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Enter Helen

by Brooke Hauser Harper (April 19, 2016)

This cinematic story about legendary Cosmopolitan editor and champion of the single girl Helen Gurley Brown chronicles her rise as a cultural icon who redefined what it means to be an American woman.

In 1965,...


Model Woman

by Robert Lacey Harper (June 16, 2015)

A revealing, no-holds-barred portrait of the legendary Eileen Ford—the entrepreneur who transformed the business of modeling and helped invent the celebrity supermodel.

Working with her husband, Jerry, Eileen...


Anyone Who's Anyone

by George Wayne Harper (December 05, 2017)

From former Vanity Fair magazine’s celebrity interviewer George Wayne comes a collection of piquant, poignant, and nostalgic interviews with some of the iconic personalities of our time, curated from his legendary...


The Keeper

by Tim Howard Harper (December 09, 2014)

In this inspiring, down-to-earth memoir the revered goalkeeper and American icon  idolized by millions worldwide for his dependability, daring, and humility recounts his rise to stardom at the 2014 World Cup,...


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...


See Hear Yoko

by Bob Gruen & Jody Denberg Harper (February 17, 2015)

Conceived expressly for Yoko Ono as a gift between friends on the occasion of her eightieth birthday, See Hear Yoko is a visual portrait of an icon of contemporary American cultural history, from her days with...


The World's Largest Man

by Harrison Scott Key Harper (May 12, 2015)

Winner of the 2016 Thurber Prize

The riotous, tender story of a bookish Mississippi boy and his flawed, Bunyanesque father, told with the comic verve of David Sedaris and the deft satire of Mark Twain or Roy...


The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother, and Me

by Sofka Zinovieff Harper (March 31, 2015)

Like The Bolter and Portrait of a Marriage, this beguiling, heady tale of a scandalous ménage à trois among England's upper classes combines memoir and biography to re-create an unforgettably decadent world....


Ashley's War

by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Harper (April 21, 2015)

In 2010, the Army created Cultural Support Teams, a secret pilot program to insert women alongside Special Operations soldiers battling in Afghanistan. The Army reasoned that women could play a unique role on...


Chase Your Shadow

by John Carlin Harper (December 09, 2014)

The definitive account of the rise and fall of South African Olympic and Gold Medal-winning Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, from his personal and athletic success to the murder charge that rocked the world...


Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County

by Kristen Green Harper (June 09, 2015)

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Combining hard-hitting investigative journalism and a sweeping family narrative, this provocative true story reveals a little-known chapter of American history: the period after the ...


American Ghost

by Hannah Nordhaus Harper (March 10, 2015)

“A haunting story about the long reach of the past.”—Maureen Corrigan, NPR’S Fresh Air

“In this intriguing book, [Nordhaus] shares her journey to discover who her immigrant ancestor really was—and...


Stalin's Daughter

by Rosemary Sullivan Harper (June 02, 2015)

Winner of the Plutarch Award for Best Biography

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

PEN Literary Award Finalist

New York Times Notable Book

Washington Post Notable Book

Boston Globe Best Book of the Year

The...


Capital Dames

by Cokie Roberts Harper (April 14, 2015)

In this engrossing and informative companion to her New York Times bestsellers Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty, Cokie Roberts marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War by offering a riveting look at...


The Magical Stranger

by Stephen Rodrick Harper (June 10, 2014)

The Magical Stranger is a moving story of love and sacrifice, fathers and sons, heroism and duty, soldiers and the families they leave behind.

On November 28, 1979, squadron commander and Navy pilot Peter Rodrick...


All Things Possible

by Andrew M. Cuomo Harper (October 14, 2014)

In this full and frank memoir—a personal story of duty, family, justice, politics and resilience—New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reflects on his rise, fall, and rise in politics, and recounts his defining...


Life Is Not an Accident

by Jay Williams Harper (January 26, 2016)

New York Times Bestseller

This big-hearted memoir by the most promising professional basketball player of his generation details his rise to NBA stardom, the terrible accident that ended his career and plunged...


My Invented Country

by Isabel Allende Harper (March 25, 2014)

Isabel Allende evokes the magnificent landscapes of her country; a charming, idiosyncratic Chilean people with a violent history and an indomitable spirit; and the politics, religion, myth, and magic of her...


Becoming Richard Pryor

by Scott Saul Harper (December 09, 2014)

A major biography—intimate, gripping, revelatory—of an artist who revolutionized American comedy.

Richard Pryor may have been the most unlikely star in Hollywood history. Raised in his family’s brothels,...


Stonewalled

by Sharyl Attkisson Harper (November 04, 2014)

Seasoned CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson reveals how she has been electronically surveilled while digging deep into the Obama Administration and its scandals, and offers an incisive critique of her industry and...


Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

by Karen Abbott Harper (September 02, 2014)

Karen Abbott, the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and “pioneer of sizzle history” (USA Today), tells the spellbinding true story of four women who risked everything to become...


North of Normal

by Cea Sunrise Person Harper (June 24, 2014)

Sex, drugs, and . . . bug stew? In the vein of The Glass Castle and Wild, Cea Sunrise Person’s compelling memoir of a childhood spent with her dysfunctional counter-culture family in the Canadian wilderness—a...


Clouds of Glory

by Michael Korda Harper (May 13, 2014)

In Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee, Michael Korda, the New York Times bestselling biographer of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ulysses S. Grant, and T. E. Lawrence, has written the first major biography...


Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story

by Rick Bragg Harper (October 28, 2014)

New York Times Bestseller

The greatest Southern storyteller of our time, New York Times bestselling author Rick Bragg, tracks down the greatest rock and roller of all time, Jerry Lee Lewis—and gets his own...


The Bedwetter

by Sarah Silverman Harper (April 20, 2010)

From the outrageously filthy and oddly innocent comedienne and star of the powerful 2015 film I Smile Back Sarah Silverman comes a memoir—her first book—that is at once shockingly personal, surprisingly...


The Lost

by Daniel Mendelsohn Harper (November 12, 2013)

In this rich and riveting narrative, a writer's search for the truth behind his family's tragic past in World War II becomes a remarkably original epic—part memoir, part reportage, part mystery, and part scholarly...


Who I Am

by Pete Townshend Harper (August 06, 2013)

From the voice of a generation: The most highly anticipated autobiography of the year, and the story of a man who... is a Londoner and a Mod.... wanted The Who to be called The Hair.... loved The Everly Brothers,...


Cycle of Lies

by Juliet Macur Harper (March 04, 2014)

The definitive account of Lance Armstrong's spectacular rise and fall.

In June 2013, when Lance Armstrong fled his palatial home in Texas, downsizing in the face of multimillion-dollar lawsuits, Juliet Macur...


Whipping Boy

by Allen Kurzweil Harper (January 20, 2015)

Winner of the Edgar® Award for Best Fact Crime

The true account of one boy’s lifelong search for his boarding-school bully.

Equal parts childhood memoir and literary thriller, Whipping Boy chronicles prize-winning...


John Quincy Adams

by Fred Kaplan Harper (May 06, 2014)

Fred Kaplan, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Lincoln, returns with John Quincy Adams, an illuminating biography of one of the most overlooked presidents in American history—a leader of sweeping perspective...


Out of the Woods

by Lynn Darling Harper (January 07, 2014)

Combining the soul-baring insight of Wild, the profound wisdom of Shop Class as Soulcraft, and the adventurous spirit of Eat, Pray, Love: Lynn Darling’s powerful, lyrical memoir of self-discovery, full of...


Call Me Debbie

by Deborah Voigt Harper (January 27, 2015)

Internationally beloved opera star Deborah Voigt recounts her harrowing and ultimately successful private battles to overcome the addictions and self-destructive tendencies that nearly destroyed her life.

Call...


Updike

by Adam Begley Harper (April 08, 2014)

Updike is Adam Begley’s masterful, much-anticipated biography of one of the most celebrated figures in American literature: Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Updike—a candid, intimate, and richly detailed...


Postcards from Cookie

by Caroline Clarke Harper (April 15, 2014)

Award-winning journalist and host of Black "Enterprise" Business Report Caroline Clarke's moving memoir of her surprise discovery of her birthmother—Cookie Cole, the daughter of Nat King Cole—and the relationship...


Busted

by Wendy Ruderman & Barbara Laker Harper (March 11, 2014)

In the vein of Erin Brockovich, The Departed, and T. J. English's Savage City comes Busted, the shocking true story of the biggest police corruption scandal in Philadelphia history, a tale of drugs, power, and...


Solo

by Hope Solo Harper (June 18, 2013)

"My family doesn't do happy endings. We do sad endings or frustrating endings or no endings at all. We are hardwired to expect the next interruption or disappearance or broken promise."

Hope Solo is the face...


The Magical Stranger

by Stephen Rodrick Harper (May 14, 2013)

The Magical Stranger is a moving story of love and sacrifice, fathers and sons, heroism and duty, soldiers and the families they leave behind.

On November 28, 1979, squadron commander and Navy pilot Peter Rodrick...


High Price

by Carl Hart Harper (June 11, 2013)

High Price is the harrowing and inspiring memoir of neuroscientist Carl Hart, a man who grew up in one of Miami’s toughest neighborhoods and, determined to make a difference as an adult, tirelessly applies...


Pope Francis

by Staff of The Wall Street Journal, The Harper (April 16, 2013)

On March 13, the cardinals of the Catholic Church, gathered to elect a successor to a living Pope for the first time in 600 years, announced a dramatic shift. By elevating Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina...


The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines

by Shohreh Aghdashloo Harper (June 04, 2013)

Oscar nominee and Emmy Award–winning actress Shohreh Aghdashloo shares her remarkable personal journey—from a childhood in the Shah’s Iran to the red carpets of Hollywood—in The Alley of Love and Yellow...


City Parks

by Catie Marron & Oberto Gili Harper (October 15, 2013)

Catie Marron’s City Parks captures the spirit and beauty of eighteen of the world’s most-loved city parks. Zadie Smith, Ian Frazier, Candice Bergen, Colm Tóibín, Nicole Krauss, Jan Morris, and a dozen...


Waiting to Be Heard

by Amanda Knox Harper (April 30, 2013)

Amanda Knox spent four years in a foreign prison for a crime she did not commit, as seen in the Nexflix documentary Amanda Knox.

In the fall of 2007, the 20-year-old college coed left Seattle to study abroad...


Anyone Who Had a Heart

by Burt Bacharach Harper (May 14, 2013)

In his memoir Anyone Who Had a Heart, Burt Bacharach, one of the greatest songwriters of all time, offers a frank and riveting account of his unparalleled life.

From his tumultuous marriages and the tragic suicide...


Miss Anne in Harlem

by Carla Kaplan Harper (September 10, 2013)

Celebrated scholar Carla Kaplan’s cultural biography, Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance, focuses on white women, collectively called “Miss Anne,” who became Harlem Renaissance...


Dr. J

by Julius Erving & Karl Taro Greenfeld Harper (November 05, 2013)

With startling honesty and an unmistakable voice, Dr. J is a historic self-portrait of an American legend, Julius "The Doctor" Erving.

With his flights of improvisation around the basket and his towering afro,...


Lost Girls

by Robert Kolker Harper (July 09, 2013)

Award-winning investigative reporter Robert Kolker delivers a haunting and humanizing account of the true-life search for a serial killer still at large on Long Island, in a compelling tale of unsolved murder...


The Outsider

by Jimmy Connors Harper (May 14, 2013)

The Outsider is a no-holds-barred memoir by the original bad boy of tennis, Jimmy Connors.

Connors ignited the tennis boom in the 1970s with his aggressive style of play, turning his matches with John McEnroe,...


The Friedkin Connection

by William Friedkin Harper (April 16, 2013)

The long-awaited memoir from the Academy Award–winning director of such legendary films as The French Connection, The Exorcist, and To Live and Die in LA, The Friedkin Connection takes readers from the streets...


Pain, Parties, Work

by Elizabeth Winder Harper (April 16, 2013)

"I dreamed of New York, I am going there."

On May 31, 1953, twenty-year-old Sylvia Plath arrived in New York City for a one-month stint at "the intellectual fashion magazine" Mademoiselle to be a guest editor...


Camelot's Court

by Robert Dallek Harper (October 08, 2013)

Fifty years after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, presidential historian Robert Dallek, whom The New York Times calls “Kennedy’s leading biographer,” delivers a riveting new portrait of this president...