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February House

by Sherill Tippins

February House is the uncovered story of an extraordinary experiment in communal living, one involving young but already iconic writers -- and the country's best-known burlesque performer -- in a house at 7...

They Left Us Everything: A Memoir

by Plum Johnson

A warm, heartfelt memoir of family, loss, and a house jam-packed with decades of goods and memories.

After almost twenty years of caring for elderly parents—first for their senile father, and then for their...


by William E Ritchie


A man and a woman share a journey of life mainly through the eyes of the woman’s own private thoughts about him and his life, and the events of her own life; the death of a young friend...

La Americana: A Memoir

by Melanie Bowden Simón

La Americana is the story of Melanie Bowden Simón, who, at the age of twenty-five, left her job at Tina Brown’s Talk magazine following the death of her mother and decided to take a vacation in Havana, Cuba,...

Trying to Float

by Nicolaia Rips

“Hysterically droll, touching, elegant, and wise—a coming-of-age story from someone who possibly came of age before her parents” (Patricia Marx, New Yorker writer and bestselling author), Trying to Float...

My Father Before Me

by Chris Forhan

An award-winning poet offers a multi-generational portrait of an American family—weaving together the lives of his ancestors, his parents, and his own coming of age in the 60s and 70s in the wake of his father’s...

Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park

by Robert K. Elder

Thinking of Ernest Hemingway often brings to mind his travels around the world, documenting war and engaging in thrilling ad- ventures. However, fully understanding this outsized international author means returning...

Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life

by Kim Addonizio

“Somewhere between Jo Ann Beard’s The Boys of My Youth and Amy Schumer’s stand-up exists Kim Addonizio’s style of storytelling . . . at once biting and vulnerable, nostalgic without ever veering off...

Shelf Life: Reviews, Replies and Reminiscences

by Karl Stead

Every morning for the last thirty years, C. K. Stead has written fiction and poetry. Shelf Life collects the best of his afternoon work: reviews and essays, interviews and diaries, lectures and opinion pieces....

Echoes of an Autobiography

by Naguib Mahfouz

From the Foreword by Nadine Gordimer: "These pieces are meditations which echo that which was, has been, and is the writer Mahfouz. They are--in the words of the title of one of the prose pieces--'The Dialogue...

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 | Includes Analysis

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Summary of Deep Down Dark by Héctor Tobar | Includes 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...

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



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...