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Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading

by Nina Sankovitch HarperCollins e-books (June 07, 2011)

“NinaSankovitch has crafted a dazzling memoir that remindsus of the most primal function of literature-to heal, to nurture and to connectus to our truest selves." —Thrity Umrigar, author of The Space Between...


A Mark Twain Christmas

by Carlo Devito Cider Mill Press (December 09, 2014)

Filled with the remarkable wit and humor of America's favorite storyteller, A Mark Twain Christmas gives readers insight into Twain's life through little known stories about how he and his family celebrated...


The Last Love of George Sand

by Evelyne Bloch-Dano Arcade (February 06, 2013)

George Sand is one the most celebrated writers and controversial personalities of nineteenth-century France; she is as famous for her bohemian lifestyle as for her written work. The Last Love of George Sand...


Inventing Scrooge

by Carlo Devito Cider Mill Press (September 30, 2014)

Inventing Scrooge uncovers the real-life inspirations from Charles Dickens’ own world that led to the fascinating creation of his most beloved tale: A Christmas Carol.

When Charles Dickens created the story...


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

by Frederick Douglass Skyhorse (July 01, 2014)

The story of Frederick Douglass is passionate, harrowing, and inspiring. As a former slave, impassioned abolitionist, gifted writer, newspaper editor, and powerful orator, Douglass was an immense, motivational...


The Removers

by Andrew Meredith Scribner (July 15, 2014)

“A darkly funny memoir about family reckonings” (O, The Oprah Magazine)—the story of a young man who, by handling the dead, makes peace with the living.

Andrew Meredith’s father, a literature professor...


Reading My Father

by Alexandra Styron Scribner (April 19, 2011)

PART MEMOIR AND PART ELEGY, READING MY FATHER IS THE STORY OF A DAUGHTER COMING TO KNOW HER FATHER AT LAST— A GIANT AMONG TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICAN NOVELISTS AND A MAN WHOSE DEVASTATING DEPRESSION DARKENED...


Querencia

by Stephen Bodio & Malcolm Brooks Skyhorse (July 01, 2014)

Born in Boston, Stephen Bodio wandered into Magdalena, New Mexico, in the 1970s while on his way to Montana and never left. He was accompanied by Betsy Huntington, who was twenty years his senior; the couple...


Give War and Peace a Chance

by Andrew D. Kaufman Simon & Schuster (May 20, 2014)

“This lively appreciation of one of the most intimidating and massive novels ever written should persuade many hesitant readers to try scaling the heights of War and Peace sooner rather than later” (Publishers...


An Autobiography of Joseph Conrad

by Stephen Brennan Skyhorse (May 06, 2014)

Heart of Darkness author Joseph Conrad (born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski in 1857) was a Polish writer who learned to read, write, and speak English after he was granted British nationality in 1886. Although...


The Book of Love

by Roger Rosenblatt Ecco (January 20, 2015)

The beloved New York Times bestselling author Making Toast and Kayak Morning returns with a powerful meditation on a universal subject: love.

In The Book of Love, Roger Rosenblatt explores love in all its moods...


The Source of All Things

by Tracy Ross Free Press (March 08, 2011)

Tracy Ross never knew her biological father, who died after a brain aneurysm when she was still an infant. So when her mother married Donnie, a gregarious man with an all-wheel-drive jeep and a love of hiking,...


Signed, Sealed, Delivered

by Nina Sankovitch Simon & Schuster (April 15, 2014)

The author of the much-admired Tolstoy and the Purple Chair goes on a quest through the history of letters and her own personal correspondence to discover and celebrate what is special about the handwritten...


Things I Should Have Told My Daughter

by Pearl Cleage Atria Books (April 08, 2014)

In this inspiring memoir—that Jane Fonda raves “will make you braver…want to live your life better and make a difference”—the award-winning playwright and bestselling author of What Looks Like Crazy...


Know the Night

by Maria Mutch Simon & Schuster (February 19, 2014)

A transcendent memoir by poet Maria Mutch about the distances that can form between people who should be the closest of all—husband and wife, parent and child, lifelong friends and partners.

Unfolding over...


History of a Suicide

by Jill Bialosky Atria Books (February 15, 2011)

“It is so nice to be happy. It always gives me a good feeling to see other people happy. . . . It is so easy to achieve.” —Kim’s journal entry, May 3, 1988

On the night of April 15, 1990, Jill Bialosky’s...


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...


A Better Woman

by Susan Johnson Washington Square Press (May 11, 2010)

Acclaimed novelist Susan Johnson found, at age thirty-five, that her desire to have a baby became overwhelming. She had no inkling what motherhood would cost -- or give -- her. But as she went on to experience...


Lighting Out for the Territory

by Roy Jr. Morris Simon & Schuster (March 02, 2010)

In the very last paragraph of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the title character gloomily reckons that it’s time “to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest.” Tom Sawyer’s Aunt...


Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen

by Larry Mcmurtry Simon & Schuster (June 01, 2010)

In a lucid, brilliant work of nonfiction -- as close to an autobiography as his readers are likely to get -- Larry McMurtry has written a family portrait that also serves as a larger portrait of Texas itself,...


Self Abuse

by Jonathan Self Washington Square Press (June 15, 2010)

From the age of three Jonathan Self had only one ambition: not to be like his father. Despite his determination to be a better man -- and a better parent than his own had been -- Jonathan was a twice-divorced...


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...


The Prince of los Cocuyos

by Richard Blanco Ecco (September 30, 2014)

A poignant, hilarious, and inspiring memoir from the first Latino and openly gay inaugural poet, which explores his coming-of-age as the child of Cuban immigrants and his attempts to understand his place in...


No Laughing Matter

by Joseph Heller & Speed Vogel Simon & Schuster (December 15, 2004)

An uproarious and frank memoir of illness and recovery, No Laughing Matter is a story of friendship and recuperation from the author of the classic Catch-22.

It all began one typical day in the life of Joe Heller....


The World in My Kitchen

by Colette Rossant Atria Books (September 26, 2006)

"We are on our way to Le Havre. The train is going so fast that the landscape is all but a blur. From time to time, I can see a farm in the mist surrounded by a sea of green fields. I am excited but also scared....


Paul Bowles

by Virginia Spencer Carr Scribner (October 26, 2004)

Paul Bowles, best known for his classic 1949 novel, The Sheltering Sky, is one of the most compelling yet elusive figures of twentieth-century American counterculture. In this definitive biography, Virginia...


My Ear at His Heart: Reading My Father

by Hanif Kureishi Scribner (March 09, 2010)

Described in a recent New York Times Magazine profile as a "postcolonial Philip Roth," Hanif Kureishi first captured the attention of audiences and critics in the 1980s with the award-winning novel The Buddha...


Raymond Carver

by Carol Sklenicka Scribner (November 24, 2009)

The first biography of america’s best-known short story writer of the late twentieth century.

The London Times called Raymond Carver "the American Chekhov." The beloved, mischievous, but more modest short-story...


Mentors, Muses & Monsters

by Elizabeth Benedict Free Press (October 27, 2009)

Edited and with a contribution by Elizabeth Benedict, thirty of today's brightest literary lights turn their attention to the question of mentorship and influence.

For Denis Johnson, it was Leonard Gardner's...


Horton Foote

by Wilborn Hampton Free Press (September 08, 2009)

No playwright in the history of the American theater has captured the soul of the nation more incisively than Horton Foote.

From his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Young Man From Atlanta, to his film adaptation...


A Moveable Feast

by Ernest Hemingway, Sean Hemingway & Patrick Hemingway Scribner (July 14, 2009)

Ernest Hemingway’s classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, now available in a restored edition, includes the original manuscript along with insightful recollections and unfinished sketches.

Published posthumously...


The Black Girl Next Door

by Jennifer Baszile Touchstone (January 13, 2009)

A powerful, beautifully written memoir about coming of age as a black girl in an exclusive white suburb in "integrated," post-Civil Rights California in the 1970s and 1980s.

At six years of age, after winning...


Walt Whitman

by Justin Kaplan Harper Perennial (December 31, 2013)

Whitman's genius, passions, poetry, and androgynous sensibility entwined to create an exuberant life amid the turbulent American mid-nineteenth century. In vivid detail, Kaplan examines the mysterious selves...


Daybook, Turn, Prospect

by Anne Truitt & Audrey Niffenegger Scribner (October 08, 2013)

All three of Anne Truitt’s artist’s journals in one e-volume, the illuminating, inspiring record of a woman’s reconciliation of the call of creative work with the demands of daily life—with a new introduction...


Daybook

by Anne Truitt & Audrey Niffenegger Scribner (October 08, 2013)

A classic work for artists of all kinds, about reconciling the call of creative work with the demands of daily life, now with a new introduction by Audrey Niffenegger.

Renowned American artist Anne Truitt kept...


Norman Mailer: A Double Life

by J. Michael Lennon Simon & Schuster (October 15, 2013)

The “glorious…sweeping, full-scale biography” of Norman Mailer, the famous novelist, journalist, and public figure: “There’s not a paragraph in this enormous book that doesn’t contain a nugget of...


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...


Dream Catcher: A Memoir

by Margaret A. Salinger Washington Square Press (September 10, 2013)

In her highly anticipated memoir, Margaret A. Salinger writes about life with her famously reclusive father, J.D. Salinger—offering a rare look into the man and the myth, what it is like to be his daughter,...


Salinger

by David Shields & Shane Salerno Simon & Schuster (September 03, 2013)

Based on eight years of exhaustive research and exclusive interviews with more than 200 people—and published in coordination with the international theatrical release of a major documentary film from the Weinstein...


Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America's Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

by Boris Kachka Simon & Schuster (August 06, 2013)

“Mad Men for the literary world.” —Junot Díaz

Farrar, Straus and Giroux is arguably the most influential publishing house of the modern era. Home to an unrivaled twenty-five Nobel Prize winners and generation-defining...


The Autobiography of Mark Twain

by Charles Neider HarperCollins e-books (January 18, 2011)

Due to copyright restrictions, this eBook may not contain all of the images available in the print edition."Mark Twain's autobiography is a classic of American letters, to be ranked with the autobiographies...


The Good Life According to Hemingway

by A. E. Hotchner HarperCollins e-books (October 19, 2010)

In the fourteen years that A. E. Hotchner traveled with Ernest Hemingway, he collected a lifetime's worth of Hemingway's experiences, anecdotes, and observations on the backs of matchbooks, napkins, and slips...


Scott Fitzgerald

by Jeffrey Meyers Harper Perennial (November 12, 2013)

Scott Fitzgerald, a romantic and tragic figure who embodied the decades between the two world wars, was a writer who took his material almost entirely from his life. Despite his early success with The Great...


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...


Anne Frank

by Francine Prose HarperCollins e-books (September 29, 2009)

“A definitive, deeply moving inquiry into the life of the young, imperiled artist, and a masterful exegesis of Diary of a Young Girl…Extraordinary testimony to the power of literature and compassion” –...


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...


In My Blood

by John Sedgwick HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

While working on his second novel, John Sedgwick spiraled into a depression so profound that it very nearly resulted in suicide. An author acclaimed for his intimate literary excursions into the rarified, moneyed...


Everybody into the Pool

by Beth Lisick HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Beth Lisick started out as a homecoming princess with a Crisco-aided tan and a bad perm. And then everything changed. Plunging headlong into America's deepest subcultures, while keeping both feet firmly planted...


Modern American Memoirs: 1917-1992

by Annie Dillard HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

In Modern American Memoirs, two very discerning writers and readers have selected samples from 35 of the finest memoirs written in this century, including contributions by such diverse writers as Margaret Mead,...


Creators

by Paul Johnson HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Kingsley Amis described Paul Johnson's Intellectuals as “a valuable and entertaining Rogues' Gallery of Adventures of the Mind.” Now the celebrated journalist and historian offers Creators, a companion volume...