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The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects

by Deborah Lutz

An intimate portrait of the lives and writings of the Brontë sisters, drawn from the objects they possessed.

In this unique and lovingly detailed biography of a literary family that has enthralled readers for...


The Confessions of an English Opium Eater

by Thomas De Quincey

I here present you, courteous reader, with the record of a remarkable period in my life: according to my application of it, I trust that it will prove not merely an interesting record, but in a considerable...


James Merrill: Life and Art

by Langdon Hammer

Langdon Hammer has given us the first biography of the poet James Merrill (1926–95), whose life is surely one of the most fascinating in American literature. Merrill was born to high privilege and high expectations...


How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood

by Jim Grimsley

"White people declared that the South  would rise again. Black people raised one fist and chanted for black power. Somehow we negotiated a space between those poles and learned to sit in classrooms together...


My Journey with Maya

by Tavis Smiley & David Ritz

A remarkable story of friendship, love, and courage

When Maya Angelou and Tavis Smiley met in 1986, he was twenty-one and she was fifty-eight. For the next twenty-eight years, they shared an unlikely, special...


Recipes for a Beautiful Life: A Memoir in Stories

by Rebecca Barry

Writing with a delicate balance of humor and truth, critically acclaimed author Rebecca Barry reflects on motherhood, work, and marriage in her new memoir about trying to build a creative life.

When Rebecca Barry...


Travels in Vermeer: A Memoir

by Michael White

“This book is a treasure and a guide. It is a type of healing for the intellect and the heart.” - (Rebecca Lee)

A lyrical and intimate account of how a poet, in the midst of a bad divorce, finds consolation...


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...


Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion

by Michael Patrick MacDonald

In All Souls, Michael Patrick MacDonald told the story of the loss of four of his siblings to the violence, poverty, and gangsterism of Irish South Boston. In Easter Rising he tells the story of how he got out....


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...


Curiosity

by Alberto Manguel

Curiosity has been seen through the ages as the impulse that drives our knowledge forward and the temptation that leads us toward dangerous and forbidden waters. The question "Why?" has appeared under a multiplicity...


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.