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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...


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...


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...


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 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...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


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...


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'...


The Undying

by Anne Boyer Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 17, 2019)

"The Undying is a startling, urgent intervention in our discourses about sickness and health, art and science, language and literature, and mortality and death. In dissecting what she terms 'the ideological...


Roughhouse Friday

by Jaed Coffin Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 18, 2019)

A beautifully crafted memoir about fathers and sons, masculinity, and the lengths we sometimes go to in order to confront our past

While lifting weights in the Seldon Jackson College gymnasium on a rainy autumn...


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...


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...


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...


This Close to Happy

by Daphne Merkin Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 07, 2017)

A New York Times Book Review Favorite Read of 2016

“Despair is always described as dull,” writes Daphne Merkin, “when the truth is that despair has a light all its own, a lunar glow, the color of mottled...


Into That Good Night

by Ron Rozelle Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 08, 2015)

When his father began to show signs of Alzheimer's disease, Rozelle watched the man's painful transformation into a dependent and ultimately foreign person. In this haunting memoir, Into That Good Night, Rozelle...


Killing the Black Dog

by Les Murray Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 29, 2015)

In 1988, shortly after moving from Sydney back to his birthplace in the rural New South Wales hamlet of Bunyah, Les Murray was struck with depression. In the months that followed, the "Black Dog" (as he calls...


Gamelife

by Michael W. Clune Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 15, 2015)

You have been awakened.

Floppy disk inserted, computer turned on, a whirring, and then this sentence, followed by a blinking cursor. So begins Suspended, the first computer game to obsess seven-year-old Michael,...


The Odd Woman and the City

by Vivian Gornick Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 19, 2015)

A contentious, deeply moving ode to friendship, love, and urban life in the spirit of Fierce Attachments

A memoir of self-discovery and the dilemma of connection in our time, The Odd Woman and the City explores...


A Long Retreat

by Andrew Krivak Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 12, 2015)

This gorgeously written memoir tells the story of one man's search for his religious calling-a search that led him to the Dominican Republic and Central Europe, to Moscow and the South Bronx, and finally into...