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What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir

by Abigail Thomas

From the bestselling author of A Three Dog Life, which “shines with honest intelligence” (Elizabeth Gilbert): a fresh, exhilarating, superbly written memoir about aging, family, creativity, tragedy, friendship,...


Kerouac

by Ann Charters & Allen Ginsberg

Now that Kerouac's major novel, On the Road is accepted as an American classic, academic critics are slowly beginning to catch up with his experimental literary methods and examine the dozen books comprising...


Black Cracker

by Josh Alan Friedman & Wyatt Doyle

South School, 1962: The last segregated school in New York. Their teacher moonlights on "Lawrence Welk," the lady principal wears boxing gloves, and the student body is all-Negro . . . except for first grader...


B & Me: A True Story of Literary Arousal

by J.C. Hallman

A funny, frisky, often outrageous book about love, literature, and modern life—and a wink of the eye toU and I, Nicholson Baker’s classic book about John Updike—by an award-winning author called “wonderfully...


Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century American Writers: A Group Portrait

by Edward Mendelson

A deeply considered and provocative new look at major American writers—including Saul Bellow, Norman Mailer, and W.H. Auden—Edward Mendelson’s Moral Agents is also a work of critical biography in the great...


Chasing Lost Time

by Jean Findlay

The thrilling first-ever biography of Proust translator C. K. Scott Moncrieff, penned by his great-great-niece

"And suddenly the memory returns. The taste was that of the little crumb of madeleine which on Sunday...


On Elizabeth Bishop

by Colm Toibin

In this book, novelist Colm Tóibín offers a deeply personal introduction to the work and life of one of his most important literary influences—the American poet Elizabeth Bishop. Ranging across her poetry,...


Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog

by James Grissom

An extraordinary book; one that almost magically makes clear how Tennessee Williams wrote; how he came to his visions of Amanda Wingfield, his Blanche DuBois, Stella Kowalski, Alma Winemiller, Lady Torrance,...


The Uneasy Chair: A Biography of Bernard DeVoto

by Wallace Stegner

Bernard DeVoto was a wild intellectual from the Rocky Mountains, a rebel, iconoclast, and idealist who fled his stifling small town for the intellectual freedom and community of Harvard. While he settled eastward...


Goldeneye: Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming's Jamaica

by Matthew Parker

Amid the lush beauty of Jamaica's northern coast lies the true story of Ian Fleming's iconic creation: James Bond. For two months every year, from 1946 to his death eighteen years later, Ian Fleming lived at...


Birth of a Bookworm

by Michel Tremblay & Sheila Fischman

From Hergé and the Brothers Grimm to Gabrielle Roy and Victor Hugo, a tour of books that inspired Michel Tremblay.


Why I Don't Write Children's Literature

by Gary Soto

The beloved writer returns to entertain in a fresh collection of essays


The Autumn Balloon

by Kenny Porpora

Every autumn, Kenny Porpora would watch his heartbroken mother scribble messages on balloons and release them into the sky above Long Island, one for each family member they'd lost to addiction. As the number...


The Book of Love

by Roger Rosenblatt

From Roger Rosenblatt, author of the acclaimed memoirs Making Toast, Kayak Morning, and The Boy Detective, comes another lyrical meditation on—and celebration of—a universal and elusive subject

In The Book...


The Greatest Need: The Creative Life and Troubled Times of Lily Tobias, a Welsh Jew in Palestine

by Jasmine Donahaye

The first full biography of Lily Tobias (1887-1984) a Jewish writer from Wales: a courageous, idealistic woman who wrote compellingly about Jewish life and experience in the 20th century. Lily Tobias wrote four...


Publishing: A Writer's Memoir

by Gail Godwin

Publishing is a personal story of a writer's hunger to be published, the pursuit of that goal, and then the long haul--for Gail Godwin, forty-five years of being a published writer and all that goes with it....


Chance Meetings: A Memoir

by William Saroyan

In his touching and amusing memoir Chance Meetings, William Saroyan gives us a glimpse of the characters that have left an indelible impression on his mind for years to come. From the Armenian neighbourhood...


An Italian Education: The Further Adventures of an Expatriate in Verona

by Tim Parks

Tim Parks’s best seller, Italian Neighbors, offered a sparkling, witty, and acutely observed account of an expatriate’s life in a small village outside of Verona. Now in An Italian Education, Parks continues...


James Tiptree, Jr.

by Julie Phillips

James Tiptree, Jr. burst onto the science fiction scene in the 1970s with a series of hard-edged, provocative short stories. Hailed as a brilliant masculine writer with a deep sympathy for his female characters,...


If It Die

by André Gide

This is the major autobiographical statement from Nobel laureate André Gide. In the events and musings recorded here we find the seeds of those themes that obsessed him throughout his career and imbued his...