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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

Writing...


I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This: A Memoir

by Nadja Spiegelman

A Travel and LeisureNew York Magazine/The Cut, and Real Simple Best Book of Summer 

A memoir of mothers and daughters—and mothers as daughters—traced through four generations, from Paris to New York...


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....


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...


Understanding Jonathan Coe

by Merritt Moseley & Matthew J. Bruccoli

An examination of the life, career, and oeuvre of the British novelist and biographer


ALL THAT IS FOREVER LOST

by William E Ritchie

ALL THAT IS FOREVER LOST

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: Coming of Age in the Chelsea Hotel

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...


Hermann Hesse: An Illustrated Biography

by Bernhard Zeller

An illustrated biography drawing on Hesse's own work and on the recollections of his family and friendsBernhard Zeller depicts Herman Hesse's ancestry and childhood, spent in the small German town where Hesse...


My Father Before Me: A Memoir

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....


Coming Unbuttoned

by James Broughton & Mark Thompson

“Broughton writes with disarming frankness about his 80 years as an artist and as a human being seeking wholeness.” – Kirkus Reviews

“He was probably the most flirtatious man I’ve ever met.” –...


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.


Library of Luminaries: Frida Kahlo: An Illustrated Biography

by Zena Alkayat & Nina Cosford

Step into the world of one of history's most celebrated artists and feminist icons: Frida Kahlo. This beautifully illustrated biography is full of colorful details that illuminate the woman behind the artwork,...


Library of Luminaries: Coco Chanel: An Illustrated Biography

by Zena Alkayat & Nina Cosford

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel's signature style and revolutionary approach to design changed women's fashion forever. Featuring handwritten text paired with sweet illustrations this ebook sheds new light on the woman...


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...