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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...


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...


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” –...


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...


An American Childhood

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

A book that instantly captured the hearts of readers across the country, An American Childhood is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard's poignant, vivid memoir of growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1950s....


A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

Baillie Gifford Prize 2006

by James Shapiro HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

What accounts for Shakespeare’s transformation from talented poet and playwright to one of the greatest writers who ever lived? In this gripping account, James Shapiro sets out to answer this question, "succeed[ing]...


Straight Up and Dirty

by Stephanie Klein HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

"I did have my own friends, my own salary, my health, and TiVo: all the important things we're likely to take for granted. Still, when it hit that I'd now have to date again, I panicked. Dating meant nightclubs,...


The Writing Life

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

Annie Dillard has written eleven books, including the memoir of her parents, An American Childhood; the Northwest pioneer epic The Living; and the nonfiction narrative Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. A gregarious recluse,...


When I Was Cool

by Sam Kashner HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

First student of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Sam Kashner tells with humor and grace his life with the Beats. But the best story is Kashner himself -- the coming-of-age of a young man in the...


Woman of Rome

by Lily Tuck HarperCollins e-books (October 06, 2009)

The first biography in any language of one of the most celebrated Italian writers of the twentieth century.

Born in 1912 to an unconventional family of modest means, Elsa Morante grew up with an independent spirit,...


Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer

by Fred Kaplan HarperCollins e-books (October 06, 2009)

“Fred Kaplan’s Lincoln offers penetrating insights on Lincoln’s ability to explain complex ideas in language accessible to a broad range of readers and listeners.” — James M. McPherson, The New York...


The Faith of a Writer

by Joyce Carol Oates HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)

A tribute to the brilliant craftsmanship of one of our most distinguished writers, providing valuable insight into her inspiration and her method

Joyce Carol Oates is widely regarded as one of America's greatest...


Beerspit Night and Cursing

by Charles Bukowski HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)

Unmasks the tough, street-smart persona of Charles Bukowski—America's "Ultimate Outsider"

  • Amazing letters filled with passionate, literary, and personal observation
  • Insights into the author of Tales of Ordinary...


Limbo

by A. Manette Ansay HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)

From childhood, acclaimed novelist A. Manette Ansay trained to become a concert pianist. But when she was nineteen, a mysterious muscle disorder forced her to give up the piano, and by twenty-one, she couldn't...


The Professor and the Madman

by Simon Winchester HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

New York Times Bestseller

Simon Winchester’s classic about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary—soon to be a major motion picture starring Sean Penn and Mel Gibson.

The making of the Oxford English...