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The New Negro

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2019, National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2018

by Jeffrey C. Stewart

A tiny, fastidiously dressed man emerged from Black Philadelphia around the turn of the century to mentor a generation of young artists including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jacob Lawrence and call...


Hunger

Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Non-Fiction 2018

by Roxane Gay

From the New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist: a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself.

“I ate and ate and ate...


Nine Continents

National Book Critics Circle Award for Memoir/Autobiography 2017

by Xiaolu Guo

Xiaolu Guo is one of the most acclaimed Chinese-born writers of her generation, an iconoclastic and completely contemporary voice. Her vivid, poignant memoir, Nine Continents is the story of a curious mind coming...


Here We Stand

Bread and Roses Award 2015

by Helena Earnshaw & Angharad Penrhyn Jones

A fascinating and unique anthology about contemporary women campaigners and how they were changed by the process of changing the world.


The Iceberg: A Memoir

Wellcome Book Prize 2015

by Marion Coutts

Winner of the Wellcome Prize

A finalist for the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Costa Award

“A memoir quite unlike any other. It has the strength of an arrow: taut, spiked, quavering, working to its fatal conclusion...an...


Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt

PEN/Ackerley Prize 2013

by Richard Holloway

At the tender age of fourteen, Richard Holloway left his home town of Alexandria, north of Glasgow, and travelled hundreds of miles to be educated and trained for the priesthood at an English monastery. By the...


Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2013

by Gilbert King

Devil in the Grove, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, is a gripping true story of racism, murder, rape, and the law. It brings to light one of the most dramatic court cases in American history,...


A Life In Pictures

Saltire Award for Scottish Book of the Year 2011

by Alasdair Gray

Alasdair Gray is Scotland's best known polymath. Born 1934 in Glasgow, he graduated in design and mural art from Glasgow School of Art in 1957. After decades of surviving by painting and writing TV and radio...


Direct Red: A Surgeon's View of Her Life-or-Death Profession

PEN/Ackerley Prize 2010

by Gabriel Weston

“What a terrific book….[Weston] leaves you feeling that if push came to shove you’d want to be operated on by her.”

—Nicholas Shakespeare, author of Bruce Chatwin: A Biography

 

The continuing popularity...


Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks

Macavity Best Mystery-Related Nonfiction 2011, Agatha Award for Best Non-Fiction 2010

by John Curran

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...


Just Kids

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2010

by Patti Smith

In Just Kids, Patti Smith’s first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of...


Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase to Catch Lincoln's Killer

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Fact Crime 2007

by James L. Swanson

The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin, John Wilkes Booth, led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild twelve-day chase through...


A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

Baillie Gifford Prize 2006

by James Shapiro

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]...


Rosalind Franklin

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2002

by Brenda Maddox

In 1962, Maurice Wilkins, Francis Crick, and James Watson received the Nobel Prize, but it was Rosalind Franklin's data and photographs of DNA that led to their discovery.

Brenda Maddox tells a powerful story...


Seldom Disappointed

Agatha Award for Best Non-Fiction 2001

by Tony Hillerman

When Tony Hillerman looks back at seventy-six years spent getting from hardtimes farm boy to bestselling author, he sees lots of evidence that Providence was poking him along. For example, when an absentminded...


Bad Blood

PEN/Ackerley Prize 2001, Whitbread Book Award for Biography 2000

by Lorna Sage

Bestselling author Lorna Sage delivers the tragicomic memoirof her escape from a claustrophobic childhood in post-WWII Britain—and thestory of the weddings and relationships that defined three generations...


This Boy's Life: A Memoir

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 1989

by Tobias Wolff

This unforgettable memoir, by one of our most gifted writers, introduces us to the young Toby Wolff, by turns tough and vulnerable, crafty and bumbling, and ultimately winning. Separated by divorce from his...