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Romanian Notebook

by Cyrus Console

A diaristic exploration of procrastination, pregnancy, and art

The day before Cyrus Console and his pregnant wife leave for a monthlong visit to Romania, they receive troubling news—the fetus she’s carrying...


Early Auden, Later Auden

by Edward Mendelson

Presented in one volume for the very first time, and updated with new archival discoveries, Early Auden, Later Auden reintroduces Edward Mendelson’s acclaimed, two-part biography of W. H. Auden (1907–73),...


This Long Pursuit: Reflections of a Romantic Biographer

by Richard Holmes

From the award-winning author of The Age of Wonder and Falling Upwards, here is a luminous meditation on the art of biography that fuses the author’s own experiences with a history of the genre and explores...


Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character

by Kay Redfield Jamison

In this magisterial study of the relationship between illness and art, the best-selling author of An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison, brings an entirely fresh understanding to the work and life of Robert...


Scoundrel Days: A Memoir

by Brentley Frazer

In Scoundrel Days Brentley Frazer tells the story of his youth – wild, disillusioned, impassioned and desolate. Born into a Christian cult in outback Queensland, Frazer escapes through literature and poetry,...


John Barleycorn

by Jack London

Jack London’s life was tragically short but packed with episode and adventure. In John Barleycorn he records his early hardships in Oakland, his experiences as oyster pirate, deep-sea sealer, hobo, Yukon goldminer,...


Always By My Side: Life Lessons from Millie and All the Dogs I've Loved

by Edward Grinnan & Debbie Macomber

The editor-in-chief of Guideposts magazine shares the heartwarming story of Millie, his beloved golden retriever, and how she taught him to be a more compassionate person, deepened his faith, and inspired him...


They Desire a Better Country/Ils désirent une patrie meilleure

by Lawrence Scanlan

Twice a year, in summer and in winter, appointments to the Order of Canada are posted in newspapers across the country. The range of professions represented are often dizzying, but there are common themes in...


The Hasheesh Eater

by Fitz Hugh Ludlow

First published in 1857, American author Fitz Hugh Ludlow’s The Hasheesh Eater is one of the first examples of addiction literature. The book recounts Ludlow’s initial fascination and subsequent addiction...


Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast

by Megan Marshall

A brilliantly rendered life of one of the most admired American poets of the last century, from a Pulitzer Prize−winning author who alternates biography with a memoir of her own days as a young writer in...


The Girl from the Metropol Hotel: Growing Up in Communist Russia

by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya & Anna Summers

The prizewinning memoir of one of the world’s great writers, about coming of age as an enemy of the people and finding her voice in Stalinist Russia

 

Born across the street from the Kremlin in the opulent...


Pretend I'm Not Here

by Barbara Feinman Todd

An accomplished former ghostwriter and book researcher who worked with Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Ben Bradlee, and Hillary Clinton goes behind-the-scenes of the national’s capital to tell the story of how...


Juliet's Answer: One Man's Search for Love and the Elusive Cure for Heartbreak

by Glenn Dixon

Eat, Pray, Love meets The Rosie Project in this fresh, heartwarming memoir by a man who travels to Verona and volunteers to answer letters addressed to Shakespeare’s Juliet, all in an attempt to heal his own...


Reading Allowed: True Stories and Curious Incidents from a Provincial Library

by Chris Paling

'Paling's deftly drawn vignettes are frequently funny, sometimes sad and occasionally troubling . . . Borrow a copy from your local library, if you still have one. Better yet, buy it' Neil Armstrong, Mail on...


The Invention of Angela Carter

by Edmund Gordon

Widely acknowledged as one of the most important English writers of the last century, Angela Carter's work stands out for its bawdiness and linguistic zest, its hospitality to the fantastical and the absurd,...


How to Murder Your Life: A Memoir

by Cat Marnell

From Cat Marnell, “New York’s enfant terrible” (The Telegraph), a candid and darkly humorous memoir of prescription drug addiction and self-sabotage, set in the glamorous world of fashion magazines and...


Should Auld Acquaintance: Discovering the Woman Behind Robert Burns

by Melanie Murray

Robert Burns' "Belle of Mauchline" is given a voice in this lyrical and intimate depiction of the life of Jean Armour, known simply as the wife of the infamous poet and mother of nine of his children. Melanie...


In the Great Green Room

by Amy Gary

The extraordinary life of the woman behind the beloved children’s classics Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny comes alive in this fascinating biography of Margaret Wise Brown. Margaret’s books have sold...


Conversations with Ron Rash

by Mae Miller Claxton & Rain Newcomb

Since the publication of Serena in 2008 earned him a nomination for the PEN/Faulkner fiction prize, Ron Rash (b. 1953) has gained attention as one of the South’s finest writers. Rash draws upon his family’s...


Forty Four

by Peter Sheridan

Snow is falling all over Dublin. It is half an hour to the start of the New Year. On the rooftop of 44 Seville Place, a 10-year-old boy clings to a television aerial. His father urges him to turn the aerial...