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My Poets

by Maureen N. McLane

A thrillingly original exploration of a life lived under poetry’s uniquely seductive spell

“Oh! there are spirits of the air,” wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley. In this stunningly original book Maureen N. McLane...


Passage to Ararat

by Michael J. Arlen

In Passage to Ararat, which received the National Book Award in 1976, Michael J. Arlen goes beyond the portrait of his father, the famous Anglo-Armenian novelist of the 1920s, that he created in Exiles to try...


Exiles

by Michael J. Arlen

Back in print, “a wry and moving . . . rare and minute accounting of growing up.” (Time)

Exiles is the story of two glamorous peopleone, a beautiful aristocrat; the other, a self-made man, one of the most...


Bulletproof Vest

by Maria Venegas

The haunting story of a daughter’s struggle to confront her father's turbulent—and often violent—legacy

After a fourteen-year estrangement, Maria Venegas returns to Mexico from the United States to visit...


Good Hunting

by Jack Devine & Vernon Loeb

"A sophisticated, deeply informed account of real life in the real CIA that adds immeasurably to the public understanding of the espionage culture—the good and the bad." —Bob WoodwardJack Devine ran Charlie...


My Struggle: Book 3

My Struggle #3

by Karl Ove Knausgaard & Don Bartlett

A family of four—mother, father, and two boys—move to the south coast of Norway, to a new house on a newly developed site. It is the early 1970s and the family’s trajectory is upwardly mobile: the future...


Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War

by Amanda Vaill

A spellbinding story of love amid the devastation of the Spanish Civil War

Madrid, 1936. In a city blasted by a civil war that many fear will cross borders and engulf Europe—a conflict one writer will call...


Haussmann, or the Distinction

by Paul La Farge

A stunning, imaginative novel about the great architect of Paris

Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann, who demolished and rebuilt Paris in the middle of the nineteenth century, was the first urbanist of the modern...


The Tastemaker

by Edward White

A revealing biography of the influential and controversial cultural titan who embodied an era

The Tastemaker explores the many lives of Carl Van Vechten, the most influential cultural impresario of the early...


Godard

by Colin MacCabe

Jean-Luc Godard's early films revolutionized the language of cinema. Hugely prolific in his first decade--Breathless, Contempt, Pierrot le Fou, Alphaville, and Made in USA are just a handful of the seminal works...


More Than Conquerors

by Megan Hustad

Megan Hustad and her family try to reconcile an evangelical upbringing in a post-Christian America

When Megan Hustad was a child, her father uprooted their family from Minneapolis to embark on a cross-cultural...


Why I Read

by Wendy Lesser

“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...


Stranger in My Own Country

by Yascha Mounk

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...


Jack London: An American Life

by Earle Labor

A revelatory look at the life of the great American author—and how it shaped his most beloved works

Jack London was born a working class, fatherless Californian in 1876. In his youth, he was a boundlessly energetic...


My Guru and His Disciple

by Christopher Isherwood

My Guru and His Disciple is a sweetly modest and honest portrait of Isherwood's spiritual instructor, Swami Prabhavananda, the Hindu priest who guided Isherwood for some thirty years. It is also a book about...


An Imperfect God

by Henry Wiencek

An Imperfect God is a major new biography of Washington, and the first to explore his engagement with American slavery

When George Washington wrote his will, he made the startling decision to set his slaves...


Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution

by Fred Vogelstein

Behind the bitter rivalry between Apple and Google—and how it’s reshaping the way we think about technology

The rise of smartphones and tablets has altered the business of making computers. At the center...


American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell

by Deborah Solomon

“Welcome to Rockwell Land,” writes Deborah Solomon in the introduction to this spirited and authoritative biography of the painter who provided twentieth-century America with a defining image of itself....


Roth Unbound

by Claudia Roth Pierpont

A critical evaluation of Philip Roth—the first of its kind—that takes on the man, the myth, and the work

Philip Roth is one of the most renowned writers of our time. From his debut, Goodbye, Columbus, which...


Holding On Upside Down

by Linda Leavell

Winner of the Plutarch Award for the Best Biography of 2013

A mesmerizing and essential biography of the modernist poet Marianne Moore

The Marianne Moore that survives in the popular imagination is dignified,...