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Another Day of Life

by Ryszard Kapuscinski

In 1975, Angola was tumbling into pandemonium; everyone who could was packing crates, desperate to abandon the beleaguered colony. With his trademark bravura, Ryszard Kapuscinski went the other way, begging...


Pride of Family: Four Generations of American Women of Color

by Carole Ione

“From the moment I read the words [my great-grandmother] Frances Anne Rollin wrote in Boston on January 1, 1868—“The year renews its birth today with all its hopes and sorrows”—she became my beacon,...


Chesterton

by Garry Wills

Part of a literary circle that included H. G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw, Hillaire Belloc, and Max Beerbohm, G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) wrote essays of social criticism for contemporary journals, literary...


This I Believe: An A to Z of a Life

by Carlos Fuentes

In this masterly, deeply personal, and provocative book, the internationally renowned Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes, whose work has been called “a combination of Poe, Baudelaire, and Isak Dinesen” (Newsweek...


The Unexpurgated Beaton: The Cecil Beaton Diaries as He Wrote Them, 1970-1980

by Cecil Beaton & Hugo Vickers

Cecil Beaton was one of the great twentieth-century tastemakers. A photographer, artist, writer and designer for more than fifty years, he was at the center of the worlds of fashion, society, theater and film....


Mother Angelica: The Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve, and a Network of Miracles

by Raymond Arroyo

The extraordinary saga of Mother Angelica, founder of the multimillion-dollar Eternal Word Television Network and “the most influential Catholic woman in America” according to Time magazine

In 1981, the year...


Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers

by Carolyn See

As Carolyn See says, writing guides are like preachers on Sunday—there may be a lot of them, but you can’t have too many, and there’s always an audience of the faithful. And while Making a Literary Life...


Ordinary Daylight: Portrait of an Artist Going Blind

by Andrew Potok

Andrew Potok is an intense, vigorous, sensual man--and a gifted painter. Then, passing forty, he rapidly begins to go blind from an inherited eye disease, retinitis pigmentosa. Depressed and angry, he rages...


William Pitt the Younger

by William Hague

William Pitt the Younger is an illuminating biography of one of the great iconic figures in British history: the man who in 1784 at the age of twenty-four became (and so remains) the youngest Prime Minister...


Combat Officer: A Memoir of War in the South Pacific

by Charles Walker

TO HELL AND BACK

For the U.S., Guadalcanal was a bloody seven-month struggle under brutal conditions against crack Japanese troops deeply entrenched and determined to fight to the death. For Charles Walker, this...


Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books

by Maureen Corrigan

“It’s not that I don’t like people,” writes Maureen Corrigan in her introduction to Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading. “It’s just that there always comes a moment when I’m in the company of others—even...


Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran

by Roya Hakakian

“We stormed every classroom, inscribed our slogans on the blackboard . . . Never had mayhem brought more peace. All our lives we had been taught the virtues of behaving, and now we were discovering the importance...


Warrior Woman: The Exceptional Life Story of Nonhelema, Shawnee Indian Woman Chief

by James Alexander Thom & Dark Rain Thom

A bestselling master of historical fiction, James Alexander Thom has brought unforgettable Native American figures to life for millions of readers, powerfully dramatizing their fortitude, fearsomeness, and profound...


The Making of a Writer: Journals, 1961-1963

by Gail Godwin & Rob Neufeld

Gail Godwin was twenty-four years old and working as a waitress in the North Carolina mountains when she wrote: “I want to be everybody who is great; I want to create everything that has ever been created.”...


Farewell, Godspeed: The Greatest Eulogies of Our Time

by Cyrus M. Copeland

Farewell, Godspeed is a remarkable collection of eulogies for some of the most notable figures of our time, delivered by the people who knew them best. In the words used to eulogize the great and celebrated...


Higher Ground: Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, and the Rise and Fall of Americ an Soul

by Craig Werner

In Higher Ground, one of our most insightful music writers brilliantly reinterprets the lives of three pop geniuses and the soul revolution they launched.

Soul music is one of America's greatest cultural achievements,...


Staring at Sound: The True Story of Oklahoma's Fabulous Flaming Lips

by Jim Derogatis

An engrossing and intimate portrait of the Oklahoma-based psychedelic pop band the Flaming Lips, cult heroes to millions of indie-rock fans.

In July 2002, the Flaming Lips released an ambitious album called Yoshimi...


Life Stories: Profiles from The New Yorker

by David Remnick

One of art's purest challenges is to translate a human being into words. The New Yorker has met this challenge more successfully and more originally than any other modern American journal. It has indelibly shaped...


The Bronte Myth

by Lucasta Miller

In a brilliant combination of biography, literary criticism, and history, The Bronté Myth shows how Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronté became cultural icons whose ever-changing reputations reflected the obsessions...


Buffalo for the Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch

by Dan O'Brien

For twenty years Dan O’Brien struggled to make ends meet on his cattle ranch in South Dakota. But when a neighbor invited him to lend a hand at the annual buffalo roundup, O’Brien was inspired to convert...