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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....


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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,"...


Family

by Ian Frazier Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 09, 2002)

With wit and an unerring eye for detail, acclaimed author Ian Frazier takes readers on a journey through his family's story, his nation's history, and himself

Using letters and other family documents, Frazier...


The Scientists

by Marco Roth Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 18, 2012)

A frank, intelligent, and deeply moving debut memoir

With the precociousness expected of the only child of a doctor and a classical musician—from the time he could get his toddler tongue to a pronounce a word...


My Husband and My Wives

by Charles Rowan Beye Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 02, 2012)

My Husband and My Wives: A Gay's Man's Odyssey is the memoir of a man looking back over eight tumultuous decades at the complications of discovering at puberty that he is attracted to other men.

The ordeal of...


When I Was a Child I Read Books

by Marilynne Robinson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 13, 2012)

Marilynne Robinson has built a sterling reputation as a writer of sharp, subtly moving prose, not only as a major American novelist, but also as a rigorous thinker and incisive essayist. In When I Was a Child...


Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down

by Rosecrans Baldwin Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 24, 2012)

A self-described Francophile from when he was little, Rosecrans Baldwin always dreamed of living in Paris—drinking le café, eating les croissants, walking in les jardins—so when an opportunity presented...


The Patagonian Hare

by Claude Lanzmann & Frank Wynne Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 13, 2012)

"Even if I lived a hundred lives, I still wouldn't be exhausted." These words capture the intensity of the experiences of Claude Lanzmann, a man whose acts have always been a negation of resignation: a member...


Sometimes There Is a Void

by Zakes Mda Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 03, 2012)

Zakes Mda is the most acclaimed South African writer of the independence era. His eight novels tell stories that venture far beyond the conventional narratives of a people's struggle against apartheid. In this...


Into the Garden with Charles

by Clyde Phillip Wachsberger Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 10, 2012)

Set in the tiny village of Orient, Long Island, and in New York City, Into the Garden with Charles is a memoir about falling in love. As a boy in suburban New York in 1940s, Clyde Wachsberger daydreams about...


Lose Your Mother

by Saidiya Hartman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 22, 2008)

In Lose Your Mother, Saidiya Hartman journeys along a slave route in Ghana, following the trail of captives from the hinterland to the Atlantic coast. She retraces the history of the Atlantic slave trade from...


Where Did You Sleep Last Night?

by Danzy Senna Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 30, 2010)

When Danzy Senna's parents got married in 1968, they seemed poised to defy history. They were two brilliant young American writers from wildly divergent backgrounds—a white woman with a blue-blood Bostonian...


The Afterlife

by Donald Antrim Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 15, 2007)

From "a fiercely intelligent writer" (The New York Times), a wry, poignant story of the difficult love between a mother and a son

In the winter of 2000, shortly after his mother's death from cancer and malnourishment,...


The Stone Fields

by Courtney Angela Brkic Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 01, 2005)

When she was twenty-three years old, Courtney Angela Brkic joined a UN-contracted forensic team in eastern Bosnia. Unlike many aid workers, Brkic was drawn there by her family history, and although fluent in...


My Father's Rifle

by Hiner Saleem & Catherine Temerson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 24, 2006)

A young Kurd comes of age in a war-torn land.

This beautiful, spare narrative tells of the life of a boy named Azad--in fact the author, a Kurdish filmmaker--as he grows to manhood in Iraq during the 1960s and...


The Two Kinds of Decay

by Sarah Manguso Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 26, 2009)

A Spare and Unsparing Look at Affliction and Recovery that Heralds a Stunning New Voice

The events that began in 1995 might keep happening to me as long as things can happen to me. Think of deep space, through...


Some of My Lives

by Rosamond Bernier Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 11, 2011)

Rosamond Bernier has lived an unusually full life—remarkable for its vividness and diversity of experience—and she has known many (one is tempted to say all) of the greatest artists and composers of the...


Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain

by Hal Holbrook Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 13, 2011)

"Was it worth it, this awful struggle to survive, no matter what the cost?"

Harold is Hal Holbrook's affecting memoir of growing up behind disguises, and his lifelong search for himself. Abandoned by his mother...


False Papers

by André Aciman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 01, 2011)

Essays on memory by the author of Our of Egypt

"We remember not because we have something we wish to go back to, nor because memories are all we have. We remember because memory is our most intimate, most familiar...


Out of Egypt

by André Aciman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 23, 2007)

This richly colored memoir chronicles the exploits of a flamboyant Jewish family, from its bold arrival in cosmopolitan Alexandria to its defeated exodus three generations later. In elegant and witty prose,...


The Talmud and the Internet

by Jonathan Rosen Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 01, 2010)

"Not long after my grandmother died, my computer crashed and I lost the journal I had kept of her dying." So begins this powerful, personal consideration of modern technology and ancient religious impulses by...


Catfish and Mandala

by Andrew X. Pham Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 01, 2010)

A Vietnamese Bicycle Days by a stunning new voice in American letters.

Andrew X. Pham dreamed of becoming a writer. Born in Vietnam and raised in California, he held technical jobs at United Airlines-and always...


You Must Go and Win

by Alina Simone Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 07, 2011)

In the wickedly bittersweet and hilarious You Must Go and Win, the Ukrainian-born musician Alina Simone traces her bizarre journey through the indie rock world, from disastrous Craigslist auditions with sketchy...


Tiger, Tiger

by Margaux Fragoso Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 01, 2011)

A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book for 2011

A Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year 2011 Title

Tiger, Tiger is a Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction title for 2011

A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2011...


Conversations with Myself

by Nelson Mandela & Barack Obama Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 11, 2010)

Nelson Mandela is widely considered to be one of the most inspiring and iconic figures of our age. Now, after a lifetime of taking pen to paper to record thoughts and events, hardships and victories, he has...


Reflections of a Wine Merchant

by Neal I. Rosenthal Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 29, 2008)

A leading importer of limited-production wines of character and quality takes us on an intimate tour through family-owned vineyards in France and Italy and reflects upon the last three decades of controversy,...


Role Models

by John Waters Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 25, 2010)

Here, from the incomparable John Waters, is a paean to the power of subversive inspiration that will delight, amuse, enrich—and happily horrify readers everywhere.

Role Models is, in fact, a self-portrait told...


Greene on Capri

by Shirley Hazzard, Shirley Hazzard Steegmuller & The Estate of Shirley Hazzard Steegmuller Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 07, 2000)

The subtle portrait of a great but difficult man and a legendary island.

When friends die, one's own credentials change: one becomes a survivor. Graham Greene has already had biographers, one of whom has served...


My Queer War

by James Lord Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 27, 2010)

A POWERFUL STORY OF SEXUAL AWAKENING DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR FROM THE NOTED MEMORIST AND CRITIC

In My Queer War, James Lord tells the story of a young man's exposure to the terrors, dislocations, and horrors...


Heading South, Looking North

by Ariel Dorfman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 01, 1998)

Ariel dorfman has been hailed as one of the "greatest living Latin American novelists" (Newsweek) and a "storyteller of almost mythic intensity" (The Financial Times). In his brilliant memoir, Heading South,...


The Four of Us

by Elizabeth Swados Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 01, 2011)

The moving story of the author's talented family, which is haunted by the tragedy of the first child's schizophrenia. Four essays, one for each family member's story, combine to create a complex and resonant...


I, Wabenzi

by Rafi Zabor Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 12, 2005)

Some time ago Rafi Zabor sat down to write a brief narrative of the year 1986. That was the year he set out across two continents in a used Mercedes--"Wabenzi" is the Swahili word for a member of the Mercedes-owning...


My Life as a Traitor

by Zarah Ghahramani & Robert Hillman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 06, 2009)

At the age of twenty, an Iranian student named Zarah Ghahramani was swept off the streets of Tehran and taken to the notorious Evin prison, where criminals and political dissidents were held side by side in...


Origins

by Amin Maalouf & Catherine Temerson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 13, 2008)

Origins, by the world-renowned writer Amin Maalouf, is a sprawling, hemisphere-spanning, intergenerational saga. Set during the last quarter of the nineteenth century and the first quarter of the twentieth—in...


A Life Like Other People's

by Alan Bennett Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 14, 2010)

FROM ONE OF BRITAIN'S GREATEST LIVING WRITERS AND THE AUTHOR OF THE UNCOMMON READER, A FAMILY MEMOIR AND UNIQUE WORK OF ART—A LIFE LIKE OTHER IS ALAN BENNETT AT HIS BEST

In this poignant memoir of his parents'...


I'm Writing You from Tehran

by Delphine Minoui & Emma Ramadan Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 02, 2019)

A lucid, moving view into an often obscured part of our world, exploring notions of democracy, identity, and the resilience of the human spirit

In the wake of losing her beloved grandfather, Delphine Minoui decided...


Hiking with Nietzsche

by John Kaag Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 25, 2018)

"A stimulating book about combating despair and complacency with searching reflection." --Heller McAlpin, NPR.org

Named a Best Book of 2018 by NPR. One of Lit Hub's 15 Books You Should Read in September and...


The Wine Lover's Daughter

by Anne Fadiman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 07, 2017)

In The Wine Lover’s Daughter, Anne Fadiman examines—with all her characteristic wit and feeling—her relationship with her father, Clifton Fadiman, a renowned literary critic, editor, and radio host whose...


Dare Not Linger

by Mandla Langa, Nelson Mandela & Graça Machel Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 24, 2017)

The long-awaited second volume of Nelson Mandela’s memoirs, left unfinished at his death and never before available, are here completed and expanded with notes and speeches written by Mandela during his historic...


Notes on a Foreign Country

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

Winner of the Overseas Press Club of America's Cornelius Ryan AwardFinalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction

A New York Times Book Review Notable BookNamed a Best Book of the Year by New York Magazine...


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...