutarch Award for the Best Biography of 2013

A mesmerizing and essential biography of the modernist poet Marianne Moore

The Marianne Moore that survives in the popular imagination is dignified,...


Breakfast with Lucian

by Geordie Greig Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 22, 2013)

An insider's account—the first of its kind—of the thoroughly unconventional life of one of the twentieth century's most shockingly original painters

Lucian Freud's paintings are instantly recognizable: often...


Junipero Serra

by Steven W. Hackel Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 03, 2013)

A portrait of the priest and colonialist who is one of the most important figures in California's history

In the 1770s, just as Britain's American subjects were freeing themselves from the burdens of colonial...


American Odyssey

by Wilhelm Reich & Mary Boyd Higgins Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 02, 2013)

A new autobiographical work by one of the most original and controversial thinkers of our time.

"I looked up every day from behind the bars to the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Her light shone brightly...


Queen Bee of Tuscany

by Ben Downing Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 18, 2013)

"Quite simply one of the best books of the year." —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

Ben Downing's Queen Bee of Tuscany brings an extraordinary Victorian back to life. Born into a distinguished intellectual...


The Greek House

by Christian Brechneff & Tim Lovejoy Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 11, 2013)

A richly rewarding narrative about a young painter's love affair with the Greek island of Sifnos

When Christian Brechneff first set foot on the Greek island of Sifnos, it was the spring of 1972 and he was a twenty-one-year-old...


Unmastered

by Katherine Angel Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 04, 2013)

One of O Magazine's Must-Read Books for June 2013

A provocative and personal meditation on sex, power, and female desire

Today's women, we're told, have more options in exercising their desire than ever before...


Mother Tongue

by Wallis Wilde-Menozzi Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 17, 2013)

Fourteen years ago, the American writer Wallis Wilde-Menozzi moved with her husband and daughter to Parma, a prosperous city in northern Italy. Searching for a way to find a place within a city that has existed...


On Wheels

by Michael Holroyd Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 14, 2013)

From the bestselling author of A Book of Secrets, a brisk, charming, illustrated account of a motoring life

As a child, Michael Holroyd spent his best hours in his family's cramped garage, which contained a wealth...


Lush Life

by David Hajdu Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 26, 2013)

Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967) was one of the most accomplished composers in American music, the creator of such standards as "Take the 'A' Train", yet all his life he was overshadowed by his friend and collaborator,...


The Other Side of the Tiber

by Wallis Wilde-Menozzi Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 23, 2013)

A moving and illuminating memoir about a singular woman's relationship with a fascinating and complex country

A fresh, nuanced perspective on a profoundly perplexing country: this is what Wallis Wilde-Menozzi's...


A Fort of Nine Towers

by Qais Akbar Omar Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 16, 2013)

One of the rare memoirs of Afghanistan to have been written by an Afghan, A Fort of Nine Towers reveals the richness and suffering of life in a country whose history has become deeply entwined with our own.

For...


My Bright Abyss

by Christian Wiman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 02, 2013)

Seven years ago, Christian Wiman, a well-known poet and the editor of Poetry magazine, wrote a now-famous essay about having faith in the face of death. My Bright Abyss, composed in the difficult years since...


The Book of My Lives

by Aleksandar Hemon Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 19, 2013)

Aleksandar Hemon's lives begin in Sarajevo, a small, blissful city where a young boy's life is consumed with street soccer with the neighborhood kids, resentment of his younger sister, and trips abroad with...


A Long Day at the End of the World

by Brent Hendricks Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 12, 2013)

A chilling memoir of the Tri-State Crematory incident

In February 2002, hundreds of abandoned and decayed bodies were discovered at the Tri-State Crematory in rural Georgia, making it the largest mass desecration...


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...


My Brother

by Jamaica Kincaid Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 09, 1998)

Jamaica Kincaid's brother Devon Drew died of AIDS on January 19, 1996, at the age of thirty-three. Kincaid's incantatory, poetic, and often shockingly frank recounting of her brother's life and death is also...


Give Me Everything You Have

by James Lasdun Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 12, 2013)

A true story of obsessive love turning to obsessive hate, Give Me Everything You Have chronicles the author's strange and harrowing ordeal at the hands of a former student, a self-styled "verbal terrorist,"...


The Force of Things

by Alexander Stille Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 12, 2013)

A masterpiece of literary memory—a powerful exploration of the intersections of family, history, and memory

"One evening in May 1948, my mother went to a party in New York with her first husband and left it...


Chuck Amuck

by Chuck Jones, Matt Groening & Steven Spielberg Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 03, 1999)

The illustrated classic, complete with a new preface by Matt Groening.

Winner of three Academy Awards and numerous other prizes for his animated films, Chuck Jones is the director of scores of famous Warner Bros....


Soul of the Age

by Hermann Hesse, Mark Marman & Therodore J. Ziolkowski Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 22, 2013)

Throughout his life, Herman Hesse was a devoted letter writer. He corresponded, not just with friends and family, but also with his readers. From his letters home from the seminary at age fourteen, to his last...


Hermann Hesse: A Pictorial Biography

by Hermann Hesse Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 22, 2013)

Hermann Hesse: A Pictorial Biography offers a wealth of unknown photographic and textual material which was first discovered among Hesse's literary effects after his death. Over 200 photographs chronicle his...