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Voyager

by Russell Banks

The acclaimed, award-winning novelist takes us on some of his most memorable journeys in this revelatory collection of travel essays that spans the globe, from the Caribbean to Scotland to the Himalayas

Now in...


James Fenimore Cooper: A Life

by Nick Louras

In the first popular biography of Cooper in a generation, historian Nick Louras brings the man and his age vividly to life.


Bellow's People: How Saul Bellow Made Life Into Art

by David Mikics

A leading literary critic’s innovative study of how the Nobel Prize–winning author turned life into art.

Saul Bellow was the most lauded American writer of the twentieth century—the winner of the Nobel...


Summary of Deep Down Dark : by Héctor Tobar | A 15-minute Summary & Analysis

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Deep Down Dark by Héctor Tobar - A 15-minute Summary & Analysis

 

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Deep Down Dark is a narrative nonfiction book by journalist and novelist Héctor Tobar. The book tells the story...


Proust For Beginners

by Steve Bachmann, Van Howell & Harold Augenbraum

Proust For Beginners is a compelling biography of French novelist Marcel Proust and a vivid portrait of his times. It also serves as a concise guide and critical review of In Search of Lost Time (À la recherche...


Family History of Fear: A Memoir

by Agata Tuszynska

Family History of Fear has been in me for years. Along with this secret. From the instant I found out I was not who I thought I was.”

Every family has its own history. Many families carry a tragic past....


How to Write Like Tolstoy: A Journey into the Minds of Our Greatest Writers

by Richard Cohen

For anyone who has ever identified with a hero or heroine, been seduced by a strong opening sentence, or been powerfully moved by a story’s end, How to Write Like Tolstoy is a thought-provoking journey inside...


Joe Gould's Teeth

by Jill Lepore

From New Yorker staff writer and Harvard historian Jill Lepore, the dark, spellbinding tale of her restless search for the long-lost, longest book ever written, a century-old manuscript called “The Oral History...


First Light

by Erica Wagner

For more than 50 years, Alan Garner has enraptured generations of readers with works like The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, The Owl Service, Red Shift, and The Stone Book Quartet. Described by Philip Pullman as...


Summary of Brain on Fire: by Susannah Cahalan | Includes Analysis

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Summary of Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan | Includes Analysis

 

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In her memoir, Brain on Fire: My Year of Madness, Susannah Cahalan recounts her battle with a rare, debilitating autoimmune...


Boy Erased: A Memoir

by Garrard Conley

A beautiful, raw and compassionate memoir about identity, love and understanding.

 

The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified...


The Bridge Ladies

by Betsy Lerner

A fifty-year-old Bridge game provides an unexpected way to cross the generational divide between a daughter and her mother. Betsy Lerner takes us on a powerfully personal literary journey, where we learn a little...


King Lear in Brooklyn

by Michael Pennington

What is King Lear really thinking? What has made his daughters what they are? What does his mysterious Fool dream about? What really lies behind the familiar lines of Shakespeare's great tragedy?

Michael Pennington...


Henry James. An Alien's "History" of America

by Martha Banta

Martha Banta’s "Henry James: An Alien’s ‘History’ of America" is the product of a lifetime of thinking about James and his odd, but oddly productive, relation to the land of his birth. A “biography”...


The Statesman and the Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain, and the Rise of American Imperialism

by Mark Zwonitzer

In a dual biography covering the last ten years of the lives of friends and contemporaries, writer Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) and statesman John Hay (who served as secretary of state under presidents William...


Shakespeare

by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson’s bestselling biography of William Shakespeare takes the reader on an enthralling tour through Elizabethan England and the eccentricities of Shakespearean scholarship—updated with a new introduction...


The Letters of Anne Gilchrist and Walt Whitman

by Walt Whitman

American Walt Whitman formed a close friendship with English writer Anne Gilchrist. Here are collected their correspondence.


The Poetry of Walt Whitman

by William Lyon Phelps

This early work by William Lyon Phelps was originally published in 1924 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'The Poetry of Walt Whitman' is an essay about the life and works...


Essays of Robert Louis Stevenson

by William Lyon Phelps

This early work by William Lyon Phelps was originally published in the early 20th century and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'Essays of Robert Louis Stevenson' is a work...


Robert Browning: How to Know Him

by William Lyon Phelps

This early work by William Lyon Phelps was originally published in the early 20th century and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'Robert Browning: How to Know Him' is a biography...