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Algren: A Life

by Mary Wisniewski

The first examination of Nelson Algren in over 25 years, Algren is the definitive biography of one of the best-known writers of mid-20th-century America. Journalist Mary Wisniewski interviewed dozens of Algren's...


TREYF: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw

by Elissa Altman

From the Washington Post columnist and James Beard Award-winning author of Poor Man’s Feast comes a story of seeking truth, acceptance, and self in a world of contradiction...

 

Treyf: According to Leviticus,...


Called: The Making & Unmaking of a Nun

by Marge Rogers Barrett

Margaret Rogers grew up in a large family in a small town on the prairie, lively and free-spirited. But in high school, God called her. In 1963, she entered the convent to become Sister Zoe. And then she was...


The Proper Pirate

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by Robert Gottlieb

A spirited and revealing memoir by the most celebrated editor of his time

After editing The Columbia Review, staging plays at Cambridge, and a stint in the greeting-card department of Macy's, Robert Gottlieb...


When in French: Love in a Second Language

by Lauren Collins

A language barrier is no match for love. Lauren Collins discovered this firsthand when, in her early thirties, she moved to London and fell for a Frenchman named Olivier—a surprising turn of events for someone...


Losing Helen

Such Mad Fun: Ambition and Glamour in Hollywood's Golden Days

by Robin R Cutler

AVAILABLE IN ALL FORMATS SEPT 8, 2016

What determines who a woman will become? Jane Hall was an orphan at fifteen and a “literary prodigy” according to the press. How did this spirited young girl from an...


The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life

by John le Carre

“Recounted with the storytelling élan of a master raconteur — by turns dramatic and funny, charming, tart and melancholy.” -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

The New York Times bestselling memoir from...


You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin

by Rachel Corbett

The extraordinary story of one of the most fruitful friendships in modern arts and letters. Paris, 1902: Renowned sculptor Auguste Rodin has just completed The Thinker. Rainer Maria Rilke is a delicate young...


Love from Boy: Roald Dahl's Letters to His Mother

by Donald Sturrock

From the author of The BFG, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and many more beloved classics—a whimsical, witty, and revealing collection of the legendary children’s...


The Six

by Laura Thompson

“Riveting. The Six captures all the wayward magnetism and levity that have enchanted countless writers without neglecting the tragic darkness of many of the sisters’ life choices and the savage sociopolitical...


Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson

by Gary Lachman

Historian Gary Lachman delivers a fascinating, rollicking biography of literary and cultural rebel Colin Wilson, one of the most adventurous, hopeful, and least understood intellects of the past century.

You...


When I Was Old

by Georges Simenon & Helen Eustis

An intimate inside look at the mind of Georges Simenon, immortalized here in his journals.

In the 1960s, Simenon bought three leather-bound journals, planning to leave a record of his life and career for his...


Final Edition - Informal Autobiography

by E. F. Benson

This book contains the memoir of Benson's entire life from 1867 to 1940. It provides insight into his childhood and eccentric family as well as life during Victorian and Edwardian times. Benson completed this...


Tolstoy

by George Rapall Noyes

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern...


Where the Jews Aren't: The Sad and Absurd Story of Birobidzhan, Russia's Jewish Autonomous Region

by Masha Gessen

From the acclaimed author of The Man Without a Face, the previously untold story of the Jews in twentieth-century Russia that reveals the complex, strange, and heart-wrenching truth behind the familiar narrative...


Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

by Ruth Franklin

This "historically engaging and pressingly relevant" biography establishes Shirley Jackson as a towering figure in American literature and revives the life and work of a neglected master.

Still known to millions...


The Kite and the String: How to Write with Spontaneity and Control--and Live to Tell the Tale

by Alice Mattison

A targeted and insightful guide to the stages of writing fiction and memoir without falling into common traps, while wisely navigating the writing life, from an award-winning author and longtime teacher

“A...


Arthur Mee: A Biography

by Keith Crawford

A biography of the journalist and children's editor and writer, Arthur Mee (1875-1943). It draws on approximately 700 letters sent by Mee to his friend John Derry, as well as letters between Mee and Alfred Harmsworth....